Tractor upgrades prepare to chase new business

AgriArgo's Landini & McCormick press day in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, last month showcased a range of new machinery.

Argo Tractors is replacing the CX series of mid-horsepower tractors with the new McCormick X60 series as part of a move to reposition itself as a key player in the tractor market.

With four models ranging from 92hp to 121hp (with boost), the series features the new trademark Argo styling, with a cleaner grill design and the same roof lights as are found on the McCormick MC.

All four versions are fitted with four-cylinder 16-valve Perkins engines and boast improvements to the rear linkage, transmission system and better hydraulic features. Inclusion of a larger 180-litre fuel tank will also be welcomed by users.

A new powershift transmission gives 36 forward speeds, while an optional "creep" box allows the addition of 12 more.

In another new feature, the power shuttle response can be adjusted by the control dial to suit the type of work being carried out or the driver's personal preferences.

Prices for the new models start at £40,282 for the 92hp X60.20 rising to £46,555 for the 112/121hp X60.50 version.

POWER UPSCALE - Paul Wade, product specialist, McCormick

"The popular CX Series tractors have been our best-seller for some time and have benefited in recent years from a number of improvements to the transmission, brakes and cab. However, the time has come for a wholesale upgrade. With the X60 series, our mainstream four-cylinder tractor moves up the power scale in line with buying trends and gets an even better specification."

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