- Body is centered
- Heat treated
- Sliding Handle
- Designed to hold square shanks
- Fits tap sizes 1/16-Inch - 3/16-Inch
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Starrett 93A T-Handle Tap Wrench, 1/16" - 3/16" Tap Size, 1/16" - 5/32" Square Shank Diameter, 2" Body Length
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|Manufacturer Warranty Description||One Year on defects in material and workmanship|
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681-50427 Features: -T-Handle tap wrench. -Properly heat treated to withstand ordinary shop use. ... See more product details
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As with most Starrett products, this one is absolutely first rate.
I bought this to replace a 50-year-old Millers Falls tap wrench of the same size. The Millers Falls wrench jaws were an integral part of the wrench body and was designed to bend inward to hold a tap's base when the knurled knob was tightened. Eventually, that bending caused one of the jaw sections to snap off.
This Starrett tool is a much better design, as the two jaw halves that hold the tap are separate forgings, with a spring holding them apart. It securely holds the very smallest taps -- from 1/16" to 3/16" square shank. The handle rod, needed to provide turning leverage, is pushed into the wrench against a small spring -- which keeps it from moving much, unless you want it to. It's easy and fast to slide the rod out of the way when necessary - much faster than rods that are held in place with a set screw.
The price of this wrench is much higher than other tap wrenches, but if you want the very best, this is the one to get. The design and manufacture of this Made in the USA tool is outstanding. Highly recommended.
The one thing that did bother me was the fractional tap size description for the 93A and 93B. When's the last time you went to the tap drawer and pulled out a 3/16" or a 7/32"??? They should list the machine screw sizes. I bought the 93A, 93B, and 93C just to make sure I had the right size when I needed it. All 3 seem to be the same high quality so I can combine the reviews into 1 and use it for all 3.
I sorted out the tap sizes so here they are. The 93A will hold machine screw taps from #0 to #8. When I tried a #10 it went in, but felt like it wasn't meant to. The 93B will hold a #10 to 7/16. The 93C, like it says, does 1/4 to 1/2.
I saw a previous review where the user had some trouble tightening the chuck. The 93 series tap wrenches have V shaped jaws to hold the square end of the tap to prevent the tap from twisting in the jaws. It only needs to be tight enough so the tap doesn't slide out. The jaws fit inside a slot cut in the solid body of the wrench and the chuck threads on the solid body. This design means the torque applied to the tap can't cause the chuck to loosen, even if it is already loose enough for the tap to fall out. Some other tap wrenches are designed to grip the round shank of the tap so you do need to put a death grip on those.
This Starrett tap handle is exactly what I was looking for. It is small and light, so it is not fatiguing to use to tap many holes consecutively. The fit and finish is orders of magnitude better than any of the other tap handles I've used; no tool marks are visible at all on this piece. It holds taps very firmly, with minimal effort to tighten the jaws. Well worth the price.
If anything, it holds so well that you need to be careful with smaller taps not to snap the tap. But that is where skill and finesse take over.
The best quality you will ever find.
Thank you America!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great, holds tap very tight when tightened by hand. 60 degree center on back for spring tap guide. excellent quality. worth the money.Published 9 months ago by Lazer
I like the feel in hand. the jaws lock tight and stays put. don't use it all that much . glad I have it when I need it thoughPublished 23 months ago by michael rodgers
It's a Starrett tap handle, this one is good for small taps and like all Starrett products, is really well constructed, feels solid and is comfortable to use.Published 24 months ago by JNgineer