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Overview

The new 966L Wheel Loader, with the 2017 product update, applies proven technologies systematically and strategically to meet your high expectations for reliability, productivity, fuel efficiency, and long service life. Meets China Nonroad Stage III emission standards and U.S. EPA Tier 3/EU Stage IIIA equivalent emission standards.

Engine

Units:
Displacement 568.0 in³ 9.3 l Less
Engine Model Cat C9.3 ACERT Cat C9.3 ACERT Less
Maximum Gross Power - 1,700 rpm - ISO 14396 - Metric 309.0 HP 227.0 kW Less
Net Power - ISO 9249 281.0 HP 207.0 kW Less
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - ISO 9249 - Metric 281.0 HP 207.0 kW Less
Maximum Net Torque - 1,000 rpm 1112.0 lb/ft 1507.0 N·m Less
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - ISO 14396 1166.0 lb/ft 1581.0 N·m Less

Service Refill Capacities

Cooling System 18.9 gal (US) 71.6 l Less
Crankcase 6.5 gal (US) 24.5 l Less
Transmission 15.5 gal (US) 58.5 l Less
Hydraulic Tank 33.0 gal (US) 125.0 l Less
Differential - Final Drives - Front 15.1 gal (US) 57.0 l Less
Differential - Final Drives - Rear 15.1 gal (US) 57.0 l Less
Fuel Tank 80.0 gal (US) 303.0 l Less

Sound

Note (1) *Distance of 15 m, moving forward in second gear ratio. *Distance of 15 m, moving forward in second gear ratio. Less
With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)** 69.0 dB(A) 69.0 dB(A) Less
Note (2) **For machines in countries that adopt the ?EU Directives.? **For machines in countries that adopt the ?EU Directives.? Less
With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008)** 108 LWA*** 108 LWA*** Less
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008) 72.0 dB(A) 72.0 dB(A) Less
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.? Less
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008) 109.0 dB(A) 109.0 dB(A) Less
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Pressure Level (SAE J88:2013) 76 dB(A)* 76 dB(A)* Less

Weights

Operating Weight 51176.0 lb 23220.0 kg Less
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 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 general purpose bucket with BOCE. Less

Buckets

Bucket Capacities 3.20-7.40 m³ (4.19-9.68 yd³) 3.20-7.40 m³ (4.19-9.68 yd³) Less

Transmission

Forward - 1 4.0 mile/h 6.5 km/h Less
Forward - 2 8.1 mile/h 13.1 km/h Less
Forward - 3 14.6 mile/h 23.5 km/h Less
Forward - 4 24.5 mile/h 39.5 km/h Less
Reverse - 1 4.4 mile/h 7.1 km/h Less
Reverse - 2 8.9 mile/h 14.4 km/h Less
Reverse - 3 16.1 mile/h 25.9 km/h Less
Reverse - 4 24.5 mile/h 39.5 km/h Less
Note Maximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L3 tires with 826 mm roll radius. Maximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L3 tires with 826 mm roll radius. Less

Operating Specifications

Breakout Force 38984.0 lbf 173.0 kN Less
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - No Tire Deflection 34873.0 lb 15822.0 kg Less
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - With Tire Deflection 32377.0 lb 14686.0 kg Less
Note (1) For a machine configuration as defined under ?Weight.? For a machine configuration as defined under ?Weight.? Less
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. Less

Hydraulic System

Implement Pump Type Variable Displacement Piston Variable Displacement Piston Less
Implement System - Maximum Operating Pressure 4496.0 psi 31000.0 kPa Less
Implement System - Maximum Pump Output at 2,200 rpm 95.0 gal/min 360.0 l/min Less
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Total 10.1 s 10.1 s Less

Engine - Tier 3/Stage IIIA Equivalent

Emissions Tier 3/Stage IIIA Tier 3/Stage IIIA Less

Bucket Capacities

Bucket Range 3.20-7.40 m³ (4.19-9.68 yd³) 3.20-7.40 m³ (4.19-9.68 yd³) Less

Dimensions - High Lift

Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.17 ft 2500.0 mm Less
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.83 ft 1775.0 mm Less
Ground Clearance 1.42 ft 434.0 mm Less
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.58 ft 3522.0 mm Less
Height - Top of Hood 9.25 ft 2818.0 mm Less
Height - Top of ROPS 12.66 ft 3859.0 mm Less
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.58 ft 778.0 mm Less
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 15.75 ft 4793.0 mm Less
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 13.5 ft 4140.0 mm Less
Maximum Width over Tires 9.92 ft 3009.0 mm Less
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires. All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires. Less
Overall Length - Without Bucket 26.61 ft 8111.0 mm Less
Rack Back - Carry Height 49 degrees 49 degrees Less
Rack Back - Maximum Lift 71 degrees 71 degrees Less
Rack Back at Ground 39 degrees 39 degrees Less
Tread Width 7.33 ft 2230.0 mm Less
Wheel Base 11.67 ft 3550.0 mm Less

