972

Engine Power @ 1,600 rpm - ISO 14396:2002
339 HP / 253 kW
Operating Weight
54858 lb / 24890 kg
Gross Power @ 1,600 rpm - SAE J1995:2014
342 HP / 256 kW

The Cat® 972 Wheel Loader brings premium performance with simple-to-use technologies as a standard offering, boosting operator efficiencies and delivering increased productivity. Extended service intervals lower maintenance costs. Improved performance, reliability, durability, and versatility result in a machine that is better built to meet your needs.

Engine
Engine Power @ 1,600 rpm - ISO 14396:2002 339 HP / 253 kW
Gross Power @ 1,600 rpm - SAE J1995:2014 342 HP / 256 kW
Engine Model Cat C9.3B
Net Power @ 1,600 rpm - ISO 9249:2007, SAE J1349:2011 321 HP / 239 kW
Note (1) Cat engine meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final, EU Stage V, Korea Stage V, China Nonroad Stage IV and Japan 2014 emission standards.
Note (2) The net power advertised is the power available at the flywheel when the engine is equipped with fan, alternator, air cleaner, and aftertreatment.
Net Torque @ 1,200 rpm - ISO 9249:2007, SAE J1349:2011 1316 ft-lb / 1785 N·m
Engine Torque @ 1,200 rpm – ISO 14396:2002 1375 lb/ft / 1864 N·m
Note (3) Cat diesel engines are required to use ULSD (ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel with 15 ppm of sulfur or less) or ULSD blended with the following lower-carbon intensity fuels up to: • 20% biodiesel FAME (fatty acid methyl ester)* • 100% renewable diesel, HVO (hydrogenated vegetable oil) and GTL (gas-to- liquid) fuels Refer to guidelines for successful application. Please consult your Cat dealer or “Caterpillar Machine Fluids Recommendations” (SEBU6250) for details. * Engines with no aftertreatment devices can use higher blends, up to 100% biodiesel.
Gross Torque @ 1,200 rpm – SAE J1995:2014 1388 lb/ft / 1882 N·m
Displacement 9.3 L
Weights
Operating Weight 54858 lb / 24890 kg
Note Weight based on a machine configuration with Bridgestone 26.5R25 VJTL3 radial tires, full fluids, operator, standard counterweight, ride control,cold start, roading fenders, Product Link, front manual differential/openrear axles, power train guard, secondary steering, sound suppression,and a 4.8 m³ (6.25 yd³) general purpose bucket with BOCE.
Transmission
Forward - 1 4.1 mile/h / 6.7 km/h
Forward - 2 8.4 mile/h / 13.4 km/h
Forward - 3 15 mile/h / 24.1 km/h
Forward - 4 24.5 mile/h / 39.5 km/h
Note Maximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L3 tires with 849 mm (33 in) roll radius.
Reverse - 1 4.5 mile/h / 7.3 km/h
Reverse - 2 9.2 mile/h / 14.8 km/h
Reverse - 3 16.5 mile/h / 26.6 km/h
Reverse - 4 24.5 mile/h / 39.5 km/h
Sound
Note (1) ** For machines in European Union countries and in countries that adopt the EU Directives.
Note (2) ***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* 108
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 Speed - Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008) 109 dB(A)
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Speed - Exterior Sound Pressure Level (SAE J88:2013) 76
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Speed - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008) 70 dB(A)
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Note Distance of 15 m (49.2 ft), moving forward in second gear ratio.
Air Conditioning System
Air Conditioning The air conditioning system on this machine contains the fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerant R134a (Global Warming Potential = 1430). The system contains 1.6 kg (3.5 lb) of refrigerant which has a CO2 equivalent 2.288 metric tonnes (2.522 tons).
Operating Specifications
Breakout Force 44072 lb / 196 kN
Note (1) For a machine configuration as defined under Weight.
Note (2) Full compliance to ISO 14397-1:2007 Sections 1 thru 6, which requires 2% verification between calculations and testing.
Static Tipping Load - Full 40° Turn - No Tire Deflection 17505 kg / 35582 lb
Static Tipping Load - Full 40° Turn - With Tire Deflection 35919 lb / 16297 kg
Service Refill Capacities
Cooling System 17.4 gal (US) / 66 l
Crankcase 6.1 gal (US) / 23 l
DEF Tank 6.9 gal (US) / 26 l
Differential - Final Drives - Front 15.1 gal (US) / 57 l
Differential - Final Drives - Rear 15.1 gal (US) / 57 l
Fuel Tank 80.1 gal (US) / 303 l
Hydraulic Tank 30.1 gal (US) / 114 l
Transmission 15.5 gal (US) / 58.5 l
Hydraulic System
Implement System - Maximum Operating Pressure 4496 psi / 31000 kPa
Implement System - Maximum Pump Output at 2,250 rpm 99 gal/min / 373 l/min
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Total 10.7 seconds
Dimensions
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on machine equipped with 5.4 m3 (7.1 yd3) general purpose bucket with BOCE and Bridgestone 29.5R25 VSNT L4 radial tires.
Dimensions - High Lift
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.1 ft / 2458 mm
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.1 ft / 1775 mm
Ground Clearance 1.4 ft / 424 mm
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.8 ft / 3531 mm
Height - Top of Hood 9.5 ft / 2850 mm
Height - Top of ROPS 11.1 ft / 3593 mm
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.6 ft / 782 mm
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 15.9 ft / 4804 mm
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 13.8 ft / 4183 mm
Overall Length - Without Bucket 26.6 ft / 8069 mm
Tread Width 7.3 ft / 2230 mm
Wheel Base 11.8 ft / 3550 mm
Rack Back at Ground 37 degrees
Rack Back - Maximum Lift 71 degrees
Rack Back - Carry Height 49 degrees
Width over Tires (Loaded) 9.11 ft / 3012 mm
Dimensions - Standard Lift
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.1 ft / 1775 mm
Ground Clearance 420 mm / 1.4 ft
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 3527 mm / 11.7 ft
Height - Top of Hood 2846 mm / 9.4 ft
Height - Top of ROPS 3589 mm / 11 ft
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.2 ft / 682 mm
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 4464 mm / 14.7 ft
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 3843 mm / 12.7 ft
Overall Length - Without Bucket 7731 mm / 25.5 ft
Tread Width 7.3 ft / 2230 mm
Wheel Base 3550 mm / 11.8 ft
Rack Back at Ground 39 degrees
Width over Tires (Loaded) 9.11 ft / 3012 mm
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8 ft / 2458 mm
Rack Back - Maximum Lift 56 degrees
Rack Back - Carry Height 49 degrees
Bucket Capacities
Bucket Range 2.8-14.0 m³ 3.75-18.25 yd³

