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    Thumbs up Mack CF Apparatus in service ?

    We have a 1974 Mack/Baker tower still in front line service and about 8 months ago we retired a 1972 Mack cf 600 pumper. I feel that Mack built one of the best fire apparatus at that time! Please list your departments Mack cf apparatus by type , model , year and are they in-service today.


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    No front line units left around here. A couple of reserve pumpers still floating around. All mid 70's vintage I think. Ive never had the honor of serving on a CF.
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    Thumbs up 1977 Cf Mack On Line!

    One Mack 1977 CF pumper on line at my department as a second out pumper.Sweet engine.The only thing we have added is some man-saver bars for safety.
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    Thumbs up

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    Ours is a reserve truck now, has been since 89, but the engine cranks up the second you press the button. Rumors are floating around we'll sell it next year when our newest engine comes in, but others say keep it for our fire academy as a trainer. It's a very good truck. Very tight in the drivers seat. Manual transmission to boot. If Mack still built trucks like this one, we'd have a fleet of them.

    A neighboring town also has one, story is it's from FDNY, Bronx.

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    My volly FD has a 1974 Mack CF that is in front line service. When we get our new engine it will become a dedicated Class B foam rig and supply engine for our new pumper.

    It was just pump tested and passed with only 20 rpm's higher than brand new.

    I agree if they were still being built we would own nothing else.

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    About 2 years ago we sold our 1974 Mack/Baker Aerialscope to a neightboring town. We now have a 03 E-One 95' Mid-mount. The Mack went to Scotland, CT. It serves as their frontline aerial. Additionally, this piece was formerly Tower-131 out of "Red Hook, NY" where it saw most of its action.

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    Thumbs up Mack CF

    Not my department, but Chesterfield County, VA has a number of CF's still in service. They're a combination department, and in many stations, the career and volunteer staff are each assigned an engine.

    Engine 201 - 1980 Mack CF600 1000/500
    Engine 203 - 1980 Mack CF600 1000/500
    Engine 205 - 1983 Mack CF600 1500/500 (Pierce Enforcer on order to replace)
    Engine 6 - 1991 Mack CF/Grumman 1000/500
    Engine 206 - 1981 Mack CF 1000/500
    Engine 8 - 1991 Mack CF/Grumman 1000/500
    Truck 9 - 1990 Mack CF/Aerialscope 95' MM tower ladder
    Engine 10 - 1981 Mack CF600 1000/500
    Engine 11 - 1991 Mack CF/Grumman 1000/500
    Engine 211 - 1974 Mack CF/Grumman 1000/500
    Engine 12 - 1992 Mack CF/Grumman 1000/500
    Engine 13 - 1977 Mack CF 1000/500 (Pierce Enforcer on order to replace)

    The rigs in bold are career staffed.

    There are also a number of CF's that remain in service as reserve rigs and training pieces.

    Hope this helps...

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    Just retired our Mack/Baker AerialScope. Still have a CF as our rescue truck.

    Both are former FDNY trucks.

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    I did almost my entire 1 year probation time on a '76 Mack CF pumper with a '76 Mack CF/Thibault 100' MM aerial in the adjoining bay. Both looked like hell and were beat to death, but they still ran like champs and did the job.

    As of right now the Houston fire department has gotten rid of all Mack CF pumpers and aerials they ever had. They all last served as reserves and have been disposed of.
    Stay low and move it in.

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    At one time, we had the second largest fleet of Mack apparatus in the country, next to FDNY. We've had approximately 40 pieces over the years, with 34-35 being in service at any given time up until the mid '90s. Mostly CF pumpers and tankers, with a few R model pumpers, an R model air unit, and 4 CF Aerialscopes (3 75's and 1 95ft.). We probably had enough parts in stock to build an entire unit, minus the chassis and engine. They were then, and still are in my opinion, some the best fire apparatus ever made. We'd still be using them if they still made the CF.

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    We have a 86 Mack/Baker 95' CF, a 89 CF and just replaced a late 70's CF with a Smeal. We also have 82, 94, and 99 MB's. You can view our apparatus
    om www.94firedept.com there is also a picture from 1993 that shows our Macks.
    When opening up the roof remember plywood comes in 4' X 8' sheets.

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    Question To: PFD Truck2

    Quote Originally Posted by PFDTruck2
    We have a 86 Mack/Baker 95' CF, a 89 CF and just replaced a late 70's CF with a Smeal. We also have 82, 94, and 99 MB's. You can view our apparatus
    om www.94firedept.com there is also a picture from 1993 that shows our Macks.
    Is your 1986 Mack/Baker Aerialscope a Ex- FDNY apparatus and if so did your fire department buy it from the Baker company as a totally rebuilt unit, also what was the cost $.

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    1977 CF. Retired in 1991. Ran like crazy, pumped like mad, shifted like h@ll, rusted like a tin can.

    Man, I loved this truck.
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    No we bought it new almost 20 years ago.
    When opening up the roof remember plywood comes in 4' X 8' sheets.

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    My company still uses a 1975 Mack CF-600 engine. It's soon to be replaced after 30 years of pretty reliable service. Like many other mid 70's CFs, rust is beginning to take it's toll. I joined the company when the Mack was only 5 years old and it already had significant rust. We had it refurbed in 1990 and it held up allot longer than other area Mack refurbs. Shifting the manual five speed was also an art in itself. The other re-occurring issue we had was with the radiator. In it's 30 years of active service, the radiator had to be repaired 6 times. Anyone who spent anytime on one of these classics knows how hard it is to pull the radiator for repair/replacement. I'm hoping that we could hang on to the Mack as an occasional parade piece for sentinmental reasons. Maybe I could convince the mrs.that it would look great parked in front of the homestead.

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    Bones, does anything down there not rust like crazy in the salt air?

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    Default Mack CF

    Here in Cleveland Oklahoma we have a 1980 Mack engine it is our first out engine. I have traced its history from us to Old Forge Pa Engine 93. They got it from FDNY Engine 274 in Queens. I would like to know if there is anybody that know more or worked on this truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orangehopeful
    Bones, does anything down there not rust like crazy in the salt air?
    Aluminum. It's easier to stave off the "pitting" than the steel rusting.

    Although, interestingly enough, other company in town has an early 70's Seagrave that does not have any rust on it at all. Then again, it was never a first line truck and probably leaves the building less than 20 times per year.
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    Default 1975 CF in service here

    We have a 1975 CF that is in service, front line. Will be retired in the spring of 2006 when new engine is finished. We also have a 1950 L model used now for shows and parades only. If Mack was still around we would have another.here are links to the pics of these two Macks, 1975/1950

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    http://www.freewebs.com/mcfire/retiredapparatus.htm

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