Operating outdated fire apparatus can cause a fire-fighting team to be less effective than if their trucks were more modern. This being said, many fire departments (especially those in rural or depressed areas) have very few resources on which to count in terms of funding new equipment.
Fortunately, in most cases the fire apparatus can be refurbished for a fraction of the cost of new equipment. The following are several reasons why refurbishing makes as much or more sense than purchasing new equipment when it comes to fire apparatus.
As mentioned before, refurbishing fire trucks that already exist as part of a fleet can be less costly than purchasing new ones. This is especially true when most of the trucks in the fleet are relatively modern already. If this is the case, refurbishing entails some basic repairs and updates, all of which will fit into an already-strained budget much more comfortably than the purchase of brand-new equipment.
According to www.firetrucksunlimited.com, refurbishing costs are much easier to justify to financial boards because they require a lesser commitment. Besides, it is a given that equipment which is already in the possession of a fire department needs to be updated and maintained periodically. A complete refurbishment fits well into this school of reasoning.
Safety Is At Stake
Fire-fighting equipment is used not only to transport people from place to place, but also to play a major role in the safety of others. This is the main reason for refurbishing used fire apparatus. Equipment that is used often and with great intensity can become defective over time, and repairs in the style of patchwork cannot be expected to endure nearly as much or be as reliable as a complete refurbishment. Although refurbishing a fire truck can take up to a year’s time in some cases, once the job is finished, the department can rest assured that all of the truck’s components are up-to-date in terms of safety and current legislation.
The Emergence of New Technology
Each New Year sees further advances in terms of the technology used when fighting fires. Outdated technology, even that which is in perfect working order can delay response time and prohibit fire-fighters from doing their best work to save buildings and lives. Implementing the latest fire-fighting technology is crucial when it comes to timing and saved lives. Also, fire apparatus that is not up-to-date may lack the tools and the strength necessary to fight the more severe fires.
There are no set guidelines for when used fire apparatus needs to be refurbished, but the NFPA offers informal suggestions about when and how to determine if a refurbishment is in order. Usually, all of the above factors are considered when a department or agency decides to update or purchase trucks.
Although refurbishing existing fire apparatus may not be the ideal option for every fire department, it is a viable one for most. It is a way to cut costs while ensuring safety and maintaining equipment to reflect the latest technology available.
Diesel cars used to have a reputation for being slow, smelly and old. Diesel technology has improved a lot over the last couple of years. Today, diesel engines run efficiently, and they get better gas mileage than conventional gas cars. Consumers are starting to pick up on the benefits of owning a diesel-powered car; between 2010 and 2012 diesel car registrations increased by about 24 percent.
Why Are People Making The Switch?
There’s a reason big trucks always run on diesel; they use the fuel because it is more powerful than traditional gasoline. When you buy a diesel-powered car, the engine has more torque and power; this means more towing power and faster acceleration rates.
Diesel Cars Run Clean
New engine technology has totally transformed the diesel engine. Today’s diesel-powered cars run quietly, and they don’t emit noxious fumes like older cars used to. Diesel engine technology has come a lot further than regular fuel burning cars.
Fewer Trips To The Gas Station
Diesel fuel costs more than regular fuel per gallon, but the fuel packs a bigger punch. It’s estimated that diesel fuel burns about 30 percent slower than regular gasoline; with diesel, you don’t have to fill up your tank as often. In the long-run, you end up saving a lot of money on fuel.
Easily Customizable Cars
Diesel cars have always attracted people who love to customize their cars. Today’s diesel cars attract a large customer base, but the tradition of making modifications hasn’t died. People love going to stores like mkmcustoms.com to buy custom parts for their engine and car. People who drive diesel-powered cars are passionate about them. This makes it easy to hop online to find thousands of customizations that you can easily do yourself; customizations make your car a little more special.
Diesel Cars Hold Value Better
There’s not a lot of diesel cars on the market; once people get a diesel car, they aren’t likely to sell it. When people hold on to their cars longer, it makes their resale value go up. It’s tough to find used diesel-powered cars for sale, so if you’re trying to sell yours, you can ask for a higher price. People are glad to pay for the quality and savings that a diesel car provides.
Diesel car technology has changed the way people view diesel engines; they’re no longer loud, dirty and expensive. New diesel-powered cars run clean. They provide value to their owners; this is why so many people are making the switch.
Honda launched two new vehicles at the 2014 Auto Expo: an updated version of the company’s popular scooter the Activa 125, and the company’s new sports bike the CBR 650F.
Both of these vehicles are expected to sell extremely well in India and the UK. India is a particularly lucrative market for Honda, as the country is beginning to embrace sport bikes. With little sport bike competition, Honda is hoping to get in early and corner a percentage of the market.
Let’s take a look at the Activa 125 and the Honda CBR 650F.
The Activa 125 is destined for both the Indian and UK market. It will however be assembled in India, and together with the new sports bike, Honda will create 3,000 new jobs thanks to a production capacity extension. The Activa 125 scooter is powered by a 125cc engine. It can be optioned with disc brakes, tubeless tyres, digital metres and alloy wheels, and it is likely to become a prominent face on British roads.
