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986H Block Handler Arrangement

  • 986H Block Handler Arrangement - Large Wheel Loaders
  • 986H Block Handler Arrangement - Large Wheel Loaders
  • 986H Block Handler Arrangement - Large Wheel Loaders
  • 986H Block Handler Arrangement - Large Wheel Loaders
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986H Block Handler Arrangement

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. The 986H builds upon this legacy of durability, performance, safety, operator comfort, serviceability and sustainability.

Net Power
305 kW
Engine Model
Cat® C15 ACERT™
Operating Weight
48429 kg
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Best built for the toughest conditions.

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.

Move material more efficiently with improved power and control.

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 three reverse speeds to match your application.

Cat C15 ACERT Engine

Durability and efficiency at the heart of your 986H comes from the Cat C15 ACERT engine. Optimum performance is built in to this 6 cylinder turbocharged engine. Mechanically Actuated Electronic Unit Injection (MEUI™) controls injection pressure over the entire engine operating range. This gives the C15 complete control over injection timing, duration and pressure. Extended engine life through Cat components with proven reliability. 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

Productivity enabling you to move more and make more.

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.

Simple, Intuitive Operator Interface

Operators will be productive right away with our easy-to-use operator interface. Comfortable soft detent implement controls. Low effort, responsive steering wheel. Easy-to-use, in-cab programmable lift kickout allows the operator to pre set linkage positions and achieve faster cycle times.

3rd Valve Hydraulic Control

• Provides versatility through the ability to control a specialized attachment.

Filtration System

Benefit from extended performance and reliability of your hydraulic system with our advanced filtration system. Implement system filter. Power train oil filter.

Best-in-Class operator comfort and ergonomics.

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. Punch stamped tread plates provide excellent footing. Spacious cab provides ample space for comfortable entry and exit. Angled access ladder.

Cat Comfort Series III Seat

Enhance comfort and reduce operator fatigue with Cat Comfort Series III seat. High 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 that moves with the seat. Optional heated seat for cold weather applications.


Your operator’s productivity is enhanced with our clean, comfortable cab environment. • Pressurized cab with filtered air.

Greater productivity through Integrated Electronic Systems.

Cat Monitoring System

This includes a digital readout for gear selection and ground speed as well as gauge displays for: Fuel tank level. Engine and steering oil pressures. Engine coolant temperature. Torque converter and hydraulic oil temperature. Engine inlet air temperature.

Optional Rearview Camera

Cat Work Area Vision System (WAVS) enhances visibility around the job site through the use of a rearview camera. A camera mounted at the rear of the machine provides the input to the monitor display mounted in the front right corner of the cab, within the operators field of vision.

Making your safety our priority.

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

Walkways with non-skid surfaces are designed into the service areas. Windshield cleaning platforms provide safe and convenient access for the operator. Maintain three points of contact at all times through ground level or platform accessible service areas. Angled access ladder and strategically placed grab handles provide safe access and egress for the operator.

Operator Environment

Low interior sound levels. Cab mounted LED warning beacon. Optional heated seat. Optional HID lights provide excellent workspace visibility. Full Roll Over Protection System (ROPS) integrated into cab design.

Enabling high uptime by reducing your service time.

We can help you succeed by ensuring your 986H 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 emergency engine shutdown switch, battery disconnect switch and circuit breakers.

Your Cat dealers know how to keep your mining machines productive.

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.

Stewards of the environment.

Protecting the Environment

Environmental responsibility is designed and built into our 986H’s features. Engine Idle Shutdown can help you save fuel by avoiding unnecessary idling. Reduce waste to the environment 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 benefiting 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.

Unique features for block handling applications.


The 986H 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.

Larger Tilt Cylinders

The 986H 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 986H 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.


Standard Equipment
Net Power 305 kW
Engine Model Cat® C15 ACERT™
Net Power - ISO 9249 305 kW
Bore 137 mm
Stroke 171.5 mm
Displacement 15.2 l
Torque Rise 37 %
Rated Speed 1800 r/min
Emissions Tier 2
SAE 1349 at Rated Speed (Standard Ambient Fan) 305 kW
ISO 14396 at Rated Speed 329 kW
Gross Power - SAE J1995 335 kW
EEC 80/1269 305 kW
Peak Torque - 1,200 rpm 2320 N·m
ISO 9249 at Rated Speed (assumes standard ambient fan) 305 kW
SAE J1995 at Rated Speed 335 kW
Standard Equipment
Operating Weight 48429 kg
Standard Equipment
Transmission Type Cat planetary power shift
Forward - 1 7.3 km/h
Forward - 2 12.2 km/h
Reverse - 1 7.6 km/h
Reverse - 2 13.6 km/h
Direct Drive - Forward 2 12.7 km/h
Direct Drive - Forward 3 22 km/h
Direct Drive - Forward 4 39 km/h
Direct Drive - Reverse 2 14.1 km/h
Direct Drive - Reverse 3 25 km/h
Note Travel speeds based on R35/65-33 tires.
Standard Equipment
Lift/Tilt System - Pump 2 × 110 cc variable displacement
Maximum Flow at 2,165 rpm 470 l/min
Lift/Tilt System - Circuit Load Sense
Relief Valve Setting - Lift/Tilt 27900 kPa
Lift Cylinder - Bore 190 mm
Lift Cylinder - Stroke 1138 mm
Tilt Cylinder - Bore 190 mm
Tilt Cylinder - Stroke 568 mm
Standard Equipment
Rack Back 4.5 s
Raise 8.5 s
Dump 3 s
Total Hydraulic Cycle Time 15.8 s
Lower Float Down 4.3 s
Lower 4.9 s
Standard Equipment
Steering System - Circuit Load Sense
Steering System - Pump Piston, variable displacement
Maximum Flow at 2,284 rpm 200 l/min
Total Steering Angle 70 °
Steering Cut Off Pressure 27600 kPa
Standard Equipment
Fuel Tank 481 l
Crankcase 34 l
Transmission 75 l
Differential - Final Drives - Front 186 l
Differential - Final Drives - Rear 170 l
Hydraulic System - Tank Only 125 l
Hydraulic System Factory Fill 330 l
Axle Oil 356 l
Cooling Systems 90 l
Standard Equipment
Front Fixed
Rear Trunnion
Oscillation Angle ±12.5°
Standard Equipment
Brakes SAE J1473 OCT90, ISO 3450:1992