2019 – Big Gator Tools Wins Industry Award

Metric V-DrillGuide® (10-14mm) 2019 PTEN Innovation Awards Award Winner

The 20th annual PTEN Innovation Awards have been decided, and Big Gator Tools is among the winners. Tool and accessory winners were recognized by the most innovative products introduced last year to the automotive aftermarket. These are best-in-class products that are truly ahead of their time.

“This new Metric drill guide has 9 holes, and is the largest Metric version available,” said Bruce Rooney, Owner of Big Gator Tools and designer of the Metric V-DrillGuide® (10-14mm). “This drill guide solves the biggest challenges portable drilling users face – drilling straight every time.”

A panel of judges consisting of technicians and shop owners, weighed in on entries from top global manufacturers, and Big Gator Tools received an award for the Metric V-DrillGuide® (10-14mm) in the Hand Tool category. This year, PTEN magazine received a total of 148 product nominations. Big Gator Tools was one of the top products in 31 categories to have been recognized.

Metric V-DrillGuide® – (10-14mm)
Item #: MDG2000NP

About the Metric Drill Bit Guide: This drilling accessory allows users to have the precision of a drill press for the fraction of the price without losing the accuracy. This drill bit guide is the 5th drill guide by Big Gator Tools and the 2nd metric versions. This marks the 9th tool designed and patented by Big Gator Tools. Manufacture Part Number: MDG2000NP.

The portable Metric V-DrillGuide® (10-14mm) is easy to use: hold the drill guide on the material, clamp and drill. It can be used on various surfaces. The Metric V-DrillGuide® (10-14mm) has 9 holes that will not be worn-out because of the rigorous heat-treatment process we use for the steel tool. These holes are smooth, unlike drilled or reamed holes. The hole sizes and hole alignment marks are permanently embedded onto the guide. The holes sizes: 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 12.5, 13, 13.5, 14mm.

All of our various V-DrillGuides stand out in the industry and are considered innovative due to the 90° “V-groove” design that runs through the entire guide. The “V-groove” is found on the bottom of the guides that allow users to drill on round or cornered material. The bottom also features a flat base to allow users to work on flat surfaces. All V-DrillGuides carry a lifetime warranty and are 100% USA made. Time and money will be saved by drilling a hole once with perfectly aligned holes on wood, plastic, metal or other surfaces.

Other Sizes Include:

  • Standard V-DrillGuide® (3/8” – 1/2”) Item #: STD2000DGNP
  • Standard V-DrillGuide® (1/8” – 3/8” Item #: STD1000DGNP
  • Metric V-DrillGuide® (3-9.5mm) Item #: MDG1000NP
  • MINI V-DrillGuide® Item #: SDGMINI

About Big Gator Tools: Since the company began in 2005, Big Gator Tools has led the industry in innovative, precise and high-quality tools. We distribute and sell our patented drill and tap guides. We have recently become a distributor (2016) for some of our favorite products. Big Gator Tools has accepted awards from Pro Tool Innovation Award (PTIA) 2018, 2016 & 2015 and also Professional Tool & Equipment News (PTEN) 2013 Innovation Awards. Big Gator Tools won in the tool accessories category for their V-DrillGuide® and V-TapGuide® for both awards. Headquartered in Louisburg, KS USA, with offices in Drexel, MO.

About the PTEN Innovation Awards 2019: Every year, PTEN (Professional Tool & Equipment News) requests tool and equipment manufacturers to submit their new and innovative products for consideration in the PTEN Innovation Awards. The PTEN Innovation Awards recognize those outstanding companies whose products respond to the automotive repair industry’s market challenges with creativity and innovation. If a company has new, innovative tools or equipment, launched between January 2018 and December 2018, it is eligible for the 2019 Innovation Awards program, sponsored by PTEN (Professional Tool & Equipment News) and VehicleServicePros.com.  

Shop: Metric V-DrillGuide – 10-14mm

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Enjoy your drill guide!

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Big Gator Tools Wins a 2018 Pro Tool Innovation Award

Judging for the 2018 Pro Tool Innovation Awards completed this week and Big Gator Tools received an award for the Metric V-DrillGuide (10-14mm). A panel of judges made up of tool and media professionals from across the United States and Canada weighed in on entries from top global manufacturers.

Here’s what the judges had to say about Big Gator Tools – Metric V-DrillGuide (10-14mm): Big Gator Tools takes their Pro Tool Innovation Award-winning design to another level with an expansion into metric sizes. The guide plus a clamp or two set up perfect holes without a drill press, even on corners and round workpieces. They back their build quality with a lifetime warranty and it’s a Made in the USA product. At $30, it’s a lot cheaper than a drill press and a heck of a lot more portable.

