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Caterpillar offers customized versions of the 988H wheel loader for efficient and reliable production in special applications”handling large blocks of stone in quarries, handling logs in millyards, and handling slag in steel mills. The versatile 988H wheel loader, with 501 net horsepower (373 kW) and about 110,000 pounds (50 000 kg) operating weight, provides the platform and the power for these special arrangements.The 988H Block Handler Arrangement includes a special application linkage, larger tilt and lift cylinders, additional counterweight and modified third valve hydraulics for quick coupler operation. The high rimpull transmission, lock-up clutch torque converter and engine brake combine for enhanced productivity in steep slope applications. Special work tools are designed to work with the robust quick coupler. They include a breaker tine, block forks, a clearing rake, a rock bucket, a marble bucket and a heavy-duty block bucket.