Produktserie: Machine Taps

Metric and Imperial Machine/ Hand Taps for Engineers, ISO 529/ BS 949. All sizes available.

Fixaball sells all diameters of metric, UNC and UNF machine/ hand taps for threading metal holes

Machine/ Hand Taps

Machine/ Hand Taps are used to create a thread in a pre-drilled hole so that a fastener with the same size/ type of thread can be screwed into it to secure a component/ part. they should be used with a suitable lubricant for better quality threads and to prolong the life of the tap.


1st/ Taper Taps

Taper tap, also known as, 'starter taps' or ,'1st taps', have a longer/ larger champfered end to ease the forming tool through the pre drilled hole. The taper is so to ease a tap better into an untapped hole. eg. Using a bottoming tap 1st would damage the first threads and possibly the thread at the start of the hole.

2nd/ Intermediate Taps

2nd taps are intermediate taps which assist in aligning and starting of the tap into an untapped hole. 

3rd/ Bottoming Taps

A bottoming, or, 'plug', tap has no tapered, front edge. Instead it's tip is ground to a cutting edge meaning that it can create a thread to the bottom of a blind hole.


Metric Threads

Metric Coarse threads are in Millimetre (mm/ 1000ths of a metre) units and were developed to simplify the imperial systems. Europe moved to this system but the Americans choose Imperial as their default. A coarse thread has less helical coils per mm and a metric fine threads has more. A Coarse thread (most common/ standard thread) is used for heavier loads and fine is used for lighter loads prone to vibrations.


Imperial - Unified Thread Standards.

The basic American standards for fastening screw threads as agreed upon by standard bodies of Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. 

Unified National (UN) 

Unified National Coarse (UNC) 

Unified National Fine (UNF) 


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