Seagrave Chassis Refurb Meets Performance and Budget Demands

October 2010, - Feature

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Seagrave Fire Apparatus can refurbish and refit existing tandem-axle, 75-foot Aerialscope Tower Platforms
on a single-axle chassis for improved maneuverability and substantial savings compared to buying new. Seagrave's technological advances for Aerialscope and the lighter weight older components, including the boom, turntable, and superstructure make it possible to transport the weight of a full complement of NFPA recommended equipment and a crew of six.

Pelham Manor, New York, was the first Fire Department to put a Seagrave rechassis'd/refurbished, single-axle Aerialscope into service. Their original Mack/Aerialscope was purchased new in 1973.

Working with local Seagrave dealer, Excelsior Fire Equipment Sales, Pelham Manor Chief Joseph Ruggiero, was able to design and engineer an apparatus that would maintain its versatility it a fraction of the cost.

"Instead of purchasing a brand new Aerialscope II on a tandem axle, a complete re-chassis was specified for Tower Ladder 3 at a cost savings of more than $500,000 dollars of taxpayer money," said Chief Joseph Ruggiero. "Our Aerialscope served the village reliably and cost effectively. As the predominate tower ladder on the market, it provided us with exceptional payload capacity, water flow and maneuverability in our small village streets by virtue of its short wheelbase single axle design."

Seagrave installed a Marauder II stainless steel cab and chassis with a rigid stainless steel subassembly that totally surrounds and protects occupants. The original boom assembly and related components were disassembled and all of the original hydraulics were rebuilt or upgraded. All electrical components including harnesses and electronics were removed and replaced with the latest technology. Seagrave's engineers minimized weight by using a stronger, hi-tensile steel torque box.

"When you spread the initial cost, which is lower on a rechassis-refurbishment to begin with, and then you factor in lower maintenance costs for things like brakes, suspension and tires, you are talking about a remarkable savings when you get a useful life of 30 to 40 years out of a Seagrave," said Seagrave CEO A. Joseph Neiner.

Seagrave can either completely rebuild the apparatus or just a portion of it, depending on existing vehicle condition and the future requirements of the Fire Department. Financing programs are available as well as prepayment discounts with performance bonds, to serve all size departments and budgets.

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