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Tube Hole Gauges

tube hole gauges

Elliott's Tube Hole Gauges make it easy to accurately measure tube IDs and tube sheet holes found in vessels such as heat exchangers, chillers, and surface condensers.

Simply insert the tube gauge in the tube or tube sheet hole and use the three point ball contact to obtain an accurate measurement. Elliott's Reversible Dial Plate offers metric on one side and inch/decimal on the other to suit your needs.

The standard measurement depth is 4” (101.6mm) or 8” (203.2mm) (see the table to the right) with additional extensions of 8” (203.2mm) available. See the Spares & Accessories section for more information on these extensions

Features & Benefits:

  • 3 point contact much more accurate than common 2 point calipers.
  • Can measure inside the tube where the actual rolling area will occur.
  • More economical and rugged than electronic gauges.
  • Easy to calibrate in field so accuracy is maintained.
  • Large, reversible dial face for easily measuring in inches and metric

Tube Sheet Hole Brushes

tube sheet hole brushes

Elliott's Tube Sheet Hole Brushes clean and remove hard deposits from tube sheets and support plate holes in surface condensers and heat exchangers.

These brushes are constructed of stainless steel bristles with a high carbon steel, double twisted stem to provide for maximum life and durability.

Features & Benefits:

  • Stainless steel bristles for cleaning hard deposits.
  • Brush stems are high carbon steel with a double twist for extra life.

Grooving (Serrating) Tools

grooving serrating tools

Elliott's GT Series Grooving Tools, also known as Serrating Tools, can be used manually to clean up existing grooves or can be used in milling or drilling equipment for OEM tube sheet thicknesses of 7/8” (22.2mm) through 2-1/8” (54.0mm).

The GT Series Grooving Tools feature a one-piece mandrel design to significantly improve performance and accuracy. Using standard GT Series cutter bits allow for repeatable, accurate cuts from tube sheet hole to tube sheet hole.

Features & Benefits:

  • One piece mandrel for improved performance and accuracy.
  • Uses standard cutter bits for easy replacement.
  • Designed for manual or machine use

Tube Auger / End Prep Tool

tube auger / end prep tool

Elliott's EP443010 Tube Auger (End Prep Tool) is the best way to face, chamfer, profile, and trim tubes in firetube and watertube boilers.

The unique ratchet feed handle allows the operator to use the tool in tight spaces and provides accurate feed control of the cutter. The large gripping segments provide the tool a tight, positive position inside the tube and hold the tool firmly during the toughest cutting conditions. The 1-1/2” (38.1mm) feed travel of the unit allows plenty of cutting space without the need to reposition the unit. The powerful pneumatic motor makes for fast thick tube wall work. The slim profile design allows machining in 2” (50.0mm) tube and larger water wall applications with the optional 2” (50mm) cutter holder.

The cutter blades are made from high alloy tool steel and are then special coated to provide up to three times the life of other high speed blades. The unique spring bands are superior in the retention of the gripping segments over rubber O-Rings or spiral wound springs.

Features & Benefits:

  • Prepare the ends of water wall tubes prior to welding.
  • Trim tube ends and preparing prior to expansion.
  • Remove tube welds from tube sheet face.
  • Remove beaded tube ends.
  • Portable, pneumatically powered unit for easy and safe operator use

Handhole Seat Grinder

handhole seat grinder

Elliott's 7099-1 Hand Hole Seat Grinder is air-powered, light, easy to handle, and precision-engineered to reface boiler header seats.

The Hand Hole Seat Grinder self-aligns for precision grinding every time, holding the grinding wheel securely in one plane. All movement of the grinder is confined precisely within the plane to ensure unvarying accuracy.

The model 7099-1 allows you to reach surfaces that hand methods can't get to and even reduces recurrent leakage around boiler plugs.

Features & Benefits:

  • Saves lots of time as the boiler does not need to be brought up in order to check for leaks.
  • Coarse grinding wheels available for quick removal of material. Fine grinding wheels available for smooth finish.


  • Accommodates seat widths between 0.187” to 0.656” (4.7mm to 16.7mm).
  • RPM: 5,000 @ 90 PSI.
  • Weight: 30 Lbs (13.6 kgs).
  • Includes guide rollers.

