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    It seems like you don't see very many ladder trucks with tillers anymore (atleast where I live). Do any of you guys out there have trucks with tillers, and if so, what is it like driving from the back? How do you know when to turn??

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdb5464
    It seems like you don't see very many ladder trucks with tillers anymore (atleast where I live). Do any of you guys out there have trucks with tillers, and if so, what is it like driving from the back? How do you know when to turn??

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    California is loaded with them. On a line up Interstate 95 starting at with us, the DCFD, Baltimore City, and Philly,they are flourishing. FDNY has some too but not like the towers and rearmounts.

    On the tillering aspect, it is more hanging on and keeping the wheel straight and steering away from trouble. Many new tillermen oversteer until they get the hang of it. This is the one I'm assinged to. It's the first one we've bought with the short doors. Working out great.
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    Columbus OH FD has several in our area as well (Central Ohio). We've borrowed a few of them over the years when our Sutphen tower has been OOS - tilling is fairly easy to do. Mostly it just takes a bit of getting used to not having control of an accellerator or brake. It's truly teamwork at its best. Both the cab and tiller driver need to have a good sense of what the other will be doing to maximize the maneuvering capabilites and advantages of a tiller.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R1SAlum
    California is loaded with them. On a line up Interstate 95 starting at with us, the DCFD, Baltimore City, and Philly,they are flourishing. FDNY has some too but not like the towers and rearmounts.

    On the tillering aspect, it is more hanging on and keeping the wheel straight and steering away from trouble. Many new tillermen oversteer until they get the hang of it. This is the one I'm assinged to. It's the first one we've bought with the short doors. Working out great.

    You are correct allot of the department's in this area use tiller's as there primary aerial apparatus especillay the big department's such as LACoFD and LAFD, The rarity out here is midmounts and platforms

    A couple of tillers from around the area
    http://www.emergencyrigs.net/viewpho...1682&Size=med_
    Glendale Truck 26
    http://www.emergencyrigs.net/viewpho...1267&Size=med_
    Glendale Truck 21

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    Detroit still has a few tillers, you can see pics of 3 here:

    http://detroitfirefighters.net/Apparatus.htm

    Here's some of one with the stick up at a job:

    http://detroitfirefighters.net/appar..._the_scene.htm

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    Since nobody has posted it yet, I will. Here is the classic "Tiller-Cam" video.
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    mms://audio.firedispatch.com/SCF012430004Modem.wmv

    Cable/DSL link-
    mms://audio.firedispatch.com/SCF012430004DSL.wmv
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    Quote Originally Posted by HFRH28
    Since nobody has posted it yet, I will. Here is the classic "Tiller-Cam" video.
    (copy and paste)

    Modem link-
    mms://audio.firedispatch.com/SCF012430004Modem.wmv

    Cable/DSL link-
    mms://audio.firedispatch.com/SCF012430004DSL.wmv
    Wow that was cool, Its always neat watching a tiller go code 3
    http://www.emergencyrigs.net/viewpho...1144&Size=med_

    http://www.emergencyrigs.net/viewpho...=510&Size=med_

    http://www.emergencyrigs.net/viewpho...=365&Size=med_

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    We have two of them, they are fun to drive. As for knowing when to turn it's realatively easy you just follow the front.

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    Mdb, Downtown has quite a few of them, and DeKalb co. does too.

    I was wondering, has there ever been a tower that was a tiller?

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    Sutphen had one a few years ago, IIRC the bucket had a folding floor to allow the tiller station to project through. Don't think they sold any.

    Would you want to stand a 100' in the air on a folding floor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunnyv
    Sutphen had one a few years ago, IIRC the bucket had a folding floor to allow the tiller station to project through. Don't think they sold any.

    Would you want to stand a 100' in the air on a folding floor?
    That must of been an interesting site to see, I love watching TDA's rolling down the street

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    Found the Sutphen tiller/platform pic
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