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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:02 am 
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I got mine for about £30 ,pretty good quality of tungsten carbide at that price.Old tools at car boot sales are a good bet,usually high quality too .


They won't be tungsten carbide or even HSS. Carbon steel, more like.


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I am constantly surprised at the bargains one finds.

For all I use them for the softer metal ones are fine.

Got one or two actual high quality imperial that were my gramps.

Love old tools.

You should see my saws.

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I bought a set of the lidl or aldi (you have them too in Holland) about a year ago. I used it several times for refreshing bottle bosses, drop out adjusterscrew thread and specific bolts. At least perfect for this kind of application.


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...and I am now going to move this topic to the General chat :)


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The Lidl set i have has been used on the build of at least 2 racing lawnmowers and never let me down.

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Just got the Aldi set along with a load of other stuff they got in stock yesterday - picks, bits and Allen keys. Everything's 'GS' marked and looks fine for home workshop use.


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Andy R wrote:
dyna-ti wrote:
I got mine for about £30 ,pretty good quality of tungsten carbide at that price.Old tools at car boot sales are a good bet,usually high quality too .


They won't be tungsten carbide or even HSS. Carbon steel, more like.



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dyna-ti wrote:
Andy R wrote:
dyna-ti wrote:
I got mine for about £30 ,pretty good quality of tungsten carbide at that price.Old tools at car boot sales are a good bet,usually high quality too .


They won't be tungsten carbide or even HSS. Carbon steel, more like.



:roll:
Meaning what ?


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 Post subject: Re: Aldi tap & die set ?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:20 pm 
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I apologize for bump...just mine two cents...
I bought a little Ace-Hanson tap kit about 50 years ago - machine thread from 4-40 to 1/4-20 with drill bits and a little "T" handle.
As the years went by, I picked up taps and dies as I needed them - onesie-twosies at the local hardware store. They're all Ace Hanson or Irwin.
Today I own a complete "set" of taps and dies from 4-40 up to 1/2-20 (and everything in between.)
I have taps and dies that have never been taken out of the packages yet.

The only problem is that I don't have a fancy-schmancy box in which to store all the pieces neatly arranged by size.

I had a full 40-piece "Columbia" (TRW) metric tap & die set that I gave to a buddy of mine about 20 years ago. If I need to re-work a metric hole I'll give him a call.

Just get what you need. Pick 'em up as you go along. Sooner or later you'll have every damn one of them.

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On the other hand, if you're aspiring to be a machinist when you grow up, by all means, go big and buy the whole enchilada now. Don't go cheap though - get the good stuff.

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this eBay seller bought out a warehouse of Irwin inventory and has some good prices on drills/taps/dies (and other Irwin stuff):
https://mechanicguides.com/best-tap-and-die-set/

(I usually get 20%-25% off from him depending on how much I buy. YMMV.)


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