International Harvester Model 10-20 Titan

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Editor’s Note: This is the final article in Delmer Dooley’s antique tractor series. The Farm Forum thanks Mr. Dooley for the excellent, informative articles he has allowed us to print.

International tractors made their debut in 1906. Canada was the leading market for large tractors necessary to plow the prairie lands of that country.

International Harvester met this challenge with the Mogul 45 horsepower tractor that ranked among the top three tractors in competition.

The International Harvester line was sold by the Deering dealers and operated under the IHC corporate name. The Titan line was the most popular, with 78,363 model 10-20 tractors produced by 1922, selling them between 1915 and 1922.

Titans were equipped with a two-cylinder engine with a 6.5 inch bore and an 8 inch stroke. The friction drive clutch on the crankshaft provided steady power on the belt.

The Titan tractor was a strong competitor to the Fordson despite its higher cost. The tractor was noted for its dependability, simplicity and good reserve power.

It replaced horses on the grain binder and often pulled two binders. In 1920, production of the 10-20 Titan reached 21,903 units.

Farmall tractors began their appearance for new crop type tractors to replace sales by wide front-wheel tractors. The term “Farmall” was first used by IHC in experimental record of November of 1919.

By 1923 the final preparations were made for production of the Farmall tractor.

Written by Delmer Dooley, an agricultural engineer, former high school ag teacher (Platte), expert on vintage tractors and farmer. The author lives with his wife on his parents’ homestead farm near Ramona in Lake County.