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Thread pitch gauge, or also known as screw pitch gauge is used as a reference tool to discover the pitch of a thread that is on a screw/bolt or in a tapped hole.It allows you to quickly categorize any thread by shape and pitch, saving time in that it removes the need for you to measure and calculate the thread pitch of the item. They are a handy tool that we feel every workshop should have in their collection. They can be found in both metric and imperial, we happen to supply a thread pitch gauge that covers all of Metric, UNC, UNF, BSW, BSF, BSP and the rare BSC 26tpi. Try to avoid the cheaper items as this could lead to wrong measurements being taken and then armed with false information a lot of damage could be made. They are very straightforward to use, simply match the threads on any screw or bolt to the threaded edge of the a leaf, if the threads align perfectly you have identified the thread pitch correctly as shown in the diagram below
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We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for their great support over the past 12 months. Hopefully our aim's has been met and we have helped you with any of your threading issues even if it was just our "Honest, helpful advice" you needed, as we consider ourselves the forth emergency service at times! Its been a great year for us, introducing our British manufactured Carbon Steel range of taps and dies and becoming a supplier of Time-Cert Repair Kits and accessories. We will always strive to add that personnal touch and provide a friendly service as every single customer is important to us and with 2017 fast approaching we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year, the Uni-Thread Team.
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Its that time of year again for the October addition of the famous Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show. Stars from the iconic motorcycle documentary On Any Sunday, former racers Dave Aldana, Don Emde, Mert Lawwill and Gene Romero will be guests of honor at this years extravaganza. Visitors will also have the opportunity to get up and close to Barry Sheene's 1976 and 1977 world championship winning bikes.There will also be of course a huge display of bikes, both private and club exhibits showing, as enthusiasts come together to celebrate the emerging classics from the 1960's, 70's, 80's,and even 90's! Hundreds of traders and dealers will be in attendance giving show goers the chance to stock up on parts, spares, accessories, memorabilia and much more. Thats where we come in, we will be in the main hall stand number M34 (along from the Bingley Arms Pub!!) helping people out with all of their threading issues with our thread repair kits, taps, dies, drill sets, inserts and our free of charge advice! So as usual if you know your going and need anything why not give us a call and we will make sure we bring it along, and if your not going why not? It really is the place to be if you have an interest in all that is two wheels. Hope to see you all there.
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Time-Sert kits have been around for a while now and for good reason,as they have many excellent benefits. They are quick and easy to install, can withstand high temperatures without damage or deforming, can be installed in areas of limited space and clearance due to there thin construction, are self locking and have an actual locking feature which will prevent them from coming out when the bolt is removed, have no prongs or tangs to remove once fitted and  have a flange which will give them a positive placement for accurate specific depths which insures that the insert does not wind down into the hole.
The process of installing a Time-Sert insert is very straight forward-
 1; Drill out the damaged hole with the drill provided (which can also be used to remove the insert if not needed)
2; Counter bore the hole to the full depth permitted by the tool
3; Use Time-sert tap to re-tap hole
4; Insert the time-Sert insert using the driver tool supplied and you are now ready to screw in your bolt, its that easy!
The inserts can be used in a wide variety of materials from aluminum to stainless steal and even plastics. We stock a full range of kits in common thread forms and loose components that can all be purchased individually. so if you have any questions or quires about these or anything else please do not hesitate to contact us as we pride ourselves in providing Honest, helpful advice "whether you buy from us or not".
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The Kempton classic bike show and autojumble is on this May Saturday 21st so come along and if your not, why not, because its an amazing place to find what you may need for you biking needs or just come down to see the bikes on show. The show hall will have over 30 club stands showing their classic bikes, as well as Ace cafe London will be there showing some of their bikes. We will be found in our usual spot in the main hall, under the main grand stand with our thread repair kits, helicoil type inserts (1.5D only,so please call if you need a different length), uk manufactured taps & dies, high quality drill sets, thread restoring files,thread pitch gauges, feeler gauges and of course our honest, helpful advice 'whether you buy from us or not' which as always is free of charge!!
