Yeah I have seen one. They have plastic end bells but still look ok. No doubt the plastic end bells are better than the aluminum ones which we had to warranty thousands of about 20 years ago. So now Franklin will just sell them under a different name the same way Pentair sells the same pump under a dozen names.
I think it is funny they will admit to putting less quality in the pump/motors they sell at the box stores, but they won’t admit they have been doing the same to the contractor versions for years. So much for all those people who think a big corporation wouldn’t purposely lower the quality of their pumps to promote planned obsolescence and enhance cash flow.
Just a few years ago installers would have quit a brand for the manufacturer selling direct to the public. Now they all do it. It maybe under a different name, but they are still selling direct to the public.
“Recycled rubber in off brand Amtrol bladder tanks, plastic end bells on Franklin motors.” All to protect the contractor. Yeah right, I have some beachfront property in Arizona for cheap if you believe that.