North American Tool Announces 2018-2019 Taylor Memorial Scholarship Recipients

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Roger and K.Y. Taylor, founders of North American Tool Corporation, had great affection for all the people that worked with them. They were greatly interested in the joys as well as the sorrows in their lives. There was no greater joy than a new life, a baby. Through the many family activities of the company, Roger and K.Y. kept in touch with these young people as they matured.

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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day

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Put A Cork In It!

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Overcoming Torqueing and Stalling
Are your special taps creating too much torque, or stalling? Teeth chipping? Common machinist’s wisdom says, “when having difficulty tapping a drilled-hole, make the hole diameter larger”. This assumes that the tap, with less material to remove, will cut easier. It’s common sense at first glance, but other things need to be considered.

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Industry Standard - A Moving Target!

Industry Standard - A Moving Target!

The intent of defining a list of tools as “Standard” is to provide uniformity in manufacture, integrity, and use. This “uniformity” allows for ease of service, and provides interchangeability of common parts for the user, and ultimately for the consumer. It is also meant to assure quality of function for which the thread is intended.


In the United States, there are three primary organizations that contribute to those definitions. The descriptions of the entities below are meant to be simple for the purpose of illustration to show basic scope of involvement.

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North American Tool Corporation Introduces New Line of Standard Solid Carbide Thread Mills

Solid Carbide Thread Mills

North American Tool Corporation has introduced a new line of standard solid carbide thread mills. These thread mills feature a helical flute design and are manufactured from premium micro-grain carbide for increased life and improved thread quality in a variety of materials.

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Pulley Tap or Extension Tap - It’s a Reach!

Pulley Tap or Extension Tap - It’s a Reach!

Here’s another example of legacy term confusion. Sometimes it is necessary to use a tap with extended length. The added length may be used to add “reach” to the tool, or to allow tapping to a depth longer than the thread length of the standard blank. Maybe it’s necessary to accomplish both! The confusion lies in what to call that style of tap.

Tags: extended reach, Extension Tap, Pulley Tap, small shank

Once Upon a Time There was a Magical Form Tap

Forming Tap History, History of the Form Tap

If you follow any industry long enough, history will become a useful tool to apply to your understanding of modern developments and designs. One such piece of history, as related by someone who was there in the 1950’s, will create an illustration of the importance of learning from errors, and creating opportunities.


Once upon a Time, not so far away, a tap manufacturer with a long history in the industry made an error processing a manufacturing order. We all do from time to time. Where it went from there is the story.

Tags: Chip-less Tap, Form Tap, History of Form Tap

Tandem Taps - Where You Lead, I Will Follow

Tandem Taps - Where You Lead, I Will Follow

Tandem, originates from the Latin meaning “at length”, first seen in modern language in the late 18th Century to describe any two things working together, “in tandem”.


Close your eyes and say the word “Tandem”. What do you see? A bicycle built for two? A stroller made for two children? What about a semi-truck pulling two trailers down the highway? The more adventurous might envision a tandem sky-dive or a 2-person kayak.


For this blog, I will concentrate on Tandem Taps. This may not sound as fascinating as the examples already shared, but some knowledge is worth the pain. Tandem taps are a special type of tap that includes two or more threaded sections for creating internal threads.

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Holiday Greetings from North American Tool - 2017

Holiday Greetings from North American Tool

Check out our short video wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Hand Taps vs. Machine Taps - Are Some Terms Past Their Expiration Date?

Hand Taps vs. Machine Taps - Are Some Terms Past Their Expiration Date?

“Hand Tap” and “Machine Tap”, are terms that don’t always mean what you might think! These are stale industry “legacy” terms. Originally meant to define a purpose, they can be misleading to people in the industry. They should not define a tap’s modern method of use.

According to some handbooks, the term “Hand-Tap” has traditionally been applied to fractional size taps having a standard general purpose length. Most manufacturers don’t limit the description to fractional sizes. Assumed to be straight-flute, these are taps whose flutes are provided as a space to accommodate chips created as the tap cuts.

Tags: Hand Tap, Machine Tap, Spiral Flute, Spiral Point, Tap Terminology