FIRST OF ITS KIND PRODUCT TO â€œPROTECT YOUR SAWâ€
There are many types equipment on the market today that protect your fire apparatus and your firefighters but what do you have to protect your saws? We all know you need your tools to work when the time comes and to be in good working order.
History on the company
Tom Bendien could see there is a need to protect saws while working in a local repair shop in his home town in Leesburg, VA. Tom would see chain saws everyday of all kinds come in to his shop to get fixed, but after he had a STIHLÂ® MS 460 rescue saw that was in bad shape and needed to be fixed,Tomâ€™s recalled that the dirt bikes he worked on as a kid had skid plates to protect the motor and transmission… Tom wanted to see if he could put an armor plate on the saw to protect it from drops, abrasion damage from starting it on a rough surfaces and to protect the gas tank. Tom came up with Saw Armorâ„¢, a protective plate that protects the saw from damage to the soft aluminum alloy crankcase and plastic tank handle of the saw,the two most valuable parts of the saw. Tom wanted his Saw Armor to be something more than just an idea and he looked for a way to make the idea into reality. Tom went to a local metal fabrication shop, sat down with a few of the guys, and built the first prototypes for testing. Tom went to a few local fire departments in his area, started talking to them and getting the word out.
Tom wanted to take his Saw Armor plate to a busy department for a thorough evaluation, and the opportunity came up to speak with the firefighters of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Company 33 in Prince George County Maryland, where he met Captain Oleg Pelekathy.
Captain Pelekathy explained that Kentland 33 is a volunteer department and runs on very limited funds, relying heavily on donations from the community. Mosttimes the department works with older equipment to just get by. Kentland 33 did an evaluation on Tomâ€™ saw on the prop at the station and ran it on Tower Ladder 33 for a while. With the help of the community and Saw Armor, LLC, Kentland Volunteer Fire Company 33 received a donation of a Saw Armor equipped ventilation saw and bought rotary cutoff saws powered by DolmarÂ®. This helped their department greatly. This was the first major step for Tomâ€™s new company Saw Armor, LLC. In Summer 2014 they were awarded an order to supply completeventilation saws and rotary cutoff saws with Saw Armor plates and depth limiter kits for the entire DC Fire Department. Since then, they have provided powerheads & Saw Armor accessories to many other departments across the United States, Australia, UK and Europe..
Review of the Product:
With ventilation saws ranging from $1600 and up your ventilation saw is a big investment for departments across the country and a vital tool for any fire department on any fire ground. Most fire departments today want to protect their investments and Saw Armor is designed to do just that. Let uslook at what is the most common source of damage you see to a ventilation saw in the fire service today. We all know we try to take care of our saws the best we can as firefighters, but damage from starting and idling them on rough services or in harsh working environments can wear your saw down. While looking at multiple roof saws in service at different fire departments across the state of New York, I have seen plenty of equipment that could have been saved by this product. The most common damage you see on most saws is wear and tear on the vulnerable underside of your power head, leading to unsafe conditions where handle mounts can become loose or structural material is worn away, compromising the saw. The plastic tank handle sub-system is a vulnerable primary component of any saw, and can be easily damaged, taking the saw out of service.
The Saw Armor plate is intended to act as a protective shield for the front, top handle, fuel tank, and underside of your saw, like the skid plate under a motocross bike engine. Instead of your chainsawâ€™s soft alloy crankcase being worn down or the plastic rear tank handle being damaged from impacts, the sides of the fuel tank being accidently punctured by sharp objects, the Saw Armor plate will provide protection against these damaging forces and will prolong the useful life of your saw and reduce unwanted downtime. Saw Armor is easy to install on to your saw and is available for multiple different types of vent saws on the market today. Also the creator of Saw Armor has taken his Saw Armor plate to the next level by adding a ladder hook for setting the saw on the ladder while working on a roof. The ladder hook design allows for you to set the saw on to the roof and gives it extra grip with its serrated teeth in the lower section (depending on the pitch, moisture on and surface of the roof). Its design is a first of its kind. The ladder hook allows you to set the saw on the truck ladder rung while climbing up or down or hangon your roof ladder, not worrying about it coming loose and coming down on you or your fellow firefighters below.
Notes: Saw Armor plates and ladder hooks cannot protect or secure your saw from all extreme forces and situations in a fire fighting setting. Always take appropriate precautions to ensure your safety and for others working with you.
Pricing & Availability
Saw Armor protective plate prices are very affordable starting from $139.99 . Available for STIHLÂ® MS 044/440, 441, 046/460/461, 660 (single wrap and full wrap handle versions) DolmarÂ® PS-6100, 6400, 7300, 7900 series (single and full wrap handle versions), Husqvarna 562xp and more models to come in 2015.
This product got an 8.75 rating out of 10. Rating based on below
Versatility In The Fire Service
“Hooks and Hooligans would like to give a huge thank you Tom Bendien, President Saw Armor, LLC for providing us with his wonderful product for demo and review. Tom has offered up a 10% discount for Hooks & Hooligans readers on your Saw Armor purchase by using HOOKS&HOOLIGANS10 code on his site.”
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