The Caterpillar 908 Compact Wheel Loader is built to the same high standards as larger Caterpillar wheel loaders. This machine delivers Cat reliability, durability and efficient operation, even in the toughest working conditions.

Net Power 76 hp
Gross Power 84 hp
ISO 9249 Rating 80 hp
EEC 80/1269 Rating 80 hp
SAE J1349 Rating 80 hp
Model 3044C

Operating Weight 13288 lb

Operating Specifications
Rated Bucket Capacity 1.3 yd3
Rated operating load @ full turn, forks 5291 lb
Breakout Force 13710 lb
Full turn static tipping load, forks 6860 lb
Rated Operating Load @ Full Turn, Bucket 4136 lb
Hydraulic Lift Capacity 9900 lb
Straight Tipping Load, Bucket 9636 lb
Full Turn Static Tipping Load, Bucket 8270 lb
Rackback, Transport Position 56 Degrees
Dump Height @ Full Lift 10.4 ft
Reach w/o teeth 2.75 ft
Articulation 40 Degrees
Oscillation +/- 11 Degrees

Engine Dimensions
Bore 3.7 in
Stroke 4.72 in

Bucket Width 6.9 ft

Tread width 5.2 ft

ROPS meets the following criteria: SAE J1040 MAY94, ISO 3471-1:1986
FOPS meets the following criteria: SAE J231 JAN81, ISO 3449:1992
Sound Sound level is below 75 dB(A)

Power Train, Axles and Brakes
Transmission type Closed-loop, two-speed hydrostatic single-path transmission.
Max travel speeds with 12.5-18 tires, forward and reverse, low 4 mph
Max travel speeds, forward and reverse, high 12 mph
Axle and final drives fixed front axle with limited slip differential and planetary ge
Service and parking brake Are combined in a single, dry-disc driveline brake
Brake standards Brake meets ISO 3450:1996

Hydraulic System
Pressure Flow @2600 rpm and 70 bar (1000 psi) 15.9 gal/min
3rd valve flow 21.6 gal/min
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Lift 4.5
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Dump 2.4
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Lower, Float 3.2
Main Relief 3400 psi

Max Material Densities
General Purpose bucket - 0.6 m3 (0.8 yd3) 3760 lb/yd3
Multi Purpose bucket - 0.6 m3 (0.8 y3) 3300 lb/yd3
Light Material bucket 1.0 m3 (1.3 yd) 1675 lb/yd3
High Dump bucket - 0.7 m3 (0.8 yd3) 3230 lb/yd3
Stone Sieve Bucket - 0.6 m3 (0.8 yd3) 3380 lb/yd3
Side Dump Bucket 3105 lb/yd3

Service Refill Capacities
Cooling System 5.8 gal
Fuel Tank 21 gal
Hydraulic System 17 gal
Engine Oil 2.6 gal

Operator Station
Ergonomically designed, world class cab offers unmatched comfort and ease of operation.

Operator Station

Excellent viewing
in all directions is made possible with large floor length windows, a compact dash, a contoured hood and the narrow VersaLink loader linkage.

Low effort
pilot hydraulics and an ergonomically designed joystick with adjustable wrist rest maximizes operator comfort and minimizes fatigue. The molded-in Forward/Neutral/Reverse switch is simple to use.

Spacious cab
offers plenty of storage space and is equipped with many convenient features:
  • Fully adjustable suspension seat.
  • Suspended pedals and flat floor.
  • Ground level door releases.
  • Three-speed fan with eleven vents.
  • Front and rear wet wipers.
  • Cup holder and coat hook.
  • Auxiliary power sockets.
  • Lockable tool box.

Easy to read dash
features backlit LED display with gauges within close view, including fuel level and hydraulic oil temperature. Sealed switches provide year of dependable service.

Power Train
Caterpillar hystat power train delivers aggressive performance and easy operation.

closed-loop hydrostatic transmission delivers smooth shifting transition from full rimpull to runout. Precise inching control and smooth acceleration and deceleration minimize operator fatigue.

