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Cockshutt 60 tractor Tom J. Bechman
TAKE A CLOSE LOOK: Imagine this tractor with a different paint scheme. Here’s a hint — think green!

A tractor with a unique history

Throwback Tech: The Cockshutt 60 was made by another farm equipment company.

Bill Hedrick stops his cart in front of a Cockshutt 60 tractor. At least the name says Cockshutt, and it is red with cream-colored trim, but the design looks very familiar. The “60” is formed into the frame much like the “60” on another, more well-known tractor of days gone by. Have you ever seen an Oliver 60?

Whether you have or not, you’re looking at an Oliver 60 now, only with a different paint scheme. “This is one we acquired recently,” Hedrick explains. “My son Jason knows the history of it better than me, but he tells me it’s really an Oliver 60. Cockshutt sold it under their name.”

Hedrick, Battleground, Ind., has collected, worked on and restored older tractors since 1970. Including those owned by Jason and his family, the Hedrick collection now numbers 100 tractors.

Indeed, according to tractordata.com, the Cockshutt 60 and Oliver 60 are one and the same. Oliver Corp. made the tractor for Cockshutt from 1942 through 1948 at its tractor production factory in Charles City, Iowa.

The Cockshutt 60 featured a four-cylinder, 2-liter Oliver engine that came in only a gasoline version. The company only claimed 18 PTO hp, and it was sold with manual steering. Weight varied from 2,500 to 4,000 pounds, depending on how the tractor was equipped.

The Cockshutt 60 also came in a row crop model, besides the standard front shown here. Production of the Oliver 60 itself began in 1940. It featured the exact same engine. The models sold in Canada were painted in Cockshutt colors beginning in 1942.

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