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    Default Apparatus Rebuilding: Is This the Answer to Your Replacement Problem?

    Stop by Firehouse Expo to listen to Mike Wilbur and Tom Shand review the cost advantages of apparatus rebuilding, review the NPFA 1912 standard on rebuilding and explain the life cycle costs to help your department decide whether rebuilding is the right program for your department to consider.The class takes place on Saturday, July 24 at 8:30 AM in Baltimore. Get complete details at www.FirehouseExpo.com.


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    Biggest problem with "rebuilding"(assuming you specced the chassis CORRECTLY the first time)is parts availability. With many mfgs sunsetting parts in 10-15 years,makes it harder(and less practical)to go this route. T.C.

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    There are other options as well such as re-mounting a used aerial on a new chassis. That is a great cost savings assuming that you already have an aerial to use, or you find a truck to buy, then give to the manufacturer the aerial from it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 93Cobra View Post
    There are other options as well such as re-mounting a used aerial on a new chassis. That is a great cost savings assuming that you already have an aerial to use, or you find a truck to buy, then give to the manufacturer the aerial from it.
    As LONG as the unit still has Parts available for the period you plan to operate in. Sutphen would be OK,American Lafrance;NOT so much. AND the maintaince program on the unit you plan to use. WELL cared for OK,if not; NO THANKS,been thru that horror show before. T.C.

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    I agree - just have to be very careful and understand what you are getting into by doing that.

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    Tell me what you think of this:

    Let's say you have a newer single axle 75" quint, basically an engine with a ladder on top. It has the engine complement of ground ladders, 450 gal tank and 1500gpm pump. It has not fit well into your ops (too heavy and maintenance intensive as an engine, not enough ladders or compartments as a ladder/rescue), but it is in good shape and is currently being used as a spare. You want/need a combo ladder/rescue and a new engine. Here's a plan being discussed:

    1. Send the Quint back to the manufacturer. Remove the ladder and rebuild it into an engine co.

    2. Have ladder remounted on a new chassis, without tank and pump, but with full ladder complement and compartment space.

    Are there cost advantages to this over removing the tank and pump from the Quint and rebuilding the body, and buying a new Engine? It seems to me you are buying the same components, but with the added expense of removing/remounting the ladder. Would they be better off selling the Quint and starting over?

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