No it was definitely way later than that. My cx130 is a 2002 . Scot JCB had a brilliant parts guy Phil (sadly deceased) who found the identical js130 and gave me the serial number of it so I could order parts from them for my case . It worked a treat !The Sumitomo joint venture ended in 1998 I believe. So I can’t see how it’s a Sumitomo machine.
I just looked into this and I think your right .The Sumitomo joint venture ended in 1998 I believe. So I can’t see how it’s a Sumitomo machine.
Well even the so called Sumitomo machines I’m sure were built in Uttoxeter. They may have been virtually badge engineered Sumitomo machines though? But I’m sure I remember back in the day, they used to say that you could tell a Sumitomo built machine and a JCB built machine apart, due to the paint (cue the comments on JCB paint! Even though I think the machines in the 90’s were still painted using proper paints and processes), but it was the shade of yellow used, imported machines were clear to see apparently.I just looked into this and I think your right .
Seems strange though that they looked so similar and used the same engines and pumps etc . Could jcb of been building them themselves under licence?