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    Post who is the best fire truck company

    who is the best fire truck company and why?
    is it american la france e-one smeal pierce saulsbury kme or others

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    Joe Thomson

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    Mack was with the old CF's. But now Pierce or Seagrave.

    The statements above are my own opinions

    FF Greg Grudzinski
    Oaklyn Fire Dept.
    Station 18-3

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    WOW, this is a touchy subject. In the past, Pierce had the best quality in pumpers, Grumman had the strongest ladder, and Saulsbury made the best Rescue. Now, who knows. One thing I like is a single source company. It takes alot of the hassle out of follow up and warranty work. American LaFrance has come back strong and putting LTI ladders on them doesn't hurt.

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    They are all good or they wouldn't be in business. Everyone has a personal preference.

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    Thumbs down

    I'll take any but KME. I have worked on most of them with no trouble. KME has always had problems.

    Henry C. Hoffman Jr.

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    The best fire truck company is the one that will give you what YOU want, not what they happen to have or need to get rid of. Salesmen will promise you everything, but can they deliver? If you're looking to get a new truck, email me and I'll tell you about writing and rewriting specs four times this year, just to please the bean-counters uptown. Quality has been sacrificed, and we may wind up with something we know will be trouble. Sorry for the editorial, but the "Best" truck is the one built to your standards and expectations. Brand? I, like other postings here, have my favorite. But it's my opinion, and I'll keep it to myself for now.

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    Engine 101
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    With out a doubt ALF

    This is how I rank them
    ALF. E-one, Seagrave, Pierce
    To bad Mack is not around

    Tim Macias
    Chenzo likes this.

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    Tom Pysh
    Ellsworth/Somerset V.F.D.

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    1. Mack
    2. Seagraves
    3. American LaFrance/ Pierce

    bit of a tie there, i like them both alot.

    Mack Aerialscopes were the greatest trucks, now seagraves is stepping in with Mack's now retiring.
    Mack was always and always will be the best.

    All my best.

    These are my own ideas and opinions and do not reflect the Fort Washington Fire Company in anyway.

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    Our Company owns:

    1999 ALF/General Safety pumper
    1990 Intl/KME pumper
    1994 Intl/Marion 14' Walk-In Rescue

    So far (15 months) the ALF/General is a real nice truck, very few teething troubles. Quality is good, no major beef's. The extra money for the ALF, so far, has been worth it.

    The International chassis' on the other two have been fine, both are 2 doors with no frills.

    The Marion rescue has been a good truck, it goes to all calls. Quality is pretty good, only goofy problem has been scene light lens on the side of the box mysteriously popping off and disappearing. It's happened on all four of the lights (2 each side). Marion is scratching their heads on that one.

    KME is ok, serves as our hydrant truck/tanker as it carries 1500 gals and has a rear dump. Problem is it should've had rear tandem, its slightly overweight on the back axle and is tough on tires and brakes.
    Quality is fair, electrical has had problems, general fit/finish is not as good as the others.

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    My personal Prefernce is Pierce.

    My fav saying....

    This is your brain... Pierce
    This is your brain on drugs... E-One

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    The quality is in the product tested over time. Who has a good product? Look around and see who is selling the most equipment with the highest customer satisfaction. Don't ask the sales rep about quality. He is going to tell you that his product is the best on the market. Talk to the owner/operators.

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    i have talked to alot of departments form around the country and i have herd the best from saulsbury and e-one and the a lot of bad things from kme and alf pierce is a good truck too

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    Hmmm! This might be a no-brainer.

    1. Pierce!!!
    2. Quality (seen some good trucks come of their production line.
    3. Seagrave
    Might throw General in the mix.

    KME Keep
    E-one Well! Enough said.

    These are my opinions and you can not change them.

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    E One and Seagrave.

    **The preceding comments in no way represent the views of my department, its members, or associations that it may belong to.**

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    m. rose
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    Mack was the best, and pierce right behind. Excellent quality and workmanship with Pierce. "Professional" tradesman in the company are what make Pierce so successful.


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    ENGINE 52
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    My dept. operates a 1990 Pierce Lance
    1984 Pierce Arrow
    My choice is Pierce all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    It all depends on what you are looking for:
    Chassis and Engines - Seagrave, Pierce
    Squad bodies - Saulsbury
    Trucks - Seagrave, LTI, Pierce - This
    includes tiller trucks. By the way
    are the only way to go, unless it's
    a Baker.
    Towers - What else.. Baker of course!!

    Junk - E-one, KME, new ALF.

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