972M XE (2016)

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Overview

Introducing a new model: The new 972M XE Wheel Loader has a U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and EU Stage IV ACERT™ engine equipped with a combination of proven electronic, fuel, air and aftertreatment components. Applying proven technologies systematically and strategically lets us meet our customer’s high expectations for productivity, fuel efficiency, reliability and service life. Deep system integration results in reduced emissions, improved performance and improved fuel economy without interrupting machine performance making it seamless to operators. The XE technology results in a 25% improvement in fuel efficiency over the M Series standard configuration and 35% over the K Series standard configuration. (Fuel efficiency is measured in mass of material moved per volume of fuel burned. Average efficiency improvement as tested and analyzed for an average composite cycle and stand configuration with variations per comparable model with and without economy mode active. Factors influence result variation such as, but not limited to, machine configuration, operator technique, machine application, climate, etc.) The 972M XE Wheel Loader, with an advanced power train, has been designed to deliver superior performance and fuel efficiency while simplifying the operator’s interface and operating technique. The 972M XE excels at truck loading and is a 3-pass match for many on-highway trucks. Aggregate Handler and other optional configurations are available. (Optional configuration and equipment may vary from region to region. Consult your Caterpillar representative for further details.)

Engine

Units:
Engine Model Cat C9.3 ACERT Cat C9.3 ACERT Less
Displacement 568.0 in³ 9.3 L Less
Net Power – ISO 9249 311.0 hp 232.0 kW Less
Maximum Net Power @ 1,600 rpm – SAE J1349 311.0 hp 232.0 kW Less
Maximum Net Power @ 1,600 rpm – SAE J1349 (metric) 315.0 hp 232.0 kW Less
Maximum Net Power @ 1,600 rpm – ISO 9249 311.0 hp 232.0 kW Less
Maximum Net Power @ 1,600 rpm – ISO 9249 (metric) 315.0 hp 232.0 kW Less
Peak Gross Torque (1,200 rpm) – SAE J1995 1275.0 lbf-ft 1728.0 N·m Less
Peak Gross Torque (1,200 rpm) – ISO 14396 1260.0 lbf-ft 1708.0 N·m Less
Maximum Net Torque (1,200 rpm) 1193.0 lbf-ft 1618.0 N·m Less

Weights

Operating Weight 54871.0 lb 24896.0 kg Less
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, sound suppression and a 4.8 m3 (6.28 yd3) general purpose bucket with BOCE. 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, sound suppression and a 4.8 m3 (6.28 yd3) general purpose bucket with BOCE. Less

Bucket Capacities

Bucket Capacities 2.90-9.90 m³ (3.75-13.0 yd³) 2.90-9.90 m³ (3.75-13.0 yd³) Less

Operating Specifications

Breakout Force 44075.0 lbf 196.0 kN Less
Static Tipping Load – Full 37° Turn – with Tire Deflection 35626.0 lb 16164.0 kg Less
Static Tipping Load – Full 37° Turn – No Tire Deflection 38396.0 lb 17421.0 kg Less
Note For a machine configuration as defined under “Weight.” For a machine configuration as defined under “Weight.” Less
Note Full compliance to ISO 143971:2007 Sections 1 thru 6, which requires 2% verification between calculations and testing. Full compliance to ISO 143971:2007 Sections 1 thru 6, which requires 2% verification between calculations and testing. Less

Transmission – Virtual Gears

Forward 1 4.1 mph 6.7 km/h Less
Forward 2 7.7 mph 12.6 km/h Less
Forward 3 13.5 mph 22.1 km/h Less
Forward 4 24.5 mph 39.5 km/h Less
Reverse 1 4.1 mph 6.7 km/h Less
Reverse 2 7.7 mph 12.6 km/h Less
Reverse 3 17.1 mph 28.0 km/h Less
Note Maximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L3 tires with 826 mm (32.5 in) roll radius. Maximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L3 tires with 826 mm (32.5 in) roll radius. Less

Hydraulic System

Implement Pump Type Variable Displacement Piston Variable Displacement Piston Less
Implement System: Maximum Pump Output (1,600 rpm) 102.0 gal/min 385.0 L/min Less
Implement System: Maximum Operating Pressure 4496.0 psi 31000.0 kPa Less
Hydraulic Cycle Time – Total 11.0 Seconds 11.0 Seconds Less

Service Refill Capacities

Cooling System 19.0 gal 71.6 L Less
Crankcase 6.5 gal 24.5 L Less
Transmission 16.6 gal 63.0 L Less
Hydraulic Tank 33.0 gal 125.0 L Less
Differentials and Final Drives – Front 15.1 gal 57.0 L Less
Differentials and Final Drives – Rear 15.1 gal 57.0 L Less
DEF Tank 4.4 gal 16.8 L Less
Fuel Tank 82.7 gal 313.0 L Less

