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    Default Small town dept looking for grass rig manufacturer

    Hi-

    First off I would like to say this is a great site and has lots of great info. I am not a grantwriter. I am trying to help a buddy find a manufacturer for a built in style grass rig. He is looking at putting it on a ford or GMC chassis (1 ton) or so. Any help would be appreciated. Pics and even costs would be great!

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    What's your email Ryan? I can send you info on a few dealers and a manufacturer...

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    alexisfire.com.........they manufacture alot of brush trucks.....located in Alexis, Illinois just outside of Galesburg.....

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    Send me an e-mail and I will send you photos of our new skid unit in a 1 ton GMC.
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    We have Fouts Brother's Type 6 that we love especially for the price ($80k lettered & fulling equipped for both in district and State Land call out).
    "The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten." - (John) Calvin Coolidge
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    We're pretty fond of our Weis truck. http://www.weisfiresafety.com/index.htm Located in Salina, KS. Alexis was close on the bid, but they tend to focus on a rescue style body, not out direction.

    Reading on here, there tends to be greater satisfaction with companies that use the brush/quick attack as their "bread & butter" truck. Observation--your mileage may vary.

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    Default look at danko

    try taking a look at www.danko.net they are located in synder,nebraska and build some extremely nice units....i was there a couple of weeks ago and they had several units on the floor in different areas of production about like what you are describing.

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    look up danko on the net dept just to our north had them build on for them and is a very complete and nice looking rig. i visited the factory when we picked up our new pumper from smeal just 1/2 mile op the road. met the father and son that own the co and very nice and understanding people

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    We just got a skid for our gator from Kimtek, I'm not sure if they have jumped into the full size skid market but they should. 21 Years in the fire service and this was by far the best unit I have ever had the pleasure of receiving.

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    When you're pricing compare apples to apples. The low dollar brand mentioned above typically uses aluminum that is only 1/8" thick.

    If you're buying the same chassis ($40k) Brand A or Brand B. And the rest if the truck from Brand A costs "only" $40k vs $50k or 60k from Brand B or C find out what you're not getting with Brand A. Nothing is for free.

    And for Fire Grant the $80k cheapie is not going to gain you anything.

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    Wildfiremfg.com they are located in Auburn, IN

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    I'll agree with the pricing on Fouts Brothers, but must admit I have never used their product. Look into S&S in central Indiana. We have purchased several vehicles in the past from them and they have worked out well.

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    Built Better Enterprises in Elgin, Oklahoma built our bed and 300 gal tank.
    You supply the truck and pump, they build the rest.

    Only $7,000

    Here are a few photos.
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    Don't know if they've changed position but S & S had no interest in providing a performance bond or penalty clause in a bid last year and declined to quote our brush truck. They may come around this season, but without those they're kind of out of the AFG truck game.
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    If you don't pay out federal$ before delivery of the truck, no bond is required.

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