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    Default Chassis Rust

    Our old Mack Scope which was in service for 40 years, only had a small amount of rust damage to the red painted frame ,cross members. The new trucks don't last as long with the road salt here in the northeast!

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    Same here on our current tower with the rust with our black painted chassis. With the stuff that is hot dipped we won't have to worry about that.

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    Cool

    Coming together even more now.




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    Do you have a Line Drawing you can share?

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    Latest pics of Tower back at Minnesota for body and pump build and install. Sub frame for body and pump are under way. Body is just starting layout.
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    Body mounted to chassis needs elec., compartment doors, water tank and plumbing for it, ladder pack glides, pike pole tubes, and pull out tray. Pump housing mounted needs pump and all plumbing. Still needs all waring lights, sirens and front bumper mounted

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    That is looking like a mean truck company...thanks for the updates!

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    Evidence that the new tower is coming in mid December.


    Just some hose.

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    Compartment doors starting to get hung. Warning lights and wiring get installed and run.
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    Moving right along lights and doors almost done. Pump in plumbing being worked on. Lots of people working on it.
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    Latest pics of tower. Will be flying out Dec 17 to the Dec 19 for the final inspection before she comes home.
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    Can you enter the bucket from the body? Or do you have to climb up the pedestal ladder and walk the length to enter from the back side?

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    Yes we enter from climbing up a side ladder built into the body buy the drivers side of the rear of the bucket. If you look at one of the photos you will see that area with out the ladder installed at that time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOWER412 View Post
    Yes we enter from climbing up a side ladder built into the body buy the drivers side of the rear of the bucket. If you look at one of the photos you will see that area with out the ladder installed at that time.
    Yes, I can see the body climbing ladder, I'm wondering where do you go from there? It looks like the bucket access is on the front of the bucket or in the ladder-way.

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    There is a small door on the back drivers side of the bucket to be able to enter the bucket. it is positioned to the outside of the aerial ladder and the buckets driver side wall.

    If you look at the following other manufacturers on there newer mid mount ladder towers they have the same type of setup with the rear door: Rosenbauer, Smeal, Ferrara(Smeal), Suthpen SPH100, KME(can get with out it if you move the side ladder all the way the the rear on the drivers side of the body and just enter throught the main doors. Depends on body length also.).

    Not sure on Spartan ERV, and when the LTC(Old LTI) Smeals come out, Pierce, and E-One.

    Seagrave does not do it all on theAaerialscopes do to the fact the rear corner in the bucket is where the control stick is just like on our 1994 75' Aerialscope.

    I may have missed some but thinks keep change with these platforms and it's tuff to keep up. Just like us with our tower new things come long after it got order and while it is being built.

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    Just a few examples of the rear door on the buckets. Not the best pics they where trimmed from the originals and enlarged.

    This is the backside of our Rosenbauer that we will be getting this month.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TOWER412 View Post
    There is a small door on the back drivers side of the bucket to be able to enter the bucket. it is positioned to the outside of the aerial ladder and the buckets driver side wall.
    Very good, that was what I was missing. Thanks.

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    4 more days until final inspection and if everything's good then it will be on its way to town.

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    Latest round of pics and the hours are ticking away now.

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    Tower 412, Now the real work begins for your in-house instructors. DO NOT allow your operators to think that just because they went through the delivery engineers spiel and operated for 10 or 15 minutes, that they are qualified on the piece. Like any new delivery, there a quirks and devices that have their own way of biting your back-side when you are unfamiliar with the devices. Caution your drivers about the "Off-swing" of the rear with the shortened wheel base and long overhang. If you are operating a hydraulic PTO generator, it might require starting the device under zero electrical load, and then once stabilized add the load by turning on the main breaker. We took delivery of a KME - 100 ft. mid-mount seven years ago. Through trial & error we have gradually increased the operator training to about 30 hours and made major changes in the content, including walking everyone through an abbreviated version of the operators manual. If you have a dedicated crew(s) this should not be a problem. If you are 100% volunteer, with changing operators and experiences, then it becomes a little more difficult keeping everyone sharp and competent in the operation. Recently, we had a working structure where the aerial was deployed. The turntable operator (only person available) had not operated since he was taught by the delivery engineer seven years ago. The Lt. is new to the position, and was unaware that this operator had NOT gone through the upgraded training. The Lt. climbed the bed ladder to turn on the air cylinders, but the turntable operator had NOT locked out the controls. Bucket operator was unaware of the Lt's. position and started to extend. No injury, but in our opinion a "Close Call". Training, Training & more training, along with periodic recertification. (Just some suggestions.)

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    Sitting in the inspection bays waiting for us to arrive and go over it.

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    Just a few pics I took to busy drooling and getting finger prints on. Flew the tower a little. Just went over the aerial check list today will be doing body and cab tomorrow will fly tower more drive it and do some pumping.





    Not the best of driver officer area of the cab.

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    Looks great, brother!
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    Here some more pics that where taken when we where doing the final. A few minor things to address before the little beast hits the road on the 26. Should be at the firehouse the 28 or 29.





    The aerial control system was just amazing and they have made some options for there system after ours was built with another display at the outrigger controls. It may be a upgrade down the line we could get for our tower.



    The handling is unbelievable. The acceleration was great with the monster cummins we have compared to the Detroit in the old tower granted we only had 250 gallons of water only. The jake almost stopped the truck for us with out touching the brake.


    The turning was out of this world. It could do donuts inside the turning radius of current tower. It has 46 left and 46 right for stop to stop on the steering.

    Here is the pic of our sales rep, myself, and the rest of the committee members that where able to make the trip.


    And a pic the Rosenbauer took and put on there Facebook page of our truck and Evans Co new pumper when we where out last August they hand 78' quint almost done being built so the was pretty interesting to see two of there department rigs. Also had a Miami Dade and Anderson NV pumper in the bay with our rig when we where doing final.


    When we where there we got to meet Kevin Kirvida who is the President of Rosenbauer America and have lunch with him. Down to earth blue collar blue jean guy great stories of things throught out the years in the bis. Meet many of the other heads of the company and the same with them. You would never know they run the company at all.

    Now just lettering, 2-way radios install, tool mounting, and training to go before it goes in service.
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    Hey TOWER412, Your new tower is looking great, wish you and your department the best of luck with the new apparatus. what is the total O.A.L. of the truck ?

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