Aerials, Apparatus, Features

Gallery: Tractor-Drawn Aerials

Pierce Manufacturing Inc. built this 107-foot Ascendant™ tiller for Columbus (OH) Fire Department on a dual rear axle tractor. (Photo courtesy of Pierce Manufacturing Inc.)

The heritage of today’s tractor-drawn aerials (TDAs) can be traced back to the late 1800s when the trailers were first given rear steering but were still drawn by horses. Horsepower (hp) today still powers TDAs but in an engine-driven form, yet TDAs, also known as tillers, retain their advantages of maneuverability, versatility, and equipment-carrying capacity. More on TDAs at: Tractor-Drawn Aerials Continue to Enjoy Resurgence.