New powers, Stage V emissions and renewed design
McCormick, a blend of power and high technology from the multinational company Argo Tractors, takes another step forward at Agritechnica. New powers with Stage V engine emissions and innovative design solutions: these are the big new developments that will be presented at the prestigious exhibition of agricultural mechanisation in Hanover on 10-16 November.
In addition to learning about the new products, visitors to the show will have the chance to get to know the world of McCormick and the company Argo Tractors, an enterprise firmly founded on a business 4.0 model where technological improvement and innovation go hand in hand with an attention to the human factor and environmental sustainability. For the industrial group based in Fabbrico, Reggio Emilia, Italy the future is now, focused on developing an international network with the goal of acquiring new dealers and reinforcing its global leadership.
McCormick X7.624: the latest model at Agritechnica competing for Tractor of the Year
McCormick X7.624 VT-Drive Stage V is undoubtedly the most highly anticipated new development at the Hanover Trade Fair, and will also represent the brand at the prestigious Tractor of the Year 2020 competition. With an increase in engine power to 240hp, it represents the highest performance of the X7.6 VT-Drive Series which is characterised by a general increase in power starting from 180hp. For four models in the X7.6 series this means a transition to the new Stage V emission step, the new standard for off-road engines sold in the European Union.
Equipped with a 6-cylinder, 24-valve 6.7-litre Beta Power Fuel Efficiency engine, the McCormick X7.624 delivers a maximum torque of 983 Nm at 1,400 rpm with the Power Plus system that guarantees maximum power and performance combined with fuel savings, lower tractor wear and a generous 36% torque reserve. The SCR – Selective Catalyst Reduction system with a 52-litre AdBlue tank reduces engine emissions. The SCR system is combined with the DOC (Diesel Oxidation Catalyser), a passive oxidising catalyst capable of reducing pollutants and meeting the most stringent anti-pollution regulations.
The engine’s B.I.C. – Best in Class system makes it possible to optimise the fuel filters in order to reduce engine oil waste, cutting maintenance times and costs. In addition, the Engine Brake system is used to improve transport efficiency. By using the turbocharger’s throttle valve, the operator can reduce engine rpms by operating the engine brake together with the rear brakes. The Cooling Matrix system facilitates opening of the under-bonnet radiators for cleaning convenience.
The combination of a high-performance engine and the 4-stage continuously variable VT-Drive transmission with 4 sets of crown wheels with oil-cooled clutches provides excellent reactive capacity, making the work particularly easy. The innovative technology of the VT-Drive transmission has four speed ranges, going from a minimum of 0.04 km/h to a maximum of 50 km/h, facilitating productivity in every working environment.
The four-speed PTO and rear axle with reinforced final drives allow full power to be expressed, with a modular drive and automatically adjustable setup. Compared to Stage IV emission levels, the VT-Drive transmission maintains the supporting frame with its characteristic cast iron structure and independent front suspension that guarantees lower vibration levels, greater power and improved front wheel traction with maximum manoeuvrability for greater safety and driving comfort.
The focus on facilitating the operator’s work is maintained and evident in the design of the semi-active suspension cab which features top-quality materials, excellent ergonomics and an attention to detail that results in maximum comfort and spaciousness.
The new configuration of the control unit, governed by the Data Screen Management (DSM), evolves from the existing level with patented “My switch” button to a new version that multiplies these programmable buttons by five, placed on the armrest, allowing the driver to store five functions for greater customisation of the tractor controls.
Also new is the system that allows the operator to adjust the tilting movement of the steering wheel electrically by means of a simple switch and a lever to adjust the height.
McCormick X7.624 is also compatible with satellite guidance and the ISOBUS system that connects the tractor, implements and on-board computer, ensuring superior efficiency and productivity. With ISOBUS, the operator can manage all implements using a single touchscreen monitor without having to use additional control units in the cabin.
Furthermore, the advanced McCormick Fleet Management system makes it possible to manage a fleet of tractors by providing immediate, accurate geofencing information that provides data on the worked area, telemetry and geopositioning.
The superior technology of the tractors is matched by the cabin’s top-drawer interior and exterior. The main new features of the McCormick X7.624 VT-Drive are the new bonnet design in line with the McCormick X8 family styling and the new roof design, with 12 working lights that have been repositioned to give the operator greater all-round visibility even during night-time operations. To increase working comfort the arrangement of the controls on the armrest has been revised to offer improved ergonomics.
McCormick X7.6 P6-Drive: new design and Stage V
McCormick X7.6 P6-Drive offers the same recent developments as the VT-Drive version, i.e. Stage V engine emission and renewed roof design, with 12 new working lights positioned to ensure full, optimal illumination and a new bonnet that reflects the brand’s style and is even more aggressive, ensuring maximum visibility for the operator.
The McCormick X7.6 P6-Drive shows off all its features of comfort, performance and high technology that make the vehicle user friendly and economical in terms of maintenance costs. Its key strengths remain the high quality of the materials used, attention to detail and the spacious and quiet cab. The 6.7-litre 24-valve engine is a Stage V that uses the DOC and SCR (Selective Catalyst Reduction) systems for exhaust gas treatment. The Cooling Matrix system facilitates opening of the under-bonnet radiators for easy cleaning. Efficiency in transport mode is enhanced by Engine Brake system that, in combination with the throttle valve of the turbocharger, enables the operator to reduce engine rpm by operating the engine brake together with the rear brakes. X7.6 P6-Drive comes with two equipment versions: the Premium version features the CCLS closed-centre hydraulic system with up to 160 l/min and a maximum of 8 electro-hydraulic spool valves and a 3-way flow diverter capable of managing three hydraulic movements using a single spool valve, a 12″ DSM touchscreen monitor capable of supporting a rear/front camera, and Advanced HMF management for optimal control of headland operations. The Efficient package offers basically the same engine and transmission configuration as the Premium version, however with a basic 88 l/min Open-Centre hydraulic system.
