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View Poll Results: Do we switch to TapCo or stay with e-Taps
Yes - switch to TapCo 38 97.44%
No - Stay with e-Taps 1 2.56%
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Old 08-28-2017, 10:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Triple Start Tap & Die Group Buy 2017 Decision Point

I sent an email to the people at TapCo this afternoon showing the quantities of taps and dies that this group buy is going to order, and they came back with better set of prices with the exception of the 4 die sizes.

Here is what they came back with:

TapCo e-Taps
Triple Taps Price Price Difference
M14x.8 Plug $51.81 $55.00 -$3.19
M14x.8 Bottom $51.81 $83.25 -$31.44
M13x.8 Plug $47.10 $48.90 -$1.80
M13x.8 Bottom $47.10 $80.75 -$33.65
M12x.8 Plug $39.50 $45.00 -$5.50
M12x.8 Bottom $39.50 $49.70 -$10.20
M11x.8 Plug $37.70 $45.60 -$7.90
M11x.8 Bottom $37.70 $49.70 -$12.00
Triple Dies
M14x.8 $67.20 $61.50 $5.70
M13x.8 $67.20 $61.50 $5.70
M12x.8 $67.20 $59.90 $7.30
M12x.8 $67.20 $61.50 $5.70
Nib Taps
M6.4x.6 Plug $18.50 $23.80 -$5.30
M6.4x.6 Bottom $18.50 $23.80 -$5.30
M7.9x.6 Plug $18.50 $21.60 -$3.10
M7.9x.6 Bottom $18.50 $21.60 -$3.10
M6.5x.5 Plug $18.50 $22.60 -$4.10
M6.5x.5 Bottom $18.50 $22.60 -$4.10
M7.4X.5 Plug $18.50 $25.30 -$6.80
M7.4X.5 Bottom $18.50 $25.30 -$6.80

The advantage of going with TapCo is the turn around time and the fact that the plug and bottoming dies count as a single value for the quantities.

As you can see all of the prices for the triple lead taps and the single taps are less from TapCo.

The only downside is the triple lead dies are a little more expensive.

The turn around time for TapCo is 13-14 work days while is 4 to 6 weeks.

Please cast your vote one way or another as to whether we go forward with e-Taps or switch to TapCo.

If we decide to switch to TapCo, I will give everyone a chance to look at their orders and decide if they want to make any changes. I will require that any changes be made known to me as soon as possible via an email to I will allow 4 days for changes to be made.

If anyone makes changes, I will send out a new invoice with the corrected prices and if any addition money is due I need to have it made NLT 9/10. If more money has been paid in than is required with the new prices, and the overage amount is $1.00 or more. I will send you a refund. If less than $1.00 it will be donated to IAP.
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Old 08-28-2017, 11:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Triple Start Tap & Die Group Buy 2017 Decision Point

Anyone have a feel for quality of one over the other? If equal or better I'm good with Tapco. No change to my order.


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Old 08-28-2017, 11:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Either way. I'd save a few dollars by switching to TapCo, but not so much that it would change my lifestyle.

I've been happy with the products from TapCo, I expect the e-Taps products would also be completely adequate.

I have not voted because I can't tell if "yes" means "yes we stay with e-Taps" or "yes we switch to Tapco". (Plus I don't have a preference anyway!)
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Old 08-28-2017, 11:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Is it, vote yes = tapco, no = e-taps?
Looking at the tapco site they appear to be MIUSA
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Old 08-29-2017, 12:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have previous experience with Tapco products and I have been happy with them.

I have no experience with e-Taps products and I have no reason to not try them.

I will be saving money overall by switching to Tapco and for that reason only I would favor a switch to Tapco.

I expect the wording of the question to be changed and I will wait until that happens before voting.
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Old 08-29-2017, 02:03 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Waiting on Elwin to clarify the question, but changing should hopefully save money for everyone with bottoming taps (might even allow others to pick them up), or be very close within a few dollars for everyone else.
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Old 08-29-2017, 04:41 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I would vote to switch to Tapco - would allow a savings of $75 even with the
higher die pricing
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Old 08-29-2017, 05:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
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My apologies on the confusion with the poll. If you want to switch to TapCo then vote "Yes" otherwise vote "No".

Since this is a first time using the poll feature of a thread, I do not know how to change text on the options.
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Old 08-29-2017, 05:43 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I vote for switch to tapco
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Old 08-29-2017, 05:48 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm good with Tapco and the cheaper prices. I believe my double start tap and dies are Tapco and the quality is good.

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