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.
Big Gator Tools Wins Industry Innovation Award - Metric V-DrillGuide 10-14mm
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.
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
More information: Metric V-DrillGuide 10-14mm
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.”
The patented MINI V-DrillGuide® is the fourth drill guide designed by Big Gator Tools. The MINI V-DrillGuide® is the smallest drill guide available. Big Gator Tools pushed the limits when designing this drill guide by finding the smallest hole possible to make. It took two years perfecting that small hole; the 3/64”. What seemed impossible became a reality in May 2016 when the MINI V-DrillGuide® was released.
There are 21 smooth holes to guide various drill bits; the most holes ever designed into the guides. These smooth holes, unlike drilled or reamed holes, allow less wear on your tools. Because the drill guide is made of the alloyed steel and is heat treated, these holes will not falter with multiple uses. Time and money will be saved by drilling a hole once with perfectly aligned holes on wood, plastic or metal surfaces. 100% American made and will last for generations to come; we back that idea by offering a Lifetime Warranty.
The Standard V-DrillGuide® - 1/8" - 3/8" was the first drill guide Big Gator Tools introduced into the market after the tap guide. We noticed a lack of precise, on-the-go tools and wanted to address the drill guide market. This portable Standard V-DrillGuide® has 6 common holes, plus 11 additional holes that allow people to drill perfectly straight holes in awkward locations without the hassle of a cumbersome drill press! Lifetime Warranty.
Standard V-TapGuide® 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 has stood out in the industry for over 10 years due to the innovative 90° “V-groove” design that runs through the entire guide. The “V-groove” is found on the bottom of the tap guide and ensures perpendicular alignment on round and cornered material. All guides now feature the "V-groove". Lifetime Warranty.
For further information about these tools -
Part #: STD1000DGNP
Warranty: Lifetime Warranty
This was the first award for the Standard V-DrillGuide® - 1/8" - 3/8". The patented drill guide is made from alloyed steel that is heat-treated for durability, allowing a long-term tight tolerance for drilling. Time and money will be saved by drilling a hole once with perfectly aligned holes on wood, plastic or metal surfaces. Lifetime Warranty.
This was also the first award for the Standard V-TapGuide®. The tap guide has 9 holes and can accommodate 32 different Standard Ground Tap Sizes. The tap guide accurately guides hand tapped threads on the inside of a hole. It 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. Use on round parts, angled edges or flat surfaces. Lifetime Warranty.
For further information about these tools -
Part #: STD1000DGNP
Warranty: Lifetime Warranty
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