Medium Wheel Loaders 966M XE

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Key Specs

Net Power - ISO 9249
298 HP
222 kW
Operating Weight
51176 lb
23220 kg
Bucket Capacities
3.20-7.40 m³ (4.19-9.68 yd³)
3.20-7.40 m³ (4.19-9.68 yd³)

Overview

SEAMLESS PERFORMANCE MATCHED WITH SUPERIOR FUEL EFFICIENCY

The Cat® 966M XE Wheel Loader is the class leader in fuel efficiency and offers significantly lower 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.

Benefits

Up To 35% More fuel efficient

Deep system integration of the Cat continuously variable transmission, engine system, hydraulic system, transmission and cooling system results in significantly increased performance and fuel efficiency.

Up To 30% More productive

Continuously variable transmission delivers smooth shifts, fast acceleration, and speed on grade. Machine is equipped with easy to load buckets and a PAYLOAD system.

Up To 15% Lower maintenance costs

Extended service intervals save you time, money, and energy. Access to maintenance points is fast and easy.

Product Specifications for 966M XE

Net Power - ISO 9249 298 HP 222 kW
Emissions Tier 4/Stage IV Tier 4/Stage IV
Maximum Net Power - 1,600 rpm - ISO 9249 298 HP 222 kW
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - SAE J1995 1275 ft·lbf 1728 N·m
Maximum Net Power - 1,600 rpm - SAE J1349 - Metric 302 HP 222 kW
Maximum Net Power - 1,600 rpm - ISO 9249 - Metric 302 HP 222 kW
Maximum Net Power - 1,600 rpm - SAE J1349 298 HP 222 kW
Engine Model Cat C9.3 Cat C9.3
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - ISO 14396 1260 ft·lbf 1708 N·m
Maximum Net Torque - 1,200 rpm 1193 ft·lbf 1618 N·m
Displacement 568 in³ 9.3 l
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. 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 23220 kg
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. 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) 3.20-7.40 m³ (4.19-9.68 yd³)
Cooling System 19 gal (US) 71.6 l
Crankcase 6.5 gal (US) 24.5 l
Hydraulic Tank 33 gal (US) 125 l
Differential - Final Drives - Front 15.1 gal (US) 57 l
Differential - Final Drives - Rear 15.1 gal (US) 57 l
Transmission 16.6 gal (US) 63 l
Fuel Tank 79.8 gal (US) 302 l
DEF Tank 4.4 gal (US) 16.8 l
With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)** 67 dB(A) 67 dB(A)
Note (1) *Distance of 15 m (49.2 ft), moving forward in second gear ratio. *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. **For machines in European Union countries and in countries that adopt the EU Directives.
With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008)** 105 LWA*** 105 LWA***
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008) 67 dB(A) 67 dB(A)
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Pressure Level (SAE J88:2013) 76 dB(A)* 76 dB(A)*
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008) 107 dB(A) 107 dB(A)
Note (3) ***European Union Directive 2000/14/EC as amended by 2005/88/EC. ***European Union Directive 2000/14/EC as amended by 2005/88/EC.
Forward - 1 4.1 mile/h 6.7 km/h
Forward - 4 24.5 mile/h 39.5 km/h
Forward - 3 13.5 mile/h 22.1 km/h
Forward - 2 7.7 mile/h 12.6 km/h
Reverse - 1 4.1 mile/h 6.7 km/h
Reverse - 2 7.7 mile/h 12.6 km/h
Reverse - 3 17.1 mile/h 28 km/h
Note Maximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L3 tires with 826 mm (32.5 in) roll radius. Maximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L3 tires with 826 mm (32.5 in) roll radius.
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - With Tire Deflection 32329 lb 14668 kg
Breakout Force 38984 lbf 173 kN
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - No Tire Deflection 34873 lb 15822 kg
Note (2) Full compliance to ISO 143971:2007 Sections 1 thru 6, which requires 2% verification between calculations and testing. 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." For a machine configuration as defined under "Weight."
Implement System - Maximum Operating Pressure 4496 psi 31000 kPa
Implement System - Maximum Pump Output at 1,600 rpm 102 gal/min 385 l/min
Implement Pump Type Variable Displacement Piston Variable Displacement Piston
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Total 10.1 s 10.1 s
Rack Back - Carry Height 49 degrees 49 degrees
Rack Back at Ground 39 degrees 39 degrees
Height - Top of ROPS 11.75 ft 3587 mm
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 15.75 ft 4793 mm
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.83 ft 1775 mm
Height - Top of Hood 9.25 ft 2818 mm
Wheel Base 11.67 ft 3550 mm
Ground Clearance 1.42 ft 434 mm
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.17 ft 2500 mm
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 13.58 ft 4140 mm
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.58 ft 3522 mm
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.58 ft 778 mm
Tread Width 7.33 ft 2230 mm
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires. All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
Maximum Width over Tires 9.83 ft 3009 mm
Overall Length - Without Bucket 26.58 ft 8109 mm
Rack Back - Maximum Lift 71 degrees 71 degrees
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 7.17 ft 2180 mm
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires. All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
Tread Width 7.33 ft 2230 mm
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.83 ft 1775 mm
Rack Back - Carry Height 50 degrees 50 degrees
Rack Back - Maximum Lift 62 degrees 62 degrees
Rack Back at Ground 42 degrees 42 degrees
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.08 ft 630 mm
Overall Length - Without Bucket 23.92 ft 7289 mm
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.58 ft 3522 mm
Ground Clearance 1.42 ft 434 mm
Height - Top of ROPS 11.75 ft 3587 mm
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 11.92 ft 3643 mm
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 13.92 ft 4235 mm
Wheel Base 11.67 ft 3550 mm
Height - Top of Hood 9.25 ft 2818 mm
Maximum Width over Tires 9.83 ft 3009 mm
Bucket Capacities 3.20-7.40 m³ (4.19-9.68 yd³) 3.20-7.40 m³ (4.19-9.68 yd³)
Emissions Tier 4/Stage IV Tier 4/Stage IV

