Cat Medium Wheel Loaders:

966M XE Wheel Loader

Maximum Net Torque (1,200 rpm)
1193 lbf-ft
568 in³
Engine Model
Cat® C9.3 ACERT™
Cooling System
19 gal

The new 966M XE Wheel Loader has a Tier 4 Final/Stage IV ACERT engine equipped with a combination of proven electronic, fuel, air and aftertreatment components. Applying proven technologies systematically and strategically helps to meet customer’s high expectations for productivity and fuel efficiency. Deep system integration results in reduced emissions, improved performance and improved fuel economy without interrupting machine performance making it seamless to operators. The 966M XE Wheel Loader, with an advanced power train, has been designed to deliver superior performance and fuel efficiency while simplifying the operator’s interface and operating technique. This machine excels at truck loading. Aggregate Handler and other optional configurations are available.** ** Optional configuration and equipment may vary from region to region. Consult your Caterpillar representative for further details.

Benefits & Features

Product Specs

  • Engine

  • Maximum Net Torque (1,200 rpm)
    Engine Model
    Cat® C9.3 ACERT™
    Net Power – ISO 9249
    Maximum Net Power – SAE J1349/ISO 9249
    Maximum Net Power (1,600 rpm) – SAE J1349
    Maximum Net Power (1,600 rpm) – ISO 9249
    Peak Gross Torque (1,200 rpm) – SAE J1995
    Peak Gross Torque (1,200 rpm) – ISO 14396
  • Service Refill Capacities

  • Cooling System
    Differentials and Final Drives – Front
    Differentials and Final Drives – Rear
    Hydraulic Tank
    Fuel Tank
    DEF Tank*
    *Must meet the requirements outlined in ISO 22241-1.
  • Sound

  • Note
    The sound values are for specific operating conditions only.
    Machine and operator sound levels will vary at different engine and/or cooling fan speeds.
    Hearing protection may be needed when the machine is operated with a cabin that is not properly maintained.
    Hearing protection may be needed when the doors and/or windows are open for extended periods or in a noisy environment.
    Operator sound pressure level (ISO 6396:2008)
    Exterior sound power level (ISO 6395:2008)
    Exterior sound pressure level (SAE J88:2013)
  • Transmission Virtual Gears

  • Reverse 1
    Reverse 2
    Reverse 3
    Forward 2
    Forward 3
    Forward 4
    Forward 1
  • Hydraulic System

  • Implement Pump Type
    Variable Displacement Piston
    Implement System – Maximum Pump Output (1,600 rpm)
    Implement System – Maximum Operating Pressure
    Implement System – Maximum Flow – Optional 3rd/4th Function
    Implement System – Maximum Pressure – Optional 3rd/4th Function
    Hydraulic Cycle Time with Rated Payload – Raise from Carry Position
    Hydraulic Cycle Time with Rated Payload – Dump, at Maximum Raise
    Hydraulic Cycle Time with Rated Payload – Lower, Empty, Float Down
    Hydraulic Cycle Time with Rated Payload – Total
  • Weight

  • Operating Weight*
    *For 4.2 m3 (5.5 yd3) general purpose buckets with BOCE.
  • Buckets

  • Bucket Capacities
    2.5-9.2 m³ (3.25-12.0 yd³)
  • Operating Specifications

  • Static Tipping Load – Full 37° Turn – With Tire Deflection
    Static Tipping Load – Full 37° Turn – No Tire Deflection
    Breakout Force
  • Brakes

  • Brakes
    Brakes meet ISO 3450 standards
  • Axles

  • Front
    Oscillating ±13 degrees
    Maximum Single-Wheel Rise and Fall
  • Cab

