As sales of McCormick XTX and TTX six-cylinder tractor ranges draw to a close after a successful run, their replacement in the 150hp to 230hp sector – the new McCormick X70 Series – is set to make its public working debut at two high profile events.
The new McCormick X70 Series tractors that progressively replace the XTX and TTX models this year have more powerful engines and improvements to the driver’s cab.
At the NORMAC event on Thursday, September 6, two McCormick dealers based in Norfolk will each have a McCormick X70.70 working on their demo plots.
Johnson Bros of Fakenham and Stalham Engineering near Norwich will put the new machines through their paces at the practical demonstration of cultivations and sowing equipment being held at Brettenham Manor near Thetford.
In early October, the McCormick X70.70 will make its Scottish debut in the hands of newly-appointed Borders dealer G Marshall (Tractors) Ltd, St Boswells.
Working with Simba Great Plains equipment to show the power, traction and easy control of the design, George Marshall plans to demonstrate a number of McCormick tractors at Tillage-Live on Wednesday, October 3 at Westfield near Haddington, West Lothian.
The five models that make up the McCormick X70 series are all powered by a ‘leaner and greener’ version of the 6.7-litre McCormick BetaPower engine, which uses proven exhaust treatment technology to regulate harmful emissions while also delivering the prospect of lower fuel costs.
“The core features that make the current XTX and TTX tractors an increasingly popular choice for farmers and contractors are still at the heart of the X70 Series,” emphasises McCormick product specialist Paul Wade. “These include an upgraded version of the XtraSpeed 32x24 transmission with its eight powershift steps, the high-output pressure and flow response hydraulics system; and the spacious four-post cabin with its excellent all-round visibility.”
The unique independent front wheel suspension also continues on the new model, giving operators a comfortable ride over the roughest field surfaces in partnership with the hydraulic cab suspension.
Further improvements have been made to the cab for the X70 Series tractors, including a roof window that lets even more light into a cabin that already provides a comfortable working environment.
There are five models in the series; the X70.70 and the X70.80 are equivalent to the large-frame TTX while the other three replace the smaller, nimbler XTX models.
At the top of the range, the X70.80 lifts performance over the TTX230 with 214hp for draft work and up to 232hp when driving pto-powered implements. At 188hp, the X70.70 has an 8hp advantage over the TTX190 for draft work and transport duties, and a 19hp gain thanks to the 199hp output for pto-driven implements.
The X70 Series replacements for the XTX tractors step up even more in the performance stakes with ‘boost power’ increases of up to 20hp over current models for pto and transport work.
The X70.40 replaces the XTX145 and puts out 150hp for draft work with up to 175hp available with boost activated for hauling a trailer or powering pto-driven equipment. Equivalent figures for the X70.50, which replaces the XTX165, are 165hp and 188hp, while the X70.60 gets an 11% increase in boost output to 203hp, with 175hp on tap for draft work.
|McCormick X70 Series
||Max Boost Power
|Transmission: 32x24 or 48x40 with creep; eight powershift steps; electric range shifting and spool valves on E-plus models. Boost power on X70.40 to X70.60 available for transport and pto; on X70.70 and X70.80 for pto-driven implements.
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