972M Wheel Loader | Front Loader | Tier 3

972M Wheel Loader | Front Loader | Tier 3

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 a machine built to help you reduce emissions, improve performance and improve fuel economy. All of this is done without interrupting machine performance and making it seamless to you. This machine deliversthe reliability, durability, and versatility you’ve come to expect from a Cat machine.

Net Power - ISO 9249
298 hp
Operating Weight
54871 lb
Engine Model
Cat C9.3 ACERT
Displacement
568 in³

Engine

Net Power - ISO 9249
298hp
Engine Model
Cat C9.3 ACERT
Displacement
568in³
Maximum Power @ 1,800 rpm – SAE J1995
330hp
Maximum Power @ 1,800 rpm – SAE J1995 (metric)
334hp
Maximum Power @ 1,800 rpm – ISO 14396
325hp
Maximum Power @ 1,800 rpm – ISO 14396 (metric)
329hp
Maximum Net Power @ 1,700 rpm – SAE J1349
298hp
Maximum Net Power @ 1,700 rpm – SAE J1349 (metric)
302hp
Maximum Net Torque - 1,000 rpm
1204ft-lb
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - ISO 9249
298HP
Maximum Net Power @ 1,700 rpm – ISO 9249 (metric)
302hp
Peak Gross Torque (1,200 rpm) – SAE J1995
1275lbf-ft
Peak Gross Torque (1,200 rpm) – ISO 14396
1261lbf-ft
Net Power - ISO 9249
298HP
Engine Model
Cat C9.3 ACERT
Displacement
568in³
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - SAE J1349
298HP
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - SAE J1349 - Metric
302HP
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 14396
325HP
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 14396 - Metric
329HP
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - SAE J1995
330HP
Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - SAE J1995 - Metric
334HP
Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - ISO 9249 - Metric
302HP
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - ISO 14396
1261ft-lb
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - SAE J1995
1275ft-lb

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,
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,

Transmission

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

Service Refill Capacities

Cooling System
18.9gal
Crankcase
6.5gal
Transmission
15.5gal
Differentials and Final Drives – Front
15.1gal
Differentials and Final Drives – Rear
15.1gal
Hydraulic Tank
33gal
Fuel Tank
79.8gal
Cooling System
18.9gal (US)
Crankcase
6.5gal (US)
Differential - Final Drives - Front
15.1gal (US)
Differential - Final Drives - Rear
15.1gal (US)
Fuel Tank
79.8gal (US)
Hydraulic Tank
33gal (US)
Transmission
15.5gal (US)

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
For a machine configuration as defined under “Weight.”
Note
Full compliance to ISO 143971:2007 Sections 1 thru 6, which requires 2% verification between calculations and testing.
Breakout Force
44075lbf
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - No Tire Deflection
38396lb
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - With Tire Deflection
35626lb
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.

Hydraulic System

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

Sound

With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value: Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008)
109dB(A)
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value: Exterior Sound Pressure Level (SAE J88:2013)
76 dB(A)*
Note
*Distance of 15 m (49.2 ft), moving forward in second gear ratio.
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value: Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)
70dB(A)
Note
*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)
109dB(A)
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Pressure Level (SAE J88:2013)
76 dB(A)*
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)
70dB(A)

Engine - Tier 3/Stage IIIA Equivalent

Emissions
Tier 3/Stage IIIA
Emissions
Tier 3/Stage IIIA

Bucket Capacities

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

Dimensions – Standard Lift

Height to Top of Hood
9.25ft
Height to Top of Exhaust Pipe
11.58ft
Height to Top of ROPS
11.75ft
Ground Clearance
1.42ft
Center Line of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight
8.17ft
Center Line of Rear Axle to Hitch
5.83ft
Wheelbase
11.67ft
Overall Length (without bucket)
25.58ft
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift
14.67ft
Hinge Pin Height at Carry
2.25ft
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift
12.58ft
Rack Back at Maximum Lift
56 degrees
Rack Back at Carry Height
50 degrees
Rack Back at Ground
41 degrees
Maximum Width over Tires
9.92ft
Tread Width
7.33ft
Note
All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.

Dimensions – High Lift

Height to Top of Hood
9.25ft
Height to Top of Exhaust Pipe
11.58ft
Height to Top of ROPS
11.75ft
Ground Clearance
1.42ft
Center Line of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight
8.17ft
Center Line of Rear Axle to Hitch
5.83ft
Wheelbase
11.67ft
Overall Length (without bucket)
26.67ft
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift
15.75ft
Hinge Pin Height at Carry
2.58ft
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift
13.50ft
Rack Back at Maximum Lift
71 degrees
Rack Back at Carry Height
49 degrees
Rack Back at Ground
39 degrees
Maximum Width over Tires
9.92ft
Tread Width
7.33ft
Note
All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.