Due to the hype, the Activa 125 currently commands a huge waiting list, and many potential buyers are offering more money just to get their hands on one early. With an output of 8.6 bhp, the Activa will be among the quicker 125cc scooters on the road.
A large under seat storage area and an all-new instrument panel will set the all-new Activa apart from the older model.
The CBR 650F will be the largest capacity motorbike ever built by Honda in India. It is powered by Honda’s all-new DOHC 4 cylinder featuring PGM-FI (electronic fuel injection) and it will be mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Two-piston callipers with dual 320mm discs up front and a rear single-calliper 240mm disc will offer excellent stopping power.
Designed for low-end and mid-range torque, the sports bike will be just at home on the road as it will be on the track. The bike benefits from a twin-spar steel frame for structural support, and the all-new multi-function instrument panel brings some new tech to the sports bike segment.
Honda have been quick to point to the everyday rider credentials of the 650F, noting the bikes ability for handling weekend sport riding, long trips, short commutes, and riding with a passenger.
The Activa 125 will be coming to the UK in April 2014, according to Grantham Honda Bikes. The CBR 650F will be available mid-2015, although this date could be pushed forward.
1. Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade 2006 – 2007
First place on our list goes to the fantastic Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade. Produced between 2006 – 2007, this model improved on the 2004 – 2005 version significantly, and proved to be much more popular in the UK.
With a brutal 998cc engine that developed 170 bhp giving the Fireblade a 170 mph top speed, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is one of the most intimidating bikes you could own. On the contrary, the CBR1000RR Fireblade was easy to ride, and it proved to be extremely popular as a first 1000cc category bike for riders.
Grantham Honda’s used Honda bikes include the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade. It offers sharp balance, terrific handling, and it benefits from a quality suspension and big brakes for stopping power. Back in 2006, this WAS the best bike for covering ground quickly. It might not be the latest model today, but it’s still a fantastic bike – be sure to check a used version thoroughly before buying.
2. CB1000R 2008 – Present
The Honda CB1000R is one of the best bikes money can buy today. It has the Fireblade engine but in this bike it’s retuned to offer better mid-range performance. The result is a bike that’s extremely flexible and a joy to ride every day – even in city centres, although, it works best on country lanes!
Launched in 2008 the CB1000R develops 130 bhp and 100 lb /ft of torque, which makes it good for a quarter mile time of just 11.4 seconds. It also weighs only 217kg, and so in-gear response is blistering.
What makes this bike such a great second hand buy is that it’s an enthusiasts machine, which means it’s going to have been well looked after. With a 43mm upside down front forks which are fully adjustable and twin 310mm front discs with four-caliper pistons, this bike is ideal for riding hard.
3. CB500 1994 – 2003
Many riders like to buy bikes that are under just a few years old, but if you want a bike that’s going to cost hardly anything and will prove to be extremely reliable, then the Honda CB500 is hard to not recommend.
Produced between 1994 and 2003, this bike features an extremely reliable 500c engine that has proven itself as bomb-proof. It’s also cheap to run and easy to maintain. The engine revs to 8000 rpm and you will love stringing out every one of this bikes 57 bhp. The gearbox is smooth and the ride is comfortable.
This a cruising bike, and so we recommend finding one that’s eaten up motorway miles, rather than country lane miles. Try to find a good 2000 – 2003 example.
Does the hatchback Nissan Versa Note really open the door to more versatility, style, and fun as all the ads and the very cool owner-supplied video contest seemed to imply? With fun styling and a combined 35 MPG gas mileage, we’d say the hip little car is already off to a great start in winning us over. Let’s take a closer look before we head over to Palm Springs Nissan and check one out for ourselves.
Named Top Value
Right off the bat we should note the 2014 Nissan Versa Note was named the year’s top value in the annual Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards. That isn’t some obscure little newspaper in the midwest, it’s Popular Mechanics. It’s a pretty big deal that Nissan is pretty proud of—and rightly so. Popular Mechanics made sure to point out the Note gets up to 40 MPG on the highway and said “it represents the very best of an industry filled with new life.” Even more impressive than the high mileage is the low base price of $13,990 and the fact the small Note still offers the same backseat leg room as the larger Chevy Impala. In fact, the back seat in the Versa Note was called downright “enormous” by autoblog.com. This is remarkable in a small hatchback. That it manages to offer all this with a 60/40 split rear seat back that
folds flat for hauling cargo makes it one of the neatest cars around for college students or anybody with a lot of gear or stuff to transport.
But Wait, There’s More
A backup camera is no big deal today, but the Versa Note takes it to the next level. It has four different cameras that project a 360-degree overhead image onto the infotainment screen with what Nissan calls its Around View Monitor. This is an incredible degree of sophistication for a system found in an entry-level sub compact. Experts and reviewers seem to agree the Versa Note offers so much more bang for the buck with its advanced electronics—and the aforementioned stinginess with gas consumption—it’s no wonder Popular Mechanics gave it the top value award.
Anybody looking at subcompact cars today would be well advised to consider the Nissan Versa. PalmSprings-Nissan.com has them and a host of other great cars and trucks to choose from. Check them out today.