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Overview

The 980L Wheel Loader is equipped with built-in proven technologies to meet your expectations for reliability, productivity, fuel efficiency, and a long service life. This machine provides you increased power, incorporates a new shifting strategy and a lockup clutch torque converter that delivers smoother shifts, faster acceleration and increased travel speed when climbing a grade. This machine delivers the reliability, durability, and versatility you’ve come to expect from a Cat machine.

Engine

Units:
Net Power - ISO 9249 378.0 HP 278.0 kW Less
Engine Model Cat C13 ACERT Cat C13 ACERT Less
Displacement 763.0 in³ 12.5 l Less
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 14396 - Metric 412.0 HP 303.0 kW Less
Maximum Net Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 9249 - Metric 378.0 HP 278.0 kW Less
Maximum Net Torque - 1,000 rpm 1505.0 lb/ft 2040.0 N·m Less
Peak Gross Torque - 1,300 rpm - ISO 14396 1602.0 lb/ft 2172.0 N·m Less

Service Refill Capacities

Cooling System 11.9 gal (US) 45.0 l Less
Crankcase 9.8 gal (US) 37.0 l Less
Transmission 20.3 gal (US) 77.0 l Less
Hydraulic Tank 40.4 gal (US) 153.0 l Less
Differential - Final Drives - Front 22.2 gal (US) 84.0 l Less
Differential - Final Drives - Rear 22.2 gal (US) 84.0 l Less
Fuel Tank 112.5 gal (US) 426.0 l Less

Sound

Note (1) *Distance of 15 m, moving forward in second gear ratio. *Distance of 15 m, moving forward in second gear ratio. Less
With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)** 72.0 dB(A) 72.0 dB(A) Less
Note (2) **For machines in countries that adopt the ?EU Directives.? **For machines in countries that adopt the ?EU Directives.? Less
With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008)** 109 LWA*** 109 LWA*** Less
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Speed - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008) 75.0 dB(A) 75.0 dB(A) Less
Note (3) ***European Union Directive ?2000/14/EC? as amended by ?2005/88/EC.? ***European Union Directive ?2000/14/EC? as amended by ?2005/88/EC.? Less
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Speed - Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008) 112.0 dB(A) 112.0 dB(A) Less
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Speed - Exterior Sound Pressure Level (SAE J88:2013) 78 dB(A)* 78 dB(A)* Less

Weights

Operating Weight 66337.0 lb 30090.0 kg Less
Note Weight based on a machine configuration with Michelin 29.5R25 XLDD1 L4 radial tires, full fluids, operator, standard counterweight, cold start, roading fenders, Product Link?, open differential axles (front/rear), secondary steering, sound suppression, and a 5.4 m? general purpose bucket with BOCE. Weight based on a machine configuration with Michelin 29.5R25 XLDD1 L4 radial tires, full fluids, operator, standard counterweight, cold start, roading fenders, Product Link?, open differential axles (front/rear), secondary steering, sound suppression, and a 5.4 m? general purpose bucket with BOCE. Less

Buckets

Bucket Capacities 4.2-12.2 m? (5.5-16.0 yd3) 4.2-12.2 m? (5.5-16.0 yd3) Less

Transmission

Forward - 1 4.3 mile/h 6.9 km/h Less
Forward - 2 8.3 mile/h 13.3 km/h Less
Forward - 3 14.6 mile/h 23.5 km/h Less
Forward - 4 24.5 mile/h 39.5 km/h Less
Reverse - 1 4.8 mile/h 7.8 km/h Less
Reverse - 2 9.4 mile/h 15.2 km/h Less
Reverse - 3 16.7 mile/h 26.9 km/h Less
Reverse - 4 24.5 mile/h 39.5 km/h Less
Note Maximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L4 tires with 933 mm roll radius. Maximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L4 tires with 933 mm roll radius. Less

Operating Specifications

Breakout Force 50357.0 lbf 224.0 kN Less
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - No Tire Deflection 45847.0 lb 20796.0 kg Less
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - With Tire Deflection 43133.0 lb 19565.0 kg Less
Note (1) For a machine configuration as defined under ?Weight.? For a machine configuration as defined under ?Weight.? Less
Note (2) Full compliance to ISO 143971:2007 Sections 1 thru 6, which requires 2% verification between calculations and testing. Full compliance to ISO 143971:2007 Sections 1 thru 6, which requires 2% verification between calculations and testing. Less

