Aluminum vs. Steel Ladder
We are in the first stages of desigining a new ladder truck. Currently the debate is Steel vs. Aluminum straight ladder. The two manufactuers we like (Pierce and ALF) only offer steel in the 100' model. I work for a 5 station department in the Rocky Mountains so climbing hills is a component to our decision. Has anyone else been faced with this issue? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages to each? What type of Ladder truck does your department have and how does it perform?
Any help would be great.
look at all the options and components
I would like to add that Seagrave may also be an option. The new Concorde has the heaviest frame combination in the business and can take any extreme horsepower powerplant you would want. Steel sticks - I cannot comment on - our E-one has done us well without complaint. Don't write them off as being costly either....we bid our last engine and Seagrave got the bid - and came in the lowest. Just some food for thought....Stick with the established manufacturers and look closely and all the components - not just the ladder construction materials.
aluminum vs. steel ladder
aerialguy, spoken like a true smeal salesman.