3CX Pothole Master

The JCB 3CX Pothole Master is a highly versatile backhoe loader. Adept at both pothole repairs and all-round utilities work, it represents a great investment for any local authority.

Dedicated pothole repair machines are traditionally narrowly focused on filling in roads. The new JCB 3CX Pothole Master offers far more.

As a single-machine solution for permanent pothole repairs, this backhoe loader combines a powerful patch planer and sweeper shovel with the facility to operate handheld tools. You can therefore clean, prepare and fix any pothole within a single coned-off carriageway. But you’re never limited to road repair work – based on JCB’s versatile 3CX Eco backhoe, the Pothole Master can be used for a huge variety of year-round applications.

  • Dedicated pothole repair machine that can perform many other tasks Standard-fit patch planer and sweeper collector Versatility guaranteed with standard handheld tool circuit and extensive options Premium JCB backhoe loader resale values Designed to be safe in operation for workers and public Fast travel times between sites for fast independent deployment


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JCB backhoe loaders have long since provided a unique independent hydraulic circuit for handheld tools. There’s an optional fit integrated 9m hose reel on the Pothole Master with an auto-retract system to provide even greater handheld tool range.

You can operate handheld tools at the same time as the backhoe’s excavator, improving productivity. This also means you don’t have to buy separate powerpacks, which are often prone to theft.

The hose reel meets EHTMA Class C tool operation standards and features low back pressures, 138 bar pressure and a high 20 l/min flow rate, making it perfect for any high capacity attachments.

Customise your backhoe loader with a huge selection of JCB-approved handheld tools like breakers, pumps, earth drills, disc cutters, core drills and rotary impact drills.


The 3CX Pothole Master’s 400mm cutting drum ensures that only a minimal cut is planed; this ensures cost-effective repairs and precise 10m² planing areas to a depth of up to 115mm for even the largest potholes.

The powerful high-speed drum on this backhoe loader cuts clean vertical sides to any planed area; this allows consistent compaction of new tarmac into the patch edges

Multiple guide wheels on the patch planer help to ensure accurate depth control and equal depth across separate pothole repair strips. The configuration of these wheels allows planing right up to kerb edges.

Easily replaceable tooth picks allow backhoe operators to maintain high levels of productivity whilst achieving precise flat-bottomed vertical-sided planing.

With flow sharing hydraulics flowing at a rate of 165 l/min (on the high-flow setting), it’s easy to use the Pothole Master’s standard-fit patch planer at the same time as the excavator arm.

Hammer pipework with hose extensions allow the planer to be extended using the extra-dig and increase productivity.

Advanced EasyControl’s provides simple ease of use excavator-style control of the planer.

JCB’s Powerslide means you can plane the backhoe loader’s full width with uncompromised visibility to the ground attachment without moving, allowing work to be carried out in a single coned-off carriageway.


This JCB backhoe loader is highly versatile and by no means limited to pothole repair work; it can be used all-year round for everything from winter snow clearing to summer flood protection, thus ensuring maximum return on your investment.

Because the Pothole Master can self-deploy, it’s ideally suited to all manner of emergency callouts, from broken kerbs and crash barriers to fallen trees, traffic accident damage and remedial work.

With an impressive 3.23m dump height and a 1.2m reach at full height, you can easily load gritter lorries and other high sided vehicles with this backhoe.

We've equipped the JCB 3CX Pothole Master with integrated forks as standard; the 2-tonne capacity tools are built into the hydraulic loader quickhitch, so you can load and stack, as well as move palletised loads.

Parallel lifting and lowering loader arms make it even easier to move items quickly and accurately.

The JCB 3CX Pothole Master’s options list includes everything from a versatile 6-in-1 shovel to a compactor, kerb-placing tools, a snow blade, jaw bucket and ripper tooth.


Because pothole repairs can be required anywhere, the JCB 3CX Pothole Master is designed to travel from worksite to worksite independently and safely. No separate transport trucks are needed.

The Pothole Master backhoe loader is equipped with a fuel-efficient 68kW (91hp) engine; for maximum productivity, opt for the 81kW (109hp) JCB EcoMAX low-emission unit.

Uniquely, we fit TorqueLock as standard to JCB backhoes, along with Powershift. When combined with an optional Autoshift transmission, these features can help reduce fuel use by as much as 25%, and travel times by up to 10%.

A 25mph (40km/h) top speed guarantees swift travel between jobs. Factory-fit Torquelock reduces speed loss on hills, improves overall travel times, and increases working radius.

New Auto Drive allows the operator to maintain rpm when roading increasing operator comfort.

JCB Smoothride improves comfort and load retention by isolating the loader arms from the chassis via a suspension system. This allows backhoe operators to maintain higher road speeds in all conditions.


To keep site workers, the general public and road traffic safe, this backhoe has a standard-fit reversing alarm, as well as twin beacons, a fire extinguisher and high visibility livery.

The 3CX Pothole Master is a safe machine to enter and exit, offering three points of contact to operators at all times. Cab steps are of a large anti-slip open grille design to prevent material build-up.

Efficient, safe stopping power requires minimal pedal effort because of JCB’s power brake system, fitted to all 3CX backhoe loaders including the Pothole Master.

Eight worklights keep any pothole repair site well illuminated through night-time and other low-light working stints.

The Pothole Master backhoe loader is equipped with front protection bars; these guard the bonnet and front grill against damage when loading Lorries and trailers. There are also rear light guards as standard for added impact protection.

Standard-fit JCB LiveLink telematics technology provides accurate information on machine locations, real-time machine health updates, service reminders, and even carbon emissions data to help meet eco-friendliness targets. A standard-fit immobiliser protects the machine against theft.

JCB repairing potholes with Derby City Council

The JCB Pothole Master in action with Derby City Council. This machine is fitted with sweeper and patch planer attachments to help speed up pot hole repair.

Example package

3 year JCB FlexiLease (Excl VAT) +VAT from
£376.95 week
3 year HP from
£462.36 week

J.C.Bamford Excavators Limited is an appointed representative of JCB Finance Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

Finance illustration based on the following specification (MRRP £73,872.70 )

Machine specifications

  • 68kw (91Hp) 3Cx Potholemaster Model Pack
  • Michelin Power Cl 340/80-18 And 480/80-26 Powershift + Tl, 4Wd/2ws
  • Cab With Heater Cloth Air Suspension Seat
  • Cab, Livelink, Key Immobiliser Coffee Machine
  • Hammer Pipework With Extra Bidi Extension Hoses
  • 5/8 Loader Pipework Rtd And Auto Srs For Bi-di Use
  • 3cx Territory Pack With Cesar Datatag
  • 400mm Patch Planer
  • Bolt-on Toeplate For 2350Mm (92 Inch ) Shovels
  • Seat Headrest
  • Stabiliser Streetpads
  • 6-In-1, 2350Mm 1.0M3, Hyd Qh, Forks, Sweeper, Street Pads And Toeplate
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