966M Wheel Loader | Front Loader | Tier 4
966M Wheel Loader | Front Loader | Tier 4
966M Wheel Loader | Front Loader | Tier 4
966M Wheel Loader | Front Loader | Tier 4

The Cat® 966M Wheel Loader offers significant fuel savings while lowering long-term costs. This machine meets emission standards and is designed to improve fuel economy without interrupting performance. The reliability, durability, and versatility results in a machine that is better built to meet your needs.

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Net Power - ISO 9249 276 HP
Emissions Tier 4/Stage IV
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - SAE J1349 276 HP
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - SAE J1995 - Metric 315 HP
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - SAE J1349 - Metric 280 HP
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - SAE J1995 1179 ft·lbf
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 14396 - Metric 311 HP
Displacement 568 in³
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 14396 307 HP
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - ISO 14396 1166 ft·lbf
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - SAE J1995 311 HP
Engine Model Cat C9.3
Maximum Net Torque - 1,000 rpm 1126 ft·lbf
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - ISO 9249 - Metric 280 HP
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - ISO 9249 276 HP
Note The air conditioning system on this machine contains the fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerant R134a (Global Warming Potential = 1430). The system contains 1.6 kg of refrigerant which has a CO2 equivalent of 2.288 metric tonnes.
Operating Weight 51176 lb
Note Weight based on a machine configuration with Michelin 26.5R25 XHA2 L3 radial tires, full fluids, operator, standard counterweight, cold start, roading fenders, Product Link™, manual diff lock/open axles (front/rear), power train guard, secondary steering, sound suppression and a 4.2 m³ (5.5 yd³) general purpose bucket with BOCE.
Bucket Capacities 3.20-7.40 m³ (4.19-9.68 yd³)
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - With Tire Deflection 32329 lb
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - No Tire Deflection 34873 lb
Breakout Force 38984 lbf
Note (2) Full compliance to ISO 143971:2007 Sections 1 thru 6, which requires 2% verification between calculations and testing.
Note (1) For a machine configuration as defined under "Weight."
Forward - 1 4 mile/h
Forward - 3 14.6 mile/h
Reverse - 2 8.9 mile/h
Forward - 4 24.5 mile/h
Reverse - 4 24.5 mile/h
Forward - 2 8.1 mile/h
Reverse - 3 16.1 mile/h
Reverse - 1 4.4 mile/h
Note Maximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L3 tires with 826 mm (32.5 in) roll radius.
Implement System - Maximum Operating Pressure 4496 psi
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Total 10.1 s
Implement System - Maximum Pump Output at 2,200 rpm 95 gal/min
Implement Pump Type Variable Displacement Piston
Fuel Tank 79.8 gal (US)
Differential - Final Drives - Front 15.1 gal (US)
Crankcase 6.5 gal (US)
Transmission 14.3 gal (US)
Differential - Final Drives - Rear 15.1 gal (US)
Hydraulic Tank 33 gal (US)
DEF Tank 4.4 gal (US)
Cooling System 18.9 gal (US)
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008) 70 dB(A)
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Pressure Level (SAE J88:2013) 76 dB(A)*
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008) 109 dB(A)
With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)** 69 dB(A)
Note (3) ***European Union Directive 2000/14/EC as amended by 2005/88/EC.
With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008)** 108 LWA***
Note (1) *Distance of 15 m (49.2 ft), moving forward in second gear ratio.
Note (2) **For machines in European Union countries and in countries that adopt the EU Directives.
Tread Width 7.33 ft
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 15.75 ft
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.58 ft
Ground Clearance 1.42 ft
Overall Length - Without Bucket 26.58 ft
Height - Top of ROPS 11.75 ft
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 13.58 ft
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.17 ft
Rack Back at Ground 39 degrees
Height - Top of Hood 9.25 ft
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.83 ft
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.58 ft
Maximum Width over Tires 9.83 ft
Wheel Base 11.67 ft
Rack Back - Maximum Lift 71 degrees
Rack Back - Carry Height 49 degrees
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 13.92 ft
Ground Clearance 1.42 ft
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.83 ft
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 11.92 ft
Height - Top of ROPS 11.75 ft
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.58 ft
Rack Back - Maximum Lift 62 degrees
Wheel Base 11.67 ft
Tread Width 7.33 ft
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.08 ft
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 7.17 ft
Overall Length - Without Bucket 23.92 ft
Height - Top of Hood 9.25 ft
Maximum Width over Tires 9.83 ft
Rack Back at Ground 42 degrees
Rack Back - Carry Height 50 degrees
Bucket Range 3.20-7.40 m³ (4.19-9.68 yd³)
Emissions Tier 4/Stage IV

  • Cat C9.3 engine offers increased power density with a combination of proven electronic fuel and air systems.
  • Equipped with automatic Cat regeneration system, Cat clean emissions module (CEM) with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank and pump (Tier 4 Final, Stage IV, and Stage V only).
  • Features an electric fuel priming pump and a fuel/water separator.
  • Thorough component design and machine validation processes result in unmatched reliability and uptime.

  • Heavy-duty transmission and axles handle extreme applications.
  • Automatic planetary powershift (4F/4R) transmission features durable, long-lasting components.
  • Full-flow hydraulic filtration system with additional loop filtration improves hydraulic system strength and component life.
  • Full hydraulic enclosed wet-disc with Integrated Braking System (IBS) and brake wear indicators add valued safety on the job.

