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New Caterpillar wheel loader offers reduced fuel consumption and operating costs

A wheel loader empties its bucket into a truck
A Cat 966 GC wheel loader

Offering long-term durability in a wide range of applications, the new Cat 966 GC wheel loader is designed for reliable performance and efficient operation. Its Caterpillar-designed components, on-demand fan, load-sensing hydraulics, and intuitive controls keep fuel consumption and operating costs low, making it a machine that fits the needs of the rental and municipal markets. 

The Cat C9.3B engine meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final, EU Stage V, Korea Tier 4 Final, China Nonroad Stage IV, and Japan 2014 emission standards with a gross power rating of 239 kW (321 hp). The engine's automatic Cat Clean Emissions Module (CEM), including SCR catalyst and diesel particulate filter (DPF) works in the background without impacting the production schedule. The Cat Engine Idle Management System (EIMS), Auto Engine Idle Shutdown (EIS), variable speed fan, and load sensing hydraulics help result in low fuel consumption and reduced sound levels on this machine. An optional automatic reversing fan assists in cleaning cooling cores to improve performance in high-debris environments.

The new loader features a four-speed forward/reverse electronically controlled, automatic planetary powershift transmission with shift protection and single clutch gear shifting. Ensuring ideal material retention and efficiency, the loader's optional ride control improves operating smoothness over rough terrain. Optional limited-slip differential axle configurations increase traction in poor underfoot conditions.

Bucket weighing technology in the 966 GC wheel loader

Caterpillar's Z-bar loader linkage with cast crossmember and tilt-lever provides digging capabilities and breakout forces when the new loader is equipped with Cat Performance Series buckets. The load-sensing hydraulic system controls flow and pressure to match the requirements of the operating situation, reducing both the load on the pump and overall fuel burn.

Using a system-based approach to balance bucket shape with the machine's lift and tilt capacity, weight, and linkage, the Performance Series buckets are available for a range of applications including general purpose, flat floor, heavy-duty rock, and light material. Design features enable operators of all experience levels to attain 10 percent higher bucket-fill factors, compared with legacy designs, to improve productivity and reduce fuel consumption. The 966 GC can also be equipped with the Cat Fusion quick coupler and controls and, combined with optional third-function auxiliary hydraulics, the coupler allows the use of a wide selection of Cat work tools.

An optional Cat Payload kit provides weighing for precise load targets with ideal accuracy, installation, and calibration. Bringing payload weighing to the cab, Cat Payload weighs the material while moving to the truck and lifting so there are no interruptions in the load cycle. It allows the operator to load to exact specifications, load more trucks, and move more material faster. 

The serviceability and operator comfort of the 966 GC wheel loader

The 966 GC wheel loader features an ergonomic control system with an operator interface display that includes six analog-like gauges, colour indicator lights, and an LCD screen within easy view, so operators can monitor machine systems. Low-effort, pilot-operated implement controls feature a remote transmission kick-down switch for operating comfort.

Inclined ladders and integrated handholds are located on both sides of the machine to provide access to the cab and to the engine air filter. A large roof-to-floor, distortion-free, flat glass front windshield; standard rearview camera; and exterior mirrors with integrated spot mirrors provide all-around visibility. The standard heating and air conditioning system with 10 louvered vents helps to keep the operator comfortable in all climates.

Ground level access to service points reduces maintenance time and improves safety. Large gull-wing engine hood side panels and a tilt-up rear grill provide unrestricted access to daily service points, fuel and DEF fills, greasing points, filters, and fluid-sampling ports. Further reducing maintenance, an optional Cat Autolube greasing system is available.

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100 North East Adams Street
Peoria, IL
US, 61629


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