The Cat® 966M XE Wheel Loader is the class leader in fuel efficiency and offers significantly lower long-term costs. This machine meets emission standards and is designed to improve fuel economy without interrupting performance. The reliability, durability, and versatility results in a machine that is better built to meet your needs.

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Net Power - ISO 9249 298.0 HP 222.0 kW
Emissions Tier 4/Stage IV Tier 4/Stage IV
Maximum Net Power - 1,600 rpm - ISO 9249 298.0 HP 222.0 kW
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - SAE J1995 1275.0 ft·lbf 1728.0 N·m
Maximum Net Power - 1,600 rpm - SAE J1349 - Metric 302.0 HP 222.0 kW
Maximum Net Power - 1,600 rpm - ISO 9249 - Metric 302.0 HP 222.0 kW
Maximum Net Power - 1,600 rpm - SAE J1349 298.0 HP 222.0 kW
Engine Model Cat C9.3 Cat C9.3
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - ISO 14396 1260.0 ft·lbf 1708.0 N·m
Maximum Net Torque - 1,200 rpm 1193.0 ft·lbf 1618.0 N·m
Displacement 568.0 in³ 9.3 l
Note The air conditioning system on this machine contains the fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerant R134a (Global Warming Potential = 1430). The system contains 1.6 kg of refrigerant which has a CO2 equivalent of 2.288 metric tonnes. The air conditioning system on this machine contains the fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerant R134a (Global Warming Potential = 1430). The system contains 1.6 kg of refrigerant which has a CO2 equivalent of 2.288 metric tonnes.


  • Deep system integration of the Cat continuously variable transmission, engine system, hydraulic system, transmission and cooling system results in significantly increased performance and fuel efficiency.
  • Lowering the rated engine speed and eliminating the torque converter results in speed that can be controlled independently of the engine speed.
  • Our high-power density and fuel efficient engines feature Cat electronics, a fuel injection process, and air-management systems.


  • Continuously variable transmission delivers smooth shifts, fast acceleration, and speed on grade.
  • Machine maneuvering on grade is made easy with steady deceleration and anti-rollback.
  • Integrated continuously variable transmission provides maximum, steady power at optimal speeds.
  • Easy-to-load performance series buckets improve material retention and reduce dig times, significantly improving productivity and fuel efficiency.
  • Differential locks are activated on the spot, improving traction for increased productivity.
  • Dual ride control accumulator system enables a wide payload range and better ride quality.
  • Aggregate packages with specialized offerings for loose aggregate rehandling applications.*

    * Optional configurations and equipment may vary from region to region and requires conformance to Caterpillar payload policy. Consult your dealer or Caterpillar representative for details.


  • Cat C9.3 engine offers increased power density with a combination of proven electronic fuel and air systems.
  • Equipped with automatic Cat regeneration system, Cat clean emissions module (CEM) with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank and pump.
  • Features an electric fuel priming pump and a fuel/water separator.
  • Thorough component design and machine validation processes result in unmatched reliability and uptime.


  • Advanced transmission and axles handle the most extreme applications.
  • The durable frame absorbs excavation and loading impact while the hitch system provides high-bearing force capacity.
  • Full-flow hydraulic filtration system with additional loop filtration improves hydraulic system strength and component life.


  • Developed to monitor, manage, and enhance your job site operations.
  • PAYLOAD provides accurate weighing* of the materials you are loading and hauling. Payload data is displayed in real-time to improve productivity and reduce overloading.
  • DETECT enhances awareness of the environment around working equipment and provides alerts to help keep people and assets safe on the job site.
  • LINK wirelessly connects you to your equipment, giving you access to essential information you need to know to run your business. Gain valuable insight into how your machine or fleet is performing allowing you to make timely, fact-based decisions that can boost job site efficiency and productivity.
  • Optional Advanced Productivity subscription provides comprehensive actionable information to help you manage and improve the productivity and profitability of your operations.

    * Not legal for trade.


