Cat 972M

Medium Wheel Loaders

About the Cat 972M

 

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.

Specifications

Engine
Net Power - ISO 9249 223 kW
Emissions Tier 4/Stage IV
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - SAE J1995 - Metric 251 kW
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - SAE J1995 251 kW
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - SAE J1349 - Metric 223 kW
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 14396 247 kW
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - SAE J1349 223 kW
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 14396 - Metric 247 kW
Displacement 9.3 l
Engine Model Cat C9.3
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - ISO 9249 - Metric 223 kW
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - ISO 9249 223 kW
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - ISO 14396 1710 N·m
Maximum Net Torque - 1,100 rpm 1654 N·m
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - SAE J1995 1728 N·m
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.
Weights
Operating Weight 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,
Buckets
Bucket Capacities 3.20-9.94 m³ (4.19-13.0 yd³)
Operating Specifications
Breakout Force 196 kN
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - No Tire Deflection 17421 kg
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - With Tire Deflection 16164 kg
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.
Transmission
Forward - 1 6.7 km/h
Forward - 3 23.2 km/h
Reverse - 1 7.6 km/h
Reverse - 2 15 km/h
Forward - 2 13.1 km/h
Reverse - 3 26.5 km/h
Forward - 4 39.5 km/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 39.5 km/h
Hydraulic System
Implement System - Maximum Pump Output at 2,200 rpm 360 l/min
Implement Pump Type Variable Displacement Piston
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Total 10.7 s
Implement System - Maximum Operating Pressure 31000 kPa
Service Refill Capacities
Cooling System 71.6 l
Differential - Final Drives - Rear 57 l
Fuel Tank 302 l
Transmission 54 l
Hydraulic Tank 125 l
Differential - Final Drives - Front 57 l
Crankcase 24.5 l
DEF Tank 16.8 l
Sound
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***
Dimensions - Standard Lift
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 680 mm
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 1775 mm
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 2500 mm
Height - Top of ROPS 3587 mm
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 3843 mm
Wheel Base 3550 mm
Overall Length - Without Bucket 7774 mm
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 3522 mm
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 4458 mm
Tread Width 2230 mm
Rack Back - Carry Height 50 degrees
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
Height - Top of Hood 2818 mm
Maximum Width over Tires 3009 mm
Ground Clearance 434 mm
Rack Back at Ground 41 degrees
Rack Back - Maximum Lift 56 degrees
Dimensions - High Lift
Maximum Width over Tires 3009 mm
Height - Top of Hood 2818 mm
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 2500 mm
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 4140 mm
Overall Length - Without Bucket 8109 mm
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 4793 mm
Rack Back - Maximum Lift 71 degrees
Height - Top of ROPS 3587 mm
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 778 mm
Rack Back at Ground 39 degrees
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 3522 mm
Wheel Base 3550 mm
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 1775 mm
Tread Width 2230 mm
Ground Clearance 434 mm
Rack Back - Carry Height 49 degrees
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
Engine - Tier 4 Final/Stage IV
Emissions Tier 4/Stage IV
Bucket Capacities
Bucket Range 3.20-9.94 m³ (4.19-13.0 yd³)

Features

RELIABILITY YOU CAN COUNT ON

RELIABILITY YOU CAN COUNT ON
  • 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.
Cat 972M Wheel Loader - RELIABILITY YOU CAN COUNT ON

LONG TERM VALUE AND DURABILITY

LONG TERM VALUE AND DURABILITY
  • 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.
Cat 972M Wheel Loader - LONG TERM VALUE AND DURABILITY

BUILT TO PERFORM

BUILT TO PERFORM
  • 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.
Cat 972M Wheel Loader - BUILT TO PERFORM

DO MORE WITH LESS FUEL

DO MORE WITH LESS FUEL
  • 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.
Cat 972M Wheel Loader - DO MORE WITH LESS FUEL

DESIGNED FOR OPERATORS

DESIGNED FOR OPERATORS
  • 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.
Cat 972M Wheel Loader - DESIGNED FOR OPERATORS

SAFELY HOME EVERY DAY

SAFELY HOME EVERY DAY
  • 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.
Cat 972M Wheel Loader - SAFELY HOME EVERY DAY

SAVE ON SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE

SAVE ON SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE
  • 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.
Cat 972M Wheel Loader - SAVE ON SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE

TECHNOLOGY THAT GETS WORK DONE

TECHNOLOGY THAT GETS WORK DONE
  • 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.
Cat 972M Wheel Loader - TECHNOLOGY THAT GETS WORK DONE

PURPOSE BUILT SPECIALTY MODELS

PURPOSE BUILT SPECIALTY MODELS
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.
972M Steel Mill with Cat Slag Bucket

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