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    Default What type of Electronice pump controls

    What type of electronic pump controls do you use/recommend and why?

    How about pump plumbing Cast, Galv, Stainless or hose?

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    Press Gov - Class 1 on 3 units - going to try the FRC INcontol on the new unit . To many issues with the Class 1 - had to replace the entire unit on one and pressure sensors on the other.

    Flow meters / digital PSI - Class one on 2 units - new unit to have FRC Insight Ultimates. We have to change pressure sending units on our digital class 1 pressure gauges all the time - maybe due to our very hard water - and not Class 1. So we are going to combine the flow meter with the pressure gauge in one common unit.

    Valve controls are Elkhart on our current unit and are going to Waterous on the unit on order - We felt the Waterous provided a better contol with more indicators to allow you to better judge of the valves position.

    All plumbing on the last three units have been stainless steel - new unit S/S as well
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    Use a Class One governor control system, its so easy to use and it has a built in relief valve in it. It eliminates the need for a seperate throttle and relief valve. Once the truck is in pump you pretty much hit two buttons on the Class One Governor and you'll be pumping with a preset relief pressure. It also gives you the option to set it in either pressure or RPM mode depending on which you prefer. Also i would HIGHLY recommend stainless steel plumbing and brass Akron valves!!! Watch out for manufacturers that uses anything but stainless on there "budget buster" trucks, if they are going to skimp on materials for your plumbing, what else have they gone cheap with? What trucks are you looking at? Make sure you look into the history of the company you buy from. Call other customers and ask how they like to deal with that company.

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    Default Depends on the pump/engine you spec'd

    Some controllers are best mated to the engine and pump they are controlling. We currently have detroit/hale combo and went with the ddec controller with auto governor. What a breeze to pump. Talk to your sales and other departments and see what combos they are using sucessfully.

    Mark

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    No electronic controls yet but since we are Pierce I assume that the next batch of units will have Pierces Command Control. Our plumbing is all brass since our water is some of the worst.

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    Which electronic engine control depends on the engine. Detroits have their own governor built into the DDEC and it is the best. The Fire Commander and such are just fancy gauges and toggle switches in a neat package.We've had Detroit pressure governors since 1990 and have had great success.
    We just ordered two new Engines with Cat C-13's( only because I'm not sure what will become of the Series 60), Fire Research Pump Boss pressure governors and Akron valves with Navigator electric controls.

    Our plumbing has been a combo of stainless and hose since '90 also.Brass before that.

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