    ROPS/FOPS meet ISO 3471 and ISO 3449 Level II standards


  • Operator Environment
    • Cab, pressurized and sound suppressed (ROPS/FOPS)
    • Viscous mounts
    • Multi-function 18 cm color LCD touch-screen display for rear vision camera image display (reverse travel activated) and machine status, setting and health parameters
    • EH controls, SAL (single axis lever) lift and tilt function
    • Steering, EH joystick, speed sensing with force feedback
    • Radio ready (entertainment) includes antenna, speakers and converter (12V, 10-amp)
    • Air conditioner, heater, and defroster (auto temp and fan)
    • EH parking brake
    • Beverage holders (2) with storage compartment for cell phone/MP3 player
    • Bucket/work tool function lockout
    • Coat hook (2)
    • 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
    • 2 receptacles, 12V
    • Seat, Cat Comfort (cloth) air suspension
    • Seat belt, 51 mm retractable, with indicator
    • Sun visor, front
    • Wet-arm wipers/washers front and rear, intermittent front wiper
    • Window, sliding (left and right sides)
    • Cab tie-off
  • Computerized Monitoring System
    • With following gauges: – Speedometer/tachometer – Digital gear range indicator – Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) level – Temperature: engine coolant, hydraulic oil, transmission oil – Fuel level
    • With following warning indicators: – Regeneration – Temperature: axle oil, engine 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 – DEF low level – 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 front halogen roading lights (with signals) – Two halogen rear vision lights (hood mounted) – Two rear LED position/stop/turn signal lights
    • Alarm, back-up
    • Alternator, 145-amp brushed
    • Main disconnect switch
    • Emergency engine shutdown switch
    • Receptacle start (cables not included)
    • Secondary steering
  • Cat Connect Technologies
    • Link technologies: Product Link
    • Detect technologies: rear vision camera
  • Power Train
    • Engine, Cat 9.3 ACERT – meets Tier 4 Final/Stage IV emission standards
    • Cat Clean Emissions Module (CEM) with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and remote Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank and pump
    • Fuel priming pump (electric)
    • Fuel/water separator
    • Precleaner, engine air intake
    • Cat continuously variable transmission
    • Axles, manually actuated differential lock front axle, open differential rear axle
    • Axles, ecology drains
    • Brakes, full hydraulic enclosed wet-disc with modulated neutralizer and integrated retarding
    • Brake wear indicators
    • Parking brake, disc and caliper
    • Right pedal lock, maximum rimpull control and machine speed limit in the cab
    • Fan, radiator, electronically controlled, hydraulically driven, temperature sensing, on demand
    • Radiator, high debris with wider fin spacing
  • Linkage
    • Linkage, Z-bar, cast crosstube/tilt lever
    • Kickout, lift and tilt, automatic (adjustable in cab)
  • Hydraulics
    • Hydraulic system, load sensing
    • Steering, load sensing
    • Ride control, 2V
    • 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° C
  • Other Standard Equipment
    • Hood, non-metallic power tilting with rear clamshell
    • Service centers (electrical and hydraulic)
    • Platform, window washing
    • Auto idle shutdown
    • Fenders, steel front with mud-flap/rear with extension
    • Ecology drains for engine, transmission, and hydraulics
    • Ether aid ready
    • Grill, airborne debris
    • Filters: fuel, engine air, engine oil, hydraulic oil, transmission
    • Fuel cooler
    • Grease zerks
    • Hitch, drawbar with pin
    • Precleaner rain cap
    • Sight gauges: engine coolant, hydraulic oil, and transmission oil level
    • Toolbox
    • Vandalism protection caplocks
  • Operator Environment
    • Door, remote opening system
    • Cover, HVAC metallic
    • EH controls, SAL 3rd function: – Additional roller switch for 4th function
    • EH controls, joystick lift and tilt: – Additional integrated roller switches for 3rd and 4th functions
    • Filter, carbon fresh air
    • Mirrors, heated rearview external with integrated spot mirrors
    • Precleaner, HVAC
    • Precleaner, HVAC (RESPA)
    • Radio, AM/FM/CD/USB/MP3 Bluetooth
    • Radio, CB ready
    • Seat, heated air suspension
    • Seat belt, 4 point harness, with indicator
    • Roof, metallic
    • Sun visor, rear
    • Windows, rubber mounted
    • Windows, with front guard
    • Windows, with heavy duty front guard
    • Windows, with full guards front, rear and sides
  • Electrical And Lighting
    • Four additional halogen cab mounted work lights or;
    • Four additional HID cab mounted work lights
    • LED front and rear roading lights
    • Speed limiter – 20 km/h
  • Starters, Batteries, And Alternators
    • Cold start – 240V
  • Cat Connect Technologies
    • Link technologies: VIMS
    • Payload technologies: – Aggregate Autodig – Cat Production Measurement – Printer, Cat Production Measurement
    • Detect technologies: dedicated display for rear vision camera, full-time activation
    • Machine Security System
  • Power Train
    • Axles: – Automatic front/rear differential locks – Axle oil cooler – Extreme temperature seals – Seal guards
    • Fan, VPF (variable pitch fan), automatic and manual control
    • Radiator, high ambient capability with lower fan spacing
  • Linkage
    • High lift
    • Forestry
    • Quick coupler ready
  • Work Tools
    • Performance Series buckets
    • Fusion quick coupler
    • Forks, pallet
    • Forks, logging
  • Hydraulics
    • 3rd function with Ride Control
    • 4th function with Ride Control
    • Autolube
  • Fluids
    • Premixed extended life coolant with freeze protection to –50° C
    • Bio-degradable oil, Cat HYDO
  • Other Optional Equipment
    • Fenders, roading
    • Guard, power train
    • Guard, rear radiator grill
    • Oil change, high speed engine
    • Precleaner, turbine
    • Precleaner, trash
  • Other Optional Configurations
    • Aggregate Handler
    • Industrial and Waste Handler
    • Forestry

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