Sound

With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value: Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008) 67.0 dB(A) 67.0 dB(A) Less
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value: Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008) 107.0 dB(A) 107.0 dB(A) Less
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value: Exterior Sound Pressure Level (SAE J88:2013) 76 dB(A)* 76 dB(A)* Less
Note *Distance of 15 m (49.2 ft), moving forward in second gear ratio. *Distance of 15 m (49.2 ft), moving forward in second gear ratio. Less
Note **For machines in European Union countries and in countries that adopt the “EU Directives.” **For machines in European Union countries and in countries that adopt the “EU Directives.” Less
Note ***European Union Directive “2000/14/EC” as amended by “2005/88/EC.” ***European Union Directive “2000/14/EC” as amended by “2005/88/EC.” Less
With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value: Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)** 67.0 dB(A) 67.0 dB(A) Less
With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value: Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008)** 105 LWA*** 105 LWA*** Less

Dimensions – Standard Lift

Height to Top of Hood 9.17 ft 2818.0 mm Less
Height to Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.5 ft 3522.0 mm Less
Height to Top of ROPS 11.75 ft 3587.0 mm Less
Ground Clearance 1.42 ft 434.0 mm Less
Center Line of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.17 ft 2500.0 mm Less
Center Line of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.75 ft 1775.0 mm Less
Wheelbase 11.58 ft 3550.0 mm Less
Overall Length (without bucket) 25.5 ft 7774.0 mm Less
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 14.58 ft 4458.0 mm Less
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.17 ft 680.0 mm Less
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 12.58 ft 3843.0 mm Less
Rack Back at Maximum Lift 56 degrees 56 degrees Less
Rack Back at Carry Height 50 degrees 50 degrees Less
Rack Back at Ground 41 degrees 41 degrees Less
Maximum Width over Tires 9.83 ft 3009.0 mm Less
Tread Width 7.25 ft 2230.0 mm Less
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires. All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires. Less

Dimensions – High Lift

Height to Top of Hood 9.17 ft 2818.0 mm Less
Height to Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.5 ft 3522.0 mm Less
Height to Top of ROPS 11.75 ft 3587.0 mm Less
Ground Clearance 1.42 ft 434.0 mm Less
Center Line of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.17 ft 2500.0 mm Less
Center Line of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.75 ft 1775.0 mm Less
Wheelbase 11.58 ft 3550.0 mm Less
Overall Length (without bucket) 26.58 ft 8109.0 mm Less
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 15.67 ft 4793.0 mm Less
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.5 ft 778.0 mm Less
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 13.58 ft 4140.0 mm Less
Rack Back at Maximum Lift 71 degrees 71 degrees Less
Rack Back at Carry Height 49 degrees 49 degrees Less
Rack Back at Ground 39 degrees 39 degrees Less
Maximum Width over Tires 9.83 ft 3009.0 mm Less
Tread Width 7.25 ft 2230.0 mm Less
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires. All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires. Less

Key Features

Benefits to help get your work done efficiently and effectively

RELIABILITY, PRODUCTIVITY AND FUEL EFFICIENCY

  • 25% more fuel efficient than M Series standard configuration*
  • 35% more fuel efficient than K Series standard configuration*
*Fuel efficiency is measured in mass of material moved per volume of fuel burned. Average efficiency improvement as tested and analyzed for an average composite cycle and stand configuration with variations per comparable model with and without economy mode active. Factors influence result variation such as, but not limited to, machine configuration, operator technique, machine application, climate, etc.

Linkage and Work Tools

  • Performance Series buckets and range of work tools
  • Fusion™ « zero-offset » coupler (option)

Engine and Aftertreatment Advancements

  • Cat® engine with ACERT Technology
  • U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and EU Stage IV emission standards
  • Cat Clean Emissions Module (CEM) with Selective Catalytic Reduction and automatic Cat Regeneration System

Transmission Advancements

  • Next generation integrated continuously variable transmission with multi-viscosity oil
  • Power train control independent of engine speed with energy recovery

Axle Advancements

  • On-the-go disc-type front differential locks (front and rear fully automatic option)
  • Caliper disc parking brake
  • Bevel gear shrouds

Next Generation Hydraulic Systems

  • Next generation main valve
  • Next generation ride control system with dual accumulators
  • Next generation implement pumps
  • Full flow and kidney loop filtration
  • Load-sensing hydraulics with simultaneous hydraulic functions
  • 3rd and 4th function (option)

EASE OF OPERATION – Best-in-class Operator Environment

  • Optimized all-around visibility
  • E-H joystick steering (steering wheel optional)
  • Touch screen multifunction color display with integrated controls and rearview camera
  • Stair-like ingress and egress
  • New wider door and increased glass area
  • Seat-mounted fingertip electro-hydraulic implement controls
  • Large convex rearview mirrors with integrated spot mirror
  • Remote door opening (option)
  • Automatic climate control
  • Viscous cab mounts
  • Low operator sound levels
  • Simplified 2-pedal propulsion controls

EASE OF OPERATION – Advanced Technology with Cat Connect

  • Link technologies, like Product Link™ to monitor equipment and manage production using online VisionLink® software
  • Payload technologies, like Cat Production Measurement (option) to measure payloads and optimize productivity
  • Detect technologies, like the rear vision camera to keep people safe and help the operator work more productively

SERVICE ACCESS

  • One-piece tilting hood with side and rear doors
  • Centralized service centers for hydraulic and electrical components
  • Windshield cleaning platform and harness tie-off