On-Site Magazine

Medium wheel loader

By Adam Freill   

Construction Equipment

Designed to offer long-term durability in a wide range of applications, the Cat 966 GC Wheel Loader is equipped with load-sensing hydraulics and intuitive controls. Outfitted with a Cat C9.3B engine, which meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and EU Stage V emission standards, it has a gross power rating of 321 hp and an automatic Cat Clean Emissions Module (CEM).

The loader features a four-speed forward/reverse electronically controlled, automatic planetary powershift transmission with shift protection and single clutch gear shifting for efficiency, durability and smooth gear changes. Optional ride control is engineered to improve operating smoothness over rough terrain. Limited slip differential axle configurations are also available, to increase traction in poor underfoot conditions.

The machine makes use of Caterpillar’s Z-bar loader linkage with cast crossmember and tilt-lever to provide both strong digging capabilities and high breakout forces when equipped with Cat Performance Series buckets. The load-sensing implement hydraulic system continuously controls flow and pressure to precisely match requirements of the operating situation, reducing both the load on the pump and overall fuel burn.

Performance Series Buckets are available for a range of applications, including general purpose, flat floor, heavy duty rock and light material. The 966 GC can also be equipped with the Cat Fusion quick coupler and controls.

An optional Cat Payload kit provides on-the-go weighing for precise load targets. 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.

The loader features an intuitive, ergonomic control system with an operator interface display that includes six analogue-like gauges, colour indicator lights, and an LCD screen, all within easy view so operators can quickly monitor machine systems.




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