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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods
    On of my saddest days in recent years was in when I found myself on a Call where we had to cut on a 59 Chevy.......
    I'm crying right with you Harve, a sad day indeed.

    All our heavy/light rescues still have porta-powers as a back up, or where and when needed. All tool rigs have 2 sets of hack saws.

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    PK - all of the above, though making such a cut has been a while.

    The NYS extrication course doesn't get into hydraulics until the last class (or didn't, when I took it). We also learned how to use half a lawnmower blade (notched at the business end) and a big hammer to cut the sheet metal. Noisy, but effective.

    We recently ran an in-house drill using both the sawzall and the jaws for such cuts. The participants learned a lot.
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    We had a call for a 2 y/o male with his foot caught in the bars of a recliner. We were told by command to bring the porta-power up to the apartment but another FD and EMS were able to free the pt. without the porta-power, but it goes to show there are an almost infinite amount of situations where you could use one.

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    Talking Sudden Thought..............

    Has anyone ever used a Porto Power to remove a "Minor Wrinkle" in Aluminum Diamondplate that was attached to a piece of Apparatus?? Late at night, when only a few folks could have known.......... Not that I ever have, just an example........
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    Has anyone ever used a Porto Power to remove a "Minor Wrinkle" in Aluminum Diamondplate that was attached to a piece of Apparatus?? Late at night, when only a few folks could have known.......... Not that I ever have, just an example........

    I am not telling!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods
    Has anyone ever used a Porto Power to remove a "Minor Wrinkle" in Aluminum Diamondplate
    Describe MINOR please...

    Minor as in just a little bowed;

    or slightly more than a bow, but less than a crease, somewhere around






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    As a matter of fact,YES I have. And not a SMALL dent either. T.C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    Has anyone ever used a Porto Power to remove a "Minor Wrinkle" in Aluminum Diamondplate that was attached to a piece of Apparatus?? Late at night, when only a few folks could have known.......... Not that I ever have, just an example........
    That's what they were invented for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaladinKnight View Post
    I am curious:

    How many of you still carry a hack saw? YES!

    How many of you have cut an "A" Post with a hack saw? YES! many times.

    How many of you know what a hack saw is? YES!

    We have actually been faster with a hack saw and a bottle of soapy water for some lubrication than power/hydraulic tools. Whenever we do extrication training, I create a little competition to see who can do it faster. 9 times out of 10, the hack saw wins.
    I thought a hack saw is standard issue, maybe they are not??
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    Has anyone ever used a Porto Power to remove a "Minor Wrinkle" in Aluminum Diamondplate that was attached to a piece of Apparatus?? Late at night, when only a few folks could have known.......... Not that I ever have, just an example........
    No, but I did use one to remove a similar "minor wrinkle" on my own POV. Didn't get it out completely but made it a little better

    By the way, can you still buy the complete "Blackhawk" extrication set with all the Porta Power tools in it? That's the set we have, got to be from at least 30 years ago. I'd like to buy the whole set since ours is kinda trashed, but I don't think they still sell them as a set.
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    Thumbs up Hey Dwayne!!......

    Do a Search on "Blackhawk Porto Power" ........... Results even suprised me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    Do a Search on "Blackhawk Porto Power" ........... Results even suprised me...
    Easy there big fellow. I have a bucket of oats for you over here.


    It is a little more than what we used 50 years ago and up to the later years.

    Still a great tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    Do a Search on "Blackhawk Porto Power" ........... Results even suprised me...

    I did. They still make the Porto Power hand pump and the ram and the small spreader. Our Blackhawk set has a larger spreader too, and this is the item I can't seem to locate. The small red spreader is about 8" long, I guess. We had a larger, yellow one that was more like the size of a standard hydraulic rescue spreader. It was part of the same kit.

    Our kit also has a cable come-along and a few other odds and ends not shown with the kit on the website. Although it is possible that these items were added to the kit later, I suppose. I just don't see anything that resembles the original Blackhawk kit that we have.
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    I think this might be what you are looking for:

    http://www.specialserviceandsupply.c..._Extractor.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireRescue61 View Post
    I think this might be what you are looking for:

    http://www.specialserviceandsupply.c..._Extractor.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireRescue61 View Post
    I think this might be what you are looking for:

    http://www.specialserviceandsupply.c..._Extractor.htm

    Yep, that's exactly it! Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LVFD301 View Post
    My only complaint about portapowers? very few ever train with them anymore. They always expect the jaws to be available, working, and technically possible.
    A very good point. I know what we'll be drilling on very shortly
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    By George, He Found It.............
    Thanks! I came across Special Service and Supply a couple of years ago after seeing their equipment in the Darley catalog. They have a large assortment of porta-power type equipment.

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