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JCB unveils revolutionary compact backhoe loader

by John Bambridge on Sep 14, 2015

JCB chairman Lord Bamford launches the 3CX Compact backhoe loader.
JCB chairman Lord Bamford launches the 3CX Compact backhoe loader.

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JCB has launched the 3CX Compact designed from scratch to provide the ultimate balance between strength and flexibility to meet the demands of today’s confined and challenging work environments.

Overall, the machine is 35% smaller than the 3CX, its older sibling, measuring 1.9m in width and just 2.74m in height, and boasts a turning circle of just 5.8m thanks to its four-wheel (4x4x4) steering.

Designed for quick trailer-less movement between work sites, the machine features a hydrostatic transmission with a top speed of 40 km/h – 17% faster than the trailer-bound 2CX backhoe loader.

The front-end loader comes with a range of buckets and provides a load over height of 2.98m and max forward reach at full height of 1.11m – ideal for the loading of both on- and off-highway trucks.

“It outperforms a mini excavator at digging and it outperforms a compact wheeled loader at loading,” noted Tim Burnhope, JCB chief innovation and growth officer.

Powered by a 55 kW ‘JCB Diesel by Kohler’ engine, the 3CX Compact Euro Stage IIIB emissions laws.

This is achieved without the use of a diesel particulate filter (DPF) or selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology, which cuts down on day-to-day running costs as well as servicing requirements.

As there are no Euro Stage IV / Tier 4 Final requirement for engines under 56 kW, the 3CX Compact also avoids the need for costly fuel additives.

The absence of a DPF means there is no need to periodically clean or replace this unit, and there is no need to use high grade low ash oils.

The absence of an SCR system means there is no need to periodically fill up with diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) – marketed under the AdBlue trade name in many countries – which again is a cost saving.

The use of this engine forms a key part of JCB’s strategy, with its deployment across a range of equipment.

JCB is the number one producer of backhoe loaders in the world, and is responsible for approximately one in two flights.