Hundreds of power tools, hand tools, fasteners, and accessories were judged, and winners were decided based on industry innovation. Winners demonstrated achievement in any combination of the following: innovative features, advanced power delivery, groundbreaking ergonomics, technological advancements, and value. The Pro Tool Innovation Awards recognize best-in-class products that are truly ahead of their time.

This year, over 60 different tool manufacturers submitted nearly 300 tool entries in dozens of categories for a shot to win a 2018 Pro Tool Innovation Award.

“Manufacturers are consistently improving their tools. Each year, however, some exceed the norms and develop products which truly deserve recognition. Business owners, builders, contractors, and tradespeople really need to understand which products can help them work smarter and more efficiently,” said Clint DeBoer, Executive Director of the Pro Tool Innovation Awards. “Often, they can also save a lot of money in either material costs or time-savings. That innovation goes straight into their pocketbook.”

For further information about this tool – Metric V-DrillGuide (10-14mm)

Part #: MDG2000NP

Warranty: Lifetime Warranty

About the Pro Tool Innovation Awards

The Pro Tool Innovation Awards (PTIA) are an annual awards program judged by a panel of professional tradesmen and trade media representatives in the electrical, plumbing, MRO, and concrete fields as well as general contractors and builders. The Pro Tool Innovation Awards seek to discover and recognize the most innovative tools in the residential and commercial construction industry across a wide variety of categories. The Awards are promoted by over sixteen print and online media sponsors, including its founding member, Pro Tool Reviews. Visit protoolinnovationawards.com for more about the Pro Tool Innovation Awards.

Contact us if you have questions as to which drill bit guide size you need!

 Info: www.biggatortools.com

Shop: Metric V-DrillGuide® (10 – 14mm)

Shop: Big Gator Drill Set

Enjoy your drill guide!

-Big Gator Tools

“Precision Tools for Professional Results”

NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT! The Metric V-DrillGuide® (10-14mm)

Big Gator Tools has now launched a larger metric drill guide that goes up to 14mm! This drill guide has a Lifetime Warranty and is made from hardened alloyed steel throughout the entire guide.

This drill bit guide, called the Metric V-DrillGuide® (10 – 14mm) is the 5th drill guide by Big Gator Tools and the 2nd metric version. This marks the 9th tool designed & patented by Big Gator Tools. Manufacture Part Number: MDG2000NP

Our V-DrillGuide® is a handy tool that’s portable to fit into awkward angles and allows you to drill straight. Drilling straight at times can be challenging or “eyeballing” it just might not work in your project. Let’s be precise!

The Metric V-DrillGuide® (10 – 14mm) has 9 smooth holes: 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 12.5, 13, 13.5, 14mm.

Use the drill bit guide on corners, round or flat parts. Time and money will be saved by drilling a hole only once with perfectly aligned holes on wood, plastic, metal or other surfaces. All of the drill guides feature a 90° “V-groove” design that runs through the entire guide. This “V-groove” is found on the bottom of the drill guide and ensures perpendicular alignment on round and cornered material. AKA: it works fantastic on corners and round edges! The hole sizes and hole alignment marks are permanently embedded onto the guide to allow quick and explanatory drilling sizes.

Easy to use: hold the drill guide on the material with the “V-groove” side resting on the drillable surface, clamp and drill. Drill Straight – Every Time!  

Quality tools for quality people is a value we uphold. This drill guide is 100% American made and will last for generations to come; we back that idea by offering a Lifetime Warranty.

Not into Metric? We have the Standard V-DrillGuide® – (3/8″ – 1/2″) & other sizes available. Other sizes —-> Click HERE

Standard V-DrillGuide® – (3/8″ – 1/2″)

Contact us if you have questions as to which size you need!

 Info: www.biggatortools.com

Shop: Metric V-DrillGuide® (10 – 14mm)

Shop: Big Gator Drill Set

Enjoy your drill guide!

-Big Gator Tools

“Precision Tools for Professional Results”

 

Standard V-DrillGuide 1/8″ – 3/8″

Award winning drill guide!

Hello! Interested in our Standard V-DrillGuide 1/8″ – 3/8″? Well, let’s start by defining what a drill guide is…

 

Our drill guide is a handy tool that’s portable to fit into awkward angles and allows you to drill straight. Drilling straight at times can be challenging or “eyeballing” it just might not work in your project. The drill guides by Big Gator Tools, called V-DrillGuides come in various sizes.

All of the drill guides have a Lifetime Warranty and are made from hardened alloyed steel throughout the entire guide. The holes are smooth, unlike drilled or reamed holes. The strength of the steel will not falter with multiple uses and will not dull your drill bits. Use the drill guide on corners, round or flat parts. Time and money will be saved by drilling a hole only once with perfectly aligned holes on wood, plastic or metal surfaces. All of the drill guides feature a 90° “V-groove” design that runs through the entire guide. This “V-groove” is found on the bottom of the drill guide and ensures perpendicular alignment on round and cornered material. The hole sizes and hole alignment marks are permanently embedded onto the guide to allow quick and explanatory drilling sizes.

