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    Two questions:

    1. Our front-line apparatus carry Fire Hooks Unlimited 8 lb. 'Force Axes' and Pro-Bars for irons sets. None of them marry together well - some worse than others - with the fork of the Pro-Bar sliding right down and off the blade of the axe when hit on the ground to marry them. Is this common, and what have others done about it? I'd prefer not to go grinding the tools down, if it's not necessary.

    2. Anybody using flat heads from Fire Axe, Inc?
    http://www.thefirestore.com/store/pr...ter_axe_8_lb_/

    How is the design, construction, durability, etc, including how well they marry to a Pro-Bar?


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    What's wrong with grinding down both sides of the axe a little? That's what we have done. Better than buying new ones that are already ground, in my opinion.

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    I use the one piece velcro marrying strap and it works well. Unless you are using tape and rope on the shafts of the tools, then it is hard to slide the strap.


    I like the fire ax with the cut outs, hard sell for the bosses here though.

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    I married my wife, and got a battle-axe for a mother in law.
    "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    I married my wife, and got a battle-axe for a mother in law.
    Better than what I did. I married a battle axe and had a super mother in law. But now I am free at last, free at last!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlitzfireSolo View Post
    Two questions:

    1. Our front-line apparatus carry Fire Hooks Unlimited 8 lb. 'Force Axes' and Pro-Bars for irons sets. None of them marry together well - some worse than others - with the fork of the Pro-Bar sliding right down and off the blade of the axe when hit on the ground to marry them. Is this common, and what have others done about it? I'd prefer not to go grinding the tools down, if it's not necessary.

    2. Anybody using flat heads from Fire Axe, Inc?
    http://www.thefirestore.com/store/pr...ter_axe_8_lb_/

    How is the design, construction, durability, etc, including how well they marry to a Pro-Bar?
    Any 8lb flat head axe will have to be ground down on both sides if you would like the halligan to marry to it. That axe you posted a link to are great. The 6lb pick and 8lb flat. They are built very solid. Fiberglass or wood handles are available and many three handle lengths to choose from.

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    The Fireaxe axe is the best I have used and since they put the notches in them, they marry great. The best combination is the 36" axe handle with a 30" Probar. I have a 32" flat and it fits together but not quite as good. I know he makesa 6 lb flat now as well. The cool thing is that they marry so well you don't need a strap or anything.
    To the same end, the pick head axe he makes is second to none with the longer and narrower pick.
    Wow I sound like an informercial but I do believe in the axes he makes.

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    Truck monkey a lot of the guys love the axes up here as well. There are more and more buying them everyday. Haven't heard a negative thing about them.

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    For those of you that are using pick axes, what are your primary uses for that axe?

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    If I had to say the most popular job we use them for, it would be for purchase points in glass to cut a windsheild out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jakesdad View Post
    For those of you that are using pick axes, what are your primary uses for that axe?
    We use them as retirement gifts.....sand them down, paint the head nice, varnish the handle, and mount it on a nice piece of stained/varnished wood, with an engraving under it.
    "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakesdad View Post
    For those of you that are using pick axes, what are your primary uses for that axe?
    Pulling up roofing material (roof deck, shingles), footing for our steep victorian roofs, pulling window/door trim inside house during overhaul, indicator holes when on roof. All of us have one while up on the roof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKDRAFT View Post
    Pulling up roofing material (roof deck, shingles), footing for our steep victorian roofs, pulling window/door trim inside house during overhaul, indicator holes when on roof. All of us have one while up on the roof.
    Do you also carry a Halligan? Or do you use the axe in place of that?

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    I wouldn't say we use the pick in place of the halligan. However, we typically do not bring a halligan to the roof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakesdad View Post
    For those of you that are using pick axes, what are your primary uses for that axe?
    On my carer FD every riding position on the Engines, Quints, Truck and Reascue Squads (ambulances) is assigned a pickhead axe. We use tem for overhaul, roof venting, and as part of our self rescue rope set-up. The axe is used as the anchor point inside the room you are bailing out from.

    If it is your assignment to bring the irons you don't have to bring the pick head axe since you have a flat head mated to the Haligan.

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