FARM machinery engineers from Wales were among McCormick tractor dealers who travelled to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park to hear about – and try for themselves – the new models and improved features being introduced this year.
But there was no time for any monkey business as the dealers got down to learning about new X generation tractors for livestock and arable farms and features such as touch-screen computer control, automatic transmission with no gear shifting and satellite navigation.
Dealers who made the trip included Mel Jones and colleagues from HJR Agri, Oswestry, and Dylan Williams whose PGF Agri dealership has branches at Llanerch-y-medd, Anglesey, and Y Ffor, Pwllheli.
McCormick manufacturer Argo Tractors has invested heavily in a new product development programme that will produce as many as eight new ranges over three years, bringing added refinements, greater performance and modern control technologies to the tractors that farmers rely on day after day.
New small tractors for livestock farmers – the 64- 107hp McCormick X4 Series and 85-113hp McCormick X5 Series – have new, more economical engines and a smart new cab with large windows for good all-round visibility.
The mid-range McCormick X6 Series (111-176hp) covers a wide range of transmission, pto and equipment choices to suit different applications and operator preferences.
At the top of the range, the McCormick X7 Series (143-188hp) for arable farmers, contractors and large grassland/livestock producers can have a 12in touchscreen ISOBUS terminal to set up and control various functions on the tractor and implements.
The new VT Drive version is the first McCormick with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Instead of shifting gears manually, the operator only has to use the accelerator pedal or the EasyPilot control joystick – computer control automatically selects the best engine speed and transmission ratio for efficient road travel and different types of field work.