Machinery News Order book open for McCormick X8 VT-Drive tractors The order book is open and dealer demonstrations are underway for the all-new McCormick X8 VT-Drive tractor, which is being produced with three engine-power outputs of 264hp, 286hp and 310hp. McCormick says the new range takes the marque into a new performance class above the X7 VT-Drive 141-192hp and X7 P6-Drive 141-225hp models, which have stepless and semi-powershift transmissions, respectively. Ray Spinks, sales director and general manager at McCormick distributor, AgriArgo UK, said: “The McCormick name is closely associated with efficient power and performance and the new X8 VT-Drive tractors represent the ultimate expression of that image. “They have great driver appeal and the unique combination of fuel-efficient BetaPower by FPT engine, ZF heavy-duty transmission and high-capacity hydraulics make it a powerful performer in the field.” JUNE 2018 The McCormick range moves up a class with the introduction of the X Series – the X . VT-Drive pictured pumps out up to hp but the range-topping model has hp. Tougher Multi Shovel range from JCB JCB has introduced an expanded range of tougher and bigger-capacity Multi Shovel attachments for JCB Loadall telehandlers, giving farmers and contractors a larger choice of sizes and configurations. The Multi Shovel is part of a selection of JCB agri attachments certified for use and supplied ready to mount on JCB equipment. It combines a tough bucket for handling loose materials such as grain, beet pulp and other bulk feeds with a hydraulically-operated grab for loose muck and silage that also enables the implement to handle round and square bales. When removable end-plate sections are taken off to reveal a curved profile, the Multi Shovel can also pick up tree trunks and branches for woodland and estate maintenance work, according to JCB. Ber Cavanagh; Noel Dunne, PRO, FTMT Golf Society and machinery correspondent, Irish Farmers Monthly; Graham McHugh, president, FTMTA; and Colm Brennan, captain, FTMT Golf Society. FTMT Golf Society event at Thurles Golf Club An impressive turn out of 35 players attended the recent Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade (FTMT) Golfing Society outing at Thurles Golf Club. Thurles is a very popular venue and the excellent course added to an enjoyable day for all the participants. The winner of the men’s competition, and the FTMT Golf Trophy, was Graham McHugh, McHugh Components Ltd, and president of the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association. The winner of the ladies’ competition, and the new PJ Callan Ltd trophy, was Ber Cavanagh, Abbey Machinery Ltd. The committee thanked AIB Finance & Leasing, which sponsored the outing, for its continued support. 54 Multi Shovel from JCB.