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    Random question...Why do all Fire Engines carry Hay Hooks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by emmex510 View Post
    Random question...Why do all Fire Engines carry Hay Hooks?
    Who says they do? I know for a fact that not a single engine on the career FD I work for has a hay hook. I alos know that of the 2 engines and pumper tanker on my volly only one carrys hay hooks.

    Past that they have many uses besides moving hay. They can be used for hooking and moving debris after a fire.

    Also, if anyone plans on buying hay hooks go to your local Farm and Fleet or Fleet Farm or Tractor Supply or co-op and buy them instead of thru a fire equipment company. You will amazed at the mark-up on these things. AND most often they are still painted red.

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    They can be used to remove and carry a windshield off of a vehicle once it's been cut.

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    What is a hay hook??? Are you talking about a pitchfork?

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    Had them on our rigs at my old job. They are good for grabbing a smoldering matteress, cushions, carrying glass as stated earlier, and whatever else you can think of....Not a pitch fork..

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    We have a couple tucked away on my engine at work; we don't have any at the VFD. Never used one in 15 years, but that's just me....
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    We carried them when I first came on the job, but haven't for some time ( nor have I thought about them in quite some time) ....when we did have them they were usually used for dragging mattresses during overhaul.

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    simmer down fyredup, just a question. yep all of the above are good uses of the hay hook. we also use them to manually put the pump in gear if it does not go in on its own.

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    I know that they used to be able to be used to pull a windshield in about ten seconds. You put one in each upper corner of the windshield. Someone pulled the trim which sealed the windshield in the frame, two guys pull, and out comes your windshield. The way I understand it this won't work anymore. At least I havent seen it work, but thats the story I have heard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emmex510 View Post
    Random question...Why do all Fire Engines carry Hay Hooks?
    We use them for Hay, Trash, pretty much anything...very versatile tool.

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    We have them, although theres not much hay around here. The only thing Ive seen them used for is dragging a mattress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFRDxplorer View Post
    I know that they used to be able to be used to pull a windshield in about ten seconds. You put one in each upper corner of the windshield. Someone pulled the trim which sealed the windshield in the frame, two guys pull, and out comes your windshield. The way I understand it this won't work anymore. At least I havent seen it work, but thats the story I have heard.
    This is an old practice that worked when windshields were held in by a rubber gasket and not the black mastic that is used today.

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    They work great for lifting manhole covers.

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    Nope. Not here. never did and probably never will carry them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    This is an old practice that worked when windshields were held in by a rubber gasket and not the black mastic that is used today.
    Ya thats what I figured.
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