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966M XE Wheel Loader
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The new 966M XE Wheel Loader has a U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and EU Stage IV ACERT™ engine equipped with a combination of proven electronic, fuel, air and aftertreatment components. Applying proven technologies systematically and strategically lets us meet our customer’s high expectations for productivity, fuel efficiency, reliability and service life. Deep system integration results in reduced emissions, improved performance and improved fuel economy without interrupting machine performance making it seamless to operators. The XE technology results in a 25% improvement in fuel efficiency over the M Series standard configuration and 35% over the K Series standard configuration. (Fuel efficiency is measured in mass of material moved per volume of fuel burned. Average efficiency improvement as tested and analyzed for an average composite cycle and stand configuration with variations per comparable model with and without economy mode active. Factors influence result variation such as, but not limited to, machine configuration, operator technique, machine application, climate, etc.) 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. 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.)



Operating Weight
1260 lb


Bucket Capacities


Forward 1
19 mph
Forward 2
6.5 mph
Forward 3
16.6 mph
Forward 4
15.1 mph
Reverse 1
15.1 mph
Reverse 2
33 mph
Reverse 3
*Distance of 15 m (49.2 ft), moving forward in second gear ratio. mph
Reverse 4
67 mph


105 LWA***
**For machines in European Union countries and in countries that adopt the “EU Directives.”
Maximum Single-Wheel Rise and Fall
67 in

Service Refill Capacities

Cooling System
4.1 gal
7.7 gal
17.1 gal
Differentials and Final Drives - Front
Variable Displacement Piston gal
Differentials and Final Drives - Rear
102 gal
Hydraulic Tank
4496 gal
Fuel Tank
82.7 gal


Engine Model
Cat C9.3 ACERT
Maximum Gross Power (1,800 rpm) - SAE J1995
298 hp
Maximum Gross Power - SAE J1995
298 hp
Maximum Net Power (1,700 rpm) - SAE J1349
302 hp
Maximum Net Power - SAE J1349
298 hp
Maximum Net Torque (1,000 rpm) - SAE J1349
302 lb ft
Peak Gross Torque (1,200 rpm) - SAE J1995
1275 lb ft

Hydraulic System

Hydraulic Cycle Time with Rated Payload - Dump, at Maximum Raise
51176 Seconds
Hydraulic Cycle Time with Rated Payload - Lower, Empty, Float Down
2.5-9.2 m³ (3.25-12.0 yd³) Seconds
Hydraulic Cycle Time with Rated Payload - Raise from Carry Position
32329 Seconds
Hydraulic Cycle Time with Rated Payload - Total
34873 Seconds
Implement Pump Type
Implement System - Maximum Operating Pressure
4.1 psi
Implement System - Maximum Pump Output (2,200 rpm)
7.7 gal/min
Implement System - Optional 3rd/4th Function Maximum Flow
13.5 gal/min
Implement System - Optional 3rd/4th Function Maximum Pressure
24.5 psi