986K Large Wheel Loader – Block Handler



Technical Specifications
Benefits and Features
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Cat Large Wheel Loaders are designed with durability built in, ensuring maximum availability through multiple life cycles. With optimized performance and simplified serviceability, our machines allow you to move more material efficiently and safely at a lower cost per ton.<br>The new 986K continues the legacy of durability, performance, safety, operator comfort, serviceability and sustainability.

Net Power 373 HP
Engine Model Cat® C15 ™
Emissions U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage V, or China Nonroad Stage III and Brazil MAR-1 and equivalent to U.S. Tier 3 and EU Stage IIIA
Gross Power - ISO 14396 449 HP
Peak Power Speed - 1,600 rpm - SAE J1995 456 HP
Peak Power Speed - 1,600 rpm - SAE J1995 (DIN) 462 HP
Peak Power Speed - 1,600 rpm - ISO 14396 449 HP
Peak Power Speed - 1,600 rpm - ISO 14396 (DIN) 455 HP
Rated Speed - 2,000 rpm - EEC 80/1269 373 HP
Rated Speed - 2,000 rpm - EEC 80/1269 (DIN) 378 HP
Rated Speed - 2,000 rpm - ISO 9249 373 HP
Rated Speed - 2,000 rpm - ISO 9249 (DIN) 378 HP
Rated Speed - 2,000 rpm - SAE J1349 373 HP
Rated Speed - 2,000 rpm - SAE J1349 (DIN) 378 HP
Bore 5.4 in
Stroke 6.75 in
Displacement 927 in³
Peak Torque - 1,200 rpm - SAE J1995 1778 lb/ft
Torque Rise 16%
Operating Specifications
Operating Weight 116688 lb
Bucket Capacities 5.4 m³ (7 yd³)
Transmission Type Cat-Planeten-Lastschaltgetriebe
Forward - 1 5 mile/h
Forward - 2 8 mile/h
Direct Drive - Forward 2 8 mile/h
Direct Drive - Forward 3 14 mile/h
Direct Drive - Forward 4 24 mile/h
Reverse - 1 5 mile/h
Reverse - 2 8 mile/h
Direct Drive - Reverse 2 9 mile/h
Direct Drive - Reverse 3 16 mile/h
Direct Drive - Reverse 4 25.4 mile/h
Hydraulic System - Lift/Tilt
Lift/Tilt System - Circuit Load Sense
Lift/Tilt System - Pump 2 × 110 cc variable displacement
Maximum Flow at 2,165 rpm 123 gal/min
Relief Valve Setting - Lift/Tilt 4050 psi
Lift Cylinder - Bore 7.5 in
Lift Cylinder - Stroke 45 in
Tilt Cylinder - Bore 6.7 in
Tilt Cylinder - Stroke 22.4 in
Hydraulic Cycle Times
Rack Back 4.5 s
Raise 8.5 s
Dump 3 s
Lower 4.9 s
Lower Float Down 4.3 s
Total Hydraulic Cycle Time 15.8 s
Service Refill Capacities
Fuel Tank 116 gal (US)
Cooling Systems 26 gal (US)
Crankcase 9 gal (US)
Diesel Exhaust Fluid Tank (For Tier 4 Final/Stage IV Only) 6 gal (US)
Transmission 20 gal (US)
Axle Oil - Differentials and Final Drives - Front 49 gal (US)
Axle Oil - Differentials and Final Drives - Rear 45 gal (US)
Hydraulic System Factory Fill 87 gal (US)
Hydraulic System - Tank Only 34 gal (US)
Air Conditioning System
Air Conditioning The air conditioning system on this machine contains the fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerant R134a (Global Warming Potential = 1430). The system contains 1.8 kg of refrigerant which has a CO2 equivalent of 2.574 metric tonnes.
Front Fixed
Rear Trunnion
Oscillation Angle ±12.5°
Oscillation Angle - Chain Arrangement ±8.5°
Brakes ISO 3450: 2011
Hydraulic System - Steering
ISO 5010:2007 - Steering System - Circuit Load Sense
ISO 5010:2007 - Steering System - Pump Piston, variable displacement
ISO 5010:2007 - Maximum Flow at 1,400 rpm 52 gal/min
ISO 5010:2007 - Steering Cutoff Pressure 4000 psi
ISO 5010:2007 - Total Steering Angle 70°
Operator's Cab
ROPS/FOPS ROPS/FOPS meet ISO 3471:2008 (ROPS) and ISO 3449:2005 Level II (FOPS)
Sound Performance - Standard
Operator Sound Level (ISO 6396) 72 dB(A)
Machine Sound Level (ISO 6395) 112 dB(A)
  • The operator sound pressure level was measured according to the test procedures and conditions specified in ISO 6396:2008. The measurement was conducted at 70 percent of the maximum engine cooling fan speed.
  • Hearing protection may be neede
Sound Performance - Suppression
Operator Sound Level (ISO 6396) 72 dB(A)
Machine Sound Level (ISO 6395) 110 dB(A)
  • The operator sound pressure level was measured according to the test procedures and conditions specified in ISO 6396:2008. The measurement was conducted at 70 percent of the maximum engine cooling fan speed.
  • Hearing protection may be neede
Dimensions (Approximate) - Quick Coupler and 6.1 m³ (8.0 yd³) Bucket
Ground to Top of ROPS 13.5 ft
Ground to Top of Exhaust Stacks 13.3 ft
Ground to Top of Hood 10.7 ft
Ground to Center of Rear Axle 3.2 ft
Ground to Fuel Tank Clearance 2.3 ft
Ground to Lower Hitch Clearance 1.5 ft
Reach at Maximum Lift 8 ft
Clearance at Maximum Lift 10.7 ft
B-Pin Height at Maximum Lift 15 ft
Maximum Overall Height, Bucket Raised 20.9 ft
Rear Axle Center Line to Bumper 10.3 ft
Wheel Base 12.5 ft
Maximum Overall Length 35 ft
Front Axle Centerline to Bucket Tip 12.2 ft
Dimensions (Approximate) - Quick Coupler and Fork
Ground to Top of ROPS 13.5 ft
Ground to Top of Exhaust Stacks 13.3 ft
Ground to Top of Hood 10.7 ft
Ground to Center of Rear Axle 3.2 ft
Ground to Fuel Tank Clearance 2.3 ft
Ground to Lower Hitch Clearance 1.5 ft
B-Pin Height at Maximum Lift 15 ft
Rear Axle Center Line to Bumper 10.3 ft
Wheel Base 12.5 ft
Maximum Overall Length 35.4 ft
Front Axle Centerline to Bucket Tip 12.6 ft


