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
Shovel Capacity
Maximum Dig Depth


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.


  • A new high output variable flow pump reduces the JCB 3CX’s cycle times, saves fuel and, on manual backhoes, lighter lever effort makes control easier.
  • Our new improved Powerslide features a larger hydraulic ram, which produces more power to quickly and effortlessly reposition the backhoe loader’s excavator.
  • There’s more tractive effort at the 3CX Eco’s pile than ever, thanks to new variable flow pump power management and the new JCB EcoMAX engine.
  • 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.
  • The optional combined hammer and bi-directional circuit provides optimised low-flow and high-flow hydraulic power with low back pressure for great attachment versatility.
  • JCB’s new hydraulic quickhitch makes attachment changing on the 3CX quick, safe and compliant with current and future legislation.
  • EcoDig is a standard-fit three-pump hydraulic system that provides high hydraulic flow and pressure at low engine speeds for improved fuel economy, reduced carbon emissions, lower engine wear, and extended refuelling intervals.
  • Hydraulic Speed Control (HSC) automatically disconnects the first hydraulic pump when the JCB 3CX Eco is in fourth gear. This reduces fuel consumption still further.