New look McCormick a heavyweight contender

New Zealand McCormick distributor Agtek is pleased to announce the arrival of the first new McCormick X8 Series tractor in the southern hemisphere.

The all-new X8 range includes three models which are labelled X8 – 660, 670 and 680.

Agtek general manager Gayne Carroll says the power for X8s comes from new fuel-efficient FPT Industrial Betapower 6.7-litre, six-cylinder engines with eVGT turbocharger and common rail injection system.

They are available in a Tier 3, no add-blue, and also a Tier 5i-compliant unit that produces from 265hp to 310hp.

“The standard gearbox for the tractors is the new, latest generation VT Drive by ZF. The VT-Drive four-stage continuous variable transmission selects automatically the most suitable gear ratio allowing seamless speed progression without the need to shift gears and has four programmable speed ranges.

“X8 models are all with 40km/h or 50 km/h Eco speed at reduced engine rpm,” Gayne says.

“All X8 tractors have a PTO system with three speeds and economy settings for both 540ECO / 1000 RPM and 1000ECO RPM speeds. You can select these using levers on the right-hand fender console. A switch in the cab console engages the PTO electronically.”

Hydraulic power is provided by a closed centre system with individual pumps for steering and lubrication. They provide a combined maximum output of up to 212 litres per minute and rear power lift of 12,000 kg capacity and 5,000 kg front lift. The most powerful rear hitch in its class. The system includes a 3-way flow divider and up to 11 dedicated electrohydraulic remote valves: six at the rear, two mid-mounted and three at the front, including one dedicated to the hitch.

They can be fitted with up to 18 new working lights and twin cab beacons, while LED tail lights complement the modern design. A new, one-piece engine hood lifts high out of the way to reveal a redesigned radiator and fold-out oil cooler pack system that makes daily maintenance an easy task.

Aside from new styling the X8 tractors also feature McCormick’s completely new Premiere cab. The Premiere Cab is a new-concept four-post design with rear hinged doors that provides unobstructed visibility in all directions, allowing the driver full view of blind spots without changing position.

Built at Argo Tractors’ cab facility, it is 180mm wider than the previous cab and features a completely new interior layout with a distinctly automotive flair. Wider doors with adjustable heavy-duty hinges give generous access, while boosting in-cab noise level of only 70 dB for maximum comfort of operation.

All controls are arranged logically, while other features include the tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, with integrated instrument panel that remains in the correct position relative to the position of the steering wheel, multi-function armrest with ergonomically designed controller and integrated controls, 12” Data Screen Manager touch screen monitor and automatic climate control.

Passengers can ride in comfort on the new patented seat, which folds completely out of sight making it easier to get in and out of the tractor.

Gayne says additional comfort and performance from features such as front axle and cab suspension make the X8 a true contender in today’s market place and anyone considering a tractor in this 250 – 300hp sector should take a look at the McCormick X8.

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