Equipment and Machinery

Big Machine Performance


JCB’s innovative 3CX Compact backhoe loader has arrived in Australia, delivering big machine performance for confined jobsites, making it the perfect machine for working on limited space construction sites.

  • Key features of the 3CX Compact include:
  • Compact dimensions – just 1.9m wide and 2.74m high, for small spaces
  • Rapid travel – 40km/h hydrostatic transmission, 17 per cent faster travel speed than the previous model
  • Total control – servo excavator levers and smooth hydraulics deliver 19 per cent more flow
  • Maximum manoeuvrability – 4WS provides a 5.8m turning circle

Glenn McLeod, JCB Construction Equipment Australia (CEA) National Product Manager for backhoe loaders, said the 3CX Compact delivers all of the versatility, productivity and ease of use of the market-leading 3CX, but with greater manoeuvrability.

“JCB has condensed over 60 years of backhoe loader expertise and market leadership into a machine that delivers,” he said.

“Its small footprint and incredible all-round visibility is perfect for working in confined areas.

It’s easy and intuitive to use, has great mobility and manoeuvrability and with servo controls, will suit operators of backhoes and excavators.

“With the 3CX Compact we are delivering a real master of all trades, a machine that is suitable for operation in road maintenance, metropolitan construction, utility work, or any task that requires maximum performance in a compact package.”

Maximum Versatility

The 3CX Compact combines the digging power and ease of use of a mini excavator, with the capabilities of a compact wheeled loading shovel. Yet it is far more than simply a digging and loading machine.

“Backhoe loader, mini excavator and skid steer loader attachment compatibility allows the 3CX Compact to work with the widest range of attachments, for maximum versatility and utilisation,” Glenn said.

“A 19 per cent increase in hydraulic flow, at 100 litres/min, in combination with standard excavator servo levers, gives the 3CX Compact outstanding controllability for operators familiar with both mini excavators and backhoe loaders.

“Up to 75 litres/min of bi-directional auxiliary flow allows a wide range of hydraulic attachments to be used, including augers, increasing the versatility and productivity of the backhoe.”

The four-in-one bucket makes the 3CX Compact the ideal machine for a host of jobs on site. Pallet forks and specialist attachments, such as sweeper collectors, add to the machine’s versatility.

A load over height of 2.98m and max forward reach at full height of 1.11m allows easy loading of road going trucks and other high-sided haulage solutions. The machine can also be ordered with a hydraulic quickhitch for faster attachment changeover.

Low Emission Driveline

The 3CX Compact is powered by a low emission Tier 4 Final/Stage IIIB JCB Diesel by Kohler engine, delivering 74hp (55kW).

The engine drives through a three-speed hydrostatic transmission to all four wheels for maximum traction in difficult site conditions. The hydrostatic transmission offers a 40km/h top speed for travel between sites.

“The 3CX Compact is also the ideal machine for road maintenance. Parallel lift loader arms ensure maximum load retention and JCB’s smooth ride loader suspension system (SRS) is standard, improving comfort for the operator and limiting spill from the front shovel,” Greg said.

Operator Comfort

Excavator-style controls are standard in the 3CX Compact, reducing operator effort and increasing controllability. The comfortable operator’s cab provides plenty of storage capacity with easy-to-reach switchgear.

The operator benefits from a fully adjustable suspension seat and the cab has a heater as standard with air conditioning available as an option.

Livelink Support

As with the majority of JCB machines, the 3CX Compact is supplied as standard with JCB’s LiveLink telematic tracking and monitoring system. LiveLink permits the fleet manager to monitor the machine’s performance and operating health remotely, with warnings of service and working issues.

In addition, LiveLink allows real-time tracking to permit rapid relocation in the event of machine theft.

[colored_box color=”yellow”]For more information on the 3CX Compact, please visit or call 1300 522 232.[/colored_box]

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