Combi tools or dedicated tools
We are a small department in Northern Alberta Canada. We have 1 major highway, and 4 secondary highways in our area to cover. In the past, we have been providing vehicle extrication services strictly with the use of hand tools.
We have now raised enough funds to supplement our hand tools with some hydrolic power tools. We have narrowed our choice down to a couple of brands. We have enough funds right now to purchase a good quality combination cutter and spreader, pump and some rams. What we have found is that we will still be a year away from purchasing dedicated spreaders and cutters due to the increased cost we have been quoted.
What we would like to know is the pros and cons of combi tools and dedicated tools. Will a combi tool provide the same level of performance? Are there any problems associated with combi tools? Does it make more sense to wait a year and purchase dedicated tools when we can afford them? We have heard all of the presentations from the dealers, now we want to know what the people who use them have to say.
Hythe Volunteer Fire Department