Robust Structures

Your bottom line is improved by highly durable structures that achieve multiple life cycles and withstand the toughest loading conditions.

  • Full box-section rear frame resists torsional shock and twisting forces.
  • Heavy-duty steering cylinder mounts efficiently transmit loads into the frame.
  • Cast axle pivot mounting areas better disperse stress loads for increased structural integrity.
Lift Arms

Your key to maximum uptime and productivity is our field-proven lift arms.

  • Excellent visibility to the bucket edges and work area through a Z-bar design.
  • High load stresses are absorbed by the solid steel lift arms.
  • Enhance strength in key pin areas through the use of one piece castings.
Front Linkage

To ensure long life and reliability, the linkage pin joints feature a greased pin design with optional auto lube system.


Cat® Planetary Powershift Transmission

Building your success begins with a best-in-class transmission designed specifically for mining applications.

  • Consistent, smooth shifting and efficiency through integrated electronic controls.
  • Heat treated gears and shafts extend component life and maximize reliability.
  • Four forward and four reverse speeds to match your application.
Cat C15 Engine

Durability and efficiency at the heart of your 986K comes from the Cat C15 engine. Optimum performance is built in to this 6 cylinder turbocharged engine.

  • Meets Tier 4 Final/Stage IV, or China Nonroad Stage III and Brazil MAR-1 emission standards and equivalent to Tier 3 and Stage IIIA.
  • Mechanically Actuated Electronic Unit Injection (MEUI™) gives the C15 complete control over injection timing, duration and pressure.
  • The Advanced Diesel Engine Management (ADEM™) A4 electronic control module manages fuel delivery to optimize performance and provide quick engine response.
Transmission Neutralizer Pedal
  • Extends service brake life by neutralizing transmission as service brakes are applied.
  • Allows full power to implement system while the machine is stationary during truck loading.