Hydraulic System

Implement Pump Type Variable Displacement Piston Variable Displacement Piston Less
Implement System - Maximum Operating Pressure 4975.0 psi 34300.0 kPa Less
Implement System - Maximum Pump Output at 2,250 rpm 118.6 gal/min 449.0 l/min Less
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Total 10.1 s 10.1 s Less

Bucket Capacities

Bucket Range 4.2-12.2 m³ (5.5-16.0 yd³) 4.2-12.2 m³ (5.5-16.0 yd³) Less

Dimensions - High Lift

Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.56 ft 2608.0 mm Less
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 6.23 ft 1900.0 mm Less
Ground Clearance 1.49 ft 453.0 mm Less
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 12.29 ft 3746.0 mm Less
Height - Top of Hood 10.2 ft 3110.0 mm Less
Height - Top of ROPS 12.51 ft 3813.0 mm Less
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.22 ft 678.0 mm Less
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 15.62 ft 4760.0 mm Less
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 13.16 ft 4010.0 mm Less
Maximum Width over Tires 10.81 ft 3296.0 mm Less
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on Michelin 29.5R25 XLDD1 L4 radial tires. All dimensions are approximate and based on Michelin 29.5R25 XLDD1 L4 radial tires. Less
Overall Length - Without Bucket 27.24 ft 8302.0 mm Less
Rack Back - Carry Height 48 degrees 48 degrees Less
Rack Back - Maximum Lift 61 degrees 61 degrees Less
Rack Back at Ground 39 degrees 39 degrees Less
Tread Width 8.0 ft 2440.0 mm Less
Wheel Base 12.47 ft 3800.0 mm Less

Dimensions - Standard Lift

Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.56 ft 2608.0 mm Less
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 6.23 ft 1900.0 mm Less
Ground Clearance 1.49 ft 453.0 mm Less
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 12.29 ft 3746.0 mm Less
Height - Top of Hood 10.2 ft 3110.0 mm Less
Height - Top of ROPS 12.51 ft 3813.0 mm Less
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.04 ft 621.0 mm Less
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 14.89 ft 4539.0 mm Less
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 12.45 ft 3795.0 mm Less
Maximum Width over Tires 10.81 ft 3296.0 mm Less
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on Michelin 29.5R25 XLDD1 L4 radial tires. All dimensions are approximate and based on Michelin 29.5R25 XLDD1 L4 radial tires. Less
Overall Length - Without Bucket 26.95 ft 8214.0 mm Less
Rack Back - Carry Height 48 degrees 48 degrees Less
Rack Back - Maximum Lift 61 degrees 61 degrees Less
Rack Back at Ground 40 degrees 40 degrees Less
Tread Width 8.0 ft 2440.0 mm Less
Wheel Base 12.47 ft 3800.0 mm Less

Reliability

  • Cat® C13 ACERT™ engine offers increased power.
  • Utilizing rigorous component design and machine validation processes results in unmatched reliability, durability and high uptime.

Durability

        
  • Heavy-duty powershift transmission and axles handle extreme applications.
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  • Improved hydraulic hose routing reduces potential hose wear.
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  • Full flow hydraulic filtration system with additional loop filtration improves hydraulic system robustness and component life.

Productivity

        
  • Engine power increased by approximately 5% improves machine performance and response (compared to H Series).
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  • Lock-up clutch torque converter, combined with lock-to-lock shifting, delivers smooth shifts, fast acceleration and speed on grade.
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  • High capacity torque converter results in greater digging efficiency.
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  • Z-bar linkage provides high breakout force at ground level.
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  • Optional high lift linkage offers increased hinge pin height to load more easily in a variety of applications.
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  • Easy-to-load Performance Series Buckets feature a wider mouth and curved side plates that improve material retention (fill factor) and decrease cycle times.
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  • Optional limited slip differentials improve performance in the pile and poor underfoot conditions.
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  • Optional Aggregate Handler configuration offers slightly higher payload capability for loose aggregate rehandling.*
*Optional configurations and equipment may vary from region to region and requires conformance to Caterpillar payload policy. Consult your dealer or Caterpillar representative for details.

