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JCB marks 70 years of backhoe innovation with platinum models

The special edition of the JCB backhoe loader. (Image source: JCB)

JCB, a leading manufacturer of construction equipment, has celebrated 70 year of manufacturing backhoe loaders by launching Platinum Editions of the 3CX and 4CX models

The first backhoe concept by JCV was launched by company founder, Joseph Cyril, in in 1953 in a bid to create a single machine that combines a front shovel and rear excavator arm. He did so by bringing together a lightweight backhoe with a Major Loadall tractor loader. 

After 20 years 50,000 backhoes were built and distributed. Now, more than 900,000 have been made, cementing JCB as a world market leader for the piece of machinery. 

“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,” commented Anthony Bamford, JCB chairman. “The JCB backhoe loader remains one of the most popular pieces of construction equipment in the world and it has a very exciting future ahead of it.”

To celebrate the 70th birthday of this historic moment in the company’s history, 70 limited-edition 3CX PRO and 4CX PRO machines will be manufactured. The Platinum Edition models will have servo excavator controls, Powerslide, air conditioning and bi-directional auxiliary flow hydraulics. 

They will bear limited edition Platinum decals and grille badge alongside platinum-coloured wheels. In the cab, meanwhile there will sit an embroidered graphic in the carpet next to an upgraded seat material with 70th anniversary branding (matching a similar 70th logo on the steering wheel centre cap). Customers who purchase the machine will receive a special Platinum gift pack accompanying the backhoe loader and they will also enjoy a special plaque.

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