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Cat® H-Series Wheel Loaders - The New Standard For Midsize Loaders


Net Power - ISO 9249 287.0 hp 214.0 kW Less
Engine Model Cat® C13 ACERT™ Cat® C13 ACERT™ Less
Net Power - 80/1269/EEC 287.0 hp 214.0 kW Less
Flywheel Power 287.0 hp 214.0 kW Less
Gross Power - SAE J1995 311.0 hp 232.0 kW Less
Net Power - SAE J1349 284.0 hp 212.0 kW Less
Peak Torque (Net) @ 1,400 rpm 983.0 ft-lb 1332.0 N·m Less
Bore 5.12 in 130.0 mm Less
Stroke 6.18 in 157.0 mm Less
Displacement 762.8 in3 12.5 L Less


Operating Weight 55451.0 lb 25148.0 kg Less


Bucket Capacities 3.8-4.6 m3 5.0-6.0 yd3 3.8-4.6 m3 5.0-6.0 yd3 Less
Maximum Bucket Capacity 6.0 yd3 4.6 m3 Less
Bucket Width 10.32 ft 3145.0 mm Less

Operating Specifications

Dump Clearance 10357.58 ft 3.157 m Less
Static Tipping Load, Full Turn 37271.0 lb 16903.0 kg Less
Breakout Force 51750.0 lb 230.0 kN Less


Forward 1 4.5 mph 7.2 km/h Less
Forward 2 7.8 mph 12.6 km/h Less
Forward 3 13.3 mph 21.4 km/h Less
Forward 4 22.9 mph 36.9 km/h Less
Reverse 1 5.1 mph 8.2 km/h Less
Reverse 2 8.8 mph 14.2 km/h Less
Reverse 3 15.1 mph 24.3 km/h Less
Reverse 4 24.0 mph 38.8 km/h Less

Hydraulic System

Bucket/Work Tool System - Pump Output 80.6 gal/min 305.0 L/min Less
Steering System Pump Type Piston Piston Less
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Raise 5.9 Seconds 5.9 Seconds Less
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Dump 2.1 Seconds 2.1 Seconds Less
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Total 10.4 Seconds 10.4 Seconds Less
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Lower, Empty, Float Down 2.4 Seconds 2.4 Seconds Less


Brakes Meets required standards. Meets required standards. Less


Front Fixed front Fixed front Less
Rear Oscillating +/- 13° Oscillating +/- 13° Less
Maximum Single-Wheel Rise and Fall 19.8 in 502.0 mm Less


Tires Choose from a variety of tires to match your application. Choose from a variety of tires to match your application. Less


ROPS/FOPS Meets SAE and ISO standards. Meets SAE and ISO standards. Less

Service Refill Capacities

Fuel Tank - Standard 100.4 gal 380.0 L Less
Cooling System 10.3 gal 39.0 L Less
Crankcase 9.25 gal 35.0 L Less
Transmission 9.25 gal 35.0 L Less
Differentials and Final Drives - Front 16.9 gal 64.0 L Less
Differentials and Final Drives - Rear 16.9 gal 64.0 L Less
Hydraulic Tank 29.0 gal 110.0 L Less


Center Line of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.07 ft 2461.0 mm Less
Height to Top of ROPS 11.83 ft 3606.0 mm Less
Height to Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.67 ft 3557.0 mm Less
Height to Top of Hood 8.8 ft 2683.0 mm Less
Ground Clearance 1.63 ft 496.0 mm Less
B-Pin height - standard 14.65 ft 4466.0 mm Less
Wheelbase 11.32 ft 3450.0 mm Less
Center Line of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.66 ft 1725.0 mm Less


The Cat 972H - Tested And Proven - Ready To Work


Built Strong And Tough


Work Smart And Move More


Built For Your Operation


Work Comfortably And Efficiently


The 972H - Best Value For Your Operation


Easy To Maintain - Easy To Service

972H Standard Equipment

  • Alarm, back-up
  • Alternator, 80-amp brushless
  • Batteries, Maintenance free (2) 1400 CCA
  • Ignition key; start/stop switch
  • Lighting system, halogen (6 total)
  • Main disconnect switch
  • Receptacle, starting, 24-volt
  • Starter, electric, heavy-duty
  • Starting and charging system (24-volt)

