AS I SAW IT
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In 1915 they came out with a 12-25 Titan which had a four
cylinder horizontal engine; the first four cylinder engine they had
made. They still had the chain drive, but had the chains enclosed
which was good. This was a four plow tractor and would handle a
28' separator. My father's first tractor was one of these
and it gave good service. The different tractor salesmen were
bothering father to sell him a tractor and after much meditation,
he chose the 12-25 Titan and it was a good choice. He took it
mainly because it was four cylinder. Up to this time all the
smaller tractors were all one or two cylinder. They came equipped
with a cab.
In 1918 they changed the name to 15-30 International. They
turned the radiator around and made a few minor changes including
making the cab optional. Both this Titan and the International had
water pumps and fans for cooling and the oiling was by a Madison
Kipp lubricator. Plow guides were also supplied upon request. They
were discontinued in 1922 when the new McCormick Deering line came
out in 1923.
In 1917 they discontinued making the 18-36 and 30-60 Titans, but
came out with the 8-16 International which was the best tractor
they had made up to this time. It had a vertical engine, overhead
valves and removable sleeves and a little more speed. This was a
very good tractor for its day and was well accepted By the trade.
It was a two plow tractor. It was still chain driven which was its
greatest drawback. In looking this over, one wonders why the
companies could not get away from the chain drive. They nearly all
The Titans and the Moguls were all underrated. In 1920 the Nebr.
tests showed a 10-20 Titan doing 15.65 drawbar HP and 28-15 HP on
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