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  • Chenzo
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    Originally posted by Rarified27 View Post
    For you guys carrying the Channellock- do you prefer the 88's plier or the 89's full cutter?

    I already use a pair of full size Channellock (420/440) pliers, so the 89's were a better choice.

    A 4-in-1 screwdriver and a sharp, strong knife round out the rest.

    Anything else was extra weight.
    I have the 88, and it's a decent tool, but I wish I had gotten the 89. The cable cutter head gives you a HELL of a better bite than the pliers. The pliers do the job, it just may take a few more cuts.

    So in my pockets at all times I've got a 4 in 1 screwdriver, Vice Grips Multi tool, Channels lock Rescue tool, a Gerber multi tool, Crescent wrench, Res-Q-Wrench, and a Stanley 10-804 Sportsmans Knife (Utility blade on one end, fold out knife on the other.) I've always got a Smith and Wesson Black Ops assisted opening knife either in my duty pants pockets on in my jeans as well.

    It may seem like a lot, but everything in my pockets has been used on more than one occasion.

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  • Rarified27
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    For you guys carrying the Channellock- do you prefer the 88's plier or the 89's full cutter?

    I already use a pair of full size Channellock (420/440) pliers, so the 89's were a better choice.

    A 4-in-1 screwdriver and a sharp, strong knife round out the rest.

    Anything else was extra weight.

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  • FyredUp
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    At my career FD I carry a Gerber tool on my uniform belt. In my turnouts I carry another Gerber tool, a 4 way screwdriver, and a Channellock rescue tool. On my gut belt I carry a Vise Grip multi-tool and a Spyderco knife.

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  • Chenzo
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    Originally posted by rescueraver View Post
    Channellock Rescuetool; this has to be one of the best tools I have ever carried, a solid hunk of American forged steel that is damm near indistructable. It can cut through battery cables and drop ceiling wires,try doing that with a multitool. That is the main reason I do not adocate the multi too as only tool, grips small nuts and sheetmetal in its pliers. break down hose, prying windows,punching holes in drywall, breaking glass. I have chopped out a car windshield by holding the tool in a gloved hand and using the pry/ spanner end to chop. At around $40.00 it is half the cost of a multi tool.
    Totally agree with that. This is actually one of the tools I carry. I still carry a multi tool in my coat, but the Channellocks have become my favorite.

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  • mrpita
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    I am particular to SOG brand knives. I don't know why, other than they have always done what I've asked of them, and I tend to ask more of them than I should. Guess that's reason enough. I carry (two) Flash II model folders ($40 at Lowes last I bought one); one is clipped in my uniform pants pocket and the other is in my bunker gear coat hydrant slip pocket. I also carry a PowerLock (like a leatherman, but better IMHO) on my uniform belt. Both can be opened one-gloved-handed for what I need most.

    I also carry the Channellock rescue tool. Used to carry it in my bunker pants pocket but it tore the pocket up pretty good. Now I carry it in a "holster" and get strange looks because it looks like I have a sidearm.

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  • GTRider245
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    Three pair of cutters would be ideal. One in each pant pocket and I keep the third in the radio pocket on my jacket. Never know what kind of situation you'll be in when you need them, and you might not be able to reach all three pockets.

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  • nameless
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    I have a utility razor in my turnout goods. Its cheap if I lose it, and all I have to do to sharpen it is change the blade.

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  • rescueraver
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    25 years I have long list of tools from folding spanner(s)s to the Beil tool(paratech) to Gerber tool(s), Leatherman(s), linemans pliers, spring loaded center punch(s) seat belt cutter(s0. (s) denotes multiple tools over the years.

    Each has thier own quailty. Multi tools require both hands to deploy the pliers and other tools. I have found these tools while usefull really are a waste of my money for as little as I use them, relieing on a heavier tool. $70.00 to $80.00 can be better spent on some real tools
    Channellock Rescuetool; this has to be one of the best tools I have ever carried, a solid hunk of American forged steel that is damm near indistructable. It can cut through battery cables and drop ceiling wires,try doing that with a multitool. That is the main reason I do not advocate the multi tool as your only tool. Grips small nuts and sheetmetal in its pliers. break down hose, prying windows,punching holes in drywall, breaking glass. I have chopped out a car windshield by holding the tool in a gloved hand and using the pry/ spanner end to chop. At around $40.00 it is half the cost of a multi tool.

    3 cell C size Maglight throws out a decent beam as some heft to take out a window and its length fits in my pants cargo pocket.

    This brings up tool placement on your gear.I like to use my pant's cargo pocket for those large items for two reasons. First when wearing your BA it cuts off your coat pockets to some degree. Two, I put the items I use on rescue calls in my coat pockets Letter openers, rescue gloves, safety glasses, at least 2 pr I carry them in old socks that cut off to protect them. A 8 in 1 screw driver different bits and nut driver sizes. better then a multi tool screw driver a reside in my outer coat pockets. PAT tags are on a leash clip, we have rings riveted on the radio pocket one is for the pat tags the other is for my mask bag and fire gloves on small dog collar squeze buckle style (cheaper and you can replace them when you go shopping at Wally world). Inside pocket cell phone in a zip lock bag and a pair of cheap readers <---- old fart syndrome.
    Last edited by rescueraver; 07-07-2010, 01:11 AM.

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  • GTRider245
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    Originally posted by CaptainGonzo View Post
    Which Bowie? The folk singer phase, Garbo phase, Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke/plastic sould phase, Tin Machine era or electronica?
    Space Oddity Bowie. Without a doubt the strangest one.

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  • backsteprescue
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    One of our guys has the Gerber rescue tool and it ain't bad.

    At both the paid and volly house I have a leatherman on my gear and I usually have one on my belt at work. I also have a Houdini Pro that I got at FDIC for like 20 bucks and it seems to work pretty well.

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  • CaptainGonzo
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    Originally posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    Just switched to a Bowie. Does a better job.
    Which Bowie? The folk singer phase, Garbo phase, Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke/plastic sould phase, Tin Machine era or electronica?

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  • FIREMECH1
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    Originally posted by FiremanLyman
    Strap a Marine K-Bar from your bunker coat... That will solve all your problems.
    Dang, you beat me to it.

    My son-n-law got me a leatherman a couple years ago. Nice tool.

    FM1

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  • GTRider245
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    Originally posted by JoeMZ191 View Post
    Don't be swayed by "Rescue" or "Firefighter" in any advertising. I'll tell you my Leatherman is just for Firefighters if you'll pay an extra $20. Gerber makes a good product but they're standard Multi-tool is more versitale than the Rescue Tool.
    This addage is not exclusive to hand tools. Anything that is made for firefighters will cost at least 10 percent more.

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  • JoeMZ191
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    Don't be swayed by "Rescue" or "Firefighter" in any advertising. I'll tell you my Leatherman is just for Firefighters if you'll pay an extra $20. Gerber makes a good product but they're standard Multi-tool is more versitale than the Rescue Tool.

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  • Chenzo
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    Originally posted by castortroy123 View Post
    thanks.
    i was looking at this gerber tool especially for firemen.
    http://www.gerber-tools.com/Gerber-H...e-22-01534.htm

    would you guys use a specialized tool like this one?
    That knife seems decent, and I also carry something similar to that, but get yourself a nice Gerber or Leatherman Multi-tool. Ya know, the one with pliers, and knives, and all that good stuff. You'll find it very, very damn useful.

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