972M XE Wheel Loader | Front Loader
972M XE Wheel Loader | Front Loader
972M XE Wheel Loader | Front Loader
972M XE Wheel Loader | Front Loader

The Cat® 972M XE Wheel Loader is the class leader in fuel efficiency and offers significantly lower 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 311 HP
Emissions Tier 4/Stage IV
Maximum Net Power - 1,600 rpm - SAE J1349 - Metric 315 HP
Displacement 568 in³
Maximum Net Power - 1,600 rpm - SAE J1349 311 HP
Engine Model Cat C9.3
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - SAE J1995 1275 ft·lbf
Maximum Net Power - 1,600 rpm - ISO 9249 311 HP
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - ISO 14396 1260 ft·lbf
Maximum Net Power - 1,600 rpm - ISO 9249 - Metric 315 HP
Maximum Net Torque - 1,200 rpm 1193 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 (4.19-13.00 yd³)
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - With Tire Deflection 35626 lb
Breakout Force 44075 lbf
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - No Tire Deflection 38396 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.
Reverse - 3 17.1 mile/h
Forward - 1 4.1 mile/h
Forward - 2 7.7 mile/h
Reverse - 2 7.7 mile/h
Forward - 3 13.5 mile/h
Forward - 4 24.5 mile/h
Reverse - 1 4.1 mile/h
Note Maximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L3 tires with 826 mm (32.5 in) roll radius.
Implement System - Maximum Operating Pressure 4496 psi
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Total 11 s
Implement System - Maximum Pump Output at 1,600 rpm 102 gal/min
Implement Pump Type Variable Displacement Piston
Differential - Final Drives - Front 15.1 gal (US)
Cooling System 19 gal (US)
Crankcase 6.5 gal (US)
DEF Tank 4.4 gal (US)
Transmission 16.6 gal (US)
Differential - Final Drives - Rear 15.1 gal (US)
Fuel Tank 79.8 gal (US)
Hydraulic Tank 33 gal (US)
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 Power Level (ISO 6395:2008) 107 dB(A)
Note (1) *Distance of 15 m (49.2 ft), moving forward in second gear ratio.
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)** 67 dB(A)
With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008)** 105 LWA***
Note (3) ***European Union Directive 2000/14/EC as amended by 2005/88/EC.
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008) 67 dB(A)
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 15.67 ft
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.75 ft
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.5 ft
Maximum Width over Tires 9.83 ft
Rack Back - Maximum Lift 71 degrees
Ground Clearance 1.42 ft
Height - Top of ROPS 11.75 ft
Tread Width 7.25 ft
Overall Length - Without Bucket 26.58 ft
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 13.58 ft
Height - Top of Hood 9.17 ft
Wheel Base 11.58 ft
Rack Back - Carry Height 49 degrees
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.17 ft
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.5 ft
Rack Back at Ground 39 degrees
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.17 ft
Rack Back - Maximum Lift 56 degrees
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.75 ft
Overall Length - Without Bucket 25.5 ft
Wheel Base 11.58 ft
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.17 ft
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.5 ft
Ground Clearance 1.42 ft
Rack Back - Carry Height 50 degrees
Height - Top of Hood 9.17 ft
Tread Width 7.25 ft
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 12.58 ft
Rack Back at Ground 41 degrees
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 14.58 ft
Height - Top of ROPS 11.75 ft
Maximum Width over Tires 9.83 ft
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
Bucket Capacities 3.20-9.94 m³ (4.19-13.00 yd³)
Emissions Tier 4/Stage IV

  • Deep system integration of the Cat continuously variable transmission, engine system, hydraulic system, transmission and cooling system results in significantly increased performance and fuel efficiency.
  • Lowering the rated engine speed and eliminating the torque converter results in speed that can be controlled independently of the engine speed.
  • Our high-power density and fuel efficient engines feature Cat electronics, a fuel injection process, and air-management systems.

  • Continuously variable transmission delivers smooth shifts, fast acceleration, and speed on grade.
  • Machine maneuvering on grade is made easy with steady deceleration and anti-rollback.
  • Integrated continuously variable transmission provides maximum, steady power at optimal speeds.
  • Easy-to-load performance series buckets improve material retention and reduce dig times, significantly improving productivity and fuel efficiency.
  • Differential locks are activated on the spot, improving traction for increased productivity.
  • Dual ride control accumulator system enables a wide payload range and better ride quality.
  • Aggregate packages with specialized offerings for loose aggregate rehandling applications.*

    * 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.

  • 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.
  • Features an electric fuel priming pump and a fuel/water separator.
  • Thorough component design and machine validation processes result in unmatched reliability and uptime.

  • Advanced transmission and axles handle the most extreme applications.
  • The durable frame absorbs excavation and loading impact while the hitch system provides high-bearing force capacity.
  • Full-flow hydraulic filtration system with additional loop filtration improves hydraulic system strength and component life.

  • 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.

  • 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
  2. Hydraulic filter change interval up to 1000 hours
  3. Transmission oil change interval up to 4000 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.

  • 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, and user-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.

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.