Monthly Archives: April 2014

See You at the American Water Works Association’s ACE14 Convention!

See You at the American Water Works Association's ACE14!

Courtesy of American Water Works Association

We’re going to the American Water Works Association‘s ACE14 convention in Boston, MA!

Be sure to visit us in the exhibitor’s hall from June 8 to 11 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. We’ll be showing off our full line of diamond blades and grinders there, including the Ductile Iron Ring Saw Safety Blade. Here’s a preview of that blade.

Stay tuned here for more details!

Which Fire Rescue Blade Cuts the Fastest?

Every second counts when you’re trying to force your way into a burning structure or cut a vehicle away from a victim. You need the fastest saw blade that you can get. But which fire rescue blade is the fastest?

Clark County Fire Department put our Fire Rescue Safety Blade up against four competing blades to find that out. Lo and behold, the Fire Rescue Safety Blade cut fastest or came in a close second when cutting eight different materials. Click on the image below for details, or download a PDF of it now.

Desert Diamond Industries Cutting Time Comparison - Fire Rescue Safety Blade vs Competitors' Blades

From the Archives: Changing the Drive Belt on a Husqvarna Cut Off Saw or Fire Rescue Saw

From the Archives: Changing the Drive Belt on a Husqvarna Cut Off Saw or Fire Rescue Saw

Courtesy of Brotherhood Instructors, LLC

We’ve gotten a lot of interest lately about cut off saw and fire rescue saw maintenance, so we decided to repost this article on changing a Husqvarna K970 saw’s drive belt. Tell us what you think!

Knowing how to change the drive belt on your Husqvarna cut off saw or fire rescue saw can improve your cutting performance and extend your saw’s life – in other words, save you time and money. Husqvarna has put out a helpful video showing you how to do just that.

The cut off saw shown here is a Husqvarna K970 saw. However, you should be able to use this procedure on any of Husqvarna’s K970 or K760 saws, like the Husqvarna K760 fire rescue saw and K970 fire rescue saw.

Regular readers of this blog may recognize some of these steps from our partner Brotherhood Instructors, LLC‘s video on how to convert a Husqvarna fire rescue saw to outboard cutting. That’s good news for you, because if you can do that, then you can certainly do this.

How to Keep Saws and Other Fire Rescue Equipment Running, by Firefighter Nation

Keeping Saws and Other Fire Rescue Equipment Running, by Firefighter Nation

Photo courtesy of Brotherhood Instructors LLC

You’ve got a lot of things to do as a firefighter, and calls are only one of them. You have to train, maintain your certifications, fill out paperwork, do truck and inventory checks… Maintaining your equipment is probably the last thing on your mind.

David Cain over at Firefighter Nation gets it. He was deputy chief of the Boulder, CO Fire Department for over 30 years, so he knows that firefighters don’t have enough hours in the day. Unfortunately, that’s not an excuse.

“We demand more out of our gear than practically any other profession,” he writes, “because if it fails, it can cost a whole lot more than just money.”

Cain has a number of tips for keeping your equipment, like your saws, ready for action. Not only will these tips will save your department money replacing broken-down equipment, they might also save your life:

  1. Start and run your equipment regularly.
  2. Schedule your equipment inspections, like your other checks.
  3. Take care of any small problems that you find immediately, before they become big problems.

Read the rest of Cain’s article over at Firefighter Nation.

Firefighter Nation, David Cain, “How to Prolong Fire Department Equipment Life