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Earliest JCB

Post #1 by mechman » Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:14 am

Hi all.
When did the first JCB (Loader and Backhoe) as we know it become available, And what powered it. :?:
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Re: Earliest JCB

Post #2 by agrimax » Sat Apr 16, 2016 12:39 pm

The first JCB backhoe was in 1953 but think it was 1954 before the front loader was added. Powered by a Fordson Major tractor.
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Re: Earliest JCB

Post #3 by mechman » Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:16 pm

would that be the earlier 4d

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Re: Earliest JCB

Post #4 by TullyveeryClassicJCB » Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:42 pm

It was the E1A Major before the Power Major.
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Re: Earliest JCB

Post #5 by agrimax » Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:46 pm

Not well versed in their history. However,I think the Loadall (loader only)came in '55 after the MK1 JCB backhoe loader,followed by the Hydradigga/Loadall combination in '57.Then the JCB 4 in 1960.


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Post #6 by agrimax » Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:48 pm

Over to you on the history lesson William.....I wouldn't be well clued up on them!


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Re: Earliest JCB

Post #7 by essexpete » Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:51 pm

Hasn't Martyn H got a time line on here somewhere?

edit I see Martyn's is a a later era.

This might help: http://www.jcbexplore.com/content/about_jcb/jcb_facts/

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Re: Earliest JCB

Post #8 by XS650 » Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:38 am

And of course Mr Whitlock beat Mr Bamford to it !
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Re: Earliest JCB

Post #9 by TullyveeryClassicJCB » Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:45 am

The Major Loader came first in 1949. Joe Bamford on a trip to Norway in 1952 bought a tractor mounted backhoe and apparently from the outset saw the backhoe as the perfect way to compliment the Major Loader and vice versa. JCB make the JCB Trencher first in 1952 based on the Norwegian creation and then replace it with the Excavator. In 1953, the JCB Major Loader/ Excavator goes on sale with the option of a counterweight should a Major Loader not be needed or not within budget. Instead of the counterweight some had a compressor. In 1957 the combo was changed because the Excavator was replaced by the Hydra-Digga and so would have been a JCB Major Loader Hydra Digga. In 1958, The JCB LoadAll replaced the Major Loader. In 1959, things were updated further still. The LoadAll became curvier, less angular in appearance and stronger. The bonnet was changed and a new grill. In 1959, yellow now was the only colour. In 1958, Red and blue were the predominant colours.
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Re: Earliest JCB

Post #10 by TullyveeryClassicJCB » Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:57 am

Craig, apparently so but it was very close. International Harvesters Hough- Wainroy has a claim too. This picture was taken in 1951/ 1952 but there is only evidence of International promoting the combination as early as 1954.
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