thread chasers will NOT remove any metal taps MIGHT remove metal thats about the only real difference as far as I know...personally I have always used taps to clean threads with seemingly no ill effects
yes a tap will remove metal if there is metal to remove, such as when you tap a fresh hole, but if you are using the correct size tap in an already tapped hole IMHO it should not be removing any metal unless the threads are damaged somewhere in the hole...with an undamaged thread all it should normally be removing is the dirt in the threads...again just my two cent on thisTaps will remove material and cut threads which is what they were made to do. Chasers straighten and clean threads more than cut. I use taps alot too but say you clean the threads in your motor for the head bolts with a tap instead of a chaser. Much more likely to leak no matter what sealer you use. There's just less material cause the tap cut some more out when you used it. RM
Same here, I will use a bottoming tap vice a taper for existing threads. I am not sure I know or see the difference in using a thread chaser.I guess I'm going to learn something new here...I've always used regular taps for chasing threads...what's the difference between a regular tap and a thread chasing tap?
Funny stuff there Paul ......however I have engine blue printing books that say taps are fine for this purpose but I dont think I have any chasiss dissasembly books that say a hammer is fine for removing a steering wheel.You can take a steering wheel off with a hammer too(I've many without ill affects),but mess it up and you damage the column.I know i have one from the a previous owner.
My 2 cents Paul