Compact version of JCB’s backhoe digger launched

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Plant equipment giant JCB has launched a compact version of its trademark backhoe digger…

Demand for a smaller version of a popular plant machine has led to the launch of a compact backhoe digger.

Plant equipment giant JCB said an increase in the number of smaller construction sites and developments had led to their consumers seeking a condensed version of its world famous backhoe digger.

The original digger, which was created in 1953 by founder Joseph Cyril Bamford, has seen more than 600,000 units produced since it was first launched. Hopefully this machine will enjoy as much success.

The new 3CX backhoe loader machine, which will be produced at the firm’s HQ in Rocester, Staffordshire, is 35 per cent smaller than the standard model. It measures 1.9 metres wide and 2.4 metres high. It also has a turning circle of 5.8 metres.

JCB chairman Lord Bamford said: “It was the backhoe that built JCB into the company that it is today and made us famous around the world.

“As a company though you can never stand still. You need to innovate to grow.

“More and more of our customers have been telling us that they need a backhoe loader that is smaller simply because they are operating in congested towns and cities and on narrow streets.”

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