JCB Digger

JCB DiggerDiggers, especially in the USA, are sometimes called backhoe loaders. In the UK the digger is often referred to simply by its iconic brand name, the initials JCB.

The first real JCB was built by Joseph Cyril Bamford who began his famous UK company from his garage in 1945.

The digger was invented by Joseph Cyril Bamford in 1953. Joe Bamford (1916 – 2001) worked in engineering before serving with the RAF in WW2. After the War, Joe set up a workshop in a rented lock-up garage. Bamford’s first product was a trailer. J C Bamford (Excavators) Ltd was founded in the Staffordshire town of Uttoxeter.

In 1953 the first JCB digger was produced. The farm tractor had been around since the 19th century. Bamford added a front bucket and back scoop or backhoe and the now legendary JCB was born.

It wasn’t long before the JCB became a widely used machine which today is exported all over the world. Key to its success was its versatility. The JCB is ideal for construction and landscaping jobs as well as road building and mending. The seat in the JCB’s cab can swivel to face the backhoe and its stabilizers when extended make the unit a very stable platform. The front scoop is especially useful for scraping, grading, lifting, loading and carrying whilst the backhoe can perform a multitude of tasks, not least of which is digging precise trenches.

The JCB is very suitable for use in urban environments where space may be restricted. It also comes in varying sizes, such as the 2CX, 3CX and 4CX JCB. For larger jobs an excavator may be more appropriate, and on smaller jobs a skid steer or loadall.

The JCB can be fitted with a variety of attachments and buckets for use in different tasks. These include the breaker, grapple and auger. A breaker is ideal for breaking up concrete and tarmac surfaces. The grapple attachment is useful for lifting and dragging. An auger fitted to a digger can be used for drilling and post hole boring. The front loader bucket of a JCB is often fitted with a clamshell or retractable section for more efficient loading of say muck, aggregates or rubble.

In 1978 JCB launched their enormously popular Loadall telescopic handler. By 1990 JCB had begun producing the Fastrac Tractor capable of the relatively fast road speed of 40mph.

When Joseph Bamford CBE died in 2001, JCB could very proudly be described as the biggest privately-held engineering company in the UK and a global brand with a truly world class reputation.


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My First JCB

Award-winning UK toy company Golden Bear make a superb range of preschool digger toys under the My First JCB brand.

Licensed by iconic British digger manufacturers JCB, the My First JCB range are ideal digger toys for toddlers.

These diggers all have an individual personality. There’s Joey JCB the classic backhoe loader, Freddie Fastrac the JCB Fastrac tractor and helpful Doug the dumper truck.

My First JCB DiggerGolden Bear’s My First JCB diggers are extremely tough yet also wonderfully tactile; an ideal combination for demanding young construction fans.

What’s more My First JCB digger toys have moving parts. Both the rear bucket and the front scoop on Joey the JCB can easily be operated and the rugged wheels have no trouble negotiating even the toughest terrain.

JCB Dancing Diggers

Dancing Diggers JCB Touring Display Team

The world famous JCB Dancing Diggers Display Team travel the globe performing at trade shows and fairs.

The team of Dancing Digger drivers are highly trained to perform incredible digger stunts. It hardly needs saying that these stunts are not something you would try at work or hire a digger and have a go at in the back garden!

Since its formation the Dancing Diggers have spawned several copy-cat teams, but there will only ever be one official JCB Dancing Digger Team.

The display routines, performed mainly by the extremely versatile JCB 3CX backhoe loader, have been perfected over many hundreds of digger hours. Not only that but the machines used have been specially modified for use by the Dancing Diggers.

JCB Dancing Diggers Display TeamWith their precision moves and hydraulic manoeuvres, the Dancing Diggers never fail to amaze audiences, both trade and public, wherever they perform.

A real highlight of the show is when all the diggers are lifted clear above the ground using their mighty hydraulic systems whilst another JCB passes beneath their honour guard.

It is especially vital for a huge exporter, in fact the largest industrial exporter in the Midlands and the third-largest construction equipment manufacturer on the planet, to showcase its products.

JCB employs over 10,000 staff and exports its diggers to virtually every country on the map. The JCB Dancing Diggers Display Team are a vital component of the iconic company’s public relations.