Irwin has been busy doing what Irwin does best: making products under their ever-growing umbrella makes sense. In this case we’re talking about the Irwin Performance Threading System. In a nutshell, their new system takes a few evolutionary steps in an attempt to make our tapping projects easier.
First, Irwin sings the praises of their new self-aligning taps that feature new starter threads to get the tap aligned properly before getting cranked up. Simply place the tap in the hole and it aligns itself correctly every time. The new taps also feature a chip-breaking technology (or CBT) that helps smooth the thread-making process a little more than their older bits.
Not stopping there, Irwin also rolled out self-aligning dies. An alignment plate on the die aligns itself on the stud instead of cranking an angle that works itself out over time and may break or snap the rod.
The best part of the entire system is that they come in three parts. Dies, taps, and driving tools are all sold in separate kits so that you can buy whichever part you need rather than the the-all-or-nothing approach these types of kits used to be. I’m not sure who came up with that but we think it was a great idea. Almost everyone buying kits still has the drive tools from the last kit they mangled. What they really need is just the taps or perhaps dies — smart move.
It looks like each kit goes for around $50-$60 individually or about $160 all together.