EQUIPMENT DESCRIPTION AND DATA
EQUIPMENT CHARACTERISTICS, CAPABILITIES, AND FEATURES
The 966H Wheel Loader is an integral part of the Army's mission to efficiently build roads, airstrips, and other
engineering assets in a wide variety of geographic, environmental, and tactical situations:
(1) The 966H Type I Wheel Loader uses a 4.5 yd3 (3.5 m3) Rock Bucket to operate in quarries to lift and stockpile
(2) The 966H Type II Wheel Loader uses a 5.0 yd3 (3.8 m3) GP Bucket to excavate, dig, lift/load, strip, level, and
perform stockpiling operations.
The buckets can be interchanged with forklift pallet forks and a rotary sweeper to further increase machine versa-
Capabilities and Features.
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Refer to Equipment Data at the end of this work package for machine dimensions, weights, fluid capacities,
and other miscellaneous equipment data.
The loader consists of two sections, front frame section and rear frame section, with center-point frame articula-
The loader is capable of lifting, clearing, and dumping loads into the following dump trucks/bodies:
(1) M917 Series, with 114 in. (2.90 m) sideboard height;
(2) Palletized Load System-Engineer Mission Module-Dump Body (PLS-EMM-DB): Truck-Mounted, with 124 in.
(3.15 m) sideboard height; and Trailer-Mounted, with 112 in. (2.84 m) sideboard height.
The machine has the following capabilities and features:
(1) Caterpillar C11 heavy-duty EPA Tier III compliant turbocharged diesel engine with six inline cylinders,
generating 259 hp (net) and 283 hp (gross) (193 and 211 kW) @ 1,800 rpm;
(2) Capable of operating for 10 hours on a tank of fuel;
(3) Ether assist in cold weather starting down to -25°F (-32°C);
(4) Caterpillar autoshift transmission with four forward and four reverse speeds;
(5) 4-wheel drive: front fixed and rear oscillating axles with outboard planetary final drives;
(6) Self-adjusting service brakes with secondary and parking brake systems;
(7) Articulated frame steering with two double-acting steering cylinders;
(8) AC enclosed cab with adjustable seat and tilt steering wheel, gages and warning indicators, work tool hydraulic
controls, and heater/defroster/AC controls;
(9) Removable bolt-on Rollover Protective Structure/Falling Object Protective Structure (ROPS/FOPS);
(10) Interchangeable work tools, including forklift pallet forks and rotary sweeper;
(11) Z-bar loader arm with hydraulically-activated quick coupler, that allows for easy and quick connection and dis-
connection of work tools without the need for operator to leave cab;
(12) Lift and tiedown provisions conforming to MIL-STD-209K, Department of Defense Interface Standard for Lift-
ing and Tiedown Provisions;
(13) NATO slave receptacle;
(14) One toolbox, located below the battery box (LH side); and
(15) Mounting provisions for M16A1, M16A2, or M4 rifle; portable fire extinguisher; and Sorbent Decontamination
System (SDS): M100.