Medium Wheel Loaders 972L

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Key Specs

Net Power - ISO 9249
302 HP
222 kW
Operating Weight
54871 lb
24897 kg
Bucket Capacities
3.40-9.90 m³ (4.45-12.95 yd³)
3.40-9.90 m³ (4.45-12.95 yd³)

Overview

Proven Durability and Performance

The durable Cat® 972L wheel loader is equipped with proven technologies that meet demanding expectations for reliability, productivity and fuel efficiency. Offering more power and a new shifting strategy, it delivers greater productivity, smoother shifts, faster acceleration and higher travel speeds when climbing a grade.

Benefits

Up To 5% More Power

Lock-up clutch torque converter, combined with lock-to-lock shifting, delivers smooth shifts, fast acceleration and speed on grade. High capacity torque converter results in greater digging efficiency.

Designed for Operators

New best-in-class operator environment provides unmatched comfort, visibility, and efficiency. Controls are easy to use, intuitive, and user-friendly.

Up To 15% Fuel Savings

Engine burns less fuel by providing power and torque when needed. Load sensing hydraulics result in proportional flow for implement and steering on demand. Machine equipped with easy to load buckets.

Product Specifications for 972L

Net Power - ISO 9249 302 HP 222 kW
Emissions Tier 3/Stage IIIA Tier 3/Stage IIIA
Displacement 568 in³ 9.3 l
Maximum Gross Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 14396 - Metric 329 HP 242 kW
Engine Model Cat C9.3 Cat C9.3
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - ISO 9249 - Metric 302 HP 222 kW
Maximum Net Torque - 1,100 rpm 1204 ft·lbf 1632 N·m
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - ISO 14396 1261 ft·lbf 1710 N·m
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 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 general purpose bucket with BOCE.
Bucket Capacities 3.40-9.90 m³ (4.45-12.95 yd³) 3.40-9.90 m³ (4.45-12.95 yd³)
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - No Tire Deflection 38396 lb 17421 kg
Breakout Force 44075 lbf 196 kN
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 - 2 8.1 mile/h 13.1 km/h
Forward - 4 24.5 mile/h 39.5 km/h
Reverse - 2 9.3 mile/h 15 km/h
Forward - 1 4.3 mile/h 6.9 km/h
Reverse - 3 16.5 mile/h 26.5 km/h
Reverse - 1 4.8 mile/h 7.8 km/h
Forward - 3 14.4 mile/h 23.2 km/h
Reverse - 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 roll radius. Maximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L3 tires with 826 mm roll radius.
Implement System - Maximum Operating Pressure 4496 psi 31000 kPa
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Total 10.7 s 10.7 s
Implement System - Maximum Pump Output at 2,200 rpm 95 gal/min 360 l/min
Implement Pump Type Variable Displacement Piston Variable Displacement Piston
Transmission 15.5 gal (US) 58.5 l
Cooling System 18.9 gal (US) 71.6 l
Crankcase 6.5 gal (US) 24.5 l
Fuel Tank 80 gal (US) 303 l
Differential - Final Drives - Front 15.1 gal (US) 57 l
Hydraulic Tank 33 gal (US) 125 l
Differential - Final Drives - Rear 15.1 gal (US) 57 l
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008) 109 dB(A) 109 dB(A)
Note (1) *Distance of 15 m, moving forward in second gear ratio. *Distance of 15 m, moving forward in second gear ratio.
Note (2) **For machines in countries that adopt the EU Directives. **For machines 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 Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008) 72 dB(A) 72 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 - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)** 69 dB(A) 69 dB(A)
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
Ground Clearance 1.42 ft 434 mm
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 14.67 ft 4458 mm
Height - Top of Hood 9.25 ft 2818 mm
Height - Top of ROPS 11.75 ft 3587 mm
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 12.58 ft 3843 mm
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires. All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.58 ft 3522 mm
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.83 ft 1775 mm
Rack Back - Maximum Lift 56 degrees 56 degrees
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.17 ft 2500 mm
Maximum Width over Tires 9.92 ft 3009 mm
Tread Width 7.33 ft 2230 mm
Overall Length - Without Bucket 25.5 ft 7773 mm
Rack Back - Carry Height 50 degrees 50 degrees
Wheel Base 11.67 ft 3550 mm
Rack Back at Ground 41 degrees 41 degrees
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 13.5 ft 4140 mm
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.17 ft 2500 mm
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 15.75 ft 4793 mm
Tread Width 7.33 ft 2230 mm
Maximum Width over Tires 9.92 ft 3009 mm
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.58 ft 778 mm
Height - Top of ROPS 11.75 ft 3587 mm
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.83 ft 1775 mm
Rack Back - Carry Height 49 degrees 49 degrees
Overall Length - Without Bucket 26.61 ft 8111 mm
Ground Clearance 1.42 ft 434 mm
Rack Back - Maximum Lift 71 degrees 71 degrees
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires. All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
Wheel Base 11.67 ft 3550 mm
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.58 ft 3522 mm
Height - Top of Hood 9.25 ft 2818 mm
Rack Back at Ground 39 degrees 39 degrees
Emissions Tier 3/Stage IIIA Tier 3/Stage IIIA
Bucket Range 3.40-9.90 m³ (4.45-12.95 yd³) 3.40-9.90 m³ (4.45-12.95 yd³)

