What size gear extractor or gear washer do we need for our Fire Department?


There are a lot of variables but we've developed some basic guidelines based on the number of firefighters you have.   This will of course vary based on the number of runs and the types of fires you encounter but the basics are:


  • 20 to 25 firefighters = a 20 or 25 lb. machine
  • 20 to 30 firefighters = a 30 lb. machine
  • 30 to 40 firefighters = a 40 lb. machine
  • 40 or more = a 60 lb. machine
  • Very large departments may require a 70 or 90 lb. capacity unit.

If your not sure, give us a call and we'll analyse your particular situation.

Gear Cleaned per Gear Washer Capacity


Some fire departments size based on needing to do a certain number of gear sets in a limited amount of time.  You may have full time firefighters pulling a 24 hour shift and are assigned to clean a certain number of bunker gear sets.  Here is the breakdown based on machine capacity.


Remember, shells should be washed with shells and liners with liners.  The materials are different and will behave differently in the gear washer.  Moreover they will clean better and extract more effectively if grouped together.


 Shells/Liners Cleaned by Washer Capacity  


To clean:

  • 2 sets of separated shells or liners you'll need a 20 lb. Gear Washer
  • 3 sets of separated shells or liners a 30 lb. capacity Gear Washer is required 
  • 4 sets of separated shells or liners requires a 40 lb. capacity Gear Washer
  • 5 sets of separated shells or liners needs a 60 lb. capacity gear washer


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