Buckets

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

Dimensions - High 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
9.25ft
Height - Top of ROPS
11.75ft
Hinge Pin Height at Carry
2.58ft
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift
15.75ft
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift
13.5ft
Maximum Width over Tires
9.92ft
Note
All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
Overall Length - Without Bucket
26.67ft
Rack Back - Carry Height
49 degrees
Rack Back - Maximum Lift
71 degrees
Rack Back at Ground
39 degrees
Tread Width
7.33ft
Wheel Base
11.67ft

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
9.25ft
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

Standard Equipment:

  • Power Train
    • Engine, Cat C9.3 ACERT - meets Tier 3/Stage IIIA equivalent or Tier 4 Final/Stage IV emission standards
    • Cat Clean Emissions Module (CEM) with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank and pump (Tier 4 Final/Stage IV models)
    • Fuel priming pump (electric)
    • Fuel/water separator
    • Precleaner, engine air intake
    • Economy Mode (selectable)
    • Transmission, automatic planetary power shift (4F/4R)
    • Torque converter, locking clutch with free wheel stator
  • Operator Environment
    • Cab, pressurized and sound suppressed (ROPS/FOPS)
    • Viscous mounts
    • Multi-function 18 cm (7 in) color touch-screen display for rear vision camera, clock and machine parameters
    • EH controls, SAL (single axis lever) lift and tilt function
    • Steering, EH joystick, speed sensing with force feedback
    • Radio ready (entertainment) includes antenna, speakers and converter (12V, 10-amp)
    • Air conditioner, heater, and defroster (auto temp and fan)
    • EH parking brake
    • Beverage holders (2) with storage compartment for cell phone/MP3 player
    • Bucket/work tool function lockout
    • Coat hook (2)
    • 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
    • 2 receptacles, 12V
    • Seat, Cat Comfort (cloth) air suspension
    • Seat belt, 51 mm (2 in) retractable, with indicator
    • Sun visor, front
    • Wet-arm wipers/washers front and rear, intermittent front wiper
    • Window, sliding (left and right sides)
    • Cab tie-off
  • Computerized Monitoring System
    • With following gauges: Speedometer/tacometer; Digital gear range indicator; Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) level (Tier 4 Final/Stage IV models); Temperature: engine coolant, hydraulic oil, transmission oil; Fuel level
    • With following warning indicators: Regeneration; 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; DEF low level (Tier 4 Final/Stage IV models); Transmission filter bypass
  • Electrical And Lighting
    • Batteries (2), maintenance 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 roading lights (with signals); Two halogen rear vision lights (hood mounted)
    • Alarm, back-up
    • Alternator, 145-amp brushed
    • Main disconnect switch
    • Receptacle start (cables no included)
  • Cat Connect Technologies
    • Link technologies: Product Link
    • Detect technologies: rear vision camera
  • Linkage
    • Linkage, Z-bar, cast crosstube/tile lever
    • Kickout, lift and tilt, automatic
  • Hydraulics
    • Hydraulic system, load sensing
    • Steering, load sensing
    • Ride control, 2V
    • Remote diagnostic pressure taps
    • Hoses, Cat XT�
    • Oil sampling valves
  • Fluids
    • Premixed extended life coolant with freeze protection to -34� C (-29� F)
  • Other Standard Equipment
    • Hood, non-metallic power tilting
    • Service centers (electrical and hydraulic)
    • Platform, window washing
    • Auto idle shutdown
    • Fenders, front with mud-flap/rear with extension
    • Ecology drains for engine, transmission, and hydraulics
    • Ether aid ready
    • Grill, airborne debris
    • Filters: fuel, engine air, engine oil, hydraulic oil, transmission
    • Fuel cooler
    • Grease zerks
    • Hitch, drawbar with pin
    • Precleaner rain cap
    • Sight gauges: engine coolant, hydraulic oil, and transmission oil level
    • Toolbox
    • Vandalism protection caplocks

Optional Equipment:

  • Power Train
    • Axles: Automatic front/rear differential locks; Axle oil cooler; Extreme temperature seals; Seal guards
    • Fan, VPF (variable pitch fan), automatic and manual control
    • Radiator, high debris with wider fin spacing
  • Operator Environment
    • Door, remote opening system
    • Cover, HVAC metallic
    • EH controls, SAL 3rd function - Additional roller switch for 4th function
    • EH controls, joystick lift and tilt - Additional integrated roller switches for 3rd and 4th functions
    • Filter, carbon fresh air
    • Mirrors, heated rearview external with integrated spot mirrors
    • Precleaner, HVAC
    • Precleaner, HVAC (RESPA)
    • Radio, AM/FM/CD/USB/MP3 Bluetooth with Satellite Sirius and XM
    • Radio, CB ready
    • Seat, heated air suspension
    • Seat belt, 76 mm (3 in) retractable, with indicator
    • Steering, EH wheel with directional FNR shifter and gear selector - Additional FNR with implement controls
    • Roof, metallic
    • Steering, secondary
    • Sun visor, rear
    • Windows, rubber mounted
    • Windows, with front guard
    • Windows, with heavy duty front guard
    • Windows, with full guards front, rear and sides
  • 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 2 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
    • Reversing strobes
    • External seat belt indicator light
    • Speed limiter - 20 km/h (Europe only)
  • Starters, Batteries, And Alternators
    • Cold start - 120V
    • Cold start - 240V
  • Cat Connect Technologies
    • Link technologies: VIMS�
    • Payload technologies: Advanced Productivity subscription; Cat Production Measurement 2.0; Printer; Aggregate Autodig
    • Detect technologies: Cat Rear Object Detection
    • Machine Security System
  • Linkage
    • High lift
    • Extended capacity
    • Quick coupler ready
  • 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
    • 4th function with Ride Control: Standard linkage; High lift linkage; Forestry linkage
  • Fluids
    • Premixed extended life coolant with freeze protection to -50� C (-58� F)
  • Other Optional Equipment
    • Cat Autolube System
    • Fenders, roading
    • Guard, power train
    • Oil change, high speed engine
    • Precleaner, turbine
    • Precleaner, trash
    • Wheel clocks
  • Other Optional Configurations
    • Aggregate Handler
    • Industrial and Waste Handler
    • Steel Mill