Tube Removal

Make an already difficult job easier with the help of tube removal tools. They are designed for use in boiler and heat exchanger applications, allowing you to remove tubes quickly and easily.

Tube Spears

  • Tube Size: 0.375" to 3.000" (9.5 - 76.2mm) OD

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Tube Cutters

  • Tube Size: 0.375" to 3.000" (9.5 - 76.2mm) OD

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Collet Tube Pullers

  • Tube Size: 0.500" to 2.500" (12.7 - 63.5mm) OD

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Tube Tuggers

  • Tube Size: 0.500" to 2.000" (12.7 - 50.8mm) OD

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Hydraulic Pumps

Elliott’s hydraulic pumps are used to power the Collet Style Tube Tugger, Cyclegrip Semi-Continuous Puller, Tube Tuggers, and Stub Tugger. The hydraulic pumps’ compact design is ideal for use in confined work areas.

  • Maximum Pressure: 5,000 or 10,000 PSI

  • Power Source: Electric 110V or 220V, Pneumatic, or Manual

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Stub Tugger Hydraulic Tube Pulling System

Stub Tugger

Hydraulic Tube Pulling System

Elliott’s Stub Tugger is a powerful hydraulic tube pulling system for removing tubes from both heat exchangers and boilers.

  • Tube Size: 0.375” to 3.000” (9.5 – 76.2mm) OD

  • Type: Stub Puller

  • Application: Heat exchangers and boilers

  • Pulling Capacity: 30 Ton (27.2Mt)

  • Stroke: 6" (152.4mm)

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SpeedCut Tube Bundle Cutter


Tube Bundle Cutter

Equipped with a rugged Baldor© Motor and the highly productive Automatic Cutting Force Control, Elliott’s SpeedCut is a quick and cost-effective way to cut through tube bundles and shells in a single pass.

  • Type: Tube Bundle Cutter

  • Tube Bundle Sizes: Up To 98.5" (2.5m) diameter.

  • Automatic Cutting Force Control

  • Unattended Operation

  • Safe and Easy To Use

  • Typical Cutting Time: 20-16 minutes

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Pneumatic Hammer

Elliott's Pneumatic Hammer is the recommended tool for removing tube stubs in heat exchangers or beading tubes in firetube boilers.

  • Tube Size: 0.250" to 3.000" (6.4 - 50.8mm) OD

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Tool Lubricants

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.

  • Paste Lubricant

  • Liquid Lubricant

  • Bead Coolant

  • Cutting Oil

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Cyclgrip Semi-Continuous Tube Puller


Semi-Continuous Tube Puller

Elliott’s Cyclgrip Semi-Continuous Tube Puller is an engineered product that continuously pulls chiller, heat exchanger, and condenser tubes after the tubes have been pulled free from the tube sheet, making it the ideal companion for the Collet Style Tube Tugger.

  • Tube Size: 0.500” to 1.000” (12.7 – 25.4mm) OD

  • Type: Tube Puller

  • Pulling Speed Per Minute: 10' (3.3m)

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Manual Tube Puller

Elliott’s Manual Tube Puller is ideal for pulling a limited number of tubes in heat exchangers, chillers, fin fan coolers, and surface condensers.

  • Tube Size: 3/8” to 1.000” (9.5 – 25.4mm) OD

  • Type: Tube Puller

  • Application: Heat exchangers, chillers, fin fan coolers, and surface condensers

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Jumbo Tube Buster

Elliott’s Jumbo Tube Buster is the recommended driving tool for Elliott’s Jumbo Knockout Tools to remove tube stubs in heat exchangers, Firetube boilers, and Watertube boilers.

  • Tube Size: 0.625” to 2.000” (15.9 – 50.8mm) OD

  • Type: Tube Buster

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