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Saturday 21 October 2017

Italians show mettle

Tractor buyers may be tempted by Landini and McCormick's latest offerings

McCormick's MC range, including the MC130 combine features from
the CX and MTX models
McCormick's MC range, including the MC130 combine features from the CX and MTX models

Bruce Lett

D& S MACHINERY, the independent importer and distributor of Landini and McCormick Tractors, will display the latest models from both brands on their stand at this year's Ploughing Championships. With slightly different heritages, Landini and McCormick are both owned by Italian firm ARGO. The mechanical versions of their new Landini series featured in Athy will be of interest to many who still want a 'mechanical' rather than 'electronic' tractor.

New from McCormick is the restyled MC Series, featuring a new four-post cab design with newly designed bonnet and mudguards. According to D & S, the new MC models combine the compact size of the smaller CX models with features of the MTX range. The spacious cab also offers better visibility and comfort.

Under the new clothes, McCormick engineers are keeping with the same trademark features (engine and power-train), which are well proven. There are three models in the revamped range, the MC110, MC115 and MC130, with engine powers of 102hp, 110hp and 126hp. In all models, power is provided by a four-cylinder, Perkins 1104D turbo after-cooler engine.

The transmission is a 16 forward and 12 reverse speed unit, incorporating a four-speed power-shift and power-shuttle. D & S point out that the new MC models share the same transmission and hydraulics as the bigger MTX range from McCormick. Hydraulics are provided by a variable displacement, load-sensing 109-litre/minute pump.

Standard on the new MC models is air-con, auto-PTO, electronic lift control, headland management and telescopic hitch. Ffinish and detail in the cab is easily compared with the auto industry, D & S maintain.

Also on display on the McCormick stand will be models from the compact CX range and the six-cylinder MTX range.

New in blue from Landini is the four-model 5-H series, which is the latest from the Italian manufacturer to be offered by D & S Machinery.

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According to the firm, the 5-H series fits in between the existing Powerfarm and Powermondial series.

With powers from 74hp to 102hp, the four models are the 5-080H, 5-090H, 5-100H and 5-110H.

D & S says this tractor has the same cab frame as the Powerfarm and the same 36F+12R speed transmission as in the Powermondial series.

Landini has replaced the traditional 'bull gear reductions' with new planetary reduction rear axles. This helps to create a more compact back-end and greater turning circle with trailed implements. Available in two versions, the Techno model comes with a mechanical shuttle (24F+12R speeds) and the Top model features a power shuttle with three powershifts (36F+12R speeds). All models feature new Perkins engines: the '80' model is fitted with an aspirated engine; the '90' with a turbocharged engine; and both '100' and '110' versions are powered by a turbo aftercooler engine.

Four-wheel-drive and PTO engagement is switch operated on both the Techno and Top versions. External buttons for PTO controls are located as standard on Top versions. The new lift features a 4,350kg lift capacity and lower link sensing, ideal for draft work such as ploughing.

D & S say demand for a mechanical lift is still evident when you talk to farmers, so on display at the show will be a 'mechanical' and 'power-shuttle' 5-H, both of which will feature mechanical lift control. Electric lift control with external buttons on the fenders is an option on the Top version.

The 5-H will be marketed as a replacement model for power shuttle versions of the Powerfarm and at existing Vision customers, who require a compact two- or four-wheel-drive tractor.

Irish Independent