4/14/2004 | 1 MINUTE READ

Carbide Insertable Forming Taps

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The company introduces its HPF carbide insertable forming tap. The tap features a replaceable carbide insert on a steel body. The carbide insert allows for cutting speeds two to three times higher than that of an HSS form tap at a fraction of the price of a solid carbide tap, according to the company.

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The company introduces its HPF carbide insertable forming tap.

The tap features a replaceable carbide insert on a steel body. The carbide insert allows for cutting speeds two to three times higher than that of an HSS form tap at a fraction of the price of a solid carbide tap, according to the company. The wear resistance characteristics of the carbide insert lead to increased tool life, the company says. The tap features a hardened steel shank, designed with four drive tangs that help to handle the torque present in a tapping operation. Each steel shank is made to DIN specifications for added reach capability. According to the company, the carbide inserts are available with or without lube grooves for improved tool life, in through or blind holes and are available in UNF sizes of 3/8" to 24" to 3/4" to 16" and metric fine sizes from M10 x 1.0 to M18 x 1.5. The taps are TiCN-Plus coated for use with a range of materials.

The tap is capable of tapping all ductile materials up to 32 Rc. The hardness of the carbide insert enables the HPF to form workpiece materials considered too hard for HSS or powdered metal form taps. These taps can be run with high tensile strength materials, such as aluminum, steel or stainless steel, the company says.

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