1992 CAT 966F
The purchase of this CAT 966F marked a sort of milestone for us here at G.W. Tatro Construction. It was one of our first big loaders, and it was one of the most successful equipment acquisitions we’ve had. This was not immediately obvious when the 966F first arrived: it needed a lot of work to get to full operating capacity. But our team of mechanics over the years have been nothing if not tenacious and clever, and before we knew it, this loader was running like a new machine.
It contains a tremendous amount of power; one employee said of the 966F: “That thing is an animal.” We’ve sent it to various gravel pits and quarries because it is able to handle the weight of stone and gravel better than almost any other machine. We pair it with our crushers and screeners, and it can dig out stubborn banks while demonstrating its famed stability. In addition, it has big tires, which adds to its weight and to its balance. On top of all this, the 966F is easy to operate, and is low maintenance.
Probably the most interesting period in this loader’s career was when our welder, Dale McKnight, crafted a rake attachment for it. We used it down on our Mount Snow job to help sort out material for the snowmaking pond. As the trucks would dump loads of materials, the 966F would screen out the largest rocks.
No matter if it’s on one of the biggest jobs in our company’s history, or is it is working alone in a pit, we know that the 1992 CAT 966F will always get the job done.