Medium Wheel Loaders 966

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Key Specs

Engine Power @ 1,600 rpm - ISO 14396:2002
321 HP
239 kW
Operating Weight
51124 lb
23196 kg
Bucket Range
2.8-11.9 m³ 3.75-15.5 yd³
2.8-11.9 m³ 3.75-15.5 yd³


Premium Performance with Standard Technology for Efficient Operation

The Cat® 966 Wheel Loader brings premium performance with simple-to-use technologies as a standard offering, boosting operator efficiencies and delivering increased productivity. Extended service intervals lower maintenance costs. Improved performance, reliability, durability, and versatility result in a machine that is better built to meet your needs.r


Up To 20% Lower Maintenance Costs

With extended and more synchronized maintenance intervals, this machine is built to be rebuilt and to get more done at a lower cost compared to previous Cat models.

Smart Machine for Efficient Operation

Broadest range of technologies, plus new operator assist features, work together seamlessly to help you boost your productivity.

Up To 10% More Productivity

Get more done, achieve consistent high bucket fill factors resulting in increased productivity.

Product Specifications for 966

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Air Conditioning System

Operating Specifications

Service Refill Capacities

Hydraulic System


Dimensions - High Lift

Dimensions - Standard Lift

Bucket Capacities

966 Standard Equipment

Operator Environment

  • Cab, pressurized, sound suppression
  • EH implement controls, parking brake
  • Steering, joystick
  • Seat, cloth, air suspension
  • Touchscreen display
  • Visibility: mirrors, rear-vision camera
  • Air conditioner, heater, defroster (auto temp, fan)
  • Sun visor, front, retractable
  • Sun visor, rear, retractable
  • Window cleaning platform, front
  • Window, front, laminated


  • Cat Payload scale
  • Autodig with Auto Set Tires
  • Operator ID & machine security
  • Application Profiles
  • Job Aids
  • Controls Help and eOMM


  • Cat C9.3B engine
  • Electric fuel priming pump
  • Fuel-water separator and secondary fuel filter
  • Engine, air precleaner
  • Axles, front differential lock
  • Transmission, planetary, automatic powershift
  • Torque converter with lock-up
  • Service brakes, hydraulic, fully enclosed wet disc, wear indicators
  • Integrated Braking System (IBS)
  • Park brake, caliper on front axles, spring applied-pressure released


  • Implement system, load sensing with variable displacement piston pump
  • Steering system, load sensing with dedicated variable displacement piston pump
  • Ride control, dual accumulators
  • Oil sampling valves, Cat XT™ hoses


  • Starting and charging system, 24V
  • Starter, electric, heavy duty
  • Lights: halogen, 4 work lights, 2 front roading lights with turn signals, 2 rearvision lights


  • Front dash with analog gauges, LCD display, and warning lights
  • Primary touchscreen monitor (Cat Payload, quad screens, machine settings & messages)


  • Standard lift, Z-bar
  • Kickouts: lift and tilt

966 Optional Equipment

Operator Environment

  • Door, remote opening system
  • HMU steering wheel
  • Entertainment radio (FM, AM, USB, BT)
  • Entertainment radio (DAB+)
  • CB radio ready
  • Seat, suede/cloth, air suspension, heated
  • Seat, leather/cloth, air suspension, heated/ cooled
  • Multiview (360�) vision system
  • Cat Detect rear radar system
  • Dedicated rearview screen
  • Mirrors, heated
  • Full cab window guard


  • Cat Advanced Payload
  • Cat Payload Printer


  • Turbine, air precleaner
  • Radiator, high debris
  • Cooling fan, reversible
  • Axles, auto differential locks front and rear
  • Axles, ecology drains, AOC ready, extreme temperature seals
  • Axles, oil cooler


  • 3rd and 4th auxiliary functions with ride control
  • Quick coupler control


  • Cold start, 120V or 240V
  • Lights: LED
  • Warning beacon


  • Reversing strobe lights


  • High lift, Z-bar


  • Cat Autolube system
  • Fenders, extensions or roading
  • Guards: power train, crankcase, cab, cylinders, rear
  • Biodegradable hydraulic oil
  • High-speed oil change system
  • Rear cab access
  • Toolbox
  • Wheel chocks
  • Secondary steering system, electrical


  • Aggregate handler
  • Waste and industrial
  • Forestry
  • Tunnelling
  • Corrosion resistant

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