Caterpillar has introduced a new wheel loader with a tipping load of 14t aimed at versatility in jobs for governmental applications.
The global equipment leader said in a statement that the new 21t operating weight Cat 966 GC wheel loader is designed for reliable performance and long-term durability in a wide range of applications that require a machine that fits the budget.
The 966 GC is powered by Cat’s C9.3B Tier IIIA engine producing a maximum gross power of 321hp. It has a new common-rail fuel injection system designed for fuels available in less regulated markets. An electronically controlled, hydraulically driven, variable speed cooling fan, combined with the Cat Engine Idle Management System, results in lower fuel consumption and reduced sound levels, says the manufacturer. An optional automatic reversing fan assists in cleaning cooling cores in high-debris environments and a high-ambient cooling package and cold-start system are also available.
The new loader uses a 4F/4R electronically controlled, planetary powershift transmission, designed and built by Caterpillar, and featuring an electronic clutch, pressure-compensated, single clutch shifting system for smooth, efficient gear changes in all operating situations. The Caterpillar Z-bar loader linkage, with cast crossmember and tilt-lever takes care of digging capabilities and offers high breakout forces with Cat Performance Series buckets, said the statement. The load-sensing implement hydraulic system continuously controls flow and pressure to precisely match requirements of the operating situation, reducing both the load on the pump and overall fuel burn.
Cat added that a range of work tools available with the loader includes a selection of Cat Performance Series buckets (general purpose, rock, and light material configurations), which incorporate a long floor, wide opening, and curved side plates. According to Cat, these design features enable operators to attain 10% higher bucket-fill factors compared with legacy designs, improving cycle times and reducing fuel consumption. The Cat Fusion quick coupler and controls are also available, and combined with optional third-function auxiliary hydraulics, the coupler allows use of a wide selection of Cat work tools.
The 966 GC control system includes an operator interface display with five analogue-like gauges, colour indicator lights and an LCD screen designed for optimum view and to allow operators to quickly monitor machine systems. Low-effort, pilot-operated implement controls feature a remote kick down switch for operating comfort.
The 966 GC also is equipped with the Cat Product Link telematics system in select areas to enhance operating efficiency and to assist with preventive maintenance and servicing.