Fuel Efficiency

        
  • Up to 25% lower fuel consumption than H Series.**
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  • Power dense ACERT engine burns less fuel by providing power and torque when needed.
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  • Performance Series Buckets feature a longer floor that easily digs through the pile resulting in lower fuel consumption.
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  • Load sensing hydraulics result in proportional flow for implement and steering on demand.
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  • Standard productive Economy Mode provides maximum fuel savings with minimal productivity impact.
**Actual results may vary based on factors such as, but not limited to, machine configuration, operator technique, machine application, climate, etc.

Ease of Operation

        
  • New best-in-class operator environment provides unmatched comfort, visibility, and efficiency.
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  • Intuitive, ergonomic controls keep operators focused on their work.
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  • Optional new ride control system with dual accumulators provides excellent ride quality and lowers cab vibrations.

Safety

        
  • Excellent cab access with wide door and stair-like steps.
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  • Floor to ceiling windshield, large mirrors with integrated spot mirrors and rear vision camera provide industry leading all-around visibility.
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  • Robust, repositioned grab bars provide safe access to the machine.

Serviceability

        
  • One-piece tilting hood with side and rear doors; hydraulic and electrical service centers make access fast and easy.
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  • Safe, ground level access to fuel fill and daily maintenance points means less servicing time is required.
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  • Optional, fully integrated Cat Autolube system provides full lube system monitoring and diagnostic test visibility.

Cat Connect Technology

        
  • Monitor, manage and enhance job site operations.
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  • Cat LINK Technologies: VisionLink® enables owners to access data wirelessly to monitor machine health, utilization and location.
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  • Cat DETECT Technologies: Integrated rear vision camera enhances visibility behind machine to help operators work safely. Optional Cat Rear Object Detection increases operator awareness of the working environment which enhances site safety.
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  • Cat PAYLOAD Technologies: Optional Cat Production Measurement 2.0 brings simple and accurate on-the-go payload scale allowing operators to deliver exact loads and work more efficiently. Advanced Productivity subscription provides comprehensive actionable information to help you manage and improve the productivity and profitability of your operations.

980L Standard Equipment

POWER TRAIN
  • Engine, Cat C13 ACERT - meets China Nonroad Stage III equivalent to U.S. EPA Tier 3/EU Stage IIIA, or equivalent to Tier 3/Stage II
  • Fuel priming pump (electric)
  • Fuel/water separator
  • Precleaner, engine air intake
  • Productive Economy Mode
  • Transmission, automatic planetary power shift (4F/4R)
  • Torque converter, locking clutch with free wheel stator
  • Switch, transmission neutralizer lockout
  • Axles, open differential front and rear axles
  • Brakes, full hydraulic enclosed wet-disc with Integrated Braking System (IBS)
  • Brake wear indicators
  • Parking brake, disc and caliper
  • Fan, radiator, electronically controlled, hydraulically driven, temperature sensing, on demand

OPERATOR ENVIRONMENT
  • Cab, pressurized and sound suppressed (ROPS/FOPS)
  • Viscous mounts
  • Rear vision camera within multi-function 18 cm color LCD touch-screen display (capability for displaying machine status, setting and health parameters)
  • EH controls, SAL (single axis lever) lift and tilt function
  • Steering, steering wheel
  • Radio ready (entertainment) includes antenna, speakers and converter (12V, 10-amp)
  • Air conditioner, heater, and defroster
  • EH parking brake
  • Beverage holders (2) with storage compartment for cell phone/MP3 player
  • Bucket/work tool function lockout
  • Coat hook
  • Cab air filter
  • Ergonomic cab access ladders and handrails
  • Horn, electric
  • Light, two dome (cab)
  • Mirrors, rearview external with integrated spot mirrors
  • Post mounted membrane 16 switch keypad
  • Two receptacles, 12V
  • Seat, Cat Comfort (cloth) air suspension
  • Seat belt, 51 mm retractable
  • Sun visor, front
  • Wet-arm wipers/washers front and rear, intermittent front wiper
  • Window, sliding (left and right sides)

COMPUTERIZED MONITORING SYSTEM
  • With following gauges: Speedometer/tachometer; Digital gear range indicator; Temperature: engine coolant, hydraulic oil, transmission oil; Fuel level
  • With following warning indicators: Temperature: axle oil, engine intake manifold; Pressure: engine oil, fuel pressure hi/low, primary steering oil, service brake oil; Battery voltage hi/low; Engine air filter restriction; Hydraulic oil filter restriction; Hydraulic oil low; Parking brake; Transmission filter bypass

