Our department is looking to purchase a refurbed platform as a replacemnt for our old straight stick. The units we are looking at are 2 Sutphens and 3 LTI's of various flavors.
Debate has focused on midship versus rear mount and steel versus aluminum. Any comments would be helpful.
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03-22-2000, 04:44 AM #1firenurseFirehouse.com Guest
Sutphen v LTI platforms
03-22-2000, 09:51 AM #2BurrHFDFirehouse.com Guest
The Dept. That I work for we have a 1976 sutphen aerial 100ft platform mid-ship mount. you have to watch the bucket when you make turns, we have problem with the auto-matic leveler on the bucket. sutphen make a good alum ladder (Steel v/s Alum)Call a third party company like a aerial ladder testing company. just don't jump out and buy the first aerial you see. My dept purchase the first one we look at. ( Big Mistake)spended more money on repairs.we have spend over $60,000.00 in three years. and still the vehicle is a 1976 aerial.Good luck.
04-05-2000, 05:34 AM #3Tillermn14Firehouse.com Guest
A department near me purchased a Baker/Aerialscope tower from FDNY. They used it for a while then refurbed it. The Baker tower will last forever, that was the only thing not replaced. Check out their website www.kentland33.org
04-05-2000, 06:40 AM #4S. CookFirehouse.com Guest
Midship vs rear mount - with a rear mount you can get a shorter truck with the same size aerial.
Whatever it takes, make sure you're not buying someone elses problem.
Ask a lot of question and get a lot of references from any used apparatus broker you consider.
2 departments (that I know of) in our area purchased rigs from "reputable" dealers and were ripped smooth off.
One truck lasted anout 6 months, the other was down and never pumped water the whole time they had it.
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