The most powerful McCormick tractor ever built will be unveiled in the UK for the first time at the LAMMA show (18-19 January, 2017, Peterborough).
The McCormick X8 VT Drive, which will be produced in three models with engine power outputs of 264hp, 286hp and 310hp, takes the McCormick marque into a new performance class to complement the advanced 143-212hp X7 Pro Drive semi-powershift and 136-194hp X7 VT Drive stepless transmissions ranges.
Ray Spinks, Sales Director and General Manager at McCormick distributor AgriArgo UK says: “The McCormick name is closely associated with efficient power and performance and the new X8 VT Drive is the ultimate expression of that image. It has great driver appeal and the unique combination of proven engine, transmission and hydraulics will make it a powerful performer in the field.”
Ploughing, cultivating, sowing and powering big grass mowers and other harvesting machinery will be the main roles performed by the tractors but the size and weight of the tractor makes it also suitable for road work with large capacity slurry tankers, muck spreaders and trailers.
Key features include a heavy-duty CVT transmission providing fine speed control, different operating modes for optimum performance and cost-saving fuel efficiency. Electronically-controlled hydraulics with 157-litre or 212-litre load-sensing pumps – plus 115-litres/min dedicated to steering and other ancillary systems – are also part of the package.
An integral front three-point linkage and pto assembly on the cast steel load-bearing chassis complements the 12 tonne capacity rear three-point hitch, while tyres up 900/60 R42 on the rear axle will enable the tractors to operate with low inflation pressures for maximum traction and soil protection.
The McCormick Premiere cab, as featured in top-spec form on Premium versions of the X7 Pro Drive and VT Drive tractors, completes the package. Apart from providing a comfortable workplace for long hours in the seat, the cab provides excellent all-round visibility – especially forwards through the wide one-piece windscreen – and fingertip control of all functions via a seat-mounted console and the touch-screen colour display.
Optional precision steering using satellite-based positioning and the high-ratio EasySteer system for less arm twirling during headland turns, are available for accurate bout-matching and least effort for a highly productive operating experience.