special taps

The Right Tool For The Job - Why do exotic materials require a different thread mill?

Exotic Thread Mill

If you deal with exotic alloys like Inconel, titanium, Hastelloy, etc., this blog post is written especially for you.

Exotic alloys are alloys designed for high temperature applications (think aerospace), perform in corrosive environments (think underground), or have the highest strength to weight ratios (think earth moving applications). The machinability of these materials is NOT the first consideration. As much as it would be nice to have an aluminum firewall in a helicopter from the machinist’s viewpoint, as the pilot or passenger you want flame retardant and strong.

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Why Is The Premier Manufacturer Of Special Taps Making "Treadmills"? Taps vs. Thread Mills: Things To Consider When Choosing A Tool

Special Taps

Treadmills? If you Google Thread Mills they will offer to “correct” your search to treadmills. Only in the last two months has Google caught on to the term “thread mills” and begun to return websites offering this tool. Google still features a picture of a treadmill to remind you of your potential spelling error.

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North American Tool Releases New Catalog - Feb. 1, 2017

New North American Tool Catalog

North American Tool Corporation has announced the release of their new comprehensive 2017 Special Taps, Dies and Gages catalog. The 132-page color catalog is a complete resource guide for users of industrial tapping and thread tools. 

Featuring popular special and made-to-order taps, threading dies, thread gages and other threading tools in an easy to read format, many of the items can be manufactured and shipped within 24 hours.

The catalog features a comprehensive engineering section relative to taps and threading applications. It also includes an overview of the company’s mobile and cloud apps, including “Thread Tap Designer™” (, “Thread Tap App™” (, and “Tap Hole Size Calculator™” (available at App Stores). These apps provide an array

Tags: Catalog, Dies, Gages, Made-to-order Taps, special taps, tap catalog, Threading Tools

Tap Description - Deciphering the Code…

Tap Description - Deciphering the Code…

Many people will first be exposed to threading tool features in the form of a quote request, or order, from a customer. Example: Please quote 6 pieces of a 1"-20 NEF HSS 2B LH GH-3 6-FL PL tap.


Dissected, the customer has defined this tap as one with a "major" or "outside diameter" measuring 1 inch, with 20 threads per inch.


NEF, or National Extra Fine, is a thread-form symbol that refers to a National Standard for this combination of diameter and...

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What’s so Special about Taps Made in USA?

Special Taps Made in USA

“Made in USA” is not just a slogan—it’s a way of life at North American Tool.  Our entire organization is dedicated to producing specialty cutting tools held to high American standards of quality; a level of quality that our Distributors request and their customers demand.

Tags: Carbide Taps, Extension Taps, Metric Taps, North American Tool, special taps, STI Taps, Threading Taps

Lori Sturdevant Promoted to Lead Tool Design and Technical Service Associate

Lori Sturdevant

North American Tool Corporation has announced the promotion of Lori Sturdevant to Lead Tool Design and Technical Service Associate.

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Thread Tap App Update Features Intuitive Hole Size Calculator

Hole Size Calculator

North American Tool has announced a significant upgrade to their Thread Tap App with the introduction of a powerful, fully featured Hole Size Calculator.

Tags: drill tap sizes, hole size calculator, North American Tool, recommended drilled hole size, recommended tap size, special taps, tapping horsepower, tapping torque, Thread Tap App

North American Tool Launches New Website

NATool website

North American Tool Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of its new fully-featured website,

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