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Friday, May 4, 2018

The JCB backhoe loader was number one in Australia yet again for 2017. It’ll come as no surprise that half of all backhoe’s sold in Australia last year were the JCB 3CX backhoe loader.

We’ve held the number one position for seven years straight and 2017 saw some major gains.


The JCB Backhoe Loader

The JCB Backhoe is not only Australia’s number one backhoe loader, it’s also the world’s number one backhoe loader. The 3CX is a product of JCB’s efficient design philosophy, responding to today’s rising fuel prices and environmental concerns with class-leading efficiency and low running costs. In short, JCB have applied innovative technologies to squeeze the absolute maximum out of every drop of fuel on the JCB backhoe loader range.


An Efficient Drivetrain

By producing high levels of power and torque even at engine speeds as low as 1,200rpm, the JCB DIESELMAX engine can provide fuel-efficient matching of transmission and hydraulics.

JCB EcoRoad technology is designed to provide the highest efficiency and productivity levels possible when roading. Featuring JCB’s patented TorqueLock technology (the world’s first lock-up torque converter fitted to a backhoe loader), EcoRoad actually reduces fuel consumption by up to 25% whilst increasing speed by up to 10%, and working area by up to 10%.

At the loader end of our ECO machines, thanks to EcoLoad along with high lift capacities and breakout forces, and of course the outstanding DIESELMAX engine, you can count on lifting and shifting more, faster – these are the most efficient loaders in their class.


Strength and Durability

The latest JCB 3CX backhoe loaders are designed for hardwork. They’re made using only the very finest materials and processes, which are tested, tried and proven to excel. They’re also protected from inevitable rigours of site life. To stop the 3CX backhoe loader kingpost hoses from snagging and sustaining damage, JCB encloses them in a flexible, robust guide. The steering ram on the 3CX is protected from impact damage whilst loading, because it’s mounted behind the front axle. To protect boom and dipper hoses from the perils of trenchwork, JCB have enclosed them inside the rear structures of the machine. The clam rams on our 3CX backhoe loaders are ultra-reliable because they’re protected from debris when loading by optional JCB clam shovel rams guards. To safeguard from impact damage on site, the 3CX backhoe loader are now available with rear light guards

For added rigidity – and to protect hoses from damage – a 3CX backhoe has a flat plate- depressed loader arms, while cat tail welds reduce strass concentrations. The polypropylene fuel tank on the 3CX backhoe loader is completely rustproof for ultimate fuel injection system protection. The single- piece composite cab floor on these backhoe loaders is also rustproof, and has moulded water channels. JCB’s robot welded single-piece chassis maximises strength and minimises weight.


Digging Further

A 3CX backhoe loader 4-ram self-levelling loader automatically adjusts the shovel on both raise and lower cycles without any need for manual adjustment. It also provides unhindered front shovel visibility, especially when loading at height. The JCB return-to-dig feature means operators can quickly reset the shovel to dig. To ensure an extra 1.2m dig depth and reach – and to minimise repositioning – all Australian specified models are fitted with JCB’s inner box design Extradig feature.

The 3CX backhoe loader boasts high ground clearances of up to 370mm, together with 20 degree departure angles. This means operators can work easily on steep slopes and uneven ground at maximum productivity.


A Great Place to Work

In order to reap the maximum benefit of the 3CX’s superior performance, we’ve designed these machines to be all-day comfy, ergonomic and extremely intuitive for operators to use. There’s storage aplenty in our 3CX backhoe loader cabs; work tools are easy to carry, the cab environment is well-organised and, on A/C models, there’s an in-cab cool box for food and drinks. For added comfort and reduced material spillage, JCB’s SmoothRide System minimises bounce during travel. Exclusive to JCB backhoe loader, we have integrated a hot drinks machine option into the cab to provide you with a delicious cup of hot tea or coffee throughout the day.

JCB’s ergonomic seat-mounted excavator-style controls (a standard-fit on our Easy and Advance Easy Control machines) make for great manoeuvrability, fingertip control and supreme comfort. So that operator feel right at home in the 3CX backhoe, we fit a traditional manual control system as standard, with a choice of three control patterns – JCB X, SAE + and ISO+. With joystick- controlled loader operations on Advanced EasyControl, it’s comfortable, logical and easy to control the loader end of a 3CX backhoe loader.


Maximum Manoeuvrability

JCB’s new improved Powerslide features a larger hydraulic ram, which produces more power to reposition the excavator quickly and effortlessly. Efficient, safe stopping power requires normal pedal effort because of the 3CX’s power brakes.


Safe and Secure

As the world’s number one backhoes, the 3CX backhoe loaders are blessed with supreme power and productivity. To balance all that performance and desirability, there’s safety, security and serviceability aplenty too. An optional stabiliser warning system lets 3CX backhoe loader operators know if stabilisers aren’t fully retracted when the machine is on the move. The 3CX are safe machines to get in and out of, with large anti-slip of an open grille design to stop material build-up. To keep operators safe even when using powered attachments, we fit an optional impact-protected rear screen to these backhoes. This also makes glass replacement easy. There’s a large lockable toolbox onboard for safe storage. An optional JCB keypad immobiliser adds to machine protection and allows the operator to key in a sequence of numbers to activate the starting of the machine. An alternative option to this is the unique JCB key featuring a built-in circuit chip – each backhoe loader can only be started by its’ own, unique key.



To save more time and effort, these backhoe are designed to offer grouped single-side servicing. Our one-piece bonnet is easy to lift, and there’s no need to remove extra side panels. Refuelling of a 3CX can be done from the ground level. We’ve got a patented rear stabiliser wear pad design, with fast and simple adjustment. JCB LiveLink telematics provides an array of information to optimise fleet management and machine reliability.


For more information on backhoes please contact your local dealer on 1300 522 232.


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