The Original Magic Trefolex Formula

Trefolex Tap-Life

The Precision Cutting & Tapping Compound

Established 1944












Tool Life




On ALL Metals
For ALL Machine Applications

Available in 1, 2½, & 30 Pound Containers.
55 Gallon Drums available on request.
Product Samples Available

2½ Pound Container 2½ Pound Container
2½ Pound Container 30 Pound Container

To Order Call, Fax or Email:
PH (406) 270-1057
FX (406) 862-2743

  • Gives you more for your money.
    • Just ask one of our many satisfied customers. TREFOLEX TAP-LIFE is the lubricating compound that significantly increases tool life and thread quality.
  • A Proven Performer
    • TREFOLEX TAP-LIFE leaves no pigtails, only super clean and easy cuts on the hardest materials. And it’s backed by more than 60 years of experience and testing under the toughest conditions.
  • Completely User Friendly
    • TREFOLEX TAP-LIFE is environmentally friendly, completely skin safe, has no offensive odor, and meets all OSHA requirements.
  • Sulfur-Free CH Grade
    • Suitable for all of your machining needs. Stain-free performance on Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Gold, Platinum, alloys and exotic metals. Specially formulated for today’s precise drilling requirements, any residue rinses easily with hot water.
  • Unique Compound Formula
    • TREFOLEX TAP-LIFE is a lubricating compound, not a runny oil or evaporating spray. It works when you start your cut and melts as the heat builds up to continue working all the way through. TREFOLEX TAP-LIFE is the proven cutting compound when you’re working “on the cutting edge.”

The original TREFOLEX TAP-LIFE was improved throughout the first decade, spurred on by the demand of end-users for a product, still economical in use, but applicable to newer types of metals and using increasingly up-dated tools and machinery.

Our willingness to listen to our customers is proven by the fact that TREFOLEX TAP-LIFE REGULAR GRADE is still in demand.


TREFOLEX TAP-LIFE believes that quality is the driving force to a successful partnership with our customers. We’re committed to making our products and services the quality leader in their market segments, as perceived by our customers.

  • Through training and education, every TREFOLEX TAP-LIFE employee will strive for continuous improvement in all functions of our organization.

TREFOLEX TAP-LIFE lives the team concept. In addition to designated teams, each TREFOLEX TAP-LIFE employee is empowered to put together a problem-solving teams, and the results often are implemented into our manufacturing process.

  • We will operate through preventive programs and statistical process controls to maintain our high standards for the quality of our products and services.

Our quality services (QS) department functions as a quality facilitator instead of the traditional inspect and reject department. Our state-of-the-art gauging is a mirror of the gauging that is on the shop floor. The process is controlled in the shop floor, not in QS. Our suppliers receive immediate feedback on non-conformance issues and we work closely with them on continuous improvement.

  • We will assure that our suppliers and sales representatives understand and support our quality commitment.

TREFOLEX TAP-LIFE understands that you need the whole team on board to successfully produce and support a product. All of our suppliers understand our quality policy. We view the process as a partnership from beginning to end.
These quality practices are implemented by all officers and employees of TREFOLEX TAP-LIFE.

Ben F. Stormes II, President
TREFOLEX TAP-LIFE was established in the United States in 1944, during World War II. The unique properties of TREFOLEX TAP-LIFE CUTTING and TAPPING COMPOUND proved to be very special and ECONOMICAL in the applications required by the machinery of that era.

The use of TREFOLEX TAP-LIFE Lubricant resulted in elimination of breakage in metal threading and thus waste of materials in short supply. This economic feature has been maintained and is much appreciated by the users of TREFOLEX TAP-LIFE.
In the 1950's we also developed TREFOLEX TAP-LIFE SFCH grade suitable where STAIN-FREE results are required, as in machining on Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Gold, Platinum, various Alloys, and other Exotic metals. Any residue rinses off easily with hot water.

Our Company is run by the Second and Third Generation of the man who started in a small storefront in New York. We are very proud of, and thankful to, many big and small companies, old and recent, who have expressed their faith in TREFOLEX TAP-LIFE and "kept us in business". We invite you to join them.














Made in
the USA