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Overview

The 972H delivers performance you can feel in the most demanding applications. This machine offers unmatched operator comfort and efficiency in a world-class cab. New Performance Series buckets deliver decreased dig times, greater fill factors and superior material retention to increase productivity and reduce fuel consumption. Revolutionary electro-hydraulic (EH) provide low-effort finger-tip operation of lift, tilt and auxiliary work tool controls. The reliability, durability, and versatility of the 972H result in a machine that is better built to meet your needs.

Engine

Units:
Net Power - ISO 9249 285.0 hp 212.0 kW Less
Engine Model Cat® C13 ACERT™ Cat® C13 ACERT™ Less
Bore 5.0 in 130.0 mm Less
Stroke 6.0 in 157.0 mm Less
Displacement 763.0 in3 12.5 L Less
Gross Power @ 1,800 rpm - ISO 14396 305.0 hp 228.0 kW Less
Gross Power @ 1,800 rpm - SAE J1995 311.0 hp 232.0 kW Less
Net Power @ 1,800 rpm - ISO 9249/SAE J1349 285.0 hp 212.0 kW Less
Note The horsepower (hp) provided is imperial horsepower. The horsepower (hp) provided is imperial horsepower. Less
Peak Net Torque @ 1,400 rpm - ISO 14396 1043.0 lb ft 1414.0 N·m Less

Weights

Operating Weight 55480.0 lb 25173.0 kg Less
Note For 4.6 m3 (6.0 yd3) general purpose bucket with BOCE. For 4.6 m3 (6.0 yd3) general purpose bucket with BOCE. Less

Buckets

Bucket Capacities 4.00-5.00 m3 (5.23-6.54 yd3) 4.00-5.00 m3 (5.23-6.54 yd3) Less
Maximum Bucket Capacity 7.19 yd3 5.5 m3 Less

Operating Specifications

Breakout Force 49005.0 lb 218.0 kN Less
Note For 4.6 m3 (6.0 yd3) general purpose bucket with BOCE. For 4.6 m3 (6.0 yd3) general purpose bucket with BOCE. Less
Static Tipping Load, Full Turn (ISO) 34308.0 lb 15566.0 kg Less
Static Tipping Load, Full Turn (No Tire Deflection) 37279.0 lb 16914.0 kg Less

Transmission

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
Note Maximum travel speeds (26.5-25 tires). Maximum travel speeds (26.5-25 tires). Less

Hydraulic System

Bucket/Work Tool System - Pump Output 85.0 gal/min 320.0 L/min Less
Steering System Pump Type Piston Piston Less
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Raise 6.5 Seconds 6.5 Seconds Less
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Dump 2.7 Seconds 2.7 Seconds Less
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Float 2.8 Seconds 2.8 Seconds Less
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Lower 3.5 Seconds 3.5 Seconds Less
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Rack 2.5 Seconds 2.5 Seconds Less

Brakes

Brakes Meet required standards; meet ISO 3450-2011 standards. Meet required standards; meet ISO 3450-2011 standards. Less

Axles

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

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

Cab

ROPS/FOPS Meets ISO Standards. Meets ISO Standards. Less
FOPS Falling Objects Protective Structure (FOPS) meets ISO 3449: 2005 Level II. Falling Objects Protective Structure (FOPS) meets ISO 3449: 2005 Level II. Less
ROPS Caterpillar cab with integrated Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) are standard. Caterpillar cab with integrated Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) are standard. Less
ROPS ROPS meets ISO 3471: 2008 criteria. ROPS meets ISO 3471: 2008 criteria. Less

Service Refill Capacities

Fuel Tank - Standard 100.0 gal 380.0 L Less
Cooling System 10.0 gal 39.0 L Less
Crankcase 9.0 gal 35.0 L Less
Transmission 12.0 gal 44.0 L Less
Differentials and Final Drives - Front 17.0 gal 64.0 L Less
Differentials and Final Drives - Rear 17.0 gal 64.0 L Less
Hydraulic Tank 29.0 gal 110.0 L Less

