Track Loaders 973K

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Key Specs

Flywheel Power
275 HP
205 kW
Operating Weight
63900 lb
28985 kg
Capacity - General Purpose
4.2 yd³
3.2 m³

Overview

Versatile and Efficient for the Toughest Applications

Save money and transport time with one machine for land clearing, digging, grading, truck loading, slope work and more. With track loaders you get lower ground pressure and better traction so you can start earlier and work longer in soft underfoot conditions. Cat® Track Loaders bring you all of this, plus improved performance and fuel efficiency. 

Benefits

Versatile

The most versatile machine on the jobsite lets you clear, dig, grade, load, carry and so much more, all with one machine. Special configurations equip you for landfill and steel mill work.

Up To 25% Fuel savings

Eco Modes and a more efficient engine mean you can take on a wide variety of tasks while using significantly less fuel.

Less Ground Pressure

Work when and where other machines cannot. Track loaders give you traction and flotation in a range of ground conditions so you can get to work while other machines sit on the sidelines.

Product Specifications for 973K

Flywheel Power 275 HP 205 kW
Engine Model Cat C9.3 Cat C9.3
Net Power - ISO 9249/SAE J1349 275 HP 205 kW
Net Power - ISO 9249/SAE J1349 (DIN) 278 HP 278 HP
Emissions U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage V/Japan 2014 (Tier 4 Final), Korea Tier 4 Final OR China Nonroad Stage III/UN ECE R96 Stage IIIA emission standards, equivalent to Tier 3/Stage IIIA U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage V/Japan 2014 (Tier 4 Final), Korea Tier 4 Final OR China Nonroad Stage III/UN ECE R96 Stage IIIA emission standards, equivalent to Tier 3/Stage IIIA
Note (1) All nonroad Tier 4 Interim and Final, Stage IIIB, IV and V, Japan 2014 (Tier 4 Final) and Korea Tier 4 Final diesel engines are required to use only Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) with 15 ppm (mg/kg) of sulfur or less, or up to B20 biodiesel blended with ULSD. B20 should meet ASTM D7467 specification (biodiesel blend stock should meet Cat biodiesel spec, ASTM D6751 or EN 14214). Cat DEO-ULS™ or oils that meet the Cat ECF-3, API CJ-4, and ACEA E9 specification are required. Consult your OMM for further machine specific fuel recommendations. All nonroad Tier 4 Interim and Final, Stage IIIB, IV and V, Japan 2014 (Tier 4 Final) and Korea Tier 4 Final diesel engines are required to use only Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) with 15 ppm (mg/kg) of sulfur or less, or up to B20 biodiesel blended with ULSD. B20 should meet ASTM D7467 specification (biodiesel blend stock should meet Cat biodiesel spec, ASTM D6751 or EN 14214). Cat DEO-ULS™ or oils that meet the Cat ECF-3, API CJ-4, and ACEA E9 specification are required. Consult your OMM for further machine specific fuel recommendations.
Note (2) Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) used in Cat Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems must meet the requirements outlined in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard 22241. Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) used in Cat Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems must meet the requirements outlined in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard 22241.
Operating Weight 63900 lb 28985 kg
Operating Weight - Wide Gauge 71218 lb 32304 kg
Operating Weight - Waste Handler 64319 lb 29175 kg
Operating Weight - Steel Mill 74293 lb 33699 kg
Note (1) Subtract approximately 295 kg / 650 lb for machines not equipped with Tier 4 Final/Stage V emissions reduction technology. Subtract approximately 295 kg / 650 lb for machines not equipped with Tier 4 Final/Stage V emissions reduction technology.
Fuel Tank 101.5 gal (US) 384 l
DEF Tank 9.2 gal (US) 35 l
Overall Machine Length* 298.4 in 7579 mm
Machine Height - Top of Cab 138.2 in 3510 mm
Height - Top of Stack 120.8 in 3069 mm
Overall Machine Height - Bucket Fully Raised 226.5 in 5752 mm
Overall Machine Width without Bucket: With Standard Tracks - 550 mm (21.6 in) Shoes 106.7 in 2710 mm
Note *With General Purpose bucket and heavy duty teeth. *With General Purpose bucket and heavy duty teeth.
Track Gauge 85 in 2160 mm
Track Shoe Width - Standard 21.6 in 550 mm
Track Shoe Width - Optional 26.6 in 675 mm
Track Shoe Width - Wide Gauge 32.7 in 830 mm
Track on Ground 115.3 in 2930 mm
Ground Contact Area* - Standard Shoe - 550 mm (21.6 in) 5673 in² 3.66 m²
Ground Contact Area* - Optional Shoe - 675 mm (26.6 in) 6960 in² 4.49 m²
Ground Contact Area* - Wide Gauge - 830 mm (32.7 in) 8572 in² 5.53 m²
Ground Pressure* - Standard Shoe - 550 mm (21.6 in) 11.3 psi 77.6 kPa
Ground Pressure* - Optional Shoe - 675 mm (26.6 in) 9.3 psi 64.4 kPa
Ground Pressure* - Wide Gauge - 830 mm (32.7 in) 8.3 psi 57.3 kPa
Note *ISO 16754:2008. *ISO 16754:2008.
Capacity - General Purpose 4.2 yd³ 3.2 m³
Capacity - Multi-Purpose 4 yd³ 3 m³
Capacity - Performance Series 5 yd³ 3.8 m³
Capacity - Landfill 6.4 yd³ 4.9 m³
Capacity - Slag 4 yd³ 3 m³
Width - General Purpose 117 in 2974 mm
Width - Multi-Purpose 116 in 2946 mm
Width - Performance Series 117 in 2982 mm
Width - Landfill 117 in 2974 mm
Width - Slag 112 in 2846 mm
Air Conditioning The air conditioning system on this machine contains the fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerant R134a (Global Warming Potential = 1430). The system contains 1.1 kg of refrigerant which has a CO2 equivalent of 1.573 metric tonnes. The air conditioning system on this machine contains the fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerant R134a (Global Warming Potential = 1430). The system contains 1.1 kg of refrigerant which has a CO2 equivalent of 1.573 metric tonnes.

