Looking for a Tapping head for my drill press

I am looking to purchase a tapping head for my drill press. Mainly tapping small holes (2-56 at the moment). Not looking to spend $$$$. Anyone have any suggestions? I found this Grizzly tapping head anyone have any experience with this one? Looking for one that will just fit into the drill press without taking out the chuck (if that's possible).

 

Owl

Gold Membership
I bought a used Tapmatic 30X on Fleabay a couple years ago.
They show up there all the time, but they aren't real cheap.
It works well for the small stuff I use.
Make sure you get the collets with it if you buy one.
 

J. Doyle

Dealer - Purveyor
I am looking to purchase a tapping head for my drill press. Mainly tapping small holes (2-56 at the moment). Not looking to spend $$$$. Anyone have any suggestions? I found this Grizzly tapping head anyone have any experience with this one? Looking for one that will just fit into the drill press without taking out the chuck (if that's possible).


What's the taper on your drill press chuck? That tapping head is a Morse taper #2. It will be stamped on your drill press chuck or spindle what the taper is. You need a tapping head to match that. None of them that I'm aware of chuck into an existing drill press chuck.

Changing the chuck is not difficult or time consuming.
 

TJSmith

Member
I am looking to purchase a tapping head for my drill press. Mainly tapping small holes (2-56 at the moment). Not looking to spend $$$$. Anyone have any suggestions? I found this Grizzly tapping head anyone have any experience with this one? Looking for one that will just fit into the drill press without taking out the chuck (if that's possible).

i have a reversable tapping attatchment has a MT # 3 shank If that would work give me a hollar
blksmith234@gmail.com
 
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J. Doyle

Dealer - Purveyor
The only thing I see on my chuck is “3-6mm JT3”

Is that what I should be looking for?

Yeah, so that means your chuck is a Jacob's taper #3. So that Morse taper #2 tapping head won't fit. You'll need a tapping head with a JT3 chuck taper.

Or....another drill press with a MT2 chuck for a dedicated tapping head.
 

EdCaffreyMS

"The Montana Bladesmith"
I have a tapping head (purchase from Enco before they went under), and a dedicated drill press for it. John is correct in above.... IF you are going to use your existing drill press, the tapping head MUST be a JT3. Once you get a tapping head mounted on a drill press, you DO NOT want to be taking it off, and putting it back on......it can become a real hassle, and the more it's on/off, the less likely it is to stay in place on the drill press spindle.

I actually purchased the tapping head..... THEN I went to home depot and purchased the drill press that it would fit on.

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You will have to design/build/mount something to catch/contain the reversing handle..... which is the part you see clamped to the drill press column in the pics. All these type of tapping heads have a reversing feature..... and that handle sticking out/into the slotted fixture on the drill press column is it.
 

Wayne Coe

Forum Owner - Moderator
I replaced the motor on mine with a 1 hp 3 phase motor and added a KBAC 24D VFD with the fwd/rev switch. Now I not only can tap and back out I have the added advantage of infinite speed control with the turn of a dial. Once the tap starts cutting threads the drill press will self feed. I also have a HF foot switch so that when the tap had done it's thing or if I get a spinning piece all I have to do is step off the switch.

Let me know if I can help you.
 
I replaced the motor on mine with a 1 hp 3 phase motor and added a KBAC 24D VFD with the fwd/rev switch. Now I not only can tap and back out I have the added advantage of infinite speed control with the turn of a dial. Once the tap starts cutting threads the drill press will self feed. I also have a HF foot switch so that when the tap had done it's thing or if I get a spinning piece all I have to do is step off the switch.

Let me know if I can help you.

You did this to your drill press? That sounds interesting...
 
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