CATERPILLAR has described the new Cat 966 GC wheel loader as a ‘versatile’ machine with a range of features designed for ‘reliable, performing and efficient operation’.
Its Caterpillar-designed components, on-demand fan, load-sensing hydraulics, and intuitive controls are said to help keep fuel consumption and operating costs ‘low’.
The Cat C9.3B engine meets EU Stage V 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 manufacturer stated.
The new loader features a four-speed forward/reverse electronically controlled, automatic planetary powershift transmission with shift protection and single clutch gear shifting. Optional ride control is said to improve operating smoothness over rough terrain, while optional limited slip differential axle configurations increase traction in poor underfoot conditions.
Safety features include inclined ladders and integrated handholds on both sides of the machine. Cat added that visibility is boosted by a roof-to-floor flat glass front windshield; standard rearview camera; and exterior mirrors with integrated spot mirrors. There is a standard heating and air conditioning system with 10 louvered vents.