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    Question Wire/cable cutters, nips etc...

    I know this "what do you carry in your pocket" thread has been beaten to death at times. I just want to know what type of wire cutters etc. you carry for entanglement etc. I have a pair of Klein cable cutters. Nice but you really can't use one hand to get them over larger wire/cables etc. and they are not spring loaded. Once you get a bite, they're great.


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    I carry the Kleins also. I have seen ratcheting cable cutters, but the small size cutters can't easily be used with one hand due to the swing design of the blades. They are also pretty pricey, usually starting at around $150.00.

    I have also seen open blade ratcheting cable cutters but I have never tried them. They were bulky and looked cheaply made. I like the Kleins because of the high quality of their tools.




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    Time for a reminder to carry them in your right pocket because if entangled you will have to grab the left strap of the mask to take it off and you can't let go of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FFFRED
    Time for a reminder to carry them in your right pocket because if entangled you will have to grab the left strap of the mask to take it off and you can't let go of that.

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    Your normally pretty easy to follow.......but what the heck is that about??
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    I assume that he meant that if you become entangled and need to remove your pack, that you always hold onto the left strap because the low pressure line to your mask is intergrated into it. You would always want to be in control of this strap using your left hand. Placing your tools in your right pocket would allow easy access with your right hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irons308
    I assume that he meant that if you become entangled and need to remove your pack, that you always hold onto the left strap because the low pressure line to your mask is intergrated into it. You would always want to be in control of this strap using your left hand. Placing your tools in your right pocket would allow easy access with your right hand.
    Sorry,

    That is what I meant.

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    See at FDNY they get a little out of control and think that a "Mask" is an air pack or harness. Unlike the rest of the world where a mask and a facepiece are the same thing.

    So sometimes you have to go get your mask facepiece
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    Fred & Irons,

    Now that makes sense, for you anyway. Here, my pack's low pressure line and regulator come off of the right strap. Perhaps the better lesson is to be familiar with your own equipment! =)
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    I use these and havnt had a problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by MemphisE34a
    Now that makes sense, for you anyway. Here, my pack's low pressure line and regulator come off of the right strap. Perhaps the better lesson is to be familiar with your own equipment! =)
    what brand do you guys use?
    ours come off the left(MSA)
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    I carry a pair of Iron Worker's pliers. They are like Linemans pliers, with hardened cutting edges. The handles are spring opened and one handle has a "L" bend at the bottom. The "L" helps to keep them from slipping from a wet gloved hand. Cost about $29. My backup gear has a pair of Fence pliers. They are tricky to use to for cutting wire, but the hammer and pike ends are useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdemarse
    what brand do you guys use?
    ours come off the left(MSA)
    Dreager high pressure w/ 45 minute bottles. We have had very good luck with them. I only wish they would have gone to high pressure but stayed with 30 minute bottles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fireman4949
    I carry the Kleins also. I have seen ratcheting cable cutters, but the small size cutters can't easily be used with one hand due to the swing design of the blades. They are also pretty pricey, usually starting at around $150.00.

    I have also seen open blade ratcheting cable cutters but I have never tried them. They were bulky and looked cheaply made. I like the Kleins because of the high quality of their tools.
    I would like to set a pair of the Klein pliers, but no one that I know of around me sells them in a retail setting. Grainger I suppose, but they tend to be expensive. Right now I have a pair of craftsman side cutters, they do the job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pfd4life
    I would like to set a pair of the Klein pliers, but no one that I know of around me sells them in a retail setting. Grainger I suppose, but they tend to be expensive. Right now I have a pair of craftsman side cutters, they do the job.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Klein-Journeyman...QQcmdZViewItem
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    Hey, thanks for making me feel like a moron today
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    Quote Originally Posted by pfd4life
    Hey, thanks for making me feel like a moron today
    lol I do what I can
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    Quote Originally Posted by pfd4life
    Hey, thanks for making me feel like a moron today

    hmm. That doesn't seem to be too hard to do.

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    Default Klein wire cutters

    You can buy them at Home Depot. That is where I purchased my pair. I would assume Lowe's may even carry them too...

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