A shrunk-down version of the digger that made JCB famous around the world was recently launched at the company’s headquarters.
The backhoe loader was invented by JCB founder Joseph Cyril Bamford in 1953 and more than 600,000 have since been produced. But modern construction sites are becoming increasing compact and congested and customers are demanding a much smaller machine. More and more of our customers have been telling us that they need a backhoe loader that is smaller simply because they are operating in congested towns and cities and on narrow streets.
Now, following a multi-million pound investment, JCB has answered the rallying call with a hi-tech 3CX backhoe loader that is 35% smaller than the standard model – but one that retains all the power and speed of its bigger brother.
The JCB 3CX Compact is just 1.9 metres wide and 2.4 metres high and has a turning circle of just 5.8 metres, enabling it to turn in a single carriageway. It’s capable of travelling at 40kph and comes with air conditioning and power steering.