A Unique Spin on a Classic Device
If you have any experience in at-height work, then you most likely heard of or used the Petzl Iâ€™D Self Braking Rope Descender. This device is incredibly versatile and intuitive when it comes to descending ropes in rope access or any at-height application. Itâ€™s often used as a rope descender, work positioning aid, mechanical advantage device, and in rescue kits. And now, Petzl has developed the Iâ€™D EVAC which is a unique spin on the traditional Iâ€™D.
The Petzl Iâ€™D EVAC
The Petzl Iâ€™D EVAC is similar to the traditional Petzl Iâ€™D, but it has some slight changes and improvements to make it uniquely positioned for certain applications. It was designed to attach directly to an anchor instead of a harness which provides an easier method for lowering a fallen worker in a pickoff situation. This configuration also helps aid in the precise control of materials when used as part of a rigging tag line. It is important to note that the Petzl Iâ€™D EVAC is not ASME B30Â rated for material handling. That means that while itâ€™s an excellent solution to help position equipment on a tag line, it cannot be used in place of an ASME B30 compliant rigging block.
One of the best things about the standard Petzl Iâ€™D, is the excellent build quality. The Iâ€™D EVAC doesnâ€™t disappoint. It maintains the same quality as the standard version while featuring some specific design features that make it a better solution for certain applications. Rope installation is as easy as opening the side plate and matching the rope configuration to the etched markings on the inside. The handle features an anti-panic function to stop the descent of the device if the user pulls too hard on the handle. And, if the user happens to let go, the spring in the handle will push the handle back to the locked position automatically. One of the biggest changes on the Iâ€™D EVAC is the handle orientation. Itâ€™s been changed to provide a more comfortable pull when itâ€™s attached to an anchor. While the traditional Iâ€™D can be attached to an anchor, youâ€™d have to push the handle up to lower the load on it. Now, with the handle orientation on the EVAC, you can pull the handle down to lower a load. Another big difference is the actual pull distance of the handle itself. The EVAC features a shorter release (about a quarter of a turn) until the rope starts to run through it.
While the major feature of the EVAC is the handle orientation, Petzl has added some additional improvements to help make this device even more versatile. There is an integrated hook on the side plate. That hook serves as an auxiliary break that allows you to increase the friction on the rope based on the weight of the load. It gives you increased control while lowering an object. And, the friction channel below the hook helps protect from rope abrasion. Lastly, the side plate can be locked with a screw providing an excellent solution for a ready to use rescue or evacuation kit. Like the Petzl Iâ€™D, the Iâ€™D EVAC can be a complete game-changer and provides a convenient option for rigging and rescue kits. If youâ€™ve got more questions about the EVAC, our Gear ExpertsÂ® are standing by to help with anything you might need. **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturerâ€™s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used. â†’ Click here to check out the Petzl Iâ€™D EVAC â†’ Click here Â to check out the Petzl Iâ€™D Self Braking Rope Descender â†’ Click here to check out our full selection of Petzl gear â†’ Click here to learn more about ASME B30 Standards
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