980M Wheel Loader | Front Loader | Tier 3



Technical Specifications
Benefits and Features

The 980M Wheel Loader is equipped with built-in proven technologies to help meet your expectations for productivity and fuel efficiency. Deep system integration provides you with a machine that has reduced emissions, improved performance and improved fuel economy without interrupting machine performance making it seamless to you. This machine deliversthe reliability, durability, and versatility you’ve come to expect from a Cat machine.

Engine - Tier 3/Stage IIIA Equivalent
Emissions Tier 3/Stage IIIA
Operating Weight 66337 lb
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, secondary steering, sound suppression, and a 5.4 m³ (7
Bucket Capacities 4.2-12.2 m³ (5.25-16.0 yd³)
Displacement 763 in³
Engine Model Cat C13
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - SAE J1995 412 HP
Net Power - ISO 9249 373 HP
Maximum Net Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 9249 373 HP
Maximum Net Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 9249 - Metric 378 HP
Maximum Net Power - 1,800 rpm - SAE J1349 373 HP
Maximum Net Power - 1,800 rpm - SAE J1349 - Metric 378 HP
Maximum Net Torque - 1,000 rpm 1505 lb/ft
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 14396 406 HP
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 14396 - Metric 412 HP
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - SAE J1995 - Metric 417 HP
Peak Gross Torque - 1,300 rpm - ISO 14396 1602 lb/ft
Peak Gross Torque - 1,300 rpm - SAE J1995 1617 lb/ft
Operating Specifications
Breakout Force 50357 lbf
Static Tipping Load - Full 40° Turn - No Tire Deflection 45847 lb
Static Tipping Load - Full 40° Turn - With Tire Deflection 43133 lb
Note (1) For a machine configuration as defined under ?Weight.?
Note (2) Full compliance to ISO 143971:2007 Sections 1 thru 6.
Forward - 1 4.3 mile/h
Forward - 2 8.3 mile/h
Forward - 3 14.6 mile/h
Forward - 4 24.5 mile/h
Reverse - 1 4.8 mile/h
Reverse - 2 9.4 mile/h
Reverse - 3 16.7 mile/h
Note Maximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L4 tires with 933 mm (37 in) roll radius.
Reverse - 4 24.5 mile/h
Hydraulic System
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Total 10.1 s
Implement System - Maximum Operating Pressure 4975 psi
Implement System - Maximum Pump Output at 2,250 rpm 119 gal/min
Service Refill Capacities
Cooling System 12 gal (US)
Crankcase 9.8 gal (US)
Differential - Final Drives - Front 22 gal (US)
Differential - Final Drives - Rear 22 gal (US)
Fuel Tank 112.5 gal (US)
Hydraulic Tank 40 gal (US)
Transmission 20.3 gal (US)
Note *Distance of 15 m (49.2 ft), moving forward in second gear ratio.
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008) 112 dB(A)
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Pressure Level (SAE J88:2013) 78 dB(A)*
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008) 75 dB(A)
Bucket Capacities
Bucket Range 4.2-12.2 m³ (5.25-16.0 yd³)
Dimensions - High Lift
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.17 ft
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 6.25 ft
Ground Clearance 1.42 ft
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 12.33 ft
Height - Top of Hood 10.25 ft
Height - Top of ROPS 12.58 ft
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.25 ft
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 15.58 ft
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 13.08 ft
Maximum Width over Tires 10.83 ft
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on Michelin 29.5R25 XLDD1 L4 radial tires.
Overall Length - Without Bucket 26.83 ft
Rack Back - Carry Height 48 degrees
Rack Back - Maximum Lift 61 degrees
Rack Back at Ground 39 degrees
Tread Width 8 ft
Wheel Base 12.5 ft
Dimensions - Standard Lift
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.17 ft
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 6.25 ft
Ground Clearance 1.42 ft
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 12.33 ft
Height - Top of Hood 10.25 ft
Height - Top of ROPS 12.58 ft
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.08 ft
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 14.83 ft
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 12.42 ft
Maximum Width over Tires 10.83 ft
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on Michelin 29.5R25 XLDD1 L4 radial tires.
Overall Length - Without Bucket 26.17 ft
Rack Back - Carry Height 48 degrees
Rack Back - Maximum Lift 61 degrees
Rack Back at Ground 40 degrees
Tread Width 8 ft
Wheel Base 12.5 ft


  • Cat C13 engine offers increased power density with a combination of proven electronic fuel and air systems.
  • Equipped with automatic Cat regeneration system, Cat Clean Emissions Module (CEM) with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank and pump (Tier 4 Final and Stage V).
  • Features an electric fuel priming pump and a fuel/water separator.
  • Thorough component design and machine validation processes result in unmatched reliability and uptime.


