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

Lowe's
(315) 793-3812
710 Horatio Street
Utica, NY
Lowe's of New Hartford
315-351-4242
4699 Middle Settlement Road New Hartford, NY, 13413
New Hartford, NY
Ace Hardware of Rome
(315) 336-7800
115 Black River Blvd
Rome, 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
Lowe's
(315) 709-3000
1230 Erie Blvd. West
Rome, NY
Fastenal- Rome
315-336-1893
6747 Martin Street Rome, NY, 13440
Rome, 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

Provided By:

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.

Click here to read full article from Tools of the Trade

Related Articles
- Festool Joining System Utica NY
Festool's Domino isn't just a brand new type of joining tool; it's a whole new joining system. Based on mortise-and-tenon joinery, the Domino combines the qualities of biscuits and dowels with a stronger, self-aligning joint.
- Hitachi KM 12VC Router Combination Kit Utica NY
- Framing Square Utica NY
- Hidden-Fastener Tool Utica NY
- Hand Tools Utica NY
- Home Repair Tools Utica NY
- Drywall Cutting and Multifunction Bench Utica NY
- Festool C12 Cordless Drill Utica NY
- INNOVA® 3100 Tools Utica NY
- Graphisoft EcoDesigner Utica NY