Stanley’s Fubar Forcible Entry Tool is an 8-in-1 demolition and utility tool that can be used in a number of ways. In addition to prying, splitting and bending wood boards, and pulling nails, the 30″-long Fubar can be used to shut off gas valves and as a fire hydrant wrench.
It seems that the main difference between the Forcible Entry Tool and FatMax Xtreme III versions is a 3M Scotchlite high-visibility handle vs. a simpler textured grip. Oh, and the price – the Forcible Entry version is close to $200 and the Fubar III $80. Maybe the tools are hardened or forged different, we’re not sure.
The Fubar III has been on our wishlist for quite some time now, but we could never pull the trigger. It’s something we want but certainly not something we need. A smaller Fubar handles our board-twisting needs and heavier prying tasks are delegated to a large pry bar. If we need a heavy striking tool, there’s a Wilton Bash sledge hammer somewhere around the test lab.
Earlier today we had a chance to see the Forcible Entry Fubar in action. Local firefighters were testing the fire hydrants in the area, and it looked like they came across an excessively tight nut on the hydrant right outside our window. Their hydrant wrench wasn’t cutting it, so out came the Fubar. The two firefighters struggled a bit trying to leverage the nut before switching to furious hammering mode. Once the nut budged the Fubar went back into the truck.
It was somewhat refreshing to see the Fubar used in a professional context. We use our smaller one every now and then, but never really caught this one in action. It’s good to see that the longest Fubar is as practically functional as advertised.
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There’s also a Forcible Entry version that’s available at fire and rescue supply distributors.
Stuart, I’ve read mixed reviews about this product. Including one on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-FatMax-Xtreme-55-120-FuBar/product-reviews/B000VSSG3O/ref=cm_cr_dp_hist_1?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addOneStar&showViewpoints=0
But I heard via else where online the same issue of the middle of the middle of bar breaking because the bar is not solid or not supported enough to withstand heavy duty work. Via another forum, I also heard and these aren’t my words I should stress that it’s because the steel is very brittle and likely outsourced steel as well.
I have not seen too many poor reviews, so perhaps that customer received a dud. If there were flaws in the forging process, I imagine Stanley would have fixed them by now.
I remember reading about these under a “Zombie Apocalypse” context, as in “what would be the preferable blunt force weapon that could be a multi-tasker, do some damage to zombie skulls (without getting stuck in them like a pickaxe would), and not need sharpening or reloading”. While I don’t expect an onslaught of the undead anytime soon, I do see it as a cool household defense/intimidation weapon that would be a step up from a baseball bat but without the safety/social/maintenance hassles of having a gun. As for “Forcible Entry” vs regular FuBar, the firefighter version has a hole for a carabiner clip which you could attach a shoulder strap to if you wanted to go mobile with it (for when the Hoard is running you down, LOL).
I too noticed the hole, and thought maybe the photo was more updated than for the FatMax Xtreme version.
As far as the Fubar as a zombie survival tool, there’s nothing at all wrong with that. A lot of people have been discussing the Fubar Demo Bar in a similar context and as an outdoors survival tool.
More of those zombie items and now Stanley is becoming involved with this propaganda? I know Gerber had a market for these items as did others, but I am little surprised to see Stanley become involved as well.
There is really no nice way to say this, but it’s a little weird to imagine grown men and women buying these items if only because they are zombie themed. Especially since zombies are completely derived from fantasy novels and over active imaginations. I think these businesses have been watching too far too many fantasy movies or reading far too many fantasy novels.
Stanley didn’t directly get involved in the zombie meme, but the FuBar comes up often on forum threads discussing weapons for the zombie apocalypse, and some reviews in Amazon mention the same thing jokingly. As to why it comes up so much, I imagine because unlike aliens and the like it’s easy to imagine needing to strike down a ravenous or aggressive human being (undead or not) than any other fantasy creature. I doubt very few people are expecting a real zombie plague, but we can imagine similar scenarios under “what if” self-defense/social collapse circumstances, just as many gun owners do with “what ifs” about home invasion. It’s not so much apples and oranges than it is oranges & tangerines. Undead tangerines. :oD
The whole zombie fad will likely pass, but probably not. My feeling is that people like gear in general, and will look for any excuse to buy something that they find appealing. Many zombie-survival-marketed tools have real-world utility, but some are cheap and gaudy.
People collect action figures, comic books, knives, watches, fountain pens, mechanical pencils, gaming consoles, firearms, and sports memorabilia, just to name a few. So why not tools and gear suitable for zombie apocalypse survival. It’s the excessive marketing that’s gotten to me, not the collecting by itself.
You can’t tell me that a right handed person won’t eventually (sooner rather than later) hurt their right wrist swinging this like a sledgehammer/maul. It would be nice if it didn’t have the pry bar end, maybe a big knob, like a baseball bat only larger, for tamping fence posts in. (yes, I know it’s too light for that but it would be safe)
This tool never became available in UK…. I used the smaller version for demolition of everything! A tool for a life. DeWALT should make a similar tool with a smooth round end on the handle, I was always hitting myself with that sharp end of the handle, I don’t mind if it is 6 or 7 in 1 instead of 8 in 1 tool.