Originally Posted by John long
I have to disagree with you BB. Air starters were commonly used on trucks at one time. I have called a service truck more than once because a Consolidated Freightway road tractor lost air pressure and could not operate the starter. Consolidated was the last I am aware of that finally abandoned the air starters and went to electric.
I retired from Freightliner in 2009 as a Senior Customer Support Rep. I lived this one.
Thanks john: I sat on a air starter button once and the truck was in third gear while working in the cab and the thing lunged like a rocket and started it luged all the way through the lot with me scrambling to kill the engine!!!
We also used Hydraulic starters
on some But I dont think they had them back in the 30s and 40s they could be adapted onto any engine industrial or vehicle.