Oliver Tractor

Not many folks have ever heard of Oliver tractors. Their roots go back to1857 when James Oliver of Mishiwaka, Indiana received a patent for the first chilled plow - a plow with a hard enough outer surface to break up tough soil. In the 1920s he made his first tractor, and in 1929 they formed the Oliver Farm Equipment company. Through a series of sell outs and mergers, it ultimately became part of White Motor Corporation. The last Oliver green tractor to roll off the assembly line bearing the Oliver name was in 1976. I have no idea what year this one was made. In the US, the most familiar tractor lines for this era were John Deere and Farmall. Deere were green and Formal were red. There were others, to be sure, but these were the big two that dominated the tractor market for decades.

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