Dimensions - Standard Lift

Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 7.39 ft 2251.0 mm Less
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.83 ft 1775.0 mm Less
Ground Clearance 1.42 ft 434.0 mm Less
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.58 ft 3522.0 mm Less
Height - Top of Hood 9.25 ft 2818.0 mm Less
Height - Top of ROPS 12.66 ft 3859.0 mm Less
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.08 ft 630.0 mm Less
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 13.92 ft 4235.0 mm Less
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 11.92 ft 3643.0 mm Less
Maximum Width over Tires 9.92 ft 3009.0 mm Less
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires. All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires. Less
Overall Length - Without Bucket 24.15 ft 7362.0 mm Less
Rack Back - Carry Height 50 degrees 50 degrees Less
Rack Back - Maximum Lift 62 degrees 62 degrees Less
Rack Back at Ground 42 degrees 42 degrees Less
Tread Width 7.33 ft 2230.0 mm Less
Wheel Base 11.67 ft 3550.0 mm Less

Reliability

  • Cat® C9.3 ACERT™ engine offers increased power density.
  • Utilizing rigorous component design and machine validation processes results in unmatched reliability, durability and high uptime.

Durability

        
  • Heavy-duty powershift transmission and axles handle extreme applications.
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  • Improved hydraulic hose routing reduces potential hose wear.
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  • Full flow hydraulic filtration system with additional loop filtration improves hydraulic system robustness and component life.

Productivity

        
  • Engine power increased by approximately 10% improves machine performance and response (compared to H Series).
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  • Lock-up clutch torque converter, combined with lock-to-lock shifting, delivers smooth shifts, fast acceleration and speed on grade.
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  • High capacity torque converter results in greater digging efficiency.
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  • Z-bar linkage provides high breakout force at ground level.
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  • Optional high lift linkage offers increased hinge pin height to load more easily in a variety of applications.
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  • Easy-to-load Performance Series Buckets feature a wider mouth and curved side plates that improve material retention (fill factor) and decrease cycle times.
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  • Optional fully automatic traction control system (differential locks) improves performance in the pile and poor underfoot conditions.
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  • Optional Aggregate Handler configuration offers slightly higher payload capability for loose aggregate rehandling.*
*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.

Fuel Efficiency

        
  • Up to 15% lower fuel consumption than H Series.**
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  • Power dense ACERT engine burns less fuel by providing power and torque when needed.
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  • Performance Series Buckets feature a longer floor that easily digs through the pile resulting in lower fuel consumption.
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  • Load sensing hydraulics result in proportional flow for implement and steering on demand.
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  • Standard productive Economy Mode provides maximum fuel savings with minimal productivity impact.
**Actual results may vary based on factors such as, but not limited to, machine configuration, operator technique, machine application, climate, etc.

Ease of Operation

        
  • New best-in-class operator environment provides unmatched comfort, visibility, and efficiency.
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  • Intuitive, ergonomic controls keep operators focused on their work.
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  • Optional new ride control system with dual accumulators provides excellent ride quality and lowers cab vibrations.

Safety

        
  • Excellent cab access with wide door and stair-like steps.
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  • Floor to ceiling windshield, large mirrors with integrated spot mirrors and rear vision camera provide industry leading all-around visibility.
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  • Robust, repositioned grab bars provide safe access to the machine.

Serviceability

        
  • One-piece tilting hood with side and rear doors; hydraulic and electrical service centers make access fast and easy.
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  • Safe, ground level access to fuel fill and daily maintenance points means less servicing time is required.
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  • Optional, fully integrated Cat Autolube system provides full lube system monitoring and diagnostic test visibility.

Cat Connect Technology

        
  • Monitor, manage and enhance job site operations.
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  • Cat LINK Technologies: VisionLink® enables owners to access data wirelessly to monitor machine health, utilization and location.
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  • Cat DETECT Technologies: Integrated rear vision camera enhances visibility behind machine to help operators work safely. Optional Cat Rear Object Detection increases operator awareness of the working environment which enhances site safety.
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  • Cat PAYLOAD Technologies: Optional Cat Production Measurement 2.0 brings simple and accurate on-the-go payload scale allowing operators to deliver exact loads and work more efficiently. Advanced Productivity subscription provides comprehensive actionable information to help you manage and improve the productivity and profitability of your operations.

