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    I have read several articles that say that the cost of the 07 engines will be about 8K more then the 06's. I know of a department that just signed with a manufacturer for and 07 rig with and 06 engine. They signed early before they had township approval to buy due to the fact they where told by the manufacturer that it would save them 15K if they went with and 06 engine.

    My question is what is number is closer to the the correct figure?

    8K or 15K?

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    If they're in the 300hp range $8,000 is close.

    If they're in the 500hp range $13,000 to $15,000 is more accurate.

    There are a lot of variables to consider.

    They may have also avoided a manufacturers increase by signing early.

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    • #3
      I agree with FF4020

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      • #4
        It absolutely depends on the size and make of the engine. There have been a few departments around my area that were also promised big savings if "they signed on the dotted line NOW" to get a 2006 engine. I am a bit leary of buying any product in its first year of production. If I had a choice, I would wait for a 2008 model, but some departments cant do that. There will be some bugs, I am sure, so that is why having a good service center is important.
        I have only 2 allegiances, to my country and to my God. The rest of you are fair game.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Chief1FF View Post
          I have read several articles that say that the cost of the 07 engines will be about 8K more then the 06's. I know of a department that just signed with a manufacturer for and 07 rig with and 06 engine. They signed early before they had township approval to buy due to the fact they where told by the manufacturer that it would save them 15K if they went with and 06 engine.

          My question is what is number is closer to the the correct figure?

          8K or 15K?
          Sutphen & kme went up $ 12K for a 2007 apparatus, do to new engines and chassis design changes !
          Last edited by NewJerseyFFII; 01-09-2007, 06:27 PM.

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          • #6
            We just purchased an 2007 HME with an 06 compliance motor. Some chassis manufacturers purchased extra 06 epa compliant motors, as long as they have them on hand they can sell them. The EPA regs are changing again in 2010 so who knows what that will bring.

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            • #7
              Not just fire apparatus mfg. Every truck aftermarket mfg bought all they could afford on spec. See dump truck etc.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by firepiper1 View Post
                I am a bit leary of buying any product in its first year of production.
                Engines built after January 1, 2007 will basically be the same as the 2006 models. The difference is in the EMISSIONS portion of the engine.

                GM's engines, and I'm sure others will change the way they remove exhaust gas from the engine. GM will use an advanced Exhaust Gas Recirculation system (EGR). CAT calls their's ACERT.

                All engines must have a system to collect the diesel exhaust particulates. The collector will have to "burn off" that matter when it's full. If the truck is running on the highway at the time, no problem, it will do it automatically. However fire trucks, like landscapers or delivery trucks, will have to either go out and do a burn run, about 40 minutes, or idle until the light on the dash goes out.

                Idling will not cause more pollution but it does cause a heat problem as the regeneration process creates about 1000 degrees of heat. It's recommended that this be done outside and not attached to any exhaust removal system due to the heat generated.

                I'm sure that all manufacturers have something on their websites explaining how they will comply with the new federal standards. Here's the GMICT site:
                http://www.isuzucv.com/images/engine...ionsBro_GM.pdf

                WCEN23 is correct that engines purchased prior to the new year can be used. It's the date of the engine, not the chassis.
                Steve Dragon
                FFII, Fire Instructor II, Fire Officer I, Fire Appartus Driver Operator Certified
                Volunteers are never "off duty".
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by WCENG23 View Post
                  We just purchased an 2007 HME with an 06 compliance motor. Some chassis manufacturers purchased extra 06 epa compliant motors, as long as they have them on hand they can sell them. The EPA regs are changing again in 2010 so who knows what that will bring.
                  I was at the HME factory Monday and Tuesday. They have quite a few ISC and/or ISL Cummins stored around the factory. Not sure exactly if C's or L's but definitely not M's or other manufacturers engines.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by WCENG23 View Post
                    We just purchased an 2007 HME with an 06 compliance motor. Some chassis manufacturers purchased extra 06 epa compliant motors, as long as they have them on hand they can sell them. The EPA regs are changing again in 2010 so who knows what that will bring.



                    Well, I know what that will bring. Unless the industry can find a way to meet the new 2010 standards for emissions, the current plan ( last I talked to the engine manufactures was in october ) one will have to burn urea with diesel fuel. Not to mention the regeneration systems that will be in place before then.

