JCB backhoe loaders to get Tier 4 engines

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JCB 3CX backhoe loader JCB’s backhoes, like this 3CX, are getting Tier 4 engines JCB 3CX backhoe loader
JCB engine plant JCB’s new Tier 4 engines in production JCB engine plant

JCB Construction Equipment Australia (JCB CEA) has announced it will be bringing new fuel-efficient EcoMax diesel engines to its Australian backhoe loader range, designed to reduce fuel costs and emissions.


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The new engines are configured to meet EU Stage IIIB/US Tier 4i and Tier 4 Final standards and are equipped with the latest energy saving technology. JCB says the units have been tested for 110,000 hours in 70 different JCB machines.

"JCB CEA has tested the latest units in some of the toughest applications and harshest environments," JCB CEA national product manager Glenn McLeod says.

"Each JCB engine has cutting-edge combustion technology that delivers improved efficiencies and excellent fuel savings."

The JCB engines don’t require a diesel particulate filter, so the backhoes retain a low bonnet line with good visibility to the wheels and attachments.

The new engine models have JCB’s Auto Idle, Auto Throttle and Auto Drive features as standard. These allow the operator to pre-set idle modes when switching between excavator and front loader operations, which lowers fuel use, engine noise and emissions.

The high-tech features also help with machine maintenance and servicing, giving operators real-time machine data and automating engine checks.

"The new standard control panel featured on all Stage IIIB/Tier 4i backhoes allows operators to access a comprehensive menu and view fuel economy data too," McLeod says.

"Service intervals can still be carried out entirely from ground level without the need to remove side panels or climb access filters."

"All engine checks are carried out and reported automatically by the engine management system, meaning an end to daily under bonnet checks and faster diagnostics to a first time dealer fix."

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