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Hot winter news for digger drivers

A JCB backhoe loaderDigger drivers have received some hot news from Chamber member JCB as the first icy blast of winter strikes.

With temperatures barely climbing above zero today, the company has announced a new system - available on its backhoe loaders - which automatically heats the cab and engine before the operator arrives for work in the morning.

JCB’s Chief Innovation and Growth Officer, Tim Burnhope, said: “This is another fantastic innovation on JCB’s backhoe loaders that will allow operators to simply get in and drive, without having to defrost windscreens or warm through the engine. As well as providing greater comfort for the operator it will cut downtime and boost productivity for the customer.”

The system is available as an option on JCB’s 3CX and 4CX backhoe loaders and can be activated using a 24-hour timer, with up to three pre-set start times, or manually through a switch in the cab.

The heater can also be used manually throughout the day, when the machine is not in use, maintaining a comfortable working environment for the driver. It works by using a water heater that is integrated into the engine’s coolant circuit.