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When the going gets tough

Q: What is your product?

Launched at this year’s RWM in partnership with CIWM show, the 4CX backhoe loader is part of the Wastemaster series of JCB products for the waste and recycling industry.

Q: How does it work?

The backhoe loader is a tailor- made model for arduous waste environments, and can power an extensive array of attachments.

These include grabs for handling waste materials, a sweeper collector for keeping a site tidy and a unique hook lift for manoeuvring bins and skips.

Q: Where would it ideally be used?

Household waste recycling centres.

Q: How is it different?

Its ability to perform a variety of roles eliminates the need for other machines such as forklift or pallet trucks.

Q: What are the benefits? 

Additional length rear stabilisers and a front frame incorporating hydraulic legs raise the entire machine clear of the ground. This allows exceptional views into the bin when compacting material with a grapple or compaction wheel attachment.

There are a range of purpose-designed bucket options. At the loader end, users can choose between a high-capacity general-purpose or a multi-purpose bucket that can be fitted at the shovel end of the backhoe loader. It can be adapted for six applications or a top grab bucket. This is a conventional bucket but with a grab at the top, which closes around the waste load to ensure it is retained during handling.

Q: How much does it cost?

The 4CX is typically less than most wheeled excavators.

Q: Any savings?

As well as saving on the need for other machines, the 4CX has exceptional fuel economy. It also saves time because travel between sites is fast compared with other equipment.

Q: What about maintenance?

The machine uses robust loader arms and axles taken from the recently launched JCB 5CX model. The machine features the powerful 75kW (100hp) JCB Dieselmax engine, and incorporates innovations such as Advanced EasyControl and four-speed Powershift transmission

with TorqueLock.

Q: Safety?

Safety on-site is enhanced by superb all-round visibility from the cab, high visibility stabiliser chevrons, convex mirrors, a rotating beacon and a reversing alarm.

Machine protection is assured with the inclusion of additional boom protection, rear screen impact protection, light guards and puncture- protected tyres.

Q: Anything else?

It has a 4.72m extending dipper at the excavator end and excavator-type seat- mounted controls for easy operation. It boasts air-conditioning, an immobiliser and JCB LiveLink telematics.

Q: How many have you sold and where?

Globally, the backhoe loader is already one of JCB’s biggest selling machines into waste, recycling and demolition applications.

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New at the show

Also launched at RWM was the 20-tonne JS20MH material handler, available with fixed or hydraulically raised cab for loading containers, giving improved vision and safety on-site. JCB also showcased the most compact telescopic handler in its Wastemaster Loadall range, the 527-58WM, and the Teletruk TLT 30D 4x4, with a telescopic boom instead of a mast. With its ability to reach forwards, loads can be lifted and placed quickly.

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