Dimensions

Center line of rear axle to hitch 5.66 ft 1725.0 mm Less
Ground clearance with 26.5R25L-3 Michelin 1.42 ft 434.0 mm Less
Height to top of ROPS/FOPS 11.74 ft 3578.0 mm Less
Lift arm clearance @ high lift 14.71 ft 4484.0 mm Less
Lift arm clearance @ standard lift 13.61 ft 4148.0 mm Less
Rack back @ carry - high lift 49.0 Degrees 49.0 Degrees Less
Rack back @ carry - standard 50.0 Degrees 50.0 Degrees Less
Rack back @ ground - high lift 39.0 Degrees 39.0 Degrees Less
Rack back @ ground - standard 41.0 Degrees 41.0 Degrees Less
Rack back @ maximum lift - high lift 71.0 Degrees 71.0 Degrees Less
Rack back @ maximum lift - standard 55.0 Degrees 55.0 Degrees Less
Height to Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.56 ft 3524.0 mm Less
Height to Top of Hood 8.71 ft 2655.0 mm Less
B-Pin height - standard 14.63 ft 4458.0 mm Less
B-Pin height - high-lift 15.73 ft 4794.0 mm Less
Center Line of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.17 ft 2490.0 mm Less
Wheelbase 11.32 ft 3450.0 mm Less
B-Pin height @ carry - standard 2.27 ft 691.0 mm Less
B-Pin height @ carry - high-lift 2.59 ft 788.0 mm Less
Dump Angle @ Maximum Lift 48.2 Degrees 48.2 Degrees Less
Height to Center Line of Axle 2.62 ft 799.0 mm Less

Reliability

Tested and Proven - Ready to Work.


Durability

Better Built to Meet Your Needs.


Productivity

Work Smart and Move More.


Versatility

Work Tool Options to Meet Your Needs.


Fusion Quick Coupler

One System. One Solution.


Operator Environment

Work Comfortably and Efficiently.


Serviceability

Easy to Maintain. Easy to Service.


Sustainability

Conserving Resources.


Customer Support

Unmatched Support Makes the Difference.


972H Standard Equipment

ELECTRICAL
  • Alarm, back-up
  • Alternator, 115-amp brushed
  • Batteries, maintenance free (2) 1,400 CCA
  • Ignition key; start/stop switch
  • Lighting system, halogen (6 total)
  • Main disconnect switch
  • Starter, electric, heavy-duty
  • Starting and charging system (24-volt)
  • Receptacle, starting, 24-volt

OPERATOR ENVIRONMENT
  • Air conditioner
  • Bucket/work tool function lockout
  • Cab, pressurized and sound-suppressed ROPS/FOPS
  • Radio-ready (entertainment) includes antenna, speakers and converter (12-volt, 10-amp)
  • Coat hook
  • Computerized monitoring system
  • Instrumentation, gauges: - Digital gear range indicator - Engine coolant temperature - Fuel level - Hydraulic oil temperature - Speedometer/tachometer - Transmission oil temperature
  • Instrumentation, warning indicators: - Air inlet heater - Axle oil temperature - Electrical, alternator output - Engine inlet manifold temperature - Engine oil pressure - Fuel level - Fuel pressure, hi/low - Parking brake - Primary steering oil pressure - Service brake oil pressure - Transmission filter bypass
  • Controls, electro-hydraulic, lift and tilt function
  • Heater and defroster
  • Horn, electric (console)
  • Light, dome (cab)
  • Lunch box, beverage holders and personal tray
  • Mirror, rearview (internally mounted)
  • Mirrors, external
  • Seat, Cat Comfort (cloth) with air suspension
  • Seat belt, retractable, 51 mm (2 in) wide
  • Steering column, adjustable angle (steering wheel - command control steering) and length (command control steering)
  • Wet-arm wipers and washers, front and rear: - Intermittent front wiper
  • Window, sliding (left and right side)

POWER TRAIN
  • 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/tertiary
  • Fuel priming pump (electric)
  • Fuel/water separator
  • Muffler, sound suppressed
  • Radiator, unit core
  • Starting aid, air inlet heater
  • Switch, transmission neutralizer lockout
  • Torque converter
  • Transmission, automatic, planetary powershift (4F/4R)
  • Single clutch speed shifting (SCSS)/torque based 2-1 shift

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

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

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

972H Optional Equipment

Aggregate Autodig System

Autolube

Buckets and work tools

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

Camera, rear vision

Ashtray

Cooler, axle oil

Differentials
  • Limited slip, front or rear

Drain, axle ecology

Fenders, roading

Fender extensions

Guard, axle seal

Guard, front window, wide or small mesh

Guard, power train

Heater, engine coolant, 120- or 240-volt

High Ambient Cooling Package

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, heated external, folding

Payload Control System
  • Payload Control System Printer

Platform, window cleaning

Precleaner, turbine

Precleaner, turbine/trash

Product Link (GPS, GSM WW, GSM China)

Quick Coupler

Quick Coupler, Ready

Radio, AM/FM Weatherband (CD)

Radio, CB-ready

Rear ladder, right

Remote pressure taps, transmission

Ride Control System, two- or three-valve

Seat belt, 76 mm (3 in) wide

Sound suppression, exterior

Starting aid, ether

Steering, Command Control System

Steering, secondary

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

Tool box

Variable Pitch Fan (VPF)

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