Introduction And Different Types Of Threading Tools

Update:19 Aug 2022

Threading tools, commonly referred to as thread taps and dies, are metal cutting tools used to form threads on parts. These tools are mounted on the thread mill to go to work. In addition to thread taps and dies, threading tools such as thread heads, thread mills, and thread cutting discs are used for similar purposes.

As the main threading tools, taps and dies, are all used to make threads. A tap is capable of cutting or forming a female part of a mating pair (eg, a nut). Dies, on the other hand, are used to cut or form male parts of mating pairs, such as bolts. Cutting or forming a thread using a thread tap is called tapping, while threading is cutting or forming a thread using a die.

Different types of threading tools

There are many kinds of thread taps, including manual taps, plug taps, spiral point taps, electric taps, etc. Among the many different threading tools, there are only a few common threading tools.

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A hand tap is a very common threading tool that you can buy from almost every local hardware store. Despite the commonalities, it is not suitable for CNC operation. Hand taps are said to be one of the most cost-effective threading tools because they produce excellent performance with minimal investment. There are generally two types of hand claps:

Tapered Taps: Tapered taps are ideal for thread cutting. It is complemented by many tapers to make thread cutting easier and is available almost anywhere.
Bottoming Tap: The end of the bottoming tap is not designed to be tapered as it is primarily used for threading at the bottom of its range. This type of thread tap is great for threaded blind holes, but you should thread the whole with the tapered tap first, and then thread with the bottom tap.