Hurst Mini Tools
I am looking into the purchase of the Hurst Mini tools for an added tool in our extrication arsenal. I am specificall looking at the cutters, "c" cutter, mini spearder and the ram.
I am asking for any opinions of these tools from actual training or real world use. Also if anyboby has these, i am looking for ball park figures on prices.
Each attachment head is about $2,000, I think the "C" cutter is one of the better options, but it is no longer on their website, not sure if it is still avail.
The cost of the spreader head, gives you one expensive porta-power.
The cost for the hand pump, spreader, cutter and 2 rams is around $5000. We have a set along with one of our neighboring departments. The tools are pretty robust. While we have yet to use them on an actual extrication, we have used them extensively in training.
Spreader - fairly large. Looks and feels almost like a mini jaws spreader. Will have some trouble getting it into some tight places.
Cutter - not the "C" cutter. Great for steering wheels and pedals.
Rams - Small and light. Work well under the dash when there isn't room for the 20" ram.
Hurst also sells a battery powered pump for the mini-lite system. I don't remember the costs, but it is pretty expensive. It considerably speeds up the operation.
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We tested these out on auto's and in my opinion and the majority who used them said that they aint worth the dam. We were thinking of purchasing them but then we got a set to try and they didn't perform for us, not saying they wont for you. The rabbit tool is about the only one that is worth having to us and we may purchase a couple of these. We tested them in cold climate it was around 0 - -10 not that that should make much of difference. We couldn't even cut a pedal consistantly.
So if you are really thinking of buying these be sure to test them out and make your own conclusion.
Found a price list from Hurst for last year. The set I described above was about $6600 in 2006. That includes:
Never had a problem with the cutter on pedals and steering wheels.
contact ur local hurst dealer to set up a demonstration and get pricing. that is the best way to see if they will work for you and if you can afford them. my dept doesnt have that much money to spend.
thanks for the input, we will be setting up a demo sometime soon i hope. If anyone has pictures of them in use that would great.
where are you from and what company / sales rep. is doing the demo?
Originally Posted by cctrtlt2
Hurst Mini Tools
We recently got a set of Hurst mini-tools (cutter & spreader) and used the cutter on an MVA a month or so ago to cut a gear shift lever. It made the cut on the second try, but then got stuck closed. We sent it back to the dealer, who fixed it pretty quickly. I think that if you have room to work, it will be an option for brake pedals and such, but you'll really have to work to stabilize the workpiece. Also, just like with full-size shears, the mini's will torque and twist on you.