Interchange 1/4 hex and 1/4 square tools and extensions

Tools and Reviews to help your fellow Cubber's.
Forum rules
Unwarranted FLAME reviews will be deleted without notice. Members are encouraged to exhaust all arbitration efforts with the companies before posting negative reviews here.

FarmallCub.Com and the moderators are not responsible for member reviews of businesses and attractions.

Send issues regarding reviews to Cub@farmallcub.com.
staninlowerAL
10+ Years
10+ Years
Posts: 5010
Joined: Fri Oct 29, 2010 11:34 pm
Zip Code: 36558
Tractors Owned: Cubs: (3)'49's, (1 is for parts), (1)'57 IH Cub LoBoy w/FH, (2)154 Number Series Loboys, (1 is for parts), '76 Longstripe w/FH, Mowers: C-22, Bush Hog 412, Pennington 59, Woods RM42CF, Woods 42, assorted FCub plows, planters, discs, etc. OTHERS: '49 AC B & Ind. Sickle mower, '61 AC D12 Ser 2, '52 8N, '56 Ferguson 35 Deluxe, '47 & '49 Avery V, '53 MM BG (offset), '51 JD M (regular), '56 JD 420C, with Blade and fire plow, '85 JD 850 (Yanmar) w/72" belly mower, '76? Yanmar 2TR15 1500 & Bush Hog SQ42S-2 mower, '78? FORD Dexta, '86 FORD LGT14D & 48" Mower, (2)Cub Cadets & Mowers (MTD), (4) Sears Surburban's, other MTD mowers, Jeeps & other misc. "treasures"
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: AL (Southwest)

Interchange 1/4 hex and 1/4 square tools and extensions

Postby staninlowerAL » Sun Apr 23, 2023 6:23 pm

I've been thinking about this topic as a result of the comments received as a result of this post:
viewtopic.php?f=47&t=114819
So I've been thinking about tools that I have and different ways to utilize them and came up with the idea of adapting the 10-24 tap to use with 1/4 inch drive tools. It involves making an adapter for the 3/16 square end of the tap so I decided to try fabricating something that would work with what I had on hand. I used a strip of aluminum soda can folded around a 1/4 in coupling nut to create a form which I wrapped in thin plastic and taped together to slip into a 3/8 deep well socket. 3 steel nuts size 10-24 were used to center the tap into the form, two were squared up with a needle file to accept the shape of the tap and one was resized to fit over the round part of the tap. I removed the coupling nut from the form, leaving it inserted into the socket and placing the two squared up nuts on the end of the tap, I inserted it into the form. I then filled the form with regular JB WELD to create a bed about an inch long, then placed the remaining nut on the tap shaft to center it in the bed of epoxy. (NOTE: a thin plastic like kitchen wrap keeps the epoxy from sticking when the object is removed from the socket.) After it hardened I now have a removable tap that will fit into a hex socket. A dedicated socket could be used if preferred. After cleaning it all up I found that it fit nicely into a 1/4 drive 10mm socket. This also gives the opportunity to use 1/4 in hex drive tools with 1/4 inch square drive tool with a square to hex adapter. Add a 1/4 in drive universal and it expands the capability and opportunity for other uses. Maybe someone will find this useful. Stan :hattip:
IMG_20230423_173204152~2.jpg
Stan in LA (lower AL)
USAF & Reserves, Reg ARMY, ARMY NG (AL)

User avatar
Don McCombs
Team Cub Mentor
Team Cub Mentor
Posts: 17533
Joined: Mon Feb 03, 2003 6:45 am
Zip Code: 21550
Tractors Owned: "1950 Something" Farmall Cub
1957 Farmall Cub w/FH
1977 International Cub w/FH
1978 International Cub
1948 Farmall Super A
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: MD, Deep Creek Lake

Re: Interchange 1/4 hex and 1/4 square tools and extensions

Postby Don McCombs » Sun Apr 23, 2023 9:52 pm

How about this...

https://www.mcmaster.com/products/hex-shank-taps/

Not cheap. But, comes ready to use.
Don McCombs
MD, Deep Creek Lake

Image
Proud Member of Maryland Chapter 39

The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.
A. K. Trenfor

Jim Becker
Team Cub
Team Cub
Posts: 17314
Joined: Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:59 pm
Zip Code: 55319
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: MN

Re: Interchange 1/4 hex and 1/4 square tools and extensions

Postby Jim Becker » Sun Apr 23, 2023 10:40 pm

I have a T-handle for my taps. You can pull the handle completely out and put a socket handle/extension in the end of it. I don't know off hand if it goes small enough for this particular tap. But I'm sure smaller T-handles are available. There are also adjustable socket drives like this:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Irwin-Hanson ... SellerId=0
This is just an example of what is available, I haven't tried this type.

staninlowerAL
10+ Years
10+ Years
Posts: 5010
Joined: Fri Oct 29, 2010 11:34 pm
Zip Code: 36558
Tractors Owned: Cubs: (3)'49's, (1 is for parts), (1)'57 IH Cub LoBoy w/FH, (2)154 Number Series Loboys, (1 is for parts), '76 Longstripe w/FH, Mowers: C-22, Bush Hog 412, Pennington 59, Woods RM42CF, Woods 42, assorted FCub plows, planters, discs, etc. OTHERS: '49 AC B & Ind. Sickle mower, '61 AC D12 Ser 2, '52 8N, '56 Ferguson 35 Deluxe, '47 & '49 Avery V, '53 MM BG (offset), '51 JD M (regular), '56 JD 420C, with Blade and fire plow, '85 JD 850 (Yanmar) w/72" belly mower, '76? Yanmar 2TR15 1500 & Bush Hog SQ42S-2 mower, '78? FORD Dexta, '86 FORD LGT14D & 48" Mower, (2)Cub Cadets & Mowers (MTD), (4) Sears Surburban's, other MTD mowers, Jeeps & other misc. "treasures"
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: AL (Southwest)

Re: Interchange 1/4 hex and 1/4 square tools and extensions

Postby staninlowerAL » Thu May 04, 2023 7:51 pm

Well, I took Jim's advice and purchased the 1/4 drive small adjustable tap socket, M3-M8 and up to 1/4 inch taps. It is small enough to run a #10-24 tap in the right bolster dogleg screw holes but just barely. Looks like it's about the best tool for this job.
tap socket2.jpg
Stan in LA (lower AL)
USAF & Reserves, Reg ARMY, ARMY NG (AL)


  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “Tool Talk and Reviews”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests