The Oliver Cletrac


| September/October 1991

  • Paul Kesselring
    Paul Kesselring packing silage.
  • Paul Kesselring
    Paul Kesselring chopping corn.
  • Glen Kesselring
    Glen Kesselring aboard the Cletrac.
  • Diagram of Oliver Cletrac
    Diagram taken from Digest of Features of Design, Oliver Cletrac.

  • Paul Kesselring
  • Paul Kesselring
  • Glen Kesselring
  • Diagram of Oliver Cletrac

1408 N. Van Buren Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

The 'Cletrac' Model BD was a small crawler tractor of 48 horsepower, weighing 9,000 pounds. It had a dozer blade and hydraulic controls which added several pounds. I used this tractor with the dozer and for farm work. It was equipped with an agricultural power take-off.

The Cleveland Tractor Company was at 19300 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio until it was sold to the Oliver Corporation. The Oliver Corporation continued these tractors until about 1960. They were made in five sizes equipped with Hercules engines, both gas and diesel ranging from 22 to 120 horsepower.

The model BD had four speeds forward and two speeds reverse. Some of the earlier models had three speeds forward and one reverse gear. The dozer was made by the Heil Company. An interesting thing about the moldboard was the fact it was curved by being put in a large press and bent several times instead of being rolled into a curve. Because of this the moldboard did not scour very good.