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  • HIGH PRESSURE LIFTING BAGS

    OUR DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR INFO ON HIGH PRESSURE LIFTING BAGS, ANY BRANDS AND THE PROS AND CONS. ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED. A NEIGHBORING DEPARTMENT HAS A MAT-JACK BRAND, GOOD OR BAD?

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    check out the resqtek NT bags.. best of both worlds.. 147 psi operating pressure and high lift.. only 1/2 inch thicker than flat bags. small bag does 27 tons up to 4 inches, med does 64 tons to 8 inchesa and the big bag does about 140 tons... we have had them for a month or so, happy so far.

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    • #3
      Wish we had air bags on our truck. Zumro is a common brand around this area. As with anything else, I would shop around and ask for lots of demonstrations.

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      Richard Nester
      Orrville (OH) Fire Dept.

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      • #4
        Our department has used the Matjack brand for some time now(at least 3 1/2 years). They work pretty good, beside the fact of high-pressure airbag instability. Remember this too, many airbags, when they are rated for capacity, are measured with only one inch of inflation. Now, this is not true with all, but most. As the lifting height increases, the lifting capacity decreases. Even this being true though, I have yet to been unable to lift anything with any of the 3 sizes of bags that we have.
        Hope this helps a little!

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        Todd Metzger
        [email protected]
        RRFD, 422
        Senior Firefighter/Engineer/Mentor Coordinator
        Training Committee
        Region I Emerg. Mutual Aid-
        Phelps County Area Coordinator
        Firefighter I & II

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        • #5

          I have never used Mat-Jack brand but have seen them used and haven't heard anything bad about them.
          My rescue company has had Vetter air bags (now owned and operated by Paratech) and haven't had much trouble except age and physical extreme damage from incidents.

          The Paratech bags that we have are easy to set up and use and they have a wide selection of different bags for different purposes (lifting, pipe sealing, tanker truck sealing etc). I haven't really looked at other manufacturers but I know Paratech has color coded everything and is pretty idiot proof. The only drawback to Paratech is that we can't get parts for our older bags due to Vetter closing shop and moving back to Germany.
          Hope this helped a little.

          Rescue Lt. Kevin C.

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          • #6
            I personally like the NT airbags, for the reasons already mentioned. However if your department doesn't have the funds for the ResQtek, try the Hurst medium bags. They come in a two bag or three bag configuration. These are interconnected and do not come apart.

            You can as for the local dealer to come give a demo, that is the best way to determine which is best for your department.

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            Ron Shaw
            http://www.extrication.com

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