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May 2013 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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Tractor Trendsetters: Cockshutt 30 Tractor

May 28, 2013

Written by Larry Gay

The Cockshutt Plow Company of Brantford, Ontario, entered the tractor market in 1928 by selling two models of Allis-Chalmers tractors. Cockshutt soon became dissatisfied with this arrangement and switched in 1935 to tractors built by Oliver. The Oliver-built tractors were painted red and yellow and carried the Cockshutt name. During World War II, the Cockshutt officials became concerned that Oliver would not be able to manufacture enough tractors to satisfy the post-war demand for both brands of tractors. After much study and debate, the company proceeded to develop a new design of tractor for sale after World War II. Production of the Cockshutt 30 tractor with an independent PTO started in October 1946. The independent PTO made the Cockshutt 30 a tractor trendsetter.

Cockshutt traced its history back to 1877 when James Cockshutt started the Brantford Plow Works. The company was incorporated in 1882 as the Cockshutt Plow Company. In 1905 the company expanded its line of plows with a patented engine gang plow with 8, 10, or 12 bottoms. Cockshutt soon added other tillage tools, seeding equipment, mowers, rakes, binders, wagons, and carriages to its line. A swather and the No. 7 Pull-Type combine were introduced in the early 1940s. Self-propelled combines were added after the war and the company’s name changed to Cockshutt Farm Equipment Company.

The new Cockshutt 30 tractor was unique with its independent PTO which was controlled by a separate clutch and was not affected by the tractor’s main clutch which controlled the travel of the tractor. This enabled the tractor to supply continuous power to a combine, hay baler, or corn picker at the regular 540-rpm PTO speed while the tractor slowed or stopped. The advantage to this type of PTO was the tractor’s operator could handle varying crop conditions without overloading or plugging the harvesting machine.

The Cockshutt 30, with a 2-3 plow rating, was built as a row-crop tractor with dual front wheels, a single front wheel, or an adjustable wide front axle. It was also available as a standard-tread tractor with a fixed width front axle. The power plant was a 4-cylinder, 153-cubic-inch Buda 4-cylinder gasoline engine and the transmission provided four forward speeds. An optional two-speed gearbox could be added which resulted in eight forward speeds and two in reverse. The Cockshutt 30 tractor was sold in the United States as the CO-OP E-3 and the Farmcrest 30.


Larry Gay is the author of four tractor books published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, including Guide to Oliver Tractors and Guide to Ford Tractors. These books may be obtained from ASABE at 800-695-2723 or, click publications and then click book catalog.

1970 John Deere 3020

May 11, 2013

This 1970 John Deere 3020 tractor is featured on the cover of the July 2013 edition of Fastline’s Nebraska Farm Edition:

051113 NebraskaFarm 1970JohnDeere3020

Roger Haberer of Coleridge, Neb., owns the tractor, and Jeff Wolfe of Hartington, Neb., painted it. Read more in the digital version of Fastline’s Nebraska Farm Edition.

1973 Case 1070

May 08, 2013

This 1973 Case 1070 tractor is featured on the cover of the July 2013 edition of Fastline’s Ohio Farm Edition:

050813 OhioFarm 1973Case1070

Todd Smithson owns the tractor and restored it with Brendon Retter and Mark Hinshaw. Read more in the digital version of Fastline’s Ohio Farm Edition. 

1936 Farmall F-20

May 07, 2013

 This 1936 Farmall F-20 tractor is featured on the cover of the July 2013 edition of Fastline’s Kansas Farm Edition:

050713 KansasFarm 1936FarmallF 20

A.J. Horinek of Atwood, Kan., owns the tractor, and he restored it with his sons, Kenneth and Kelvin. Read more on page 124 in the digital version of Fastline’s Kansas Farm Edition. 

Minneapolis-Moline G1000 Vista

May 01, 2013

This G1000 Vista owned by Marlin Fowler of Genoa, Ill., was available with a diesel, LP or gas engine, the Heritage Iron 2013 Calendar reports:

5 May MM G1000

The diesel model was rated at 99 drawbar hp or 110 PTO hp. It was built from 1966-69. This is the featured Heritage Iron 2013 Calendar tractor for May. To order the calendar, go to

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