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Re: Found Myself A Farm Wagon, But What Is It Worth?

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07-08-2014 10:00:10

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No offense to Eldon, but running the deck boards crossways like that isn't near as strong as if you add a second layer of 4x4's and run the deck boards lengthwise.

Lengthwise, the deck boards are supported end-to-end while they are just hanging off into space on the crossways design.

A 4x4 is much stronger as a cantilevered beam than a 2x6 laying flat.

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Ken Macfarlane

07-08-2014 13:21:28

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 Re: Found Myself A Farm Wagon, But What Is It Worth? in reply to mkirsch, 07-08-2014 10:00:10  
Stronger usually because you can run proper deep beams without making the wagon sky high.

Most of the 4x4 stringer ones have tiny little beams and droop in the middle when loaded.

Once you get to the 20-24 ft wagons we have to use the big beams.

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Eldon (WA)

07-08-2014 10:14:39

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 Re: Found Myself A Farm Wagon, But What Is It Worth? in reply to mkirsch, 07-08-2014 10:00:10  
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I agree it is not as strong, but it is strong enough for what I am using it for and very easy to build. It allows for adequate support without raising the deck height. The outer edges are not hanging in space, they are tied together with the skirt board so they all share the load.

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Traditional Farmer

07-08-2014 16:39:12

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 Re: Found Myself A Farm Wagon, But What Is It Worth? in reply to Eldon (WA), 07-08-2014 10:14:39  
You're blocking up the support so if you put the beams flat on the wagon's metal you could put a 4X4 cross underneath and still have the same deck height and a lot stronger and durable wagon body.

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