Battle Creek Tests New Motor Apparatus

Battle Creek Tests New Motor Apparatus

Commissioner of Public Safety John B. McGregor and Chief W. P. Weeks of Battle Creek, Mich., expressed themselves as being highly pleased with their new American-LaFrance motor triple combination wagon, following its official acceptance test last week when the machine far exceeded the requirements. W. I. Stone of the Indiana Inspection Bureau, witnessed the test, and the following is included in his report to Commissioner McGregor: “We are pleased to hand you herewith the results of the test conducted on the American-LaFrance automobile fire engine in your city on March 9, and will say that test was very satisfactory from start to finish. Particular attention was paid to the heating of bearings and of the motor, and at no time did the machine show any signs of heating. The lack of vibration was also noted as was the fluctuations in water pressure. It was noted that there were no fluctuations in its pressure whatever. The full capacity test was in excess of the required amount, the engine being guaranteed for 900 gal’ons, whereas the same delivered 950 gallons. At the end of the regulation test, machine was speeded up and delivered 483 gallons of water per minute at 300 pounds engine pressure through 550 feet of hose and lj^-inch smooth bore nozzle. Altogether we would consider the test very satisfactory and that the engine is capable of delivering its full rated capacity at times of fire.”

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