966H Wheel Loader



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966H Wheel Loader

Performance you can feel with the capability to work in the most demanding applications. Unmatched operator comfort and efficiency in a world class cab. Revolutionary electronics and hydraulics for low-effort operation. Increased productivity with lower owning and operating costs.




Operating Specifications


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Benefits & Features
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Benefits & Features

  • Proven components and technology provide proven reliability
  • Electronic systems monitor vital machine components
  • Excellent uptime from the best dealer support network in the industry
  • Unmatched genuine Cat parts availability


The 966H features many of the components designed and proven in previous 966 models - all contribute to the reliability of the 966H:
  • Frames
  • Axles
  • Planetary powershift transmission
  • Free wheel stator torque converter
  • Separated cooling system
  • Cab


Since March 2003, ACERT Technology has been proving itself in on-highway trucks. More recently it has proven itself again in field tests of off-highway equipment. This technology allows Cat engines to meet durability and reliability expectations without sacrificing fuel economy or performance.


Components used to build Cat Wheel Loaders are designed and manufactured to Caterpillar quality standards to ensure maximum performance even in extreme operating conditions. Engine electronic control modules and sensors are completely sealed against moisture and dust. Deutsche connectors and electrical wire braiding ensure that electrical connections resist corrosion and premature wear. Hoses are engineered and manufactured for high resistance to abrasion, excellent flexibility and easy installation and replacement. Caterpillar® couplings use o-ring face seals to provide positive sealing for durable leak-free connections. Heavy duty components reduce the risk of leaks, corrosion and premature wear increasing uptime and helping to protect the environment.


Monitoring product health is key to maintaining reliability of any equipment. Many programs are available on the 966H - both as standard and optional features - to help you track machine condition.

Caterpillar Monitoring System

The 966H is equipped with the Cat Monitoring System (CMS) that keeps watch over the health of your loader. CMS monitors critical engine system functions and will derate the engine to protect itself from damage if needed. Depending on which of the following six critical conditions arise, the CMS monitor or front panel will display warning lights and sound audible alarms.
  • High coolant temperature
  • High air inlet temperature
  • Low engine oil pressure
  • High fuel pressure
  • Low fuel pressure
  • Engine over-speed

Product Link

Product Link is a state-of-the-art satellite technology based product that provides two-way information flow between machine on-board systems and the Caterpillar network operations center. Multiple types of information can be collected and tracked - from machine location and service meter hours, to health and productivity information.


With a subscription to EquipmentManager through the Cat Dealer Storefont the information collected through Product Link can be transmitted to a computer. With fast, easy-to-access machine information, you can optimize asset utilization, reduce security risks, improve maintenance management and implement before-failure repair strategies. The result is more uptime, lower operating costs and a higher overall return on equipment investment.

S•O•SSM Services

Keep minor repairs from becoming major ones and avoid complete failures. By regularly taking samples from the ports provided, your Cat dealer tracks wear of components and parts, oil performance, and oil condition and uses that data to predict wear-related problems before they happen. Often a simple adjustment or replacement of a part, based on S•O•S reports, can keep a small problem from turning into a major repair - allowing your machine to be running when you need it, not waiting in the shop for service.


The Caterpillar global network of independently-owned dealers is the best in the world at providing support to keep your loader up and running. Known for parts availability and technical expertise, Cat dealers are partners in your business.

Service Capabilities

Cat field service technicians have the experience and tools necessary to service your loader on site. Field service trucks are fully loaded with state-of-the-art tools and diagnostic equipment as well as specifications and schematics for every Cat machine. Technical experts at the dealership and at Caterpillar are available to provide assistance to field service technicians when needed. When on-site repair isn't enough, Cat dealerships are fully-equipped to service your loader quickly.


Caterpillar provides an unsurpassed level of personalized service for your wheel loader. With parts distribution centers throughout the world, most parts can be delivered in 24 hours.


