966M XE Wheel Loader | Front Loader

Overview
Maximum Net Torque (1,200 rpm)
1,193 lbf-ft
Engine Model
Cat C9.3 ACERT
Cooling System
19 gal
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  • Interior View

The new 966M XE Wheel Loader, with the 2017 product update, applies proven technologies systematically and strategically to meet your high expectations for reliability, productivity, fuel efficiency, and long service life. The XE technology improves fuel efficiency by up to 25% over the M Series standard configuration and up to 35% over the K Series standard configuration.** Meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and EU Stage IV emission standards. **Actual results may vary based on factors such as, but not limited to, machine configuration, operator technique, machine application, climate, etc.

Engine

Maximum Net Torque (1,200 rpm)
1,193 lbf-ft
Engine Model
Cat C9.3 ACERT
Net Power - ISO 9249
298 hp
Maximum Net Power @ 1,600 rpm – SAE J1349
298 hp
Maximum Net Power @ 1,600 rpm – SAE J1349 (metric)
302 hp
Maximum Net Power @ 1,600 rpm – ISO 9249
298 hp
Maximum Net Power @ 1,600 rpm – ISO 9249 (metric)
302 hp
Peak Gross Torque (1,200 rpm) – SAE J1995
1,275 lbf-ft
Maximum Net Torque - 1,200 rpm
1,193 ft·lbf
Displacement
568 in³
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.
Net Power - ISO 9249
298 HP
Engine Model
Cat C9.3 ACERT
Maximum Net Power - 1,600 rpm - ISO 9249
298 HP
Maximum Net Power - 1,600 rpm - ISO 9249 - Metric
302 HP
Maximum Net Power - 1,600 rpm - SAE J1349
298 HP
Maximum Net Power - 1,600 rpm - SAE J1349 - Metric
302 HP
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - SAE J1995
1,275 ft·lbf
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - ISO 14396
1,260 ft·lbf
Displacement
568 in³
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.

Service Refill Capacities

Cooling System
19 gal
Crankcase
7 gal
Transmission
17 gal
Differentials and Final Drives – Front
15 gal
Differentials and Final Drives – Rear
15 gal
Hydraulic Tank
33 gal
Fuel Tank
80 gal
DEF Tank
4 gal
Cooling System
19 gal (US)
Crankcase
7 gal (US)
Transmission
17 gal (US)
Hydraulic Tank
33 gal (US)
Differential - Final Drives - Front
15 gal (US)
Differential - Final Drives - Rear
15 gal (US)
Fuel Tank
80 gal (US)
DEF Tank
4 gal (US)

Sound

Note
*Distance of 15 m (49.2 ft), moving forward in second gear ratio.
Note
**For machines in European Union countries and in countries that adopt the “EU Directives.”
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value: Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)
67 dB(A)
With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)**
67 dB(A)
With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008)**
105 LWA***
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value: Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008)
107 dB(A)
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value: Exterior Sound Pressure Level (SAE J88:2013)
76 dB(A)*
Note
***European Union Directive “2000/14/EC” as amended by “2005/88/EC.”
Note (1)
*Distance of 15 m (49.2 ft), moving forward in second gear ratio.
Note (2)
**For machines in European Union countries and in countries that adopt the ?EU Directives.?
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)
67 dB(A)
Note (3)
***European Union Directive ?2000/14/EC? as amended by ?2005/88/EC.?
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008)
107 dB(A)
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Pressure Level (SAE J88:2013)
76 dB(A)*

Hydraulic System

Implement Pump Type
Variable Displacement Piston
Implement System: Maximum Operating Pressure
4,496 psi
Implement Pump Type
Variable Displacement Piston
Implement System - Maximum Operating Pressure
4,496 psi
Implement System - Maximum Pump Output at 1,600 rpm
102 gal/min
Hydraulic Cycle Time – Total
10 Seconds
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Total
10 s

