This past December JCB entered into the relationship that changes the industry. They built an armour plated 55mph mobile backhoe which looks to be a winner. Check out the specs at the JCB website for the HMEE.
NEW YORK, NY (December 4, 2007) – JCB Construction Equipment, the world’s largest privately owned construction business, unveiled today the 60 MPH, state-of-the- art JCB High Mobility Engineer Excavator (HMEE), purpose-built for the U.S. Army and destined for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, where it will provide battlefield commanders with a myriad of logistics capabilities in front patrols. Built at JCB’s North American headquarters in Savannah, GA. JCB’s production contract with the U.S. Army is worth an estimated $209 million for 800 JCB HMEE military machines. A four-year service contract under negotiation has an estimated value of an additional $20 million.