972M Wheel Loader | Front Loader | Tier 4

972M Wheel Loader | Front Loader | Tier 4

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The 972M Wheel Loader is equipped with built-in proven technologies to help meet your expectations for productivity, fuel efficiency, reliability and service life. Deep system integration results in ...
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Engine - Tier 4 Final/Stage IV

Emissions
Tier 4/Stage IV

Weights

Operating Weight
54871lb
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)

Dimensions - High Lift

Rack Back - Carry Height
49 degrees
Overall Length - Without Bucket
26.67ft
Note
All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
Maximum Width over Tires
9.92ft
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift
13.5ft
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift
15.75ft
Hinge Pin Height at Carry
2.58ft
Height - Top of ROPS
11.75ft
Height - Top of Hood
9.17ft
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe
11.58ft
Ground Clearance
1.42ft
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch
5.83ft
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight
8.17ft
Rack Back - Maximum Lift
71 degrees
Rack Back at Ground
39 degrees
Tread Width
7.33ft
Wheel Base
11.67ft

Transmission

Reverse - 4
24.5mile/h
Reverse - 3
16.5mile/h
Reverse - 1
4.7mile/h
Reverse - 2
9.3mile/h
Forward - 4
24.5mile/h
Forward - 3
14.4mile/h
Forward - 2
8.1mile/h
Forward - 1
4.2mile/h
Note
Maximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L3 tires with 826 mm (32.5 in) roll radius.

Sound

With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Pressure Level (SAE J88:2013)
76 dB(A)*
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008)
109dB(A)
Note (2)
**For machines in European Union countries and in countries that adopt the ?EU Directives.?
Note (1)
*Distance of 15 m (49.2 ft), moving forward in second gear ratio.
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***
With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)**
69dB(A)
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)
70dB(A)

Service Refill Capacities

Transmission
14.3gal (US)
Hydraulic Tank
33gal (US)
Fuel Tank
79.8gal (US)
Differential - Final Drives - Rear
15.1gal (US)
Differential - Final Drives - Front
15.1gal (US)
Cooling System
18.9gal (US)
Crankcase
6.5gal (US)
DEF Tank
4.4gal (US)

Hydraulic System

Implement System - Maximum Pump Output at 2,200 rpm
95gal/min
Implement System - Maximum Operating Pressure
4496psi
Implement Pump Type
Variable Displacement Piston
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Total
10.7s

Operating Specifications

Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - With Tire Deflection
35626lb
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - No Tire Deflection
38396lb
Breakout Force
44075lbf
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.

Engine

Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - SAE J1995 - Metric
341HP
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - SAE J1995
337HP
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 14396 - Metric
336HP
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 14396
331HP
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - SAE J1349 - Metric
303HP
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - SAE J1349
299HP
Engine Model
Cat C9.3 ACERT
Displacement
568in³
Net Power - ISO 9249
299HP
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - ISO 9249
299HP
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - ISO 9249 - Metric
303HP
Maximum Net Torque - 1,100 rpm
1220ft·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.
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - ISO 14396
1261ft·lbf
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - SAE J1995
1275ft·lbf

Bucket Capacities

Bucket Range
3.20-9.94 m³ (4.19-13.0 yd³)

Dimensions - Standard Lift

Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight
8.17ft
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch
5.83ft
Ground Clearance
1.42ft
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe
11.58ft
Height - Top of Hood
9.17ft
Height - Top of ROPS
11.75ft
Hinge Pin Height at Carry
2.25ft
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift
14.67ft
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift
12.58ft
Maximum Width over Tires
9.92ft
Note
All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
Overall Length - Without Bucket
25.58ft
Rack Back - Carry Height
50 degrees
Rack Back - Maximum Lift
56 degrees
Rack Back at Ground
41 degrees
Tread Width
7.33ft
Wheel Base
11.67ft

Reliability

        

  • Cat® C9.3 ACERT™ engine and automatic Cat Regeneration System offers increased power density with a combination of proven electronic, fuel and air systems.
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  • Utilizing rigorous component design and machine validation processes results in unmatched reliability, durability and high uptime.

Durability

        

  • Heavy-duty powershift transmission and axles handle extreme applications.
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  • Full flow hydraulic filtration system with additional loop filtration improves hydraulic system robustness and component life.

Productivity

        

  • Engine power increased by approximately 8% improves machine performance and response (compared to H Series).
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  • Lock-up clutch torque converter, combined with lock-to-lock shifting, delivers smooth shifts, fast acceleration and speed on grade.
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  • Z-bar linkage provides high breakout force at ground level.
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  • Easy-to-load Performance Series Buckets feature a wider mouth and curved side plates that improve material retention (fill factor) and decrease cycle times.
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  • On-the-go disc-type front manual differential locks (front and rear fully automatic option).
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  • Optional Aggregate Handler configuration offers slightly higher payload capability for loose aggregate rehandling.*

*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.

Fuel Efficiency

        

  • Up to 10% more fuel efficient than K Series and up to 25% more fuel efficient than H Series loaders.**
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  • Power dense ACERT engine burns less fuel by providing power and torque when needed.
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  • Standard productive Economy Mode provides maximum fuel savings with minimal productivity impact.

**Actual results may vary based on factors such as, but not limited to, machine configuration, operator technique, machine application, climate, etc.

Ease of Operation

        

  • Best-in-class operator environment provides unmatched comfort, visibility, and efficiency.
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  • E-H joystick steering (steering wheel optional) with force feedback for precision control and dramatically decreases operator arm fatigue.
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  • Intuitive, ergonomic controls and touch screen multifunction display keep operators focused on their work.
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  • Ride control system with dual accumulators provides excellent ride quality and lowers cab vibrations.

Safety

        

  • Excellent cab access with wide door, remote door opening option and stair-like steps.
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  • Floor to ceiling windshield, large mirrors with integrated spot mirrors and rear vision camera provide industry leading all-around visibility.

Serviceability

        

  • One-piece tilting hood with side and rear doors; hydraulic and electrical service centers make access fast and easy.
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  • Safe, ground level access to fuel fill and daily maintenance points means less servicing time is required.
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  • Optional, fully integrated Cat Autolube system provides full lube system monitoring and diagnostic test visibility.

Cat Connect Technology

        

  • Monitor, manage and enhance job site operations.
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  • Cat LINK Technologies: VisionLink® enables owners to access data wirelessly to monitor machine health, utilization and location.
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  • Cat DETECT Technologies: Integrated rear vision camera enhances visibility behind machine to help operators work safely. Optional Cat Rear Object Detection increases operator awareness of the working environment which enhances site safety.
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  • Cat PAYLOAD Technologies: Optional Cat Production Measurement 2.0 brings simple and accurate on-the-go payload scale allowing operators to deliver exact loads and work more efficiently. Advanced Productivity subscription provides comprehensive actionable information to help you manage and improve the productivity and profitability of your operations.

Standard Equipment:

Optional Equipment: