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    Default What Cafs Do you have

    What Brand of CAFS do you have on your trucks?
    Darley, Waterous, Hale, ect.

    What do you like or dislike about it?

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    We have a Pierce system with a Foam Pro injector. The system itself is very simple to operate, takes some training to get out of the "moving water" mode and into a " finished foam product" mode. Biggest problem so far is when another company is supplying the engine. Running CAFS does not require the amount of water that a straight water attack does, nor the intake pressure. Kind of makes us wish now that we had put a direct tank fill on the piece.
    Pierce has had to come out and tweak the compressor, but it has been performing steady since then.

    As far as advantages, I will state that as long as I am Chief of our department, we will never order another engine without a CAFS system. I was not fully convinced at first, but after using it on several fires, it is an incredible technology.

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    How much did it add to the cost of your rig? I assume it gives you much more capacity with your tank water, and better knockdown.

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    We just signed on a new pumper with the Waterous CAFS Eclipse system.
    We used the 1,000 GPM manifold, along with the unit has the new auto direct tank fill.
    Consider doing a rear intake as we did and T it so you can lay your LDH and it will supply to the auto tank fill, and if for reason you need to go back and flow large volumes of water you can do so with just opening the Monarch valve to the pump. Waterous was very helpful with fine tuning our ideas we had and what we wanted to acheive.

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    We specified the CAFS system from the beginning and never broke out the cost of the CAFS alone. $350 was all that separated the 2 bids we received on the engine, so that leads me to believe they are all fairly similar in price. The other engine was using a Waterous Eclipse system.

    Since the vehicles were VERY close, the deciding factor for us was the leasing options and costs that were associated with each manufacturer.

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    Presto:

    You said the other engine was using an eclipse, what was the first on using?

    Thanks

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    The engine we purchased is a Pierce with their Hercules system, the Eclipse was on a Spencer, small manufacturer out of Michigan.

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    E-One with Eclipse Foam system and another being built the same way. Expensive, but well worth it.
    Stay low and move it in.

    Be safe.


    Larry

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