966M XE Standard Equipment

NOTE

  • Standard and optional equipment may vary. Consult your Cat dealer for details.

POWER TRAIN

  • Engine, Cat 9.3 meets Stage IV emission standards
  • Cat Clean Emissions Module (CEM) with Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank and pump
  • Fuel priming pump (electric)
  • Fuel/water separator
  • Precleaner, engine air intake
  • Cat continuously variable transmission
  • Axles, manually actuated differential lock front axle, open differential rear axle
  • Axles, ecology drains
  • Brakes, full hydraulic enclosed wet-disc with modulated neutralizer and integrated retarding
  • Brake wear indicators
  • Parking brake, disc and caliper
  • Right pedal lock, maximum rimpull control and machine speed limit in the cab
  • Fan, radiator, on demand

HYDRAULICS

  • Hydraulic system, load sensing
  • Steering, load sensing
  • Ride control, 2V
  • Remote diagnostic pressure taps
  • Hoses, Cat XT™
  • Couplings, Cat O-ring face seal
  • Hydraulic oil cooler (swing out)
  • Oil sampling valves

ELECTRICAL AND LIGHTING

  • Batteries (2), maintenance free 1,400 CCA
  • Ignition key; start/stop switch
  • Starter, electric, heavy duty
  • Starting and charging system (24V)
  • Lighting system: Four halogen work lights (cab mounted); Two halogen roading lights (with signals); Two halogen rear vision lights (hood mounted); Two rear LED position/stop/turn
  • Alarm, back up
  • Alternator, 145-amp brushed
  • Main disconnnect switch
  • Emergency engine shutdown switch
  • Receptable start (cables not included)
  • Secondary steering
  • Speed limiter, adjustable

OPERATOR ENVIRONMENT

  • Cab, pressurized and sound suppressed (ROPS/FOPS)
  • Viscous mounts
  • Multi-function 18 cm color touchscreen display for rear vision camera, clock and machine parameters
  • EH controls, SAL (single axis lever) lift and tilt function
  • Steering, EH joystick, speed sensing with force feedback
  • Radio ready (entertainment) includes antenna, speakrs and converter (12V, 10-amp)
  • Air conditioner, heater, and defroster (auto temp and fan)
  • EH parking brake
  • Beverage holders (2) with storage compartment for cell phone/MP3 player
  • Bucket/work tool function lockout
  • Coat hook (2)
  • Cab air filter
  • Ergonomic cab access ladders and handrails
  • Horn, electric
  • Light, two dome (cab)
  • Mirrors, rearview external with integrated spot mirrors
  • Post mounted membrane 16 switch keypad
  • 2 receptables, 12V
  • Seat, Cat Comfort (cloth) air suspension
  • Seat belt, 51 mm retractable, with indicator
  • Sun visor, front
  • Wet-arm wipers/washer front and rear, intermittent front wiper
  • Window, sliding (left and right sides)
  • Cab tie-off

