Joined: Sat Dec 15, 2007 5:44 pm Posts: 569 Location: The Magic City
Cord: - $$$ for isolating the back of ECTs - faster block isolation (esp. w/ 2 people) in your stability tests - Way easier to cut cornices - Can use it as rap tat if you get the right diameter. - good repair material for various things. - the best (maybe the only) way to isolate a rutschblock
Saw - unbeatable for the sides of your column (ECT or CT) - can't do a propagation saw test without it - the BDs offer a nice handy 30 and 35cm reference. - nice tool for smoothing and cleaning up walls in your pit.
The cord always stays in my pack. The saw is in the most of the time, and always when I know I'll be digging pits (which I do on about 75% of the days I spend touring). I would recommend both!