|William Chitham||20/10/2020 14:47:47|
|62 forum posts|
I've broken the T type wrench that came with my Aldi tap & die set so looking for a replacement. Lots available at Zoro etc but some are described as English type and some as Japanese type - what's the difference? I want to to cover the 3mm-6mm range and I'd quite like one with removable tommy bar but beyond that no preferences, any recommendations gratefully received.
|1763 forum posts|
Check out the Eclipse style such as model 141 and 142, some other makers list similar styles but may not be as concentric in use as the Eclipse.
Edited By Emgee on 20/10/2020 16:09:03
|David George 1||20/10/2020 16:57:17|
1381 forum posts
The Starrett make are far superior but cost is to be taken into consideration and Eclipse is quite good as well. I have both makes and both are 35 to 40 years old.
|Chris Evans 6||20/10/2020 17:43:01|
1779 forum posts
Plus 1 for the Starrett
|Bill Phinn||20/10/2020 22:06:28|
|382 forum posts|
I've got three of the Zoro Japanese types, William. I've also got the Aldi tap set, so I'll tell you the range out of that set each wrench holds.
Order Code: ZT1157490X - 2.0-4.0MM Jis Chuck Type Tap Wrench-slimline
This will hold max. 2.5 in the lower jaws [2.5 not in Aldi set]. I can't tell you min. in lower jaws 'cos I don't own any taps smaller than 2.5. It will hold a min. of 4mm and a max. of 6mm in the upper jaws.
Order Code: ZT1157492X - 3.0-3.9MM Jis Chuck Type Tap Wrench-long
This will comfortably hold 3mm in both upper and lower jaws and hold max. 4mm in upper. Upper jaws will hold much smaller than 3mm if needed.
Order Code: ZT1157488X - 4.0-5.0MM Jis Chuck Type Tap Wrench-standard
This will not hold 3mm or above in lower jaws, and will hold a min. of 4mm and a max. of 6mm in upper jaws.
Bear in mind that the across-the-flats measurements on different brand taps are not necessarily identical in size even if the threads are.
EtA: No idea what all that blank space is doing below my text. I did not consciously insert it, and cannot, for some reason, edit it out.
Edited By Bill Phinn on 20/10/2020 22:08:39
|William Chitham||21/10/2020 11:21:05|
|62 forum posts|
Thanks all, I've ordered a 2-4, 4-5.5 & 5.6-6.2 Japanese style which will cover everything I need for now.
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