COMPUTERIZED MONITORING SYSTEM

  • With following gauges: Speedometer/tachometer; Digital gear range indicator; Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) level; Temperature: engine coolant, hydraulic oil, transmission oil; Fuel level
  • With following warning indicators: Regeneration; Temperature: axle oil, engine intake manifold; Pressure: engine oil, fuel pressure hi/low, primary steering oil, service brake oil; Battery voltage hi/low; Engine air filter restriction; Hydraulic oil filter restriction; Hydraulic oil low; Parking brake; DEF low level; Transmission filter bypass

CAT CONNECT TECHNOLOGIES

  • Link technologies: Product Link
  • Detect technologies: rear vision camera

LINKAGE

  • Linkage, Z-bar, cast crosstube/tilt lever
  • Kickout, lift and tilt, automatic

FLUIDS

  • Premixed extended life coolant with freeze protection to -34° C

OTHER STANDARD EQUIPMENT

  • Hood, non-metallic power tilting
  • Service centers (electrical and hydraulic)
  • Platform, window washing
  • Auto idle shutdown
  • Fenders, steel front with mud-flap/rear with extension
  • Ecology drains for engine, transmission, and hydraulics
  • Ether aid ready
  • Grill, airborne debris
  • Filters: fuel, engine air, engine oil, hydraulic oil, transmission
  • Fuel cooler
  • Grease zerks
  • Hitch, drawbar with pin
  • Precleaner rain cap
  • Sight gauges: engine coolant, hydraulic oil, and transmissin oil level
  • Toolbox
  • Vandlism protection caplocks

966M XE Optional Equipment

NOTE

  • Standard and optional equipment may vary. Consult your Cat dealer for details.

POWER TRAIN

  • Axles - Automatic front/rear differential locks; Axle oil cooler; Extreme temperature seals; Seal guards
  • Fan, VPF (variable pitch fan), automatic and manual control
  • Radiator, high debris with wider fin spacing

HYDRAULICS

  • 3rd function with Ride Control
  • 4th function with Ride Control

ELECTRICAL AND LIGHTING

  • Four additional halogen cab mounted work lights or;
  • Two additional auxiliary front HI LED and two additional auxiliary rear LED cab mounted work lights, two LED work lights in the radiator grill, LED front turn signals, replacement of the standard four halogen cab mounted work lights with four LED work lights, LED roading lights
  • Speed limiter - 20 km/h
  • External seat belt indicator light
  • Reversing strobes

OPERATOR ENVIRONMENT

  • Door, remote opening system
  • Cover, HVAC metallic
  • EH controls, SAL 3rd function - Additional roller switch for 4th function
  • EH controls, joystick lift and tilt - Additional integrated roller switches for 3rd and 4th functions
  • Filter, carbon fresh air
  • Mirrors, heated rearview external with integrated spot mirrors
  • Precleaner, HVAC
  • Precleaner, HVAC (RESPA)
  • Radio, AM/FM/CD/USB/MP3 Bluetooth™
  • Seat, heated, air suspension
  • Seat belt, 4 point harness, with indicator
  • Seat, deluxe with leather inserts and headrest, heated and ventilated, air-suspended, adjustable lumbar support
  • Roof, metallic
  • Sun visor, rear
  • Windows, rubber mounted
  • Windows, with front guard
  • Windows, with heavy duty front guard
  • Windows, with full guards front, rear and sides
  • Cat seat cover, removable

CAT CONNECT TECHNOLOGIES

  • Link technologies: VIMS™
  • Payload technologies: Cat Production Measurement 2.0 (CPM); Printer, Cat Production Measurement; Aggregate Autodig
  • Advanced Productivity subscription
  • Detect technologies: Cat Rear Object Detection
  • Machine Security System

LINKAGE

  • High lift
  • Forestry
  • Quick coupler ready

FLUIDS

  • Premixed extended life coolant with freeze protection to -50° C
  • Bio-degradable oil, Cat HYDO™

STARTERS, BATTERIES, AND ALTERNATORS

  • Cold start - 240V

WORK TOOLS

  • Performance Series buckets
  • Fusion quick coupler
  • Forks, pallet
  • Forks, logging

OTHER OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT

  • Cat Autolube System
  • Fenders, roading
  • Guard, power train
  • Guard, rear radiator grill
  • Oil change, high speed engine
  • Precleaner, turbine
  • Precleaner, trash
  • Wheel clocks

OPTIONAL APPLICATION SPECIFIC CONFIGURATIONS

  • Aggregate Handler
  • Industrial and Waste Handler
  • Forestry
  • Corrosion Resistance

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