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JCB is adding to the versatility of its compact 1CX backhoe loader with the addition of a tracked version, the 1CX-T. The 1CX continues to offer the ultimate in compact versatility, with its skid steer base, powerful loader arms and rear backhoe arm. Now JCB is taking the concept a stage further, for those customers who require increased climbing ability, unparalleled stability and exceptional pushing power in soft ground conditions.

As the world’s number one backhoe loader manufacturer, with the broadest selection of backhoe models, JCB has condensed its expertise, experience and backhoe loader capability into the two 1CX models. The 1CX-T is a compact loader and a mini excavator in one machine, but it is far more than that. With powerful high-flow auxiliary hydraulics both machines are capable of driving a host of attachments on both the front loader or the rear backhoe, making the 1CX-T the master of many tasks in many industries.

The 1CX-T is powered by a Tier 3 compliant engine producing 49hp (36.3kW) and a strong 140Nm of torque. Through JCB’s innovative Power Management System, that controls the transmission output, operators can increase pushing power while keeping fuel consumption to a minimum. PMS allows travel speeds to be set using lower engine rpm, cutting fuel consumption. The system allows the operator to control ground speed at maximum rpm, providing maximum breakout force without spinning the wheels or tracks, or stalling the engine.

While the 1CX-T boasts the power of a 2.5 tonne mini excavator, the standard sideshift backhoe digs up to 36% deeper with the Extradig option, more digging depth than a comparative skid steer with a backhoe attachment. JCB’s telescopic dipper arm design provides the 1CX-T with outstanding loadover and dump heights. As the backhoe has been designed as an integral part of the machine the 1CX-T also retains far more compact dimensions, making it the ideal machine for confined work sites. The tracked machine has 14% greater bucket capacity than the standard 1CX too, thanks in part to its superior stability over rough terrain.

The front loader arms are equipped with a standard skid steer hitch, making the machine compatible with a broad range of buckets and attachments. Offering a superior lift capacity to a 600kg skid steer, the 1CX-T has a 25% greater dump angle and up to 15% more breakout force. The four-ram lift arm geometry provides parallel lift for maximum load retention and to provide a stable platform for powered attachments. Front loadover height rises to 2.65m for the 1CX-T, from 2.59m on the 1CX, easily enough to load into high-sided road trucks.

With high ground clearance and an excellent turning circle, the 1CX-T is incredibly manoeuvrable. Excellent track retention is assured with a solid undercarriage and four triple-flanged rollers. The 320mm tracks also deliver a lower ground pressure than a wheeled model, allowing the machine to work in wet and loose ground.

Unlike any other skid steer or compact tracked loader on the market, JCB’s 1CX and 1CX-T benefit from JCB’s full height side entry door. This provides the operator with maximum safety, as there is no requirement to climb over dangerous attachments to access the operator’s seat. The machines are available with a standard canopy, a low height canopy for extra manoeuvrability, or a full cab with integrated heating or optional air conditioning. Both cab and canopy are fully ROPS and FOPS certified.

Customers can choose between manual or EasyControl servo levers. Operators can also choose between SAE+ and ISO+ control patterns, ensuring operator acceptance and ease of integration into mixed machine fleets. As well as auxiliary hydraulics for the backhoe arm, the 1CX-T can be supplied with a handheld tool circuit, to power a range of hydraulic tools such as breakers, water pumps and disc cutters, independent of the machine arm.

Regular service and maintenance is easy thanks to a wide one-piece engine canopy and removable side panels. Service intervals are set at 500 hours for maximum uptime. A large 40 litre fuel tank ensures long operating hours between refills and the hydraulic oil level is clearly visible through a rear-mounted sight gauge.