Home Welcome Reviews Editorials/Press Reference Shopping Mall Links Photo Archive Search Contact
JCB 3CX Contractor Backhoe Loader

Maker:  Joal
Model No:  199
Scale:  1:25
Review Date:  January 2011

Joal Index
Roadworks Equipment Index

Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 7
Detail   (max 30) 20
Features   (max 20) 16
Quality   (max 25) 17
Price   (max 15) 13
Overall   (max 100) 73%


The JCB 3CX Contractor Backhoe Loader video.  [First published April 1 2023].
Click to open large photo
JCB branded box.
Click to open large photo
The 'Contractor' version has vertical action outriggers and a side shift backhoe mount.
Click to open large photo
Very good shovel lifting height.
Controls inside the cab.
Click to open large photo
The side shift on the backhoe mount is visible.
Click to open large photo
The backhoe bucket is removable.
This model is the 'Contractor' version of the JCB 3CX and has a backhoe with a side shift mounting and vertical outriggers.  The real machine has an operating weight of around eight tonnes.


The model comes in a large JCB branded box and it is held within an expanded polystyrene tray.  There were no defects or missing parts on the review model.

There is no information about the real machine, but the box has a photo of the JCB 3CX.  The model is complete out of the box with no assembly or parts to fit.


As the model is 1:25 scale it is relatively large and as it is mainly metal it has a heavy and robust feel.  There is no detail underneath to speak of but the rubber tyres are good with a heavy realistic tread and they are mounted on metal hubs.

The cab has good looking window frames with door hinges being detailed although grab rails and mirrors have not been modelled which at least helps maintain robustness.  Inside, the seat has JCB imprinted on the back although it seems to sit rather high compared to the steering wheel.  Other controls are replicated and the console has detailed dials.  Windscreen wipers and spotlights are represented by graphics, but there is a nice orange beacon light on the roof.

At the rear the backhoe is modelled well with some detail formed within the castings, and the graphics are crisp.  The hydraulic cylinder jackets are plastic and there are no hydraulic lines modelled.  The backhoe connection is also plastic but the colour match is slightly off so can be noticed.  The bucket is a nice metal casting, and the outrigger legs are metal, but the pads are plastic.

The engine cover looks good and there is a plastic exhaust pipe.  The loader arm linkages are well formed and the metal shovel is fine too with only the rivets being a little obtrusive as they stand out from the black paint.


The front axle steers well and it has a degree of float to allow travel over rough ground.  Both rear wheels share a common axle.

The outriggers pull down and are stiff enough to support the model off its rear wheels.

The backhoe rotates almost 180 and also moves side to side between the outriggers.  The range of movement on the boom and dipper is very good and the extending dipper works well.  The bucket movement is also good, and it is removable, albeit it takes some prising to get it off.

The loader mechanism lifts to a good height, the shovel tips well and it has a functioning clam mechanism.

The shovel can be unclipped (although it is stiff) and this allows a pair of forks to be folded forward to lift pallets.


This is a good quality model and most of it is metal.  It is painted well and the graphics are sharp.


In 1:25 scale this is a big model so there is plenty of metal provided for the money.


In many respects this is a typical Joal model.  It is solid and robust but less detailed than models from other makers.  In 1:25 scale the model looks good and is recommended.


There is another version of the model which is Joal 299, the 'Centremount' version with inclined outriggers and centre mounted backhoe.

Click to open large photo
Click to open large photo
Travelling with the shovel up.  Nice tyres, but the rivets on the shovel are a little obtrusive.
Click to open large photo
Underneath the model.
Click to open large photo
Digging with the telescopic dipper extended.
Click to open large photo
The outriggers can keep the machine raised off the deck.
Click to open large photo
Forks can fold over and be used.
Click to open large photo
Opening clam on the shovel.
Click to open large photo
Compact for driving along the road.