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Caterpillar 980C Wheel Loader

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Caterpillar 980C
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The Caterpillar 980C wheel loader was introduced in 1978 in the USA as the replacement for the Caterpillar 980B. Production began in Belgium in 1986.

[edit] Features

The 980C has a 3406 direct injection turbo, six-cylinder engine producing 270 flywheel horsepower (FWHP). It comes standard with four-wheel oil disk brakes, a sealed loader linkage, auto bucket control, and powershift transmission.

The 980C was manufactured in the USA, with a 63X serial number prefix; in Japan, with a 13B prefix; and in Belgium, with a 2XD prefix.

The 63X has a rollover protection system (ROPS) and a sound-suppressed cab.

[edit] Modifications

In 1984 Caterpillar added a new lift cylinder to increase digging depth, beginning with 63X05188.

In 1984 and 1985 a folded core radiator was added, beginning with 63X05447 and 13B00532.

In 1986 Cat added corporate ROPS, corporate wiring, a three-piece counterweight, as well as a starting and charging system analyzer, beginning with 63X06575.

Caterpillar offered a certified rebuild program with this model. Units beginning with the following serial number run were certified rebuilds: 63X75000 and 13B75000.

The Caterpillar 980C was replaced by the Caterpillar 980F.

Based on data from the sales database of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, it is estimated that more than 12,800 Caterpillar 980C wheel loaders have been produced.

Highest Serial #
2XD 01776
13B 01263
63X 09822
Total = 12,861