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    Holy crap thread dug up from the grave.
    last post was in 2001 till you dug up the remains.


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    Cool Mack CF Get's My Vote

    All of the good fire apparatus builders are out of business, today's trucks are built from plastic and beer cans !!

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    Today there is no best or worst. On any given day, any fire apparatus manufacturer can build the best fire apparatus ever built, or the worst piece of crap to ever roll off the line. Name brand, size of the company, years of experience, and personal preference can't change that.

    But if you are talking the best apparatus manufacturer of all time it is Mack. Hands down. Give a me a Mack CF anyday of the week. They are still running calls every day even though they stopped manufacturing the chassis 21years ago. And there are some rigs going on 40 years old still operating out there.

    If I ever won the lottery my "Estate FD" would be stocked with Mack CF engines, Aerial Scopes, Tenders, and a Rescue. I could, of course, afford to have them refurbed and repainted to make them better than new. Ah...A guy can dream can't he?
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    We are having our 1972 Mack CF 75' Baker rebuilt as I speak, she will be a real good looking 40 year old apparatus !

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    Woodbridge , where in NJ are you from ? I worked Sandy and visited a lot of FDs. Deff a lot of tower ladders in the state.
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    The dept I was a member of for 10 years was well treated by CustomFire. They built 4 different apparatus for us and the follow up was always superb!!

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    As a point of interest, General Safety and Central States are a very large part of Rosenbauer. Your will never see the names of General Safety and Central States used in any type of advertising because these companies along with R K Aerials and Rosenbauer Motors are Rosenbauer here in the United States. In conjunction with Rosenbauer in Europe they make up the largest fire apparatus manufacturer in the world.

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    The names General Safety and Central States aren't used at all by Rosenbauer anymore, although you'll still sometimes see remnants of their old names in the factories. They're simply referred to as the Minnesota plant (ex-GS) or South Dakota plant (ex-CS).
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    In my almost 30 years in the fire service I have been an engineer or officer on Pierce, E-one, FTI, KME, ALF, Ward LaFrance, Saulsbury, and Quality.

    The hands down winner in quality, reliability, performance was QUALITY.
    The worst by far was Saulsbury, but I blame the spec process 100% - not the company.
    All the others had good and bad points, but I liked them all. Regardless of the brand it was our bread and butter and we took ownership of it. Each engineer should treat their apparatus like it was their own car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 16Scott View Post
    In my almost 30 years in the fire service I have been an engineer or officer on Pierce, E-one, FTI, KME, ALF, Ward LaFrance, Saulsbury, and Quality.

    The hands down winner in quality, reliability, performance was QUALITY.
    The worst by far was Saulsbury, but I blame the spec process 100% - not the company.
    All the others had good and bad points, but I liked them all. Regardless of the brand it was our bread and butter and we took ownership of it. Each engineer should treat their apparatus like it was their own car.
    Thats funny, because our 1989 Duplex/Quality is one of the biggest schitboxes on the face of god's green earth. The Duplex chassis/cab is ok.....But the body.....NON-Quality.
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