McCormick launches more frugal X5 tractors

A new range of McCormick X5 tractors features extra transmission options designed to make the machines more fuel-efficient during day-to-day tasks.

There has also been an engine upgrade, with the previous Perkins unit ditched in favour of a 3.6-litre Deutz four-cylinder. This offers 99hp for the smallest X5.35, 107hp for the mid-ranking X5.45 and the flagship X5.55 gets 113hp.

The two transmission options for the tractors are a 12×12 shifter available with synchro shuttle and power shuttle, and the 24×24 box available in the same variants. There’s an optional creep box too, adding a further eight gears in both directions.

McCormick X5 aerial view

McCormick X5

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The dry clutch synchro shuttle is McCormick’s simple mechanical option, whereas the wet clutch power shuttle has adjustable drive take-up and offers fingertip forward and reverse selection along with electro-hydraulic pto clutch control.
 
If more ratios are needed for field work, the newly released H-M-L option has three-speed powershift with power shuttle and 36 forward speeds in all.
 
A new Eco Forty feature will reduce engine revs on the road once the transmission hits 40kph to save fuel and reduce noise, while the pto can be specced with eco settings for both 540 and 1,000rpm shaft speeds.

The 62-litre/min hydraulic pump supplies three double-acting spool valves fitted as standard and the rear linkage can hoist 4,500kg. A push-back pick-up hitch is also part of the package.

In the cab, an air suspended seat, air conditioning and tilting/telescopic wheel are all standard fare, with prices starting at £52,000.