972M Wheel Loader | Front Loader | Tier 4
972M Wheel Loader | Front Loader | Tier 4
972M Wheel Loader | Front Loader | Tier 4
972M Wheel Loader | Front Loader | Tier 4

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.

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Net Power - ISO 9249 299 HP
Emissions Tier 4/Stage IV
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - SAE J1995 - Metric 341 HP
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - SAE J1995 337 HP
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - SAE J1349 - Metric 303 HP
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 14396 331 HP
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - SAE J1349 299 HP
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 14396 - Metric 336 HP
Displacement 568 in³
Engine Model Cat C9.3
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - ISO 9249 - Metric 303 HP
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - ISO 9249 299 HP
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - ISO 14396 1261 ft·lbf
Maximum Net Torque - 1,100 rpm 1220 ft·lbf
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - SAE J1995 1275 ft·lbf
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.
Operating Weight 54871 lb
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.
Bucket Capacities 3.20-9.94 m³ (4.19-13.0 yd³)
Breakout Force 44075 lbf
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - No Tire Deflection 38396 lb
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - With Tire Deflection 35626 lb
Note (1) 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.
Forward - 1 4.2 mile/h
Forward - 3 14.4 mile/h
Reverse - 1 4.7 mile/h
Reverse - 2 9.3 mile/h
Forward - 2 8.1 mile/h
Reverse - 3 16.5 mile/h
Forward - 4 24.5 mile/h
Note 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
Implement System - Maximum Pump Output at 2,200 rpm 95 gal/min
Implement Pump Type Variable Displacement Piston
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Total 10.7 s
Implement System - Maximum Operating Pressure 4496 psi
Cooling System 18.9 gal (US)
Differential - Final Drives - Rear 15.1 gal (US)
Fuel Tank 79.8 gal (US)
Transmission 14.3 gal (US)
Hydraulic Tank 33 gal (US)
Differential - Final Drives - Front 15.1 gal (US)
Crankcase 6.5 gal (US)
DEF Tank 4.4 gal (US)
Note (1) *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)
Note (2) **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)*
With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)** 69 dB(A)
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008) 70 dB(A)
Note (3) ***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***
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.25 ft
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.83 ft
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.17 ft
Height - Top of ROPS 11.75 ft
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 12.58 ft
Wheel Base 11.67 ft
Overall Length - Without Bucket 25.58 ft
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.58 ft
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 14.67 ft
Tread Width 7.33 ft
Rack Back - Carry Height 50 degrees
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
Height - Top of Hood 9.17 ft
Maximum Width over Tires 9.92 ft
Ground Clearance 1.42 ft
Rack Back at Ground 41 degrees
Rack Back - Maximum Lift 56 degrees
Maximum Width over Tires 9.92 ft
Height - Top of Hood 9.17 ft
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.17 ft
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 13.5 ft
Overall Length - Without Bucket 26.67 ft
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 15.75 ft
Rack Back - Maximum Lift 71 degrees
Height - Top of ROPS 11.75 ft
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.58 ft
Rack Back at Ground 39 degrees
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.58 ft
Wheel Base 11.67 ft
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.83 ft
Tread Width 7.33 ft
Ground Clearance 1.42 ft
Rack Back - Carry Height 49 degrees
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
Emissions Tier 4/Stage IV
Bucket Range 3.20-9.94 m³ (4.19-13.0 yd³)

  • Cat C9.3 engine offers increased power density with a combination of proven electronic fuel and air systems.
  • Equipped with automatic Cat regeneration system, Cat clean emissions module (CEM) with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank and pump (Tier 4 Final, Stage IV, and Stage V only).
  • Features an electric fuel priming pump and a fuel/water separator.
  • Thorough component design and machine validation processes result in unmatched reliability and uptime.

  • Heavy-duty transmission and axles handle extreme applications.
  • Automatic planetary powershift (4F/4R) transmission features durable, long-lasting components.
  • Full-flow hydraulic filtration system with additional loop filtration improves hydraulic system strength and component life.
  • Full hydraulic enclosed wet-disc with Integrated Braking System (IBS) and brake wear indicators add valued safety on the job.

  • Increased engine power resulting in improved machine performance and response.
  • Lock-up clutch transmission, matching the engine power to increase fuel efficiency while delivering optimal performance.
  • Z-bar linkage provides high breakout force at ground level.
  • Easy-to-load performance series buckets improve material retention and reduce dig times, significantly improving productivity and fuel efficiency.
  • Manual/automatic differential locks increase traction and reduce tire scuffing compared to other traction aids, reducing your operating costs.
  • Optional aggregate handler configuration offers higher payload capability for loose aggregate handling.*
  • Automatic idle engine shutdown system significantly reduces idle time, overall operating hours, and fuel consumption.

    * Optional configurations and equipment may vary from region to region and requires conformance to Caterpillar payload policy. Consult your dealer or Caterpillar representative for details.