  • Cab access with wide door, optional remote door opening, and stair-like steps add solid stability.
  • Floor-to-ceiling windshield, large mirrors with integrated spot mirrors, and rear-vision camera provide industry leading all-around visibility.
  • Computerized monitoring system includes several warning indicators.
  • Rear vision camera enhances visibility behind the machine, helping you work safely and confidently.
  • Optional rear object detection radar system warns you of an object in critical zone while going in reverse, enhancing job site safety.


  • Extended service intervals including -
  1. Engine oil and engine oil filter change interval up to 1000 hours
  2. Hydraulic filter change interval up to 1000 hours
  3. Transmission oil change interval up to 4000 hours
  • One-piece tilting hood makes cab access fast and easy.
  • Electrical service centers enhance convenience and accessibility.
  • Access to fuel fill and daily maintenance points means less servicing time is required.
  • Optional integrated Cat autolube system provides full lube system monitoring and diagnostic test visibility.
  • Remote flash support.
  • Longer tire life with on-the-go traction aids.


  • The next generation easily adjustable seat with updated styling and a revolutionary suspension system. It comes in three trim levels and can be equipped with a 4-point harness.
  • Sound-suppression, seals, and damping cab mounts decrease noise and vibration for a quieter work environment.
  • The seat-mounted electro-hydraulic joystick steering system provides precision control and dramatically reduces arm fatigue, resulting in excellent comfort and accuracy.
  • Electrohydraulic (EH) controls, parking brake, and Single Axis Lever (SAL) lift and tilt function allow for better handling and control management.
  • Smart ergonomic controls are easy to use, intuitive, and user-friendly.
  • Touchscreen multi-function color display keeps operators focused.
  • The next generation of ride control works as a shock absorber, improving ride quality over rough terrain.
  • Inclined steps and convenient grab handles ease accessibility to the operating space.
  • Extended windows enhance visibility while convex and spot mirrors extend the driver’s view on the sides and rear.



  • Engineered for work in Transfer Stations, Recycling Depots, Scrap Yards and Demolition Sites.
  • Factory installed guarding improves uptime; guards protect axle seals, steering cylinders, crankcase, front frame, powertrain, tilt cylinders, lower cab and rear box. Package includes reinforced service centers, heavy duty cable steps, lift cylinder baffles, narrow front fenders, and steel rear fender deflectors.
  • Factory installed options available are solid tires, rear machine guard, rubber mounted cab glass, engine precleaner, powered and filtered cab precleaner and variable pitch cooling fan.
  • Cat Waste Buckets available separately are Load & Carry, Tamp & Clamp, Dozing, and Grapple can be fitted with steel or rubber cutting edge.
  • Designed for efficiency and productivity log and chip handling in paper, pellet and saw mills.
  • 966M XE Forest Machine includes logger counterweight to maintain stability carrying heavy loads, logger lift arm and tilt lever with larger tilt cylinders increase machine capacity 19% over base model and logger implement valve.
  • Factory options available are Fusion or VCE quick coupler, 3rd or 4th function hydraulics to operate top or high dump bucket, front windshield guard, variable pitch fan, high debris cooler cores, engine precleaner, axle oil coolers and premium LED lighting package.
  • Work Tools available separately are Sorting Grapple, Millyard, Logging, Pole and Log & Lumber Forks and Light Material High Dump and Chip Buckets.
  • Designed for corrosive environments such as fertilizer plants, chemical industries, agriculture, salt water ports and others.
  • Factory protection of all machine components that can be affected by corrosive materials.
  • Treatment includes E-Coat cooler cores, additional coating on main hydraulic valve, heat treated shrink sealant on hydraulic hoses, fittings and electrical wiring, all hinges greased, Zerust® vapor enclosure for electronic components, extra heavy duty alternator, turbine engine precleaner and varnish protection on engine compartment, internal chassis and all non-painted metallic parts.

966M XE Standard Equipment

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  • Standard and optional equipment may vary. Consult your Cat dealer for details.

966M XE Optional Equipment

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  • Standard and optional equipment may vary. Consult your Cat dealer for details.