The world’s number one backhoe loader manufacturer is launching the innovative 3CX Compact, delivering big machine performance for confined job sites. A pioneer of the compact backhoe loader, with the popular 2CX, JCB is taking the concept to a new level, to meet the demands of the construction sites of tomorrow. The 3CX Compact is the perfect machine for road resurfacing and repair contractors, utilities, groundworkers and municipalities working in the confines of congested urban construction projects.

JCB Chief Innovation and Growth Officer Tim Burnhope said: “With the 3CX Compact, JCB has condensed 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 the market-leading 3CX, with even more manoeuvrable dimensions.

“Its small footprint and incredible all-round visibility is perfect for working in congested urban areas, it’s easy and intuitive to use, has great mobility and manoeuvrability and with servo controls, will suit operators of backhoes and excavators.

“With the 3CX Compact we are delivering a real 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.”

The 3CX Compact combines the digging power and ease of use of a mini excavator, with the capabilities of a compact wheeled loading shovel. Yet it is far more than simply a digging and loading machine. Backhoe loader, mini excavator and skid steer loader attachment compatibility allows the 3CX Compact to work with the widest range of attachments and hand held tools, for maximum versatility and utilisation.

An impressive 19% increase in hydraulic flow, at 100 litres/min, in combination with standard excavator servo levers, gives the 3CX Compact outstanding controllability for operators familiar with both mini excavators and backhoe loaders. Up to 75 litres/min 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 dipper lengths at the rear, in fixed or extending format.

At the front end, the loader comes with a range of shovels that can be supplied with optional hard wearing toe plates for road stripping applications. A load over height of 2.98m and max forward reach at full height of 1.11m allows easy loading of road going trucks and other high-sided haulage solutions. The machine can also be ordered with a hydraulic quickhitch, for faster attachment change.

The six-in-one shovel makes the 3CX Compact the ideal machine for a host of jobs on site. Pallet forks and specialist attachments, such as sweeper collectors, add to the machine’s versatility.

The 3CX Compact is powered by a low emission Tier 4 Final/Stage IIIB JCB Diesel by Kohler engine, delivering 74hp (55kW). This highly efficient engine meets both US and European emissions standards without the need for a costly diesel particulate filter (DPF) or any exhaust after-treatment or exhaust fluid.

The engine drives through a three-speed hydrostatic transmission to all four wheels, for maximum traction in difficult site conditions. The hydrostatic transmission offers a 40km/h top speed for travel between sites, 17% higher than the popular 2CX. The transmission also features a creep mode, allowing the operator to run at high engine rpm to power high-flow attachments such as road planers, with maximum travel speeds of just 3.5km/h.

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 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. An exceptional turning circle of 5.8m braked to the outside of the wheels, 6.7m unbraked, makes the machine highly manoeuvrable and easy to operate in tight urban site conditions and capable of turning within a single carriageway.

Optional shovel and stabiliser street pads are available to prevent damage to the roadway. In combination with a hand-held hydraulic tool circuit and a host of high power attachments, such as breakers and patch planers, the 3CX Compact is the ideal machine for road maintenance. Parallel lift loader arms ensure maximum load retention and JCB’s smooth ride loader suspension system (SRS) is standard, improving comfort for the operator and limiting spill from the front shovel.

Excavator-style controls are standard in the 3CX Compact, reducing operator effort and increasing controllability. The comfortable operator’s cab provides plenty of storage capacity with easy to reach switchgear. The operator benefits from a fully adjustable suspension seat and the cab has a heater as standard, with air conditioning available as an option.

The bonnet line is commendably slim, providing maximum visibility for the operator. A laminated front screen, toughened glass and rear screen protection improves safety and flat glazing permits easy replacement. Two front and four rear halogen worklights deliver maximum worksite visibility, while optional LED lights with boom-mounted lights are available for all-round night operation visibility.

As with the majority of JCB machines, the 3CX Compact is supplied as standard with JCB’s LiveLink telematic tracking and monitoring system. LiveLink permits the fleet manager to monitor the machine’s performance and operating health remotely, with warnings of service and working issues. In addition LiveLink allows real-time tracking to permit rapid relocation in the event of a machine theft.