JCB | Power play

JCB | Power play

PHPD reports on the latest updates to JCB’s backhoe loaders.  

Durable, versatile and hard-working, backhoe loaders are a common sight on developments across the country, and recently JCB has introduced some new models to bring even more features to its range. 

The company has introduced the 3CX, 4CX and 5CX PRO backhoe loaders, with the adoption of Stage V compliant engines on all models. The 3CX PRO is a two-wheel steer machine, the 4CX PRO boasts all-wheel steer for increased all-terrain performance and the four-wheel steer 5CX PRO delivers the company’s ultimate backhoe loader specification for bulk earthmoving.

Amongst the features on the machines are a new JCB CommandPlus Cab, which has been revised inside and out, new JCB Automate features designed to make the machines easier to use, and enhanced safety features as standard.

Advanced automation
The 3CX, 4CX and 5CX PRO models benefit from a range of advanced automation features, designed to boost productivity and ease of use. This includes Auto Stop, which detects when the machine is no longer being used and shuts down the engine to reduce fuel consumption and unnecessary engine wear. 

Auto Seat Select and Auto Stabilisers are standard on servo models, with the seat now recognising which way it is facing and automatically switching between loader and excavator modes. As well as existing Auto-up stabilisers, the system can now automatically extend and stop when the feet reach the ground. Auto Level, on AEC models, automatically levels the machine to a horizontal position on uneven ground. 

Design features
The Stage V 3CX, 4CX and 5CX PRO backhoe loaders are instantly recognisable, with a newly designed roof that integrates LED beacons into the corners of the structure, ensuring that the machine can be clearly seen from all angles. 

Up to 10 LED work lights provide a larger area of illumination that can be more easily controlled by the operator. Bolt-on yellow grab handles improve safety and there are larger exterior mirrors to improve rearward visibility.


Driver enhancements
Inside the new JCB CommandPlus Cab, the interior has a split colour line, with darker grey material in the lower half and lighter colours in the upper half. The revised operator’s seat, which can be heated and air suspended, has a darker material with enhanced grip. A headrest is now standard on Advanced Easy Control (AEC) models and optional on manual control machines.

The new steering wheel has an enhanced grain to reduce wear and a three-spoke design for improved visibility of the updated front screen. The cab also comes with a factory-fit Bluetooth radio, with USB and Aux compatibility that can be controlled from the rotary switch on the side console. In addition, the heating and ventilation controls have been repositioned to the B-pillar, making them easier to reach whichever way the seat is positioned.

Additional secure storage has been located next to the radio, with a lockable compartment for smaller items.

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