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Holmatro launches its 5th Generation of rescue tools

Posted on 31st August 2015 at 14:10pm

5000 Series Cutters

5000 Series Cutters

At INTERSCHUTZ 2015 Holmatro introduced the first two models of its new 5000 series cutters. Lighter and more ergonomic than ever, without any concessions on performance. The most important factors in the development of these cutters were weight reduction and improved ergonomics, while maintaining an optimal cutting performance on modern cars. This has been achieved through a combination of new materials, component integration and innovative design. Being much lighter than the previous generation, the new 5000 series cutters significantly reduce the physical burden on the operator. This burden is even further reduced by one special model, the Inclined Cutter.

Inclined Cutter CU 5050 iInclined Cutter CU 5050 i

Designed for more ergonomic cutting high and low on the car, this cutter with its inclined jaw eliminates the need to lift the tool high up for a roof cut or to bend over deeply to cut the rocker panel. Working with the Inclined Cutter also means there’s more space for the tool to move towards the car when you cut a pillar from the side. And with the carrying handle going all-around, you can always use this cutter in its most favorable position, at all sides of the vehicle. The CU 5050 i too has been tested extensively on the latest prototypes.

Optimal performance on modern cars

The models currently introduced (CU 5050 and CU 5050 i) are New Car Technology cutters, offering an optimal cutting performance on modern vehicles. Contributing features are:
• New Car Technology (NCT) blades. These U-shaped blades can surround wide pillars and automatically pull the material into the cutting recess, close to the central bolt, where it is cut at the strongest point of the tool.
• Optimized cutting edge. Further optimized cutting edge of the NCT blades for a longer blade life and the best possible performance on modern cars.
• The i-Bolt. This flat central bolt construction squeezes the blades together directly (no blade holder in between!) and more tightly. This results in a better cutting performance. It also gives you the advantage of better access into narrow spaces.

5000 Series Spreaders

Some weeks earlier Holmatro had introduced its new 5000 series spreaders. Lighter in weight without compromising spreading force and spreading distance. The five brand new spreaders have an outstanding performance-to-weight ratio, that significantly reduce the physical burden on the operator. Two models are also available with Greenline battery technology for increased freedom of movement.

Extra compact and lightweight: SP 5240 CL

Within this new series, one model attracts most attention: the SP 5240 CL spreader. The letters CL stand for ‘Compact Lightweight’. Weighing in at just 9.9 kg / 21.8 lb, this spreader is even more lightweight than the other, already very light, models in the new 5000 series. At the same time it offers every spreading capability you need for the extrication of a trapped victim. Like all other models, the SP 5240 CL has been tested extensively on the latest car prototypes.

Other 5000 Series features & benefits

• New ergonomic carrying handle for increased operator comfort in various working positions.
• Upgraded LED lighting in carrying handle: six lights with higher light output.
• Patented CORE Technology combining oil feed and return in one hose to make rescue operations safer, quicker and easier.
• On battery powered models: Greenline battery technology combining a long battery life with high capacity for maximum operational use.

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