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The new standard for midsize wheel loaders.


Net Power - ISO 9249 349.0 hp 260.0 kW Less
Engine Model Cat® C15 ACERT™ Cat® C15 ACERT™ Less
Net Power - 80/1269/EEC 353.0 hp 263.0 kW Less
Gross Power - SAE J1995 393.0 hp 293.0 kW Less
Net Power - SAE J1349 349.0 hp 260.0 kW Less
Bore 5.4 in 137.0 mm Less
Stroke 6.75 in 171.5 mm Less
Displacement 928.0 in3 15.2 L Less
Peak Torque (Net) @ 1,200 RPM 1244.0 ft-lb 1619.0 N·m Less


Operating Weight 67294.0 lb 30519.0 kg Less


Bucket Capacities 3.8-6.1 m³ 5.0-8.0 yd³ 3.8-6.1 m³ 5.0-8.0 yd³ Less
Bucket Width 11.59 ft 3533.0 mm Less
Capacity - Reference bucket 5.49 yd3 4.2 m3 Less
Type - Reference bucket GP with teeth GP with teeth Less
Breakout force of Reference bucket 61372.83 lb 273.0 kN Less
Max Bucket Capacity 8.0 yd3 6.1 m3 Less

Operating Specifications

Dump Clearance 10843.14 ft 3.305 m Less
Static Tipping Load, Full Turn 42989.0 lb 19496.0 kg Less
Breakout Force 44775.0 lb 199.0 kN Less


Forward 1 4.1 mph 6.6 km/h Less
Forward 2 7.3 mph 11.8 km/h Less
Forward 3 12.9 mph 20.7 km/h Less
Forward 4 22.6 mph 36.3 km/h Less
Reverse 1 4.7 mph 7.6 km/h Less
Reverse 2 8.4 mph 13.5 km/h Less
Reverse 3 14.7 mph 23.6 km/h Less
Reverse 4 25.8 mph 41.5 km/h Less

Hydraulic System

Bucket/Work Tool System - Pump Output 123.0 gal/min 464.0 L/min Less
Bucket/Work Tool System - Relief Valve Setting 3000.0 psi 20700.0 kPa Less
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Raise 6.0 Seconds 6.0 Seconds Less
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Dump 2.1 Seconds 2.1 Seconds Less
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Lower, Empty, Float Down 3.4 Seconds 3.4 Seconds Less
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Total 11.5 Seconds 11.5 Seconds Less
Pilot System - Pump Output 122.58 gal/min 464.0 L/min Less


Brakes Meets required standards. Meets required standards. Less


Front Fixed front Fixed front Less
Rear Oscillating +/- 13° Oscillating +/- 13° Less
Maximum Single-Wheel Rise and Fall 21.7 in 550.0 mm Less


Tires Choose from a variety of tires to match your application. Choose from a variety of tires to match your application. Less


ROPS/FOPS Meets SAE and ISO standards. Meets SAE and ISO standards. Less

Service Refill Capacities

Fuel Tank - Standard 127.0 gal 479.0 L Less
Cooling System 22.0 gal 83.0 L Less
Crankcase 17.0 gal 64.0 L Less
Transmission 16.0 gal 62.0 L Less
Differentials and Final Drives - Front 23.0 gal 87.0 L Less
Differentials and Final Drives - Rear 23.0 gal 87.0 L Less
Hydraulic System (Including Tank) 66.0 gal 250.0 L Less
Hydraulic Tank 33.0 gal 125.0 L Less


Height to top of ROPS 12.35 ft 3765.0 mm Less
Height to top of exhaust pipe 12.19 ft 3716.0 mm Less
Height to top of hood 8.91 ft 2716.0 mm Less
Ground clearance 1.45 ft 442.0 mm Less
B-pin height - standard 14.78 ft 4505.0 mm Less
Center line rear axle to edge of counterweight 8.18 ft 2493.0 mm Less
Center line rear axle to hitch 6.07 ft 1850.0 mm Less
Wheelbase 12.14 ft 3700.0 mm Less


The Cat® 980H midsize loader - ready to work any time, any season.


Durability built in, not added on.


Move more material.


Build a 980H to fit your operation.

Operator Comfort

Comfort and convenience increase efficiency.

Owning and Operating Costs

The Cat 980H - best value for your operation.


