As market leader in 74 countries, JCB produces around half of all the backhoe loaders sold in the world today. And, when you look at the Tier 2-compliant DIESELMAX-powered JCB 3CX, it’s easy to see why.

Our entry-level 3CX is a great value backhoe, boasting low cost of ownership and superior strength as standard. It’s also fitted with innovative features galore, ensuring that productivity and performance are class-leading. In short, the JCB 3CX backhoe is a perfect solution for large fleets, rental yards and smaller businesses alike.


Operating your JCB 3CX backhoe is straightforward using a traditional manual controls. To enable longer working stints, there’s a low effort braking setup.

JCB backhoe loader cabs are pressurised to ensure a clean and controlled working environment. A canopy variant is also available*.

To create the perfect working environment for operators – and, in turn, improve productivity – air conditioning comes as standard* on enclosed cab machines.

A 12V auxiliary circuit in the cab allows operators to charge phones and use various accessories.

Our fully adjustable suspension seat comes as standard, providing 3CX operators with improved comfort and reduced fatigue for longer working stints.

There’s lockable storage aplenty, with work tools easy to carry even on the canopy cab option.



The JCB 3CX is a great value entry level backhoe loader offering superb return on investment as well as affordable insurance, finance and service parts.
Unlike most entry level backhoes, the 3CX is extremely efficient. JCB's EcoMAX engine is powerful and offers excellent fuel economy by producing high torque at low revs.

EcoMAX is a highly durable engine design, with tens of thousands of units in service all over the world on a huge range of different applications.
The JCB 3CX has a 40kph top speed so you can speed up travel times on site and between locations.
With high breakout forces you’ll be able to shift more material quicker.


To guarantee ultimate performance in all conditions, the JCB 3CX backhoe is equipped with 4WD as standard.

JCB’s 68.6kW DIESELMAX engine produces its peak power and torque at low engine speeds, which makes for exceptional responsiveness, great economy and outstanding performance.

Load retention is exceptional with the 3CX’s 45° loader shovel rotation. Best-in-class shovel breakout forces help to optimize your loading times.

Excellent forward reach means your backhoe can easily load high sided trucks.

You can easily operate high powered attachments like breakers and patch planers courtesy of a high performance hydraulic pump.



Cabs, axles, transmissions and engines are all designed and built by JCB. All components therefore work in perfect harmony for optimum reliability.

By heating the JCB 3CX backhoe’s boom and dipper to 650˚C, we remove any internal stresses, doubling boom life and reducing overall machine weight.

We use a powder coat paint process which provides a high quality finish. Paint coverage is optimised and your loader stays looking good for longer.

The hydraulic cylinders have friction welded ends for extra strength.

To protect boom and dipper hoses during trenchwork, we’ve enclosed them inside the 3CX’s rear structures. Kingpost hoses are also enclosed in a flexible, robust guide.

Steering cylinders are positioned high up behind the front axle for additional protection.



In a JCB 3CX backhoe, operators sit higher up than in most machinery. This provides excellent visibility through 360° of the working area.

Access is easy and safe courtesy of large anti-slip steps with an open grille design to prevent material build-up; there are also always three points of contact available.

With a laminated front screen and toughened flat glass everywhere else, operator safety is optimised, including during powered attachment use.

Four cylinder geometry means the shovel cylinders are in line with the loader arms providing best-in-class forward visibility.

The rear boom lock ensures safety when roading. The cable operated boom lock stops removable pins from being lost.

The self-levelling loader ensures any load is secured at all times.


Maximum Engine Power
Maximum Loader Capacity
1.1 m3
Maximum Dig Depth
5.46 m