Writing Ladder Specs-Looking for Input
Our rig committee has switched from looking into a Snozzle to an aerial (75 to 78' range). Looking at single rear axle side stacker style hosebed 1500 GPM pump 500 tank aerial to be used as first out "quint" type rig.
I am creating a spec document to hopefully put out to bid. I have no real issues writing the language for the sections on the cab, chassis, electrical, generator and pump, as I did alot of research for our 2007 project. Where I am looking for some insight is in the aerial section.
We are looking at E-One HP78. The guys like it. I'd like to see at least one other vendor be able to compete on this job. That being said, I am trying to create a document that accomodates this.
I will probably come back to this thread with questions as they come to mind but here are a few.
Generator. With new LEDS putting out 14 to 15k lumens, gonna spec brow and side facing as LED Pioneer or FRC and do 1000W tripods. By reducing floodlight requirements on the gen, I'm thinking of downgrading from a 10 to an 8 or maybe even a 6kw Hydraulic gen. Also, any opinions on hydraulic gens. We have harrison, and no issues to speak of. Electric load would be two 1000W tripods, two 750w portables, 2000w fan. This adds up to about 6000W. I think we would be ok with 8Kw but is that cutting it close?
What to put at the tip.
-Floodlight options are mounted to the sides ot the new under aerial light from FRC. Opinions on one versus the other? I would lean more to the under aerial light being placed farther back so that the sides of the tip are more clear to get up against stuff. Thinking LED versus 120V as well.
-Electric on the tip. Is there any point to having an electric outlet on the tip. I dont think we have ever used the one on our firestix boom.
-Aerial controls at tip. Ive seen "creeper controls" at aerial tips. Are these just a gadget or worth it?
-RF controlled monitor. Is this a gimmick or worth the extra money?
Are there any things on an aerial of this size you like/recommend? I am open to all feedback on any part of the rig. I have written specs and sat on apparatus committees before (just not for an aerial), so shoot me the tech talk version please.
Thanks in advance.