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El Diablo Rescue 8, Version A Rescue 8, Version B
El Diablo Rescue 8 Version A Rescue 8 Version B

Overview


El Diablo
(#1441)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired my CMI El Diablo from CMI in 2015.

The CMI El Diablo is milled from aluminum alloy and then hard anodized. Mine is 140 mm. tall, 92 mm. wide, and 9 mm. thick. The rope hole is 34 mm. high and 55 mm. wide. The top center thickness is 9 mm. The shaft length and width are 47 mm. and 33 mm., respectively. The auxiliary hole is 320.9 mm. high and 16.5 mm. wide. The eye measures 20 mm. by 24 mm. The ears are 20.9 and 24.7 mm. long. My CMI El Diablo weighs 132 g.

Each side is printed with "El Diablo," "Cmi," and "MBS: 8000 lbs."

Comments

The CMI El Diablo falls into my miscellaneous figure eights with ears category. I like the name; it fits the look.

The upper and lower horns facilitate tying off, while the middle horns are in the right place to prevent inadvertent lockoffs. The rope hole is shorter than normal, so El Diablo may provide too much friction on stiff or muddy ropes. The middle hole is suitable for Stitcht-type belaying.

Instructions Instructions

Rescue 8, Version A
(#314, 1153, 1154, 1222)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I do not have a record of when or where I acquired my first CMI Rescue 8, but I suspect that I bought it in 1994 (CMI’s engineering drawings for this eight are dated 1994), perhaps from Bob & Bob. I know that I had it before the 1995 NSS Convention. I acquired two more on eBay from Lisa Ward in 2008 (later traded to Bob Elron for a Sky Genie kit), and another on eBay from Sheryle Bauer in 2009.

The CMI Rescue 8 is forged from aluminum alloy and then hard anodized. Mine is 167 mm. tall, 151 mm. wide, and 17 mm. thick. The rope hole is 61 mm. high and 76 mm wide. The top center thickness is 14 mm. The shaft length and width are 68 mm. and 37 mm., respectively. The auxiliary hole is 16.4 mm. high and 20.7 mm. wide. The eye measures 17 mm. by 30 mm. The ears are 25.3 mm. long. My CMI Rescue 8 weighs 219 g.

The front of the shaft is forged with "Cmi," "RESCUE, and "’8’." The rear has the forged word "FORGED."

Comments

The CMI Rescue 8 is a typical example of a forged aluminum rescue eight. The eye doubles as a belay slot, The auxiliary hole doesn't have an obvious useful function (I don't have much need to clip carabiners there), and one wonders why it couldn't have been made larger by eliminating the logo area. The hard coating wears well. Like all rescue eights, the CMI Rescue 8 is too large and heavy for my taste.

The CMI Rescue 8 is not identical to the BlueWater Rescue 8, but they are obviously closely related. If you compare the two side-by-side, several of the dimensions are rather different. These differences are not significant from a performance perspective.


Rescue 8, Version B
(#3127, 3178)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired one CMI Rescue 8, Version B from Oregon Cash Company and a second from Mike Ventrella, both on eBay in 2022.

The CMI Rescue 8, Version A is forged from aluminum alloy and then hard anodized. Mine is 171 mm. tall, 152 mm. wide, and 16 mm. thick. The rope hole is 62 mm. high and 77 mm. wide. The top center thickness is 13 mm. The shaft length and width are 65 mm. and 38 mm., respectively. The auxiliary hole is 17.1 mm. high and 20.6 mm. wide. The eye measures 20 mm. by 33 mm. The ears are 24 mm. long. My CMI Rescue 8, Version B weighs 214 g.

The front of the shaft is forged with "Cmi," "RESCUE, and "8." The rear the shaft is forged with "10,000 lb.," "44.5 KN," "M.B.S.," and "FORGED."

Comments

Versions A and B differ only in their markings.