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Caterpillar 944 Wheel Loader

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Caterpillar Wheel Loaders

The Caterpillar 944 wheel loader was introduced in 1959 in the USA. Production began in the U.K. in 1961.

[edit] Features

The 944 has a D330T four-cylinder engine producing 105 flywheel horsepower (FWHP). It comes standard with powershift transmission and an 88-inch (224-cm) wheelbase. It is an integral loader unit.

The 944 was manufactured in the USA with 43A or 58A serial number prefix. The 70A series  being the U.K. built prefix. The 58A series was powerd by a gasoline engine.

[edit] Modifications

Production of 58A ended in 1963. That same year, Caterpillar increased the wheelbase of the 43A unit to 96 inches (244 cm), beginning with 43A03012.

In 1968, Cat introduced two new 944 wheel loaders: one in the USA, with an 87J prefix, and the other in Scotland, with a 77J prefix. The 87J and the 77J have a normally aspirated D330c engine.

Production ended in the USA in 1968, and Scotland in 1969.

Based on data from the sales database of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, it is estimated that more than 6,100 Caterpillar 944 wheel loaders have been produced.

Highest Serial #
Scotland
77J N/A
USA
43A 05555
58A 00079
87J 00482
Total = 6,116