Updated August 17, 2019 by Rafael Perez

The 8 Best Drill & Tap Sets

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This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in October of 2016. Drill and tap sets are used by machinists, mechanics, and anyone working with fasteners to create threaded holes in metal. These threads can often support thousands of pounds of clamping force, which is important when building machines or structures that are under heavy loads. Our selections will help you navigate this tool category and decide which kit is best for your needs. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best drill & tap set on Amazon.

8. Greenlee DTAPKIT

7. Yakamoz 602701877457

6. HHIP 1011-0018

5. DeWalt Impact Ready 5-Piece

4. Accusize Industrial 1-0040

3. Bosch B44710

2. Irwin Tools 26377

1. Norseman Viking 57580

Editor's Notes

August 08, 2019:

So called "impact-ready" tap/drill sets can be quite useful and can very quickly tap steel. Therefore we included models such as the DeWalt Impact Ready 5-Piece and the HHIP 1011-0018 on this list. They are all low in the list because it is very difficult to use them without an drill (try drilling into steel by hand), they work better if you use a standard drill bit first anyway (defeating the purpose of having the 2-in-1 design), and they are limited to holes of a few millimeters in thickness (4-6mm). If you try to tap thicker material, you risk breaking a tap or crossing the threads.

For hand tapping that does not have these sorts of issues, the Norseman Viking 57580 and the Irwin Tools 26377 are both excellent sets. The Norseman is better quality but does not have the range of options that the Irwin provides.

Plentiful lubrication is indispensable when using taps to thread holes. Without it, the friction between the cutting surface and the base metal is too great and the tap can bind and break - not to mention that much more force is required to turn the tool. Using drills, bits, and taps is dangerous and proper safety precautions should be observed to avoid personal injury or damage to property.


Rafael Perez
Last updated on August 17, 2019 by Rafael Perez

Rafael Perez is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Rochester. His primary focus is the metaphysics of time and the philosophy of mind, with a particular interest in artificial intelligence and antirepresentational models of the mind. He has extensive experience as a mechanic, a construction worker, and a general repairman. This has allowed him to gather a wealth of knowledge on automobile repair, auto parts, carpentry, masonry, welding, and the tools used in those trades. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, woodworking, and fishing.


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