Cut and Force Post

Captain Chris Garniewicz from Bluffton Township (SC) Truck 375 sent in this cut and force prop that they recently put together. The idea was to create a compact prop that could be kept in the bay to used on rainy days and still be easily transported to be used at the burn building. The post is made from 6” x 6” x 6’ lumber and attached to a 4’ x 4’ base. The post can easily be removed to facilitate moving and storing the prop. Each side of the post contains a different skill station. Side one is a rebar cut tree: Side two for padlocks and chains; Side three is for cylinder pulling; and Side four is for hinge pulling.




The lock pulling side (side three) contains custom milled bronze cylinders. Bronze was chosen to prevent damaging the lock pulling tools. The hinge pulling side (side four) contains homemade hinges made from flat steel and rebar. As you can see both the lock pulling and the hinge pulling props use wooden dowels for frangible resistance. In addition, both sides also have plate steel to protect the post.





26 Comments so far

  1. Sven Schievink December 14th, 2014 5:39 pm

    Nice compact prop ! Where did you get the Brass Lock cylinders from ?

  2. A.Lam December 14th, 2014 6:49 pm

    Is there a full write up on this? I like the idea and would really like to build one.

  3. Jim Still December 14th, 2014 7:38 pm

    You need to go into business Chris!

  4. Chris Garniewicz December 14th, 2014 10:12 pm

    For anyone interested, I have the drawing for the lock cylinder (I han it milled)and could put together some drawings for the rest. The second post is almost done. Email me if you want more specifics.

  5. tooltime December 15th, 2014 9:01 am

    my guys would have the whole thing broke in 2 shifts

  6. Randall December 15th, 2014 9:57 am

    make a youtube vid showing all of it

  7. A.Lam December 15th, 2014 11:44 am

    Hey Chris, I’d be interested in the details. I can’t find your email so if you could send them to I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks

  8. Chris Garniewicz December 15th, 2014 3:03 pm

    Sorry about the email, address is A.Lam, getting the info out now, Randall, working on some ‘in use’ photos.

  9. Capt. Adrian Taylor January 16th, 2015 10:34 am

    Capt., could you send me the info on this please? We recently purchased a forcible entry door and we are now looking to add the rest of the entry functions- which your prop does. Thanks,

  10. John Gallup January 27th, 2015 4:52 pm

    Great prop. Perfect addition for station drills.

  11. Ian StJohn February 3rd, 2015 9:51 pm

    Excellent prop! Email is inbound!!

  12. Robert February 6th, 2015 6:09 pm

    Nice prop. Email incoming.

  13. Marques February 12th, 2015 9:24 pm

    Nice prop, can you forward specs?

  14. Donald Beaty April 11th, 2015 11:47 am

    Looking at getting a drawing to make this here at the station.

  15. Kyle October 24th, 2015 2:41 pm

    Awesome prop! Any way I could get the drawings/specs as well?


  16. Josh November 17th, 2015 1:07 pm

    Awesome prop, a great training tool for a smaller department as well. Would it be possible to get the specs so I can build one for my department.


  17. Andy March 8th, 2016 1:13 pm

    hey! great prop! just wondering if you have the specs for this prop still. if so could you email it to me? Thanks!

  18. Mark Herrholz June 5th, 2016 9:26 am

    This is a fantastic prop. If they are still available, I would like the specs as well. Especially on the billets for the lock pull. Thank you for posting.


  19. Robert Stewart September 19th, 2016 1:15 pm

    I would like to have the specs and a drawing also for this prop. This is a great and inexpensive way to train for forcible entry.

  20. Trey December 4th, 2016 1:19 pm

    Great prop, I would really like to take this back to my department. If you don’t mind shooting me the specs and drawings so my department could train on it!

  21. Sara Jacobson December 30th, 2016 3:50 pm

    Specs for props? I would like to make this.

  22. Trevor Lambert March 29th, 2017 12:13 pm

    Good Morning. Could you please email me your cut sheet for the lock prop. I would like to mimic this for our station. Thanks!

  23. Mike Van Beek April 13th, 2017 4:34 pm

    Prop looks great. Could you email me the specs on it. Thanks!

  24. Cody Lake July 18th, 2017 10:56 am

    Can you please email the specs for this?

  25. Nick Boule October 3rd, 2017 2:13 pm

    Awesome prop can you email me the specs?

  26. Josh January 8th, 2018 12:07 pm

    I would like specs also please

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