Weights

Operating Weight
51,176 lb
Note
Weight based on a machine configuration with Michelin 26.5R25 XHA2 L3 radial tires, full fluids, operator, standard counterweight, cold start, roading fenders, Product Link™, manual diff lock/open axles (front/rear), power train guard, secondary steering,
Operating Weight
51,176 lb
Note
Weight based on a machine configuration with Michelin 26.5R25 XHA2 L3 radial tires, full fluids, operator, standard counterweight, cold start, roading fenders, Product Link?, manual diff lock/open axles (front/rear), power train guard, secondary steering,

Bucket Capacities

Bucket Capacities
3.20-7.40 m3 (4.19-9.68 yd3)
Bucket Capacities
3.20-7.40 m3 (4.19-9.68 yd3)

Operating Specifications

Static Tipping Load – Full 37° Turn – with Tire Deflection
32,329 lb
Static Tipping Load – Full 37° Turn – No Tire Deflection
34,873 lb
Note
For a machine configuration as defined under “Weight.”
Note
Full compliance to ISO 143971:2007 Sections 1 thru 6, which requires 2% verification between calculations and testing.
Breakout Force
38,984 lbf
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - No Tire Deflection
34,873 lb
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - With Tire Deflection
32,329 lb
Note (1)
For a machine configuration as defined under ?Weight.?
Note (2)
Full compliance to ISO 143971:2007 Sections 1 thru 6, which requires 2% verification between calculations and testing.

Transmission – Virtual Gears

Forward 2
8 mph
Forward 3
14 mph
Forward 4
25 mph

Transmission - Virtual Gears

Reverse - 1
4 mile/h
Reverse - 2
8 mile/h
Reverse - 3
17 mile/h
Note
Maximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L3 tires with 826 mm (32.5 in) roll radius.
Forward - 1
4 mile/h
Forward - 2
8 mile/h
Forward - 3
14 mile/h
Forward - 4
25 mile/h

Dimensions - Standard Lift

Height - Top of Hood
9 ft
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe
12 ft
Height - Top of ROPS
12 ft
Ground Clearance
1 ft
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight
7 ft
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch
6 ft
Wheel Base
12 ft
Overall Length - Without Bucket
24 ft
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift
14 ft
Hinge Pin Height at Carry
2 ft
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift
12 ft
Rack Back - Maximum Lift
62 degrees
Rack Back - Carry Height
50 degrees
Rack Back at Ground
42 degrees
Maximum Width over Tires
10 ft
Tread Width
7 ft
Note
All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.

Dimensions - High Lift

Height - Top of Hood
9 ft
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe
12 ft
Height - Top of ROPS
12 ft
Ground Clearance
1 ft
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight
8 ft
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch
6 ft
Wheel Base
12 ft
Overall Length - Without Bucket
27 ft
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift
16 ft
Hinge Pin Height at Carry
3 ft
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift
14 ft
Rack Back - Maximum Lift
71 degrees
Rack Back - Carry Height
49 degrees
Rack Back at Ground
39 degrees
Maximum Width over Tires
10 ft
Tread Width
7 ft
Note
All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.

Buckets

Bucket Capacities
3.20-7.40 m3 (4.19-9.68 yd3)
Bucket Capacities
3.20-7.40 m³ (4.19-9.68 yd³)

Engine - Tier 4 Final/Stage IV

Emissions
Tier 4/Stage IV

Reliability

        

  • Cat® C9.3 ACERT™ engine offers increased power density with a combination of proven electronic, fuel and air systems.
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  • Utilizing rigorous component design and machine validation processes results in unmatched reliability, durability and high uptime.
        

  • Cat® C9.3 ACERT™ engine offers increased power density with a combination of proven electronic, fuel and air systems.
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  • Utilizing rigorous component design and machine validation processes results in unmatched reliability, durability and high uptime.

Durability

        

  • Cat continuously variable transmission and axles handle extreme applications.
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  • Full flow hydraulic filtration system with additional loop filtration improves hydraulic system robustness and component life.
        

  • Cat continuously variable transmission and axles handle extreme applications.
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  • Full flow hydraulic filtration system with additional loop filtration improves hydraulic system robustness and component life.

