The JCB 3CX COMPACT backhoe loader represents the latest in backhoe innovation. Designed for big performance within confined job sites, the 3CX COMPACT backhoe is perfect for urban construction projects, as well as niche applications such as utility and road works operations, cemetery operations, commercial landscaping and more. A tight turning radius and switchable steering modes allow the 3CX COMPACT to work within the single lane of a roadway, for minimal disruption and maximum productivity. Ease-of-use, controllability and legendary JCB build quality and a 2-year/2,000-hour bucket-to-bucket transferable warranty comes standard with the JCB 3CX COMPACT backhoe loader.
  • Side-shift chassis to dig square holes and work near walls and fences
  • Compact dimensions and 35 percent smaller footprint to operate in confined spaces
  • Skid steer quick-hitch to engage skid steer attachments for superior versatility
  • 4-wheel steer is standard, for enhanced maneuverability
  • 25 mph (40 km/h) road speed to move quickly between job sites for greater productivity

Most Popular Configuration

Application Shot
  • 3-speed hydrostatic transmission
  • 2WS/4WS capability and permanent 4WD
  • Michelin Power CL 340/80 R18 tires
  • Vari-speed • Cab with heat and A/C
  • Cloth suspension seat
  • 12-foot fixed dipper
  • Advanced EasyControls for excavator-end
  • Hammer excavator pipework
  • 18-inch excavator bucket with teeth
  • 5/8-inch loader pipework with constant flow capability
  • JCB Smoothride System (SRS) and Return to Dig (RTD)
  • Quick hitch 78-inch GP loader bucket with toe plate
  • Skid steer loader quick hitch
  • 110 V engine block heater
  • LiveLink telematics


Max. Dig Depth
14 ft 2 in

4.33 m

Loader Bucket Breakout
8,285 lbf

3,758 kgf

Gross Engine Power
74 hp
55 kW


The 3CX COMPACT backhoe loader features ranges, selectable at the touch of a button.

Excavator joystick controls are fit as standard, for ease-of-use, smooth controllability and improved operator comfort.

A fully adjustable air-suspension seat minimizes operator fatigue.

Dash-mounted display provides information needed for efficient and productive loading and travel.

An in-cab12 V auxiliary circuit powers personal accessories, such as cell phones.

A standard-fit SAE+/ISO+ control pattern switch enables customization to suit operator preferences.


The JCB Diesel by Kohler 74 hp (55 kW) engine requires no DPF, eliminating the need for costly replacement filters and productivity-sapping regeneration, and reducing downtime. Additionally, the engine requires no DEF, further reducing operating costs and hassle for operators.

Industry-leading 500-hour service intervals and simple, ground-level daily checks for maximum uptime.

The 3CX COMPACT delivers high power and torque at low engine speeds –as low as 1,300–1,400 RPM—for fuel efficient matching of engine speed and hydraulics.

With a 25 mph (40 km/h) maximum speed, the 3CX COMPACT backhoe loader can move quickly between job sites, potentially eliminating the need to rent or purchase a truck and trailer to transport the machine.

The 3CX COMPACT comes standard with a 2-year/2,000-hour full, bucket-to-bucket warranty, to mitigate the impact of unscheduled repairs and maintenance. The warranty is transferable with ownership of the machine.


The 3CX COMPACT backhoe loader is 35 percent smaller than a conventional, full-size backhoe (attachment dependent). At only 6 feet 7 inches (2.00 m) wide, the 3CX COMPACT ideal for working within gardens, parks, single-lane roadways and small construction sites. It’s height of less than 10 feet (3.05 m) allows access to confined work sites, such as low level buildings and basements.

The 3CX COMPACT backhoe loader also has a travel height of just 9 feet (2.74 m), for easier transport between work sites.

With a 25 mph (40 km/h) road speed, travel times to and around job sites are reduced, for greater productivity.

For comfortable, productive operators, the 3CX COMPACT comes standard with an air-conditioned cab. An equally spacious canopy option in also available.



The 3CX COMPACT backhoe loader is a versatile solution for utility companies, landscapers, cemeteries, municipalities and other operators that require the excavating and material handling capabilities of a large machine in a compact size. With an operating weight of just 13,514 lb (6,130 kg), 4-wheel steering and rubber tires, the 3CX COMPACT is also ideal for road repair applications.

The 3CX COMPACT is equipped with a skid steer loader quick-hitch, to engage skid steer attachments for superior versatility and adaptability.

For added flexibility, the available hand-held tool circuit can power a wide range of attachments, such as water pumps, disc cutters, augers, handheld breakers and more.


JCB is the world’s leading manufacturer of backhoe loaders, and JCB backhoes are known for manufacturing quality, operational reliability and high residual values.

The 3CX COMPACT backhoe loader is a high-specification machine that provides maximum value for the acquisition investment. A full range of attachments further increases versatility to enable greater returns.

Tested and proven components for enhanced reliability and maximum uptime.

The 3CX COMPACT comes standard with a 2-year/2,000-hour bucket-to-bucket warranty, to provide the ultimate peace of mind. The warranty is transferable with ownership of the machine, to boost resale values.

LiveLink telematics is standard, to monitor machine usage and geo-location at all times.