Driving accuracy can be enhanced by the satellite guidance options provided by Topcon Agriculture. Also fitted on steering ready units is the Eazysteer system which reduces the number of turns of the steering wheel from lock to lock making it faster and less tiresome for the operator at each headland manoeuvre. Operator comfort is also maximised by the either mechanical cab suspension or the electro-hydraulic Semi-Active Anti-Damping system with variable ride comfort settings possible.
The front axle with independent front suspension system enhances comfort on the road and greatly benefits grip and stability. The Stop & Action system allows the operator to simply bring the vehicle to a halt by pressing the brake pedals that double as de-clutch controls, enabling the P6-Drive transmission to provide a smooth ride comparable to that of a continuously variable transmission.
The high technological level of this tractor includes the McCormick Fleet Management, a system designed to measure the efficiency of the vehicle in terms of fuel consumption, operating hours and service reminders, all integrated in a portal that allows fleet managers to maximise use and monitor operating costs. Like the entire X7 Series, McCormick X7.6 uses an ISOBUS-certified system to manage the operation of implements compatible with this technology through a dedicated menu, included in the 12″ touchscreen DSM monitor.
McCormick X8 VT-Drive: maximum power in Stage V
McCormick’s top of the line with 310-hp X8 VT-Drive with Stage V emission and a new design featuring a roof with 12 working lights that allow greater visibility when working, even at night.
McCormick X8 VT-Drive crosses the 300hp barrier with an aggressive look and thanks to three models with powers of 264, 286 and 310 hp produced by 6-cylinder Betapower Fuel Efficiency 6.7-litre engines equipped with eVGT electronically controlled variable geometry exhaust line and SCR exhaust gas post-treatment system. X8 VT-Drive’s strong point is its four-stage continuously variable transmission offering 40km/h ECO speed at 1,300 engine rpm and 50km/h ECO speed at 1,600 rpm.
To efficiently manage the implements the tractor comes standard with an ISOBUS certified system with a dedicated menu included in the 12″ DSM touchscreen monitor.
The powerful closed-centre hydraulic system with 157 l/min load-sensing pump (a larger 212 l/min pump is available as an option) can handle up to ten electro- hydraulically controlled valves (6 rear) with 140 l/min capacity. To these is added a 3-way flow diverter valve capable of managing three hydraulic movements using a single hydraulic spool valve. The electronic rear hitch provides a maximum lifting capacity of 12,000 kg.
The electro-hydraulically engaged rear PTO features the three speeds 540E/1000E/1000 as standard.
The front hitch with 5,000 kg lifting capacity and 1,000 rpm front PTO (optional) is also standard.
The front axle is equipped with an electronically controlled parallelogram suspension and oil-bath disc brakes for guaranteed maximum safety and driving comfort. Maximum allowed weight of 16,000 kg, wheelbase of 3,000 mm and combination of rear wheels available up to 900/60R42.
Available in 3 models with powers of 121hp, 133hp and 140hp guaranteed by 4,500 cm3 4-cylinder Betapower Fuel Efficiency engines emitted Tier 4 Final with SCR post- gas treatment system, it offers different transmission options: VT-Drive by Argo Tractors (3-stage continuous variation) and Powershift with 3 gears under load (48 + 16 with Creeper).
The range features an electro-hydraulic 4-speed PTO with Auto PTO settings for ease of operation and smooth drive take up. The rear lift easily handles all types of fully mounted implements (5,400 kg) and an optional 110 l/min closed-centre hydraulic system delivers fast response for loaders and equipment.
Comfort during field operations and in transport is ensured by such options as front axle with independent suspension and mechanical cab suspension. The cabin is up to the highest standards in terms of ergonomics, low noise and excellent visibility. VT-Drive functions are controlled from the multi-function armrest and the 12” touchscreen DSM monitor.
McCormick X6.4, with a weight of 5,200 kg and a maximum allowed weight of 8,500 kg has a 2.54 m wheelbase and is proposed with 34″ and 38″ rear tyres, ideal as a heavy duty Utility also in combination with front hitch and front loader.
McCormick X6.55 powered by Deutz 3.6 litre Tier 4 Final comes with a maximum power of 126hp and offers two types of driveline with hydraulic reverse shuttle: 12+12 or 36+12 with HML. The high performance rear hitch provides a lifting capacity of 6,000 kg served by a 66 l/min open centre hydraulic circuit. The range – compliant with the Mother Regulation – is completed with the models X6.45 and X6.35 with maximum powers of 119hp and 110hp respectively. For this range, the maximum rear wheel available has been increased from 34″ to 38″.
The new options include a two-point mechanical cabin suspension, the availability of a suspended front axle and the predisposition for the innovative ISOBUS and satellite driver assistance systems.
McCormick X5 is the ideal tractor in the “Medium Utility” segment as well as including homologation for specialised tractors. The X5 series is equipped with Deutz 3.6-litre Tier 4 Interim engines with DOC catalytic converter alone and no SCR. The range includes three power ratings – 99hp, 107hp and 113hp – and a 12+12 transmission with optional Hi-Lo and creeper, mechanical or hydraulic reverse shuttle and a powerful hydraulic system with 60 l/min capacity. The rear hitch can be controlled via the ELS (Ergonomic Lift System) and offers 4,500 Kg lifting capacity.
Compact size (2.36 m wheelbase) and a weight of 3,800 kg, associated with 34” rear wheel tyres, make this tractor ideal for typical farm operations, also with front loader (available as an option).