Tap Die

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Differences in tap & die kits?

So I'm looking for a tap and die kit to re-thread a hole in my 30 year old car I'm fixing up. I've found different kits with the same pieces from different stores ranging from $30 to $110. Is there a reason for such a price difference? Is one for masonry and one metal work oriented? I'm pretty new to this. Also is it possible to re-thread a hole without the use of a machine drill?
As for the machine drill part, I did some YouTube research and noticed a lot of people drill the tap in rather than with a handle or t-wrench. Which would be proper for my application?

There is a tremendous difference in the quality of "cheap" kits and more expensive kits. That said, the cheap kit may work great for what you're doing. You just need to understand the differences and decide which one is right for you. Generally, any "tap and die" set will be intended for metalwork.

Cheap kits are just fine for chasing threads and cleaning up existing threads. They are usually just fine for cutting new threads a couple times. They are not good for repeat use. Also, they tend to be easy to break, but extremely difficult to drill out if and when you do break one.

If you're on a tight budget, my suggestion would be to buy a cheap set (because then you'll at least own one of most applicable sizes), and buy single pieces of higher quality when you find out which sizes you tend to use often. If nicer taps are $10 a piece, there is no need to be paying that price for the 11/32" one that you'll never ever use.

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