  • Increased power, heavy duty transmission, low-profile tires and advanced axle and final drives.
  • Heavy-duty transmission and axles handle extreme applications.
  • Automatic planetary powershift (4F/4R) transmission features durable, long-lasting components.
  • Full-flow hydraulic filtration system with additional loop filtration improves hydraulic system strength and component life.
  • With upgraded frames and heavier counterweight, the two-piece structural frame absorbs more impact.


  • Increased engine power resulting in improved machineperformance and response.
  • Lock-up clutch transmission, matching the engine power toincrease fuel efficiency while delivering optimal performance.
  • Easy-to-load performance series buckets improve materialretention and reduce dig times, significantly improving productivityand fuel efficiency.
  • Automatic idle engine shutdown system significantly reduces idle time, overall operating hours, and fuel consumption.
  • Optional aggregate handler configuration offers higher payload capability for loose aggregate handling.*

    * 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.


  • Deep system integration results in lower fuel consumption.
  • Significantly more fuel efficient than both the H and K Series loaders.
  • Power dense engine burns less fuel by providing power and torque when needed.
  • The HEUI™ fuel system boosts performance and reduces soot.
  • Standard productive economy mode delivers more fuel savings with minimal productivity impact.
  • New split-flow oil system (transmission) uses multi-viscosity oil to improve fuel economy.


  • The next generation easily adjustable seat with updated styling and a revolutionary suspension system. It comes in three trim levels and can be equipped with a 4-point harness.
  • Sound-suppression, seals, and damping cab mounts decrease noise and vibration for a quieter work environment.
  • The seat-mounted electro-hydraulic joystick steering systemprovides precision control and dramatically reduces arm fatigue, resulting in excellent comfort and accuracy.
  • Smart ergonomic controls are easy to use, intuitive, anduser-friendly.
  • Touchscreen multi-function color display keeps operators focused.
  • The next generation of ride control works as a shock absorber, improving ride quality over rough terrain.
  • Inclined steps and convenient grab handles ease accessibility to the operating space.
  • Extended windows enhance visibility while convex and spot mirrors extend the driver’s view on the sides and rear.


  • Cab access with wide door, optional remote door opening,and stair-like steps add solid stability.
  • Floor-to-ceiling windshield, large mirrors with integratedspot mirrors, and rear-vision camera provide industry leadingall-around visibility.
  • Computerized monitoring system includes several warningindicators.
  • Rear vision camera enhances visibility behind the machine, helping you work safely and confidently.
  • Optional rear object detection radar system warns you of an object in critical zone while going in reverse, enhancing job site safety.


  • Extended service intervals including -
  1. Engine oil and engine oil filter change interval up to 1000 hours (Tier 4 Final and Stage V)
  2. Hydraulic filter change interval up to 1000 hours
  3. Transmission oil change interval up to 2000 hours
  • One-piece tilting hood makes cab access fast and easy.
  • Electrical service centers enhance convenience and accessibility.
  • Buckets and components can be changed without leaving the cab, allowing the machine to quickly move from task to task.
  • Access to fuel fill and daily maintenance points means lessservicing time is required.
  • Remote flash support.
  • Longer tire life with on-the-go traction aids.
  • Optional integrated Cat autolube system provides full lube system monitoring and diagnostic test visibility.


  • Developed to monitor, manage, and enhance your job site operations.
  • Payload provides accurate weighing* of the materials you are loading and hauling. Payload data is displayed in real-time to improve productivity and reduce overloading.
  • Detect enhances awareness of the environment around working equipment and provides alerts to help keep people and assets safe on the job site.
  • Link wirelessly connects you to your equipment, giving you access to essential information you need to know to run your business. Gain valuable insight into how your machine or fleet is performing allowing you to make timely, fact-based decisions that can boost job site efficiency and productivity.
  • Optional Advanced Productivity subscription providescomprehensive actionable information to help you manage and improve the productivity and profitability of your operations.

