New 973
New 973

New 973 Rounds Out Updated Cat® Track Loader Lineup

 

For Release Worldwide: March 2024
Release Number: 152PR23

A track loader is the one machine that can do it all – clear, load, dig, carry, fill and more – even in tough or slick ground conditions. The new Cat® 973 Track Loader combines unmatched versatility with up to 10 percent better fuel efficiency, more productivity, cab improvements and optional Payload technology. The 275 hp (205 kW) crawler loader has an operating weight of 65,901 lb (29 892 kg) and replaces the 973K worldwide. It joins the 953 (160 hp/119 kW) and 963 (202 hp/151 kW) in the Cat track loader line.

Operation Made Easy
The 973 is the largest track loader in the industry, but still offers agility and ease of operation.  The updated cab features a suspension seat and adjustable armrests/controls. An intuitive 10-inch (254 mm) touchscreen dash display is easy to use and features a standard High Definition rearview camera. Slope Indicate helps make operation easier by showing machine mainfall and cross slope right on the display.

Select joystick or V-lever and pedal steering for transmission controls and either joystick or 2-lever implement controls. The joystick option provides familiar controls for operators experienced with skid steers/compact track loaders. With either control scheme, operators can set implement response – fine, normal, coarse – to match operator preference or application. Repetitive lift, lower, rack, dump and float functions can be preset to make jobs like truck loading easier. Smoother implement and steering response, and improved steering performance provide more controllability.

More Productivity + Less Fuel = Greater Profit

The 973 is powered by a Cat C9.3B engine. Fuel consumption is reduced up to 10 percent with the Auto Mode that will adapt the engine speed to the load. Eco Mode will use even lower speed for further reduction in fuel consumption in lighter duty applications. Power Mode will keep engine speed high for a feel of readily available power at all times.

An optional Performance Series bucket boosts productivity up to 20 percent. An optional Fusion™ Quick Coupler enables fast attachment changes. A variety of buckets, forks and other tools can be shared among track loaders, wheel loaders and other Fusion compatible machines. Buckets come from the factory with Advansys™ bucket tips/adapter/locking system. Advansys tips are built for maximum productivity and the lowest bucket lifecycle cost. Hammerless retention system means safe, fast removal and installation without special tools.

Purpose-built Low Ground Pressure (LGP), Waste Handling/Demolition and Ship Hold arrangements are factory equipped with specialized undercarriage, guarding and other features designed to take on the toughest tasks. The 973 Steel Mill package includes a specialized cab, insulated steel fuel tank, high temperature undercarriage and insulation throughout the machine, making it suitable for handling slag. 

Cat Payload

Cat Payload* technology delivers precise bucket load information with on-the-go weighing, which helps prevent over- or under-loading. More accurate loading reduces cycle times to help save time, labor and fuel costs.

Connect to Greater Efficiency

Cat Equipment Management telematics technology helps take the complexity out of managing job sites – by gathering data generated by equipment, materials, and people – and serving it up in customizable formats.

  • Product Link™ collects data automatically and accurately from equipment assets – any type and any brand – which can be viewed online through web and mobile applications.
  • Access information anytime, anywhere with VisionLink®. A Cat dealer can help configure a customized subscription, available with cellular or satellite reporting or both.
  • The Cat App helps manage assets – at any time – right from a smartphone.
  • Remote Troubleshoot saves time and money by allowing Cat dealers to perform diagnostic testing remotely. Remote Flash updates on-board software without a technician being present, at a convenient time, potentially reducing update time by as much as 50 percent.
  • Application Profile and Operator ID help save time by saving preferred machine settings.
  • Machine Security – Passcode provides an optional additional level of security by requiring an operator to enter an ID before the machine will start.

For more information about the 973, and the entire family of Cat Track Loaders, visit the local Cat dealer or www.cat.com.

*Not legal for trade.
All comparisons to K Family models.