973K Standard Equipment

NOTE

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

Power Train

  • Cat C9.3 diesel engine, turbocharged with ATAAC
  • Modular cooling system for engine air intake, oil and water
  • Radiator fan, electronically controlled, hydraulically driven, temperature sensing, on demand
  • Electro Hydrostatic Control (EHC) for transmission with travel and work modes
  • Fuel cooler
  • Water separator
  • Air cleaner dry-type, axial seal with integral precleaner and dust ejection system, electronic filter condition indicator
  • Caterpillar extended life coolant

Undercarriage

  • Heavy Duty tracks
  • Track guiding guards, end section
  • Hydraulic track adjuster
  • Sprocket rims, with replaceable bolt-on tough steel segments
  • Sprocket guards
  • Seven track rollers, two upper carrier rollers per track, lifetime lubricated
  • Conventional idlers, lifetime lubricated
  • Oscillating track roller frames
  • Track master link

Electrical

  • 24 volt heavy duty brushless alternator
  • Backup alarm
  • Electric horn
  • Two heavy duty batteries, high output, maintenance free, 1,400 CCA
  • Main disconnect switch
  • Electric starter (heavy duty, 24 volt)

Operator Environment

  • Pressurized, sound suppressed, ROPS/ FOPS cab with sealed front windshield, tinted glass and right side sliding window
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Heater/defroster with automatic temperature control
  • Electro Hydraulic, seat mounted control levers
  • Rear vision camera
  • Seat belt, retractable, with buckling indicator on dash
  • Electronic Monitoring System with gauges for engine coolant temperature, hydraulic oil temperature, fuel level and Diesel Exhaust Fluid level (when equipped)
  • Mirror, rearview, inside adjustable
  • Radio ready (Includes 24 to 12 volt converter, speakers, antenna and two 12V power outlets)
  • Coat hook
  • Storage compartments under left armrest
  • Document holder on right console
  • Floor mat, rubber, heavy duty
  • Windshield washers and wipers, multiple speed front and rear
  • Durable metal roof
  • Parking brake switch and "brake-on" indicator light

Other Standard Equipment

  • Sound suppression, exterior
  • Z-bar loader linkage
  • Load sensing variable displacement implement pump
  • Implement cylinders with position sensors
  • Operator programmable lift and tilt kickouts
  • Engine enclosure with lockable doors
  • Radiator core 6.5 fins-per-inch, debris resistant
  • Hinged radiator guard and swing out fan
  • Full bottom guards
  • Lift cylinder guards
  • Oil gauge guard
  • Product Link ready
  • Oil sampling valves
  • Cat XT hoses
  • HYDO Advanced 10

973K Optional Equipment

NOTE

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

Power Train

  • Cat C9.3 diesel engine with engine mounted aftertreatment to meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/ EU Stage V/Japan 2014 (Tier 4 Final)/ Korea Tier 4 Final emission standards
  • Cat C9.3 diesel engine to meet China Nonroad Stage III and UN ECE R96 Stage IIIA emission standards, equivalent to Tier 3/Stage IIIA
  • Engine thermal shield
  • Fan, basic
  • Fan, reversing
  • Fan, reversing, low speed
  • Fan, reversing, Steel Mill
  • Air inlet, precleaner turbine

