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McCormick Plans to Offer Higher Horsepower Tractors
Since 2005, McCormick hasn’t offered tractors above 225 hp. in the North American market. That will change next year when McCormick jumps back into the higher horsepower market with the X8 series. The X8 tractors, which made their debut at Agritechnica in late 2015, will be available in three models with 265, 286, and 310 hp.
“McCormick wants to get back into the row-crop market,” explains Taylor Grout with McCormick. “The X7 is the current flagship for this movement and with the X8, we will continue building on this.”
Introduced in 2014, the X7 series includes five models from 143 to 212 hp. The two smallest models in this range are powered by a 4.5-liter, four-cylinder engine while the three largest run on a 6.7-liter, six-cylinder engine. Both BETAPOWER turbocharged engines feature multivalve technology, electronic common rail fuel injection, and advanced SCR emissions control systems.
To transfer power to the ground, the tractors come standard with a 24-speed powershift transmission, featuring electro-hydraulic range shifting and a power shuttle control. The electro-hydraulically engaged rear PTO offers 540, 540 eco, 1,000, and 1,000 eco rpm PTO speeds with interchangeable flange-type shaft. The system incorporates PTO headland management to eliminate implement driveline damage when raising rear-mounted implements. The closed-center hydraulic system has a standard flow rate of 32.5 gpm available to the implement system with up to five rear remotes. Maximum lift capacity comes out at 20,500 pounds.
New this year, McCormick will start offering a CVT transmission for the X7 series. This will be the first time McCormick tractors are available with a CVT, specifically a four-range CVT built by German manufacturer ZF. The X7 VT-Drive will be available in two models with 140- or 175-rated engine hp. These tractors will also come standard with a 12-inch color touch screen monitor to control key tractor parameters as well as provide ISOBUS virtual terminal capabilities for controlling implements and attachments.
The X8 tractors will also feature a four-range CVT powered by the BETAPOWER 6.7-liter, six-cylinder engine. The X8 line will be built to work in a variety of tough conditions. An available front three-point hitch will have a lift capacity of 11,000 pounds, and the rear hitch will lift 26,000 pounds. The closed-center hydraulic pump has a standard flow rate of 41 gpm with a high-flow option of 56 gpm. Three PTO speeds will be available: 540 eco; 1,000; and 1,000 eco.
The X8 will also come with the 12-inch Data Screen Manager and producers will have the option to add Precision Steering Management auto guidance.
Down the road, you will most likely see more horsepower from McCormick, says Grout.
The McCormick brand is owned by Argo Tractors, a family-owned business based in Italy. The company prides itself on being a true manufacturer, making the majority of its own components including axles, transmissions, and machined components.