Thread: Governor Brands

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    I have been discussing some governor operations with a few of you, and I have a question for all of you governor users out there.

    What brand do you have, and what is your opinion? I would prefer to hear from those who use them more than average. I can tell you we have very few problems in training, but operating on scene has caused some serious problems.

    At this point, I would gladly change back to relief valves, but I realize that's a step back, but there's something to be said for mechanical simplicity.

    Thanks for your comments.

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    I've used both the Pierce/Waterous Pump Governor and the Class 1 Pressure Governor. Of the two I prefer the Class 1 reseting the preset pressure was alot easier and I just liked the ease of operation and layout better. Currently my dept specs Waterous pumps with pressure relief valves. From my experience the mechanical valves are just as prone to failure as the electronics governor's. Backflushing the pumps are a must as even on a municipal water system ours tend to leak, stick, act up, or just plain quit working. My choice (like I actually get one ) would be the FRC Pressure Governor first then the mechanical relief valve.

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    My department has the Fire Commander for Detroit engines, which is what I prefer for easy operation. I also work with the Class 1 Captain's Governor which is not too bad. However I have worked with the FRC INControl and that would be my choice if the Fire Commander was not available. Don't forget Engine type (I.E. Detroit, Cat, Cummings) will affect the operation of the Governor.

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    The FRC InControl is my choice followed by the Class 1. I think the FRC is more straight forward and easier to use.

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    Our 1997 engine has a FRC PRO-S governor with a 320 HP Cummins M-11. The 2006 engine has a FRC InControl governor with a Cummins ISL-400. Both units work extremely well.

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