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Catherina Cunnane
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Farmer using machine more commonly seen on construction sites for farm work

A JCB 4CX PRO backhoe-loader – more commonly seen on construction projects – is the machine of choice for Co Down farmer Robert Malcolmson.

It provides a versatile handling, loading and digging machine for his 65-acre cattle farm.

JCB 4CX backhoe-loader

Malcolmson has just taken the delivery of a brand-new 4CX PRO, the latest model with Stage V emissions compliance.

According to JCB, it is the first example of this new model in Northern Ireland.

Mr Malcolmson said: “I’ve been driving JCB machines for over 40 years and have owned several of my own. The latest JCB Stage V 4CX PRO is a very, very good machine.”

“I’ll be using it for all my farming work: feeding cattle, lifting bales, erecting fencing and silage handling using a range of different attachments.”

“It’s performing well, is easy to move between sites, and it suits me down to the ground.”

JCB 4CX backhoe-loader: Features

Supplied by Templepatrick-based, Dennison JCB, longstanding JCB customer, Robert Malcolmson, is set to capitalise on a machine that brings lower emissions, better off-road performance, greater fuel efficiency and faster travel times.

Launched by JCB earlier this year, the JCB Stage V 4CX PRO boasts an all-wheel steer for increased all-terrain performance.

Other new JCB Automate features make it easier to use and boost productivity.

Furthermore, according to JCB, a new six-speed ECOROAD powertrain can cut travel time and fuel use by up to 25%.

The JCB Stage V 4CX PRO’s Auto Drive feature allows the operator to maintain a set engine speed when roading automatically.

The PRO range also features the ECOROAD six-speed Autoshift transmission that can cut travel time and fuel use by up to 25% for operators that spend a lot of time on the road.

All powershift transmissions are now standard with JCB’s TorqueLock direct drive system.

The company has integrated a host of new standard features into the PRO backhoe loaders, including:

  • Rear light guards;
  • Front bumpers;
  • Return to dig;
  • Shovel clam ram guards;
  • High-flow loader auxiliary pipework;
  • The loader Auto Smooth Ride System arm suspension system.
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