There always seems to be that one guy who says no, he has never broken off a tap.
All I can say is either you are the luckiest sonofabitch I ever heard of or you don’t do much thread tapping.
If that is the case, you just ain’t trying hard enough and this should take care of your broken tap virginity issue.
This thing is a MONSTER.
Far and away the biggest Tap Wrench I have ever laid eyes on.
I spent about an hour and a half cleaning it up some and got it broke loose and working.
I still want to do some more cleaning on it but it is totally functional right now.
I picked this up from STxAR over at Budget Machining after I read that post and started drooling before I was even done.
The poor dude has had a really, really rough year.
He is just a Prince of a guy too, it breaks my heart to see all the crap he has been through.
So he picked up several LARGE tap and also some Die wrenches somewhere that were all rusty and said he was going to clean them up and sell them to make some extra money if he could ever find the time.
I got ahold of him and told him I would take this one off his hands and he didn’t even need to bother cleaning it.
That’s half the fun for me anyway.
So we went back and forth a bit and I made him a decent offer and told him I would pay for the shipping too.
Done deal. He had the thing boxed up and shipped lickety split.
Like I said, he is a hell of a nice guy and I am dead serious too.
A couple days later I heard a pretty solid THUNK against the front door and here it is.
I wasted no time getting it unboxed, out on the bench and went at it.
This is the second or third time I have gotten a rusty old tool from somewhere else in the country and I have to say that on all occasions, it is a totally different kind of rust than what we have to deal with here in the Pacific Northwest.
The stuff we get is very aggressive. Something that sat around as long as those tap and die wrenches obviously did where he is, around here would be completely destroyed.
The rust around here would have fused that thing together and then commenced to eating it completely.
As nasty as it looks in that picture when I first got it, it only took me about an hour or so to get it cleaned up and working smoothly!
So I really want to give a shout out to STxAR and thank him again for hooking me up.
As for just what the heck I am ever going to use that beast for, I do have some Pipe Taps that would require something that big and anything square that needing reefing on and would fit inside those jaws would be crying it’s eyes out when it saw me drag that puppy out.