Thread: Ventilation Saws
06-18-2001, 03:31 PM #1Firefighter430Firehouse.com Guest
What type of vent saw does your department use? (Cutters Edge. K12, Ventmaster, etc)
06-19-2001, 09:20 AM #2PA VolunteerFirehouse.com Guest
Cutter's Edge ... always starts, cuts almost anything, never gets jammed or gummed up.
06-19-2001, 10:25 AM #3Fire/Rescue43Firehouse.com Guest
Our department has a Ventmaster and a Wacker Rotary Saw. Of the two I like the Ventmater better, starts easy, the blade doesn't bind easily.
06-19-2001, 08:16 PM #4FFD#35Firehouse.com Guest
I have nothing but good things to say about this saw. Easy to start, easy to use, cuts a roof like it's hot butter.
06-20-2001, 12:55 AM #5MB1213635Firehouse.com Guest
Partner K-650, K-950, or K-1200 are all very good saws. I haven't used the K-700 but I hear that it is the best saw partner makes.
06-20-2001, 05:44 AM #6beetle102Firehouse.com Guest
We have a cutters edge thats about 8-10 years old never had a problem with. At the fire expo in harrisburg, Pa this year we bought a partner k950 fd., Haven't got to use it other than practice so far but has nice power to turn blade without slowing saw.
06-20-2001, 01:28 PM #7newasstchiefFirehouse.com Guest
We have a Cutters Edge.
The first time I used it, I had to double check the plywood. I didn't think I cut it.
Very smooth, very fast, very reliable.
06-20-2001, 02:02 PM #8cfr3504Firehouse.com Guest
Unfortunately, all that we have is a Homelite 18" chainsaw to do ventilation with.
06-20-2001, 02:07 PM #9newasstchiefFirehouse.com Guest
Don't feel bad, until about 4 months ago, all we had was an axe.
06-21-2001, 02:35 PM #10FFShootyFirehouse.com Guest
06-22-2001, 11:26 AM #11BFD847Firehouse.com Guest
We use Univents Pro Saw.
I have not had the chance to use any other "vent" saw. But these work very well. The newest of the two is the best with a decompression valve to ease starting starts every time. The carbide tipped chain is awsome tear up just about any thing. Plunge depth gauge for added protection.
07-13-2001, 01:59 PM #12
Thanks for all your replies."Illegitimis non carborundum."
- Gen. Joseph Stilwell
(Lat., "Don't let the *~#%&S grind you down.")
07-13-2001, 02:14 PM #13
- Join Date
- Mar 2001
Each of our 2 towers have:
2 Cutters Edge (w/o those chain guards )
1 Partner 950 (12")
1 Uni-fire 1100 (14")
9 times out of 10 we use the cutters edge for roof workKeep Safe!
07-14-2001, 01:45 PM #14
Gas axe.Personal favorite Cutters Edge.Outside of that selectio b:T50 Stihl with wheel saw.T.C.
07-14-2001, 02:19 PM #15
- Join Date
- May 2000
- Fishers, IN
Cutters Edge, Cutters Edge, Cutters Edge...There are no other saws that even can come close.
07-14-2001, 08:58 PM #16
- Join Date
- Jul 2001
- Portland Maine IAFF-740
Got Ventmasters w/bullet chains on the trucks here, work nice.
08-29-2001, 05:35 PM #17GBordasFirehouse.com Guest
Chainsaws are used for cutting trees! For making cuts in a roof or to gain entry the saw we use is the K-12 Partner saw!
The problem with using chainsaws is that then tend to bind up and can only cut wood. Partner Saws, with the proper blade, can cut metal, wood, masonry. They have a high rpm so that when an obstacle is encountered in a roof such as heavy timber, bolt or nail the saw will just continue to cut through it. A chainsaw however will get caught up, throwing the saw and perhaps breaking the chain. Another plus towards the Partner Saw is that you can change out the blades very quickly to meet the needs of the type of cutting that you are doing.
08-29-2001, 11:06 PM #18
Echo Quickvent. 13" dropnose bar carbide chain. Shingles plywood nuts bolts nails everything goes Excellent saw, carbide chain is expensive but worth every penny.
09-02-2001, 07:28 PM #19
we have two cutters edge saws on the squad yes with those chain guard things and my fave.. the 15 year old homelite 14" circular saw I think I am still the only one who likes that old thing still dose a nice job. put one of those big mean "warthog" blades on it and hold on
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09-03-2001, 11:16 AM #20
- Join Date
- Aug 2001
- key largo Fl.
We have two of the cutters edge's with bullet chains a partner K12, and four regular chain saws with carbide chains. Different uses for diferent saws. All have a need k-12 for concrete and steel. Cutters edge for regular roofing shingles and plywood etc. and regular saws for trees etc. also a pretty good back up for the cutters edge.Keep it safe !
09-03-2001, 04:45 PM #21
We use the Cutter's Edge with carbide blades, thank God we got rid of the bullet chains they are way to slow when you are above a good fire. We also have a K-12.
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