Cat 983 in action at the East Midlands Vintage Working Weekend 2011
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The 983 has a six-cylinder Caterpillar D343 engine fitted with a Turbocharger, producing 275 hp (205 kW) (FWHP). It has a three-speed powershift transmission. It comes standard with oil cooled brakes and clutches, pedal steer, electric start, hydraulic track adjusters, and a 22-inch (56-cm) double Grouser Shoes track.
The Cat 983 was given a 38K serial number prefix.
In 1971 Cat added a two-piece master link, beginning with 38K00666.
In 1972 the wheel base was lengthened, a solid section roller frame was added, and a steel final drive case was made standard, beginning with 38K00684. A rollover protection system (ROPS) and sealed loader linkage was added, beginning with 38K00765.
In 1974 Cat added a sealed and lubricated track (SALT), beginning with 38K01080.
In 1975 the ROPS canopy was made standard, beginning with 38K01378.
Production of 983 ended in 1978; it was replaced by the Caterpillar 983B.
Based on data from the sales database of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, it is estimated that more than 1,600 Caterpillar 983 crawler loaders have been produced.
|Total = 1,648|
This very large machine was not very common in the UK with most of the examples that originally worked here exported.
Only 2 examples are believed to be in the UK now.
- The S.E. Davis & Son collection has one which has apeared at a number of events and has been demonstrated working at Great Dorset Steam Fair and at the East Midlands Vintage Working Weekend were it was filmed in action by ? productions for there vintage machines working series of DVDs.
- The Russell Saywell collection of Caterpillar tractors also has a restored example of one, which was seen in action at the 2012 Russell Saywell Open Day. This machine is fitted with a single shank ripper attachment.
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