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WHO WE ARE

H&S Tool, a CLIMAX Company, has become the premier supplier for pipe cutting and beveling tools in the maintenance and construction of power generation plants; pulp and paper plants; pipelines; refineries, and other liquid processing facilities, as well as production machines in fabrication companies. Our product line has grown to include over 40 models of I.D. and O.D. mount tube and pipe machining, expanding, and cutting tools, from ½” to 86” (12.7mm to 2184.4mm).

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Our Vision

We envision a world where all people who do maintenance, repair, or manufacturing work optimize their performance, efficiency, and safety by using portable machining equipment.

Our Value

Our competitive advantage comes from 40+ years of engineering design and manufacturing know-how, application experience, product quality and performance, end-to-end solution capability, and our never-ending commitment to an outrageously good customer experience – every interaction, every time, everywhere!

Our Mission

To help our customers do their work better, faster, safer, and more cost effectively by bringing the most innovative, highest-quality portable machining equipment right to the job! Deliver an outrageously good customer experience – every interaction, everywhere, every time! And to have fun doing it!

Expanding Goal

Our merger with CLIMAX Portable Machining and Welding Systems separates us as the #1 portable machining tool supplier in the industry. Now with 38 sales and rental locations and a global network of 52 professional dealers we will continue to grow and strengthen our customer base and partnerships. To support our customers across the globe, we are well positioned and will continue to grow our fleet of 2,500+ rental tools.

Company History

Our company began in the Hillestad family garage in 1975. That is where Tolleif Hillestad designed and built the first H&S model MS I.D. mount prep tool. The following year, Mark, his son, joined him and H&S (Hillestad and Son) was born and we moved into a small building in Wadsworth, OH, U.S.A.

Since 1975, we have grown from that garage to a 30,000 square feet (2787.1 square meters) state of the art manufacturing facility and a distribution network that spans the globe.

H&S Tool is now a world class supplier for tools in the maintenance and construction of power generation plants; pulp and paper plants; pipelines, refineries and other liquid processing facilities as well as production machines in fabrication companies.

Our product line has grown to include over 20 models of I.D. mount and 20 models of O.D. mount split frame clamshells to cut and machine tube and pipes from 1/2″ I.D. to 86″ (12.7 to 2184.4 mm) O.D. To support our global customer base, we invested in a rental fleet of well over 2,000 tools.

We created the 24/7 gold medallion service guarantee to demonstrate that our tools are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can rest assured that a quality, precision tool is waiting for your call.

In 2015, the Hillestad family sold H&S Tool to Climax Portable Machining and Welding Systems based out of Newberg, Oregon. Climax pioneered the concept of portable machining over 50 years ago by inventing the portable key mill. The combination of CLIMAX and H&S separates us as the definitive #1 company in our market, with the best line of products, the best customer service, the most expertise, and the best talent in the industry!

Man Using Pipe Cutting Machinery

1975

Company Beginnings

Our company began in the Hillestad family garage in 1975. That is where Tolleif Hillestad designed and built the first H&S model MS I.D. mount prep tool. The following year, Mark, his son, joined him and H&S (Hillestad and Son) was born and we moved into a small building in Wadsworth, OH, U.S.A.

Multiprep Pipe Machining Tool

2006

Patent Development

H&S develops its patented Multi-Prep cutter

H&S Tool Inc, Exterior

2014

Constantly Growing

Since 1975, we have grown from that garage to a 30,000 square feet (2787.1 square meters) state of the art manufacturing facility and a distribution network that spans the globe.

H&S Tool is now a world class supplier for tools in the maintenance and construction of power generation plants; pulp and paper plants; pipelines, refineries and other liquid processing facilities as well as production machines in fabrication companies.

Our product line has grown to include over 20 models of I.D. mount and 20 models of O.D. mount split frame clamshells to cut and machine tube and pipes from 1/2″ I.D. to 86″ (12.7 to 2184.4 mm) O.D. To support our global customer base, we invested in a rental fleet of well over 2,000 tools.

Rolling & Expanding Machine

2000

On the rise

 

H&S Supplements its product suite with rolling and expanding equipment

OD Mount Pipe Cutting & Beveling Tool

2010

President

Current President Jeff Howard leads internal design, development, and launch for the new OD-Mount Clamshell line

Climax Portable Headquarters

2015

New Beginnings

In 2015, the Hillestad family sold H&S Tool to Climax Portable Machining and Welding Systems based out of Newberg, Oregon. Climax pioneered the concept of portable machining over 50 years ago by inventing the portable key mill. The combination of Climax and H&S separates us as the definitive #1 company in our market, with the best line of products, the best customer service, the most expertise, and the best talent in the industry!

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