    * Not legal for trade.



  • Engineered for work in Transfer Stations, Recycling Depots, Scrap Yards and Demolition Sites.
  • Factory installed guarding improves uptime; guards protectaxle seals, steering cylinders, crankcase, front frame, powertrain, tilt cylinders, lower caband rear box. Package includesreinforced service centers, heavy duty cable steps, lift cylinder baffles, narrow front fenders, and steel rear fender deflectors.
  • Factory installed options available are solid tires, rear machine guard, rubber mounted cab glass, engine precleaner, powered and filtered cab precleaner and variable pitch cooling fan.
  • Cat Waste Buckets available separately are Load & Carry, Tamp & Clamp, Dozing, and Grapple can be fitted with steel or rubber cutting edge.


  • Designed for the challenging work environment of steel mills and slag handling applications.
  • Purpose built package provides heat protection for hydraulic hoses and electrical harness and components.
  • Guarding protects tilt cylinder, working lights and the underside of the machine.
  • Reinforcement strengthens fenders, wheel wells, service centers and metallic roof.
  • A Rear Egress System provides emergency stair down the back of the machine.
  • Ground level redundant controls including transmission, engine, and parking brake controls provide an added level of safety.
  • The CAT Slag Bucket is available separately.


  • Designed for efficiency and productivity log and chip handlingin paper, pellet and saw mills.
  • 980M Forest Machineincludes logger counterweight and larger tilt cylinders to maintain stability carrying heavy loads, increase machine capacity 58% over base model.
  • Package also includes logger rear frame and Extreme Service Transmission.
  • Factory optionsavailable are 3rd function hydraulics to operate top or high dump bucket, front windshield guard, variable pitch fan, 6 fins per inch cooler cores, engine precleaner, axle oil coolers and premium LED lighting package.
  • Work Tools available separately are Sorting Grapple, Millyard, Logging, Log & LumberForks andLight Material High Dump and Chip Buckets.


  • Designed to get the work done in block quarries.
  • Larger tilt cylinders, Extreme Duty Transmission, Lock Up Clutch Torque Converter, Load Sensing Hydraulics with Ride Control all contribute to productivity.
  • Purpose built Block Handler rear frame, counterweight and heavy duty rims provide excellent machine life.
  • Block Handler Quick Coupler, Forks, Pry Tine, Rake and Bucket are available separately from Cat.

Standard Equipment:

  • Power Train
    • Engine, Cat C13 meets Tier 2/Stage II, Tier 3/Stage IIIA equivalent or Tier 4 final/Stage IV emission standards
    • Cat Clean Emisions Module (CEM) with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and remote Diesel Exhaust Fluid tank and pump
    • Fuel priming pump (electric)
    • Fuel/water separator
    • Precleaner, engine air intake
    • Economy mode (selectable)
    • 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, ecology drains
    • Brakes, full hydraulic enclosed wet-disc with Integrated Braking System (IBS)
    • Brake wear indicators
    • Parking brake, disc and caliper
    • Fan, radiator, on demand
  • Operator Environment
    • Cab, pressurized and sound suppressed (ROPS/FOPS)
    • Viscous mounts
    • Multi-function 18 cm (7 in) color LCD touch-screen display for rear vision camera and machine parameters
    • Electro-hydraulic controls, SAL (single axis lever) lift and tilt function
    • Steering, electro-hydraulic joystick, speed sensing with force feedback
    • Radio ready (entertainment) includes antenna, speakers and converter (12V, 10-amp)
    • Air conditioner, heater, and defroster (auto temp and fan)
    • Electro-hydraulic parking brake
    • Beverage holders (2) with storage compartment for cell phone/MP3 player
    • Bucket/work tool function lockout
    • Coat hook (2)
    • Cab air filter
    • Ergonomic cab access ladders and handrails
    • Horn, electric
    • Light, two dome (cab)
    • Mirrors, rearview external with integrated spot mirrors
    • Post ounted membrane 16 switch keypad
    • 3 receptacles, 12V
    • Seat, Cat Comfort (cloth) air suspension
    • Seat belt, 51 mm (2 in) retractable, with indicator
    • Sun visor, front
    • Wet-arm wipers/washers front and rear, intermittent front wiper
    • Window, sliding (left and right sides)
    • Cab tie-off
  • Computerized Monitoring System
    • With following gauges: Speedometer/tachometer; Digital gear range indicator; Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) level; Temperature: engine coolant, hydraulic oil, transmission oil; Fuel level
    • With following warning indicators: Regeneration; 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; DEF low level; Transmission filter bypass
  • Electrical And Lighting
    • Batteries (2), maintenance free 1,400 CCA
    • Ignition key; start/stop switch
    • Starter, electric, heavy duty
    • Starting and charging system (24V)
    • Lighting system: Four halogen work lights (cab mounted); Two halogen roading lights (with signals); Two halogen rear vision lights (hood mounted)
    • 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 levers
    • Kickout, lift and tilt, automatic (adjustable in cab)
  • Hydraulics
    • Hydraulic system, load sensing
    • Steering, load sensing
    • Ride control, 2V
    • 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° C (-29° F)
  • Other Standard Equipment
    • One-piece tilting hood with side and rear doors
    • Service centers (electrical and hydraulic)
    • Platform, window washing
    • Audo idle shutdown
    • Fenders, non-metallic front with mud-flap/rear with extension
    • Ecology drains for engine, transmission, and hydraulics
    • Ether aid ready
    • Grill, airborne debris
    • Filters: fuel, engine air, engine oil, hydraulic oil, transmission
    • Fuel cooler
    • Grease zerks
    • Hitch, drawbar with pin
    • Precleaner rain cap
    • Sight gauges: engine coolant, hydraulic oil, and transmission oil level
    • Toolbox
    • Vandalism protection caplocks

