During machining operations requiring a tap, the importance of a tap wrench cannot be overlooked. This tool helps to prevent slipping and breaking of the tap by creating a secure hold. The most frequently encountered version is the T-handle tap wrench which includes a multi-configurable handle and sharp bits for hard to manage objects.
To efficiently use a tap wrench, it is essential to know the size of the tap required for the job. This size can easily be determined by taking stock of the size of the hole to be tapped. Once you have a clear indication of the appropriate tap size, you must then choose a corresponding tap wrench. It is important that you don’t make mistakes here; selecting a tap wrench that is either too small or large can potentially lead to an ineffective grip on the tap or hassles while trying to fit it in the hole.
Once you have chosen the ideal tap wrench for the job, you are ready to begin. Start by inserting the tap into the hole, then proceed to twist the wrench to activate it. Creating a uniform cut requires turning slowly and deliberately, so avoid being overzealous in order to prevent breaking the tap. As you turn the instrument, the tap will begin working its way into the metal.
To conclude the tapping process, remove the tap from the hole you have been creating. Next, detach the tap wrench and dispose of any metal shavings that have been produced by this process. Make sure to collect all metal fragments before proceeding with any other work.
If you plan to create a sizeable opening, a large hole tap wrench is likely your best bet. Unlike an ordinary model, this type stands out with its longer handle and its ability to be operated with a single hand. It’s the perfect tool for bigger tapping jobs.
When tapping with a wrench, exercising caution is paramount for the successful completion of the job. Unforeseen mishaps such as breakage can occur if instructions are not abided by. Taking heed of the given directions and being mindful of one’s actions is the key to accomplishing a safe and successful operation.