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Caterpillar 982M Wheel Loader

Maker:  Diecast Masters
Model No:  85292
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  July 2017

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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 9
Detail   (max 30) 22
Features   (max 20) 14
Quality   (max 25) 18
Price   (max 15) 10
Overall   (max 100) 73%


Caterpillar 982M Wheel Loader Video  [Youku video]
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Caterpillar branded tin.
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Looks good.
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Nice tyres.
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Operator in the cab.
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Fairly simple underneath.
Decent bucket height.
Easily loads a European tipper.
On the road.
It is a good load.

The Caterpillar 982M is a mid sized wheel loader.  It weighs around 36 tonnes.


The model comes in exemplary packaging.  There is an outer shipping carton which contains a tin which is protected by expanded polystyrene trays.  The tin is high quality and includes pictures and details about the real machine.

The review model had no missing parts or defects.

A mini catalogue of the Diecast Masters range is included in the tin.  There is no information about the model.


The underside has limited detailing with the transmission modelled. The tyres have a good tread pattern and they are mounted on plastic wheels with a detailed outside face and hollow inner faces.

At the rear the radiator grille is plastic as are the handrails around the cab which are soft.  The rear side grilles are formed by graphics and without any texture they are flat-looking.  The exhaust stack is plastic without a hole.

The cab is detailed including a beacon light and silvered mirrors.  There is an operator in the cab. 

Detail at the pivot point includes the steering rams and transmission, and there are some small graphics which add to the appearance.  However, there are no hydraulic hoses visible.   At the front there are lights mounted on plastic stalks.

The hydraulic rams have pistons which have over-large hooked connectors.

The loader arms are simple and the connection rivets are painted.

The bucket is a reasonable metal casting.


It rolls very smoothly but there is no oscillation of the rear axle.

Steering across the pivot point achieves a reasonable angle.

The bucket has no meaningful cut angle with a moderate carry angle.   The lift height is reasonable as is the tipping angle.


It is a reasonable quality model.

The paintwork is very good and the few graphics are sharp.


It is moderately priced.


This model is a reasonable implementation.  However it is to some extent reflecting the end of the Tonkin era of Caterpillar models rather than the newer Diecast Masters models.


The model first appeared in 2016. 

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Simple bucket.
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Handrails are plastic.
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Graphics at the pivot point.
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Side grilles are graphics.
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Reasonable bucket detail at the rear.