Operator Environment

  • Deluxe cab
  • Steel Mill cab
  • Seat, cloth, air suspension, no side-to-side isolator
  • Seat, cloth, air suspension, heated, side-to-side isolator
  • Transmission control, V-lever or joystick
  • Radio, AM/FM/AUX/USB/Bluetooth
  • Cab air precleaner

Hydraulics

  • Hydraulic oil, biodegradable
  • Hydraulic oil, EcoSafe (Steel Mill Arrangement)
  • General Purpose Hydraulics Packages: Two-valve, joystick; Three-valve, joystick; Two-valve, two levers; or Three-valve, two levers
  • Multi-Purpose Hydraulics Packages: Three-valve, joystick; or Four-valve, joystick

Guards

  • Tilt cylinder guards
  • Guard, front lights
  • Windshield protection
  • Final drive abrasion guard
  • Final drive abrasion guard, lower

Electrical

  • Rotating beacon

Undercarriage

  • Track roller guard
  • Track roller guard, Steel Mill
  • HEAVY DUTY TRACK SEALED AND LUBRICATED TRACK GROUPS (40 SECTIONS)
  • 500 mm (19.7 in) double grouser, center hole
  • 510 mm (20.1 in) extreme service, single grouser, center hole
  • 550 mm (21.6 in) double grouser
  • 675 mm (26.6 in) double grouser
  • 675 mm (26.6 in) double grouser, center hole
  • 675 mm (26.6 in) single grouser, center hole
  • 830 mm (32.7 in) double grouser, wide gauge
  • HEAVY DUTY SEALED AND NON-LUBRICATED TRACK GROUPS - STEEL MILL
  • 500 mm (19.7 in) double grouser
  • 500 mm (19.7 in) flat
  • 500 mm (19.7 in) triple grouser
  • 500 mm (19.7 in) alternate flat shoe

Buckets

  • GENERAL PURPOSE BUCKETS
  • 3.0 m3 (4.0 yd3), welded flush adaptors
  • 3.2 m3 (4.2 yd3), pin on
  • 3.2 m3 (4.2 yd3), heavy duty, pin on
  • 3.2 m3 (4.2 yd3), heavy duty, full edge, pin on
  • 4.2 m3 (5.5 yd3), Performance Series
  • 4.0 m3 (5.2 yd3), Performance Series flush
  • MULTI-PURPOSE BUCKETS
  • 3.0 m3 (4.0 yd3), heavy duty, pin on
  • 3.0 m3 (4.0 yd3), pin on
  • WIDE BUCKETS
  • 4.2 m3 (5.5 yd3), Performance Series
  • LANDFILL BUCKETS
  • 4.6 m3 (6.0 yd3), multi-purpose landfill, heavy duty, pin on
  • 4.9 m3 (6.4 yd3), general purpose landfill, heavy duty, pin on
  • STEEL MILL BUCKET
  • 3.0 m3 (4.0 yd3), slag bucket

Other Attachments

  • Counterweight
  • Counterweight, heavy duty bumper
  • Multi-shank ripper
  • Ripper hitch
  • Rear striker bars
  • Standard bumper
  • No bumper
  • Standard rear step
  • Ripper rear step
  • ADDITIONAL WORK TOOLS (please consult your Cat dealer for ordering information)
  • Quick coupler
  • Blades
  • Forks
  • Material handling arms
  • Rakes

Starters, Batteries and Alternators

  • Engine coolant heater, 120V
  • Engine coolant heater, 240V

Maintenance and Related Attachments

  • Maintenance package, deluxe
  • High speed oil change
  • Sediment pump
  • Fuel tank refueling pump
  • Service package, standard
  • Locking bar that holds cab at 30 degrees safely, front windshield
  • Extended service package with manual hydraulic system enabling cab tilt/lock and shovel holder (shovel not included)
  • Antifreeze -50 C (-58 F)

Technology Products

  • Product Link - Satellite
  • Product Link - Cellular
  • Grade control mast

Special Arrangements

  • Waste Package, Heavy Duty
  • Waste Package, Heavy Duty, Enhanced Cleaning
  • Waste Package, Extreme Service
  • Ship Hold Package, Heavy Duty
  • Steel Mill Package, Heavy Duty
  • Low Ground Pressure Package - Heavy Duty

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