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

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

Reinman's Dept Store Inc
(315) 686-5222
435 Riverside Dr
Clayton, NY
LOWE'S OF WATERTOWN, N.Y.
315 779-0059
20828 NEW YORK STATE, RTE 3 WATERTOWN, NY, 13601
Watertown, NY
Stratton Hardware Ltd
(315) 782-2830
1336 Washington St
Watertown, NY
Lafargeville Agway
(315) 658-2211
Ny Route 411
La Fargeville, NY
Watertown - D
(315) 782-0015
21082 Pioneer Plaza Dr
Watertown, NY
O D Greene Lumber Co Inc
(315) 646-2222
14481 Nys Route 3
Sackets Harbor, NY
Lowe's
(315) 779-0059
20828 New York State, Route 3 (Arsenal Street)
Watertown, NY
Farney's Inc Hme/Bldg Ctr
(315) 493-3500
11099 NYS Rte 26, .25 mile south of McDonalds/Rite Aid on NYS RT 26
Carthage, NY
Knapps True Value Hdw.
(315) 583-5701
13263 Us Rt 11 - Main St
Adams Center, NY
The Home Depot
(315)788-8539
391 College Heights
Watertown, 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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