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    Who do you think is the best hydraulic rescue tools and why.
    56
    Amukus
    23.21%
    13
    Hurst
    46.43%
    26
    Holmatro
    23.21%
    13
    Genesis
    7.14%
    4
    Lukas
    0.00%
    0

  • #2
    WHO ELSE!

    HURST. of course. American born, American bred. And that covers it all. Stay Safe...
    Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
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    Chief Earle W. Woods, 1912 - 1997
    Asst. Chief John R. Woods Sr. 1937 - 2006

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    • #3
      What about Phoenix Rescue Tools? They are identical to Hurst with improvements as they were developed by F.M. Brick who actually developed the Hurst Tool and started Phoenix Rescue Tools after Hurst sold out years ago. He was an executive with Hurst and attempted to buy during the sell out but they refused so he started F.MBrick Industries.

      The Phoenis Rescue Tools system is completely compatible with existing hurst systems (as long as same fluids are used) and has one of the best combi-tools I have ever seen (Model 25).

      How come they were left out of the poll?
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      • #4
        Also what about TNT? Very good high pressure tool that is the tool of choice for the International Extrication Champions from Coral Gables Florida. Also I am pretty sure that Lukas was purchased by Hurst and is now there Centaur line. There answer to the high pressure debate... shhheeeesh!
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        • #5
          It's not the tool, it's the operator.

          I have seen great operators do great things with poor tools, and I have seen bad operators do useless work with great tools.

          Best tool of all.....your brain.
          "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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          • #6
            HEY BONES.......................

            Does your best tool work at high or low pressure??
            Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
            In memory of
            Chief Earle W. Woods, 1912 - 1997
            Asst. Chief John R. Woods Sr. 1937 - 2006

            IACOJ Budget Analyst

            I Refuse to be a Spectator. If I come to the Game, I'm Playing.

            www.gdvfd18.com

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            • #7
              Well, since we just ordered our first set it was a toss up between Hurst and Amkus. Hurst won and they have been ordered. We tried different brands such as the Phoenix, Hurst and Amkus. Hurst and Amkus were the only ones that did any good at all.
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              • #8
                Any tool produced after Johnny and Roy went off the air. We have the original Hurst Jaws, the 2 man version. But they will open up ANYTHING.
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                • #9
                  We use both Hurst and TNT... I really like the TNT.
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                  • #10
                    Hurst all around!

                    Combo Tool!!!

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                    • #11
                      TNT RULES!

                      If you don't like the TNT tool, you haven't tried the TNT tool. With all that power packed into such a small unit, driven by a dependable Honda engine. Cranks first time, every time, gets the job done with a combi-tool that actually cuts and spreads well. Give a great operator a great tool and he'll take damn near anything apart!

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                      • #12
                        Have used Hurst, Amkus, and Halmatro. We use Halmatro on our dept. and I do prefer them over the other two brands. I do believe that Halmatro is the only tool that is UL certified and fully NFPA compliant. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

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                        • #13
                          TNT Is by far the best tool they evensay that they will put their tool up agaist any out there. Also as far as service goes you cant beat them. We recently had a problem with one of the three pumps that we have. So we took it to the factory and they gave us one to use until it was fixed. They had it back to us in less than 24 hours. The valve spring broke on the engine and after they fixed it. It still didn't run right so they put a new engine on it for us and didn't charge us the pump was about three years old. Thats what I call standing behind their product and great customer service. You just cant beat TNT. They are also made in Ashippun Wisconsin which is a plus!!!!!!!!
                          Check out their website

                          www.tntrescue.com
                          Last edited by nrz2334; 07-24-2003, 11:34 PM.
                          nrz2334
                          Just my view

                          I would rather push my Seagrave than drive your Pierce!!

                          TNT Rescue The Best!!!!!!!

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                          • #14
                            Hurst is the best that my company will go with. One of the Best!
                            Rob aka Squinty

                            The Fighting Seventy-Third

                            Westville Fire Department
                            Gloucester County
                            New Jersey

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                            • #15
                              I've used Hurst, Amkus, and Holmatro.

                              One of my FD's has Amkus and the other has Hurst. I prefer Amkus. It's a good tool that gets the job done. But like someone stated before, it's more the user than it is the tool.

                              I remember doing an extrication during a class a few years back. We had our Amkus there and another FD had their Hurst there. I was using the spreaders to open the front door at the hinges. All the Hurst users from that other FDs that were there didn't think I could accomplish what I did. They were yelling for me to readjust and I just told them to hold on. When that door popped off, all their jaws dropped and needless to say, they were all impressed.

                              I used Holmatro last year during an advanced extrication course. I think it is a good tool, but the cutters were all dinged up after we were done. Granted, we were using them for other things than just cutting posts.
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