A JCB Hydra-Digger at work on a farm
|Preceded by||JCB 1 Digger|
|Superseded by||JCB 4|
The JCB Hydra-Digga + Loadall 65 was an early models built by JCB in 1957 with its innovative "Hydrachassis". This model was larger than the JCB 1 Digger which was discontinued in 1956 after 200 were built. Production of the Hydra-Digga/Loadall was in excess of 2000 units. The Hydra-Digga design formed the basis for the JCB 4 introduced in 1960 and the later JCB 3C of 1961.
The Hydra-Digga was fitted to a Fordson Major tractor as the base power unit.
The list price in July 1957 was £1,890 5s 6D ex works, ex VAT & Buckets extra.
The Loadall 65 was a front Loader unit with the innovative "Hydrachasssis" that used the frame as the Hydraulic Oil reservoir, with the hydraulic pump driving of the end of the tractor engines crankshaft. The unit was generally factory fitted to a Fordson Major and wrapped round the engine, transferring most of the load to the rear axle.
- Engine - Non (Fitted on to Tractor Skid unit)
- Lift Capacity -
- Bucket volume -
- Load over height -
Very few of these have been restored. A few are still working in semi-retirement in yards and on small holdings.
- Construction Plant Manufactures
- JCB - Company history
- JCB (engines) - Details of the new JCB built engines.
- List of JCB machine model range
- Kent Vintage Diggers Builders of precision models of JCB, Hymac and International machines.
- Shows and Meets restored examples appear at some of the shows listed.
- JCB Fifty Golden Years, By Construction News/JCB, pub 1995.