Productivity

        

  • Advanced power train delivers superior performance and fuel efficiency while simplifying interface and operating technique.
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  • Integrated continuously variable transmission with multi-viscosity oil provides maximum and continuous power at optimal speeds.
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  • Power train control independent of engine speed with energy recovery improves efficiency and fuel economy.
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  • Easy-to-load Performance Series Buckets feature a wider mouth and curved side plates that improve material retention (fill factor).
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  • On-the-go disc-type front manual differential locks (front and rear fully automatic option) improve performance.
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  • Optional Aggregate Handler configuration option offers slightly higher payload capability for loose aggregate rehandling.*

*Requires conformance to Caterpillar payload policy. Consult your dealer or Caterpillar representative for availability and details.

        

  • Advanced power train delivers superior performance and fuel efficiency while simplifying interface and operating technique.
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  • Integrated continuously variable transmission with multi-viscosity oil provides maximum and continuous power at optimal speeds.
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  • Power train control independent of engine speed with energy recovery improves efficiency and fuel economy.
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  • Easy-to-load Performance Series Buckets feature a wider mouth and curved side plates that improve material retention (fill factor).
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  • On-the-go disc-type front manual differential locks (front and rear fully automatic option) improve performance.
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  • Optional Aggregate Handler configuration option offers slightly higher payload capability for loose aggregate rehandling.*

*Requires conformance to Caterpillar payload policy. Consult your dealer or Caterpillar representative for availability and details.

Fuel Efficiency

        

  • Up to 25% more fuel efficient than the M Series standard configuration and up to 35% more than the K Series standard configuration.**
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  • Power dense ACERT engine burns less fuel by providing power and torque when needed.
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  • Standard productive Economy Mode provides maximum fuel savings with minimal productivity impact.

**Actual results may vary based on factors such as, but not limited to, machine configuration, operator technique, machine application, climate, etc.

        

  • Up to 25% more fuel efficient than the M Series standard configuration and up to 35% more than the K Series standard configuration.**
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  • Power dense ACERT engine burns less fuel by providing power and torque when needed.
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  • Standard productive Economy Mode provides maximum fuel savings with minimal productivity impact.

**Actual results may vary based on factors such as, but not limited to, machine configuration, operator technique, machine application, climate, etc.

Ease of Operation

        

  • Best-in-class operator environment provides unmatched comfort, visibility, and efficiency.
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  • E-H joystick steering with force feedback for precision control and dramatically decreases operator arm fatigue.
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  • Intuitive controls and touch screen multifunction display.
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  • Ride control system with dual accumulators provides excellent ride quality and lowers cab vibrations.
        

  • Best-in-class operator environment provides unmatched comfort, visibility, and efficiency.
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  • E-H joystick steering with force feedback for precision control and dramatically decreases operator arm fatigue.
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  • Intuitive controls and touch screen multifunction display.
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  • Ride control system with dual accumulators provides excellent ride quality and lowers cab vibrations.

Safety

        

  • Excellent cab access with wide door, remote door opening option and stair-like steps.
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  • Floor to ceiling windshield, large mirrors with integrated spot mirrors and rear vision camera provide industry leading all-around visibility.
        

  • Excellent cab access with wide door, remote door opening option and stair-like steps.
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  • Floor to ceiling windshield, large mirrors with integrated spot mirrors and rear vision camera provide industry leading all-around visibility.

Serviceability

        

  • One-piece tilting hood with side and rear doors; hydraulic and electrical service centers make access fast and easy.
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  • Safe, ground level access to fuel fill and daily maintenance points.
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  • Optional, fully integrated Cat Autolube system provides full lube system monitoring and diagnostic test visibility.
        

  • One-piece tilting hood with side and rear doors; hydraulic and electrical service centers make access fast and easy.
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  • Safe, ground level access to fuel fill and daily maintenance points.
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  • Optional, fully integrated Cat Autolube system provides full lube system monitoring and diagnostic test visibility.

