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Smeal’s swing-out computerized pump panel is another sign of things to come. It is continuing the trend of electronically controlling everything on a rig except stretching in the first line. And, it will seal the fate of older, computer-illiterate pump operators who may have misplaced their glasses. I glanced at the panel and panicked when...
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Smeal had a well-laid-out traditional ladder truck (no pump) lettered for East Greenville, Pennsylvania.  The rear slide-in ladder compartment was very businesslike, featuring a 40-foot extension, 28-foot extension, 24-foot extension, and a 14-foot combination ladder plus a bunch of hooks.  A folding ladder, Little Giant ladder and a couple of roof ladders were carried elsewhere....
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Marco displayed a quick-attack CAFS-equipped rig with a rear-mounted pump with the pump panel, recessed booster reel, and back of the hosebed protected by a roll-up door. Neat. << PREVIOUS    NEXT>> CANTANKEROUS WISDOM: REPORT FROM THE SHOWS PART 1 To submit your own photo, go to our Photo Submission Form.    
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The pump panel on this Spartan ERV Transformer model is enclosed behind a roll-up door and features electronically operated valves. The pump itself is located just ahead of the rear axle.  Being electronic, the pump panel can be located anywhere and, in this case, in the left rear compartment with a traditional looking design. <<...
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This KME pumper, for Stamford, Connecticut, features a low hosebed and multiple rear discharges-a favorite of urban departments. Upper and lower hand holes in the hosebed dividers, a decent sized rear step, a good-sized treadplate step over the compartment door, full-height vertical grab rails, and a full-width bar over the enclosed traffic advisor light makes...
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Pierce had a big tanker with three electrically operated rear LDH fills-with the controls at the back of the rig. I didn’t notice any pressure gauges on the fills to ensure the tank manufacturer’s maximum filling pressure was not exceeded. What about flow?  It would be curious to find out how long it took to...
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The working end of this Sutphen looks functional. It has a low hosebed and a low rear discharge. They must draft a lot because two of the three hard sleeves are reachable from the ground. It has a decent sized rear step and I like the three large staggered permanent steps on each side –...
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What I found unique about this Rosenbauer rig was the speedlays. They had rollers on the sides and bottoms.  You don’t see rollers too often on speedlays with trays-and you probably won’t unless you spec it. You’ll probably not appreciate them until you physically pull a line off the rig at an angle. Note the...