Friday, May 17, 2013
The Amazing Omegadrill
Every bust a tap in a hole you were threading?
Ever bust off an E Z Out while trying to remove a busted bolt?
If you have, then you know what a PITA it is to get a broken tap out of a hole.
Sometimes you can break the tap up into individual pieces and pick them out, but what if you can't?
When I worked at Hughes Aircraft, if somebody broke a tap in one of the very expensive milled aluminum housings we used, we'd strip the housing down to bare metal, and send it out the have the tap "burned" out with an EDM process.
It worked beautifully, but was expensive and time consuming.
I happened to find several references where guys were raving over how good The Omegadrill worked at an automotive website I like to visit, and it looks like somebody has come up with an answer to the busted tap problem.
They're not cheap, at $175 for a 9 piece set, but if they get you out of a jam, they're could be money well spent!