Powermaster is a manufacturer and supplier of tube tools and equipment Combination beading expanders for beading tubes.

Combination beading Expanders for fire tube boilers

combination beading expander series - boiler tube expanders

Configuration:  four Parallel rollers with one beading roller

Tube sizes covered: 2.0", 2.1/2 and 3.0" OD.

Combination Beading Expanders bead the tube to the tube sheet


Rolls and beads in one operation.

No need for beading tools or air hammer.

No operator fatigue caused by continuous use of air hammers.

No need to re-roll after completion as with manual beading.


The Combination Beading Expander comes in three sizes, 2.0", 2.1/2" and 3.0" OD.

NOTE: You only need to replace the Beading Roll and the Guide Roll assembly to change tube wall thickness.

The Powermaster Industrial Combination Beading Expander is is a leader in saving time and reducing operator fatigue.  The quality of the bead is consistent around the tube edge with no ridges as in air beaded tubes which can cause cracking on the bead by over working it. As seen below:

Using the Beading Expanders

The above images are of 2.1/2" 11 BWG tubes we rolled with a total of 104 tube ends. The whole installation was completed in one day including hydro test. The rolling motor used had the capacity for 3.0" tubes. W can't stress enough the key to this operation is proper lubrication to conquer the inherent heat build up from friction within the tool. As a lubricant we used our own Lube Right developed here in Canada for the expansion of tubes.

Theory of The Combination Beading Expander

The combination beading and expanding tool simultaneously expands and beads the tube end in a single operation. Operating as it does, the tool assures the creations of a joint, which is both pressure tight and has a bead in intimate contact with the tube sheet. The tool achieves this objective by the natural feed force built in to the expander to force beading against the end of the tube while expansion is taking place. The ability of the tool to satisfactorily accomplish this depends upon the amount of tractive force available being of enough magnitude to enable feeding forces to be developed which will enable the beading roll to deform the end of the tube and press the bead tightly against the sheet. The tractive force is made a maximum by utilizing five expansion rolls in place of the three or four normally found in expanders of this type and using coolant, which has the quality of minimum lubricity. If the beading roller expander is set so full expansion is accomplished before the bead has been formed, it will not be possible to complete a proper bead without further expansion of the tube.

The tool operates such that, once the beading roll has encountered the end of the tube, the entire inward force of the tool is available to form the bead. However, this force is not always of sufficient magnitude to perform the required operation. The force is at a minimum initially while the expander is expanding the tube to a metal to metal condition. At this point the tractive force increases sharply and builds to a maximum as the expansion progress. When the stop nut on the mandrel engages the thrust bearing on the cage housing preventing any of the mandrel. This force then diminishes as continued rotation of the expander irons out the tube bead. Therefore, it is necessary that the beading operation be completed before the final expansion of the tube since it will require the maximum tractive force available to perform the beading. Because of normal manufacturing practices, it would be possible to perform a proper beading and expanding operation with the tool without necessary setting it so that the beading roll was in contact with the end of the tube. How far back would be determined by two factors, one would be the amount of clearance between the tube sheet hole and the tube OD. The greater this clearance, the further back the beading roll could be set since effective tractive force will not be developed until the tube has been expanded to the metal to metal condition. The second factor would be to set the tool with the beading close to or in contact with the tube end. It must be emphasized that no expanding tool can do a satisfactory job unless the following three items are complied with:

  1. 1. Tool of the correct size
  2. 2. Tube ends and tube sheet holes have been properly prepared and are clean.
  3. 3. The tool is properly lubricated.

Compliance with these requirements is even more of a critical nature when using the Combination Beading Expander.

Consult the PDF Specifications below to cross refer all data to the tube OD, wall thickness and tube sheet thickness. Also, part numbers for spare mandrels and rollers can be found here. If the PDF is two pages then the data has to be read across the two pages.


boiler tube expansion accessories

tools used in the rolling of boiler tubes

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Consult the PDF Specifications below to cross refer all data to the tube OD, wall thickness and tube sheet thickness. Also, part numbers for spare mandrels and rollers can be found here. If the PDF is two pages then the data has to be read across the two pages.