Ease of service increases productivity.

980H Standard Equipment

  • Alarm, back-up
  • Alternator (80-amp, brushless)
  • Batteries, maintenance-free (4) 1000 CCA
  • Lighting system, halogen (6 total)
  • Main disconnect switch
  • Starter, electric, heavy-duty
  • Starting and charging system (24-volt)
  • Starting receptacle for emergency start

Operator Environment
  • Air conditioner/HVAC system
  • Bucket/Work Tool function lockout
  • Cab, pressurized and sound suppressed
  • Cigar lighter and ashtray
  • Coat hooks (2) with straps
  • Command Control Steering
  • Controls, bucket/work tool electro-hydraulic
  • Heater and defroster
  • Horns, electric (steering wheel mounted)
  • Computerized Monitoring System
  • Lunchbox and beverage holders
  • Mirrors, rearview (externally mounted)
  • Seat, Cat Comfort (cloth) air suspension
  • Seatbelt, retractable, 51 mm (2 in) wide
  • Steering column, adjustable, tilt and telescope
  • Wet-arm, wipers/washers (front and rear)
  • Window, sliding (left and right side)

Power Train
  • Brakes, full hydraulic enclosed wet-disc
  • Engine, Cat C15 with ACERT Technology and ATAAC
  • Fan, radiator, hydraulically driven, variable speed
  • Filters, fuel/engine air, primary/secondary
  • Fuel priming pump (electric)
  • Fuel/water separator
  • Muffler, sound suppressed
  • Precleaner, engine air intake
  • Radiator, Next Generation Modular (NGMR)
  • Starting aid (ether)
  • Switch, transmission neutralizer lockout
  • Torque converter (free wheel stator)
  • Transmission, automatic planetary power shift (4F/4R)
  • Variable Shift Control (VSC)

  • Automatic bucket positioner, in-cab adjustable
  • Counterweight
  • Couplings, Caterpillar O-ring face seals
  • Doors, service access (locking)
  • Ecology drains for engine, transmission and hydraulics
  • Fenders, steel front with mud flaps/rear with extensions
  • Guard, power train and crankcase
  • Hitch, drawbar with pin
  • Hood, non-metallic power tilting
  • Hoses, Cat XT™
  • Hydraulic oil cooler (swing-out)
  • Kickout, lift and tilt, automatic (in-cab adjustable)
  • Linkage, Z-bar, cast crosstube/tilt lever
  • Oil sampling valves
  • Product Link ready
  • Remote diagnostic pressure taps
  • Sight Gauges:
  • Steering, load sensing
  • Vandalism protection caplocks

Tires, Rims and Wheels
  • A tire must be selected from the mandatory attachments section. Base machine price includes a tire allowance.

  • Premixed 50% concentration of Extended Life Coolant with freeze protection to -34° C (-29° F).

980H Optional Equipment

Aggregate Autodig

Alternator, 95-amp


Axle ecology drain

Axle oil cooler ready

Axle oil cooler

Buckets and work tools

Bucket Ground Engaging Tools (GET) - see Cat dealer for details

Camera, rear vision (custom product)

CB radio ready (20-amp)

Cooling package, high ambient 50°C (122°F)

Differentials, limited slip (front or rear), No-SPIN (rear axle only)

Fan, auto-reversing

Fast fill system, fuel

Fenders, roading

Fenders, narrow

Guard, front window

Guard, front window, forestry

Guard, front window, waste

Heater, engine coolant

High lift arrangement, two- and three-valve

Hydraulic arrangement, three-valve

Joystick control

Lights, directional

Lights, high intensity discharge (HID)

Light, warning beacon

Machine Security System

Mirrors, heated, external

Mirrors, rearview, interior

Payload Control System
  • Payload Control System printer

Platform, window cleaning

Precleaner, turbine

Precleaner, turbine/trash

Radio, AM/FM Weatherband (CD)

Ride Control System, two- and three-valve

Rubber-mounted cab glass

Seat, heated

Seatbelt, 76 mm (3 in) wide

Steering, secondary

Sun visor, front

Transmission, extreme service

Special Machine Arrangements
  • 8-yd Aggregate Loader
  • Aggregate Yard Loader
  • Forest Machine
  • Industrial Loader Arrangement
  • Steel Mill Arrangement

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