NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT! The Standard V-DrillGuide 33/64″-5/8″

LOUISBURG, KANSAS – Big Gator Tools continues to expand its drill guide line with the introduction of the new Standard V-DrillGuide® (33/64”-5/8”). This drilling accessory allows users to have the precision of a drill press for a fraction of the price without losing accuracy. The Standard V-DrillGuide® (33/64”-5/8”) is expected to debut at the 2021 National Hardware Show October 21-23 in Las Vegas, NV.

This drill bit guide is the 6th drill guide by Big Gator Tools and the 4th standard version. This marks the 10th tool designed and patented by Big Gator Tools. Manufacturer Part Number: STD3000DGNP.

“This new Standard drill guide has 8 hole sizes, and is the largest Standard version available going up to 5/8”,” said Bruce Rooney, Owner of Big Gator Tools and designer of the Standard V-DrillGuide® (33/64”-5/8”). “It’s like a portable drill press, very precise. Drill straight, every time.”

The portable Standard V-DrillGuide® (33/64”-5/8”) is easy to use: position the drill guide on the material, clamp, and drill. It can be used on various surfaces.

Use on round, corners or flat materials. Can be used on metal, wood, plastic & more!

The Standard V-DrillGuide® (33/64”-5/8”) has 8 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 to allow quick and explanatory drilling sizes. The 8-hole sizes (1/64” increments): are 33/64”, 17/32”, 35/64”, 9/16”, 37/64”, 19/32”, 39/64”, 5/8”.

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.

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Other sizes include:

Standard V-DrillGuide® (3/8” – 1/2”)            Item #: STD2000DGNP

Standard V-DrillGuide® (1/8” – 3/8”)            Item #: STD1000DGNP

MINI V-DrillGuide®                                            Item #: SDGMINI

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

Metric V-DrillGuide® (3-9.5mm)                     Item #: MDG1000NP

Big Gator Tools Wins a 2018 Pro Tool Innovation Award

Judging for the 2018 Pro Tool Innovation Awards was 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 for more about the Pro Tool Innovation Awards.

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


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Enjoy your drill guide!

-Big Gator Tools

“Precision Tools for Professional Results”

What is a tap guide?


What is a tap guide? A tap guide helps you start threaded holes straight. A tap guide accurately guides 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 (also known as a tap block or tap jig) 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 2 sizes: Standard or Metric. The guides have a Lifetime Warranty and are 100% made in the USA.

All the patented V-TapGuides feature a 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. This is how the term “V-TapGuide” came into play because of the innovative “V-groove” design. Because of this design, the V-TapGuides won 2 Innovation awards: 2015 Professional Tool Innovation Award and 2013 Professional Tool & Equipment Innovation Award.

How to use a tap guide: place the tap guide on a 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 aligned 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. Make sure to use a good-quality tapping fluid as a lubricant while tapping. It’s beneficial to hand tap because the tap resistance can be felt and that feeling helps prevent tap breakage. Tap straight – every time! Tip: Make sure your pre-drilled hole matches the tap size that you need. Use a tap & drill chart.

The guides are made from hardened alloyed steel throughout the entire guide. The holes are smooth, unlike drilled or reamed holes. Time and money will be saved by tapping a hole once with perfectly aligned holes. The hole sizes are permanently embedded into the guide to allow quick and explanatory tapping. Use on wood, plastic, or metal surfaces. 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.

Specs – Standard V-TapGuide® Part #: STD500NP

The tap guide holes are sized for ANSI Standard Ground Hand Taps. The Standard V-TapGuide® has 9 holes: 5/8”, ½”, 7/16”, 3/8”, 5/16, ¼”, #10, #8, #6.

These 9 holes can accommodate 32 different Standard Ground Tap Sizes: 0-80, 1/64, 1-72, 2-56, 2-64, 3-48, 3-56, 4-36, 4-40, 4-48, 5-40, 5-44, 6-32, 6-36, 6-40, 8-32, 8-36, 8-40, 10-24, 10-32, 1/4-20, 1/4-28, 5/16-18, 5/16-24, 3/8-16, 3/8-24, 7/16-14, 7/16-20, 1/2-13, 1/2-20, 5/8-11, 5/8-18″. (The guide does cover tap sizes 0-80 to 5/8 except #12 and 9/16. 0-80 to the #6 sizes have the same size shank so only one hole size is needed.)

Shop: Standard V-TapGuide – Part #: STD500NP 


Specs – Metric V-TapGuide® Part #: MTG500NP

The tap guide holes are sized for ANSI Standard Ground Thread Metric Taps. The Metric V-TapGuide® (9 holes) handles tap sizes: 1.6, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16mm.

Shop: Metric V-TapGuide – Part #: MTG500NP

These tap guides are 100% American-made and will last for generations to come; we back that idea by offering a Lifetime Warranty. For more information or to shop our store, use the links below:


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Enjoy your tap guide!

– Big Gator Tools

“Precision Tools for Professional Results”

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