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JCB turning circle impresses

9 Dec 16 A Somerset-based construction firm has ordered a further three new JCB 3CX Compact backhoe loaders after being impressed by its first four models.

One of Connor Construction’s JCB 3CX Compact backhoes at work
One of Connor Construction’s JCB 3CX Compact backhoes at work

Connor Construction (Southwest), which specialises in the hire of plant and labour to the highways sector, initially ordered four of the new JCB backhoe loaders from dealer Holt JCB in summer 2016.

After subsequent performance evaluation of the 3CX Compact, it has now added a further three to its fleet.

Connor director and founder Ian Webb said: “We selected JCB because in our mind they truly are the only machine for the job when it comes to road maintenance work. In particular, the new 3CX Compact appealed because of the quality of the backhoe operation, an impressive turning circle and versatility of the machine. They perform far better than any competitive equipment we have used to date.

“These latest models are the best we have driven. The turning circle is even tighter and the inclusion of excavator controls is excellent – our experienced drivers are finding them really easy to use. We genuinely believe the JCB 3CX Compact is the only machine on the market suitable for the demands of the highways industry.”

The turning circle is 5.8 metres braked to the outside of the wheels or 6.7 metres unbraked.

The JCB 3CX Compact has three-speed hydrostatic transmission to all four wheels for maximum traction in difficult site conditions. Top speed is 40km/h while creep mode allows the operator to run at high engine rpm to power high-flow attachments such as road planers at maximum travel speed of just 3.5km/h.

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