The main issue with using a hydraulic spreader to lift is limited contact surface area. The widest tips on the market are just over 2 inches wide. This limits contact to the load, as well as the ground to a very small area. In fact, as the load begins to raise and the tool opens up the contact surface begins to lessen making things less stabil. In analyzing this we sought to devise a way to increase both contact surface area & lateral support in order to improve overall stability when conducting a lift in this manner. After much testing & great deal of trial and error we have developed a product to use in conjunction with your H.R.T. and proper cribbing to perform this lift with a great deal of stability.
Behold the TL-9 stabilization device. The TL-9 is made from half inch solid steel, with a 6 x 6 base plate, and 4 1/2 inch gusseted towers spaced approximately 2 inches apart. The solid base plate increases the contact surface area with the ground while the towers provide lateral support for the tool. In addition, there is a solid steel traveling limit pin between the towers that prevents the spreaders from opening beyond 70%. At 70%, lift heights have ranged between 19-30 inches depending on the H.R.T. unit. When the traveling pin reaches the tops of the towers it locks the lower tip of the spreader into a groove at the front of the plate which works to increase overall stability.
The TL-9 is currently available for sale & immediate delivery. There are currently 7 stock models being produced to accommodate the vast majority of commercially available spreaders, and we can custom build a unit to fit any H.R.T or Combination Tool. Each stock model will have slight variances in the width between the towers to account for different spreader tip widths. Each model will allow for only a 1/8 inch of clearance when the tips are inserted to achieve maximum lateral stabilization. Custom models can be produced to fit a specific spreader, with bulk orders in excess of 10 units where tolerances can be set to within a sixteenth of an inch.
The TL-9 Stabilizer was designed by firefighters for firefighters!
It allows you to perform a lift with your hydraulic spreader in a quick, efficient, and stable manner.
T & J Rescue Enterprises LLC.
85 Edgewood Ave Watertown, C.T. 06795
“The TL-9 is a long overdue breakthrough that fills a void in rapid extrication scenarios. It’s simple, safe, functional, rugged, and most important- it works perfectly for what it’s intended to do!”
“It’s about time someone in our industry finally figured out a way to quickly and safely lift a load off a victim without deploying half the rescue box to do it! The TL-9 is a must have”
“Finally- a “street smart fireman’s” quick, safe and practical solution to getting a victim out from beneath a load, and a single company can put it into service in less than a minute…long overdue!”
“Not sure what took us so long to figure this one out, but the TL-9 has it mastered. Safe, quick, simple, stable and effective…the hallmarks of any successful rescue operation.”