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

A T-Drill is a unique, incredible plumber's tool in Ossining 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 of Clarkstown
845-351-3500
100 Overlook Blvd Nanuet, NY, 10954
Nanuet, NY
United Rentals/Stamford
(203) 327-0090
224 Selleck Street Stamford, CT, 06902
Stamford, CT
Sloatsburg Hardware
845-753-2725
88 Orange Turnpike
Sloatsburg, NY
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100 Main St
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Sears Home Appliance Showroom
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360 N Bedford Rd
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Fastenal- Suffern
845-357-9515
11 Washington Avenue Suffern, NY, 10901
Suffern, NY
LOWE'S OF ORANGEBURG, NY
845 613-6000
206 ROUTE 303 ORANGEBURG, NY, 10962
Orangeburg, NY
Hometown Hardware
201-768-0330
259 Closter Dock Rd
Closter, NJ
Empire Tools, LLC
914-937-1773
21 Abendroth Avenue Port Chester, NY, 10573
Port Chester, NY
Midland Park - Sears Hardware Stores
(201) 447-1995
80 Godwin Ave
Midland Park, NJ

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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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