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Caterpillar 941/941B Crawler Loader

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Caterpillar Crawler Loaders

The Caterpillar 941 crawler loader was introduced in 1968 in the USA and Japan. Production began in France a year later.

[edit] Features

The 941 has a D330 four-cylinder engine producing 70 flywheel horsepower (FWHP). It comes standard with electric start, optional pedal steer, and a 60-inch (152 cm) track gauge.

The 941 was manufactured in the USA, with a 80H serial number prefix; in Japan, with a 75H prefix; and in France, with a 70H prefix.

The Japanese unit has a direct drive transmission. The American and French units both have powershift transmission.

[edit] Modifications

In 1971 Caterpillar added a sealed loader linkage, beginning with 70H02089 and 80H02715.

Production of 941 ended in the USA and Japan in 1971; it was replaced by the 941B. American 941B production began in 1971, continuing the 80H prefix.

In 1971 and 1972 Cat added hydraulic track adjusters, an automatic bucket position standard, and increased horsepower to 80 FWHP, beginning with 70H02238 and 80H03040.

In 1972 a rollover protection system was added, beginning with 80H03884.

Japanese 941B production began in 1973, with a 16U prefix. The new Japanese unit has powershift transmission and produces 80 FWHP.

In 1973 and 1974 a sleeve metering fuel system was added, beginning with 70H04094, 16U00296, and 80H04676.

Between 1974 and 1978 Cat added a sealed and lubricated track (SALT), beginning with 70H04414, 16U00423, and 80H06306.

In 1977 an interim scroll fuel system and rollover protection system adaptability was added to the Japanese unit, beginning with 16U00403.

Production of 941 ended in France in 1981.

Production of 941B ended in Japan in 1979, and in the USA in 1980.

Based on data from the sales database of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, it is estimated that more than 16,500 Caterpillar 941/941B crawler loaders have been produced.

Highest Serial #
France
70H 05954
Japan
16U 00441
75H 00549
USA
80H 09633
Total = 16,577