  • Deep system integration results in lower fuel consumption.
  • Significantly more fuel efficient than both the H and K Series loaders.
  • Power dense engine burns less fuel by providing power and torque when needed.
  • Standard productive economy mode delivers more fuel savings with minimal productivity impact.
  • New split-flow oil system uses multi-viscosity oil to improve fuel economy.

  • The next generation easily adjustable seat with updated styling and a revolutionary suspension system. It comes in three trim levels and can be equipped with a 4-point harness.
  • Sound-suppression, seals, and damping cab mounts decrease noise and vibration for a quieter work environment.
  • The seat-mounted electro-hydraulic joystick steering system provides precision control and dramatically reduces arm fatigue, resulting in excellent comfort and accuracy.
  • Electrohydraulic (EH) controls, parking brake, and Single Axis Lever (SAL) lift and tilt function allow for better handling and control management.
  • Smart ergonomic controls are easy to use, intuitive, anduser-friendly.
  • Touchscreen multi-function color display keeps operators focused.
  • The next generation of ride control works as a shock absorber, improving ride quality over rough terrain.
  • Inclined steps and convenient grab handles ease accessibility to the operating space.
  • Extended windows enhance visibility while convex and spot mirrors extend the driver’s view on the sides and rear.

  • Cab access with wide door, optional remote door opening,and stair-like steps add solid stability.
  • Floor-to-ceiling windshield, large mirrors with integrated spot mirrors, and rear-vision camera provide industry leading all-around visibility.
  • Computerized monitoring system includes several warning indicators.
  • Rear vision camera enhances visibility behind the machine, helping you work safely and confidently.
  • Optional rear object detection radar system warns you of an object in critical zone while going in reverse, enhancing job site safety.

  • Extended service intervals including -
  1. Engine oil and engine oil filter change interval up to 1000 hours (Tier 4 Final, Stage IV, and Stage V only)
  2. Hydraulic filter change interval up to 1000 hours
  3. Transmission oil change interval up to 2000 hours
  • One-piece tilting hood makes cab access fast and easy.
  • Electrical service centers enhance convenience and accessibility.
  • Access to fuel fill and daily maintenance points means less servicing time is required.
  • Optional integrated Cat autolube system provides full lube system monitoring and diagnostic test visibility.
  • Remote flash support.
  • Longer tire life with on-the-go traction aids.

  • Developed to monitor, manage, and enhance your job site operations.
  • Payload provides accurate weighing* of the materials you are loading and hauling. Payload data is displayed in real-time to improve productivity and reduce overloading.
  • Detect enhances awareness of the environment around working equipment and provides alerts to help keep people and assets safe on the job site.
  • Link wirelessly connects you to your equipment, giving you access to essential information you need to know to run your business. Gain valuable insight into how your machine or fleet is performing allowing you to make timely, fact-based decisions that can boost job site efficiency and productivity.
  • Optional Advanced Productivity subscription provides comprehensive actionable information to help you manage and improve the productivity and profitability of your operations.

    * Not legal for trade.

INDUSTRIAL & WASTE

  • Engineered for work in Transfer Stations, Recycling Depots, Scrap Yards and Demolition Sites.
  • Factory installed guarding improves uptime; guards protect axle seals, steering cylinders, crankcase, front frame, powertrain, tilt cylinders, lower cab and rear box. Package includes reinforced service centers, heavy duty cable steps, lift cylinder baffles, narrow front fenders, and steel rear fender deflectors.
  • Factory installed options available are solid tires, rear machine guard, rubber mounted cab glass, engine precleaner, powered and filtered cab precleaner and variable pitch cooling fan.
  • Cat Waste Buckets available separately are Load & Carry, Tamp & Clamp, Dozing, and Grapple can be fitted with steel or rubber cutting edge.
STEEL MILL
  • Designed for the challenging work environment of steel mills and slag handling applications.
  • Purpose built package provides heat protection for hydraulic hoses and electrical harness and components.
  • Guarding protects tilt cylinder, working lights and the underside of the machine.
  • Reinforcement strengthens fenders, wheel wells, service centers and metallic roof.
  • A Rear Egress System provides emergency stair down the back of the machine.
  • Ground level redundant controls including transmission, engine, and parking brake controls provide an added level of safety.
  • The CAT Slag Bucket is available separately.
CORROSION RESISTANCE
  • Designed for corrosive environments such as fertilizer plants, chemical industries, agriculture, salt water ports and others.
  • Factory protection of all machine components that can be affected by corrosive materials.
  • Treatment includes E-Coat cooler cores, additional coating on main hydraulic valve, heat treated shrink sealant on hydraulic hoses, fittings and electrical wiring, all hinges greased, Zerust® vapor enclosure for electronic components, extra heavy duty alternator, turbine engine precleaner and varnish protection on engine compartment, internal chassis and all non-painted metallic parts.