Cat engines and major components are designed to be remanufactured and provide multiple life cycles. The Cat Reman program is more extensive than most rebuild programs. Components are actually remanufactured in the factory to original specifications with necessary product updates. Strict reuse guidelines and unparalleled quality control ensure that reman products provide the reliability and durability that you expect from Caterpillar. Reman products are stocked in distribution centers around the world and are ready to install to minimize downtime, maintain productivity and profitability.
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  • ACERT™ Technology maintains engine performance, efficiency and durability while reducing emissions
  • Heavy duty components withstand all operating conditions
  • Strong, solid structures built to last


ACERT Technology combines proven systems with innovative new technologies to precisely deliver fuel to the combustion chamber. It maintains engine performance, efficiency and durability while dramatically reducing emissions. The Cat C11 with ACERT technology is an 11.1 L displacement, 6-cylinder, electronically governed engine. Electronic fuel injection is provided through the well-proven Caterpillar mechanically actuated, electronically controlled unit injection (MEUI) system. A wastegate turbocharger, equipped with a titanium wheel for improved durability, combined with air-to-air aftercooling (ATAAC) provides consistent high horsepower with increased altitude capability.


Brazed aluminum construction provides a stronger joint for maximum durability and resistance to leaks. The 6-fins-per-inch, square-wave core design decreases the chance of blockage and plugging.


The 966H continues to use heavy-duty powershift transmission technology proven on previous models and currently used up through the largest wheel loader built by Caterpillar - the 994F. The planetary powershift transmission features heavy-duty components to handle the toughest applications. Built-in electronic controls enhance productivity and durability.

Control Throttle Shifting

Control Throttle Shifting regulates engine speed during high-energy directional changes for smoother shifting and longer component life.

Electronic Clutch Pressure Control

Electronic Clutch Pressure Control (ECPC) system modulates clutches individually to improve shift quality, component life and operator comfort. Adjustment is simplified with all solenoid valves externally mounted on top of the transmission housing.


The 966H axles are designed by Caterpillar for durability in all operating conditions. The front axle is rigidly mounted to the frame to support the weight of the wheel loader and withstand internal torque loads as well as external forces encountered throughout operation. The rear axle is designed to allow ± 13° oscillation. All four wheels remain on the ground over uneven terrain providing excellent stability and traction.

Integrated Braking System

The Cat exclusive Integrated Braking System reduces axle oil temperatures and improves transmission neutralizer smoothness. IBS has a direct impact on durability of the axles and brakes especially in applications involving long distances and/or heavy braking.


The articulated frame design of the 966H features a durable box-section engine frame and rigid four-plate loader tower that is robotically welded. Robotic welding creates frame joints with deep plate penetration welds and excellent fusion for maximum strength and durability.

Engine End Frame (EEF)

A full box-section engine end frame with hitch plates at the front end provides a strong, rigid structure that resists twisting and impact loads. The result is an extremely solid mounting platform for the engine, transmission, axle, ROPS and other accessories.

Spread Hitch

The distance between the upper and lower hitch plates is an important contributor to machine performance and component life. The Caterpillar spread hitch design provides excellent load distribution and bearing life. Both the upper and lower hitch pins pivot on double tapered roller bearings - improving durability by distributing both vertical and horizontal loads over a larger surface area. The wide opening also provides excellent service access.

Non-Engine End Frame (NEEF)

The non-engine end frame provides a solid mounting base for the front axle, lift arms, lift cylinders and tilt cylinders. The fabricated, four-plate loader tower absorbs the forces associated with loading, twisting and penetration.


The one-piece counterweight is integrated into the 966H design and styling. This 2,517 lb (1142 kg) counterweight incorporates the rear lights into the top of the structure.


The 966H linkage is a single-tilt Z-bar design. Z-bar linkage generates excellent breakout force and good rack back angle for better bucket loading and load retention. Lift arms are solid steel, providing superior strength with an excellent front end viewing area. The proven design offers excellent dump clearance and reach for exceptional matching to both on- and off-highway trucks. Rotary sensors, for the tilt lever and lift circuit allow the operator to electronically set detent positions from the cab. A guard covers the sensor to protect it from damage.
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  • Hydraulics are easy to control with low effort
  • Maximum fuel efficiency and flexibility in idle speeds
  • Consistent horsepower regardless of conditions
  • Standard and optional features that maximize productivity


The 966H features a load sensing hydraulic system that automatically adjusts to operating conditions to provide only the hydraulic flow required by the implement for improved fuel efficiency. With the new M3PC Priority Proportional Pressure Compensation Valve, implement control is improved over the previous system - raise/lower and rack back/dump can be operated simultaneously and fine modulation is repeatable for improved productivity. Operators will notice enhanced ease of operation, more rimpull into the pile and a 20% increase in lift force.

