Pierce (Appleton) vs Pierce (Bradenton / Contender)
Anybody out there with an Appleton built Pierce and a Bradenton built Pierce (Contender)?
Anybody made factory trips to check out the Appleton and Bradenton plant?
If so, are they the same quality? Have you noticed any differences?
I know the Contender series claims to achieve a savings due to pre-enginering and designing basic trucks with a limited number of pre-enginered and pre-designed options. By building the same basic design over and over they can keep costs down. Make sense especially if what they offer is what you need. Special features and special designs are done at Appleton and design and engineering costs, custom fabrication, etc. run the price up accordingly.
We have 2 Appleton built trucks (4 door engine on an International chassis and a 2 door tanker on an International chassis) and have been extremely pleased with them. I have been to the Appleton factory 6 times and have always been amazed at the quality of work done, the attention to detail, and always the most impressive thing is the friendliness of the workers and how much they seem to truly care about doing a good job.
We are about to purchase a new engine and are leaning toward another Pierce (if they get their pricing right). Finances though, may very well dictate that it will be a Bradenton truck. Will the overall quality be the same?