 

 

973 Product Specifications

 

Model

953

963

973

Engine Model

Cat® C7.1

Cat C7.1

Cat C9.3B

Emissions

Meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final, EU Stage V, Korea Stage V,  China Nonroad Stage IV, Japan 2014 emission standards or Eurasian Economic Union Stage IIIA, UN ECE R96 Stage IIIA emission standards, equivalent to U.S. EPA Tier 3/EU Stage IIIA.

Net Power (1,800 rpm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISO 9249/SAEJ1349

119 kW

160 hp

151 kW

202 hp

205 kW

275 hp

ISO 9249 (DIN)

162 mhp

 

204 mhp

 

279 mhp

 

Operating Weights1

 

Standard

15 958 kg

35,181 lb

20 358 kg

44,881 lb

29 892 kg

65,901 lb

Ground Pressure – Standard Shoe

66 kPa

10 psi

63 kPa

9.1 psi

65.8 kPa

9.5 psi

Bucket Capacity2

 

General Purpose

1.8 m3

2.4 yd3

2.5 m3

3.2 yd3

3.2 m3

4.2 yd3

Performance Series

2.1 m3

2.7 yd3

2.8 m3

3.7 yd3

3.8 m3

5.0 yd3

General Purpose Fusion

1.8 m3

2.4 yd3

2.5 m3

3.2 yd3

3.2 m3

4.2 yd3

1For machines without aftertreatment, subtract 287 kg/632 lbs.

2Please consult with the Cat dealer to learn about the full range of available buckets and work tool attachments for track loaders.

The net power advertised is the power available at the flywheel when the engine is equipped with fan running up to maximum speed, alternator, air cleaner and aftertreatment. Advertised power is tested per the specified standard in effect at the time of manufacture.

 

 

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The Cat® 973 rounds out the updated Cat track loader family. It joins the 953 (160 hp/119 kW) and 963 (202 hp/151 kW) as the largest model in the Cat crawler loader line.

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The 275 hp (205 kW) Cat® 973 track loader has an operating weight of 65,901 lb (29 892 kg) and replaces the 973K worldwide.

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The new Cat® 973 Track Loader combines unmatched versatility with up to 10 percent better fuel efficiency, more productivity, cab improvements and optional Payload* technology. *Not legal for trade.

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Cat® Payload* technology delivers precise bucket load information with on-the-go weighing, which helps prevent over- or under-loading. More accurate loading reduces cycle times to help save time, labor and fuel costs. Upgrading to Advanced Payload provides features that enable more automation, customization and tracking. *Not legal for trade.

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Optional Fusion™ Quick Coupler enables fast attachment changes. A variety of buckets, forks and other tools can be shared among track loaders, wheel loaders and other Fusion compatible machines.

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For optimal ease of operation, select joystick or V-lever and pedal steering for transmission controls and either joystick or 2-lever implement controls.

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The 973 is powered by a Cat® C9.3B engine. Fuel consumption is reduced up to 10 percent with the Auto Mode that will adapt the engine speed to the load.

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The Cat® 973 track loader is available with a factory Steel Mill package with heat resistant features that make it suitable for handling slag. Special application packages also are available for Waste Handling and Ship Hold work, plus a Low Ground Pressure (LGP) configuration.

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The Cat® 973 Steel Mill package includes a specialized cab, insulated steel fuel tank, high temperature undercarriage and insulation throughout the machine.

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Cat® 973 Track Loader | Operator in Cab

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Cat® 973 Track Loader | Unloading Pipe

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Cat® 973 Track Loader | Back Dragging

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Cat® 973 Track Loader | Loading Gravel in Bedding Box

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Cat® 973 Track Loader | Changing Fusion™ attachments

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Cat® 973 Track Loader | Digging and Truck Loading

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Cat® 973 Track Loader | Pushing Fill Dirt

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Cat® 973 Track Loader | Operator in Cab
Cat® 973 Track Loader | Unloading Pipe
Cat® 973 Track Loader | Back Dragging
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Cat® 973 Track Loader | Changing Fusion™ attachments
Cat® 973 Track Loader | Digging and Truck Loading
Cat® 973 Track Loader | Pushing Fill Dirt

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