Electrohydraulic Implement Controls

Electrohydraulic implement controls on the 966H provide the operator with in-cab programmable kickouts to prevent material spillage - improving productivity. The implement control console features an optional Forward/Neutral/Reverse switch allowing fast, easy directional changes to reduce cycle times.


On many competitive machines, gross horsepower is constant, meaning that net engine power available for actual work will vary based on demands made from parasitic sources, such as air conditioning or cooling fans. The Cat C11 engine is electronically configured to provide constant net horsepower at full parasitic load enhancing productivity and improving fuel efficiency.


The electronic planetary powershift transmission with automatic shift capability is designed and built by Caterpillar. The very responsive, full-power speed and directional changes provide excellent cycle times and productivity.


Match transmission shifting patterns to machine application requirements. Variable Shift Control (VSC) improves shift quality and fuel efficiency in certain applications by allowing the transmission to upshift at lower engine RPMs.


The optional Ride Control System improves ride, performance and load retention when traveling over rough terrain. Operators gain confidence moving at higher speeds in load and carry operations decreasing cycle times and increasing productivity.


Scales, designed specifically for Cat machines allow on-the-go weighing of material in the bucket. Operators load trucks more accurately and efficiently. Loading trucks right the first time equates to quicker cycles for the operator and more productivity for your operation. Payload Control is offered as a factory-installed option. Driver tickets and a variety of reports can be printed with the addition of the optional printer.


The optional Caterpillar Autolube System provides precise, automatic lubrication of pins and bushings - during loader operation. Automatic lubrication reduces time spent on daily maintenance and downtime for unplanned repairs due to inadequate greasing - improving productivity.


Well-received by both experienced and novice operators, the optional Aggregate Autodig automates the loading process. Aggregate Autodig provides smoother loading cycles, consistently full payloads and eliminates tire spin - all without touching the controls.
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  • Special machine arrangements provided from the factory
  • A variety of buckets and work tools for many applications


When you have a specialized operation, you need a specialized wheel loader to be productive. The following machine arrangements are available for the 966H:

Aggregate Yard Loaders

The Yard Loader Value Package provides the ultimate in productivity and convenience. Options such as Autolube, Aggregate Autodig, Payload Control and Ride Control reduce operator fatigue and make your wheel loader the most productive yard loader available.

Forestry Applications

The Forest Machine Arrangement provides Ride Control, a heavy-duty tilt cylinder and an additional counterweight for use in forestry and logging applications.

Industrial Loader

Heavy duty guarding and special features designed specifically for industrial applications, such as waste and scrap handling, allow the 966H to withstand the harshest of conditions. Work tools designed specifically for these applications can be added to the machine.

Lift Arrangements

High lift arrangements are available for applications requiring additional dump clearance. Both 2-valve and 3-valve packages can be factory installed for conventional and Command Control machines.


A variety of buckets, work tools and couplers are available from the factory or from your Caterpillar dealer to customize the 966H for your operation.

Quick Couplers

Quick couplers provide unmatched versatility for wheel loaders. Buckets and work tools can be changed in seconds without leaving the cab for maximum productivity.

General Purpose Buckets

General purpose buckets provide good all-around performance for stockpiling, rehandling, excavating and bank loading. A heavy duty general purpose bucket can be used for more aggressive applications.

Material Handling Buckets

The material handling bucket is a flat-floor bucket used for handling stockpiled materials such as aggregates or other easy-to-load materials requiring moderate breakout force.

Rock Buckets

Rock buckets are designed for face or bank loading in mining or quarry applications. The straight-edge rock bucket provides higher breakout force and increased dump clearance. The spade-edge rock bucket offers increased penetration in certain applications.

Coal Buckets

Coal buckets maximize productivity in loading and stockpiling coal and other materials of similar density.

Heavy Duty Quarry Buckets

The heavy duty quarry bucket is available for high-impact or high-abrasion quarry applications.

Waste Buckets

Waste buckets are designed for long life in the harsh world of refuse applications. This high-capacity bucket is well-suited for loading, sorting and other transfer station work.

Woodchip and Clean-Up Buckets

Woodchip and clean-up buckets are available for forestry and millyard applications.

Multi-Purpose Buckets

Multi-Purpose Buckets have a unique four-way action that can load, strip topsoil, bulldoze, clamp pipe or large chunks of concrete, clean up debris, and many other tasks.

