The Red Head Brass Commitment to Quality

Our dedication to offering only the finest products is clearly evident in our line of Brute expanders.

We have refined this product offering to a pair of outstanding machines:

  • the hand pump Brute X-Pander portable unit and
  • the electric pump Brute Model 2.

Red Head Brass expanders are precision instruments, made for smooth easy operation. They make every attachment a snug, uniform, secure fit assuring a safe hose and coupling assembly.

The Brute machines come complete with operating instructions, including simple diagrams to make each operation easy to understand.

At no charge, we also will provide training in the use of our expanders at our manufacturing facility in Shreve, Ohio.

Call your distributor for special pricing on our Brute Bundles.

Style Brute X-Pander

Compact Hand Pump Expander

Configuration & Features

  • Designed for forestry services, fire departments, small distributors and ski areas
  • May be used to attach 1" thru 3" couplings
  • Ideal for in-house use or mounted in a service van for field repairs
  • Unit weighs 32% less than our previous hand pump model, requires 50% fewer strokes to expand and 75% fewer strokes to release
  • All-in-one design means fewer parts and no hydraulic connections making the X-Pander our most reliable and service free hand expander ever
  • All current Red Head Brass expansion unit assemblies and replacement parts can be used with the X-Pander
  • Size: 13" W x 17" D x 10" H
  • Weight: 45 lbs

Style Brute Model 2

Bench Model Electric Hydraulic Expander

Configuration & Features

  • Designed for hose manufacturers and higher volume distributors and fire departments
  • May be used to attach 1" thru 6" couplings
  • 3,000 PSI pump
  • Motor: 3450 RPM, 1-1/2 h.p., single phase, 220 v
  • Cylinder – 6" stroke, 4" bore
  • Total thrust – 38,000 lb
  • Oil Capacity – 9.5 gallons
  • Manually set external pressure relief valve
  • Size: 22" W x 22" D x 16" H
  • Weight: 350 lbs

Expansion Unit Assembly

Configuration & Features

  • Red Head expansion units are compatible with some other manufacturers' expanders.
  • When ordering for machines other than Red Head Brute, specify manufacturer and model.
  • Repair or replacement parts for Brute expansion units also available, including segments only, segment holders, drawbars, adjusting rings, segment springs, drawbar adapters, etc.
  • For a complete list of all available expansion units and their sizes, contact your Red Head customer service representative.
  • When ordering please specify the manufacturer and model number of your particular unit.
  • Also specify the type and size of the coupling you are ordering.


  • Red Head Brute expanders do not include any expansion unit assemblies — they must be ordered separately.
  • For a complete list of all available expansion units and sizes, please contact your Red Head customer service representative.


Fig 1: Typical Configuration of 1", 1-1/2", 1-3/4" or 2" Expansion Unit Assembly

Fig 2: Typical Configuration of 2-1/2", 3" or 3" x 2 -1/2" Expansion Unit Assembly

Fig 3: Typical Configuration of 3-1/2", 4", 4-1/2", 5" or 6" Expansion Unit Assembly

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