C280-8 Generator Set (Medium Speed)

C280-8 (60 HZ) 1830-2660 kW Diesel Generator models offer customization and reduced fuel consumption- esnuring they fit your power needs.



Producing reliable power from 1830 to 2660 ekW at 60 Hz, our C280-8 diesel generator sets are made to meet your mission critical, continuous, standby and prime applications. We've designed each to ISO 8528-5 transient response requirements and to accept 100% rated load in one step. The generator set is certified for low fuel consumption.Caterpillar is leading the power generation marketplace with Power Solutions engineered to deliver unmatched flexibility, expandability,reliability, and cost-effectiveness.Electric Power

Cat Diesel Engine

  • Reliable, rugged, durable design
  • Field-proven in thousands of applications worldwide
  • Four-stroke-cycle diesel engine combines consistent performance and excellent fuel economy with minimum weight


  • Matched to the performance and output characteristics of Cat engines
  • Industry leading mechanical and electrical design
  • Industry leading motor starting capabilities
  • High Efficiency

World Wide Product Support

  • Cat dealers provide extensive post-sale support including maintenance and repair agreements.
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Full Range of Attachments

  • Wide range of bolt-on system expansion attachments, factory designed and tested Flexible packaging options for easy and cost effective installation

  • Standard Equipment
  • Optional Equipment
  • Specs
  • Docs

Standard Equipment

  • Air Inlet System
    • Aftercooler, fresh water, corrosion resistant coated (air side)
    • Breather, crankcase, top-mounted
    • Turbocharger, watercooled (720 rpm and HFO), engine oil lubricated
    • Air inlet shutoff
  • Cooling System
    • Engine coolant water drains
    • Jacket water thermostats
    • Water temperature regulator
  • Exhaust System
    • Includes adapter, flexible exhaust fitting
    • 457 mm (18 in) Cat bolt pattern
    • Dry, gas tight, exhaust manifold
  • Fuel System
    • Simplex or duplex
  • Generator System
    • Custom generator per generator data sheet completed by dealer
  • Governor System
    • UG Actuator
  • Lube System
    • Oil filler and dipstick
    • Crankcase explosion relief valves
    • Oil pressure regulating valve
    • Service side engine mounted on cylinder block inspection covers
    • Wet oil sump. Includes engine-driven main lubrication and oil pumps, oil lines and oil pan
    • Centrifugal oil filters with single shutoff
  • Mounting System
    • Engine and generator mounting
    • Damper, torsional vibration
  • Starting / Charging System
    • Air silencer
    • Vane type air starter
    • One motor, engine mounted at rear, on left side
    • Line group for single point custom connection
  • General:
    • Paint, Caterpillar yellow
    • Gear driven pumps: Fuel/oil/jacket water/Aftercooler/Oil cooler water

Optional Equipment

  • Air Inlet System
    • Air cleaner louver assembly
    • Boost control valve
    • Soot filter
    • Vertical support bracket
    • Heavy duty air cleaner
    • Air inlet adapter
  • Cooling System
    • Heating aids
    • Auxiliary water pump
    • Cooling system aids
    • Expansion tank
  • Exhaust System
    • Weld flange and related hardware
    • Flexible exhaust fittings
  • Fuel System
    • Fuel priming pump
    • Fuel system connections
    • Duplex primary fuel strainer
  • Generator System
    • 3 Phase, six Leads, WYE
    • Class F insulation
    • Busbar connections
    • Winding temperature detectors
    • Anti-condensation space heaters
  • Governor System
    • Battery backup/power supply
    • EGB actuator
    • 2301 A load share
    • Electronic/actuators
    • Digital programmers
    • 723 Plus
  • Lube System
    • Oil pan drain valve
    • Lube ANSI adapter (Emergency connection)
  • Mounting System
    • Spring type vibration isolators
    • Isolator
    • Vertically restrained
    • Non-vertically restrained
  • Starting / Charging System
    • Pressure reducing valve
    • Compressed air flex hose
  • General:
    • Custom paint colors



Long Name:
C280-8 Generator Set (Medium Speed)

Generator Set Specifications

Maximum Rating
2660 ekW
Minimum Rating
1830 ekW
Emissions/Fuel Strategy
IMO - Tier 2
60 Hz
720 & 900 rpm
Duty Cycle
Standby, Prime, Continuous

Engine Specifications

Engine Model
3608 I-8,4-Stroke Water-Cooled Diesel
11 in / 280 mm
11.8 in / 300 mm
9064 in³ / 148 l
Compression Ratio
Fuel System
Direct unit injection
Governor Type
Generator Set Monitoring System (GMS)

Generator Set Dimensions

Length - Maximum
404 in / 10261.7 mm
Width - Maximum
99.62 in / 2530.3 mm
Height - Maximum
156.6 in / 3977.7 mm
Dry Weight - Genset (maximum)
91050 lb / 41390 kg