Set Point for Neutralization – Start of service brake pressure modulation

Full Pedal Travel – Maximum brake pressure


Load Sense Hydraulics

Increase efficiency through our Load Sense Hydraulic System. Load sense hydraulics maximize performance by directing hydraulic fluid flow through implement and steering system only when needed.

  • Lowered fuel consumption.
  • Consistent performance and efficiency with lower system heat.
Electro Hydraulic Controls

Operators increase productivity with our responsive implements feature.

  • Operate comfortably through electronically controlled hydraulic cylinder stops.
  • Handle easy-to-use soft detent controls.
  • Conveniently set automatic implement kickouts from inside the cab.
Steering System

Confident loader operation starts with precise machine control enabled by the 986K's load sensing hydraulic steering system.

  • Increase efficiency with our variable displacement piston pumps.
  • Achieve precise positioning for easy loading in tight areas with 35 degrees of steering articulation.
  • Enhance operator comfort with integrated steering and transmission control functions.
Filtration System

Benefit from extended performance and reliability of your hydraulic system with our advanced filtration system.

  • Hydraulic oil cooler return filter.
  • Pilot filter.
  • Return and case drain screens inside hydraulic tank.
  • Axle oil cooler screens if equipped.


Your operators can work more efficiently and stay comfortable with our customer-inspired cab features.

Entry and Exit

Enter and exit the cab easily and safely with these newly designed, ergonomic features.

  • Fold up STIC™ steer/armrest.
  • Reduced access stairway angles.
  • Standard stairway lighting.
Cat Comfort Series III Seat

Enhance comfort and helps reduce operator fatigue with Cat Comfort Series III seat.

  • Mid back design and extra thick, contoured cushions.
  • Air suspension system.
  • Easy-to-reach seat levers and controls for six way adjustments.
  • Seat-mounted implement pod and STIC steer that moves with the seat.
  • 76 mm (3 in) wide retractable seat belt.
  • Optional 4-point seat belt.
Control Panel

Ergonomic placement of switches and information display keep your operators comfortable all day every day.

  • Large backlit membrane switches feature LED activation indicators.
  • Switches feature ISO symbols for quick function identification.
  • Two position rocker switch activates the electro hydraulic park brake.

Your operator's productivity is enhanced with our clean, comfortable cab environment.

  • Experience reduced vibrations from isolated cab mounts and seat air suspension.
  • Maintain desired cab temperature with automatic temperature controls.
  • Pressurized cab with filtered air.
  • Reduced operator sound levels.
  • Convenient floor storage tray/lunch box.


Integrated electronics provide flexible levels of information to both the site and the operator. This integration creates a smart machine and more informed operator, maximizing the productivity of both.

Information Display

We have worked hard to help our customers and operators perform at their best through our newly upgraded touch screen information display.

  • Intuitive operation and easy navigation with our enhanced user interface.
  • Decrease service time by keeping operators informed about machine systems.
Cat production measurement system

Brings payload weighing to the cab, enabling operators to weight loads on-the-go during loading operations. Loads are weighed as the bucket is raised during the lift cycle – eliminating the need to interrupt the load cycle, improving loading efficiency.

  • Operators can view load weights on the information display.
  • Instant feedback gives operators the confidence to work more effectively.
  • Operators can track recorded weights and cycles using the display.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Tire pressure monitoring is a fully integrated feature which allows operators to monitor inflation of tires. Available through the Information Display, the operator can quickly see the current pressure settings and temperature of each tire.

Product Link™ Cat Elite

Take the guesswork out of asset management with Product Link remote monitoring.

  • Advanced Productivity App (Available as Subscription) helps to optimize worksite operations with detailed payload, cycle, fuel report and remote truck/material list management.
  • Remote access to information through the easy-to-use VisionLink® interface.
  • Maximize uptime by staying informed on machine systems and diagnostic codes.
  • Track machine with utilization, fuel usage, and payload summaries.
  • Stay up to date on machine location, service meter hours, and reporting status.


