According to JCB Chief Innovation and Growth Officer Tim Burnhope, “2016 is an important year for JCB with the launch of some great new products. Bauma will be the first international outing for the 3CX Compact which has just gone into production... We are also very excited about the launch of a range of new wheel loaders. The Command Plus cab has been met with rave reviews from users of our flagship 457 model and its introduction on other machines in the range gives us some great opportunities for growth.”
JCB launched the 3CX Compact backhoe-loader in September to the U.S. market. The new model is designed to deliver big machine performance for confined jobsites.
“Its small footprint and incredible all-around visibility is perfect for working in congested urban areas. It’s easy and intuitive to use, has great mobility and maneuverability and with servo controls, will suit operators of both backhoes and excavators," said Burnhope. “With the 3CX Compact, we are delivering a real jack-of-all trades - a machine that is suitable for operation in road maintenance, urban construction, utility or on any other task that requires maximum performance in a compact package.”
The 3CX Compact is powered by a 74-hp JCB Diesel by Kohler Tier 4 Final engine that meets US emissions standards without the need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF) or any exhaust aftertreatment. Key features include compact dimensions of 6 ft. 3 in. wide and 9 ft. high for maximum maneuverability; a 25-mph hydrostatic transmission; pilot controls and smooth hydraulics that deliver 19% more flow; four-wheel steering that provides a 19-ft. turning radius; and a choice of 2CX and skid-steer hitches plus an excavator quick hitch.
Wheel Loader Upgrade
The new 108-hp 411 and 125-hp 417 wheel loaders are powered by the company’s EcoMax Tier 4 Final-compliant diesel engines, while the 179-hp 427 and 183-hp 437 models operate with a Tier 4 Final Cummins diesel engine. Both engines meet the latest emissions standards without the use of a DPF. The loaders also feature a single-piece engine hood that can be electrically or manually raised to provide improved service access to the engine and cooling pack. The machines drive through automatic powershift transmissions for maximum productivity and efficiency.
All four loaders will use the CommandPlus cab, first seen last year on the 457. This ROPS structure has B pillars that have been moved out to the same width as the rear of the cab, providing a larger interior with a panoramic front windscreen. The Command Driving Position includes revised pedals, an adjustable steering column and seat-mounted hydraulic controls. Switches and auxiliary controls have been repositioned on the right-hand B pillar, providing the operator with a simplified interior and easy access to all machine controls. Full-color LCD screens incorporate access to the loader’s operating menus and act as a monitor for a rear view camera.
The CommandPlus Control system allows the operator to adjust auxiliary flow rates on the main screen. It is also possible to use the monitor to adjust SRS boom suspension engagement speeds where fitted, and the timing of cooling fan reversal to clean out the cooling pack cores.
The HVAC system has been repositioned outside the main cab structure, providing additional storage for the operator behind the seat and in pockets in the front and side consoles. Operators also benefit from reduced noise and vibration, and a range of seat and control options, with electrohydraulic proportional auxiliary controls now fitted as standard.