  • Air conditioner, heater and defroster
  • Bucket/work tool function lockout
  • Cab, pressurized and sound-suppressed ROPS/FOPS
  • Cigar lighter and ashtray (12-volt)
  • Coat hook (2) with straps
  • Computerized monitoring system
  • Controls, electrohydraulic, lift and tilt function
  • Horn, electric (steering wheel/console)
  • Light, dome (cab)
  • Lunchbox, beverage holders and personal tray
  • Mirror, rearview (internally mounted)
  • Seat, Cat Comfort (cloth) with air suspension
  • Seat belt, retractable, 51 mm (2") wide
  • Steering column, adjustable
  • Wet-Arm wipers and washers, front and rear
  • Window, sliding (left and right side)

  • Brakes, full hydraulic enclosed wet-disc with Integrated Braking System (IBS) and brake wear indicator
  • Engine, Cat C13 with ACERT™ technology and ATAAC
  • Fan, radiator, electronically controlled, hydraulically driven, temperature sensing, on demand
  • Filters, fuel, primary/secondary
  • Filters, engine air, primary/secondary
  • Fuel priming pump (electric)
  • Muffler, sound suppressed
  • Radiator, unit core
  • Starting aid, ether (ready)
  • Switch, transmission neutralizer lockout
  • Torque converter, free wheel stator
  • Transmission, automatic, planetary powershift (4F/4R)
  • Variable Shift Control (VSC)

  • Automatic bucket positioner
  • Counterweight
  • Couplings, Caterpillar O-ring face seal
  • Doors, service access (locking)
  • Ecology drains, engine, transmission and hydraulics
  • Fenders, steel (front and rear)
  • Guard, airborne debris
  • Hitch, drawbar with pin
  • Hood, non-metallic, power tilting
  • Hoses, Caterpillar XT™
  • Hydraulic oil cooler
  • Kickout, lift and tilt, automatic (in-cab adjustable)
  • Linkage, Z-bar, cast crosstube/tilt lever
  • Oil sampling valves
  • Product Link ready
  • Remote diagnostic pressure taps
  • Service center, electrical and hydraulic
  • Sight gauges:
  • Steering, load sensing
  • Vandalism protection caplocks

  • A tire must be selected from the mandatory attachments section. Base machine price includes an allowance based on a premium radial tire.

  • Premixed 50% concentration of Extended Life Coolant with freeze protection to -34°C (-29°F)

972H Optional Equipment

Aggregate Autodig System


Buckets and work tools

Bucket Ground Engaging Tools (GET) - see Cat dealer for details

Camera, rear vision

Cooler, axle oil

Cooling, high-ambient, 50° C (122° F)

  • Limited slip, front or rear
  • NO-SPIN, rear

Drain, axle ecology

Fender extensions, front and rear

Fenders, narrow

Fenders, roading

Guard, axle seal

Guard, front window, wide or small mesh

Guard, power train

Guard, vandalism

Heater, engine coolant, 120- or 240-volt

Hydraulic arrangement, three-valve

Joystick control, two- or three-valve

Lights, directional

Lights, high intensity discharge (HID)

Lights, roading

Light, warning beacon

Lights, work, cab-mounted

Machine Security System

Mirrors, external

Mirrors, heated external

Mirrors, heated external, folding

Open canopy

Payload Control System
  • Payload Control System Printer

Platform, window cleaning

Precleaner, turbine

Precleaner, turbine/trash

Product Link

Radio, AM/FM Weatherband (CD)

Radio, CB-ready

Remote pressure taps (transmission, steering, torque converter and implement systems)

Ride Control System, two- or three-valve

Seat, heated

Seatbelt, 76 mm (3") wide

Sound suppression, exterior

Steering, Command Control System

Steering, secondary

Switch, lift lever FNR (steering wheel machines)

Sun visor, front

Tool box

Special Machine Arrangements
  • High Lift Arrangement, two- and three-valve
  • Industrial Loader Arrangement
  • Yard Loader Value Package