We are constantly improving our products in an effort to provide a safe work environment for the operator and those who work on your job site.

Machine Access
  • Machines equipped with left and right hand stairs with 45 degree angle enhance safety for operators getting on and off the 986K.
  • Continuous walkway with non-skid surfaces are designed into the service areas.
  • Maintain three points of contact at all times through ground level or platform accessible service areas.
  • Am Schutzgeländer montierte Außenrückspiegel gewährleisten bessere Sicht und damit sicheren Betrieb.
  • Cat Vision und das optionale Cat Detect mit Radargeräten vermitteln dem Fahrer einen besseren Überblick über das Umfeld der Maschine.
  • Halogen-, Xenon- oder LED-Scheinwerfer sorgen für ausgezeichnete Sichtverhältnisse im Arbeitsbereich.
  • An der Fahrerkabine montierte LED-Warnleuchten.
Operator Environment
  • Reduced vibrations to the operator with isolated cab mounts and seat mounted implement and steering controls.
  • Low interior sound levels.
  • Pressurized cab with filtered air.
  • Standard 76 mm (3 in) seat belts on the operator seat.


We can help you succeed by ensuring your 986K has design features to reduce your downtime.
  • Longer service intervals on fluids and filters.
  • Safe and convenient service with ground level or platform access and grouped service points.
  • Centralized, ground level grease points for injecting grease into linkage pin joints.
  • Centralized remote pressure taps for power train components.
  • Ground electrical service center with Jump Start Receptacle, Emergency engine shutdown switch, Battery disconnect switch and Circuit breakers.


Legendary Cat Dealer Support

A valued partner, your Cat dealer is available whenever you need them.

  • Preventive maintenance programs and guaranteed maintenance contracts.
  • Best-in-class parts availability.
  • Improve your efficiency with operator training.
  • Genuine Cat Remanufactured parts.


Reducing Impact to the Environment

Sustainability is designed and built into our 986K's features.

  • Engine Idle Shutdown can help you save fuel by avoiding unnecessary idling.
  • Reduce waste with our maintenance free or extended maintenance batteries.
  • To assist with maximizing machine life, Caterpillar provides a number of sustainable options such as our Reman and Certified Rebuild programs. In these programs, reused or remanufactured components can deliver cost savings of 40 to 70 percent, which lowers operating cost while reducing impact to the environment.
  • Caterpillar offers retrofit packages to bring new features to older machines, maximizing your resource. And, when you go through the Cat Certified Rebuild program, these retrofit kits are part of the rebuild process.


Counter Weight

The 986K Block Handler delivers stability and durability with an optimized counterweight for block handling applications.

Quick Coupler Activation

The Block Handler includes an additional hydraulic valve with the Quick Coupler, allowing the operator to switch work tools and immediately lock the work tool during load and carry applications.

Application Specific Tilt and Lift Cylinders

The 986K Block Handler comes equipped with larger tilt cylinders on the linkage that help improve load control and ensure safe and long lasting operation.

Ride Control

Ride control works by using an accumulator to dampen the linkage motion, acting as a shock absorber. It provides the operator with a smoother ride over rough terrain, enabling a more comfortable ride at higher speeds.

Block Handler Front Linkage

The 986K Block Handler linkage is designed specifically for block handling applications. The linkage layout maximizes machine stability by keeping the payload close to the front tires and pin locations are designed to optimize performance with a quick coupler and fork.

Optimized Z-bar Linkage
  • Linkage layout designed to maximize lift capability in block handling application.
  • High load stresses are absorbed by solid steel lift arms.
  • Enhanced strength in key pin areas through the use of one piece castings.
  • Stress released lift arms increase durability and lengthen time to repair.


Block Handling Tools

Caterpillar block handling tools are the solution for handling large block and boulders in the demanding environment of quarry applications. Easy to interchange tools complement each other to provide solutions were mostly needed.

