Farmers and contractors visiting the Cereals 2007 event last week
took a keen interest in McCormick’s newest tractor, the XTX165.
Farmers at the Cereals 2007 event took a keen interest in the McCormick XTX165, which introduces new styling and colours as well as a new specification package to the range.
The newcomer is scheduled to go into series production this autumn – alongside
the similar XTX145 – to provide a more feature-packed alternative
to McCormick’s established MTX models for operators wanting
higher levels of performance, productivity and driving features.
Both are powered by a McCormick BetaPower six-cylinder diesel engine
with full-authority electronic fuel injection management.
In the McCormick XTX145 it develops up to 145hp for draft work
and 156hp for pto-driven implements and transport operations. The
same power management system on the McCormick XTX165 engine increases
output to 171hp from a draft work maximum of 167hp.
“The great thing about this system is that it works automatically – it’s
not something the driver has to switch on and off,” explains
Paul Wade, McCormick technical specialist. “Whenever the
tractor’s gearbox is in the top range or sensors detect a
significant load on the pto shaft, the electronics change the fuelling
strategy to make the additional power available.”
Apart from the higher performance engines, the new XTX tractors
have a host of improvements over the MTX design, including the
XtraSpeed transmission, which has twice as many ratios in total,
twice as many powershift speeds in each range and automatic powershifts
for easier road travel.
“Whether working in the field or driving on the road, the
XtraSpeed’s eight powershifts give McCormick XTX drivers
unrivalled ground speed control and versatility,” says Paul
Wade. “With more ratios than other tractors covering the
important working and travel speeds, the XTX driver finds it is
easier to locate the best speed for maximum productivity.”
Other features include a 40kph cruising speed achieved at a quieter
and more economical 1850rpm; a 50kph transmission option; and pto
speed settings that use lower engine revs to coincide with the
engine’s torque and power characteristics.
In addition, the three-point linkage lift cylinders are externally-mounted
and have 8000kg of lifting power – 21% (1400kg) more
than on the MTX; there are triple-disc brakes instead of single-disc
units for more effective braking performance; and a 13% (35-litre)
increase in fuel tank capacity for more working hours between refills.
Drivers also get the XTX four-post cab with fully-glazed doors
filling both sides of the frame for unrivalled visibility, plus
new storage features and optional seat-mounted transmission and
External changes include new McCormick styling with a sleek, rounded
one-piece bonnet, rounded rear mudguards and a wedge-profile cab
roof panel in addition to the new red, silver and grey colour scheme
introduced across the entire McCormick range.
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