First Test: T-Drill T-35 Tee-Forming Tool New Hartford NY

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

McQUADE & BANNIGAN INC
(315) 724-7119
1300 STARK STREET UTICA, NY, 13502
Utica, NY
Ace Hardware of Rome
(315) 336-7800
115 Black River Blvd
Rome, NY
George Lumber
315-823-1709
525 East Mill St
Little Falls, NY
Oneida - Sears Hardware Stores
(315) 363-7733
1032 Oneida Plaza Dr
Oneida, NY
Kmart 9542 / Cross Merch
(315) 866-4910
200 S Washington St
Herkimer, NY
Lowe's
(315) 709-3000
1230 Erie Blvd. West
Rome, NY
NORTHERN SAFETY
232 INDUSTRIAL PARK DRIVE FRANKFORT, NY, 13340
Frankfort, NY
Ilion Lumber Company Inc
315-895-7437
161 West Main
Ilion, NY
Lowe's
(315) 867-5520
182 Lowes Boulevard
Herkimer, NY
Herkimer - Auth Hometown
(315) 866-0154
325 E Albany St
Herkimer, 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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