Sewell Cushion Wheels
The Sewell Cushion Wheel Company says readers of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING have probably noticed that much of the motor fire apparatus being purchased is equipped with Sewell Cushion Wheels, and they seem to be well adapted to this exacting service, as they not only absorb the road shocks and strain that would otherwise be transmitted to the motor mechanism, frame, axles, etc., but are conducive to greater safety for the firemen on account of the elimination of serious accidents, due to blowouts, punctures, or the throwing of tires. The first set of Sewell wheels were placed in fire service more than five years ago on a Webb pump in Highland Park, Michigan, and since then they have put Sewell wheels on a Boyd Service Truck and a Boyd Pump, as well as specifying them on another new piece of apparatus which will be contracted for very soon. This certainly speaks well for the “Sewell wheel” in fire service. The spirit of progression, and of having the very best of equipment throughout, seems to have been injected into every city where funds available would permit of installing motordriven equipment. It is true that the initial cost of motor apparatus is considerable, and that is probably the reason why everything is being done on the part of Fire Chiefs to operate their Department as economically as is consistent with good service, and they must feel that the use of Cushion Wheels eliminates unnecessary wear and tear and depreciation of equipment, otherwise so many cities would not have adopted them. The M. F. Collins Company, of Boston, Eastern representative of the Robinson Fire Apparatus Manufacturing Company, have been awarded contracts by New Brunswick, N. J., for furnishing three new pieces of motor fire apparatus all to be equipped with Sewell Cushion Wheels.