Why to use hand tools on extrications


By Mark van der Feyst

Hydraulic tools are prevalent on most vehicle-extrication operations. As effective as these tools are, they are not the only tools available. Hand tools have been pushed into the background but still play an important role in vehicle extrication operations.

Sometimes hand tools are more effective than hydraulics. For example, removing the hinge bolts from a passenger car door can be easier and quicker than spreading it with a hydraulic tool. It is also quieter and places less stress on the car; this will aid in patient calmness during the operation. 

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