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Spiral Point Tap, 5/16"X18, UNC
  • Zoro #: G0085817
  • Mfr #: TN15855/16-18H53FL
  • Item: Spiral Point Tap
  • Tap Style: Spiral Point
  • Tap Thread Size: 5/16"X18
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Precision Twist Drill #TN15855/16-18H53FL Specifications

  • Zoro #: G0085817
  • Mfr #: TN15855/16-18H53FL
Item: Spiral Point Tap Tap Style: Spiral Point
Tap Thread Size: 5/16"X18 Tap Thread Type: UNC
Country of Origin (subject to change): United States
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The Union Butterfield TN1585(UNC)/TN1585(UNF) high-speed steel spiral point tap has a relieved-style design, straight flutes with a plug chamfer, titanium nitride (TiN) coating, and a round shank with a square end, and is used to create right-hand threads in a range of materials. It is available in two different ANSI thread specification standards: UNC (Unified Coarse) and UNF (Unified Fine). The spiral point of this tap (sometimes referred to as a ?gun tap?) pushes chips ahead of the tool and the straight flutes reduce clogging. Both characteristics make it suitable for threading through holes (extending through the workpiece). Titanium nitride (TiN) is a gold-colored ceramic coating that combines hardness with low friction for extended cutting tool life and permits faster cutting speeds than with uncoated tools. Relieved-style tap design reduces the friction between tap and workpiece for reduced tool wear. A plug chamfer distributes cutting to ease tapping at the beginning of the hole and to maintain correct perpendicular alignment with the workpiece. Right-hand threads are designed to tighten when a head or nut is rotated clockwise (the most common threading direction). High-speed steel (HSS) is a common general-purpose steel for cutting tools, and is compatible with a variety of materials. The round shank with square end helps to minimize rotation in the tool holder. This tool can be used in machines, such as drill presses or lathes, or with hand tools such as tap wrenches.In the Union Butterfield TN1585(UNC) tap series, taps with nominal diameters of ?? and 5/16? are available with two or three flutes and those with diameters of 3/8? to ?? have three flutes. In the TN1585(UNF) series, taps with nominal diameters of ?? and 5/16? have two flutes and those with diameters of 3/8? to ?? have three flutes. All taps in these series have plug chamfers. This tap conforms to ANSI standards and can create threads to a depth 2 ? times its diameter. TN1585(UNC) taps are suitable for ANSI 2B and 3B tolerance classes: 2B is an average quality fit for commercial and industrial fasteners; 3B produces close-tolerance fasteners used for greater resistance to stripping, as in aerospace applications. TN 1585(UNF) taps are suitable for the ANSI 3B tolerance class.Taps produce internal threads in previously formed holes and can be used in machines (such as drill presses) or with hand tools. Common types of taps include hand taps, spiral point taps, spiral flute taps, thread forming taps, and pipe taps. Hand taps (straight-flute taps) collect chips in the straight flutes of the tool; spiral point taps push chips through holes ahead of the tool; and spiral flute taps pull chips back from the tip of the tool, up and out the hole. Thread forming taps, also known as cold forming taps, press rather than cut to create threads in a drilled hole, and no chips are created. Pipe taps create threads in pipes and pipe fittings. Each thread type designates a thread profile and each type is identified with an abbreviation. In the U.S. and Canada, the Unified Thread Standard is the dominant thread type, including UNC (Unified Coarse), UNF (Unified Fine), and NPT (National Pipe Taper) threads, among others.


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