Medium Wheel Loaders 972M

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Key Specs

Net Power - ISO 9249
299 HP
223 kW
Operating Weight
54871 lb
24897 kg
Bucket Capacities
3.20-9.94 m³ (4.19-13 yd³)
3.20-9.94 m³ (4.19-13 yd³)

Overview

Best In Class Loader Performance

The Cat® 972M Wheel Loader offers significant fuel savings while lowering long-term costs. This machine meets emission standards and is designed to improve fuel economy without interrupting performance. The reliability, durability, and versatility results in a machine that is better built to meet your needs.

Benefits

Up To 30% More productivity

Lock-up clutch transmission and increased engine power result in improved machine performance, response and fuel efficiency. Machine is equipped with easy to load buckets and a PAYLOAD system.

Designed for Operators

Equipped with a next generation adjustable seat and a revolutionary suspension system. Controls are easy to use, intuitive, and user-friendly. Excellent visibility provides great operator view.

Up To 15% Lower maintenance costs

Extended service intervals save you time, money, and energy. Access to maintenance points is fast and easy.

Product Specifications for 972M

Net Power - ISO 9249 299 HP 223 kW
Emissions Tier 4/Stage IV Tier 4/Stage IV
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - SAE J1995 - Metric 341 HP 251 kW
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - SAE J1995 337 HP 251 kW
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - SAE J1349 - Metric 303 HP 223 kW
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 14396 331 HP 247 kW
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - SAE J1349 299 HP 223 kW
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 14396 - Metric 336 HP 247 kW
Displacement 568 in³ 9.3 l
Engine Model Cat C9.3 Cat C9.3
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - ISO 9249 - Metric 303 HP 223 kW
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - ISO 9249 299 HP 223 kW
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - ISO 14396 1261 ft·lbf 1710 N·m
Maximum Net Torque - 1,100 rpm 1220 ft·lbf 1654 N·m
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - SAE J1995 1275 ft·lbf 1728 N·m
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. 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.
Operating Weight 54871 lb 24897 kg
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.
Bucket Capacities 3.20-9.94 m³ (4.19-13 yd³) 3.20-9.94 m³ (4.19-13 yd³)
Breakout Force 44075 lbf 196 kN
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - No Tire Deflection 38396 lb 17421 kg
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - With Tire Deflection 35626 lb 16164 kg
Note (1) For a machine configuration as defined under "Weight." 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. Full compliance to ISO 143971:2007 Sections 1 thru 6, which requires 2% verification between calculations and testing.
Forward - 1 4.2 mile/h 6.7 km/h
Forward - 3 14.4 mile/h 23.2 km/h
Reverse - 1 4.7 mile/h 7.6 km/h
Reverse - 2 9.3 mile/h 15 km/h
Forward - 2 8.1 mile/h 13.1 km/h
Reverse - 3 16.5 mile/h 26.5 km/h
Forward - 4 24.5 mile/h 39.5 km/h
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.
Reverse - 4 24.5 mile/h 39.5 km/h
Implement System - Maximum Pump Output at 2,200 rpm 95 gal/min 360 l/min
Implement Pump Type Variable Displacement Piston Variable Displacement Piston
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Total 10.7 s 10.7 s
Implement System - Maximum Operating Pressure 4496 psi 31000 kPa
Cooling System 18.9 gal (US) 71.6 l
Differential - Final Drives - Rear 15.1 gal (US) 57 l
Fuel Tank 79.8 gal (US) 302 l
Transmission 14.3 gal (US) 54 l
Hydraulic Tank 33 gal (US) 125 l
Differential - Final Drives - Front 15.1 gal (US) 57 l
Crankcase 6.5 gal (US) 24.5 l
DEF Tank 4.4 gal (US) 16.8 l
Note (1) *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.
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008) 109 dB(A) 109 dB(A)
Note (2) **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.
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Pressure Level (SAE J88:2013) 76 dB(A)* 76 dB(A)*
With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)** 69 dB(A) 69 dB(A)
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008) 70 dB(A) 70 dB(A)
Note (3) ***European Union Directive 2000/14/EC as amended by 2005/88/EC. ***European Union Directive 2000/14/EC as amended by 2005/88/EC.
With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008)** 108 LWA*** 108 LWA***
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.25 ft 680 mm
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.83 ft 1775 mm
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.17 ft 2500 mm
Height - Top of ROPS 11.75 ft 3587 mm
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 12.58 ft 3843 mm
Wheel Base 11.67 ft 3550 mm
Overall Length - Without Bucket 25.58 ft 7774 mm
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.58 ft 3522 mm
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 14.67 ft 4458 mm
Tread Width 7.33 ft 2230 mm
Rack Back - Carry Height 50 degrees 50 degrees
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires. All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
Height - Top of Hood 9.17 ft 2818 mm
Maximum Width over Tires 9.92 ft 3009 mm
Ground Clearance 1.42 ft 434 mm
Rack Back at Ground 41 degrees 41 degrees
Rack Back - Maximum Lift 56 degrees 56 degrees
Maximum Width over Tires 9.92 ft 3009 mm
Height - Top of Hood 9.17 ft 2818 mm
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.17 ft 2500 mm
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 13.5 ft 4140 mm
Overall Length - Without Bucket 26.67 ft 8109 mm
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 15.75 ft 4793 mm
Rack Back - Maximum Lift 71 degrees 71 degrees
Height - Top of ROPS 11.75 ft 3587 mm
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.58 ft 778 mm
Rack Back at Ground 39 degrees 39 degrees
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.58 ft 3522 mm
Wheel Base 11.67 ft 3550 mm
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.83 ft 1775 mm
Tread Width 7.33 ft 2230 mm
Ground Clearance 1.42 ft 434 mm
Rack Back - Carry Height 49 degrees 49 degrees
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires. All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
Emissions Tier 4/Stage IV Tier 4/Stage IV
Bucket Range 3.20-9.94 m³ (4.19-13 yd³) 3.20-9.94 m³ (4.19-13 yd³)

972M Standard Equipment

NOTE

  • Standard and optional equipment may vary. Consult your Cat dealer for details.

