View Poll Results: Whats your favorite tool for a job??

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  • Irons

    22 61.11%
  • Closet Hook

    2 5.56%
  • Sledge Hammer

    1 2.78%
  • Pry Bar

    1 2.78%
  • Other

    10 27.78%

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    Default Favorite Tool?

    Just wondering, what's your favorite tool to take on a job??
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    HALLIGAN

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    HALLIGAN AND MULTI-HOOK
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    2 piece pry axe, sometimes called a Chief's axe.

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    Default USED TO BE THE IRONS, but...

    Shortly after I became a company officer I switched my tool choice to the closet hook. I like to start pulling ceiling while my crew makes attack. I have found that it reduces getting run through by a fire ripping through the ceiling. Like I always say though, it ain't gospel but it is habit!
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    I like the trash hook. You can pull down big pieces of sheetrock. I also like the T.N.T. tool the only thing i don't like about it is the weight but it gives you several tools wrapped up in one. It work good for a small company. Most everyones favorite tool is the nozzle.
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    HALLIGAN DOES IT ALL

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    I almost always grab the irons getting off the engine, unless someone grabs them before me. Like I teach the probies, never get off a rig without a tool in your hand.
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    Default hehe

    my irons and my wedges they are a must
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    irons usually.............every once in a while a nice 6' boston rake. Ahhhhhhhh....just like fresh cut grass on a nice spring morning.

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    Thumbs up

    I like 5' or 6' New York Roofhook, great for taking windows, pulling vents and is a great overhaul tool on the inside. I have found it stronger and more durable than a pike pole.

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    Originally posted by ltdanfireman
    I like the trash hook... I also like the T.N.T. tool the only thing i don't like about it is the weight...
    First, I always have to ask- what are you calling a trash hook? I have found over the years, that there are only five basic hand tools out there, but five hundred names fo r each of them. What we call a trash hook is two metal prongs in an "L" shape on a long metal handle- we use it to pull trash at dumpsters. Is this the same? I'll have to try it pulling sheetrock if so. Do you have to breach the dry wall with another tool first or just bash that bastard through onits own. Like I said, I have never tried but I can't picture it going through 3/4 inch sheet rock to easily. (Not knocking it, I do use the mom rule- "don't knock it before you try it!")

    Second, I hera ya on the TNT tool. That bastard is heavy! Can't they make it out of airplane alloys. With age comes the wisdom of lighter tools!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Default Halligan!

    Gimme' that halligan any day!
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    H,A, double L I, GAN spells Halligan!
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    Like everyone else it use to be the Hallagen tool. But now when I get off the rig I grap 3 tools. Hallagen and Flat head for enrty. They then stay at the door.. The Closet Hook is the tool that goes into the building with me...
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    Default Favorit tool

    The Irons.........definately!!!
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    Geez ... I hate to sound like everyone else, but definitely the Halligan tool.

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    Question Don't forget the axe!!

    Geez, I do like the haligon tool myself but, don't the haligon and flat axe kinda' go together?? Hence the "irons" would be pretty versatile in my opinion!!!!
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    EXAAACTLEY

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    I'm with the majority on this one. Its the irons. Not only are they great for forced entry, but if you need to breech an interior wall you're set.

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    Give me my twelve pound sledge hammer, and stand back.

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    <b>Irons, irons, irons.</b>
    Plus if I'm goin up several floors a sheetrock tool and a utility rope. Then I don't havta walk back down for anything else, just hoist.
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    I am going to be different here and say that my all around tool of choice is a 6ft. Roofman's hook. Or, in my house we call it the Shepard's Pole.

    Its a great all around tool. For those of you unfamiliar. It is a lightweight took with a double hook type thing on the top that generally works great for pulling ceiling or popping a hole and at the other end is a pry bar. It can perform most of the functions of a halligan. However there are some situation when you may need more than a prybar to force entry, etc etc. So the good ol irons are a close second for me.
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    HALLIGAN IS THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE OF FIREFIGHTERS!!!!

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    Smile Halligan & Pulaski

    I love using the Halligan or the Pulaski axe,they rock.
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