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    Well being a small Dept with a budget under $50,000 we are just lucky to own a pair of jaws we use the Kinman Rescue tool its not as powerful as Hurst but it will do the job plus its light and when we first got ours we put it to the test with city's hurst and we won only because we didnt have to stop and change to cutters as ours are built in there electric over hydraulic so they start everytime the first time and can be used underwater if need be.

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    Amkus here with dual pump and so far the newer larger cuters work great and we also carry the original cutter.

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    HOLMATRO all the way... The 9" Holmatro will also cut the A-post on a school bus.

    I wouldn't run HURST if they paid us to put them on our equipment... they are underpowered totally inferior... HURST sat back and rested on its laurels as the pioneer in Hydraulic Rescue Tools for years... well, NEWSLFASH... The rest of the industry has done circles around them and they are just now trying to catch up.

    AMKUS are nice too... I especially like their "panel cutters" and the "ULTIMATE SYSTEM"

    I would also rate Genesis right up there with Holmatro and Amkus in performance, but them don't seem to have the service network that Amkus and Holmatro have...

    Whatever you do... DONT BUY HURST!!! My one department made the mistake of buying Hurst over Holmator and has regretted that decision (made by the Board of Directors against the recommendation of those who USE the equipment) ever since...

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    Halmatro for me. Have been using for 12 yrs and have no complaints whatsoever. NFPA compliant, all tools they market. Have yearly full maint. check and pass with flying colors. I have used Hurst and Amkus a fair bit at training school and prefer Halmatro hands down. We run with 32" spreader, combi-tool, 48 dbl. ram 48" single ram, and cutters. Also have a complete duplicate set as back-up and mainly used in training. Run with a PPU 2 stage pump, single stage electric and 4hp single stage gas pump. I guess its what you get used to you prefer.

    Train safe, work safe, stay safe.

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    Phoenix - 0 to 60 inches in two tools!
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    We have Hurst in our department.

    I have used Others and have had no problems with them.

    So I guess it is what ever tool you use and like. Like they say diffrent stroks for diffrent folks.

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    Until recently, we had our heavy rescue truck with two sets of Holmatros, and our back up set on our rescue pumper had one set of older Hurst. Interchangeability was the biggest problem with this. Finally, when we had to have several sets of tools going because they didn't match up, we decided to retire the Hurst. They'd make good boat anchors, I think. Holmatro's totally the way to go. They're light as can be but will still demolish the crud out of anything you try to cut/spread/ram/roll/etc.
    These are my opinions and not those of the organizations for which I work and/or volunteer.

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    We had used Hurst tools for 30 years with few problems and strong service. However, we recently switched to Holmatro, and man, what a change for the better. They're lighter, hence easier to handle, and faster.
    Hey, stay safe.

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    We've got a mixed batch. Holmatro cutters, ram and power unit, we have a set of Bahco spreaders. If there are any museums out there looking for a set of spreaders, give us a call.

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    I have used Hurst predominantly in my career as a volunteer as well as paid. However, In 1994/95 my volunteer department switched to Phoenix which was developed by the same person who developed hurst. Until recently in my new position we were a distributor for Phoenix and in the 10 months in this job I sold one set of Phoenix tools and have one on the table now to close.

    I find the Phoneix tool a bit more easier to handle and the features make it perform better.

    This is only my opinion...not as a dealer...but as a firefighter who has used both.
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