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Why Remove the Bead?

Internal fusion beads can stimulate blockage in your HDPE piping system – which can restrict flow, entrap bio-film and bacteria, as well as promote pipe wall wear due to the turbulent flow of abrasive materials. That is why we like to say, "eliminate the bead, eliminate the problem". In removing the bead, the BeadTrimmer™ streamlines the entire piping system, optimizes flow, and eliminates potential blockage issues in the future.


Removing the internal and external bead is an observed and effective practice in directional drilling, pipeline pigging operations, fiber optic or dual containment systems, and in conduit work.


The BeadTrimmer

BT2 (3", 4", 5", 6")
BT3 (8", 10", 12", 14", 16", 18", 20", 22", 24")

Removes internal bead in 3" to 24" pipe.

Time and field tested, our patented BeadTrimmer™ product line sets the industry standard in bead removal tooling.


Our flagship, hand-powered BeadTrimmer™ (BT2 and BT3) has been an industry leader for decades, and now, with the addition of our pneumatic Mega-Large BeadTrimmer™ (MLBT) and Universal External BeadTrimmer™ (UEBT), our complete catalog has the right tool for any thermoplastic job.

Mega-Large BeadTrimmer™

Twenty two Carbide Cutters revolving at 2,000 RPMs provide the bite for our big dog, the Mega-Large BeadTrimmer™ (MLBT).


This pneumatic, large-diameter pipe de-beading tool is the first in the industry and can remove the internal fusion bead of pipe diameters ranging from 18" to 52" ID.

ML24 BeadTrimmer™ removes internal bead in 18" to 24" ID pipe.

ML30 BeadTrimmer™ removes internal bead in 24" to 28" ID pipe.

ML36 BeadTrimmer™ removes internal bead in 28" to 36" ID pipe.

ML54 BeadTrimmer™ removes internal bead in 36" to 52" ID pipe.

Rentals available for R&L Distributors


Universal External BeadTrimmer™

Removes external bead on 12" to 65" pipe.

Exactly what if sounds like, the Universal External BeadTrimmer™ (UEBT) will remove external fusion beads on all pipe diameters from 12" to 65".


The UEBT is a pneumatic tool and requires an air compressor (not included) to operate the reciprocating steel chisel. It is the simplest, most effective way to remove external fusion beads, of any size.

Handle Packages

Each Handle Package includes Anodized Aluminum Torque Tubes (number and length depend on package), Torque Tube Unions and locking pins, Tee-Handle Head, and shipping/storage container.


Combine multiple handle packages to extend your reach. We've seen beads removed at over 1,200 feet!

For larger diameter pipes with high torque requirements and operating with BeadTrimmer™ head sizes 18"-24", we recommend adding Coupler Support Sleeves with your Handle Package. This added accessory quickly slips over Torque Tube joints to provide support and prevent damaging the Handle Package connectors.

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Three generations of experience in thermoplastic pipe and piping systems, R&L Manufacturing is a family owned and operated industrial tooling manufacturer based in Vancouver, WA.


215 E Reserve Steet, Suite #104, PMB-B12
Vancouver, WA 98661


(360) 833-9194


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