High Speed Fire Apparatus on Solid Tires.
The Swinehart Clincher Tire and Rubber company has just accepted an order for two sets of its solid cushion tires to be used on Seagrave motor-propelled fire combination wagons for the Vancouver, B. C., fire department. A guarantee is placed on these tires to the effect that they will give satisfactory service at a speed of 35 miles per hour. Inasmuch as this fire department has had three sets of Swinehart tires in operation on motor-propelled fire apparatus during the past year, it is evident that high speeds can be maintained with safety on solid tires, or else they would not consider using solid tires on these two new pieces 0/ apparatus. The Swinehart company has made great progress during the past five years in designing solid tires, which are satisfactory for high-speed service, and at the present time the company is fitting a large number of high-powered cars with solid tires, where formerly it was contended that out a pneumatic tire would do. The comnany at tributes its success along these lines to the great cushion-effect which it is able to give a tire by means of concaving the sides, and, also, to the secure fastening device it uses, which is of the cross-wire type, made to fit into standard clincher-rims, thus affording ample security against accident and protection of the fastening device against dirt and obstacles of the road.