The LAMMA 2016 show in the UK is less than two weeks away.
It attracts a large Irish contingent as it is one of the main machinery showcase in the UK and Ireland.
Many manufacturers are gearing up for this year’s event with lots of product launches and UK and Irish debuts.
One manufacturer using the show to present their recent developments is McCormick.
Two years ago, McCormick presented a new product strategy to renew the entire product range with more modern designs, new features, new technologies, greater comfort for operators, and more power.
This plan is now beginning to bear fruits.
The most powerful McCormick ever built was unveiled by Argo Tractors at the Agritechnica.
However, Argo Tractors don’t plan to start production of the McCormick X8 VT Drive until the second half of 2016, so it will not be present at LAMMA 2016, but will nevertheless generate excitement among staff and customers alike.
The McCormick X8 VT Drive, with engine power outputs of 264hp, 286hp and 310hp, is the culmination of one of the most intensive new product investment programmes undertaken by Argo Tractors.
The McCormick X7 Series will be on display at LAMMA 2016, with its new addition, a simple-to-use continuously variable ‘CVT’ or ‘vario’ transmission.
This adds the benefits of seamless acceleration, precise speed control and intelligent powertrain management to deliver improved productivity and fuel economy to the X7 range for the first time.
Five McCormick X7 VT Drive models are now available — a trio of four-cylinder tractors with peak outputs of 136hp to 166hp for draft work, and up to 175hp for PTO-driven implements and road transport, and a pair of six-cylinder machines with 171/181hp and 180/194hp outputs.
They are pretty much identical to the existing Pro Drive counterparts that are currently available, but use ZF’s latest continuously variable transmission — Terramatic.
The transmission and engine are controlled as a single entity by purpose-designed control software developed by McCormick manufacturer Argo Tractors, to provide a full suite of operating modes and settings to suit different field work and road transport situations.
McCormick X7 VT Drive tractors come as standard with a seat-mounted control console and one of the biggest touch-screen terminals available.
The 12-inch colour display of the Data Screen Manager complements the information shown on the tractor’s instrument panel, and provides an easily navigated set of screens for various transmission, engine, PTO and hydraulic functions.
The EasyPilot controller is the seat mounted console.
It is shaped to fit comfortably in the hand, carries the speed-up and slow-down buttons, a lift/lower switch for the three-point linkage, and a button each for cruise speed set and recall, and forward/reverse shuttle.
As an option, it can be configured for monitoring and control of implements equipped with ISOBUS electronics, and the tractors can also operate with integrated satellite-guided steering.
There will also be the McCormick X4.35C on the stand, representing the four smaller models in the X4 Series, and available in two or four wheel drive, cab and open platform versions.
Designed for applications that do not demand a lot of power, but where light weight and compact dimensions are important characteristics, the tractors offer a choice of four power outputs.
“The McCormick X4C design is unlike anything we’ve had in the range before,” points out McCormick product specialist Paul Wade.
“These are thoroughly modern tractors with a great choice of features and specifications to suit different users and applications.”
The latest Deutz engines with good fuel economy and simple emissions control technology feature in the 64hp X4.20C, 69hp X4.30C and 76hp X4.40C.
The 75hp X4.35C has a Perkins engine.
The spacious cab is an attractive feature of new McCormick X4C tractors.
“The designers at Argo Tractors have given a lot of attention to the cab for the McCormick X4C tractors to ensure it provides a comfortable and practical workplace,” says Paul Wade.
“It’s quite a challenge making a cab to fit a small tractor, that’s in proportion but gives the operator plenty of space and good visibility. But the designers have achieved that.”
A narrow header rail creates a deep windscreen for maximum forward visibility; full-size doors provide easy access with no B-pillars to interrupt the view to either side; and controls on the right-hand console are angled towards the driver, for easier use.
Argo Tractors will also have their Landini brand on their LAMMA 2016 stand.
The Landini 4 Series will be present.
The latest development in the brand is the Landini 6C Series which replaced the popular Powermondial in 2015, and now comprises three models with the addition of a more powerful version with up to 140hp on tap.