JCB 3CX Compact Backhoe Ideal for Urban Areas
JCB is launching its innovative 3CX Compact Backhoe Loader, delivering big machine performance for confined jobsites. A pioneer of the compact backhoe loader with its 2CX (not currently available in North America), JCB is taking the concept to a new level, to meet the demands of tomorrow’s construction sites. The 3CX compact is well-suited for the utility, cemetery and municipal markets and ideal for use on construction projects in urban areas with space constraints.
Key features include:
- Compact dimensions – just 6 feet 3 inches wide and 9 feet high, for maximum maneuverability
- Rapid travel – 25 mph hydrostatic transmission
- Total control – pilot controls and smooth hydraulics deliver 19 percent more flow
- Maximum maneuverability – 4 wheel steering provides a 19-foot turning radius
- Highly versatile – a choice of 2CX and skid steer hitches plus an excavator quick-hitch
“With the 3CX compact, JCB has combined over 60 years of backhoe loader expertise and market leadership into a machine that delivers all of the versatility, productivity and ease-of-use of our market-leading 3CX, with even more maneuverable dimensions,” said JCB Chief Innovation and Growth Officer Tim Burnhope. “Its small footprint and incredible all-around visibility are perfect for working in congested urban areas. It is easy and intuitive to use, has great mobility and maneuverability, and with pilot controls, will suit operators of both backhoes and excavators.
“With the 3CX compact, we are delivering a master of all trades, a machine that is suitable for operation in road maintenance, urban construction, utility work, or any task that requires maximum performance in a compact package,” said Burnhope.
The 3CX compact combines the digging power and ease-of-use of a compact excavator, with the capabilities of a compact wheel loader, yet it is far more than simply a digging and loading machine. Backhoe loader, compact excavator and skid-steer loader attachment compatibility allows the 3CX compact to work with a wide-range of attachments and handheld tools.
An impressive 19 percent increase in hydraulic flow, at 26 gpm, in combination with standard excavator pilot controls, gives the 3CX compact outstanding controllability for operators familiar with both compact excavators and backhoe loaders. Up to 20 gpm of bi-directional auxiliary flow allows a wide range of hydraulic attachments to be used, including augers, increasing the versatility and productivity of the backhoe. The 3CX compact is available with two fixed or extended dipper lengths at the rear.
At the front end, the loader comes with a range of buckets that can be supplied with optional cutting edge for road stripping applications. A load over height of 9 feet 9 inches and max forward reach at full height of 3 feet 8 inches allows easy loading of trucks and other high-sided vehicles. The machine can also be ordered with a hydraulic quickhitch for faster attachment changes.
The six-in-one bucket makes the 3CX compact the ideal machine for a host of jobs on site. Pallet forks and specialty attachments, such as sweepers, add to the machine’s versatility.
Low Emission Driveline
The 3CX compact is powered by a low emission Tier 4 Final JCB Diesel by Kohler engine, delivering 74 hp. This highly efficient engine meets both U.S. and European emissions standards without the need for a costly diesel particulate filter (DPF) or any exhaust aftertreatment or exhaust fluid.
The engine drives through a three-speed hydrostatic transmission to all four wheels, for maximum traction across difficult site conditions. The hydrostatic transmission offers a 25 mph top speed for travel between sites. The transmission also features a creep mode, which 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.
The hydrostatic transmission eliminates the need for a gearshift lever or a clutch, ensuring maximum ease-of-use. Heavy-duty JCB axles with an optional limited slip differential helps reduce wheel slip in tough conditions. An intelligent braking system disengages the transmission to increase efficiency and reduce component wear.
Riding on equal-sized wheels, the 3CX compact has selectable two- and four-wheel steering. Turning radius of 19 feet to the outside of the wheels with brakes engaged and 22 feet without brakes makes the machine highly maneuverable and easy-to-operate on tight urban jobsites.