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    I am looking for information on custom chassis frame rails for " Aerial Trucks "! What is the standard type frame rail on the following apparatus, 75' stick single axle , 100' stick tandem ,& platform & Aerialscope. Single,Double, Triple channel rails. Also want apparatus builders make a chassis with triple frame rails that would accommodate a Scope Superstructure Assembly.On all other aerial ladders & towers a steel torque box carries most of the bearing load to reduce the flexing while driving highway speeds ?
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    I don't know much about HME's offerings but Spartan does have all three available. Above certain weights and for certain applications they will require double or triple rails, otherwise they're optional.

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    NJ,It's a loaded question with NO concise answer.Rails will be MFG specific to the device as will frt and rear axles.A Sutphen won't use the same rail spec as say a Ferrera.To answer one part of your question:ANY of the major players can build/acquire rails up to triples with RBM's approaching 5mil section.But this will be determined by the engineers of a specific device for a specific application.If I knew specifically who's device you were looking at we could probably get some hard numbers.But you can do this yourself once you've narrowed the field.T.C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    NJ,It's a loaded question with NO concise answer.Rails will be MFG specific to the device as will frt and rear axles.A Sutphen won't use the same rail spec as say a Ferrera.To answer one part of your question:ANY of the major players can build/acquire rails up to triples with RBM's approaching 5mil section.But this will be determined by the engineers of a specific device for a specific application.If I knew specifically who's device you were looking at we could probably get some hard numbers.But you can do this yourself once you've narrowed the field.T.C.
    The device would be a refurbed 75' Scope,and or a 75' Midmount platform. I have heard that only Pierce ,Seagrave , and Spartan will build a triple frame rail chassis ?

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    On all other aerial ladders & towers a steel torque box carries most of the bearing load to reduce the flexing while driving highway speeds ?
    Huh? I'm not sure I understand what you're asking, or you didn't phrase it right. While a torque box certainly provides structural rigidity and will help keep the entire chassis stiff while driving at highway speeds, that is NOT the primary purpose of a torque box. Not even close! Where did you hear that?

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    The purpose of the torque box is to handle the axial loads of the aerial device when it's working along with a spot to mount outriggers.You DON'T want to make the frame too stiff going down the road,if it doesn't flex it will break.There are a limited number of folks that seem to mount/remount 'scopes although IH makes a frame heavy enough to do so.On the 75' platform it will make a difference on the builder what the frame needs to be as I indicated earlier.An aluminum device would likely have a "lighter"frame than say a steel one.I didn't check HME but certainly the three you listed all build triple frames.On the commercial side,Mack and IH do as well. Now a 'scope on a Paystar would certainly be something to see,hehe T.C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    The purpose of the torque box is to handle the axial loads of the aerial device when it's working along with a spot to mount outriggers.You DON'T want to make the frame too stiff going down the road,if it doesn't flex it will break.There are a limited number of folks that seem to mount/remount 'scopes although IH makes a frame heavy enough to do so.On the 75' platform it will make a difference on the builder what the frame needs to be as I indicated earlier.An aluminum device would likely have a "lighter"frame than say a steel one.I didn't check HME but certainly the three you listed all build triple frames.On the commercial side,Mack and IH do as well. Now a 'scope on a Paystar would certainly be something to see,hehe T.C.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chauffer6 View Post
    Huh? I'm not sure I understand what you're asking, or you didn't phrase it right. While a torque box certainly provides structural rigidity and will help keep the entire chassis stiff while driving at highway speeds, that is NOT the primary purpose of a torque box. Not even close! Where did you hear that?
    Is the purpose of a steel torque box to mount a aerial ladder turntable to and also storage of ground ladders on a aerial apparatus, and a Aerialscope mounts right on the frame rails without a torque box and triple frame rails are needed to support the weight of the superstructure assembly & boom ?
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