JCB backhoe gets Stage V upgrade

By Mike Hayes28 September 2020

The new JCB 3CX -2

The new JCB 3CX backhoe loader

UK-based construction equipment manufacturer JCB has released an updated version of its 3CX backhoe loader, with an EU Stage V-compliant diesel engine.

The company said the new 55kW machine offers a combination of improved operator comfort, plus increased productivity and performance.

The new engine incorporates a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and diesel particulate filter (DPF) and promises an operating life of approximately 8,000 hours.

Its sealed-for-life crankcase ventilation module and hydraulic tappets, says JCB, need no manual adjustment, which lowers service and maintenance requirements, potentially reducing the overall cost of ownership.

The company says the 3.0-litre engine delivers 10% more torque than the previous model and estimates a fuel saving of 7%.

In terms of productivity, the machine boasts automatic levelling, ensuring a horizontal operating position on uneven terrain, while an upgraded auto drive lets operators easily select engine speed for road travel.

JCB says both tyre wear and fuel consumption on the 3CX can be reduced with new auto two-wheel drive (2WD), which switches the transmission from 4WD to 2WD when additional traction is not required.

The company says, if the machine needs to dig into a pile or a face, then 4WD can be selected, as maximum tractive effort is required.

When the machine backs away and starts to travel at speed, the transmission automatically changes to 2WD.

The 3CX’s new Command Plus cab comes with four integrated LED beacons as standard, removing the need for the operator to climb up and improving site safety with the beacons visible from all angles. A total of 10 lights are now available as an option, which, along with larger mirrors, offer operators improved all round visibility.

As well as a new interior colour scheme, the loader’s cab has a new seat (plus a headset on the Advanced Easy Control model) and a three-spoke steering wheel that gives an improved view of the redesigned front display screen.

The new model also benefits from the first stereo radio to be factory-fitted by JCB. It includes Bluetooth telephone compatibility, plus USB, AUX and SD card capabilities.

Radio functions are displayed on the new side display screen, which also provides access to various operating menus.

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