Caterpillar 966GC

Every heavy construction equipment owner looks to save money on fuel.  That's a big reason why Caterpillar developed the new Cat 966 GC wheel loader.

Caterpillar says it's powered by a 321-horsepower Cat C9.3B engine that meets Tier 4 Final emission standards. The 966 GC has a four-speed forward/reverse electronically controlled, automatic planetary powershift transmission.

Cat says the loader’s optional ride control and limited slip differential axle improves operating smoothness over rough terrain and increases traction.

Caterpillar says fuel technology advancements save on fuel consumption including Engine Idle Management System, Auto Engine Idle Shutdown, variable speed fan and load-sensing hydraulics.

When equipped with Cat Performance Series buckets, the Caterpillar Z-bar loader linkage provides stronger digging capabilities and high breakout forces. The load-sensing implement hydraulic system continuously controls flow and pressure to match job and condition requirements, reducing the load on the pump and overall fuel burn.

Cat says bucket and lift design features enable operators to get 10% higher bucket-fill compared to older models to also reduce fuel consumption. 

The 966 GC loader cab design is expected to increase comfort, visibility and control efficiency.

Cat says routine maintenance time on the 966 GC loader is reduced with ground-evel access to multiple service points. 

In addition, an integrated optional Autolube system provides full lube system monitoring and diagnostic test visibility to reduce daily maintenance and improves the life of machine parts.

Further helping manage fleet location, hours and maintenance scheduled is Cat Product Link. Integrated with the machines, Product Link captures operating data, remotely monitored via, the Cat App or VisionLink.

 Quick specs

  • Engine: Cat C9.3B
  • Gross Power: 321 hp
  • Operating weight: 48,018 lbs.
  • Breakout force: 36,974 lbs.
  • Static tipping load with tire deflection: 30,072 lbs.
  • Wheelbase: 11 feet 8 inches
  • Bucket capacity range: 5.0–9.25 yd3
  • Lift arm clearance: 12 feet 1 inches
  • Bucket pin height: 13 feet 11 inches