POWER TRAIN

  • Engine, Cat C9.3 meets Tier 3/Stage IIIA equivalent or Tier 4/Final/Stage IV emission standards
  • Cat Clean Emissions Module (CEM) wih Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank and pump (Tier 4 Final/Stage IV models)
  • Fuel priming pump (electric)
  • Fuel/water separator
  • Precleaner, engine air intake
  • Economy Mode (selectable)
  • Transmission, automatic planetary power shift (4F/4R)
  • Torque converter, locking clutch with free wheel stator
  • Switch, transmission neutralizer lockout
  • Axles, manually actuated differential lock front axle, open differential rear axle
  • Axles, ecology drains
  • Brakes, full hydraulic enclosed wet-disc with Integrated Braking System (IBS)
  • Brake wear indicators
  • Parking brake, disc and caliper
  • Fan, radiator, on demand

OPERATOR ENVIRONMENT

  • Cab, pressurized and sound suppressed (ROPS/FOPS)
  • Viscous mounts
  • Multi-function 18 cm (7 in) color touch-screen 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, speakers 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 (2 in) retractable, with indicator
  • Sun visor, front
  • Wet-arm wipers/washers 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 (Tier 4 Final/Stage IV models); 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, 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 (Tier 4 Final/Stage IV models); Transmission filter bypass

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)
  • Alarm, back-up
  • Alternator, 145-amp brushed
  • Main disconnect switch
  • Receptacle start (cables not included)

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

HYDRAULICS

  • Hydraulic system, load sensing
  • Steering, load sensing
  • Ride control, 2V
  • Remote diagnostic pressure taps
  • Hoses, Cat XT™
  • Oil sampling valves

FLUIDS

  • Premixed extended life coolant with freeze protection to -34° C (-29° F)

OTHER STANDARD EQUIPMENT

  • Hood, non-metallic power tilting
  • Service centers (electrical and hydraulic)
  • Platform, window washing
  • Auto idle shutdown
  • Fenders, 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 transmission oil level
  • Toolbox
  • Vandlism protection caplocks

972M Optional Equipment

NOTE

  • Standard and optional equipment may vary. Consult your Cat dealer for details.

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

OPERATOR ENVIRONMENT

  • Door, remote opening system
  • Cover, HVAC metallic
  • EH controls, SAL 3rd function - Additional roller switch for 4th function
  • EH controls, joyhstick 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 with Satellite Sirius XM
  • Radio, CB ready
  • Seat, heated air suspension
  • Seat belt, 76 mm (3 in) retractable, with indicator
  • Steering, EH wheel with directional FNR shifter and gear selector - Additional FNR with implement controls
  • Roof, metallic
  • Steering, secondary
  • Sun visor, rear
  • Windows, rubber mounted
  • Windows, with front guard
  • Windows, with heavy duty front guard
  • Windows, with full guards front, rear and sides

ELECTRICAL AND LIGHTING

  • Four additional auxiliary halogen cab mounted work lights or
  • Two additional auxiliary front HI LED and two additional auxiliary rear LED cab mounted work lights with 2 LED work lights in the radiator grill and LED front turn signals also includes replacement of the standard four halogen cab mounted work lights with four LED work lights (the standard offering and only roading light available is the halogen roading light)
  • Warning amber strobe beacon
  • Reversing strobes
  • External seat belt indicator light
  • Speed limiter - 20 km/h (Europe only)

CAT CONNECT TECHNOLOGIES

  • Link technologies: VIMS™
  • Payload technologies: Advanced Productivity subscription; Cat Production Measurement 2.0; Printer; Aggregate Autodig
  • Detect technologies: Cat Rear Object Detection
  • Machine Security System

HYDRAULICS

  • 3rd function with Ride Control: Standard linkage; High lift linkage; Forestry linkage
  • 4th function with Ride Control: Standard linkage; High lift linkage; Forestry linkage

FLUIDS

  • Premixed extended life coolant with freeze protection to -50° C (-58° F)

STARTERS, BATTERIES, AND ALTERNATORS

  • Cold start - 120V
  • Cold start - 240V

LINKAGE

  • High lift
  • Extended capacity
  • Quick coupler ready

WORK TOOLS

  • Performance Series buckets
  • Fusion quick coupler
  • Forks, pallet
  • Forks, logging

OTHER OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT

  • Cat Autolube System
  • Fenders, roading
  • Guard, power train
  • Oil change, high speed engine
  • Precleaner, turbine
  • Precleaner, trash
  • Wheel chocks

PURPOSE BULT SPECIALTY MODELS

  • Aggregate Handler
  • Industrial and Waste Handler
  • Steel Mill
  • Corrosion Resistance

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