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« on: July 08, 2009, 09:44:02 PM »
Does anyone can give me some info about the weight of the flat head axe usually carried on the irons tools?

Thanks a lot

Eric, Q.F.D. , Canada

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« on: July 08, 2009, 09:44:02 PM »

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Re: Irons
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2009, 11:52:51 PM »
its just a normal flat head axe ill say about 10lb max

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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2009, 12:40:09 AM »
http://www.thefirestore.com/store/product.cfm/pid_1323_fire_hooks_flat_head_axe/

That gives a good description of it. Its 6 pounds, I'm guessing your'e from Quebec. I'm sorry I can't convert 6 pounds to metric weight for you
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Re: Irons
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2009, 04:07:12 AM »
The normal axe carried by the Irons man in the FDNY is 8# not 6#.  Generally, the 6# flat head axe is used by the OV or LCC.

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Re: Irons
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2009, 01:21:33 PM »
Thanks...why is the 8 pounder prefered to the 6?

Eric

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Re: Irons
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2009, 03:07:14 PM »
The 8# axe is heavier and requires less force then the 6#.  For example, it may take you 8 hits on the halligan to get into a door with the 6# and maybe 5 hits with the 8#.  Hope that helps.

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Re: Irons
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2009, 11:59:59 AM »
And if you only had one choice.  Would you buy 6 or 8 pounds axe?

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Re: Irons
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2009, 05:23:36 PM »
1 Lbs = 0.4535924 Kg (SI)

Hard conversions: 6# = 2.722KG and 8# = 3.629KG

There may be a soft conversion - for example you may have 3KG and 4KG axe in metrics

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Re: Irons
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2009, 07:29:56 PM »
To the question of which I would buy, 6lbs or 8lbs? I would say the 8lbs flat head hands down. With any kind of light commercial or increased security residential it's always better to swing too much than to swing to little. Also a 10 or 12 lbs sledge/maul as the "pitching wedge" is always a good addition to any compliment of Truck Company tools, because if you know the place is well secured why not take a striking tool that can definatley open up masonary with ease if needed. Always work smarter (less swings and strength). Not harder!

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Re: Irons
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2009, 07:53:39 PM »
Well said Patrick

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Re: Irons
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2015, 07:38:09 PM »

 

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