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    Where's the Facts and Figures Police when you need 'em?

    Stuck at home with only a plain old fashion modem for three days

    Hurst does make tools lighter than 70 lbs.

    What you give up going to lighter Hursts, or comparable Holmatros or Amkus (sorry, not familiar with all the "B" brands Phoenix/TNT/etc), is 1500-2000 pounds of force.

    That's not neccessarily bad, you don't need JL-32's on most vehicles. We recently put a Maverick in service, which gives us a lighter combi tool that can do all our routine door pops without pulling out the big guns (we own two JL-32As).

    I've never noticed the weight at a call -- adrenaline sure seems to make up for it. Not that that is always good, as I'm only back to about 95% of normal strength after a severe "tennis elbow" from injuring myself at a working extrication back in April -- I didn't even know it that night, woke up the after catching a couple hours sleep with an incredibly painful elbow.

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    Originally posted by Dalmatian90

    I've never noticed the weight at a call -- adrenaline sure seems to make up for it.
    agreed

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    Meant to add, agree with Resq14 about the ergonomics can make a big difference on how a tool feels. My experience has with working tools has been limited to Holmatro & Hurst.

    Oh, and I should give you an apology Resq, I think I left some of my drool on your Rescue-Pumper at New England Chiefs back in June

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    I dont have a lot of experience with too many different brands. Have used Holmatro, old Hurst and Old Amkus Systems though. We purchased a unit consisting of a Combi, cutter, and simo pump a few years ago. We were tossing between the Holmatro and the LUKAS. LUKAS won that battle and we are all quite pleased with the system.
    Even the people at Hurst must have liked them , afterall the bought them out.

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    Have had experience with Lukas, Amkus, and Hurst. Find out something good/bad/different each time I use a tool. In general, I believe that Amkus has the better system on the market. The Amkus ultimate system is fantastic. Hurst's simo-pumps are new to the market (and are so much better than their old manifold system for tool distribution). Talking about cutters, the Amkus Speedway Cutters (as a second set) have the best of both worlds with the power of their standard O-cutter and twice the reach. It does wonders and the b- and c-posts in one sweep.
    However, knowing how expensive systems are, I would keep what one has and upgrade it whenever possible. All will do the job. There is no right or wrong system to buy, just good and better.

    If you have the $ to buy new though, give Amkus a solid look. That is what I am using now...
    Keep Safe!

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    It's not the tools... it's the skill, training, dedication and ingenuity of those who use the tools.

    Had HURST, now have two sets of AMKUS, and wouldn't trade them for anything else right now.

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