06/30/12 27 W, 1 I - + 9 - 4 Here Comes the Scorpion

Here's an interesting video from HME, introducing their Scorpion aerial platform. Has twin steering axles, which is unique for American structural fire apparatus.

Yep, multiple steering axles seem to be normally reserved for cement trucks (Kenworth chassis) and cranes. Very odd to see it on a fire truck. I would think they’d make the rear tandem a reverse-steer to help with corners. Pretty neat.
Duda (Email) - 06/30/12 - 20:00

Japan has used twin steering axles for ladder trucks for decades. Now I think I understand why!
Legeros - 06/30/12 - 20:21

Raleigh’s next platform !! ???
lee - 07/01/12 - 00:37

Cool design! I am always skeptical about any fly-by-wire pump. No manual controls=problems! ...but I suppose that’s what they said about fighter jets too…
A.C. Rich - 07/01/12 - 08:45

The department I worked at in Oregon had a number of Pierce “all-steer” pumpers and one ladder. They worked good on twisty roads, as long as the operator was very familiar with their operation. There were a couple of “adventures” when someone forgot…..
Skip K - 07/01/12 - 09:08

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