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  • Rosenbauer Raptor Aerial

    Has anyone got any comments on the Rosenbauer Raptor aerial? It is known for its ability to operate pretty far below the ground level the rig is on, but that seems to lead to fewer cabinets, to allow the action off the side. It is also 105' and has a bucket, though the latter is not as big as the other tower ladders on the market. It can be equipped with a large pump and small (300 gal) tank, making it useful as a quint.
    We like its flexibility, short overall length, high/long reach but would like to hear from others that have experience. See the info here: https://www.rosenbaueramerica.com/fi.../raptor-aerial

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    I sold two in a prior life. I think the aerial is phenomenal. It offers a great deal of possibilities that really aren't available with conventional American stuff, but you pay a price in compartment space and ground ladders if that's what you need for operations.

    Funny - all of the "innovations" with the type of steel used to make the Ascendant able to be on a single axle, were being used by Metz decades ago. Don't get me started on Pierce's patent claim nonsense of "inventing" the 100 foor quint on a single axle.
    "Share your knowledge - it's a way to achieve immortality." - Stolen from Chase Sargent's Buddy to Boss program

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    • #3
      I haven't heard about "type of steel". Perhaps you could elaborate. I have been a Metz fan for years and am delighted that Rosenbauer acquired them and is using their designs/equipment for the Raptor. Thanks for the comments on compartment space and ground ladders. I wonder if others have more comments.

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      • #4
        Rosenbauer America also has a nice new 100 foot rear mount stick with pump on a single axle, I heard that the Metz 105' shopping cart is in the price range of 1.2 million US dollars ?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Petervonb View Post
          I haven't heard about "type of steel". Perhaps you could elaborate. I have been a Metz fan for years and am delighted that Rosenbauer acquired them and is using their designs/equipment for the Raptor. Thanks for the comments on compartment space and ground ladders. I wonder if others have more comments.
          From Pierce's marketing, "The heavy-duty 100,000 psi high-strength steel ladder was purpose built using proven engineering practices. Since the launch, firefighters have made it clear that we need to be able to offer our innovative Ascendant ladder on other configurations as well."

          I'm pretty sure that Metz was doing this long ago. Looking for something to cite but not having luck.

          Funny. Pierce patented the 100 foot single axle quint because they "came" up with it. I sold this Metz back in 2007/2008. It has everything needed to be a quint, 400 gallons of water, etc. There's a reason that E-One isn't marketing their 100 foot single axle quint - Pierce sued them for patent infringement.

          EDIT: Not my photo, sorry I don't know who took it. But credit goes to them.

          Last edited by npfd801; 08-08-2019, 09:29 PM.
          "Share your knowledge - it's a way to achieve immortality." - Stolen from Chase Sargent's Buddy to Boss program

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          • #6
            The likes and dislikes of the Rosenbauer Raptor Aerial:

            Likes: Short O.A.L. of the apparatus, built on a single rear axle.
            Dislikes: Need to connect a 3" hose line to the aerial from the pump panel, Small basket, over priced at 1.2 million US dollars.
            Would look at the new Rosenbauer 100' SA Quint first !

            We have a few Pierce vehicles in our fleet, the quality of there product has gone down hill in the past few years, it seems as if sending there product out the door as fast as possible is there main objective , and then let the dealers service department fix all of the problems that were missed or past over on the production line.
            Last edited by Woodbridge; 08-09-2019, 07:02 PM.

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