With new transmission and engine combinations, plus a spacious cab, they should appeal to operators and owner drivers alike.
The McCormick X4 Series is a small full-size tractor design with power outputs from 64hp to 107hp and a wide choice of specifications to suit different applications and budgets. Notable features include optional creeper gears and ground drive power take-off (PTO) for specialist turf-maintenance machinery. There is also a low-revs Eco 40kph transmission option for more fuel-efficient road travel, plus a new cab design that is described as spacious yet compact.
"The designers at Argo Tractors have given the new McCormick X4 Series cab a lot of attention to ensure it provides a comfortable and practical workspace," says Paul Wade, product specialist at GB distributor AgriArgo UK. "It's quite a challenge making a cab fit a small tractor that's in production but gives the operator plenty of space and good visibility, but the X4 designers have achieved that."
A narrow header rail creates a deep windscreen for maximum forward visibility. Full-size doors are intended to provide easy access with no "B" pillars to interrupt the view to either side. The controls on the right-hand console are angled towards the driver to make them easy to use.
The novel idea of housing the cab air filters in the rear pillars makes them easy to reach for cleaning and results in a slim roof panel for low overall height. The smallest models measure just over 2.4m to the top of the cab, while the three larger machines have a slightly longer wheelbase to maintain balance and traction with bigger implements and stand a little taller at 2.5m.
Mechanical control of the 3.4-3.9 tonne lift capacity rear-linkage can be upgraded to electronic operation on the 90hp X4.50, 99hp X4.60 and 107hp X4.70, with a 1.75-tonne front linkage and PTO available on these models for added productivity by operating frontand rear-mounted implements simultaneously. Twoor four-wheel drive, cab or open platform and a choice of synchro shuttle and power shuttle transmissions add to the specification mix.
Latest Deutz engines with simple emissions control technology feature under the bonnet of the 64hp X4.20, 69hp X4.30 and 76hp X4.40, which are slightly narrower and shorter. There is also the 75hp X4.35C with a Perkins engine to earlier emissions rules that gives a distinct price advantage while engine stocks last.
"This new design is unlike anything we've had in the range before and it readily complements our bigger tractors, which have also undergone significant upgrades and new features," says Wade. He suggests it is a range that deserves consideration by anyone operating in the amenity sector.