If you are looking for a tractor with more than 175 horsepower this year, you would do well to take a look at the latest and largest offerings from McCormick International U.S.A. The company has just introduced the TTX Series and it includes a new generation of quality-built, performance-driven tractors, ideally suited to demanding large-scale operations.
The new TTX Series ranges from 180 to 213 engine hp, and is available in three model types: The TTX 190; TTX 210; and TTX 230. Enhanced operating efficiencies include the new BetaPower, 6-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine is Tier III compliant and offers improved fuel economy and up to 40 percent torque rise. The rugged Category 3 linkage provides a lift capacity of 12 tons. Wow, that’s a lot of machine.
TTX-Series fuel efficiency is further enhanced with the XTRA SPEED electronic transmission, which provides 32-forward and 24-reverse speeds over four ranges, and eight powershift speeds in each range. For applications that require slower speeds, an optional creeper unit can be factory fitted to achieve 48 forward and 40 reverse speeds.
The TTX’s live front axle, offers a steering angle of 55 degrees for improved maneuverability, ideal for working in tight areas, and exclusive features in the TTX’s PTO system reduce hassle for operators while enhancing the transfer of power to PTO-driven implements.
“Changing PTO power output in some tractors can be frustrating and clumsy,” says Wayne Buchberger, vice president, product management and sales control for McCormick USA. “The TTX is designed with one reversible PTO shaft that doesn’t require snap rings or a series of bolts to change. Simply slide the collar, reverse the PTO shaft and release the collar to change from 540 to 1000 rpm, to properly match the implement drive system.”
Additional PTO features include a wet-disc clutch that is hydraulically operated via a push-button for smooth and progressive engagement, and an auto PTO function that – when activated – enables the PTO to engage and disengage automatically based on the position of the hitch for added convenience during operation. The unique POWER MANAGEMENT system allows the power and torque at the PTO to automatically increase under load by approximately 15 hp, resulting in enhanced performance and productivity.
There are also many things to appreciate in the redesigned TTX cab, including the greater all-round visibility of its four-post design, a deluxe air seat, ergonomically-friendly controls and an efficient heating and cooling system. But to many operators, the greatest comfort may be found in the improved dashboard diagnostics system in the TTX Series.
“Maintenance issues are bound to happen with any tractor, and the biggest frustration can be identifying the problem,” explains Buchberger. “The TTX Series offers a more comprehensive set of simple diagnostic tests than most competitors, so that most problems are easily operator-identified and resolved quickly – oftentimes in one visit – rather than waiting for a technician to come and run a diagnostic, then return a second time with the right parts to get you going again.”
Buchberger adds that McCormick USA has gone to great lengths over the past two years to improve the ready availability of parts, which essential for reducing downtime and maximizing productivity.
”We’re very dedicated to excellence in customer response time for parts orders, and we offer one of the most competitive extended service agreements for additional peace of mind in service and support.”
The introduction of the TTX is part of the largest product launches in the history of McCormick. The company offers more than 45 models of tractors ranging from 28 to 213 hp to meet the unique needs of large and small-acre applications. More information on McCormick products and services can be found at www.mccormickusa.com.
Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on Google+.