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Does your multi-tool have an adjustable hydrant wrench? How about a non-sparking hammer, or a gas valve shut-off tool? Next time you need a spanner wrench or a sturdy pry blade, you’ll wish you had the EMI 511 Tool on your belt.

Just over a foot long and weighing one lb, this special-purpose tool will normally set you back about $50, but the Fire Store sells it for $30.

EMI 511 Fire/Rescue Tool [Lab Safety Supply]
EMI 511 Fire/Rescue Tool [The Fire Store]

 

4 Responses to EMI 511 Fire/Rescue Tool

  1. Frank Hicinbothem says:

    I’m not sure how useful this would be as a hydrant tool– the last time I opened and turned on a hydrant it took most of my body weight and a two-foot long hydrant wrench to do the job. I don’t think I’d want to try it with a tool only a foot long and without a proper handle.

  2. Nate Bezanson says:

    Thanks Frank, I had sort of wondered whether there’d be enough leverage there. I guess it’s an optimist’s tool, eh? Or maybe it’s just for turning off and closing hydrants after a fire, after the guys with the real wrenches opened ’em?

  3. Fred says:

    Many hydrants in New York City have a tamper resistant cap made of stainless steel with a cross-shaped drive mechanism on the top. The actulal drive mechanism is located below the cap. The cap is free-spinning by hand – but when you put the special magnetic wrench on it – the drive shaft is pulled up into the cap allowing you to turn on the water.

  4. Bill says:

    Yeah tamper resistant right, shows you the ingenuity of the average street urchin on a hot summer day, everyone figured out very quickly that the speaker magnet from an old car stereo speaker placed on top would do the same thing then you could use a pipe wrench to open the hydrant and cool yourself, and others, off.

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