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    Default Hand Pump Extrication Tools

    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?
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    Don't know for sure. But Auto body shops use equipment like this. You may be able to check with one in your area to see where they buy thier equipment.

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    I have a porta power in my vehicle. I hardly ever pull it out of the box. Most of the local fire departments have the good stuff and are usally willing to pop the door for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcruise View Post
    I have a porta power in my vehicle. I hardly ever pull it out of the box. Most of the local fire departments have the good stuff and are usally willing to pop the door for me.
    We carry the "good stuff" on our rescue truck but we also carry the old PortaPowers still as a back up in case the heavy-duty extrication tools fail.
    I have also used the PortaPowers several times when the bigger tools won't fit into smaller spaces.

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    One of our rescue vehicles has one of these as a back up
    http://products.holmatro-usa.com/det...ot&tid=HCT3120
    I have used it once to pop a door during training, and it takes 2-3 people to be used effectively. It is also not very effective. My advice, call up your local station that has extrication equipment and ask if they would come out and pop it for you. I know for us this wouldn't be a problem, and we could stay in service while doing it.

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    2-3 people? for what? To stand around and watch? We use these all the time and have yet to need more than the 1 guy operating the tool.
    "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bones42 View Post
    2-3 people? for what? To stand around and watch? We use these all the time and have yet to need more than the 1 guy operating the tool.
    I'm not sure if you clicked on the link to see what I was referring to. There maybe some tools that can be used by one person, but the one i was referencing would be quite awkward and difficult to use with one person. Because of the way the pump handle is positioned you pretty much need one person dedicated to the pumping, they can't do much to hold the tool in place.

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    Link took me to a HCT 3120.

    Put it in place, start pumping. As the pressure grows, the pumping actually gets easier by design. We use these for spreading and cutting.

    Never thought of it as a 2 person tool.
    "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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    I've actually used an inexpensive set from Harbor Freight and it works just fine.

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