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  • Tools on the Cheap

    We all have catalogs and vendors that love to sell us the high dollar stuff. Most every rescue truck has hydraulic tools a few other high end items that you can't find at the local farmer's co-op, but what do you carry on the cheap? We have the obvious things like pry bars, hand tools (wrenches, hack saws, sockets, etc.), and small power tools such as reciprocating saws and drills/impact tools. What do you carry that you find on the farm, in the local hardware store, the local tractor supply, or that you've made yourselves? I got to thinking about this because we asked our local vocational school to weld up some base plates for our 4x4 timbers.

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    axels to drive in the ground for tie offs / a good chain type come along has tons of uses and a American made high lift jack with some either store bought or shop made accessories -just remember a high lift requires a fair amount of common sense to use safely.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by slackjawedyokel View Post
      axels to drive in the ground for tie offs / a good chain type come along has tons of uses and a American made high lift jack with some either store bought or shop made accessories -just remember a high lift requires a fair amount of common sense to use safely.
      Had to google "high lift jack". Around here we call them farm jacks. We've already requested to acquire a couple. Come alongs are cheap enough we could get more than one. Do the smaller 3/4 to 1 1/2 tons get used more often or the larger 3 or 6 ton?

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      • #4
        the cable type smaller ones get used more for pulling (close quarters sometimes) --seems like we use the big chain type for stabilization more. http://firstresponder.hi-lift.com/features.html
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        • #5
          Originally posted by tbzep View Post
          Had to google "high lift jack". Around here we call them farm jacks. We've already requested to acquire a couple. Come alongs are cheap enough we could get more than one. Do the smaller 3/4 to 1 1/2 tons get used more often or the larger 3 or 6 ton?
          Be sure to get a quality jack --we bought a knockoff and its not quite up to snuff.
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          • #6
            By "knock-off" are you referring to not buying the fire industry specific Hi-Lift, or you just bought something from Harbor Freight or equivalent? Regular commercially available Hi-Lift branded jacks are pretty cheap compared the the one you linked.

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            • #7
              by knock off , I meant the chicom version -I don't think there is any difference between the rescue version and the plain red high lift - We bought a green "import" and bent it very quickly
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              • #8
                Originally posted by slackjawedyokel View Post
                by knock off , I meant the chicom version -I don't think there is any difference between the rescue version and the plain red high lift - We bought a green "import" and bent it very quickly
                Thanks. The regular hi-lift is pretty affordable and the rescue version seems to just be painted different with a few fiddly bits (technical term) bolted to it.

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                • #9
                  How about a corded recip saw? Something with variable speed and rotary blade stroke setting. Maybe $300 expense. That, with a few 6" & 9" Diablo carbide-tipped blades, can accomplish quite a bit in the hands of a trained saw operator.
                  Ron Moore, Forum Moderator
                  www.universityofextrication.com

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                  • #10
                    TSC has a 50 ton Bottle Jack for around $100. It's not really tall, so it's stable, and gives quite a bit of lifting power for the buck. As always, crib as you lift.

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                    • #11
                      We have a corded recip saw and use Diablo blades. We also have a cordless recip and to our surprise, just received two new Dewalt 60v batteries with adapters. We used them in training a couple weeks ago and were amazed how long they ran. We don't have a bottle jack. We have two Hurst rams but a bottle jack will fit in tighter places and doesn't rely on a power source. I will definitely put it on the list.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tbzep View Post
                        We have a corded recip saw and use Diablo blades. We also have a cordless recip and to our surprise, just received two new Dewalt 60v batteries with adapters. We used them in training a couple weeks ago and were amazed how long they ran. We don't have a bottle jack. We have two Hurst rams but a bottle jack will fit in tighter places and doesn't rely on a power source. I will definitely put it on the list.
                        just remember most bottle jacks will quit working when tilted very far (at least the ones I have used) -you might try and find a used porta power for sideways close quarter pushing
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                        • #13
                          Quick update...we've acquired most of the things discussed in this thread and we got a big surprise a few weeks ago. The fellow we got our Hurst tools from a few years ago came by and demonstrated Res-Q-Jack. We are getting a set of heavy duty Aluminum X-Struts!!! The demo showed how much quicker and more versatile they are than the 4x4's with homemade base plates we've been using. They aren't cheap, and we were very surprised to find out that money was released for us to get them.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tbzep View Post
                            Quick update...we've acquired most of the things discussed in this thread and we got a big surprise a few weeks ago. The fellow we got our Hurst tools from a few years ago came by and demonstrated Res-Q-Jack. We are getting a set of heavy duty Aluminum X-Struts!!! The demo showed how much quicker and more versatile they are than the 4x4's with homemade base plates we've been using. They aren't cheap, and we were very surprised to find out that money was released for us to get them.
                            there you go --just keep digging -
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