X8 VT-Drive, a range of tractors for agriculture 4.0
The McCormick’s X8 VT-Drive series was one of the most anticipated product lines at the SIMA in Paris and it lived up to expectations. It is a range made up of three models designed for performance, reliability and comfort, and with an aggressive design able to gain even the operators most attentive to aesthetics. McCormick has provided this line of machines with Betapower Fuel Efficiency Tier4 Final 6-cylinder engines (on supporting frame) of 264, 286 and 310 horses, assisted by a continuously variable transmission and four planetary stages with a speed of 40 kilometers per hour ECO at 1,300 rpm, and 50 kilometers per hour ECO at 1,600 rpm.
Top-level performance for the hydraulic system closed center with a load sensing pump of 157 liters per minute (the 212 lt-plus-minute pump is optional), specifically designed to handle eleven (electro-hydraulic) 6-way distributors with a flow rate of 140 l/min. The electronic rear lifter, on the other hand, stands out for a maximum lifting capacity of 12,000 kilos, while the front - also standard - reaches up to 5,000 kilos with PTO of 1000 rpm (on request). Among the strengths of the X8 VT-Drive series, there is the front axle equipped with an electronically controlled parallelogram suspension system and oil immersed disc brakes designed to ensure maximum safety and driving comfort.
In terms of comfort, it is worth mentioning the 4-post Première Cab, which provides panoramic visibility in all direction and which is appreciated for the Semi-Active cab electrohydraulic suspension, anti-dumping, for the retractable trainer seat, for the adjustable multifunctional armrest, and for the Mp3 Bluetooth radio system.
The technological equipment is also very rich and includes the ISObus system combined with a 12” touchscreen monitor (DSM), while the EazySteer and Precision Steering Management devices, enhanced by the collaboration with Topcon Agriculture, are dedicated to the applications of agriculture 4.0.
by Giovanni M. Losavio