SCHOOL BUSES

You can't talk about school buses without mentioning the Schetky name. Jack Schetky assembled the first school bus west of the Mississippi River in 1931. Only five years later, the first Thomas Built bus rolled off the assembly line. For decades, Thomas Built Buses has produced the finest school buses around…buses that Schetky NW Sales is proud to offer. Great products and long-lasting customer relationships are the hallmarks of these two companies.

Thomas Built MFSAB Activity Bus

When transporting children for Child Care or After School Programs, providing a safe ride is the most important consideration. Unlike passenger vans, the Thomas MFSAB Activity Bus meets and exceeds all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for school buses, and is unsurpassed in providing a safe ride for children. The Thomas MFSAB Activity bus features:

  • Steel cage body with one-piece skirt-to-skirt roof bows.
  • 16-gauge aluminum side panels and a 12-gauge steel wrap-around bumper.
  • Comfortable, adjustable driver's seat and easy-to-read instrument panels.
  • Full-height outward opening entrance door with padded door header.
  • Comfortable, spacious seating for up to 30 passengers.
  • Wide center aisle with easy access to emergency exit.
  • Optional wheelchair lift for special needs applications.
  • Optional diesel engine chassis for longer lifespan and better fuel economy.

Thomas Built Type A Minotour

The Thomas Minotour® may be the smallest bus we make, but don't be fooled by its size. Into this highly compact and maneuverable vehicle, we've packed all the safety features and rugged engineering of our bigger buses. And, unlike most passenger vans, the Minotour meets–and exceeds–all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for school buses. For a small bus, the Minotour is loaded with features, such as:

  • Steel cage body with one-piece skirt-to-skirt roof bows.
  • 16-gauge aluminum side panels and a 12-gauge steel wrap-around bumper.
  • Comfortable, adjustable driver's seat and easy-to-read instrument panels.
  • Full-height outward opening entrance door with padded door header.
  • Comfortable, spacious seating for up to 30 passengers.
  • Wide center aisle with easy access to emergency exit.
  • Optional wheelchair lift for special needs applications.
  • Optional diesel engine chassis for longer lifespan and better fuel economy.

Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner C2

After years of market research, design, testing and fabrication, the Thomas Saf-T-Liner® C2 is a reality. The Saf-T-Liner® C2 is the result of Thomas' quest to create a new conventional style bus that would redefine the Type C category. Launched in the fall of 2004, every element of the C2 was designed and engineered to improve durability, reliability, safety and lifecycle cost. The C2 is so innovative that we built a $40 million state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in High Point, N.C. to produce it. From the chassis to the roof, the Thomas Saf-T-Liner C2 Class C school bus represents the latest in durability, reliability, safety, and life cycle cost improvements. The result is the safest bus ever built, and a bus that drivers, administrators, technicians, and parents will all appreciate.

The Saf-T-Liner® C2 comes with the following standard features:

  • Sloped hood for improved visibility.
  • Ergonomically designed driver area with automotive-style instrument panel.
  • Increased passenger capacity allows for up to 84 passengers.
  • Adhesive bonded joints with fewer rivets for increased strength and leak resistance.
  • Welded body framework for a solid structure.
  • Large, curved, bonded windshield for improved visibility and object deflection.
  • Multiplexed wiring system reduces the number of electrical wires and makes it easier to diagnose electrical faults.

Thomas Built Type D Saf-T-Liner HDX (Rear Engine)

The Saf-T-Liner® HDX bus features a rear-engine design that is the mainstay of transit-style bus fleets. It has a capacity of 66-90 passengers. The engine is located in the back for ideal weight distribution whether empty and loaded. This also creates a quiet and comfortable ride, with an oversized windshield giving the driver great visibility. Able to tackle mountain roads and city streets in style, this bus features a thermostatically controlled hydraulic cooling system, larger brakes, a steel drop frame, optional air suspension and optional transmission retarders for improved braking. There's even generous optional underbody storage for student activities and trips.

The Saf-T-Liner® HDX comes with the following standard features:

  • Heavy-duty steel drop frame for easy engine access and an improved center of gravity.
  • Thermostatically controlled hydraulic engine cooling system.
  • Ergonomically designed driver's command center with logically placed, easy-to-read gauges.
  • Fully adjustable driver's seat, tilt/telescoping steering column, and optional pedal cluster.
  • A 45-degree wheel cut offers outstanding maneuverability and a tight turning radius.
  • For the environmentally conscience, the HDX can also be powered by natural gas.

Thomas Built Type D Saf-T-Liner EFX (Front Engine)

Thomas's Type D Saf-T-Liner® EFX updated transit-style school buses are the buses of choice when you're servicing denser routes and need greater seating capacity, exceptional visibility and maneuverability, and performance enhancements that keep it on the road longer. Type D Saf-T-Liner®s also make excellent overland coaches-comfortable for both driver and passengers on longer routes and out-of-town trips.

The Saf-T-Liner® EF comes with the following standard features:

  • Electronic automotive style heater control module
  • Passenger loading functions grouped together
  • High visibility front bonded windshield
  • Access door for CDL belt check
  • A 45-degree wheel cut for improved maneuverability and a tight turning radius.
  • Hinged front panels for easy access to electrical components and wiper motor.
  • Ergonomically Redesigned designed driver's command center with easy-to-read gauges, spacious seating area and easy-to-reach switches.
  • Low profile engine cover with 12.5% aisle width improvement and is heavily insulated to reduce noise and prevent heat transfer to the passenger compartment.
  • Engine hatch opens for checking fluids and entire cover is easily raised to access the engine.

The Saf-T-Liner® EF also features a host of optional equipment, including air ride suspension on rear axle, light-weight polished aluminum wheels, fuel/water separator, and a wide range of engine choices