Caterpillar 980M, 982M Wheel Loaders

November 12, 2013


Caterpillar 980M and 982M wheel loaders have Tier 4-Final ACERT engines.

The 982M is a new model to the M Series medium wheel loader line, similar to the 980K 12-ton Aggregates Handler. It is a 2-pass match for larger on-highway trucks common in North America, but is not restricted to aggregates and loose material re-handling. Design changes in the frames, linkage, hydraulics, horsepower and powertrain extend the application range of the 982M to sand and gravel and earth bank excavation, and even face loading in shot rock applications. The 982M has longer standard lift arms than the 980M, enabling the unit to load rail cars due to the higher hinge pin height.

Both units' powertrains have lock-up clutch torque converters standard, and have been matched with the engine power and hydraulics to improve performance and fuel efficiency, according to Cat. Their planetary transmissions have a split-flow oil system and use new multi-viscosity oil. The 982M comes standard with the heavy duty 17-inch planetary transmission. Deep system integration of the new features and further axle and hydraulic improvements result in 10 percent lower fuel consumption on average compared to the 980K and 980K 12-ton configuration, the company says.

The 980M and 982M hydraulic systems also have significant design changes. The main hydraulic valve is now a mono-block with an integrated ride control section. The mono-block design reduces weight, has 40 percent fewer leak points and is common across all M Series models. The new ride control system now has two accumulators, which enables it to be more effective over a greater payload range. An auxiliary third hydraulic function can be added at the factory or in the field with the addition of a second remote valve. The 982M has larger lift and tilt cylinders than the 980M due to the new longer lift arms for the larger payloads it is designed to handle.

Caterpillar 980M, 982M Specifications


  • Engine: Cat C13
  • Horsepower: 386
  • Operating weight range: 65,698-75,663 pounds
  • Bucket capacity range: 5.5-15.7 cubic yards
  • Bucket pin height (standard): 178 inches


  • Engine: Cat C13
  • Horsepower: 392
  • Operating weight range: 75,398-79,829 pounds
  • Bucket capacity range: 6-18.3 cubic yards
  • Bucket pin height (standard) 186 inches