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Packing an efficient punch

Bruce Lett takes a look at the latest fuel-saving JCB backhoe loader on show at the Ploughing

Bruce Lett

Published 21/09/2010 | 05:00

Under the bonnet is where JCB says this backhoe loader offers the best bargain, giving customers average fuel savings ranging from 6-16pc, largely due to the use of its EcoDig system
Under the bonnet is where JCB says this backhoe loader offers the best bargain, giving customers average fuel savings ranging from 6-16pc, largely due to the use of its EcoDig system

JCB has unveiled the next generation of backhoe loader, which will be on the ECI JCB stand at the National Ploughing Championships.

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On the surface, it's a re-styled counterweight, with new vertical grille pressings and sharper lines on the excavator and loader profiles contributing to the new overall look. The cab is styled on the JCB Fastrac cab.

Under the skin, though, is where the new JCB makes the biggest impression, according to the firm. JCB claims it is the most efficient JCB backhoe loader ever, offering customers average fuel savings ranging from 6-16pc at typical daily work rates.

The savings are largely achieved through the introduction of a new EcoDig system, incorporating three hydraulic pumps.

This system uses three hydraulic pumps to provide the same hydraulic output -- but at lower engine speeds, which is saving fuel, says JCB.

The hydraulic system has two working modes -- eco-mode and low-flow, the former for productivity and the latter for control. Another benefit of the three-pump design, according to the manufacturers, is faster performance of the extra-dig extending dipper arm.

The new hydraulic system and lower engine speeds also contribute to a cut in exhaust emissions and a reduction in overall machine noise levels, both inside and outside the cab.

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Power brakes are to be introduced on both 3CX and 4CX models. The system provides proportional braking throughout the pedal travel, providing operators with improved braking and reduced effort.

Oil supply for the brakes will be from the vehicle's hydraulic system, reducing daily and occasional service checks.

JCB has also redesigned the pedal box in the cab, with an automotive-style pedal position for improved operator ergonomics.

Internally, the cab has been refreshed, with a move to a black interior in the lower half of the cab, including the seat. JCB has also used a lighter grey colour for the pillars and roof lining.

JCB maintain its engineers have looked for innovation in every detail in the cab, and have found a new material to cover the redesigned steering wheel, offering improved grip for the driver.

There is also a more ergonomically designed spinner knob on the wheel. The backhoes also benefit from new, high-quality switches, which have laser-etched function images that are backlit for working at night.

JCB has almost thought of everything -- the company can even offer the option of a hot drinks machine integrated into the 3CX or 4CX and a front-heated windscreen if required.

Standard are the existing EcoRoad options of Smooth Ride System (SRS) and TorqueLock, a torque converter locking device for direct drive.

Optional are JCB's EcoLoad package of options: the return-to-dig feature for the front shovel, transmission disconnect, to divert hydraulic power to the loader for faster lifting, hydraulic speed control, to give more tractive effort when loading, and a nine-metre factory-fitted hose reel for the hand-held tool circuit.

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