THE HAYWARD AUTOMATIC TILLER LOCK.
This ingenious device for controilng tillers on hook and ladder trucks was first exhibited at the last convention of fire chiefs at Charleston, S. C., and since that time it has received the stamp of approval in all parts of the United States.
The record of its sales and its success in service has probably eclipsed that of any of the new fire department appliances that have been put on the market in many years. The one feature that has doubtless contributed largely to its success is the fact that it can be attached to old trucks in service as well as new trucks in the course of construction.
The tiller lock is attached to the tiller shaft and automatically locks the rear wheels at all times, regardless of their position. At the same time the tiller is under the control of the man on the seat, who steers the truck in precisely the same way as he would if the lock wore not attached. Without such a lock the tiller frequently gets away from the control of the man operating It, and the rear wheels run “wild.” This occurs most frequently when one of the rear wheels strikes an obstruction, such as a car track, paving stone, snow bank, curb, or cavity. No man living has the strength to hold the tiller wheel under such circumstances, and an accident, sometimes fatal, almost inevitably occurs. With the tiller lock attached, however, the rear wheels are rigidly fixed and will stand any shock. It has been fouud necessary during the past year to make one or two slight changes lu the construction of the lock, but none of any importance, as the device was thoroughly tested liefore it was placed on the market and found to be practically perfect. In its present Bhape, however, every problem seems to have beeu solved. One truck in Jersey City has had the first lock that was made in constant service for over two years, and during that time it has never failed to operate successfully, while at the same time it shows no signs of wear. The original cost would seem to cover everything, as, judging from the experience of the manufacturers up to date, there will never be any expense for repairs. Newark, N. J., after a thorough test of the lock thought so well of it that it has placed one on all the five trucks in its department. New York has three in service; Savaunah, two; Jersey City, two, and the following cities have all ordered one or more: Worcester, Mass; Atlanta, Ga; Cleveland, Ohio; Springfield, Mass.; Holyoke, Mass.; Brockton, Mass.; Lowell, Mass.; Poughkeepsie, N. Y.; Binghamton, N. Y.; Harrison, N. J.; Charleston, S. C.; Newton, Mass. The lock is also in service on trial in the following cities: Boston, Mass.; Dayton, Ohio; Akron, Ohio; New Haven, Conu.; Yonkers, N. Y.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Hartford, Conn.; Albany, N. Y. As thlB lock is attached to one of the trucks in Indianapolis, all chiefs who have not yet had an opportunity to examine itcurefully will have an opportunity to do BO. This device is manufactured and eoutroled by S. F. Haywood & Co., of New York, who will have a sample of the lock on exhibition at their headquarters, the Grand hotel, which will afford an opportunity for those interested to take the device upart aud thoroughly analyse it,which,of course,is not possible when the lock is on a truck.