JCB World

JCB just love construction.  In every corner of the world you’ll find a JCB machine – not hard when they make over 300 different machines. On this page we have listed information on all of our favourite machines, plus a bunch of fun facts about JCB and construction. If you love machines, then you’ll love this!

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What do you think of when you hear the name JCB?
Big yellow diggers on building sites?

  • JCB-logoThe very first machine that Mr JCB built was a tipping trailer he made using a £1 welding set and sold at the local market for £45! That was in 1945.
  • In 1948, there were 6 people working for the company which then made a hydraulic tipping trailer – the very first in the whole of Europe.
  • In 1953, along came the first machine to be stamped with the JCB logo you see on machines today. This was a Backhoe Loader (what we all call a digger!) and it’s the machine that everyone nowadays calls a JCB.
  • In the 1960s, Mr JCB began the tradition of cool JCB stunts to publicise the company name. This is how the world-famous Dancing Diggers started. If you’ve never seen the Dancing Diggers before please view our quick movie.
  • Today, JCB has over 7,000 employees and we make 279 different machines. But we’re still based in the Midlands so we’ve got our own JCB jet and helicopter that we use to fly in our customers.

Mr J.C.B

  • mr jcbIn 1960, Joseph Cyril Bamford started  business in 1945 at the end of world war II, in a garage  measuring 3.66metres by 4.57 meters, probably the same size as your bedroom.
  • Mr. JCB began the tradition of cool JCB Stunts to publicize the company’s name. This is how the world famous Dancing Diggers show started.
  • Mr JCB built his first Tipping Trailer in 1945.He made it using £1 welding set and sold it at the local market for £45!!
  • All JCB equipments are yellow for safety reason. On building site your eyes are more likely to see a machine that is yellow than any other colour.
  • Based in Midlands JCB has its own jet and helicopter that is used to fly in their customers.
  • JCB makes over 300 types of machines for the construction and agricultural industry.
  • At the end of 2007, JCB has produced 702,387 machines since 1954( which is when their records started)
  • All Scrap metals from JCB machines is melted and re –used.

Backhoe Loaders:

  • Backhoe-ShotWhen most people think of JCBs, the Backhoe Loader’s the one that comes to mind. Loads of people have tried to copy it, but no-one’s been able to better it. It’s the original and the best!
  • With that beefy bucket and arm on the back (that’s the bit that’s called the Backhoe) and the huge strong shovel on the front, they can do just about any job, anywhere! There’s four main models in the range
    and each one of them’s a classic design.
  • It’s no wonder JCB use these machines as their Dancing Diggers
  • In 1953 a JCB Logo was stamped onto a Backhoe Loader for the first time. Now everybody calls this machine a JCB. The word ‘JCB’ now even appears in the dictionary.
  • All the JCB backhoes Produced in one year would be able to move 1.3 billion tons of earth.

Where are you most likely to see a JCB Backhoe Loader?

  • Building Sites
  • Roadworks
  • Demolition Jobs
  • Recycling Stations

JCB Telescopic Handlers

  • Telescopic-HandlerWhen you see a telescopic handler parked there doing nothing, it doesn’t look too different from most other JCBs, but when it gets working, you’ll see why people love it. It’s got an extending arm that shoots out of the top and reaches about five metres out from the cabin (pace it out – it’s a long way!).
  • That big long arm means they’re useful almost anywhere, but they’re at their best when they’re used to load stuff to and from spots that are really tough to get to. So next time you get a ball stuck in a tree, just think how handy a JCB Telescopic Handler would be!

Where are you most likely to see a JCB Telescopic Handler?

  • House Building Sites
  • Farms
  • Forestry Centres
  • Recycling Stations
  • Formula One Grand Prix races


  • FastracIf you’ve ever been stuck behind a tractor on a road, you can bet it wasn’t a JCB Fastrac, because even though they’re like normal tractors, they can go at up to 65 mph on a road, and that’s fast.
  • In fact they even got their name because of their speediness – Fastrac is just short for Fast Tractor – and because they can zoom along so quickly, there isn’t another tractor like it!
  • And they’re not just great on the road, because the clever bods at JCB have worked out that when it’s doing work it can cover more than 30% more ground than a normal tractor. Wow!

Where are you most likely to see a JCB Fastrac?

  • Roadworks
  • Farms
  • Cutting grass verges
  • Snow Ploughing

Rough-TerrainnRough Terrain Forklifts

  • Okay, imagine a forklift truck, then imagine a rugged looking 4×4 jeep. Got it? Now, combine the two in your mind and what do you get? A JCB Rough Terrain Forklift, that’s what!
  • The folks down at JCB call them RTFLs because it’s a bit less of a mouthful, and they’re a really useful piece of kit.
  • You see, normal forklifts just can’t go anywhere except smooth warehouse floors, so if you’re out on a building site, and you need to offload something, only an RTFL will do!

Where are you most likely to see a JCB Mini Rough Terrain Forklift?

  • Building Sites
  • Farms
  • Scrapyards
  • Forestry Centres
  • Recycling Stations

Articulated Dump Trucks

  • DumptruckIf you see one of these in action, the first thing you’ll notice is that they swivel in the middle. That’s what articulated means and it lets the trucks get into all sorts of spots, go round tight corners, and generally do some really useful work all over the place.
  • Where do you look if you want to see one? Well they’re used most on building sites for getting rid of dirt, gravel, sand – anything! – and when you see how big that massive bucket is, you’ll realise how good they are at it!

Where are you most likely to see a JCB Articulated Dump Truck?

  • Quarries
  • Roadworks
  • Waterway Maintenance
  • Building Sites


  • Excavator-JS330-shotThese are some of the biggest JCBs you’ll ever see, and they are totally unstoppable. There’re two kinds, the tracked ones and the wheeled ones, so whoever’s using them can make sure they always get enough grip, wherever they are!
  • Tracked ones are great for slippy mud because they’ve got huge tracks that dig into anything, and wheeled ones are so easy to transport you can take them anywhere you need. But they both have one thing in common – they shift mud like they’re its number one enemy.
  • Excavators are great at digging and also at demolishing buildings.

Where are you most likely to see a JCB Excavator?

  • Roadworks
  • Farms
  • Quarries
  • Recycling Stations
  • Waterways maintenance


  • JCBDieselMaxFastestCar5The Dieselmax is the Fastest Diesel car in the world – ever!
  • It’s the brain child of Sir Anthony Bamford, who dreamed of breaking the land speed record for a diesel engine, using his very own modest digger engines.
  • The Dieselmax, which was built in 2006, can reach the speed of just over 350 miles per hour, which is really really fast!!
  • It broke the world land speed record  in 2006, when it was driven by Wing Commander Andy Green on a salt lake desert in Utah in America.
  • It goes so fast that it can only be stopped by deploying parachutes?

Visit to find out lots of information about Diggers and other JCB Machines which will fascinate the budding Digger enthusiast.  There are loads of games and fun activities to do on and away from the computer. There is something for everyone and plenty to keep kids busy during weekends and school holidays.

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