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

A T-Drill is a unique, incredible plumber's tool in Liverpool 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

Lowe's
(315) 350-2801
131 Simon Drive
Syracuse, NY
T&K Lumber Co, Inc.
315-689-3005
170 Route 5 West Elbridge, NY, 13060
Elbridge, NY
Wrightway True Value Hardware
(315) 695-2394
9236 Oswego Rd
Baldwinsville, NY
The Home Depot
(315)484-7240
3756 Milton Avenue
Camillus, NY
The Home Depot
(315)449-2920
5814 Bridge St
East Syracuse, NY
Village Ace Hardware
(315) 834-2275
2701 Erie Dr
Weedsport, NY
Fastenal- Fulton
315-593-6445
366 W. 1st St South Fulton, NY, 13069
Fulton, NY
McGowan's Hardware
315-687-6168
991 E Genesse St
Chittenango, NY
City True Value Hardware
(315) 476-0436
214 S Geddes St
Syracuse, NY
The Home Depot
(315)699-5440
7922 Brewerton Road
Cicero, 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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