In addition to the fact that we are a Custom Manufacturer, 4 Guys has grown increasingly
popular in recent years for using only top quality stainless steel in all our bodies. If your department has never owned a truck
with a stainless steel body, you probably don't know all the benefits of stainless. That's not surprising, since most companies
build their bodies from materials like mild steel or aluminum. Four Guys uses all stainless steel for one
very important reason. It just lasts longer.
No doubt you've seen what rust can do to a steel fire truck body. After ten years or so, the bottoms start to rust out of the compartments.
The frame crossmembers rust through, making the body unstable. To be perfectly honest, steel turns to junk in a hurry.
Aluminum falls victim to corrosion or "white rust" just as quickly. And even when it's brand new, aluminum just doesn't have the strength
of stainless steel. Some people are willing to trade that strength for lighter weight. They fail to realize that with its lower tensile strength,
the aluminum used needs to be nearly twice as thick as our stainless, so the weight difference is minimal. Also, the only time that weight
is really a consideration is when you're choosing your axles. When the truck is properly engineered, that small amount of extra weight is not an issue at all.
Stainless steel is different. It won't rust. We know it. We guarantee it. Why? Because stainless steel is an alloy that can't rust. Twenty
years exposure to the elements won't even dull the shine. It's amazing, really.
Now that you have the facts, the real question isn't "Why Stainless?" but rather "Why even consider anything else?"