Taps, Beall vs. regular

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Forum topic by Woodknack posted 04-21-2015 08:10 PM 997 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-21-2015 08:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tap beall

Edit; let me rephrase—- Does the Beall tap have any benefits over a regular tap for metal?

-- Rick M,

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#1 posted 04-21-2015 08:14 PM

It really just depends on the shape of the threads. If the threads are normal UN-shaped threads, a metal tap will work fine. If they are square or acme threads, you would need the appropriate thread shape tap. Never used a Beall tap, so I can’t really offer any specific advice here.

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#2 posted 04-21-2015 08:30 PM

For wood? I’ve never used anything but regular taps – from 3/4”-10 for my lathe spindle down to #8-32 for set screws – and haven’t had any problems. But the Beall taps have more flutes – 5 or 6 compared to the 4 on regular taps, so maybe they are better for wood (less tear-out maybe?), I dunno. I personally would just use a regular tap since they do work fine and can be used in both wood and metal.


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#3 posted 04-21-2015 08:45 PM

I don’t see any reason why ordinary metal taps won’t work. I have two Beall taps and both have four flutes.

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#4 posted 04-21-2015 08:46 PM


There is a little difference between a metal and wood tap and I have the Beall 1×8 and 1 1/4×8 taps and they work great for threading wood blocks right to the headstock.

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#5 posted 04-23-2015 06:10 PM

The Beall tap has a truncated thread form. Metal taps have a sharp vee thread form, which is too fragile for a wood thread. Larger Beall taps come with a removable pilot that centers the tap in the pre-drilled hole. Metal taps work fine in very hard woods like Maple.

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#6 posted 04-23-2015 08:01 PM

I saw that pilot bearing, looks sweet but no mention of it on their website. Honestly their website needs an update badly. The pictures are tiny and information is scant.

-- Rick M,

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