Block Handling Quick Coupler

Can be used on block handling arrangements that have a hydraulic system equipped with a third valve. This quick coupler is designed for optimal utilization of lifting and break-out forces equipped with Caterpillar cylinder, safety valves, pressure and isolation valves, safety covers and lock-indicators. It has enhanced visibility and has been optimized for handling large rocks and blocks.


Heavy-duty pallet forks are engineered to handle weight and load stress when maneuvering and placing blocks in quarry operations. Dual tine forks are designed to allow blocks to be placed close to the machine for greater balance and safe handling.

Rock Buckets

Heavy-duty bucket which offers superior durability, protection and performance in rock and overburden operations in block quarries. It includes large size teeth and segments. Its (high wear resistant) metal shell and bottom offer maximum strength, durability and wear life.

Standard Equipment:

  • Note
    • Standard and optional equipment may vary. Consult your Cat dealer for details.
  • Electrical
    • Alarm, back-up
    • Alternator, single 145 amp
    • Batteries, dry
    • Converter, 10/15 amp, 24V to 12V
    • Lighting system (halogen, work lights, access and service platform lighting)
    • Starting and charging system, 24V
    • Starter emergency start receptacle
  • Operator Environment
    • Graphical Information Display, displays real time operating information, performs calibrations and customizes operator settings
    • Air conditioner
    • Rear vision camera system
    • Cab, sound suppressed and pressurized, integrated rollover protective structure (ROPS/FOPS) radio ready for entertainment, includes antenna, speakers and converter (12-volt 5-amp) and power port
    • Controls, lift and tilt function
    • Heater, defroster
    • Horn, electric
    • Instrumentation, gauges:
      – Coolant temperature
      – Fuel level
      – DEF level
      – Hydraulic oil temperature
      – Power train oil temperature
    • Light, cab, dome
    • Lunchbox, beverage holders
    • Mirrors, rearview (externally mounted)
    • Seat, Cat Comfort (cloth), air suspension, six-way adjustable
    • Seat belt minder
    • Seat belt, retractable, 76 mm (3 in) wide
    • STIC Control System
    • UV glass
    • Transmission gear indicator
    • Wet-Arm wipers/washers (front and rear):
      – Intermittent front and rear wipers
    • Lights, directional
  • Power Train
    • Cat Production Measurement ready
    • Brakes, oil-cooled, multi-disc, service/secondary
    • Case drain screens
    • Crankcase guard
    • Electro hydraulic parking brake
    • Engine, C15 MEUI diesel, turbocharged/aftercooled
    • Ground level engine shutoff
    • Turbine precleaner, engine air intake
    • Starting aid, ether, automatic
    • Torque converter, Neutralizer
    • Transmission, planetary powershift, 4F/3R electronic control
    • Manual switch and automatic fuel priming
  • Other
    • Automatic bucket lift kickout/positioner
    • Hydraulically driven demand fan
    • Couplings, Cat O-ring face seals
    • Doors, service access (locking)
    • Ecology drains for engine, radiator, hydraulic tank
    • Fuel tank, 535 L (141 gal)
    • Hitch, drawbar with pin
    • Hoses, Cat XT
    • Hydraulic, steering and brake filtration/screening system
    • Cat Clean Emission Module
    • Oil sampling valves
    • Premixed 50% concentration of extended life coolant with freeze protection to –34° C (–29° F)
    • Rear access to cab and service platform
    • Steering, load sensing
    • Toe kicks
    • Vandalism protection caplocks

Optional Equipment:

  • Note
    • Standard and optional equipment may vary. Consult your Cat dealer for details.
  • Power Train
    • –50° C (–58° F) antifreeze
    • Engine oil change system, high speed, Wiggins
    • Engine block heater 120V or 240V
    • High ambient cooling – software
    • Cat Production Measurement
  • Miscellaneous Attachments
    • Front and rear roading fenders
    • Fast fill fuel system (Shaw-Aero)
    • Cold Weather Starting (extra two batteries)
    • Aggregate Handler
    • Wheel chocks
  • Operator Environment
    • Cab powered precleaner
    • Cat Detect Vision
    • AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio
    • Satellite Sirius radio with Bluetooth
    • LED warning strobe
    • CB radio ready
    • Window pull down visor
    • Handrail mounted mirrors

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