Side Dump Buckets

Side Dump Buckets dump both to the front and to the side of the machine, an advantage when working in tight quarters, such as street work, tunnel construction and building levees.


Logging, millyard and pallet forks are available for forestry and material handling applications.

Loader Rakes

Loader Rakes are durable, high-capacity tools for land clearing and site clean up. Rakes are available with or without top clamps and in quick coupler and pin-on models.

Material Handling Arms

Material Handling Arms move pipe, concrete blocks, highway dividers and other construction materials quickly and precisely.

Ground Engaging Tools (GET)

Several GET options are available from Caterpillar for the 966H buckets. A cast corner adapter is incorporated into the design of the buckets that allows a tooth to be placed on the extreme corner for protection against base bucket wear. Reversible bolt-on cutting edges (BOCE) and a bolt-on half-arrow cutting edge are also available for the 966H buckets. The Cat K-Series™ tooth system features an easier-to-install tip and provides very secure tooth retention. No special tools are required for installation and removal.
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  • Comfortable operation
  • Excellent visibility
  • Easy entry and exit
  • Controlled vibration
  • Choice of steering systems


The 966H maintains the distinction of offering the largest, most ergonomic cab in its class.


The Cat C-500 Series Comfort air suspension seat, standard in the 966H, is built strong and durable and is 6-way adjustable to accommodate all-sized operators. The cast one-piece back and seat pan prevent protrusions under the cushions. The seat features an automotive-style lumbar support for maximum comfort. The right hand armrest with integrated implement controls adjusts for comfortable, convenient operation. A heated seat option is available for additional comfort.


The 966H offers excellent visibility to both the front and rear of the machine. Distortion-free flat glass stretches to the floor of the cab for excellent visibility to the bucket. Wet-arm wipers on both front and back keep the windows clean in any condition. The cab roof has channels that direct rain off the corners of the cab keeping windows clear. An overhang on all sides protects the operator from glare.

Windshield Cleaning Package

An optional windshield cleaning package provides additional steps and handrails to provide easy access for cleaning the front windows.

Rear Vision Camera

An optional rear vision camera is available to clearly monitor movement behind the wheel loader.

Lighting Packages

Optional lighting packages are available for roading or low-light applications. The optional High Intensity Discharge (HID) lights provide exceptional lighting for night work. A rotating beacon is available as a safety feature.


Caterpillar understands that wheel loaders work in some of the harshest environments. By controlling normal machine vibrations, operator efficiency and productivity are improved. From the ground up, the Cat 966H is designed with many features, both standard and optional, that reduce vibration.
  • The oscillating rear axle follows the contour of the ground while allowing the cab to stay steady.
  • The cab is attached to the frame with iso-mounts designed to reduce shock loads from the ground.
  • The articulation joint is equipped with two neutralizer valves that prevent frame-to-frame contact.
  • Cylinder dampening slows the bucket as it reaches the limits of travel, preventing machine jarring.
  • Ride Control is an option designed to reduce jolting and bouncing during load and carry operations. An accumulator acts as a shock absorber to reduce machine pitching and provide a smoother ride over rough terrain.
  • Electronically controlled, automatic kickouts prevent the jerking and bouncing associated with abrupt cylinder stops.
  • Air suspension seat-mounted implement controls reduce vertical vibrations that come up through the floor.


A ladder with self-cleaning steps keeps debris build-up to a minimum. The ladder is at a 5° forward incline for easy entry and exit. Platforms are wide allowing ease of movement to the front or rear of the machine. The main cab door opens a full 180° and latches in place to allow safe navigation to the rear of the machine. The right side door opens 10°, or completely for secondary exit simply by pulling a pin. A full-length ladder on the right side facilitates safe exit if needed.


The 966H offers a choice of steering systems to provide flexibility for your application.

Conventional Steering

The conventional steering configuration offers a low-effort hand metering unit hydraulic steering system. Load sensing steering directs power through the steering system only when needed. When not steering, more engine power is available to generate rimpull, breakout force, lift force, and results in reduced fuel consumption. The steering column tilts for maximum operator comfort.

Command Control Steering

Command Control Steering is a load-sensing system that links the steering wheel and frame angle positions to provide the proper amount of steering control. The speed the machine turns is proportional to the steering wheel position. Less than 6 lb (26 N) steering effort is required by the operator, regardless of conditions. Full machine articulation is accomplished with a ±70° turn of the wheel - versus two to three 360° turns of a conventional steering wheel. The Command Control Steering wheel contains the forward/neutral/reverse switch and the upshift/downshift button - allowing the left hand to remain on the steering wheel at all times. Implement controls are integrated into the right armrest so they move with the operator.


