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  • What brand extrication tools do you run?

    What brand would you recommend?
    We are currently running old heavy hearst tools and although I love their performance I think it's time for something more practical.

  • #2
    We have two sets of Homatro. They work really well for us. The weight isn't all that bad either.

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    • #3
      Mostly Amkus but we have a couple of Hamaltro's.

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      • #4
        We have Holmatro. Our most recent include the DPU60 pump with the 300 series cutter, spreader and combo. Not the highest end stuff they make, but so far they have been a joy to work with. Relatively light, powerful enough for any application we have had for them. Our experience with our older Holmatro stuff made us confident this will hold up well.

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        • #5
          Lukas, Probably 20 years old, heavy but still getting the job done. One huge problem though. They don't sell them in the USA anymore. Replacement parts have to be shipped from Germany. Took forever to get replacement cutters, (now keep spares on hand)

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          • #6
            You don't like your old, heavy Hurst? Go out and buy some new, light Hurst.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MEAN15 View Post
              You don't like your old, heavy Hurst? Go out and buy some new, light Hurst.
              Exactly what I was thinking.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by furlofmalta View Post
                What brand would you recommend?
                We are currently running old heavy hearst tools and although I love their performance I think it's time for something more practical.
                TNT High Pressure systems

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                • #9
                  Is their anything besides Hurst? The new Hurst tools are a lot lighter than the older ones. We demo'd some Champions and they seemed to be decent tools.

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                  • #10
                    We went all Hurst last year. Good stuff. In all honesty cutter performance seems to be the area to concentrate on. Our older 32 cutters and rams did the job, but the new cutters are amazing. For Hurst / Holmatro weight debate... ask for the heavy duty holmatro 32's and compare them to the Hurst transformer with 32" arms.... same weight. I know we never even got the Holmatro guy to bring them out. Same with cutters, you are only talking about 5 or 6 lbs difference in weight. That being said, I think you wouldn't go wrong with either. We liked them both and ultimately went Hurst due to familiarity and standardization among area companies. I did find some of the sales trick amusing for the orange guys though.

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                    • #11
                      We're getting ready to pay over $200,000.00 (not including the trade-ins) for the high pressure TNT tools. So far the most reliable and one of the lightest we've tested. That includes 10 sets of 1 dual pump(B.T-6.5), spreader(S-100-28), cutters(SLC-27), ram(TLS-50), and 3 25' hoses; and 5 sets of the 1 pump(BT-3.0), combi-tool(CC-30) and ram(TLS-50) and 3? 25' hoses.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Fireboss101 View Post
                        Lukas, Probably 20 years old, heavy but still getting the job done. One huge problem though. They don't sell them in the USA anymore. Replacement parts have to be shipped from Germany. Took forever to get replacement cutters, (now keep spares on hand)
                        We also have the Lukas tools - we are looking at replacing them this year though -

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                        • #13
                          Genesis from ...............(see below)

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                          • #14
                            Hurst - across the board

                            1 "Transformer" Spreader - replaced a 20 year old Hurst spreader
                            1 "MOC" cutter - replaced a 20 year old Hurst cutter
                            1 Combi tool
                            1 Tubular ram
                            1 Box ram

                            1 Vehicle mounted Duo electric pump
                            1 Potrable mini duo pump.

                            Our airbags are the old style hurst, 2216 psi style with manual regulators.

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                            • #15
                              We run Genesis and I like them alot.
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