Mogul 8-16
Mogul 8-16
Mogul 8-16 at Antique Powerland, Brooks, Oregon, 1998
Model history
Model introduced 1914
Model discontinued 1917
Model status Discontinued
No. produced 14,065
Superseded by Mogul 10-20/15-30
Engine Specification
Engine make International
Fuel type distillate, kerosene
Power hp 16 belt, 8 drawbar (rated)
Governed rpm 400
Displacement cu in /(litre) 603 ci
No. of Cylinders 1
Bore in (mm) 8 in
Stroke in (mm) 12 in
Cooling system Water
Naturally aspirated, Turbo or Supercharged NA
Transmission Details
Transmission type Unknown
Gearbox make International
Forward 1
Reverse 1
Drive 2-WD
Linkage Category Unknown
Tyre Sizes (std/options)
Front steel 36"x6"
Rear steel 54"x10"
Tractor Dimensions
Length (inches/metres) 135 in
Width (inches/meters) 56 in
Height (inches/meters) 61 in
Weight (nominal) lb/kg 4920 lb
Turning circle (nominal) inches/meters 20 ft
Other info
Factories Tractor Works, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Plow rating 2
Approximate Cost new in (year) $775 (1917)
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The Mogul 8-16 tractor was built from 1914 to 1917 in the International Harvester Tractor Works, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Model HistoryEdit

Demand for big tractors to break up prairie land fell off in the mid-teens as the land boom in Western Canada collapsed. Manufacturers rushed to come up with 2-3 plow lightweight tractors to replace horses on some smaller farms. The new Mogul 8-16 was a true lightweight tractor, weighing about 5,000 lb and with a 2-plow rating. The engine was a 616ci single-cylinder. The arched front frame and closely spaced front wheels made possible sharp turns for maneuverability in small fields.

The trend toward smaller, cheaper, models really got going with the introduction of the Bull tractor in late-1913. The Bull was an unusual 3-wheeled design with one driven rear wheel. It weighed only 3,800 lb and its unheard of low price of $335 sent it to the top of the sales charts in the US. First full-year production was 3,800. The only remotely competitive models were the Samson single-cylinder Sieve-Grip 6-12, which sold mainly in the Pacific Coast states, and the Waterloo Boy Model L. Waterloo Boy was just getting started with a smaller model and production of the L was only 29 tractors in the first part of 1914 before it was replaced by a more-powerful model. By 1915 farmers were beginning to realize that the Bull had many failings. It was unreliable and it didn’t have enough power (5-12 hp rating) for its 2-plow rating. Bull sales began to drop off. At that time International Harvester introduced the Mogul 8-16. It was simple, reliable, and maneuverable and its large single-cylinder engine and two drive wheels gave it the power and traction to easily handle a 2-bottom plow in most soils. Although it cost almost twice as much as the Bull, sales took off. Mogul production was 5,111 the first full year and went up from there.

Factory locations Edit

  • Tractor Works, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Specification Edit

See Infobox for details

Serial Numbers Information Edit

Year Serial run[1] Number Built[2] Notes (Total built 14,065).
1914 20
1915 SB501-3750 5111
1916-17 SB3751-15000
1916 8269
1917 665


Mogul 8-16 sn SB3529 at Newby Hall 2011 - IMG 9476

Mogul 8-16

See alsoEdit

References / sourcesEdit

Based on the article at The Science museum Object Wiki web site

  1. Wendel, C. H. 1981. 150 Years of International Harvester, Crestline Publishing Co., Sarasota, Florida. (serial numbers p.411)
  2. Klancher, Lee 1996. International Harvester Photographic History, Motorbooks International, Osceola, Wisconsin, p.34

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