The main control panel on the 966H is located high on the right ROPS post - keeping everything within reach of the operator while maintaining visibility to the ground. Keeping all switches and controls conveniently placed allows better efficiency and improved productivity all while minimizing operator fatigue.


The optional Aggregate Autodig System provides smoother loading cycles and consistently full payloads without touching the controls - reducing operator fatigue.
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  • More return for your wheel loader investment through proven Cat fuel efficiency
  • Sight gauges, grouped maintenance points, easy engine access, ecology drains, maintenance-free batteries - all simplify daily maintenance
  • Electronic monitoring systems track product health to avoid unscheduled costly repairs
  • Unsurpassed parts availability reduces downtime
  • Excellent resale value provided by genuine Cat quality, outstanding dealer service and unmatched dealer support programs
  • Caterpillar Financial Services and Cat dealers understand your business


Many manufacturers tout fuel consumption as one of the determining factors for machine acquisition, but fuel consumption is only part of the story. Productivity must also play a part in the decision. Even more importantly, how fuel consumption and productivity interact - fuel efficiency - should be considered.


The Engine Idle Management System (EIMS) maximizes fuel efficiency and provides flexibility in managing idle speeds for specific application requirements. Four idle control speeds are available.


Proper maintenance of your wheel loader can help control expenses and lower your owning and operating costs. The 966H provides unmatched serviceability by offering:
  • Hydraulic service center
  • Electric service center
  • Well-protected, easily visible sight gauges
  • Ground level maintenance points
  • Easy access to engine compartment
  • Ecology drains for simple and clean fluid drainage
  • Brake wear indicators for ease of inspection
  • Maintenance-free batteries
  • Extended oil and filter change intervals
  • Airborne debris-resistant, swing-out grill provides more efficient airflow


Monitoring product health simplifies maintenance planning and reduces costs.

Caterpillar Monitoring System

The Caterpillar Monitoring System (CMS) tracks critical machine systems to alert the operator to potential need for service. Three levels of warning allow the operator to assess the situation more accurately.

Product Link

With Product Link owners can collect and track multiple types of information - from machine location and service meter hours, to health and productivity information.


With a subscription to EquipmentManager information from Product Link can be transmitted to a computer. Return on equipment investment is optimized through maintenance management and improved uptime.

Machine Security System

Stolen equipment equates to lost production and increased costs. Eliminate machine theft and unauthorized usage with the Cat Machine Security System (MSS). MSS is integrated into the machine's electronic system and can protect most brands of equipment by requiring a uniquely coded key to start the machine.

S•O•S Services

Managing component life and machine availability decreases downtime while improving your productivity and efficiency. S•O•S Services can help you do that. Regular fluid sampling is used to track what is going on inside the equipment. Wear-related problems are predictable and easily and quickly repairable. Maintenance can be done according to your schedule, resulting in increased uptime and flexibility in maintenance and repair before failure.


Caterpillar provides an unsurpassed level of personalized service for your wheel loader. With parts distribution centers worldwide, most parts can be delivered in 24 hours. Easy access to parts reduces downtime.


Owning quality equipment is a very important factor in maintaining resale value. Cat not only supplies quality equipment but also provides product and dealer support to maintain the reliability and durability of your machine.
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  • Grouped service points and sight gauges for easy daily maintenance
  • Convenient access to engine compartment for excellent serviceability
  • Swing-out grill and cooling cores for easy cleaning
  • Electronic systems to monitor product health


Transmission oil and hydraulic filters are located in the Hydraulic Service Center, behind the hinged, right-side access ladder. The hydraulic oil tank can be drained from this location using the access port.
  • Hydraulic filter change interval at 500 hours
  • Transmission filter change interval at 1000 hours


Batteries, relay panel and an optional tool box are conveniently located below the left-side access platform. The engine shutdown switch is housed with the relay panel. A compartment integrated into the access platform contains the hood tilt actuation switch, master switch and jump-start receptacle.


Grease fittings are grouped on the right side of the machine in two convenient locations - in a service compartment just below the right-side service platform, and a bank located just off the non-engine end frame. These locations facilitate easy lubrication of vital components located throughout the machine.


