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

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

Fastenal- Rome
315-336-1893
6747 Martin Street Rome, NY, 13440
Rome, NY
Ilion Lumber Company Inc
315-895-7437
161 West Main
Ilion, NY
Doyle Hardware Co Inc
315-723-7398
100 First St
Utica, NY
Rome General Lbr Co Inc
(315) 336-2600
529 Erie Blvd W
Rome, NY
Kmart 9542 / Cross Merch
(315) 866-4910
200 S Washington St
Herkimer, NY
Lowe's
(315) 793-3812
710 Horatio Street
Utica, NY
LOWE'S OF UTICA, N. Y.
315 793-3812
710 HORATIO STREET UTICA, NY, 13502
Utica, NY
George Lumber
315-823-1709
525 East Mill St
Little Falls, NY
Ilion True Value Hdw.
(315) 894-5274
39 W Clark St
Ilion, NY
Sangertown Sq
(315) 793-3900
Rt 5 & 5A
New Hartford, 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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