Rear axle
oscillates ±11 degrees, giving the machine superior control, stability and traction in all applications, especially grading work.

Limited slip
front differential provides excellent traction in a wide variety of working conditions.

Unique brake reservoir
is self-replenishing for maintenance free service.

VersaLink Loader Linkage and QuickLock Hydraulic Coupler
Linkage design offers unparalleled versatility and superior performance.

VersaLink Loader Linkage and QuickLock Hydraulic Coupler

Narrow design
of the VersaLink loader linkage offers optimum visibility to each side of the QuickLock Hydraulic Coupler and Work Tool. This provides operators with an excellent view of the work area, including loading and dumping targets.

Parallel lift
capability allows precise pallet handling, eliminating the need to adjust level while raising the forks. Operators can concentrate on load placement rather than load leveling.

Long reach
lets the operator place loads more easily, while protecting the tires and front frame.

Optimized linkage
design and powerful hydraulics result in excellent breakout force for buckets and high lift force with forks. Fast, controllable hydraulics provide short cycle times.

Large contact area
of the QuickLock hydraulic coupler absorbs impact loads. Wedges with check valves keep work tools secure and rattle free.

Quick access and superior design features make the 908 Compact Wheel Loader easy to service.


Ground level
access is unmatched due to the high opening tilt-up engine enclosure and side service doors. All major components and service points can be easily accessed from the ground.
  • Vertically mounted, spin-on hydraulic oil filter, fuel filter, fuel/water separator and engine oil filter.
  • Heavy duty braided wiring harness protects electrical system.
  • Radiator fin design is less susceptible to plugging.
  • Hinged hydraulic oil cooler for ease of cleaning.
  • Hydraulic oil sight gauge and vented hydraulic system.
  • Air cleaner service indicator is easy to use and reliable.

S-O-S valves
are standard for easy oil sampling to help protect the engine and power train.

Caterpillar extended life coolant
is standard, offering lower service intervals and reduced maintenance costs.

Centralized lube points
for major components.

hydraulic oil service interval under normal working conditions.

Work Tools
Increase your productivity by performing a variety of jobs with one machine.

Work Tools

Work Tools
Caterpillar designed work tools extend the versatility of the Cat Compact Wheel Loaders. Built for performance and durability, a full range of work tools deliver high productivity, long service life and excellent return on investment.
  • General Purpose Bucket
  • Multi Purpose Bucket
  • Light Material Bucket
  • Side Dump Bucket
  • Stone Sieve Bucket
  • High Dump Bucket
  • Material Handling Grapple Bucket
  • Pallet Forks
  • Angle Broom
  • Pick up sweeper

QuickLock Hydraulic Coupler
The operator can make fast, easy work tool changes from inside the cab. Solid connections are assured every time with the QuickLock hydraulic coupler.
  • Opposing wedge design.
  • Constant hydraulic pressure compensates for wear.
  • Check valves maintain tight engagement.
  • Rugged design has large contact area to absorb loads and minimize stress.

General Purpose Bucket
Caterpillar General Purpose Buckets have been designed to optimize performance of the Caterpillar Compact Wheel Loader in loading, carrying, leveling, grading and dumping in a wide variety of applications and materials.

Light Material Bucket
Caterpillar Light Material Buckets leverage many of the same features found in the General Purpose Bucket but with higher volume capacities to handle less dense materials such as top soil, fertilizer, feed, wood chips and many more.

Stone Sieve Bucket
Caterpillar Stone Sieve Buckets are designed for excavation, hauling and removal of paving and masonry stones. The square ribbed design allows for easy sifting of fine materials. The 70 mm spacing between ribs is ideal for the majority of applications. Each rib is reinforced along the back to provide superior durability.

Multi Purpose Bucket
Caterpillar Multi Purpose Buckets bring the same excellent loading, reliability and durability characteristics as other Caterpillar Compact Wheel Loader Work Tools, with the added versatility for digging, dozing, clamping, grading and leveling in a broad range of applications.

