|Review by cmaeda||posted 05-05-2009 09:43 AM||3552 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
I got this so I can make my own vises. I also bought some 1 1/4” dowels to go along with it. This does require some practice to use. The instructions are very sparse and the construction was kind of cheap. The guide that is screwed onto the threader was installed incorrectly so it was difficult to remove. The threader had some scratches and small gouges on it. The tap was fine.
I tried it right out of the box. I followed the instruction, soaked the dowel in some BLO and then started using the threader. I was a little disappointed. I got a lot of tearout. So after fidgeting around, I found out that the big knob holds the v cutter and the 2 small screws hold the guide. I disassembled it, took out the v cutter and sharpened it with my spyderco ceramic stones. I assembled it again and tried again.
A lot better this time with some slight tearout. So I backed the cutter up and tried it again. I got slight tear out. I turned the threader the other way and took the threader out. I advanced the cutter slightly and tried again. Perfect!
So I figured out that I have to essentially cut the threads twice to get smooth threads.
I wish it had better instructions… I wasted a few hours to figure this out but now it works well.
The tap works as advertised. It is pretty simple to us.