This year marks the 70th anniversary of the creation of the backhoe loader by UK excavator maker JCB.
Company founder Joseph Cyril Bamford CBE invented the backhoe concept. The first JCB model was manufactured in 1953 after he combined a lightweight backhoe with a Major Loadall tractor loader. This was the first time a single machine combined a front shovel and a rear excavator arm.
It took JCB 20 years to build its first 50,000 backhoes. To date, more than 900,000 have been made.
The excavator model is manufactured in the UK, India and Brazil.
To mark this anniversary, JCB is producing 70 limited-edition 3CX PRO and 4 CX PRO models.