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Sawzalls for Rescue/Extrication Work

Started this discussion. Last reply by Captain William Frazer Feb 17, 2011. 17 Replies

What kind of saw do you use??? We have several different ones -(corded and battery).The baterry never seems to last and some of the others don't have enough power. But we have found one that have…Continue

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Captain William Frazer replied to Chuck Harvey's discussion Sawzalls for Rescue/Extrication Work
"We use a dewalt, but remembering it is there, and actually needing to use it doesnt come around that often. Thus we lose battery life. Todays exotic metals are making it more and more difficult to use the tool and we rely more on the jaws. But…"
Feb 17, 2011
Chris Weber replied to Chuck Harvey's discussion Sawzalls for Rescue/Extrication Work
"Corded Milwaukee.Have had it for years and have not had any problems with it.Works good with operator running the saw and another person spraying the blade with lube of some sort as you cut.Can get a long life out of a blade doing that(usually)."
Feb 15, 2011
Mike "Lapo" Lapotasky replied to Chuck Harvey's discussion Sawzalls for Rescue/Extrication Work
"That's probably another part to break though, right?"
Feb 15, 2011
Mike "Lapo" Lapotasky replied to Chuck Harvey's discussion Sawzalls for Rescue/Extrication Work
"How often have you had to disassemble hard points during extrications?"
Feb 15, 2011
Mike "Lapo" Lapotasky replied to Chuck Harvey's discussion Sawzalls for Rescue/Extrication Work
"I have to be honest. If your breaking blades that frequently you are probably doing it wrong. We aced to see who could remove identical rooftops faster at our drills. The sawzall-in the right hands-wins every time from start to finish. However,…"
Feb 15, 2011
Mike "Lapo" Lapotasky replied to Chuck Harvey's discussion Sawzalls for Rescue/Extrication Work
"I recommend companies look into getting robopaks. Look them up."
Feb 15, 2011
Mike "Lapo" Lapotasky replied to Chuck Harvey's discussion Sawzalls for Rescue/Extrication Work
"Awesome tool. I have them at home too. The best sawzall I have ever used."
Feb 15, 2011
Mike "Lapo" Lapotasky replied to Chuck Harvey's discussion Sawzalls for Rescue/Extrication Work
"Thats pretty cool."
Feb 15, 2011
Mike "Lapo" Lapotasky replied to Chuck Harvey's discussion Sawzalls for Rescue/Extrication Work
"We run with 24v Lithium Ion Ridgid reciprocators. They are great. Battery conditioning...battery conditioning...battery conditioning! Theycharge in less than ten minutes for about 60 minutes of run time. Really grat to have. We also carry…"
Feb 15, 2011
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Sawzalls for Rescue/Extrication Work

What kind of saw do you use??? We have several different ones -(corded and battery).The baterry never seems to last and some of the others don't have enough power. But we have found one that have power and versatility to boot.Good for tight or awkward spots. Porter-Cable makes the saw but,I got our's at Sears. I don't know if they still carry it or not. The only drawback I have w/ it is the way the blade goes in. It has a 1/4 twist lock. But other than that the saw is a great tool to have.
Feb 15, 2011
Wes replied to Chuck Harvey's discussion Sawzalls for rescue/extracation work
"We bought Lithium Ion 36v kit. Have had very good luck. I bought one for myself and use it frequently. Pros-High power, fast blade speed, LIB batteries hold a charge in storage for a long time. Circ saw is very powerful and uses 7 1/4" demo…"
Feb 14, 2011
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Feb 13, 2011
phillip hice replied to Chuck Harvey's discussion Sawzalls for rescue/extracation work
"We use Rigid, lifetime waranty on batteries. It will out cut Dewalt. Home depot"
Feb 12, 2011
Buddy Chandler replied to Chuck Harvey's discussion Sawzalls for rescue/extracation work
"We have a corded Dewalt. Has more power than rechargable and don't have to worry about dead batteries."
Feb 12, 2011
lutan1 replied to Chuck Harvey's discussion Sawzalls for rescue/extracation work
"I've never used one in anger at a scene- ever! For me, too many cons- - noise - loose metal fragments/splinters - blade breakage GIve me a set of hand tools (sockets, spanners, etc) or the jaws any day...."
Feb 12, 2011
Truckinainteasy replied to Chuck Harvey's discussion Sawzalls for rescue/extracation work
"Old school sawzall - reliable and works - keep extra pieces for the chuck or convert it to keyless. Cordless milwaukee was awful (bad keyless chuck and poor battery life) Cordless Ryobi - light duty, didn't last Cordless Dewalt with AC adapters…"
Feb 12, 2011

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At 12:26am on January 23, 2011, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…
Chuck, Welcome to the Firefighter Nation. I am glad you joined the group.There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all.

Chief William Sharp
Brookings, Oregon
At 8:13pm on January 22, 2011, Roger Waters said…
Welcome to Firefighter Nation Chuck
At 9:30am on January 22, 2011, Sarah said…
Welcome to Firefighter nation!
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