ELECTRICAL AND LIGHTING
  • Batteries (2), maintenance free 1,400 CCA
  • Ignition key; start/stop switch
  • Starter, electric, heavy duty
  • Lighting system: Four halogen work lights (cab mounted); Two halogen rear vision lights (hood mounted); Two loader tower mounted working lights; Rear LED stop tail lights
  • Alarm, back-up
  • Alternator, 145-amp brushed
  • Main disconnect switch
  • Receptacle start (cables not included)

CAT CONNECT TECHNOLOGIES
  • Link technologies: Product Link
  • Detect technologies: rear vision camera

LINKAGE
  • Linkage, Z-bar, cast crosstube/tilt lever
  • Kickout, lift and tilt, automatic (adjustable in cab)

HYDRAULICS
  • Hydraulic system, load sensing
  • Steering, load sensing
  • Remote diagnostic pressure taps
  • Hoses, Cat XT
  • Couplings Cat O-ring face seal
  • Hydraulic oil cooler (swing out)
  • Oil sampling valves

FLUIDS
  • Premixed extended life coolant with freeze protection to -34 degrees C

OTHER STANDARD EQUIPMENT
  • Toolbox
  • Hood, non-metallic power tilting
  • Service centers (electrical and hydraulic)
  • Auto idle shutdown
  • Fenders, front
  • Ecology drains for engine, transmission, and hydraulics
  • Grill, airborne debris
  • Filters: fuel, engine air, engine oil, hydraulic oil, transmission
  • Grease zerks
  • Hitch, drawbar with pin
  • Precleaner rain cap
  • Sight gauges: engine coolant, hydraulic oil, and transmission oil level
  • Vandalism protection caplocks
  • Vandalism protection caplocks

980L Optional Equipment

POWER TRAIN
  • Axles: Limited slip differentials, front and/or rear; Axle oil cooler; Ecology drains; Extreme temperature seals; Seal guards
  • Fan, VPF (variable pitch fan), automatic and manual control
  • Radiator, high debris with wider fin spacing

OPERATOR ENVIRONMENT
  • Cover, HVAC metallic
  • EH controls, SAL 3rd function
  • EH controls, joystick lift and tilt - Additional integrated roller switches for 3rd function
  • Mirrors, heated rearview external with integrated spot mirrors
  • Precleaner, HVAC
  • Radio, AM/FM/CD/USB/MP3 Bluetooth
  • Radio, CB ready
  • Seat, heated air suspension
  • Cat seat cover
  • Seat belt, 76 mm retractable, with indicator
  • Roof, metallic
  • Steering, secondary
  • Sun visor, rear
  • Windows, rubber mounted
  • Windows, with front guard
  • Windows, with full guards front, rear and sides
  • Full time rear vision display Work Area Vision System (WAVS)

ELECTRICAL AND LIGHTING
  • Four additional auxiliary halogen cab mounted work lights or
  • Two additional auxiliary front HI LED and two additional auxiliary rear LED cab mounted work lights, two LED work lights in the radiator grill, LED front turn signals, replacement of the standard four halogen cab mounted work lights with four LED work lights, LED roading lights
  • Roading lights, halogen with turn signals
  • Warning amber strobe beacon
  • Two LED stop, turn, tail lights

STARTERS, BATTERIES, AND ALTERNATORS
  • Cold start - 240V

CAT CONNECT TECHNOLOGIES
  • Link technologies: VIMS
  • Payload technologies: Cat Production Measurement; Printer, Cat Production Measurement; Aggregate Autodig
  • Detect technologies: Cat Rear Object Detection
  • Machine Security System

LINKAGE
  • High lift
  • Forestry
  • Quick coupler ready

WORK TOOLS
  • Performance Series buckets
  • Forks, pallet
  • Forks, logging

HYDRAULICS
  • 3rd function with Ride Control: Standard linkage; High lift linkage; Forestry linkage
  • Ride control, 2V

FLUIDS
  • Premixed extended life coolant with freeze protection to -50 degrees C

OTHER OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT
  • Cat Autolube System
  • Fenders, roading
  • Guard, power train
  • Precleaner, turbine
  • Precleaner, trash
  • Platform, window washing
  • Cold weather package: Transmission filter bypass; Fan pump bypass; Jacket water or engine block heater; Ether aid ready

OTHER OPTIONAL CONFIGURATIONS
  • Aggregate Handler
  • Industrial and Waste Handler
  • Steel Mill
  • Block Handler
  • Forestry
  • Port and Harbor