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JCB 2B and 2D

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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 2:43 pm    Post subject: JCB 2B and 2D Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hi All,
I recently read about a JCB backhoe model 2B Mk2 , it appears to have been based on the 3 cylinder nuffield/leyland tractor chassis, and the complete backhoe and hydraslide frame could be detached and the machine then used as a tractor or loader. It had a 3 point linkage and pto on the back and looks like quite a useful machine.
The article was short on detail but mentioned that a later more powerful 2D version was also built.
Does anyone know more about this machine, how sucessful was it, and was the backhoe easily detached/re atached?

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richard in nz

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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 1:37 am    Post subject: Re: JCB 2B and 2D Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There were some about when I lived in England, not that far from the factory that made them, one machine, a 2B was used to dig the footings for my garage, and I have done repairs on others. With only the 40 odd horsepower of the 3/42 Nuffield skid unit to pull them along they were very under powered,the increase in power came when the Nuffield 3/45 tractor came out, so it was only another 3hp, the backactor removal/refit did not look like a job you could do in 5 minutes either, the machine had the normal nuffield hydraulics left in, but you had to remove/refit all the 3 point linkage when taking the backactor on and off. In fact the trators 3 point was an option priced at an extra 8 pounds in 1968 bringing the list price to 3,260 pounds.The 2D was simply a 2B with the 4 cylinder 70hp engine in it. When used as a tractor you were left with a small Nuffield, with the agility of somthing 10 times the size, and very poor visability for a tractor of that power. You have to remember that one of the main reasons that the Nuffield did not sell as well as its main competitors, the Massey-Ferguson 35 and the Fordson Dexta was because of its bulk, as they were only a 4 cylinder Nuffield with a cylinder taken off and 28" tyres put on, they were just not as handy as the rivals from Ford and M-F. J.C.Bamfords success story is with out doubt the '3' range of Backhoe-loaders, first powered by Fordson Major, then Nuffield/Leyland, then Perkins and now by thier own 444 engine.

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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2007 11:56 pm    Post subject: Re: JCB 2B and 2D Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hi Richard,
Thats very interesting, thanks for the info.

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