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You’ve probably got a great tap set back in the shop — like we do — but what if you’re up in a ceiling (or somewhere else remote) and you can’t carry the whole set?  Klein’s got you covered qith a screwdriver-shaped tool that’ll create six of the most common threads.

There are three taps on each end of the shaft — which is reversible — ordered from smallest to largest so you just slip the shaft through to the correct size.

They’re carbon steel taps in the following sizes: 6-32, 8-32, 10-23, 12-24, and 1/4-20.

Street pricing starts around $20.  Sorry for no direct link — Klein’s website doesn’t allow it.  You can, however, click through the site to find it.  We’ve seen it on the shelves at Lowe’s, so it’s probably available everywhere.

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6 Responses to Finds: Klein’s Six-in-One Tapping Tool

  1. nrChris says:

    This one gets added to the list for sure. At first I thought you had posted a six way screw driver–something that I have four or five of. One in the kitchen, one in the garage, one in the office, one hidden in the workshop, and I believe my wife has one in her sewing cabinet. So no, this tap won’t be as useful, but I will certainly keep one in my traveling tool box.

  2. Paul says:

    Is this a tap, or a thread chaser? It is certainly not a bottoming tool. I suppose it’d be handy if I was dealing with whipped out electrical boxes all day or something. Then again so would self tapping 8-32 screws I guess.

    While this tool looks handy to me in a limited set of circumstances, usually I take tapping more seriously, when I have to do it. Especially little taps, they really suck to clear out of holes when you break them in there.

  3. And it’s twice as useless once you break it. I use mine mostly for thread chasing, but I’ve done some real tapping of freshly drilled holes and it works fine. The trick was labeling the threads, since they’re not stamped into the tool, and I don’t work with this stuff enough to recognize it on sight.

  4. Matt Lapointe says:

    I’m an electrician and this tool is used enough by myself to be in my belt pouch all the time, not only does it rethread damaged electrical boxes, but you can also just keep on trucking with the tool and thread the hole to the next size so you can still reuse the box, which is really handy when you’re replacing devices in granny’s house with fancy old wallpaper that can’t be damaged. (by the way let’s keep in mind that Klein is an electrical tool company so the tool was never intended for tapping blind holes in thick metal…).

  5. Stuart says:

    I like mine for fixing threads in aluminum electrical stuff but broke it when attempting a proper tapping job.

  6. Sweetalker says:

    Any tool will fail when it is used incorrectly. This tool was made for electical boxes. I haven’t had any trouble with mine…. yet.

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