Pneumatic Hammer

pneumatic hammer

Elliott's 430G Pneumatic Hammer is the recommended driving tool for Elliott's Beading Tools and Flaring Tools.

Beading Tools are made with different size radii for beading tubes in firetube boilers while Flaring Tools are used for flaring the inside of tube ends.

The 430G Pneumatic Hammer accepts Type No. 6 0.680” (17.3mm) diameter by 2-3/8” (60.3mm) long shanks.

Features & Benefits:

  • Lightweight & compact design – easy to move in tight areas.
  • Uses retainers on tools – improved operator safety.


  • Piston Diameter & Stroke: 1-1/8” X 2” (28.6 X 50.8mm)
  • Length (Overall): 14” (355.6mm)
  • Blows per minute: 2,300
  • Net Weight: 17 lbs. (7 Kg.)
  • Air Requirement: 30 CFM @ 90 PSI
  • Hose Diameter: 1/2” (12.7mm)

Tube End Facers

tube end facers

Elliott's ETF Series Tube End Facers are ideal for trimming heat exchanger, condenser, and chiller tubes to a specific tube projection after tube expansion.

Each Tube End Facer is equipped with an adjustable collar to allow tubes to be faced flush or to a specified length from the tube sheet. Each Tube End Facer also incorporates a 3/8” (9.5mm) male hex.

The Tube End Facers use high alloy facer bits with two cutting edges that are specially coated for increased life. Elliott offers two bit styles, Non-Ferrous Steel and Stainless Steel, to achieve optimum cutting efficiency.

Elliott's electric and pneumatic motors are excellent drivers for Tube End Facers. See next page for more information.

Features & Benefits:

  • Economical & easy blade replacement.
  • Standard pilot set included.
  • Adjustable stand-off – 1/4” to flush

Tube Pilots/Guides

tube pilots / guides

Elliott's 63 Series Tube Pilots, also known as Tube Guides, are used to pilot replacement tubes through tube sheets and tube support plates that are commonly found in heat exchangers and surface condensers.

The Tube Pilots consist of an aluminum tapered nose attached to a replaceable nylon brush. The nylon brush fits in the end of a tube, centering and holding the pilot firmly in place. Additionally, the brush cleans the tube where it will be rolled.

One Tube Pilot works for several gauges within a particular tube OD, saving you money and inventory space!

Features & Benefits:

  • Saves time and labor costs through faster guiding of replacement tubes through tube sheets & support plates.
  • Customer proven that motors can survive for thirty years or longer.
  • Nylon brush centers and holds pilot in place, cleans the tube where it will be rolled

Lubricants Tube Expander Accessories

lubricatnts tube expander accessories

Elliott”s Lubricants are engineered to provide the best lubrication in tube rolling and roll beading applications. They will provide time and tool savings compared to commonly available lubricants.

ELC110220 Electric Torque Controller

electric torque controller

Elliott is pleased to introduce its ELC110220 Electric Torque Controller the first torque control with an Embedded Logic Controller that senses and is compatible with both 110V and 220V and automatic and manual reverse rolling motors.

Set-up is easy and two to three times faster, even for inexperienced operators. You can choose one of three modes: automatic, assisted, or manual to suit your individual rolling needs.

Whereas other competitors require two or more torque controls to accommodate different rolling motors or voltages, the ELC110220 can be used with auto or manual reverse motors, 110V or 220V. No more worrying about which controller or motor to bring to the job site because the ELC110220 is all you need! Additionally, the torque controller is CE Mark and UR & RoHS compliant for operator safety.

Features & Benefits:

  • Job set-up 2 to 3 times faster.
  • Three set-up modes to suit your needs.
  • A single controller lowers your investment.


  • Amperage: 20 Amps Hertz: 50 / 60 Hz
  • Voltage: 100V to 240V
  • Tolerance: +/- 40 milliamps.
  • Temperatures: 0�F to 120�F. (-18�C to 49�C)
  • Dimensions: 8” x 6.5” x 6.75”. (20.3 cm x 16.5 cm x 17.1 cm)
  • Weight: 3.6 pounds (1.6 kg)
  • Supported Languages: English, Spanish