Hand Reamers - 5: Types
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Solid hand reamer with straight flutes for straight holes. These reamers will produce straight and round holes of a specific diameter from 1/8" to 1.5"
Solid hand reamer with spiral flutes for straight holes. Their spiraled flute allow them to maintain a continuous cutting action in more difficult work conditions such as reaming a hole in which a keyway has been previously cut.
Solid hand reamer with straight flutes for tapered holes. These reamers will produce tapered holes of a specific taper size and of a good surface finish. These reamers exist in various sizes depending on the manufacturers standard. One common standard is the Morse taper and another is the Brown and Sharp taper. A set of two tapers is often used to create tapered holes where the first tapering tool is a roughing taper with a distinct geometry.
Solid hand reamer with spiral flutes for tapered holes. Their spiraled flutes allow them to maintain a continuous cutting action in more difficult work conditions such as reaming a hole in which a keyway has been previously cut.
Taper pin reamers are used to ream holes for standard taper pins
Taper pipe reamers are used to ream holes to be tapped with American Standard Taper Pipe Threads (NPT)
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