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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