About Us

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Advance Equipment Company
was founded in 1978
by Richard E. Hoverter.

A talented engineer, Richard managed and built several PVC pipe plants over a career in the plastics industry that began in the 1940s. Irritated by PVC pipe bellers that didn’t work very well, one day he decided, “I can do this BETTER.” And he did. The rest, as they say, is history.

Advance Equipment is currently owned and operated by Richard Sr.’s son, Richard L. (Dick) Hoverter, who is also a dedicated engineer. Originally based in a 2000 sq. ft. garage in sleepy Sunnyside, WA, the business expanded to Olympia, WA in 1986. Now, as one of the industry’s premium suppliers of pipe bellers, saws, and other downstream equipment, Advance Equipment occupies 32,000 sq. ft. facilities.

At Advance, we build quality, and it shows in both our machines and our factory. We stock a huge supply of spare parts to keep you up and running, and our machine shop is full of modern CNC machine tools. We also design using the latest CAD, CAM, and 3D design tools. Our employees take pride in their work, whether that work is design or manufacture, and it shows in everything we do.

We hope you will be as proud to own and operate our machines as we are to build them.

We are members of the two leading industry associations:  Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association and UNI-BELL PVC Pipe Association.

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What our customers say

“The best damn bellers in the industry, bar none.”
–Company President, Southeast U.S.A.

“We have ten Advance bellers. Their reliability is super, maintenance is almost nothing, and they make a fine product. My personal opinion is that Advance bellers are the industry standard.”
–General Manager, South U.S.A.

“That’s a very impressive machine.”
–Director of Engineering, Midwest U.S.A.

“Advance bellers have evolved into the best bellers on the market. You take good care of your customers, too.”
–Plant Manager, South U.S.A.

“Durable and dependable, makes high quality bells. It is relaxing having your bellers, knowing they will produce a good product. We’ve had no downtime to speak of since we got the beller eight months ago.”
–Plant Manager, Southeast U.S.A.

“Virtually trouble-free…they are the best saws in our plant.” Re: CS-2 Chopsaws.
–Maintenance Manager, Southeast U.S.A.

“The best saws I’ve ever run…not a lick of problems.” Re: CS-2 Chopsaws.
–Plant Manager, Southeast U.S.A.

“They are the best pullers in our plant. No question about it.” Re: T-3 Pullers.
–Maintenance Manager, Southeast U.S.A.

“You did a fantastic job, and they are in love with your equipment.” Re: B-2 Bundlers .
–Plant Engineer, Southeast U.S.A.