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1970 franklin 130 opinions?

Discussion in 'Forestry and Logging Forum' started by dozerman37, Aug 24, 2011.

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    i might be getting a "1970 130 franklin cable skidder" in trade for my small farm tractor. runs great saw it hitch a log yesterday. anyone run these old ones before? things i should look out for? any words are greatly appreciated. thank you.
     
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    Looks to be in good condition .
    Sorry I can't offer any info on the machine but it looks to have been looked after , anything around here from the seventies looks like it has been beat to death twice LOL !
     
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    oh yea there is ALOT of beat machines around here in western MA and VT.
     
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    I had a 1967 130B for several years, great machine.
     
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    Now that I have time for a longer response....LOL They are a great machine, very dependable ( if you've taken halfway decent care of them), VERY ECONOMICAL! easy on fuel, stable on steep slopes, easy to work on..... The only down side??? they don't turn quite as tight as a JD440 nor are they as fast but they more than make up for it.
     
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    Just wondering .............. how do they more than make up for it, if they can't turn as tight and are slower? And they are out of business.

    Sam
     
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    They are very reliable and have a LOW operating cost. They also sit the ground better and will walk into and out of holes that leave my deere begging for mercy and they will do it pulling a trip of logs. They are also easier to work on. Don't get me wrong I like my deere's better but I wouldn't hesitate to go back in the woods with a franklin and they are still in business.
     

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