Reduce time spent on daily maintenance and downtime for unplanned repairs due to inadequate greasing with the optional Caterpillar Automatic Lubrication System. Precise lubrication of pins and bushings at specific intervals improves component wear and reduces ground contamination from excessive greasing.


Sampling valves on the 966H allow quick access to engine, transmission and hydraulic oils for S•O•S analysis. Oil change intervals and other services can be optimized according to your work schedule, reducing downtime and managing expenses.


Pressure taps for the steering and hydraulic systems, transmission (optional) and brakes are grouped behind an access panel just below the right-side service platform.


Axles are equipped with standard brake wear indicators, allowing a technician to easily determine when it is necessary to service the brakes.


Well-protected, yet easily visible sight gauges for the transmission, hydraulic oil and radiator coolant allow easy daily checks while reducing the risk of contaminants entering the systems.


The non-metallic hood on the 966H has been redesigned and restyled from previous models. Side and top panels are stronger due to more robust reinforcement ribs - the change in contour also adds to rigidity of the hood.

A single mechanical lift cylinder with manual back-up opens the hood. The tilting hood provides excellent access to the engine compartment, and if necessary, the entire hood can be removed with the built-in lift points.

With the hood closed, quick checks of engine oil levels and the coolant sight gauge can be completed through the side service doors. Panels located behind the tires lift up and can be removed for additional access. Roading fenders hinge from the rear and swing out allowing easier access to the engine compartment.


Engine, transmission and hydraulic oils can be easily drained with standard-equipment ecology drains. An axle oil ecology drain is optional.


An electric fuel priming pump located on the primary fuel filter base eliminates the need to pre-fill or manually prime filters after a change, eliminating engine contamination.


Cooling system access for clean-out and maintenance is outstanding. The perforated and corrugated grill minimizes debris build-up and swings out for easy cleaning and access to the cooling cores. The full-width air conditioning condenser and oil cooler cores swing out 45° to allow easy cleaning of the rear radiator face. Access panels on either side of the radiator support structure provide access to the front face of the radiator and ATAAC cores for easy cleaning.


The entire operator station can be removed in about 45 minutes and is easy to re-attach. Quick disconnects are used so no wires need to be cut and no refrigerant is lost. Cab cleaning is made easy with channels on the cab floor and no threshold at the door - the floor can be swept or mopped out easily.


An optional windshield cleaning package consists of two steps for the loader front frame, two additional handrails and a folding mirror. This package allows access to the entire front windshield for easy cleaning.


Cat field service technicians have the experience and tools necessary to service your loader on site. Technical experts at the dealership and Caterpillar can provide additional assistance to field service technicians as needed. When on-site repair isn't enough, Cat dealerships are fully equipped to service your loader quickly.
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Standard / Optional Equip.

966H Standard Equipment

Alarm, back-up
Alternator, 80-amp brushless
Batteries, Maintenance free (2) 1400 CCA
Ignition key; start/stop switch
Lighting system, halogen (6 total)
Main disconnect switch
Receptacle, starting, 24-volt
Starter, electric, heavy-duty
Starting and charging system (24-volt)
Air conditioner, heater and defroster
Bucket/work tool function lockout
Cab, pressurized and sound-suppressed ROPS/FOPS
Cigar lighter and ashtray (12-volt)
Coat hook (2) with straps
Computerized monitoring system
Controls, electrohydraulic, lift and tilt function
Horn, electric (steering wheel/console)
Light, dome (cab)
Lunchbox, beverage holders and personal tray
Mirror, rearview (internally mounted)
Seat, Cat Comfort (cloth) with air suspension
Seat belt, retractable, 51 mm (2") wide
Steering column, adjustable angle (SW-CCS) and length (CCS)
Wet-Arm wipers and washers, front and rear
Window, sliding (left and right side)
Brakes, full hydraulic enclosed wet-disc with Integrated Braking System (IBS) and brake wear indicator
Engine, Cat C11 with ACERT™ technology and ATAAC
Fan, radiator, electronically controlled, hydraulically driven, temperature sensing, on demand
Filters, fuel, primary/secondary
Filters, engine air, primary/secondary
Fuel priming pump (electric)
Muffler, sound suppressed
Radiator, unit core
Starting aid, ether (ready)
Switch, transmission neutralizer lockout
Torque converter, free wheel stator
Transmission, automatic, planetary powershift (4F/4R)
Variable Shift Control (VSC)
Automatic bucket positioner
Couplings, Caterpillar O-ring face seal
Doors, service access (locking)
Ecology drains, engine, transmission and hydraulics
Fenders, steel (front and rear)
Guard, airborne debris
Hitch, drawbar with pin
Hood, non-metallic, power tilting
Hoses, Caterpillar XT™
Hydraulic oil cooler
Kickout, lift and tilt, automatic (in-cab adjustable)
Linkage, Z-bar, cast crosstube/tilt lever
Oil sampling valves
Product Link ready
Remote diagnostic pressure taps
Service center, electrical and hydraulic
Sight gauges:
Steering, load sensing
Vandalism protection caplocks
A tire must be selected from the mandatory attachments section. Base machine price includes an allowance based on a premium radial tire.
Premixed 50% concentration of Extended Life Coolant with freeze protection to -34°C (-29°F)

