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    I had a vehicle fire investigation yesterday at a Veristar lot. It was pretty much a total burn out. The driver side door was damaged and I could not get it open to verify the VIN number. That left me searching else where on the vehicle.

    I am looking to purchase hand pump extrication tools. I need a compact spreader and cutter. I have looked at all the major dealer sites. I can't find what I needed. Years ago I saw what I am looking for and it was called "Porta Power". It came in a small metal tool box.
    Can anyone give me any guidance?
    Thank you!
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    PortoPower was a trade name given to the Blackhawk brand of eqt. There were many attachments available, however basically it was a remote operated hydraulic jack. The tool remains available, now built by Enerpac and labeled as an 'industrial maint kit'.

    There are mfg that build self-contained units that feature a 'combi-tool' head. Simply search your favorite hydraulic tool mfg. You may also try searching for the Nike brand as they now build what was known as the Bacho brand from years ago.

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    Just an idea,

    Take a look at Holmatro's 3120HCT, it is a portapower type combi tool, pump and tool in one. We have a porta power still, it has hoses and a pump with various heads. Our USAR guys have three of the HCT's , they are nice because they don't have hoses, are a one man operation, and are combi- cutter/spreaders.

    www.holmatro-usa.com

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    The Holmatro offered in the above post is a nice tool and easy to use. We have 3 of them.

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    The most economical solution would be to the nearest request rescue unit to come out and assist you, most would be more than happy.

    If that is not an opption a hand powered rescue tool such as halmatro's or genesis hand powered rescue tool would be the best option. Genesis also sells a porta power type tool.

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    At one time, Genesis made a nifty hand operated spreader/cutter called the "Hand Vario". It was self-contained and operated by pumping one of the handles on the unit itself. I had played with it some at the Howlell Rescue Crash Course training and found it to be rather slow, but it would eventualy get the job done. I just checked the Genesis website and could not find it listed there, but Howell has it on their site:

    http://www.howellrescue.com/toolpage...ndvario211.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubbie View Post
    I had a vehicle fire investigation yesterday at a Veristar lot. It was pretty much a total burn out. The driver side door was damaged and I could not get it open to verify the VIN number. That left me searching else where on the vehicle.

    I am looking to purchase hand pump extrication tools. I need a compact spreader and cutter. I have looked at all the major dealer sites. I can't find what I needed. Years ago I saw what I am looking for and it was called "Porta Power". It came in a small metal tool box.
    Can anyone give me any guidance?
    Thank you!

    Most of the dash vin #s are somewhat "stamped" and if it was not legible chances are the the label on the door would be damaged also on a burnout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lieutenant387 View Post
    Most of the dash vin #s are somewhat "stamped" and if it was not legible chances are the the label on the door would be damaged also on a burnout.
    As luck would have it the close door created a protected area and the label survived. I could see it was there, but I couldn't get to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubbie View Post
    As luck would have it the close door created a protected area and the label survived. I could see it was there, but I couldn't get to it.
    Sawzall would be indicated then
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    Quote Originally Posted by cubbie View Post
    II am looking to purchase hand pump extrication tools. I need a compact spreader and cutter. I have looked at all the major dealer sites. I can't find what I needed. Years ago I saw what I am looking for and it was called "Porta Power". It came in a small metal tool box.
    Can anyone give me any guidance?
    Thank you!
    Most folks still call it a porta power (pretty much like most everyone calls a tissue a "Kleenex") and they are still very much alive & well in the auto body repair industry (where the fire service found them to begin with )

    In this case - google is your friend. http://www.google.com/search?q=porta+power

    Some quick results fro the above search:
    http://www.southern-tool.com/store/porta_power_kit.html

    http://www.toolsusa.com/ProductSearch.asp?phrase=porta%20power&cat=BodyRep air&WT.srch=1&s_kwcid=porta%20power|756600019

    http://www.mytoolstore.com/astro/asthyd10.html
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