First Test: T-Drill T-35 Tee-Forming Tool Auburn NY

A T-Drill is a unique, incredible plumber's tool in Auburn that I've relied on to give me a competitive edge for nearly a decade, yet most people–including many plumbers–have never heard of it. So when I was asked to review the new T-35, I was eager to see what kind of improvements they made to this amazing tool.

Local Companies

T&K Lumber Co, Inc.
315-689-3005
170 Route 5 West Elbridge, NY, 13060
Elbridge, NY
T & K Lumber Company Incorp.
315-689-3005
173 Rte 5 West
Elbridge, NY
Nightingale True Value Hdwe
(315) 673-2001
4068 South St
Marcellus, NY
The Home Depot
(315)252-4540
1634 Clark Street Road
Auburn, NY
Westvale Plz
(315) 488-1180
2214 W Genesse St
Syracuse, NY
Fastenal- Auburn
315-258-8054
360 Grant Ave Auburn, NY, 13021
Auburn, NY
Elbridge Ace Hardware
(315) 689-3218
237 E Main St, Big M Plaza
Elbridge, NY
Ag Trac Llc
315-497-1650
1044 State Route 34
Genoa, NY
P-b Hardware, Inc.
(315) 776-4313
143 Main Street
Port Byron, NY
Fingerlakes Mall
(315) 258-6300
1579 Clark St
Auburn, NY

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Source: TOOLS OF THE TRADE Magazine
Publication date: September 12, 2007

By Michael Springer

A T-Drill is a unique, incredible plumber's tool that I've relied on to give me a competitive edge for nearly a decade, yet most people–including many plumbers–have never heard of it. So when I was asked to review the new T-35, I was eager to see what kind of improvements they made to this amazing tool.

A T-Drill pulls a tee out of a continuous run of copper tubing. It consists of a drill motor with a high-tech business end that does the holding, drilling, and forming. Here's how it works: support legs at the head of the drill hold it centered on a piece of tubing. With the desired outlet-size T-Drill head attached, a pilot hole is drilled into the tube; then, with the bit still in the tube, two forming pins built into the pilot bit are extended by rotating a collar on the head.

After engaging the reverse-feed mechanism lever, the support legs push against the tubing, and the spinning forming pins back out of the tube, leaving a tee outlet of the proper size. And all of this is done in mere seconds.

Then the branch, or outlet, section of tubing is prepared by placing it in a T-Drill notcher, where it is cut to the sameradius as the tube run so the branch does not project into the run of tube. The notcher also leaves two dimples on the branch. These serve as a depth stop, an alignment guide, and provide for easy inspection of the joint.

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