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    Default Airshore vs Paratech

    Anyone have any opinions, feedback or thoughts on Airshores compared to Paratech shores? Thanks.
    Thomas Anthony, PE
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    No, I am not a water rescue technician, but I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night.


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    After working with both in training sessions we went with the Paratech screw thread models when it came time to purchase. We felt that they offered the most basic and simple operation and were the least likely to get fouled by the muddy work site. I'm sure every type is able to do something better than the others but a decision needs to be made and stuck to as the collection grows. So far we have not had a single problem with ours and I am looking forward to adding to our fairly large set as the budget allows and new models hit the market. Another factor that helped in the choice was the fact that we have several other Paratech tools in service that have proven to be very reliable.

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    Their isn't a comparison airshore wins out hands down.
    It is all about tabulated data. Airshore is a far stronger product. Little published fact, when you go deep enough the paratech shores have to be doubled up. We have the data at our station I'll see if I can track it down.
    Airshore started in the construction industry and has far more experience in the real world of shoring. The ART system can also do far more then the paratech with the other accessories.

    You need a strong, simple to use and maintain system and airshore is it. Followed by prospan.

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    Our dept has used the Airshores since 1995 and at the time of creating our Trench Rescue program, our chief researched the many products on the market.

    We have been happy with the performance of the Airshores. They are lightweight and easy to use. Also, typically we can use only two SCBA bottles to setup for a trench scenario.

    We also have swivels that we put on the end of the airshores to make the contact more secure and flexible.

    I believe at this time that we have 15 Airshores ranging from the longest to the shortest.

    You'll have to do some research to see which product will conform to your needs.

    Good Luck

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    I travel around the country teaching technical rescue, and as such have had the opportunity to use both Paratech and Airshore. I have found both brands to do the job more than adequately. The company I work for sells Airshore. Based upon my observations and experience I have found that it is a lot like other things in that everyone has their own personal preference. My department just purchased the Paratech struts because of price.
    The airshores have several advantages and disadvantages.
    The advantages are:
    1) The basic model is minutely adjustable allowing every little bit of slack to be taken up by the shore.
    2) The bolts sticking out of the feet grab the wood uprights extremely well.
    3) As stated in a previous post, the airshore can be utilized in a deeper trench without doubling them up.
    The disadvantages for the Airshore are:
    1) Sometimes the tee handles get in the way and they must be removed, which means they can be misplaced.
    2) You have to remember the correct order in which to place and remove pins. (If your members drill regularly this should not be a problem)
    3) You may only use one extension per strut.
    4) They cost more than the Paratech.
    The Paratechs have several advantages and disadvantages, as well.
    The advantages are:
    1) The strut is held in place and shot, without moving pins.
    2) Two extensions can be utilized, if the strut is too short.
    3) They cost less than the Airshore.
    The disadvantages for the Paratech struts are:
    1) To allow for minute adjustments a screw foot has to be purchased.
    2) The feet have small spikes which don't grab the wood that well.
    3) In deeper trenches it is necessary to utilize two struts at each location.

    Both brands have lots of accessories to accomplish vehicle stabilization, building collapse support, trench rescue shoring, as well as several other applications. I recommend you have a representative from both manufacturers come out and allow you to work with their product. After your members work with both the choice will probably be pretty clear based upon your experience with the tools.

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    Rescue542 wrote:
    1) To allow for minute adjustments a screw foot has to be purchased.


    The screw thread models are infinitly adjustable through their range of extention. That was our major reason for going with them over the "air chuck" style of adjusting collar.

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