New Cat loader aims to raise performance bar

By |  June 2, 2022
With Cat Product Link™ ready standard, 966 GC operating efficiency, preventative maintenance and servicing are enhanced. Photo: Cat

Caterpillar says operating efficiency, preventive maintenance and servicing are all enhanced on the new 966 GC thanks to Cat Product Link. Photo: Cat

Caterpillar launched the 966 GC wheel loader, which it designed for reliable and efficient operation.

According to the company, the Cat-designed components, on-demand fan, load-sensing hydraulics and intuitive controls keep fuel consumption and operating costs low, making the 966 GC a versatile machine that fits the needs of the rental and municipal markets.

The Cat C9.3B engine meets Tier 4 Final emission standards with a gross power rating of 321 hp. Cat says the engine’s automatic Cat clean emissions module, including selective catalytic reduction catalyst and diesel particulate filter, works in the background without impacting the production schedule. The engine idle management system, auto engine idle shutdown, variable-speed fan and load-sensing hydraulics help result in low fuel consumption and reduced sound levels, the company adds. 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-and-reverse electronically controlled, automatic planetary powershift transmission with shift protection and single-clutch gear shifting for efficiency, durability and smooth gear changes. Cat says the loader’s optional ride control improves operating smoothness over rough terrain. Optional limited slip differential axle configurations increase traction in poor underfoot conditions.

Additionally, Cat says the 966 GC loader features a simple, intuitive and ergonomic control system with an operator interface display that includes six analog-like gauges, color indicator lights and an LCD screen – all within easy view – so operators can quickly monitor machine systems. Low-effort, pilot-operated implement controls feature a remote transmission kick-down switch for operating comfort.

Cat says the 966 GC also keeps safety in mind. Inclined ladders and integrated handholds are located on both sides of the machine to provide access to the cab and engine air filter. The loader features a roof-to-floor, distortion-free, flat-glass front windshield; a standard rearview camera; and exterior mirrors with integrated spot mirrors. All of these features provide all-around visibility, Cat says.

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