Inside the cab of a JCB 3CX – What do you need to know as an operator?

JCB 3CX - 180 Excavator course

The Excavator 180 course is one of our most popular courses for ambitious operators. Anyone who works in construction, or on a site will have their backhoe loader ticket. Not only will the excavator 180 course benefit construction workers, it will also assist in everyday life for other industries. Farmers may use a backhoe loader for agricultural purposes, with various attachments. Anyone in the trade industry, particularly sewage companies that need to dig down to water pipes will also need the necessary training to operate a JCB 3CX.

If you haven’t got your excavator 180 ticket, then find out why you should, and get in the cab of a JCB 3CX backhoe loader today.


A backhoe loader is a multi-purpose machine that is capable of carrying out a large variety of tasks. It is often confused with a tractor, due to the similar design. The main difference being that it has a front loader bucket as well as a backhoe located at the rear. The front bucket be used for plenty of tasks including: 

  • Any excavation work
  • Lifting and moving materials including dirt
  • Trench digging
  • Breaking up asphalt
  • Small demolition projects
  • Landscaping work

A bucket is fitted on the backhoe as standard, however this can be swapped out for a multitude of other attachments to add to the endless list of tasks that can be completed. If you want to increase productivity when on site, then the backhoe loader is the perfect choice.

JCB 3CX - Trench Digging


So, let’s get down to the basics. What are the main features located inside the cab of a JCB 3CX?

Health and Safety

Operators will notice that a JCB 3CX has been designed with anti-slip steps. The corrugated design will remove any excess mud or build up on boots to ensure a safe entry. 

Anyone operating a backhoe loader in the colder months will be able to make full use of the heated front screens. It will help remove, and clear frost quickly to get started on the job at hand. This can be switched on and off using the overhead switches at the front of the cab. The rear screen has been manufactured with impact-protected glass. This will provide additional safety on site.

Operators can also benefit from ample amounts of storage space, to reduce the amount of clutter in the cab. 

At the front and rear of the cab there are 4 adjustable work lights to provide the operator with maximum visibility in poorly lit areas.  

Operator comfort

The cab of a JCB 3CX is very spacious. Visibility has clearly been thought about when designing the 3CX. Large windows to the front and sides will enable the operator to see around with little obstruction. All from the comfort of an ergonomic seat!

The JCB 3CX has been designed with two different seating options, mechanical suspension seat, heated air suspension seat. Either options are incredibly comfy!

Front controls

A JCB 3CX has three different types of transmission options which include:

  • 4 speed power shift intermission
  • 4 speed power shift intermission (with torque lock)
  • 6 speed auto shift transmission with torque lock

Understanding your cab layout is important for efficiency. All of the main controls of a JCB 3CX are within easy reach, which is one reason why we love teaching operators how to drive a JCB. The manual loader lever will enable operators to change the transmission level, turn the auxiliary control on and off. 

The side console is another important control that you should familiarise yourself with. It displays the fuel level, water temperature and the tachometer. Operators can change the heating settings here too. It will also carry out electronic daily checks and will alert the operator if there are any faults with the machine. 


For any operators wanting to book onto our NPORS N201 Excavator 180 course, it will run for 1 – 10 days. This will vary depending on the amount of existing experience. Operators that have previous experience may only require an EWT (Experience Worker Test only). We are more than happy to accommodate this as well.

The course will include an NPORS theory assessment, and a practical assessment at our training area. Once qualified, individuals will need to renew their ticket after 5 years.

Operators can expect to covering the following aspects:

  • Understand the responsibilities as a backhoe loader operator
  • Point out and locate the main controls and components, and why they are used
  • Carry out pre safety checks before starting up the machine
  • Learn how to safely operate the machine using the main controls
  • How to store and transport attachments that can be used on a backhoe loader

The full course content can be found on our website, if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.


The Diggerland Plant Training School is in the prime location for any aspiring operators. As we are based at Diggerland, we have a large range of construction equipment available to use for training purposes. 

We are open from 8am – 6pm, 7 days a week. Diggerland Plant Training School has 4 UK training sites located at Diggerland Kent (our main site), Devon, Durham and Yorkshire. We can also arrange for our instructors to teach on a customer’s site, at a time and date to suit the company or operators.

Have you found the course you wish to book onto?

Contact the team at the Diggerland Plant Training School

If you’re looking to book onto any of our construction courses, in particular our N201 NPORS Excavator 180 course, we have instructors on hand to assist.

We are happy to train individuals or groups safely, in line with government guidelines. 

Get in touch with a member of the team today by emailing us today if you have any questions, or want to book. Alternatively, you can give us a call on: 01634 295355 to discuss our excavator courses in detail.