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£0.5m order for JCB

a JCB backhoe loader at workJCB has won an order worth more than £0.5m for a fleet of backhoe loaders made at its World HQ in Staffordshire.

News of the deal from civil engineering, plant hire and haulage specialist Fred Mence came just days after JCB celebrated 60 years of making backhoe loaders - a machine invented by company founder Joseph Cyril Bamford in 1953.

More than half a million JCB backhoes have been manufactured since then.

The order is for ten JCB 3CX Sitemasters and the machines are part of a regular fleet replacement policy that sees all equipment changed within a three-year period, to ensure maximum availability and to deliver the best return on investment.

Director Paul Mence said: “We started out with backhoe loaders well before we had crawler machines. The JCB backhoe loader is in our opinion the most versatile machine on the market, in terms of work capability and also as a medium-size tool carrying platform."

All of the company’s JCB equipment is supplied by local dealer TC Harrison JCB, with which Mence has an excellent working relationship. The dealer provides full back-up for the JCB fleet, with the latest 3CX models now benefiting from the addition of JCB’s LiveLink telematic system.