Optional Equipment:

  • Power Train
    • Axles: Limited slip diferentials, front and/or rear; Axle oil cooler; Extreme temperature seals
    • Heavy duty transmission
    • Fan, VPF (variable pitch fan), automatic and manual control
    • Radiator, high debris with wider fin spacing
  • Operator Environment
    • Door, remote opening system
    • Cover, HVAC metallic
    • EH controls, SAL 3rd function
    • EH controls, joystick lift and tilt - Additional integrated roller switch for 3rd function
    • Filter, carbon fresh air
    • Mirrors, heated rearview external with integrated spot mirrors
    • Precleaner, HVAC
    • Precleaner, HVAC (RESPA)
    • Radio, AM/FM/CD/USB/MP3 Bluetooth with Satellite Sirius and XM
    • Radio, CB ready
    • Seat, heated air suspension
    • Seat belt, 76 mm (3 in) retractable, with indicator
    • Steering, EH wheel with directional FNR shifter and gear selector - Additional FNR with implement controls
    • Roof, metallic
    • Steering, secondary
    • Sun visor, rear
    • Windows, rubber mounted
    • Windows, with front guard
    • Windows, with heavy duty front guard
    • Windows, with full guards front, rear and sides
  • 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 with two LED work lights in the radiator grill and LED front turn signals also includes replacement of the standard four halogen cab mounted work lights with four LED work lights (the standard offering and only roading light available is the halogen roading light)
    • Warning amber strobe beacon
    • Reversing strobes
    • External seat belt indicator light
    • Speed limiter - 20 km/h (Europe only)
  • Starters, Batteries, And Alternators
    • Batteries (4), maintenace free 1,400 CCA with 120V engine coolant heater
    • Batteries (4), maintenance free 1,400 CCA with 240V engine coolant heater
  • Cat Connect Technologies
    • Payload technologies: Advanced Productivity subscription; Cat Production Measurement 2.0; Printer; Aggregate Autodig
    • Detect technologies: Cat Rear Object Detection
    • Machine Security System
  • Linkage
    • High lift
    • Logger
    • Quick coupler ready
  • Work Tools
    • Performance Series buckets
    • Forks, pallet
    • Forks, logging
  • Hydraulics
    • 3rd function with Ride Control: Standard linkage; High lift linkage; Logger linkage
  • Fluids
    • Premixed extended life coolant with freeze protection to -50° C (-58° F)
  • Other Optional Equipment
    • Cat Autolube System
    • Wheel chocks
    • Fenders, roading
    • Guard, power train
    • Oil change, high speed engine
    • Fuel tank, fast fill
    • Precleaner, turbine
    • Precleaner, trash
  • Optional Application Specific Configurations
    • Aggregate Handler
    • Industrial and Waste Handler
    • Logger
    • Steel Mill
    • Block Handler