Earlier today, when seeing if there any new Tekton tools hitting the market, I learned two things. First, there’s a new “limited time” 25% “coupon” that you can use on (1) Tekton pliers product – I reposted about this deal here a little earlier. I also learned that Tekton is coming out with new punches.
There are 3 new sets, and maybe more to follow. There’s a 7-piece pin punch set, a 7-piece roll pin punch set, and an 18-piece gunsmith punch set. All three sets come with a labeled solid walnut bench block, which organizes the punches and keeps them at the ready.
All of the punches feature reverse-tapered (slightly
narrower wider) tips, hexagonal shafts, and what looks to be laser-etched markings. As Jerry pointed out in a comment, a tapered tip would be slightly narrower than the shaft, while a reverse tapered tip would be slightly wider than the shaft. This way, there’s less potential for a punch’s shaft to be frictionally stuck inside a like-sized hole when punching out a part.
Pin punches are great problem-solvers, and if you’ve never used them before I encourage you to keep this information in the back of your mind. In general, pin punches are used to remove internal cylindrical components from their assemblies, typically with a hammer (ball pein or similar) used to provide the driving force.
Pin Punch Set
The 7-piece pin punch set (66533) comes with sizes 1/16″ through 1/4″:
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Roll Pin Punch Set
The 7-piece roll punch set (66536) comes with sizes 1/16″ to 7/32″:
Instead of 1/4″ size as with the pin punch set, it comes with a 5/64″ punch size.
What’s the difference between a pin punch and a roll pin punch? More on that in a bit.
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Gunsmith Punch Set
The 18-piece gunsmith punch set (66564) comes with the same punches as included in the 7-piece pin punch set, plus the same pinches as included in the 7-piece roll pin punch set, plus a 1/4″ roll pin punch, 1/16″ and 3/32″ solid punches, and a 5/16″ center punch.
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Pin Punch vs. Roll Pin Punch
You could sometimes use a regular pin punch on roll pins, which are hollow-centered cylindrical spring pins with a split down one side, but not without damaging them. If you want to reuse a roll pin, you’ve got to use a roll pin punch, and even then there’s no guarantee that you won’t damage them.
Pin punches are used for pushing out solid pins, metal dowels, and other such materials. Roll pin punches are the better choice for pushing out roll pins.
You should not use a roll pin punch on solid pins. They have a small protrusion at the center of the tip, for supporting the hollow walls of roll pins from the inside. Using them on solid pins can damage the pin, the roll pin punch, or both.
Tekton also includes 2 “solid” punches and a center punch in their gunsmith punch set. The center punch is for setting the starting point for a drill bit, so that it doesn’t wander, and the solid punch looks like a drift, or alignment punch.
Is a solid punch different from a drift/alignment punch?
Who Makes These?
It looks like these punch sets are made by Wilde for Tekton. Wilde offers many more punches and set options, although it looks like Tekton’s pricing is very competitive. These Tekton sets also come with walnut bases instead of Wilde’s simpler vinyl pouches.
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I have been using the Astro Pneumatic 1600 punch set sporadically for 5 years. It has served me quite well for $20
Mike aka Fazzman
Nice,I have several Wilde punch and chisel sets. They work well. I also have Starrett pin and roll pin punches in various lengths.
Solid punches (also known as starter punches) are indeed different that a alignment drifts.
Alignment drifts are meant to lining up holes between mating pieces. they are not intended to drive pins or be struck with a hammer. Given the slow taper if driven into a blind hole they can become stuck quite well and hard to remove
Solid or starter punches are heavier duty versions of pin punches that are meant to be used to start moving a pin that is really stuck in place. Due to the fast taper they normally cannot completely drive the pin out but they are very tough and hard to break or bend.
If you have ever broken a 1/16″ or 3/32″ pin punch because you were trying to move a really stuck pin you will immediately see the value in solid punches.
Does anybody know who makes the craftsman punches?
Last I knew Western Forge, which is owned by Ideal
Another source to get what seems to be decent USA made tools. We have a local auto parts store that stocks some Tekton stuff, and it seems of cpdecent quality for the price. So far they have mostly air hoses & reels, pliers and a few odds and ends, but I was surprised for what seems to be more a serious DYI brand to see that there were as many USA made items in the mix as there were.
PS. I think a ‘reverse taper’ means that the tip is very slightly thicker than the shank, so that as the punch goes into a hole, it will not become stuck. I took your text to read like the tip was slightly thinner.
I think you’re right – thanks! Extra points to you for reading carefully.
Looks like possibly a grace usa part. Made in Michigan!
Meijer stores (not fred meyer) is a regional chain in Ohio and Michigan and perhaps elsewhere. They seem to carry a number of tekton tools. Right now they have a BOGO for 50% off deal for Father’s Day. It may be for all of them, but they just have some marked on the racks. Worth a look if you have one nearby. Their tools are usually the same price or less than what Amazon sells them for.