Cat Connect Technology

        

  • Monitor, manage and enhance job site operations.
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  • Cat LINK Technologies: VisionLink® enables owners to access data wirelessly to monitor machine health, utilization and location.
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  • Cat DETECT Technologies: Integrated rear vision camera enhances visibility behind machine to help operators work safely. Optional Cat Rear Object Detection increases operator awareness of the working environment.
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  • Cat PAYLOAD Technologies: Optional Cat Production Measurement 2.0 brings simple and accurate on-the-go payload scale allowing operators to deliver exact loads and work more efficiently. Advanced Productivity subscription provides comprehensive actionable information to help you manage and improve the productivity and profitability of your operations.
        

  • Monitor, manage and enhance job site operations.
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  • Cat LINK Technologies: VisionLink® enables owners to access data wirelessly to monitor machine health, utilization and location.
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  • Cat DETECT Technologies: Integrated rear vision camera enhances visibility behind machine to help operators work safely. Optional Cat Rear Object Detection increases operator awareness of the working environment.
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  • Cat PAYLOAD Technologies: Optional Cat Production Measurement 2.0 brings simple and accurate on-the-go payload scale allowing operators to deliver exact loads and work more efficiently. Advanced Productivity subscription provides comprehensive actionable information to help you manage and improve the productivity and profitability of your operations.
  • Power Train
    • Engine, Cat 9.3 ACERT meets Stage IV emission standards
    • Cat Clean Emissions Module (CEM) with Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank and pump
    • Fuel priming pump (electric)
    • Fuel/water separator
    • Precleaner, engine air intake
    • Cat continuously variable transmission
    • Axles, manually actuated differential lock front axle, open differential rear axle
    • Axles, ecology drains
    • Brakes, full hydraulic enclosed wet-disc with modulated neutralizer and integrated retarding
    • Brake wear indicators
    • Parking brake, disc and caliper
    • Right pedal lock, maximum rimpull control and machine speed limit in the cab
    • Fan, radiator, on demand
  • Hydraulics
    • Hydraulic system, load sensing
    • Steering, load sensing
    • Ride control, 2V
    • Remote diagnostic pressure taps
    • Hoses, Cat XT�
    • Couplings, Cat O-ring face seal
    • Hydraulic oil cooler (swing out)
    • Oil sampling valves
  • Electrical And Lighting
    • Batteries (2), maintenance free 1,400 CCA
    • Ignition key; start/stop switch
    • Starter, electric, heavy duty
    • Starting and charging system (24V)
    • Lighting system: Four halogen work lights (cab mounted); Two halogen roading lights (with signals); Two halogen rear vision lights (hood mounted); Two rear LED position/stop/turn
    • Alarm, back up
    • Alternator, 145-amp brushed
    • Main disconnnect switch
    • Emergency engine shutdown switch
    • Receptable start (cables not included)
    • Secondary steering
    • Speed limiter, adjustable
  • Operator Environment
    • Cab, pressurized and sound suppressed (ROPS/FOPS)
    • Viscous mounts
    • Multi-function 18 cm color touchscreen display for rear vision camera, clock and machine parameters
    • EH controls, SAL (single axis lever) lift and tilt function
    • Steering, EH joystick, speed sensing with force feedback
    • Radio ready (entertainment) includes antenna, speakrs and converter (12V, 10-amp)
    • Air conditioner, heater, and defroster (auto temp and fan)
    • EH parking brake
    • Beverage holders (2) with storage compartment for cell phone/MP3 player
    • Bucket/work tool function lockout
    • Coat hook (2)
    • Cab air filter
    • Ergonomic cab access ladders and handrails
    • Horn, electric
    • Light, two dome (cab)
    • Mirrors, rearview external with integrated spot mirrors
    • Post mounted membrane 16 switch keypad
    • 2 receptables, 12V
    • Seat, Cat Comfort (cloth) air suspension
    • Seat belt, 51 mm retractable, with indicator