Easy to use: hold the drill guide on the material with the “V-groove” side resting on the drillable surface, clamp and drill.

Drill straight every time using a drill guide!

Let’s dive into the specifics of Standard V-DrillGuide® – 1/8”-3/8”

The patented Standard V-DrillGuide® was the first drill guide Big Gator Tools introduced into the market after the tap guides. Big Gator Tools noticed a lack of precise, on-the-go tools and wanted to address the drill guide market. The portable Standard V-DrillGuide® has 6 common holes, plus 11 additional holes that allow people to bore perfectly straight holes in awkward locations without the hassle of a cumbersome drill press! The drill guide has 17 hole sizes to use (1/64th increments): 1/8”, 9/64”, 5/32”, 11/64”, 3/16”, 13/64”, 7/32”, 15/64”, ¼”, 17/64”, 9/32”, 19/64”, 5/16”, 21/64”, 11/32”, 23/64”, 3/8”. Metric size also available.

Quality tools for quality people is a value that we uphold. This drill guide is 100% American made and will last for generations to come; we back that idea by offering a Lifetime Warranty. Our strength is mimicked in our products; our ideas flow with the woodworker, machinist, hobbyist and others and our hearts are with their passions. Treat yourself to quality tools!

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-Big Gator Tools

“Precision Tools for Professional Results”

Difference between drill guide and tap guide. “Can a tap guide be used as a drill guide?”

 

What is the difference between a drill guide and a tap guide you might ask? Well, a short, quick answer would be that a drill guide is sized for drill bits, while a tap guide is sized for tap diameters.

Both guides help with drilling/tapping into a hole straight. Taps tend to break easily when started at an angle and drill bits tend to wander off. Let’s go through each one:

Drill Guide:

Our drill guide is a handy tool that’s portable to fit into awkward angles and allows you to drill straight. Drilling straight at times can be challenging or “eyeballing” it just might not work in your project.

The drill guides by Big Gator Tools, called V-DrillGuides come in various sizes. All of them have a Lifetime Warranty and are made from hardened steel throughout the entire guide.

The holes are smooth, unlike drilled or reamed holes. The strength of the steel will not falter with multiple uses and will not dull your drill bits. Use the drill guide on corners, round or flat parts. Time and money will be saved by drilling a hole only once with perfectly aligned holes on wood, plastic or metal surfaces. All of the drill guides feature a 90° “V-groove” design that runs through the entire guide. This “V-groove” is found on the bottom of the drill guide and ensures perpendicular alignment on round and cornered material. The hole sizes and hole alignment marks are permanently embedded onto the guide to allow quick and explanatory drilling sizes. A drill guide is easy to use: line up your drill guide where you would like your hole, clamp and drill.

If you have more questions about our V-DrillGuides check out our FAQ page: https://www.biggatortools.com/faqs.

Tap Guide:

A tap guide answers the call to accurately guide hand tapped threads on the inside of a hole to accept a machine screw or bolt. If you start every hole straight, it will help prevent tap breakage and increase the tap life. The tap guide can also be used to restore an internal thread that has been damaged or to cut a new, larger thread in the case of severe damage or stripping.

The tap guides by Big Gator Tools, called V-TapGuides, come in Standard or Metric sizing. There are also STI V-TapGuides (Screw Thread Insert Tap Guides) which are different. More information can be found about the STI V-TapGuides here: https://www.biggatortools.com/v-tapguide-faqs. The V-TapGuide also has the 90° “V-groove” design that runs through the entire guide. This “V-groove” is found on the bottom of the tap guide and ensures perpendicular alignment on round and cornered material.

Similar to the drill guide, the entire tap guide is heat-treated for strength and durability. All tap guides by Big Gator Tools carry a Lifetime Warranty.

The hole sizes are permanently embedded onto the guide to allow quick and explanatory tapping. The holes are smooth, unlike drilled or reamed holes. Scrap and re-work are almost eliminated completely when using the Standard V-TapGuide®. The tap guide works great on round parts, angled edges and flat surfaces.

The standard size tap guide design is easy to use: place tap guide on work surface, with the “V-groove” side resting on the surface. Insert the tap through the guide into the pre-drilled hole and turn it clockwise. The tap will then be aligning perpendicularly using the guide as the base; this will ensure a straight and accurately tapped hole. Every few turns, back the tap out counterclockwise to clear the chips. It’s beneficial to hand tap because the tap resistance can be felt and that feel helps prevent tap breakage. Don’t forget to use a good quality tapping fluid also when tapping.

You can “Shop” our drill and tap guides at: www.biggatortools.com.

Please let us know if you have any other questions about the difference between a drill guide and a tap guide by Big Gator Tools.