New strut for lifting and stabilizing

CarolinaFireJournal - By David Pease
By David Pease The Reds Team
08/04/2013 -

In April I had the opportunity to go up to FDIC for several days. This was my forth time there, twice as a presenter. It is the largest fire conference in the country. There are over 15,000 firefighters that come to the conference for classes, presentations and to look at the latest equipment and technology. When companies have new products they want to introduce, FDIC is the place they do it, and they do it big. There are companies that spend over $100,000 just for the floor space they rent, and this is for only three days of exhibition. However, if you have never been to FDIC, you should try and make the trip at least once in your career. Even if you only go for the exhibits and stay a couple of days, it will be worth it.


The tubing is high alloy, treated aluminum that gives the struts superb strength. They can be used for standard vehicle stabilization, but work really well for heavy vehicle stabilizing. The lift capability is 6000 pounds, while the structural load capacity runs between 30,000 and 60,000 pounds depending on the length you are using. However, the rating is advertised based on a two to one safety factor, putting them at 15,000 to 30,000 pounds. The struts are fully tested with the base plate and head in place, rather than just the tubing compressed with no fittings. The struts also have extensions that can be added to make them longer, as well as a shorter version of the strut.

I think these new Super X Struts will help compliment your other struts for lifting and stabilizing, especially if you deal with larger vehicles or collapse type situations. To learn more about these struts, visit

Next time we will be looking at the new step cogs cribbing from Turtle cribbing and the new extrication and rope gloves from Tech Trade. Remember to research your equipment before you purchase and realize that sometimes “new-fangled” technology is not always worth the price for what you get.

Train hard and be safe out there.

If you have any questions or comments, please shoot me an email at [email protected]. Until next time, train hard, be safe, and know your equipment.
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