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    Question Equipment age?

    I/we are considering asking for additional extrication equipoment for 2011. Our cutters are only 2 years old, but we have broke blades twice and it will not cut the boron and such metals. Would it be a good idea to ask for newer powerful cutters even though are current cutters are not that old?
    We provide a crap load of auto and mutual aid for MVA's to volunteer and career depts. Going to ask for jacks, replacing 20 year old high pressure airbags and 100' HRT reels. Any imput would be great thanks.


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    the question that will come up in the reviewers mind will be: "why didn't you buy the proper tool two years ago to handle the current metals ? " You got taken by a salesman who sold you something from the leftover bin.
    It's worth a try but don't think it will score well.

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    It will be a long shot to replace cutters that are only 2 years old. Are the cutters compliant NFPA 1936? I have to agree with Ed that the sales rep sold you a bill of goods as they should be able to handle the new vehicle technology. Was it a deal too good to pass up?

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    What brand/model did you buy that is wimping out?

    Use of high strength materials has rapidly grown. Perhaps this is an application for an additional cutter. The new "jumbo" cutters are not what you want to tote around for all applications. As heavy as stuff we had 30yrs ago. Sell adding onto capability (not replacing 2yr old gear).
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    Well the brand of tool has nothing really to do with it, our current tool is from CEDAP grant 2 ro 3 yrs ago. That was before the big cutters were really on market. It also replaced our 25+ year hurst tool that was god awful. We love our current tool compared to our older hurst setup, so no compaints other than be careful with what you try to cut, oh and cutter blades that break are scary flying through the air!

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    Quote Originally Posted by firebill911 View Post
    Well the brand of tool has nothing really to do with it, our current tool is from CEDAP grant 2 ro 3 yrs ago. That was before the big cutters were really on market. It also replaced our 25+ year hurst tool that was god awful. We love our current tool compared to our older hurst setup, so no compaints other than be careful with what you try to cut, oh and cutter blades that break are scary flying through the air!
    Well that might be a bonus point to your advantage. the fact that the government gave you a tool thats not capable of getting the job done might get you a few points in the scoring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firebill911 View Post
    Well the brand of tool has nothing really to do with it, our current tool is from CEDAP grant 2 ro 3 yrs ago. That was before the big cutters were really on market. It also replaced our 25+ year hurst tool that was god awful. We love our current tool compared to our older hurst setup, so no compaints other than be careful with what you try to cut, oh and cutter blades that break are scary flying through the air!
    Actually it does. If AMKUS tools (they had CEDAP contract about the time you rcvd your set) CEDAP specified/ordered Speedway blades (AMKUS had no say in it) which are totally inappropriate for the highway extrication work. Cut pins and such with the blade tips they WILL break. Great tools and with correct standard blades are all you need for most anything short of newest material. AMKUS does have a jumbo cutter planned or perhaps its already out.

    Speedway blades are for cutting body off of racecars (as NASCAR). If you're using speedway blades on AMKUS contact them and order correct blades.

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    We received T-N-T back in 2008 through CEDAP, we are looking at turning in the cutter that came with it for their new model that can handle the new metals. They are going to give us a trade in price for the current cutter that we have.

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    rands1 could you email me details? firebill2091@msn.com thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by firebill911 View Post
    rands1 could you email me details? firebill2091@msn.com thanks
    Check your email

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    Thanks for all your responses and emails, this gives me a broad view of this possible project =)

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