A new digger which promises fuel savings of up to 16% has been launched by construction vehicle manufacturer JCB.
JCB initiated a £20m investment programme to update its backhoe loader design, which features the iconic front shovel and rear excavating arm.
The redesign includes a 16% improvement on fuel efficiency over previous models and savings for customers of up to £1,000 a year on fuel thanks to the new ‘ecodig’, ‘ecoroad’ and ‘ecoload’ technologies.
Such innovations combine a new three pump hydraulic system to lower engine speeds, new power braking and TorqueLock systems to improve road efficiency and a hydraulic speed control for smoother loading operations.
JCB will produce two models in the new backhoe range, the 3CX – which contains an 85 horsepower engine and promises a 4.67m maximum backhoe dig depth, and the 100 horsepower 4CX model, which can dig to a depth 4.75m.
JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford said: “JCB’s backhoe loader has been a British manufacturing and export success for nearly 60 years.
“Our investment in this latest generation of machines will build on that success and help our customers save money on fuel during these tough economic times. JCB has always flown the flag for British manufacturing and we will continue to do that as this country is a fantastic place to do business.”
The 3CX and 4CX backhoe loaders will go into production next month.