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The start of 2016 has been very busy but exciting time for us at Uni-Thread. On February 6th & 7th we were at the Bath & West Showground with the Carol Nash Classic Motorcycle Show, great show, an auction of a single collection of British motorcycles from right here in Totnes, Devon and lots of local clubs showing off there pride and joys. Then we stepped into march, back up to the Bath & West Showground on the 12th with the VMCC Autojumble and believe me if there is a part your looking for and you cant find it there then your just not looking hard enough! Just one week later we made the journey up to Kempton Park Racecourse for the Kempton Motorcycle Jumble. As always Kempton never lets us down and we had yet anther fine weekend.We would really like to take the time to say a big thank you to everyone who came over to us during these shows and autojumbles to gain advice, purchase items and to show there appreciation for previous help, it really does make all the hard work worth while so again Thank You. Our next show is April 23rd & 24th in Stafford for the 36th Carol Nash International Classic Motorcycle Show, wth guest of honor Steve Parrish. So we fully expect to see you all there and dont forget to come over to see us for Honest, helpful advice"whether you buy from us or not".
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Due to the overwhelming success of our recent offer on our carbon steal range of taps and dies we have decided that it is only fair to extend this fantastic deal. We will continue to reduce all carbon steal taps by 20% and dies by an amazing 30%. You will still be receiving our all UK manufactured Apex range so quality will never become an issue. Our comprehensive range covers all Metric, UNC, UNF, BSW, BSP, BSF, BA, ME and even all BSC threads. If you ever need any help or advice regarding these products or anything else then please do not hesitate to contact us, as we are always more than happy to help in any way we can. Honest, helpful advice "whether you buy from us or not".
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Why use a wire thread insert? To repair and or create a high strength, wear resistant, heat resistant threads to a high precision. Wire thread inserts use a helically coiled stanless steal wire that has a diamond shaped cross section. The wire cross-section allows the external portion of the wire to screw into the receiving threads in the housing during installation. The coils of the insert are compressed during installation like a coiled spring, the compressed insert expandes against the walls of the threaded housing, which retains the insert and keeps it from unthreading.
1. Drill out the damaged thread to a sufficient depth to accommodate the wire thread insert and the bolt or screw being used. We always recommend removal of the item you are repairing, and to take extra care as everything follows the drilling. If you are drilling a hard material(i.e. stainless steal) always use a cutting fluid.
2.Tap the hole using a STI (standard thread insert)Tap. These are over sized to allow clearance for the insert. When tapping turn the tap a couple of times to cut then back half a turn to remove any swarf, repeat the process until you have cut a sufficient length needed. If you are tapping a blind hole or non through hole always use a plug tap(also known as a bottoming tap) as this will prevent you cutting down to far. As above if the material is hard always use a cutting fluid.
3.Place the insert on to the insertion tool, tang end goes into the hole first. Wind the insert into the hole, not using to much pressure,  until the top coil is 1/4 to 1/2 turn below the top surface.
4. The tang must now be removed to allow full passage of the bolt or screw through the wire thread insert. Place the tang break-off tool squarely on the tang of the insert and then give it a sharp blow. For inserts with diameters bigger than 1/2" or 12mm you can use long nose pliers to remove the tang. Hold the tang  with the pliers, do not twist, push down with pressure, the tang will snap off, keep hold of the tang and simply remove it.
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  Saturday 26th September is the second installment of this years VMCC Autojumble at the Bath and west showground, Shepton Mallet. This is still one of the cheapest autojumble in the country at only £3 entry, but still one of the best. There will be over 470 stalls selling a wide arrangement of products from new to pre-loved. Spread over 3 large halls and additional outdoor space. Its not just a great place to search for things to buy its also fantastic place to rub shoulders with fellow enthusiasts and gain invaluable advice on anything you may need. If you are having any issues with damaged threads, then come over and see us, we will be in the showering pavilion, stand number 67 & 68 with a wide range of thread repair kits, taps & dies, drill sets and many more products. Dont forget if you know what you need, give us a call to avoid any disappointment
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Many thanks to everyone who made it to the Kempton Park Autojumble, July 2015. Its always nice to see all of the familiar faces, and new ones of course!! Our Uni-Thread Thread Repair Kits went down very well as did our thread pitch gauges as we nearly ran out. Dont forget we are still running our special introductory offer on our UK manufactured carbon steel taps and dies. Hope to see you all back at Kempton Park on the 19th September for the next great autojumble and again thank you for all of your custom.
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