  • Increased engine power resulting in improved machine performance and response.
  • Lock-up clutch transmission, matching the engine power to increase fuel efficiency while delivering optimal performance.
  • Z-bar linkage provides high breakout force at ground level.
  • Easy-to-load performance series buckets improve material retention and reduce dig times, significantly improving productivity and fuel efficiency.
  • Manual/automatic differential locks increase traction and reduce tire scuffing compared to other traction aids, reducing your operating costs.
  • Optional aggregate handler configuration offers higher payload capability for loose aggregate handling.*
  • Automatic idle engine shutdown system significantly reduces idle time, overall operating hours, and fuel consumption.

    * Optional configurations and equipment may vary from region to region and requires conformance to Caterpillar payload policy. Consult your dealer or Caterpillar representative for details.

  • Deep system integration results in lower fuel consumption.
  • Significantly more fuel efficient than both the H and K Series loaders.
  • Power dense engine burns less fuel by providing power and torque when needed.
  • Standard productive economy mode delivers more fuel savings with minimal productivity impact.
  • New split-flow oil system uses multi-viscosity oil to improve fuel economy.

  • The next generation easily adjustable seat with updated styling and a revolutionary suspension system. It comes in three trim levels and can be equipped with a 4-point harness.
  • Sound-suppression, seals, and damping cab mounts decrease noise and vibration for a quieter work environment.
  • The seat-mounted electro-hydraulic joystick steering system provides precision control and dramatically reduces arm fatigue, resulting in excellent comfort and accuracy.
  • Electrohydraulic (EH) controls, parking brake, and Single Axis Lever (SAL) lift and tilt function allow for better handling and control management.
  • Smart ergonomic controls are easy to use, intuitive, anduser-friendly.
  • Touchscreen multi-function color display keeps operators focused.
  • The next generation of ride control works as a shock absorber, improving ride quality over rough terrain.
  • Inclined steps and convenient grab handles ease accessibility to the operating space.
  • Extended windows enhance visibility while convex and spot mirrors extend the driver’s view on the sides and rear.

  • Cab access with wide door, optional remote door opening,and stair-like steps add solid stability.
  • Floor-to-ceiling windshield, large mirrors with integrated spot mirrors, and rear-vision camera provide industry leading all-around visibility.
  • Computerized monitoring system includes several warning indicators.
  • Rear vision camera enhances visibility behind the machine, helping you work safely and confidently.
  • Optional rear object detection radar system warns you of an object in critical zone while going in reverse, enhancing job site safety.

  • Extended service intervals including -
  1. Engine oil and engine oil filter change interval up to 1000 hours (Tier 4 Final, Stage IV, and Stage V only)
  2. Hydraulic filter change interval up to 1000 hours
  3. Transmission oil change interval up to 2000 hours
  • One-piece tilting hood makes cab access fast and easy.
  • Electrical service centers enhance convenience and accessibility.
  • Access to fuel fill and daily maintenance points means less servicing time is required.
  • Optional integrated Cat autolube system provides full lube system monitoring and diagnostic test visibility.
  • Remote flash support.
  • Longer tire life with on-the-go traction aids.

  • Developed to monitor, manage, and enhance your job site operations.
  • Payload provides accurate weighing* of the materials you are loading and hauling. Payload data is displayed in real-time to improve productivity and reduce overloading.
  • Detect enhances awareness of the environment around working equipment and provides alerts to help keep people and assets safe on the job site.
  • Link wirelessly connects you to your equipment, giving you access to essential information you need to know to run your business. Gain valuable insight into how your machine or fleet is performing allowing you to make timely, fact-based decisions that can boost job site efficiency and productivity.
  • Optional Advanced Productivity subscription provides comprehensive actionable information to help you manage and improve the productivity and profitability of your operations.

    * Not legal for trade.

INDUSTRIAL & WASTE

  • Engineered for work in Transfer Stations, Recycling Depots, Scrap Yards and Demolition Sites.
  • Factory installed guarding improves uptime; guards protect axle seals, steering cylinders, crankcase, front frame, powertrain, tilt cylinders, lower cab and rear box. Package includes reinforced service centers, heavy duty cable steps, lift cylinder baffles, narrow front fenders, and steel rear fender deflectors.
  • Factory installed options available are solid tires, rear machine guard, rubber mounted cab glass, engine precleaner, powered and filtered cab precleaner and variable pitch cooling fan.
  • Cat Waste Buckets available separately are Load & Carry, Tamp & Clamp, Dozing, and Grapple can be fitted with steel or rubber cutting edge.
FORESTRY
  • Designed for efficiency and productivity log and chip handling in paper, pellet and saw mills.
  • 966M XE Forest Machine includes logger counterweight to maintain stability carrying heavy loads, logger lift arm and tilt lever with larger tilt cylinders increase machine capacity 19% over base model and logger implement valve.
  • Factory options available are Fusion or VCE quick coupler, 3rd or 4th function hydraulics to operate top or high dump bucket, front windshield guard, variable pitch fan, high debris cooler cores, engine precleaner, axle oil coolers and premium LED lighting package.
  • Work Tools available separately are Sorting Grapple, Millyard, Logging, Pole and Log & Lumber Forks and Light Material High Dump and Chip Buckets.
CORROSION RESISTANCE
  • Designed for corrosive environments such as fertilizer plants, chemical industries, agriculture, salt water ports and others.
  • Factory protection of all machine components that can be affected by corrosive materials.
  • Treatment includes E-Coat cooler cores, additional coating on main hydraulic valve, heat treated shrink sealant on hydraulic hoses, fittings and electrical wiring, all hinges greased, Zerust® vapor enclosure for electronic components, extra heavy duty alternator, turbine engine precleaner and varnish protection on engine compartment, internal chassis and all non-painted metallic parts.