A die stock, in simple words, can also be referred to as a die holder. A die is a razor-sharp implement for cutting threads into metal screw pipes or tubes. A die holder helps the user to apply uniform pressure when cutting threads. It is generally made of cast, mild, or cast iron.
This article will help the reader understand the different kinds of die stocks and the general usage of all die holders. Threads, as mentioned, are the round markings found on the tips of metal pipes used for joining a piece of metal to another metal or component.
Types of Die Stock and Its Usage
There are different kinds of dies, such as solid, split, adjustable, plate, pipe, chaser dies, and other holders that will be best suited for different die. Some dies, such as chaser dies, are used in automatic machines and thus will require a different type of holder from an adjustable die which can be used by hand. Plumbers make use of this device when connecting the drainage and water systems.
There are three common die holders and include as follows;
Solid die stock
It is made from a circular body solid metal piece of metal. It has two handles on either body side and two screws on the sides. A center screw holds and adjusts the die. It is best used for circular solid and split dies. A solid die makes worn-out or old threads, while a split die accommodates huge size differences.
Adjustable die stock
This type of die stock has a rectangular body with two handles on either side of the rectangular body. A clamping screw on the body adjusts and holds the die. Its adjustable capability makes it compatible with different-sized dies.
Quick die stock
This has a circular body with two handles on either side. It is used to hold an adjustable die. The adjustable dies are found in pairs and are used together.
Precautions when using a die stock
- The pressure applied on the handle, especially in machines, should be equal to get equally deep threads.
- A ring gauge should be used for checking the thread size.
- Like any other implement, the handle should be properly cleaned regularly.
- The tube end should be properly chamfered when cutting threads using a file or grinder.
- The handles should be firmly fitted.
- An adjustable two or three-cut is needed when cutting pipes with large diameters.
Uses of die stock
Some of its uses include
- Making threads on a pipe
- Turning the die when making the threads
- Holding the pipe as you make the threads is made effective by its knurled handles.
- It has three screws that help position the die and firmly attach it
- It is also used for cutting pipes
Die stocks help create equally deep and spaced threads but also help reduce the cost of threaded goods since the threading process is easy.
Knowing the different kinds of die stock will make it easy to identify the one you need. Those who already purchased the implement also learn how to handle and take care of their implementation correctly.