966H Optional Equipment

Aggregate Autodig System
Buckets and work tools
Bucket Ground Engaging Tools (GET) - see Cat dealer for details
Camera, rear vision
Cooler, axle oil
Cooling, high-ambient, 50° C (122° F)
Limited slip, front or rear
NO-SPIN, rear
Drain, axle ecology
Fender extensions, front and rear
Fenders, narrow
Fenders, roading
Glass, cab, rubber-mounted
Guard, axle seal
Guard, front window, wide or small mesh
Guard, power train
Guard, vandalism
Heater, engine coolant, 120- or 240-volt
Hydraulic arrangement, three-valve
Joystick control, two- or three-valve
Lights, directional
Lights, high intensity discharge (HID)
Lights, roading
Light, warning beacon
Lights, work, cab-mounted
Machine Security System
Mirrors, external
Mirrors, heated external
Mirrors, heated external, folding
Open canopy
Payload Control System
Payload Control System Printer
Platform, window cleaning
Precleaner, turbine
Precleaner, turbine/trash
Product Link
Radio, AM/FM Weatherband (CD)
Radio, CB-ready
Remote pressure taps, transmission
Ride Control System, two- or three-valve
Seat, heated
Seatbelt, 76 mm (3") wide
Sound suppression, exterior
Steering, Command Control System
Steering, secondary
Switch, lift lever FNR (steering wheel machines)
Sun visor, front
Tool box
Special Machine Arrangements
High Lift Arrangement, two- and three-valve
Forest Machine Arrangement
Industrial Loader Arrangement
Yard Loader Value Package
Bucket GET Options
Customize your bucket to meet your requirements. Cat offers a complete range of Ground Engaging Tools and other wear products.

Coal - Performance Series
Maximum productivity in loading and stockpile applications.

Fusion™ Coupler - Loader
The heart of Fusion™ is a unique design that pulls the load inward, toward the machine.

General Purpose
For use in low-impact, moderately abrasive materials such as dirt, loam, gravel, and clay.

Grapple buckets, equipped with dual top clamps, grab and hold loose material. They are key producers in transfer stations, landfills and similar applications.

Heavy Duty Rock
At home in a mine or quarry, and armored to take the abrasion and abuse of production loading stone.

High Dump Buckets
Increased dump height equals better performance in loading applications.

Material Handling
Material Handling Bucket is a flat-floor bucket used for handling stockpiled materials such as aggregates or other easy-to-load materials requiring moderate breakout force.

Material Handling Arms - Loader
Designed for lifting and placing objects and equipment around the jobsite.

Multi-Purpose Buckets have a unique four-way action.

Pallet Forks
No tools are so indispensable on the job site as pallet forks.

Pipe & Pole Forks
Cat® Pipe & Pole Forks are designed and built for use in oil and gas field drilling, pipe line construction and above-ground utilities work.

Rock Buckets are designed for face or bank loading in mining or quarry applications. The straight-edge rock bucket provides higher breakout force and increased dump clearance. The spade-edge rock bucket offers increased penetration in certain applications.

Side Dump
For heavy duty rock loading, side dump buckets with rock rack and V-type cutting edges and teeth are available.

Waste Handling
Waste Buckets are designed for long life in the harsh world of refuse applications. This high-capacity bucket is well-suited for loading, sorting and other transfer station work.

Woodchip buckets are built for high-volume loading of woodchips.