972L Standard Equipment

NOTE

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

POWER TRAIN

  • Engine, Cat C9.3 meets China Nonroad Stage III emission standards equivalent to Tier 3/Stage IIIA, or emissions equivalent to Tier 2/Stage II emissions standards
  • Fuel priming pump (electric)
  • Fuel/water separator
  • Precleaner, engine air intake
  • Productive Economy Mode
  • Transmission, automatic planetary power shift (4F/4R)
  • Torque converter, locking clutch with free wheel stator
  • Switch, transmission neutralizer lockout
  • Axles, open differential front and rear axles
  • Brakes, full hydraulic enclosed wet-disc with Integrated Braking System (IBS)
  • Brake wear indicators
  • Parking brake, disc and caliper
  • Fan, radiator, electronically controlled, hydraulically driven, temperature sensing, on demand

OPERATOR ENVIRONMENT

  • Cab, pressurized and sound suppressed (ROPS/FOPS)
  • Viscous mounts
  • Rear vision camera within multi-function 18 cm color LCD touch-screen display (capability for displaying machine status, setting and health parameters)
  • EH controls, SAL (single axis lever) lift and tilt function
  • Steering, steering wheel
  • Radio ready (entertainment) includes antenna, speakers and converter (12V, 10-amp)
  • Air conditioner, heater, and defroster
  • EH parking brake
  • Beverage holders (2) with storage compartment for cell phone/MP3 player
  • Bucket/work tool function lockout
  • Coat hook
  • 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
  • Two receptacles, 12V
  • Seat, Cat Comfort (cloth) air suspension
  • Seat belt, 51 mm retractable
  • Sun visor, front
  • Wet-arm wipers/washers front and rear, intermittent front wiper
  • Window, sliding (left and right sides)

COMPUTERIZED MONITORING SYSTEM

  • With following gauges: Speedometer/tachometer; Digital gear range indicator; Temperature: engine coolant, hydraulic oil, transmission oil; Fuel level
  • With following warning indicators: Temperature: axle oil, engine intake manifold; Pressure: engine oil, fuel pressure 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; Transmission filter bypass

ELECTRICAL AND LIGHTING

  • Batteries (2), maintenace 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 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 (adjustable in cab)

HYDRAULICS

  • Hydraulic system, load sensing
  • Steering, load sensing
  • Remote diagnostic pressure taps
  • Hoses, Cat XT
  • Couplings, Cat O-ring face seal
  • Hydraulic oil cooler (swing out)
  • Oil sampling valves

FLUIDS

  • Premixed extended life coolant with freeze protection to -34 degrees C

OTHER STANDARD EQUIPMENT

  • Toolbox
  • Hood, non-metallic power tilting
  • Service centers (electrical and hydraulic)
  • Auto idle shutdown
  • Fenders, front
  • Ecology drains for engine, transmission, and hydraulics
  • Grill, airborne debris
  • Filters: fuel, engine air, engine oil, hydraulic oil, transmission
  • Grease zerks
  • Hitch, drawbar with pin
  • Precleaner rain cap
  • Sight gauges: engine coolant, hydraulic oil, and transmission oil level
  • Vandalism protection caplocks

972L 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; Ecology drains; Extreme temperature seals; Seal guards
  • Fan, VPF (variable pitch fan), automatic and manual control
  • Radiator, high debris with wider fin spacing

OPERATOR ENVIRONMENT

  • Cover, HVAC metallic
  • EH controls, SAL 3rd function
  • EH controls, joystick lift and tilt - Additional integrated roller switches for 3rd function
  • Mirrors, heated rearview external with integrated spot mirrors
  • Precleaner, HVAC
  • Radio, AM/FM/CD/USB/MP3 Bluetooth
  • Radio, CB ready
  • Seat, heated air suspension
  • Seat belt, 76 mm retractable, with indicator
  • Roof, metallic
  • Steering, secondary
  • Sun visor, rear
  • Windows, rubber mounted
  • Windows, with front guard
  • Windows, with full guards front, rear and sides
  • Full time rear vision display Work Area Vision System (WAVS)

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 two 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
  • Two LED stop, turn, tail light

STARTERS, BATTERIES, AND ALTERNATORS

  • Cold start - 240V

CAT CONNECT TECHNOLOGIES

  • Link technologies: VIMS
  • Payload technologies: Cat Production Measurement 2.0 (Cat PM); Printer, Cat Production Measurement; Aggregate Autodig
  • Detect technologies: Cat Rear Object Detection
  • Machine Security System

LINKAGE

  • High lift
  • Forestry
  • Quick coupler ready
  • Autolube

WORK TOOLS

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

HYDRAULICS

  • 3rd function with Ride Control: Standard linkage; High lift linkage; Forestry linkage
  • Ride control, 2V

FLUIDS

  • Premixed extended life coolant with freeze protection to -50 degrees C

OTHER OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT

  • Cat Autolube System
  • Fenders, roading
  • Guard, power train
  • Precleaner, turbine
  • Precleaner, trash
  • Platform, window washing
  • Cold weather package: Transmission filter bypass; Fan pump bypass; Jacket water or engine block heater; Ether aid ready

OPTIONAL APPLICATION SPECIFIC CONFIGURATIONS

  • Industrial and Waste Handler
  • Steel Mill
  • Corrosion Resistance

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