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Thursday 19 January 2017

McCormick unveil some colourful new options

Derek Casey

Published 16/12/2015 | 02:30

McCormick's X7 VT-Drive models are equipped with a ZF produced four-range transmission.
McCormick's X7 VT-Drive models are equipped with a ZF produced four-range transmission.

There will be plenty of interest in McCormick's new X7 VT-Drive tractors which launch in January and will be easily recognised thanks to their unusual paintwork options and distinct branding. Fitted with continuously variable transmission, these high specification tractors represent McCormick's solution to the demand from farmers for more efficient tractors.

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The models are equipped with a ZF produced four-range transmission featuring speed ratios from zero to the maximum speed permitted in the country of use.

There are five models available; three four-cylinder models from 143 to 166hp (the top model boasting to 175hp), and two six-cylinder units producing 175 and 195hp, respectively.

Power comes from the proven BetaPower Fuel Efficiency engines and these are easily serviced and maintained by the large opening bonnet. The VT-Drive transmission is a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that provides an infinite number of speed ratios from zero to the maximum speed permitted in the country of use.

Both transmissions feature a left-hand steering-column power shuttle and are controlled electronically via pushbuttons located on the multi-function armrest.

The electro hydraulically-engaged rear PTO features an exchangeable shaft providing 6 or 21 splines and offers four speeds; 540/540E/1000/1000E rpm. The electronic control of the PTO always ensures smooth and modulated implement start-up.

The system also incorporates PTO headland management to eliminate implement drive line damage when raising the machine. The X7 VT-Drive models are available with a closed-centre hydraulic system with variable-displacement pump.

The electronically-controlled rear hitch with draft sensing on the lower links provides a maximum lift capacity of 9300kg and allows a precise control of the implement.

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Also included is a Ride Control system to help protect the implement and reduce shock loadings on the tractor during transport.

A radar sensor is also available for operations where true ground speed is required, this can also be used in difficult ground conditions to improve tractive performance and reduce wheel slip.

Versatility

Further versatility can be obtained with a front hitch capable of lifting up to 3500kg and a front PTO. Lift and lower switches are provided at the front to assist in connecting or disconnecting front implements.

The front axle, either rigid-mounted or with electronically controlled independent suspensions, offers a 55- degree steering angle, providing excellent manoeuvrability in confined spaces.

Two years after the launch of the X7 series, the Premiere Cab has been updated with cosmetic and ergonomic upgrades, making long hours in the field as stress-free and comfortable as possible.

The new cab retains the same design as the previous version - a four-post frame with flat-deck platform, rear-hinged doors and one- piece panoramic windscreen that provides ease of access to the driving position and unequalled all-round visibility.

Three thumb-switch selected power shift steps provide clutch-free up and down-changes to quickly match working or travel speeds to the load on the tractor.

A smooth power shuttle for fingertip direction changes can be fine-tuned to react gently or with more bite to suit different applications and operator preferences by a shuttle modulation control button in the cab.

Integrated into the armrest is a 12" DSM touchscreen monitor that controls the tractor performance and functions.

The telescopic tilt-adjustable steering wheel is designed to tilt with the instrument panel.

The new cab includes several new features as standard including an inside mirror, additional 12V sockets for portable devices, a bottle holder and roof hatch frame.

The cab is pressurized to keep a clean, dust-free environment and has a sound level of only 70dBa, while an automatic climate control maintains the desired cab temperature whatever the outdoor weather conditions.

To further increase operator comfort, an electronically-controlled hydraulic cab suspension system is available as an option.

Irish McCormick importers D&S Machinery Ltd will start exhibiting this X7 VT-Drive Series with its special optional yellow livery at upcoming Farm Machinery Shows across the country during January and February. Prices for the McCormick tractor start from €108,943 plus VAT.

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