Route 4, Huntington, Indiana 46750
The Bull Company was organized in 1913. They contracted with Minneapolis Steel and Machine Company to build their tractor on contract for them. That company had been building structional steel for buildings, bridges, etc. They really got started in 1914 and sold 3900 that year. They quit in 1918 after building 8,000 tractors. They first built The Little Bull and then The Big Bull which was about a 8-16 two plow size. Not a whirlwind of a success, but it did whet the appetite for a smaller sized tractor. There are still several of those tractors around yet. I drive one at the Rollag, Minnesota Show.
In 1914 I.H.C. came out with their 8-16 Mogul, a one cylinder two-bottom tractor, had a good following because it sold for $675 and pulled two plows. There are still a number of them around yet. In 1916 they raised it to 10-20 and increased it to 8-12 engine at 425 RPM. This was a better tractor and its weakest point was being chain driven. I own one and it is a dandy too. Then they brought out a 12-25 with a two cylinder opposed engine. Not too popular. All the time they were making a 45 HP and a 30-60, both two cyl. opposed engines. They quit the larger sizes in 1917, but continued the smaller until about 1920. There were a total of 20,385 Moguls built and 65 still exist today. I might add, that at the last The Turo Company was making engines for the Bull tractor. That company is still going strong today making the Turo lawn mowers.
At the same time in 1914 I.H.C. started making the 10-20 Titan using a twin cylinder 6-1/2 x 8 at 500 RPM. This was a very popular tractor and they made a total of 60,969 Titans; in fact in 1918 they were starting a new Titan every four and a half minutes.These were a very good tractor. They still had the chain drive, but their engines were very good. I've seen men who traded tractors and still kept their Titan for belt work. They started selling them for $1000, but later dropped them to $900 and eventually in a price war with Ford, got them down to $700 and threw in a plow to boot. They discontinued production in 1922.
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 had it.
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 the belt.