Posted October 6, 2015

JCB Packs Power, Versatility Into New, Compact Backhoe

JCB introduced it's new 3CX compact backhoe loader at the recent ICUEE show, promising a machine that can handle road maintenance, urban construction, utility work, that is maneuverable in tight job sites and offers application versatility and plenty of power. In a nutshell, "it's a small machine that can do a lot," commented Rafael Nuñez, backhoe loader product manager for JCB.

jcb compact 3cxHere's a quick look at some of its key features:
Compact dimensions - 6-ft 3-in wide, 9-ft. high
Productivity – pilot controls, smooth hydraulics deliver 19% more flow for faster cycle times
Maneuverability – 4 wheel steering provides a 19-ft turning radius
Versatility - a choice of 2CX and skid steer hitches plus an excavator quick-hitch and a range of attachments

In designing the new backhoe, Nuñez said, the company looked at the most common needs and uses for a backhoe and worked to ensure the 3CX could meet most job site demands. "So, even though it's 35% smaller (than the standard 3CX), you can get a dig depth of 10 to 12 feet. And we have an optional extended dipper that can give operators an extra two feet of dig depth. With the pilot controls and the hydraulics with the increased flow (26 gpm), people who have used the machine (in field testing) tell us they have better control feel, that it is responsive and precise, which helps them get more work done more efficiently." 

Having spent six weeks on the road with the new backhoe, seeing a wide range of operators test the machine, the product manager was very comfortable saying "everything you can see on the machine has been improved and everything you can't see is better!

Rafael Nunez, jcb backhoe product manager
Rafael Nuñez, backhoe loader product manager for JCB, recently finished six weeks of on-the-road field testing with the new 3CX Compact, getting feedback from users. This year's production capacity has been sold, he said. 

"We had a customer that has a fleet of 100 JCB backhoes test it. We had a lot of non-customers give it a trial run as well. We really wanted to see what they could get done with this new, smaller, powerful machine," Nuñez emphasized. In the upper midwest, the northeast, in Texas, working across a range of job sites, it apparently got the job done. "We've sold out of all of our production for this year. Starting early next year, people should see inventory on dealers' lots."

Value For the Rental Channel 
Nuñez said the 3CX Compact should be a "great fit" for rental. It has backhoe loader, compact excavator and skid steer loader attachment compatibility. A range of attachments are available now, with more to come, he said, making it "an attachment powerhouse." 

Because of its size and power, along with pilot controls, hydrostatic transmission, improved cab with 360-degree visibility, smooth ride and 25 mph road speed, he believes most operators will appreciate its productivity and comfort. Even options such as a hydraulic tool reel will add to its job site value, he noted.

The 74 hp Tier 4 Final Kubota engine does not require a diesel particulate filter (DPF), DEF or other exhaust after-treatment. The engine drives through a three-speed hydrostatic transmission to all four wheels for traction; a limited slip differential is available for both axles. A creep mode allows the operator to run at high engine rpms to power high-flow attachments such as road planers, with a maximum travel speed of just 2 mph. An intelligent braking system disengages the transmission to increase efficiency and reduce component wear.

The hood design is slim, providing maximum visibility for the operator. A laminated front screen, reinforced glass and rear window protection improves safety. Flat glass permits simple replacement of broken windows. Two front and four rear halogen work lights deliver maximum worksite visibility. Optional LED lights with boom-mounted lights are available for all around night operation visibility. JCB’s LiveLink telematic tracking and monitoring system is standard. 

"In the rental market, in the utility market, and across a lot of construction needs, because of its size and power, and with all the versatility the attachments provide, contractors are going to find the 3CX Compact easier to operate, They'll get more performance and productivity out of a smaller, very mauverable piece of equipment," Nuñez said. 

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