Platinum edition backhoe loader launched

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JCB is unveiling Platinum Editions of the 3CX and 4CX models to celebrate 70 years of its iconic backhoe loader.

Invented by company founder Joseph Bamford, the backhoe concept was launched in 1953 after he combined a lightweight backhoe with a Major Loadall tractor loader. It created the first machine to combine a front shovel and a rear excavator arm.

More than 900,000 have now been made. JCB has been world market leader for backhoes for almost 25 years and today manufactures the iconic machine in the UK, India, and Brazil.  A total of 70 limited-edition 70th birthday 3CX PRO and 4 CX PRO machines will be manufactured.

Lord Bamford said: “The backhoe loader is an incredibly versatile machine and thanks to continued innovation and evolution, it remains just as relevant today as the day it was first invented.”

The Platinum Edition models will have servo excavator controls, Powerslide, air conditioning and bi-directional auxiliary flow hydraulics. The machines will bear limited edition Platinum decals and grille badge. They will have Platinum-coloured wheels, while in the cab there will be an embroidered graphic in the carpet and upgraded seat material with 70th anniversary branding, along with a steering wheel centre cap featuring the 70th logo. Each machine will also have a special plaque and customers will receive a special Platinum gift pack with the backhoe loader.


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