FORMERLY EQUALIZER USA

SW15TE Hydraulic Flange Spreader

The SW9TM Mechanical Flange Spreader is capable of generating 9 tons of spreading force.  Excellent spreader for all flanges with a .24 inch gap.

SW15TE Flange Spreader

The SW15TE hydraulic flange spreader features an interlocking spreading wedge, design with user safety in mind. This design produces a smooth, parallel, wedge movement creating a force perpendicular to the flange faces being separated. This eliminates unsafe working conditions, flange damage and spreading wedge failure. (See il. 1 below)

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The SW15TE HYDRAULIC FLANGE SPREADER

  • The unique interlocking wedge design features no first step bending or risk of slipping out of the flange joint
  • This unique design requires a very small access gap of only .24 in. (6 mm) and is capable of producing a gap of up to 3.3" when using both step blocks.
  • A total of 15.5 tons of force is available at every step including the first step. Two hydraulic flange spreaders can create 30 tons of spreading force.
  • Few moving parts means durability and minimal tool maintenance.  Any maintenance is simple and easy to perform on this flange spreader.
  • A special coating is applied to reduce slippage, further increasing worker safety.
  • No forces are created that would propell the spreading wedge from the flange like a typical hammered wedge. see il. 2
  • A solid sliding wedge between the flange speader jaws eliminates jaw breakage and the potential of flanges slaming togeather causing worker harm or equipment damage.
If the flange you are working on does not have a 0.24" (6 mm) gap, consider using a Secure Grip flange spreader. If this is not an option, use the MG7TM flange spreader to create the necessary 0.24" gap.


Equalizer's patented Flange Speader design that creates perpendicular forces to the flange being separated.

This drawing illustrates how forces are applied with the Equalizer spreading wedge. The downward force from the wedge is transmitted in a perpendicular motion to the flange faces Safe and easy to use.

il. 1
Hammered wedge creates an unsafe condition

This drawing illustrates how forces are applied with a standard wedge. The downward force from the wedge is transmitted in a angular motion to the flange faces. This produces a reverse force that trys to propell the wedge back out of the flange creating an unsafe . This type of wedge will also cause damage to flange face.

EXTREME CAUTION SHOUD BE EXERCISED WITH THIS PROCEDURE.

il. 2

THE SW15TE HYDRAULIC FLANGE SPREADER

Availale in three differnt kits, The Mini, The Stanard, and the most popular kit, The Maxi kit.

Mini Kit

  • 1 x SW15TE Flange Spreader Wedgehead
  • 1 x 10,000 psi (700 bar) Hydraulic Cylinder
  • 1 x Safety Block
  • 1 x Instruction Manual
  • 1 x Cardboard Packaging
  • Gross Kit Weight 7.5 kg (16.5 lbs)
  • Product Code: SW15TEMIN

Standard Kit

  • 1 x SW15TE Flange Spreader Wedgehead
  • 1 x 10,000 psi (700 bar) Hydraulic Hose, 2 m (78.75") 
  • 1 x 10,000 psi (700 bar) Hydraulic Cylinder
  • 1 x 10,000 psi (700 bar) HP350S Sealed Hand Pump with Gauge
  • 1 x Safety Block
  • 1 x Pair of Stepped Blocks
  • 1 x Instruction Manual
  • 1 x Plastic Carry Case
  • Gross Kit Weight 19.5 kg (43 lbs)
  • Product Code: SW15TESTDSPB

Maxi Kit

  • 2 x SW15TE Flange Spreader Wedgeheads
  • 2 x 10,000 psi (700 bar) Hydraulic Hoses, 2 m (78.75") eachj 
  • 2 x 10,000 psi (700 bar) Hydraulic Cylinders
  • 1 x 10,000 psi (700 bar) HP350D Sealed Hand Pump with Gauges
  • 2 x Safety Blocks
  • 2 x Pairs of Stepped Blocks
  • 1 x Instruction Manual
  • 1 x Plaastic Carry Case.
  • Gross Kit Weight 31 kg (68.3 lbs)
  • Product Code: SW15TEMAXSPB

FEATURES AND BENEFITS


Functional
The SW15TE HYDRAULIC FLANGE SPREADER can be used during

  • commissioning
  • construction
  • routine maintenance
  • shutdowns/outages
  • testing
  • valve change-outs

Special Features
  • unique interlocking first step
  • deep 15 mm secure hold on first step
  • requires access gap of only 6 mm
  • robust lightweight tool
  • spreading force of 15.5 T (155 kN) from 10,000 psi (700 bar) of hydraulic pressure
  • automatic mechanical retraction

Operating Benefits

  • secure hold on each step
  • quick and easy operation
  • saves time
  • saves cost
  • safe operation
  • portable

Stepped Blocks

  • 2 x Stepped Blocks
  • 2 x M6 x 10 mm Countersunk Screws
  • 1 x 4mm Hex Key
  • Gross Kit Weight 1.5 kg (3.5 lbs)
The SW15TE Hydraulic Flange Spreader is a small, unique, durable tool and is an excellent choicce for use on most flanges with an acess gap of 0.24 inches.
The maximum spreading capacity is 3.3 inches with both stepped blocks attached to the wedgehead as shown below.
spreading wedge capacities

A problem may occur when using a SW15TE Flange Spreader on a flange with a larger gap, for example when removing a blind, valve, or large gasket.  The wedge may protrude far enough to hit the blind, gasket, or other object as illustrated below.
SWi2025TI spreading wedge hitting a blind or a gasket  without the step blocks attached

The problem is easily solve by using the step blocks as illustrated below.
SWi2025TI spreading wedge hitting a blind or a gasket  proble solved with the step blocks attached
Customers buy flange spreading tools from us that are easy to use and get the job done safely, timely, with improved productivity.