Low-Marking Soft-Shoe Jaws

Our unique Soft-Shoe Jaws protect the surface of tubulars during makeup and breakout operations.


The Bowen™ patented soft-shoe design is the result of extensive testing and employs a separate jaw insert for each diameter pipe. These inserts cover more than 90% of the diameter where the pipe is gripped. Unlike other soft-grip devices that merely wrap around the pipe, our design uses a rubber cushion behind the insert that distributes the gripping forces uniformly around the pipe. This feature eliminates the tendency to bite the pipe with the leading edge of the insert as torque is applied. Instead, the flexible gripping pads gently mold themselves to the various irregularities of the pipe.

Our Low-Marking Soft-Shoe Jaw system is designed for high-production premium pipe and casing bucking applications. This system requires no special cleaning, preparation, or handling of the pipe, casing, or couplings. The gripping patterns created by the Low-Marking Soft-Shoe Jaw system are nothing more than superficial marks. This system leaves no upset material on the pipe surface and eliminates the need to remove sharp edges that might become a safety concern.

A technician works on a low-marking soft-shoe jaw
A technician works on a low-marking soft-shoe jaw