Threading Taps

Threading taps are a tool used to create screw threads (tapping) into a pre-drilled hole, to create a clean fitting for bolts in metals and plastics. Used in engineering and manufacturing, threading taps work like a drill but due to the unique shape of a tap, when screwed into a piece of material, screw threads are created. Threading taps must be used in a predrilled hole and cannot be used for drilling entire holes.


The difference between taps and dies is that taps are used to create or repair threads in holes which is ideal for nuts. Dies are used to cut threads on materials such as steel rods to allow a fitting to be screwed on and attached (threading). The tap is designed for internal thread cutting, so this would be used on the fastener hole or a nut, whereas a die is used for the external thread, like on a bolt. In other words, tapping uses the tap part of the set and creates internal threads and threading is the process used by the die to cut external threads.


Threading Taps are available in HSS (high-speed steel) and carbide and can be used by hand or machine. Our range of threading taps offers the best tool for every machining method or process to meet all your requirements. Threading taps can be used with a tap wrench or power tool and are available in various sizes to accommodate a range of applications.


Taps can be used by machinists in different ways for different applications:


  • Taper taps or starter taps, are used to initially start a new thread with the first 7-10 threads having a flatter profile than those further up the shaft.

  • Plug taps are similar to taper taps but only have 3-5 starting rows ground down leaving more shaft to create a thread.

  • Bottom taps are square in profile with no ground down threads and are used after a taper or plug tap has been used. Their full length cutting shape allow for threads to be cut at the very bottom of a hole for maximum thread length.

  • Spiral flute taps – for blind hole applications

  • Spiral point taps – push chips forward, ideal for through-hole applications

  • Straight flute taps – most commonly, designed for short chipping materials

  • Forming taps – compresses to produce a thread rather than cutting

  • Taps come in both Metric and Imperial dimensions and can have different shank types. Threading taps are used in conjunction with a tap wrench so always consider the maximum side tap your wrench can hold when purchasing.

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RS Stock No. 340-6552
BrandRS PRO
SGD112.47
1 Set
Set(s)
Spiral Point Tap M12 Spiral Point Tap - - - 7 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 749-5691
BrandRS PRO
SGD14.15
1 Set
Set(s)
Threading Tap Set - - - - - 2 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 151-987
BrandRS PRO
SGD22.39
Each
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Threading Tap M6 Spiral Flute, Second 1.0mm Metric - 1 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 455-908
BrandRS PRO
SGD16.47
Each
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Threading Tap M2.5 Spiral Point 0.45mm Metric - 1 44.5 mm - - HSS 2.8 mm - -
RS Stock No. 151-921
BrandRS PRO
SGD18.90
1 Set
Set(s)
Straight Flute Tap M2.5 Straight Flute Tap - - - 2 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 152-570
BrandRS PRO
SGD13.99
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Threading Tap M2.5 Straight Flute, Taper 0.45mm Metric - 1 - - Hand Tap HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 152-407
BrandRS PRO
SGD14.41
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Threading Tap M6 Straight Flute, Second 1.0mm Metric - 1 - - Hand Tap HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 152-514
BrandRS PRO
SGD38.71
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Threading Tap M20 Straight Flute, Plug 2.5mm Metric - 1 - - Hand Tap HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 669-9372
BrandRS PRO
SGD11.11
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Threading Tap M3 Hexagon Drive Tap 0.5mm Metric - 1 32.5 mm - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 749-5688
BrandRS PRO
SGD11.98
1 Set
Set(s)
Threading Tap Set - - - - - 2 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 455-936
BrandRS PRO
SGD17.97
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Threading Tap M2 Spiral Point 0.4mm Metric - 1 41 mm - - HSS 2.5 mm - -
RS Stock No. 152-186
BrandRS PRO
SGD19.93
1 Set
Set(s)
Straight Flute Tap 3/8 in UNC Straight Flute Tap - - - 2 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 152-441
BrandRS PRO
SGD16.95
1 Set
Set(s)
Straight Flute Tap #10 BA Straight Flute Tap - - - 2 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 152-097
BrandRS PRO
SGD13.55
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Threading Tap M10 Straight Flute, Second 1.5mm Metric - 1 - - Hand Tap HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 522-7553
BrandRS PRO
SGD21.31
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Threading Tap M8 Second, Straight Flute 0.75mm Metric Fine - 1 66 mm - - HSS 6.3 mm - -
RS Stock No. 151-909
BrandRS PRO
SGD17.10
1 Set
Set(s)
Straight Flute Tap #4 BA Straight Flute Tap - - - 2 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 669-9390
BrandRS PRO
SGD23.93
Each
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Threading Tap M10 Hexagon Drive Tap 1.5mm Metric - 1 40.5 mm - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 152-255
BrandRS PRO
SGD45.59
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Threading Tap M20 Straight Flute, Taper 2.5mm Metric - 1 - - Hand Tap HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 152-160
BrandRS PRO
SGD52.65
1 Set
Set(s)
Straight Flute Tap 3/8 in BSP Straight Flute Tap - - - 2 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 522-7531
BrandRS PRO
SGD19.31
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Threading Tap M5 Second, Straight Flute 0.5mm Metric Fine - 1 60 mm - - HSS 5 mm - -
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