Side Dump Bucket
When connected to a 906 or 908 Caterpillar Compact Wheel Loader, the Caterpillar Side Dump Bucket is the perfect match to meter bedding materials into a trench or load a truck in a confined area. The right side dump bucket handles stockpiled materials with ease and makes quick work of the task at hand.

High Dump Bucket
Caterpillar High Dump Buckets give the extra dump height needed to clear truck side walls and hoppers. The high dump bucket maximizes the performance needed for loading a wide variety of materials such as paper and pulp.

Pallet Forks
Caterpillar Pallet Forks meet a variety of material handling needs. These Class II (for the 902 and 906) and Class III (for the 908) rated forks have been designed to provide optimal performance when coupled with the Caterpillar 902, 906 and 908 Compact Wheel Loaders.

Hydraulic Angle Broom and Pick-Up Sweeper
Coupled with a Caterpillar Angle Broom or Pick-up Sweeper, a Caterpillar Compact Wheel Loader provides an effective solution for clean up operations.

Durability and reliability
High quality components and assembly techniques ensure optimum protection and productivity.

Paint Finish
Cat Compact Wheel Loaders undergo an extensive 24-stage 'E-coat' painting process. Zinc based electroplated undercoat and polyurethane topcoat provides unmatched corrosion resistant properties. Paint color can be customized to meet customer requirements.

Electrical connectors are sealed to lock out dust and moisture. Harnesses are braided for protection. Wires are colour coded for easy diagnosis and repair.

Cat Hoses
Cat XT3 high-pressure hydraulic hose is exceptionally strong and flexible for system reliability and long life in the most demanding conditions.

Customer Support
Complete services provided by the worlds largest dealer network.

Customer Support

Make detailed comparisons of the machines under consideration, before purchasing. Cat Dealers can estimate component life, preventive maintenance costs, and the true cost of lost production.

Consider the financing options your Cat Dealer offers as well as day-to-day operating costs. Dealer support services can be included in the cost of the machine to yield lower equipment owning and operating costs over the life of the machine.

Choose from a wide range of maintenance services at the time of machine purchase. Repair option programs guarantee the cost of repairs up front and help avoid unscheduled repairs that can cost unnecessary time and money.

Repair, Rebuild or Replace? Your Cat Dealer can help you evaluate the cost involved so you can make the right choice.

Product Support
You will find nearly all parts at our dealer parts counter. Cat dealers use a worldwide computer network to find in-stock parts to minimize machine downtime. Caterpillar offers a line of genuine remanufactured components to help lower repair costs.

Standard Equipment

Air Cleaner, radial seal, with visual indicator
Alternator, 90-amp
Antifreeze, extended life, -35°C (-31° F)
Battery, 12-volt
Bucket level indicator
Cab, ROPS, sound suppressed, pressurized includes:
  • Digital service hour meter
  • Gauges, Fuel Level and hydraulic oil temperature
  • Ground level door releases
  • Heater/Defroster with 11 vents
  • Lockable toolbox
  • Power sockets, auxiliary
  • Radio antenna
  • Right armrest
  • Seatbelt, retractable
  • Warning indicators, for major systems
  • Wet wiper, front and rear
  • Wiring for radio and rotary beacon
Closed circuit breather
Engine hood and side doors, lockable
Front limited slip differential
Hitch, recovery
Hydraulic oil level site gauge
Proportional auxiliary hydraulic circuit
QuickLock Hydraulic Coupler
Remote jump start terminal
Scheduled Oil Sampling, S.O.S ports

Optional Equipment

Air conditioning
Alternator, 90-amp
Antifreeze, -50°C (-58°F)
Battery, 12-volt, heavy duty
Cab, comfort, including:
  • Fabric suspension seat
  • Sliding window, left hand side
  • Tilt steering wheel and turning ball
Canopy, ROPS, standard
Creeper control
Custom Color
Eco-drain valves, fuel and hydraulic
Engine block heater, electric
Mud flaps, front
No front fenders
Proportional Auxiliary Hydraulic Circuit - joystick mounted
Return to dig
Reverse alarm
Service instructions
Tire options (see price list)
Warning beacon
Worklights, two front, two rear - cab mounted



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