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

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

JCB has introduced a shrunk-down version of 2CX backhoe loader following a multi-million pound investment.

The 3CX Compact is based on its predecessor, which was launched more than 60 years ago and has since sold more than 600000 units worldwide.

But the new version is 35% smaller than the standard model, reflecting increasing customer requirements for machines that can operate in confined spaces.

Despite its size, JCB said the 3CX Compact retains all the speed and power that customers associate with the 2CX itself.

Company chairman Lord Bamford said: “More and more of our customers have been telling us they need a smaller backhoe loader simply because they are operating in congested towns and cities and on narrow streets.

“We have answered their call by engineering the 3CX Compact backhoe from the ground up.”

The new product is 1.9 m wide and 2.4 m high.

Its turning circle of 5.8 m means it can turn in a single carriageway, and it has a top speed of 40 km/h - almost 20% higher than the 2CX.

JCB said the 3CX compact combines the digging power of a mini excavator with the capabilities of a wheeled loading shovel, with its six-in-one shovel making it suitable for a range of jobs on site.

It is powered by a low emission Tier 4 Final/Stage IIIB JCB Diesel by Kohler engine, which delivers 74 hp (55 kW) to meet emissions legislation without the need for a diesel particulate filter or exhaust fluid.

It also features JCB’s LiveLink telematic tracking and monitoring system as standard.

Chief innovation and growth officer Tim Burnhope said: “We are delivering a real master of all trades, a machine suitable for operation in road maintenance, urban construction, utility work or any task that requires maximum performance in a compact package.”

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