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    Default HME / Ahrens Fox RK Aerial

    Alright....I'm a long time post reader but this is my first post. So here it goes. Our department is currently looking at replacing our 100ft staight stick with a 100ft tower ladder. So far HME Ahrens/Fox w/ an RK platform have come in as the lowest. They are offering nummerous options / add ons that other MFGs were nickle and diming us to death with. Any Experiences or information on them would be greatly appreciated.

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    HME makes a fine chassis. What you put on top of it is what is really going to make the difference though. Sometimes one needs to read specs very closely for compliance and look at fit, finish and overall quality. Sometimes low bid is competitive but sometimes there is more to it than meets the eye with the lowest bid and apparent free throw-ins. TL

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    My department has RK 75' sticks and RK 104' platforms. While their straight sticks perform well, I am less than impressed with their platforms.

    The platforms have four section aerials. The last section is very narrow and the rails aren't that tall. Therefore, that last section isn't as stiff as many of their competitors. This allows the bucket to bounce around like mad. So you might want to spec a dramamine dispenser in the bucket.

    If you are looking for a "stable" platform at height I wouldn't recommend RK.

    We have also had a range of nuisance maintenance issues with the platforms and much of the time one of the 3 is out of service for one reason or another. But, IMO the 75' sticks have been performing great and would not discourage anybody from looking at them for a straight stick.
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    My suggestion would be to demo one and form your own opinion.There are things that you have to see for yourself and everyone has an opinion on what makes a great aerial device,Get a demo and try it. T.C.

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    It's awful hard to beat a LTI platform

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    It's even harder to beat an Aerialscope!

    Indestructible!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ha11igan View Post
    It's even harder to beat an Aerialscope!

    Indestructible!!!
    I love our old Mack/Baker 75' Aerialscope, but what fire department can afford a new 95' SCOPE costing $ 950,000 & up !...

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    True, the best is usually more expensive.

    'Tis the strongest aerial in the industry.

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    Have you guys looked at Toyne at all? They will build on Spartan or HME chassis, and use RK aerials. Check this link for a new aerial for Carroll, Iowa- a 100 bucket with a 1500GPM pump and 300 gal of water, on a fairly short twin-screw chassis.......very very nice piece which I got to see in person.

    http://www.toyne.com/delivery.asp?na...veries&did=114

    Also, send an email (myfyrtrks@aol.com) or PM myfyrtrks here, he is an HME salesman, can answer your HME questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
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    Have you guys looked at Toyne at all? They will build on Spartan or HME chassis, and use RK aerials. Check this link for a new aerial for Carroll, Iowa- a 100 bucket with a 1500GPM pump and 300 gal of water, on a fairly short twin-screw chassis.......very very nice piece which I got to see in person.

    http://www.toyne.com/delivery.asp?na...veries&did=114

    Also, send an email (myfyrtrks@aol.com) or PM myfyrtrks here, he is an HME salesman, can answer your HME questions.
    That is the same rear mount tower ladder that ( RK Aerials ) sells to ( Seagrave ) for build up on there chassis. A lot of companys use RK Aerial products !...
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