Metric Tap Drill Sizes

Thanks to Scott Griffith for sharing this information:  11/2012

METRIC TAP DRILL SIZES
Recommended tap drill sizes (for approx. 75% thread)

METRIC COARSE SIZES

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TAP                 DRILL
SIZE                SIZE
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1mm x .25            .75mm
1.1 x .25            .85
1.2 x .25            .95
1.4 x .3            1.1
1.6 x .35           1.25
1.7 x .35           1.3
1.8 x .35           1.45
2 x .4              1.6
2.2 x .45           1.75
2.5 x .45           2.05
3 x .5              2.5
3.5 x .6            2.9
4 x .7              3.3
4.5 x .75           3.7
5 x .8              4.2
6 x 1               5
7 x 1               6
8 x 1.25            6.8
9 x 1.25            7.8
10 x 1.5            8.5
11 x 1.5            9.5
12 x 1.75           10.2
14 x 2              12
16 x 2              14
18 x 2.5            15.5
20 x 2.5            17.5
22 x 2.5            19.5
24 x 3              21
27 x 3              24
30 x 3.5            26.5
33 x 3.5            29.5
36 x 4              32
39 x 4              35
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METRIC FINE SIZES

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TAP                 DRILL
SIZE                SIZE
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4 mm x .35          3.6mm
4 x .5              3.5
5 x .5              4.5
6 x .5              5.5
6 x .75             5.25
7 x .75             6.25
8 x .5              7.5
8 x .75             7.25
8 x 1               7
9 x 1               8
10 x .75            9.25
10 x 1              9
10 x 1.25           8.8
11 x 1              10
12 x .75            11.25
12 x 1              11
12 x 1.5            10.5
14 x 1              13
14 x 1.25           12.8
14 x 1.5            12.5
16 x 1              15
16 x 1.5            14.5
18 x 1              17
18 x 2              16
20 x 1              19
20 x 1.5            18.5
20 x 2              18
22 x 1              21
22 x 1.5            20.5
22 x 2              20
24 x 1.5            22.5
24 x 2              22
26 x 1.5            24.5
27 x 1.5            25.5
27 x 2              25
28 x 1.5            26.5
30 x 1.5            28.5
30 x 2              28
33 x 2              31
36 x 3              33
39 x 3              36
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Newman Tool’s handy hint.

For Metric sizes only. Diameter of thread minus the pitch equals the tap drill size.
eg. M6 x 1
6 – 1 = 5mm
and you thought metric was difficult 😉

 

thanks to Jay Steinbuchel of Barksdale Control Products for the following:

This works for all 75% threads, not just metric.

For example, the tap drill for 3/8-16 is 5/16.

The pitch is 1/16″. (1 / threads per inch = inches per thread)

3/8 – 1/16 = 5/16.

For other sizes that don’t work out so nicely, just use the closest drill size.