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Old 05-29-2012, 12:05 PM   #1
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Default Vintage craftsman tap and die set

Hey guys does anyone have any experience with the old style craftsman tap and die sets? The sets that were all USA made. I'm about to pull the trigger on a set from my neighbor for a good price. He said he never used it and was looking to get rid of it.
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Old 05-29-2012, 12:25 PM   #2
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Default Re: Vintage craftsman tap and die set

How vintage is vintage? Does it still look like the standard sets that are available today? Both my brother and dad have late 60's to mid 70's USA made Craftsman sets, both have worked very well over the years for home use - seldom used for tapping, often used for chasing threads on old project cars and equipment.
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:34 PM   #3
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Default Re: Vintage craftsman tap and die set

I have a crafty set maybee 10-12 years old.

I've used it mainly for cleaning out old threads. Maybe a dozen times for actually taping something---usually car door hinge plates

No complaints
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:55 PM   #4
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Default Re: Vintage craftsman tap and die set

i also have a set thats around 10 years old or so and has always worked great for me
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:12 PM   #5
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I havea set from 04-05, still USA. Taps break rather easy. I have an SO set at work and a lot of guys say those are crap, but they are at least 10 times better. That said, they are not terrible, just a word of caution to take it easy and use lube.
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:20 PM   #6
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Default Re: Vintage craftsman tap and die set

I have my dad's from the late '70s or so. It's in a black plastic case; haven't used it a lot, but it seems to be very good quality - never a problem.
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:58 PM   #7
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I have my dad's from the late '70s or so. It's in a black plastic case; haven't used it a lot, but it seems to be very good quality - never a problem.
now you are making me feel old! I picked up a set back in 77 that is still going strong; Not sure if it was made by Hanson or vermont American?

Who makes the sets for snap-on these days?
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:58 PM   #8
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I bought the full SAE set in 86 and they were still made in the USA. I only broke one tap in all that time and they still work fine. Wish I bought the full metric set back then, I near the new ones aren't really that good.

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Old 05-29-2012, 08:23 PM   #9
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I have a set of the professional ones in metric. It's probably mid to late 90's. I haven't used them much myself but haven't had an issue yet. They are HSS instead of the regular carbon steel set.

If the price is good and everything looks to be in good shape i'd grab them anyway. I paid $40 for the 39 pc. pro set slightly used (looks like they used one tap and one die). You could replace ones that break with better ones in the future.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:12 AM   #10
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I got this one new in mid-late 70's. It's cut plenty of threads and has never let me down.

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I have a few singles from the 60's or so that are ok. I bought a 117pc Mac set for $120.00 ruffly that still looks newish and works well. I don't know who made it? I do have some singles that belonged to my grandfather that I have not used and don't remember the brand. He worked Hughs during the war, I do have his wrenchs stamped WAR though.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:09 PM   #12
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Default Re: Vintage craftsman tap and die set

I picked this up the other day and the guy said he bought them in the 70's and never used them. I don't really need them and will probably put them in the classifieds.
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