The JCB 3CX is the world’s number one backhoe loader (along with the JCB 4CX). The 3CX is a product of JCB’s Efficient Design philosophy, responding to rising fuel prices and environmental concerns with class-leading efficiency and low running costs.

In typical roading, loading, excavating and idle cycles, this backhoe loader, equipped with a powerful 63 kW DIESELMAX engine, actually delivers an average fuel saving of up to 16%, plus lower emissions and noise levels. And, with extended tank range, you benefit from a longer, more productive working day.

  • World’s most efficient backhoe across typical duty cycles
  • Powered by JCB’s renowned DIESELMAX engines
  • Integrated quickhitch with forks – best-in-class visibility and lift capacity
  • Best-in-class backhoe output – more material moved per hour
  • Efficient 3-pump hydraulic system


Maximum Engine Power
Maximum Loader Capacity
6.53 m3
Maximum Dig Depth
4.24 m


The JCB 3CX is designed to enable fatigue-free, productive day-long working. The best-in-class cab is rubber-mounted and isolated for low noise and vibration. Ergonomics are inspired by the automotive industry for familiarity.

A heated air suspension seat, air con, cool box, and a hot beverage machine are just some of the quality features you’ll find in the cab of this JCB backhoe loader.

For fingertip control, great comfort and excellent manoeuvrability on this backhoe loader, we provide ergonomic seat-mounted excavator-style controls and a choice of three patterns (JCB X, SAE+ and ISO+). Optional excavator-style backhoe and loader servo controls are also available.

Inside this JCB backhoe loader, controls feature an LCD panel detailing machine hours, service information fuel level and system warnings.

A 360° view through tinted windows aids comfort, productivity and safety. In particular, our innovative scoop design one-piece rear windscreen allows JCB 3CX backhoe operators to see right into the trench when excavating.


Our EcoLoad package gives your JCB backhoe loader more tractive effort, faster cycle times, excellent pushing power and hill climbing performance. In challenging conditions, LSD (limited slip differential) axles automatically kick in to provide additional traction.

The 3CX’s 4-ram self-levelling loader automatically adjusts the shovel on both the raise and lower cycle without any need for manual adjustment. It also provides unhindered front shovel visibility, especially when loading at height.

JCB’s new hydraulic quickhitch makes attachment changing on the 3CX quick, safe and compliant with current and future legislation.

At the digging ends of the JCB 3CX backhoe loader, our return to dig feature automatically resets the shovel into the digging position, and selectable transmission disconnect diverts maximum hydraulic power from the engine to the loader arms.

Powerslide hydraulically sideshifts the 3CX Eco backhoe for less effort and reduced site damage.


  • Getting into a JCB 3CX Eco is easy and safe – there are large grab handles, a wide door opening, and open grid design steps that prevent dirt build-up.
  • Our new unique integral shovel street pads option prevents ground damage from your 3CX and, therefore, costly repairs.
  • Power brakes allow efficient, safe stopping power with low pedal effort.
  • New rear light guards provide extra protection for your 3CX backhoe on site.
  • You can keep a close eye on your 3CX Eco with JCB’s LiveLink telematics system; this protects your business from unauthorised usage and vehicle thefts.