JCB updates 3CX backhoe loader

JCB has announced the launch of a new 55kW 3CX backhoe loader with EU Stage V compliant engine.

Features include a revised Command Plus cab; enhanced safety including integrated LED beacons and step lighting; a 3.0-litre engine which JCB said delivers 10% torque increase and 7% fuel saving; and increased productivity with auto-levelling, auto seat select and auto-2WD.

In total, there are four LED beacons integrated into the cab roof as standard, removing the need for magnetic beacons or drilling of the machine. The beacons can be seen from all angles, while there is no requirement for the operator to have to climb up to install beacons at the start of the day.

The Command Plus cab features yellow grab handles and there are larger mirrors for an improved view behind the machine when manoeuvring around a site or when roading.

The cab interior features a split colour line, with darker grey used for the lower half and a lighter grey in the upper half. There is a new seat, with a dark fabric and yellow stitching and a headrest is available on the Advanced Easy Control (AEC) model.

A revised three-spoke steering wheel provides an improved view of the new front display screen, which comes as standard on the latest 3CX. JCB explained that the screen shows the speedometer, all warning lights and the selected gear on Powershift models. For the first time JCB will also supply a factory-fit radio with Bluetooth telephone compatibility and USB, AUX and SD card capabilities.

The 55kW Stage V 3CX introduces a range of automation features, including Auto Stop, which automatically detects when the machine is no longer in use and shuts down the engine. Auto Seat Select is available on machines equipped with servo lever control and recognises which direction the seat is facing, eliminating the need to select functions as the operator changes from front to rear facing positions. Also available on servo models, automatic stabilisers offer an auto-raise function and an automatic extend setting, stopping as the feet make contact with the ground. Automatic levelling lets the machine find a horizontal operating position on uneven ground.

The engine is equipped with a combined Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC) and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), with an 8,000-hour operating life. JCB added that regeneration is automatically controlled and can be monitored through the manufacturer’s standard LiveLink telematics system. The engine boasts a sealed for life crankcase ventilation module and hydraulic tappets, removing the need for manual adjustment.