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    Who makes the Roto-Ray? And what is their web site address?

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    The only reason for a roto-ray is to try and look cool at parades...

    If that is what you are into...

    Look Here...

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    Pretty much. It is an expensive looking show light. It doesn't have much value as a warning light.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Default No value as a warning light??? BS!

    Lemme tell you about that....I thought the same thing myself, until one time I was driving on a run to a M/A response. We were out in front of one of their rigs, I would say about 3/4ths of a mile up a hill. When they came around the corner, down at the bottom of the hill, this intense, nuclear-explosion whirlygig thing on the front of their rig really stood out! I was impressed! And I'll never say that line about no value again!
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    We have one on our engine. It shows up in traffic very well, especially in the rear view if the engine is behind you. People around here seem to ignore flashers. They notice the Roto-ray. The "old fashioned" Mars 888 works well too. Don't knock it until you've seen it...
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    does anyone know a web site to goto. I can not find a site that sales them. There are 3 departments in my area that has them and they do move traffic.



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    Is a Roto-Ray kind of like an oscillator? I am a little lost as to what one is, someone clue me in! I bet I've seen one before but it would be nice to put a face, rather, a light to the name.
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    Originally posted by FiftyOnePride
    Is a Roto-Ray kind of like an oscillator? I am a little lost as to what one is, someone clue me in! I bet I've seen one before but it would be nice to put a face, rather, a light to the name.
    Jeeze, its hard to find a Roto Ray website, I dont think they have an offical one.

    They look like this.

    They have 3 lights, the spin on an axle. Seriously, you could probly make one at home without to much trouble.
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    The Buckeye Roto-Ray, which we have on two of our trucks, stands out. But we also have the "888" on both of those trucks as well. If you don't see the flashers, you will see everything else. One of our neighbors is starting to put them on their trucks as well because of this very reason.

    The Roto-Ray is three lights mounted on a prop that spins. Just like any motorized light and siren, they draw a few amps, whether it is rotating or oscilating. We are starting to have everything set up so that when the truck is taken out of gear and the brake set, they shut off. Saves the alternator a little bit. So if you are looking at getting one, that is recommended.
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    Here is a report of Roto Rays causing minor injuries by whacking guys working at the front of the apparatus.

    http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/mc...min/ar0110.PDF

    I didnt think they were that fast/solid/heavy.

    I just dont get it.

    I am the sort that would sooner have Rhino liner then diamond plate, black wheels instead of polished alum...

    Probly why I peal the reflective stickers off my helmets.
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    I guess that could hurt to get hit by one. Like in my previous post, ours only work when the truck is in gear. So as soon as we pull up to scene, all mechanical lights are shut down automatically.
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    Originally posted by SamsonFCDES
    I am the sort that would sooner have Rhino liner then diamond plate, black wheels instead of polished alum...

    Probly why I peal the reflective stickers off my helmets.
    First off, I guess I don't understand what this has to do with the Rotorays.......

    Secondly, the reflective stickers are on your helmet for a reason. They are there for YOUR safety. By removing them you are putting yourself in more danger...........

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    Originally posted by firenresq77


    First off, I guess I don't understand what this has to do with the Rotorays.......


    Probly nothing.

    Secondly, the reflective stickers are on your helmet for a reason. They are there for YOUR safety. By removing them you are putting yourself in more danger...........
    Why concern youself little man, you dont consider me a "True Brother" anyway.

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    Secondly, the reflective stickers are on your helmet for a reason. They are there for YOUR safety. By removing them you are putting yourself in more danger...........
    Then wearing a leather must be dangerous too, the leathers I have seen have no reflective stickers on them....

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    Originally posted by 42VTExplorer


    Then wearing a leather must be dangerous too, the leathers I have seen have no reflective stickers on them....
    Look HERE. I may be wrong, but I believe all helmets, to meet the NFPA standards, must have reflective trim........

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    Originally posted by firenresq77


    Look HERE. I may be wrong, but I believe all helmets, to meet the NFPA standards, must have reflective trim........
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    Angry COOL IT.................................

    The poster DOES NOT work for Firestore, that was the only picture of a leather with reflective stuff that was close at hand. THAT AD APPEARS HERE ON FH.COM NOW. Jeeesh.......... Back to Roto-Rays. They were built by the Buckeye Electric Company in Columbus Oh. starting in the late 1930's At that time, 6 Volts was the Automotive standard for electrical things, and the RotoRay was effective because it turned at a speed that allowed individual flashes of light to hit the rear view mirrors of vehicles ahead of the apparatus. I happen to like RotoRays, but todays version turns much too fast to be effective. Even so, we will be getting our first one ever, in Sept when our new Pierce Engine is delivered. Yes, it will be Black over Yellow. RotoRay lamp color? Green, if it's up to me.
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    Originally posted by SamsonFCDES


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    Lightbulb Regarding RotoRays

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    Breaker breaker good buddy wooo wooo. WACKER LIGHTS!

    NOW, seeing as I am a wacker, I think I'll get one for the grill of my jeep cherokee.


    All joking aside, I know a number of companies that use them. They're effective for rear-view mirrors and the like, as a previous poster said. Plus, they look good in parades

    We don't have em on our trucks, but our next one might. Especially if I can get on the commitee that decides the lighting package. Can you say...epileptic seizures
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    My fire company only uses smooth-bore Roto-rays...we're Traditionalists.
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