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  1. #1
    Daniel Barr
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    Cool LUKAS Rescue tool users

    I am looking for departments using this brand of rescue tools. Do you have any comments on them?

    Check out thew web site at WWW.LUKAS.COM


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    morriss
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    We use the LUKAS tools. We have the full package of spreaders, o-cutters, rams and a combination tool. We have both an electric generator off of the truck and a portable 4 cycle engine for remote or dual operations. We have only had good experiences with the tools. They were bought from a vendor who used them as a demo set. All of the set has been in service since 1993ish with the addition of the combi tool in 1997. I personally don't like the combi tool, but that is the subject of another thread in this forum.

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    Jhaney22
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    17 years. That's all I have to say. We finally replaced them (spreader and cutter) with new model demo units on our Rescue. The older spreader, cutter, and pump are going on our new freightliner rescue ambulance for many more years of reliable service. These things are unbelievable and have always been way ahead of their time.


    (picture taken after new tools, before new Simo pump)

    JH - 2250C
    WHRS
    http://www.blast.net/whrs/

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    M G
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    Originally posted by Jhaney22:
    17 years. That's all I have to say. We finally replaced them (spreader and cutter) with new model demo units on our Rescue. The older spreader, cutter, and pump are going on our new freightliner rescue ambulance for many more years of reliable service. These things are unbelievable and have always been way ahead of their time.
    Yeah, but you know you want HURST tools



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    Carl Avery
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    Cool

    Just in case some of you did not know Hurst's Parent Company is IDEX, and that is the Parent Company for LUKAS too, If you do not believe just check out there sites. Also some of you may have noticed that some of there Rams and their Electric over Hydraulic combi tools are the Same. Check it out

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    Rescue is the Art & Science of matching your tools, talents and tricks to needs of our customers!
    Carl D. Avery

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    Looper
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    We've had Lukas tools since early 80's, maybe late 70's -- well before my time! They have worked great! We have both an electric and portable gas pump on our rescue truck, along with 2 cutters, 2 spreaders and 3 rams. Equipment truck carries another pump/cutter/spreader set. Next years budget includes two more pumps and a couple of combi tools -- placing tools on additional trucks.

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    MetalMedic
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    Originally posted by Carl Avery:
    Just in case some of you did not know Hurst's Parent Company is IDEX, and that is the Parent Company for LUKAS too, If you do not believe just check out there sites. Also some of you may have noticed that some of there Rams and their Electric over Hydraulic combi tools are the Same. Check it out

    Carl, you are a gem! I have known this, but was afraid to say much for fear of starting another argument. The LUKAS line was basically an answer for IDEX to get into the "hi pressure" market (you all know how fond I am of that high pressure/low volume stuff).

    Now, to answer Daniel, out of all hi-pressure tools I have used, I do like the LUKAS the best. The only potential problem I saw with them was that they have covers over the pinch points that would make it hard to clean the tools after use. Perhaps that has been corrected by now since it has been a while since I have seen a set.



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    Richard Nester
    Orrville (OH) Fire Dept.

  8. #8
    skip rupert61
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    Thumbs up

    Carl is right. IDEX is the parent company of both LUKAS and HALE (which owns HURST). And, there are like tools in both lines, however, they were in the LUKAS line first. Just had to make that clear. We have used LUKAS since 1992 and have had no problems with them at all. And we do use them often. The biggest thing about them that I like is the throttle control. It is a thumb activiated "star control". Once you are comfortable with the hold on the tool, you dont have to turn your entire hand to activate the tool. Contact your dealer and play.

  9. #9
    MetalMedic
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    Unhappy

    Woops... Skip is right, I had my wires crossed. IDEX bought up the Hurst line to get into the low-pressure market. I has been a few years since I was "in the know" while I was helping my friend the Phoenix distributor do his thing.

    You still get the point though... if you want a high-pressure tools, I liked the Lukas the best.



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    Richard Nester
    Orrville (OH) Fire Dept.

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