Bright Neon Green Carpenter Pencils! Easy to spot in your shop!

These Big Gator Tools pencils can be seen across the room from their neon green color and they won’t roll off the table with the rectangular shape. A carpenter pencil is easier to grip than standard pencils! The larger surface area and a rectangular body prevents it from rolling away. These pencils are great for precision markings.

Easily write on: wood, concrete, plaster, paper, stucco, unfinished lumber, bricks, and moldings. Use a carpenter pencil to mark drill holes, measurements, marking lines and other construction needs

Carpenter pencils are sometimes used by artists and designers as well as crafters, carpentry, construction workers and hobbyist.

Carpenter pencils are typically manually sharpened with a knife, although special sharpeners can be used.

These pencils come unsharpened with black lead. The lead used is a strong lead that’s able to make thick markings on rough surfaces. Carpenter pencils are typically manually sharpened with a knife, although special sharpeners can be used.

Don’t forget to add a few for your work buddies, family or friends!

Good luck on all your projects!

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Big Gator Tools to Participate in Made in America Product Showcase at the White House

Big Gator Tools to Display Drill and Tap Guides at the White House

Big Gator Tools, a leading, innovative producer of hand tools, namely drill and tap guides and a family-owned and operated business, will represent the State of Kansas at the fourth annual Made in America Product Showcase, hosted by President Donald J. Trump at the White House on Monday, October 5, 2020. 

One business from each of the 50 states have been invited to display their American-made products at the White House in Washington, D.C. Big Gator Tools plans to showcase their Drill and Tap Guides during the event and will be representing the State of Kansas. 

The event highlights and celebrates American-Made products and encourages other companies to manufacture their products in the United States. Accompanying President Trump at this event will be the Vice President Mike Pence, members of the Administration and White House Staff. 

We are incredibly honored to be chosen for this event at the White House as a representative of Kansas and can’t wait to present our tools! 

About Big Gator Tools: 

Big Gator Tools is a leading, innovative producer of hand tools, dating back to 2005. This family-owned and operated business manufactures drill bit guides and tap guides of multiple variations. For over 15 years, the designs and patents continue to grow as the newest high-tech manufacturing industry expands. Big Gator Tools has accepted awards from Pro Tool Innovation Award (PTIA) 2018, 2016 & 2015 and also Professional Tool & Equipment News (PTEN) 2019 & 2013 Innovation Awards. Big Gator Tools won in the tool accessories category for their V-DrillGuide® and V-TapGuide® for both awards. Based in Louisburg, Kansas USA, our company distributes its products worldwide and is determined to manufacture durable, USA-made tools for generations to come.

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:


Shop: Standard V-TapGuide®

Shop: Other Sizes

Enjoy your tap guide!

– Big Gator Tools

“Precision Tools for Professional Results”

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