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Can Classic Oliver Tractors Deliver?

By Tom Seest

Can Classic Oliver Tractors Live Up to the Hype?

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This illustrated history chronicles Oliver farm equipment’s role as an embodiment of American entrepreneurship, industry, machinery, and know-how in America’s farms over time. Beautiful color photographs and historical black-and-white images help bring its history alive.
When Oliver introduced their Series 70 tractor, it revolutionized tractor design. Their engineers flawlessly fused auto design with agriculture use to set an industry-wide standard that other tractors would eventually follow.

Can Classic Oliver Tractors Live Up to the Hype?

Can Classic Oliver Tractors Live Up to the Hype?

Oliver Tractors: How Did They Shape American Farming?

Oliver has its roots in farm machinery, from steel plows that helped launch John Deere’s company to gas tractors that powered American agriculture. This book documents their storied history with vintage advertisements, historical black-and-white photos, and contemporary color images from their history book.
Oliver farm equipment was created through an unprecedented combination of entrepreneurial spirit and innovation, from its conception in the turn-of-the-century visionaries who saw that four wheels and motor could replace horses to power farming’s surge during later part of century, Oliver tractors, crawlers, threshers, and balers turned American farmland into gold. This rollicking ride through machine history captures these pioneering entrepreneurs while paying homage to America’s pioneering spirit.
Alexander Botts leaves tractor salesman status behind to join the army and is then sent on an adventure across Europe in which he attempts to deliver solid American machines to war-torn nations. While traveling through Europe, he meets various obstacles like shortages of rubber tires, cable, and structural steel; however, his wife Gadget is always at hand to assist him in closing deals in ancient cities once believed not suitable for crawler tractors.
The Oliver Corporation was first founded in 1855, but over time its original principles merged with those of several other businesses until over a dozen businesses operated under its name. This book chronicles this fascinating evolution from first plows and shovels produced in 1855 through 1976 when production stopped altogether.
This hardcover book provides stunning black-and-white photos as well as full specifications of Oliver tractors from the late 19th century through to mid-1970s, from late 19th century models up until 1970s models. Additionally, specifications on the engines used and the implements available are included. An essential resource for collectors or enthusiasts of classic Olivers!

Oliver Tractors: How Did They Shape American Farming?

Oliver Tractors: How Did They Shape American Farming?

Discover the Different Oliver Tractor Models?

This visually captivating book brings together stunning tractor photography from custom-built studios with concept drawings and behind-the-scenes views of their creation, concept drawings, and design features, plus profiles of some of the largest, most powerful tractors ever built! Additionally, over 100 pages cover Steiger specific stories and pictures.
Beginning with James Oliver selling his first “chilled plow” for sale in 1870 and ending production of Oliver-branded tractors by 1976, this historic agricultural brand was at the forefront of innovation and technology. Oliver tractors were designed from their inception with ease-of-use for farmers at heart; Machine Marvels: Classic Oliver Tractors provides a historical snapshot through vintage advertising campaigns, black-and-white photos from its history as well as current color images of restored models.
This hard-bound book is an indispensable asset to every tractor collector! Boasting over 200 stunning full-color photographs, this volume chronicles the history and evolution of these iconic North American machines from 1959 Case IH 1026 Hi Clear through to 1970 Minneapolis-Moline UB Special models – not forgetting an in-depth examination of all available engine options ranging from original four-cylinder gasoline models up to high horsepower diesel models!
Author Sherry Schaefer is an established publisher of tractor-related publications, beginning her publishing career with Hart-Parr Oliver Collectors Magazine in 1993. After being inspired by this experience to start Oliver Heritage in 2004, which she still edits today; Sherry also leads 3-Point Ink LLC which publishes both Oliver Heritage and Heritage Iron magazines as well as producing numerous other tractor titles.
This 206-page full-color book, the third installment in the Ultimate Tractor Series, presents an exhaustive look at 4WD articulated and rigid-framed machines from around the globe. North American giants such as Case IH, John Deere and CAT feature in this collection as well as ACO, Claas Fendt Waltanna and more renowned names from overseas manufacturers.

Discover the Different Oliver Tractor Models?

Discover the Different Oliver Tractor Models?

How do Classic Oliver Tractors Engines Perform?

When the Oliver Corporation was formed in 1903, it brought together seven companies that manufactured grain drills and corn planters under its corporate banner. But its roots in agricultural production go all the way back to 1870 when James Oliver sold his first “chilled” plow (made of cast iron that had been rapidly cooled to harden it).
Oliver quickly built its name as an industry leader by producing quality steam engines, gas tractors, and Case cars – eventually even Case cars themselves. Their tractors became as much a status symbol as any Rolls Royce or Bentley automobile.
Early tractors had impressive power for their size, particularly Models 90 and 99. The Super 99 featured a Detroit Diesel modular two-stroke engine capable of producing over 58 horsepower at the drawbar – enough to pull an eight-bottom or six-bottom Oliver plow.
In the 1960s, Oliver Corporation was an industry powerhouse in farm equipment sales and showcased its latest models at a show and convention in Waterloo. One highlight was “Oliverettes,” eight Charles City housewives handpicked by Oliver to perform square dance routines for customers on Oliver 770s that they had practiced since February.
By 1976, Oliver had expanded to produce industrial and crawler tractors, implements, international ventures and various other products. Vintage advertisements and brochures along with vintage color photos as well as contemporary color images beautifully document this fascinating chapter in agriculture’s history.
Classic Oliver Tractors tells an exciting tale of entrepreneurialism and industry from its inception through to its last tractor rolling off the assembly line in 1976, featuring American ingenuity and engineering at their best creating machines which changed farming for generations to come. A must-have book for collectors of farm tractors.

How do Classic Oliver Tractors Engines Perform?

How do Classic Oliver Tractors Engines Perform?

See Classic Oliver Tractors in Action?

From its origins as a single plow in 1855 through to its last Oliver-branded tractor leaving its assembly line in 1976, Oliver’s history as an iconic agricultural brand is one of entrepreneurship and industry. This account chronicles their industrial and crawler tractors, implements, international ventures, products, and historical advertisements, as well as modern color photographs from their time period – which offer insight into this remarkable part of agriculture’s past.
Women writers who write farm equipment books are rare, and this woman author stands out among them by sharing her enthusiasm for this brand and its legacy throughout. Her book contains extensive descriptions of various models and engines as well as specifications charts that offer key technical information like RPMs, horsepower, fuel type, maximum speed, and weight details.
Classic Oliver Tractors is an indispensable contribution to any collector’s library and will serve as an essential reference. Robert Pripps has previously written several other tractor and machinery titles published by Voyageur Press, such as Vintage Ford Tractors, Big Book of Caterpillar, and Massey; additionally, he operates a maple syrup farm near Park Falls, Wisconsin and belongs to the National Tractor Preservation Foundation.

See Classic Oliver Tractors in Action?

See Classic Oliver Tractors in Action?

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