                    If you can, talk directly to the engine manufacturer ( Mack, Cat, Cummins, Detroit, Mercedes etc.) And keeps tabs on what is coming so you can plan ahead. If a different solution to the standards isn't found, we are looking at turning over an entire 50 unit commercial fleet before 2010. Including the new tractors we just got in. We normally get 5 - 7 years from a tractor, and this would mean we wouldn't have to buy another tractor until 2015 at the earliest, hoping a less scary solution to the standard would be found by then.

                    This isn't a joke. The technology required for the new emission requirements is going to keep a lot of people up at night worrying. Check w/ your engine manufacture. They'll tell you what's up.
                    We do not rise to the occasion. We fall back to our level of training.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ChiefDog View Post
                      I was at the HME factory Monday and Tuesday. They have quite a few ISC and/or ISL Cummins stored around the factory. Not sure exactly if C's or L's but definitely not M's or other manufacturers engines.
                      ChiefDog,
                      You didnt happen to see a chassis for Potsdam NY while you were there. We are getting a 1871P-2xl, 400HP, raised roof. Was ordered in Aug should be almost done. What did you think of factory ? This will be our first HME and will replace a 1983 Spartan.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by rpierce View Post
                        ChiefDog,
                        You didnt happen to see a chassis for Potsdam NY while you were there. We are getting a 1871P-2xl, 400HP, raised roof. Was ordered in Aug should be almost done. What did you think of factory ? This will be our first HME and will replace a 1983 Spartan.
                        I saw a quite a few rigs in process. Are you getting the entire truck from HME or just the Chassis? They had a few chassis outside done, if yours was one of them I did not get too much time outside.

                        They have all of them marked as chassis or full body. Ours was full body. It was pretty neat seeing the frame rails cut, drilled and then cross members, springs etc put on.

                        They run a pretty tight operation. The schedule is pretty accurate on when the rig will be done. Check with the dealer and they can check on the computer. (Ours was able to see what stage it was at for us.)

                        The chassis part of the factory is older than the body side. They have a lot of parts on hand. They could probably work for a month or more with stock on hand for chassis components.

                        The body and cab side is very neat and clean. They wire the cabs all on a jig that is lower so they are working so the dash is at a nice working height not up like it would be if on the frame. Once done they put it on the frame.

                        Similar setup for the pumps. on a jig, everything is at the level for the workers to not have to get up and down like on a complete rig. Once to a point then they place on the chassis and continue on.

                        The entire rig seems to be engineered to what has worked and as standardized as possible. Not limiting your options but known configurations that work. 3-4 discharge foam manifolds the same way on our truck and others I saw in production.

                        I think they make the parts all to an engineering spec / print. So that if you have that you will be able to get one made at a later date. Obviously later in life they may not have it in stock, but with the print and the right source making it they can make it.

                        My understanding is that the owner, has multiple businesses. They compliment each other. Big Truck parts supplier supplying HME Chassis. Sheetmetal shop making the panels for HME bodies and other things so they aren't tied to just making fire trucks. The HME plant assembles parts from the various suppliers (internal and external) to make the final product.

                        I can't wait for the truck to get shipped to the dealer and then to us so we can play with it.

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                        • #13
                          Couldn't have said it better myself

                          ChiefDog,

                          Couldn't have given a better tour of the HME plant myself and I've been there a half dozen times. We can't wait until your truck comes in too. I just delivered Bridgewater NH truck a week ago and did some training this past Sat. The guys love it so far. I'm sure your crew will be happy with yours when it gets there. I just hope Glenn lets me come along for the delivery of yours.

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                          • #14
                            Is this a good idea? Hehe T.C.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ChiefDog View Post
                              I saw a quite a few rigs in process. Are you getting the entire truck from HME or just the Chassis? They had a few chassis outside done, if yours was one of them I did not get too much time outside.
                              Were getting chassis only. Chassis will be going to Rosenbauer America General Division in Wyoming, MN. for body. We did look at HME Ahrens-Fox and liked the looks of their trucks. Ended up going with Rosenbauer because we bid a Rear-mount pumper.

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