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

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

Wm Hamilton & Son Inc
(585) 538-2270
229 North St
Caledonia, NY
LOWE'S OF HENRIETTA, N. Y.
585 424-1340
2350 MARKETPLACE DRIVE ROCHESTER, NY, 14623
Rochester, NY
Victor Coal & Lumber Inc
585-924-3033
32 School Street
Victor, NY
Beyond Hardware
(585) 377-5540
2155 Penfield Road
Penfield, NY
Kmart 7608 / Cross Merch
(585) 223-8310
10 Cobblestone Court Dr
Victor, NY
Woodcraft - Rochester
585-292-9690
Henrietta Plaza
Rochester, NY
HARMCO FASTENER CO INC
585-546-1650
428 State Street Rochester, NY, 14608
Rochester, NY
Lowe's of Macedon
315-903-9962
1605 Macedon Parkway Macedon, NY, 14502
Macedon, NY
Walworth Hardware
315-986-1492
3700 Main St
Walworth, NY
The Home Depot
(585)223-2510
7600 Commons Blvd
Victor, 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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