    • Sun visor, front
    • Wet-arm wipers/washer front and rear, intermittent front wiper
    • Window, sliding (left and right sides)
    • Cab tie-off
  • Computerized Monitoring System
    • With following gauges: Speedometer/tachometer; Digital gear range indicator; Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) level; Temperature: engine coolant, hydraulic oil, transmission oil; Fuel level
    • With following warning indicators: Regeneration; Temperature: axle oil, engine intake manifold; Pressure: engine oil, fuel pressure hi/low, primary steering oil, service brake oil; Battery voltage hi/low; Engine air filter restriction; Hydraulic oil filter restriction; Hydraulic oil low; Parking brake; DEF low level; Transmission filter bypass
  • Cat Connect Technologies
    • Link technologies: Product Link
    • Detect technologies: rear vision camera
  • Linkage
    • Linkage, Z-bar, cast crosstube/tilt lever
    • Kickout, lift and tilt, automatic
  • Fluids
    • Premixed extended life coolant with freeze protection to -34� C
  • Other Standard Equipment
    • Hood, non-metallic power tilting
    • Service centers (electrical and hydraulic)
    • Platform, window washing
    • Auto idle shutdown
    • Fenders, steel front with mud-flap/rear with extension
    • Ecology drains for engine, transmission, and hydraulics
    • Ether aid ready
    • Grill, airborne debris
    • Filters: fuel, engine air, engine oil, hydraulic oil, transmission
    • Fuel cooler
    • Grease zerks
    • Hitch, drawbar with pin
    • Precleaner rain cap
    • Sight gauges: engine coolant, hydraulic oil, and transmissin oil level
    • Toolbox
    • Vandlism protection caplocks
  • Power Train
    • Axles - Automatic front/rear differential locks; Axle oil cooler; Extreme temperature seals; Seal guards
    • Fan, VPF (variable pitch fan), automatic and manual control
    • Radiator, high debris with wider fin spacing
  • Hydraulics
    • 3rd function with Ride Control
    • 4th function with Ride Control
  • Electrical And Lighting
    • Four additional halogen cab mounted work lights or;
    • Two additional auxiliary front HI LED and two additional auxiliary rear LED cab mounted work lights, two LED work lights in the radiator grill, LED front turn signals, replacement of the standard four halogen cab mounted work lights with four LED work lights, LED roading lights
    • Speed limiter - 20 km/h
    • External seat belt indicator light
    • Reversing strobes
  • Operator Environment
    • Door, remote opening system
    • Cover, HVAC metallic
    • EH controls, SAL 3rd function - Additional roller switch for 4th function
    • EH controls, joystick lift and tilt - Additional integrated roller switches for 3rd and 4th functions
    • Filter, carbon fresh air
    • Mirrors, heated rearview external with integrated spot mirrors
    • Precleaner, HVAC
    • Precleaner, HVAC (RESPA)
    • Radio, AM/FM/CD/USB/MP3 Bluetooth�
    • Seat, heated, air suspension
    • Seat belt, 4 point harness, with indicator
    • Seat, deluxe with leather inserts and headrest, heated and ventilated, air-suspended, adjustable lumbar support
    • Roof, metallic
    • Sun visor, rear
    • Windows, rubber mounted
    • Windows, with front guard
    • Windows, with heavy duty front guard
    • Windows, with full guards front, rear and sides
    • Cat seat cover, removable
  • Cat Connect Technologies
    • Link technologies: VIMS�
    • Payload technologies: Cat Production Measurement 2.0 (CPM); Printer, Cat Production Measurement; Aggregate Autodig
    • Advanced Productivity subscription
    • Detect technologies: Cat Rear Object Detection
    • Machine Security System
  • Linkage
    • High lift
    • Forestry
    • Quick coupler ready
  • Fluids
    • Premixed extended life coolant with freeze protection to -50� C
    • Bio-degradable oil, Cat HYDO�
  • Starters, Batteries, And Alternators
    • Cold start - 240V
  • Work Tools
    • Performance Series buckets
    • Fusion quick coupler
    • Forks, pallet
    • Forks, logging
  • Other Optional Equipment
    • Cat Autolube System
    • Fenders, roading
    • Guard, power train
    • Guard, rear radiator grill
    • Oil change, high speed engine
    • Precleaner, turbine
    • Precleaner, trash
    • Wheel clocks
  • Other Optional Configurations
    • Aggregate Handler
    • Industrial and Waste Handler
    • Forestry
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