966L Standard Equipment

POWER TRAIN
  • Engine, Cat C9.3 ACERT - meets China Nonroad Stage III emission standards equivalent to Tier 3/Stage IIIA, or emissions equivalent to Tier 2/Stage II emissions standards
  • Fuel priming pump (electric)
  • Fuel/water separator
  • Precleaner, engine air intake
  • Productive Economy Mode
  • Transmission, automatic planetary power shift (4F/4R)
  • Torque converter, locking clutch with free wheel stator
  • Switch, transmission neutralizer lockout
  • Axles, open differential front and rear axles
  • Brakes, full hydraulic enclosed wet-disc with Integrated braking System (IBS)
  • Brake wear indicators
  • Parking brake, disc and caliper
  • Fan, radiator, electronically controlled, hydraulically driven, temperature sensing, on demand

OPERATOR ENVIRONMENT
  • Cab, pressurized and sound suppressed (ROPS/FOPS)
  • Viscous mounts
  • Rear vision camera within multi-function 18 cm color LCD touch-screen display (capability for displaying machine status, setting and health parameters)
  • EH controls, SAL (single axis lever) lift and tilt function
  • Steering, steering wheel
  • Radio ready (entertainment) includes antenna, speakers and converter (12V, 10-amp)
  • Air conditioner, heater, and defroster
  • EH parking brake
  • Beverage holders (2) with storage compartment for cell phone/MP3 player
  • Bucket/work tool function lockout
  • Coat hook
  • 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
  • Two receptacles, 12VSeat, Cat Comfort (cloth) air suspension
  • Seat belt, 51 mm retractable
  • Sun visor, front
  • Wet-arm wipers/washers front and rear, intermittent front wiper
  • Window, sliding (left and right sides)

COMPUTERIZED MONITORING SYSTEM
  • With following gauges: Speedometer/tachometer; Digital gear range indicator; Temperature: engine coolant, hydraulic oil, transmission oil; Fuel level
  • With following warning indicators: Temperature: axle oil, engien 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; Transmission filter bypass

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 rear vision lights (hood mounted)
  • Alarm, back-up
  • Alternator, 145-amp brushed
  • Main disconnect switch
  • Receptacle start (cables not included)

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 (adjustable in cab)

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

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

OTHER STANDARD EQUIPMENT
  • Toolbox
  • Hood, non-metallic power tilting
  • Service centers (electrical and hydraulic)
  • Auto idle shutdown
  • Fenders, front
  • Ecology drains for engine, transmission, and hydraulics
  • Grill, airborne debris
  • Filters: fuel, engine air, engine oil, hydraulic oil, transmission
  • Grease zerks
  • Hitch, drawbar with pin
  • Precleaner rain cap
  • Sight gauges: engine coolant, hydraulic oil, and transmission oil level
  • Vandalism protection caplocks

966L Optional Equipment

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

OPERATOR ENVIRONMENT
  • Cover, HVAC metallic
  • EH controls, SAL 3rd function
  • EH controls, joystick lift and tilt - Additional integrated roller switches for 3rd function
  • Mirrors, heated rearview external with integrated spot mirrors
  • Precleaner, HVAC
  • Radio, AM/FM/CD/USB/MP3 Bluetooth
  • Radio, CB ready
  • Seat, heated air suspension
  • Seat belt, 76 mm retractable, with indicator
  • Roof, metallic
  • Steering, secondary
  • Sun visor, rear
  • Windows, rubber mounted
  • Windows, with front guard
  • Windows, with full guards front, rear and sides
  • Full time rear vision display Work Area Vision System (WAVS)

ELECTRICAL AND LIGHTING
  • Four additional auxiliary halogen cab mounted work lights or
  • Two additional auxiliary front HI LED and two additional auxiliary rear LED cab mounted work lights with two LED work lights in the radiator grill and LED front turn signals also includes replacement of the standard four halogen cab mounted work lights with four LED work lights (the standard offering and only roading light available is the halogen roading light)
  • Warning amber strobe beacon
  • Two LED stop, turn, tail lights

STARTERS, BATTERIES, AND ALTERNATORS
  • Cold start - 240V

CAT CONNECT TECHNOLOGIES
  • Link technologies: VIMS
  • Payload technologies: Cat Production Measuremetn 2.0 (Cat PM); Printer, Cat Production Measurement; Aggregate Autodig
  • Detect technologies: Cat Rear Object Detection
  • Machine Security System

LINKAGE
  • High lift
  • Forestry
  • Quick coupler ready
  • Autolube

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

HYDRAULICS
  • 3rd function with Ride Control: Standard linkage; High lift linkage; Forestry linkage
  • Ride control, 2V

FLUIDS
  • Premixed extended life coolant with freeze protection to -50 degrees C

OTHER OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT
  • Cat Autolube System
  • Fenders, roading
  • Guard, power train
  • Precleaner, turbine
  • Precleaner, trash
  • Platform, window washing
  • Cold weather package: Transmission filter bypass; Fan pump bypass; Jacket water or engine block heater; Ether aid ready

OTHER OPTIONAL CONFIGURATIONS
  • Industrial and Waste Handler
  • Steel Mill
  • Block Handler
  • Forestry
  • Port and Harbor