Forming taps displace metal — cutting taps remove it.
BALAX stands for “BALanced AXially,” which is an important feature for all of our Thredfloer Cold Forming Taps. Balax Thredfloers are ground using our proprietary thread grinders that have a differential lead compensation device that produces cold forming taps with their lead crests exactly on pitch.
Other forming taps have lead thread cold forming teeth that are not ground on pitch. These forming taps actually cold-work the thread twice:
Balax Thredfloers form the thread exactly on pitch the first time with no axial thrust, hence the name “BALanced AXially”. All Thredfloers require less tapping torque and provide longer tap life than forming taps ground with conventional methods.
Forming taps and cutting taps produce threads that gage identically and are interchangeable, but the similarity stops there. The way they produce threads is completely different:
Precision Ground Taperlock Thread Gages made by Balax have some very unique design, enginering, and production properties that distinguish them from most other thread gage manufacturers. Even with all of these advantages they remain competitively priced!
Available in sizes ranging from 000-120 to 00-90 or .90 UNM to 1.40 UNM.
The high quality materials and special grinding process used to manufacture Balax Miniature gages provide a consistency and accuracy never before available with miniature gages. They are held in special collect type holders.
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All Balax Thread gages are furnished with actual fifth place (.00000) measurements of pitch diameter and major diameter to guarantee the accuracy of your gage to Class-X ̋tolerance levels.
Titanium Nitrided thread gages are available for all stock sizes.
Balax can custom manufacture gages to your specifications.
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