This is a re-creation of a 1920s era gasoline engine Sixty horsepower tractor with a Willamette double drum winch for high lead logging. The Sixty was produced from 1925 to 1931.
The Sixty was used for agriculture, road construction, freight hauling, logging, mining, and many other applications. The model shown depicts the Sixty circa 1925-26.
The Sixty became a standout in the lumber industry of the Pacific Northwest and the operators that drove them became known as "cat skinners," a continuation of the term "mule skinner" that was used for the men that drove the ox and mule teams that hauled logs prior to the arrival of the Sixty. An aftermarket of logging attachments grew up to support the Sixty, with companies such as Willamette Iron and Steel, ESCO, CARCO, and Hyster producing winches for the Sixty.
The winch on this tractor re-creates a double drum winch from the Willamette Hyster company. High lead logging utilized double drum winches to create a loop out of the winch cables, running out from the tractor to a pulley block mounted to a tree several hundred yards from the tractor. Loggers would connect fallen timber to the cable loop and the tractor operator would haul the lumber in to the tractor, where it would be loaded on vehicles or further skidded to the mill.
Double drum winch equipped Sixties also played a significant role in the oilfields of the east coast, Oklahoma, and California, as well as around the world. Double drum winch equipped Sixties were used to clean out well pipes and are a great addition to any oilfield train layout.
What you get: When you order a tractor Shapeways prints it and mails it directly to you. The tractor arrives unpainted and you finish it off however you would like. You can read the material descriptions here on Shapeways to get a better feel for the plastic and paint options, but we will share our experiences with cleaning and painting here so you know what to expect. There are also many threads on the internet with people sharing painting and cleaning tips. Be aware, until you paint the tractor it is hard to see the details, they don't show well on the clear plastic. Painting brings it alive, so don't fret when you first pull the tractor out of the box.
Shapeways prints the tractors with a wax support base material. After printing they melt the wax in an oven and then clean the tractor with hot oil and then hot water. The tractor you receive will usually need some further cleaning before you paint it. You can usually get good results when you clean it by hand by gently immersing and 'swishing' it in hot water and dish soap, but you may not get all the residue off. A hand cleaning is usually good enough for painting, but if you want the best prep for your painting you may want to do a little more. We use an ultrasonic cleaner and hot water and vinegar and find we get very good results.
After you have cleaned the tractor to your satisfaction you select your method of painting. It is possible to hand paint with a brush and get good results, but we prefer using an airbrush. We apply a sub-coat of black paint to the entire tractor and then after it dries we apply a coat of gray paint. The black sub-coat makes the details "pop" through the gray paint, without it the details aren't as pronounced. We use acrylic paints because we find the results are as pleasing as enamel paint without the fumes and health concerns, but either type of paint works fine.
If you'd prefer not to do all the cleaning and painting we also sell fully cleaned and painted tractors that we list on Ebay under the name "Tracmodel" and also direct if you message us here or on Facebook at our Facebook page "Tracmodel". You will find information on new offerings, tractor history, and other interesting things on our Facebook page, we appreciate you taking a look.
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