SPEC 187™

SPEC 187™

SPEC 187™ is an extremely lightweight all synthetic forestry lay flat hose. SPEC 187™ meets or exceeds USDA FSS 5100-187 type 1. This most widely used forestry hose is made of 100% filament polyester and is lined with TPU elastomer. SPEC 187™ is rated for 300 PSIG (2100 kPa) service test pressure. Being very lightweight and compact allows more of this hose to be packed and carried than other forestry hose products.

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Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department

At Pumpkin Center VFD, we strive to give our members quality equipment to use at all times. We’ve found over the years that small details make huge differences. Our equipment committee is always asking the question “Is something better out there?” We stay abreast of current industry trends and investigate the latest and greatest from equipment manufacturers to make sure our guys and girls have what they need to do the job and do it well. In 2009 we were tired of the fire hose we had been purchasing and bought some Niedner XL-800. The hose is still in service today. During this time we’ve found that in addition to being durable, it rolls up extremely tightly, packs tightly in hose beds and is lightweight, which lessens fatigue on members. With a comparable friction loss rate to much other hose in the industry, our committee has yet to find a reason to leave Niedner. We had several sections of cloth Niedner 4 inch supply hose before switching to 5 inch as well. It was the best supply hose I’ve ever seen or used.


Casey Snyder, Assistant Chief, Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department