Thread: Hydraulic Equipment
03-07-2010, 04:34 PM #1
Does anyone know if their is a NFPA standard that identifies when hydraulic rescue equipment should be replaced? I.E. 5, 10, 15 years...or replace when broken? I've browsed through 1670 and didn't find anything. Any help?
03-07-2010, 04:59 PM #2
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- Pa Wilds
We originally placed a Lucas Tool in service. The selection of this brand over the competitor Hurst, was made because of our heavy industry and the fact that the Lucas had a more reliable Sax engine and was a little lighter for transport into certain industrial situations where there was no close access by apparatus. Vehicle accidents are our bread and butter, but industrial entrapment presents a far greater challenge. Once committed to this equipment and the familiarity of its use, we were one of the first FD’s to change to Amkus, PTO powered unit in 1984. Over the years, we have discovered that a periodic factory tear down has caught many problems before we experienced a field failure. The latest problem involved bearings and pins in both the spreaders and cutters. Your local supplier might not have technicians with the expertise to look for specific problems with your equipment that might be unique to the model, or even the production series or block of serial numbers. We place a great deal of confidence in the manufacturers service group and faithfully have them conduct inspections of the equipment and performance compared with the specifications. There is simply too much at stake if this equipment fails to perform at a critical time. Through the years, our equipment has been replaced when the apparatus was replaced (1976, 1984 & 2004) and also when the manufacturer suggested that there was enough of a change in performance to warrant an upgrade to a newer model. I am not aware of any published guidelines for replacement of hydraulic tools.
03-08-2010, 03:11 AM #3
03-08-2010, 04:42 PM #4
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- Glenn Dale Md, Heart of the P.G. County Fire Belt....
I'm not aware of anything either. However, now that we're having this Discussion, I'm sure there will be an Interim Standard drawn up pretty quick............
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03-08-2010, 06:29 PM #5
As long as the equipment is working correctly it is up to the department to decide and fund the replacements. If you have a problem with an old system and its going to be costly to make corrections, the department may want to upgrade and get someting newer and lighter.Stay Safe and Well Out There....
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03-09-2010, 01:48 AM #6
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