The Caterpillar 988 Wheel Loader was introduced in 1963 and build up till 1976. The machine was manufactured in the USA only, with a 87A serial number prefix. The Caterpillar 988 model was replaced by the "B" series model.
At present, the Caterpillar 988K Wheel Loader is the flagship of the 988 family. Good for 541 hp, an operating weight of 112574 lb and a bucket capacity of 8.3 yd3 - 10 yd3 a serious piece of machinery in the class of Large Wheel Loaders made by Caterpillar.