• March 28, 2019
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Caterpillar 966M Wheel Loader: Equipment Focus

Caterpillar 966M Wheel Loader: Equipment Focus

Updated most recently in 2017, Caterpillar uses proven technology and feedback from previous models to create the Caterpillar 966M: a wheel loader that is more reliable, fuel-efficient and long-lasting than its predecessors.

Caterpillar 966M Overview

Caterpillar has designed their 966M to be durable, reliable and versatile. Rigorous component design and cutting-edge engineering has created a tough machine that can handle long days on any site.

The 966M Cat loader’s engine power has increased by approximately 10% (compared to the H series), improving machine performance and response. This also increases the fuel efficiency with a 10% improvement compared to the K series and a massive 25% improvement compared to the H series—based on standard equipment and testing.

Got specific information you’re looking to find about the Caterpillar 966M? In this article we cover:

Caterpillar 966M In Action

Disclaimer: This video may showcase an overseas model. Configurations may differ from the Australian model.

Cat 966M Specs

Engine Cat C9.3 ACERT
Net Power 207kW
Operating Weight 23,220kg
Bucket Capacity 3.20-7.40m3
Transmission Forward: 6.5km/h – 39.5km/h

Reverse: 7.1km/h – 39.5km/h

Emissions Tier 3/Stage IIIA
Ground Clearance 434mm

Capacities, speed and clearance are for standard equipment and an empty bucket, exact specifics can change depending on operating use, components and equipment.

In the Cab

Caterpillar boasts this wheel loader has a “best-in-class operator environment [that] provides unmatched comfort visibility and efficiency.” It’s easy to see how confident Cat is about operator comfort in their 966M wheel loaders. Standard in every machine is an E-H joystick—a steering wheel is an optional extra—with force feedback that provides precision control and reduce arm fatigue.

The controls are ergonomically placed for easy, comfortable access over a long work day. An interactive, touch-screen display lets your operators stay focused on the task at hand while still getting all the information they need at their fingertips.
Caterpillar has also included dual accumulators to improve ride quality and lower cab vibrations.


These days, tech can be just as important as the attachments to get the job done right. That’s why the Caterpillar 966M comes with Cat Connect Technology, including the Cat:

  • LINK for remote/wireless monitoring of machine health
  • DETECT to use the rear camera for better visibility (rear object detection an optional extra)
  • PAYLOAD (optional) is a simple scale to help operators deliver exact loads


Safety is a priority on every worksite. Caterpillar built their 966M wheel loader to have cab access via a wide door, with optional remote door opening. The stair-like steps make it easy and safe to get in and out of the cab.

When it comes to visibility, Cat has delivered in spades. With a floor-to-ceiling windshield, large mirrors and a rear vision camera, the 966M has an all-round visibility that is hard to beat, making them it a great choice for busy worksites where high visibility is a must.


Downtime is a big no-no for any business. To increase your productivity and keep you working longer, Caterpillar designed the 966M with easy-to-access service and maintenance points. A one-piece tilting hood and side and rear doors make for quick, simple access. And separate hydraulic and electric service centres ensure service techs can focus on what needs maintenance straight away.

There is ground level access for fuel fills and daily maintenance points, reducing downtime for maintenance and servicing.

As an optional extra, the Caterpillar 966M can also come with a fully integrated Cat Autolube system which provides complete monitoring and diagnostic test visibility for the lube system.

Customer Care

As with all Caterpillar products, you get access to a worldwide network of dealers and suppliers when you need parts and repairs. Your local Cat dealer can access this network to provide a solution for your wheel loader—whether it’s new, used or being rebuilt.

There’s also a great selection of trained technicians and customer support agreements to ensure your machine isn’t kept out of action longer than necessary.

Optional Equipment

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are a load of optional extras available for your new Caterpillar 966M wheel loader. Optional work tools include Performance Series buckets, pallet forks and logging forks.

Or maybe you want the very best for your operators? Get the optional remote door opening system and heated seat with air suspension. You can also get windows with added heavy-duty front guard, or full guards on front, rear and sides.

From electrical and lighting to hydraulics, fluids and linkage, there’s an optional extra for basically every part of this wheel loader, ensuring you can customise it to your exact needs.

Cat 966M Price

The price for a new Caterpillar 966M will depend on the optional extras you choose as well as service contracts, maintenance agreements and more. For used machines, you can expect to find a good condition wheel loader for about $300,000 to $400,000* inc. GST.

If you’re looking for an affordable wheel loader and don’t know where to start, check out our wheel loader auctions. You never know what great deals you’ll be able to find!

*Prices are based on Machines4U listing data provided by sellers/advertisers and are an approximation only. Data is correct up to and at time of publishing. Prices may change and need to be verified with individual sellers.

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