McCormick unveil some colourful new options
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.
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.