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Feb 26, 2024 - 7:09:12 AM



232 posts since 1/23/2009

Hello friends. I'm building a project banjo pot. It's extra deep, so I need extra-long hooks, somewhere about 3 1/2 inches. I was able to source the steel rod easy enough, and haven't had much trouble bending them, but I can't for the life of me find a consistent source of 8-26 threading dies. I found one off Ebay, but that's about worn out (I think I was a little light on the tapping oil at first). Anyone know a good source for 8-26? Thanks,

Feb 26, 2024 - 7:25:13 AM



473 posts since 10/23/2014

I did a quick search on Amazon and see that 1/8" dies are all 27 pitch - good luck

Feb 26, 2024 - 7:42:51 AM
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1395 posts since 11/8/2014

This die is essentially the same as the 8-26, with the thread profile being a bit different and the diameter 5/32" instead of .164". I don't have this die myself, but it may work, as the thread angle is 60 degrees, same as UNC, UNF, and UNS, with a radius at the crest and the root. It is a bit undersize (by .008") as compared to the 8-26, but appears to have a set screw that can expand the tap.  You may already have 5/32" rod rather than #8, in which case this would work fine. I have measured a lot of hooks from banjos I've had, and parts I have accumulated, and found only one that measured .164". The rest were in the range of .156", or 5/32".   Possibly someone from the UK can weigh in on this.

Edited by - rmcdow on 02/26/2024 07:58:34

Feb 26, 2024 - 10:10:50 AM



107 posts since 11/18/2020

That’s standard British Cycle thread, you might like to try Tracy Tools if you have no luck your side of the pond, they stick a huge range of taps and dies, which I use on my old cars and bikes.

Feb 26, 2024 - 5:31:44 PM

122 posts since 3/3/2008

I think this might be what you are looking for

5/32-26 Die


rmcdow also pointed this out above


Here is another thread about this topic

Edited by - euler357 on 02/26/2024 17:34:49

Feb 29, 2024 - 5:27:51 PM



232 posts since 1/23/2009

Thanks guys. I do indeed have 5/32" rod. I'll try the linked die, let you all know how it works out. Thanks much.

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