JCB is commemorating 70 years of backhoe production with the introduction of limited-edition Platinum Editions for its 3CX and 4CX models. Only 70 of these special anniversary models will be manufactured.
The 3CX and 4CX Platinum Pro models will come equipped with servo excavator controls, Powerslide, air conditioning, and bi-directional auxiliary flow hydraulics. Additionally, these machines will feature exclusive platinum decals, a grill badge, and platinum-colored wheels. The cab interior will boast a carpet with an embroidered graphic, upgraded seat material, and a steering wheel center cap displaying the 70th-anniversary branding.
Each backhoe loader will be accompanied by a plaque, and customers will receive a special platinum gift pack. JCB founder Joseph Cyril Bamford CBE is credited with inventing the backhoe concept by combining a lightweight backhoe with a Major Loadall tractor loader in 1953.
Under the leadership of Chairman Anthony Bamford, JCB has produced over 900,000 backhoes since the company's inception. The backhoes are manufactured in the UK, India, and Brazil. Lord Bamford expressed the versatility and enduring relevance of the backhoe loader, stating that it remains popular globally and has an exciting future ahead.
Over the years, JCB has continually improved its backhoe loaders, introducing features such as turbocharged engines, powershift transmissions, all-wheel drive, and extending dipper arms. The current product line includes the skid steer-based 1CX, the all-wheel-steer 3CX Compact, and the larger 4CX and 5CX equal-sized wheel machines. The celebration of 70 years reflects the ongoing success and evolution of JCB's backhoe loaders in the construction equipment industry.
by Jordanne Waldschmidt