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Offline BurkettvilleBob

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Six wheeled Franklin
« on: June 03, 2018, 08:24:46 PM »
I saw an old six wheeled Franklin on CL, anyone ever heard of such a thing? It looked like an animal, probably not very maneuverable though.

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Re: Six wheeled Franklin
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2018, 08:50:35 PM »
I saw it to and thought it was pretty interesting the planitaries are massive on it!
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Re: Six wheeled Franklin
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2018, 08:22:50 PM »
certainly the only one ive ever seen or heard of. showed it to a franklin enthusiast and he was astonished.

if franklin was still in business they would look like the tigercats now.

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Re: Six wheeled Franklin
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2018, 08:58:48 PM »
They made a dandy machine,
was it a forwarder?  a 170 model?
no experience with them but would love to have an opportunity

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Re: Six wheeled Franklin
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2018, 04:06:17 AM »
Is it one like this one?




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Re: Six wheeled Franklin
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2018, 06:37:26 AM »
Its a cable skidder looks to be a 130 model but im not sure.
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Re: Six wheeled Franklin
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2018, 01:05:24 PM »
Roof mounted cranes seem to be common on old euro machines but not popular here.  What strength does a full mast, chassis mounted crane have over a roof mount that its worth bolting the mast right in your face?  

Ive not ever run a log loader so its a serious question as i aim to build one eventually.  the roof mount is what im leaning toward based off an autocrane i have.. if a rotec doesnt land in my lap for a full cab swing by then.  
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Re: Six wheeled Franklin
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2018, 03:14:53 PM »
I've never ran a roof mount, but there are definitely visibility issues with the frame mounted ones. However, guys that have ran roof mounts told me there are plenty of issues with those, such as trying to keep the crane on top of the load when driving out. You have to put a valve into float so the crane can move freely when you're turning etc. and sometimes you look back and the crane is dragging beside you because it fell off the load😂
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Re: Six wheeled Franklin
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2018, 04:17:05 PM »
Thanks for posting. I hadnt even thought of how youd set it on the load and still steer.  I imagine you could snap the slew gear off pretty easy by forgetting to set it to float.

Id either build it to fully fold up and set the grapple over the center joint, or swing it out front into a field goal prop.. Maybe chomp the grapple onto a cow catcher above the blade so i dont have to hear it clang.  


  
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Re: Six wheeled Franklin
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2018, 04:33:24 PM »
I remember hear about guys breaking the roof mount ones off, I wonder much less stable you are with all that weight up high.

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Re: Six wheeled Franklin
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2018, 05:07:01 PM »
I dunno.  The engine, tanks, pumps and everything are a mile up in the air on a timbco 820 forwarder and they seem to get around ok even with wood busting oit the top. .  I cant see moving 300lbs of turntable up 2ft (while deleting the 2ft of mast weight) is gonna make it suddenly roll over and play dead.  I mean the cab posts are gonna be strong enough to hold the crane up for the sake of my life, no matter where the crane goes so its not like id be making that heavier for the crane.  

If it was that bad i dont think thered be hundreds of backyard tractor based euro machines built that way.  
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Re: Six wheeled Franklin
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2018, 05:25:09 PM »
The bogies on that old franklin you are talking about came off an old clambunk skidder.  It was built by a mechanically skilled logger here in town.  He cut wood with it for a while then sold it.  Good to see it pop back up downstate.
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Re: Six wheeled Franklin
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2018, 08:17:17 AM »
Hey alright, it's a small state isn't it Gman! That makes sense that someone built it, it sure looks like one of a kind.


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