08/25/07 27 W, 1 I - + 12 - 19 Raleigh's Old Tiller on eBay

Found by a reader, Raleigh's former 1979 Mack/1958 American LaFrance tiller-- which also served Wendell-- is for sale on eBay. Place your bets!

looks like it should be sent to Falls, Holly Springs, or Knightdale Fire departments to be put in service with the black paint scheme
Nice - 08/25/07 - 19:32

RFD should buy it back and refurb it.
Silver - 08/25/07 - 19:59

good point, great antique to have at station 28
Good point - 08/25/07 - 20:26

Silver, I say lets buy it and take the ladder off. Put bench seating down both sides of the trailer and we can use it as a taxi for the Glenwood South and warehouse districts. We could get a bunch of us to work it and charge $5.00 to ride it. You can only imagine! I rode it as a reserve at 15 and drove it to it’s first structure fire in Wendell. That truck was awesome to ride on. Back when we first started running “RIT” we were sending the 2nd trucks out as RIT. We went on some good working fires with that old Mack!
Jason Lane - 08/25/07 - 20:49

I like your thought process on that J, but the insurance for that would be outrageous!!! I really wish we’d go back to the 2nd ladder as RIT, for the simple fact of the tool compliment, not to mention the manpower.

It would be cool to have it back though.

I notice on ebay that it’s down in Shalotte, were they using it?
Silver - 08/26/07 - 20:37

Wendell sold it to Civietown FD in Supply (Brunswick County) last year when the new Pierce ladder arrived. I’ve got a source down there inquiring as to why it’s for sale already.
Olson - 08/26/07 - 21:26

Civietown bought a a used Baker Aerialscope on a Mack CF Chassis.Word was thay had sold the tiller to a local tree timming service.To much history in that rig for it to go out like that!!
Jeremy Meares - 08/27/07 - 08:14

The seller is asking $13,000 for the rig. Need to start a collection and then donate it to Raleigh for the collection at Station 28.
Jon C - 08/27/07 - 18:53

He’d probably take $10,000…..
Silver - 08/27/07 - 21:16

If memory serves me right and I have been wrong before but here is a shot! Sometime around 98 or 99 the old tiller went on city auction for an unknown amount to a man at the coast. Wendell bought it for around $8,000 and sent it to the American LaFrance plant here in NC. It cost WFD around $8,000 to refurbish the hydraulics and repair the problems in the ladder from the ladder test. New diamond tread and extras done in house. If I remember correct the big sales pitch WFD 100 gave to the board back then was a “million dollar truck for less than $20,000”. Total cost to WFD was around $16,000 put into that Mack.
Jason Lane - 08/27/07 - 22:30

Remember personal info?

/ Textile

Comment moderation is enabled on this site. This means that your comment will not be visible on this site until it has been approved by an editor.

To prevent spam we require you to answer this silly question

  (Register your username / Log in)

Hide email:

Small print: All html tags except <b> and <i> will be removed from your comment. You can make links by just typing the url or mail-address.