McCormick tractors – X6 VT-Drive in Farm Contractor.
The UK magazine Farm Contractor & Large Scale Farmer has published a very positive report following a test to follow up the ‘Tractor of the Year’ award win for the McCormick X6.440 VT-Drive.
The machine, which features the first ‘in-house’ CVT transmission produced by McCormick manufacturer Argo Tractors, was driven along tracks, on a steep gravel bank, on the road and around a farm yard to get further impressions after the author worked the tractor with a loader during the Tractor of the Year award appraisal.
He came away impressed, noting driver comfort and a good balance between electronics technology and traditional controls, as well as plenty of power from the 4.5-litre engine.
Like Fendt Vario, the McCormick VT-Drive has ‘road’ and ‘field’ ranges to select as appropriate; it then starts off in fully hydrostatic mode, so it will hold the tractor on a slope and makes hitching manoeuvres very controllable, before going to a mix of mechanical and hydraulic drive to deliver the tractor’s power and torque efficiently.
At present, the McCormick X6.440 VT-Drive is the smallest and lightest full-size tractor with a CVT transmission, with manoeuvrability that lends itself well to the confines of a dairy yard and buildings.
Yet in X7.440 guise, it also has plenty of power – 130hp when cultivating, ploughing or carrying out any other draft work, and up to 140hp when driving a mobile pto-powered implement or towing a trailer, spreader or tanker on the road.
Read more about the three models in the X6.4 VT-Drive range on the McCormick product range page.
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