Standard Equipment

  • Operator Environment
    • Cab, pressurized, sound suppression
    • EH implement controls, parking brake
    • Steering, joystick
    • Seat, cloth, air suspension
    • Touchscreen display
    • Visibility: mirrors, rear-vision camera
    • Air conditioner, heater, defroster (auto temp, fan)
    • Sun visor, front, retractable
    • Sun visor, rear, retractable
    • Window cleaning platform, front
    • Window, front, laminated
  • ON-BOARD TECHNOLOGIES
    • Cat Payload scale
    • Autodig with Auto Set Tires
    • Operator ID & machine security
    • Application Profiles
    • Job Aids
    • Controls Help and eOMM
  • POWER TRAIN
    • Cat C9.3B engine
    • Electric fuel priming pump
    • Fuel-water separator and secondary fuel filter
    • Engine, air precleaner
    • Axles, front differential lock
    • Transmission, planetary, automatic powershift
    • Torque converter with lock-up
    • Service brakes, hydraulic, fully enclosed wet disc, wear indicators
    • Integrated Braking System (IBS)
    • Park brake, caliper on front axles, spring applied-pressure released
  • HYDRAULICS
    • Implement system, load sensing with variable displacement piston pump
    • Steering system, load sensing with dedicated variable displacement piston pump
    • Ride control, dual accumulators
    • Oil sampling valves, Cat XT™ hoses
  • ELECTRICAL
    • Starting and charging system, 24V
    • Starter, electric, heavy duty
    • Lights: halogen, 4 work lights, 2 front roading lights with turn signals, 2 rearvision lights
  • MONITORING SYSTEM
    • Front dash with analog gauges, LCD display, and warning lights
    • Primary touchscreen monitor (Cat Payload, quad screens, machine settings & messages)
  • LINKAGE
    • Standard lift, Z-bar
    • Kickouts: lift and tilt

Optional Equipment

  • Operator Environment
    • Door, remote opening system
    • HMU steering wheel
    • Entertainment radio (FM, AM, USB, BT)
    • Entertainment radio (DAB+)
    • CB radio ready
    • Seat, suede/cloth, air suspension, heated
    • Seat, leather/cloth, air suspension, heated/ cooled
    • Multiview (360?) vision system
    • Cat Detect rear radar system
    • Dedicated rearview screen
    • Mirrors, heated
    • Full cab window guard
  • ON-BOARD TECHNOLOGIES
    • Cat Advanced Payload
    • Cat Payload Printer
  • POWER TRAIN
    • Turbine, air precleaner
    • Radiator, high debris
    • Cooling fan, reversible
    • Axles, auto differential locks front and rear
    • Axles, ecology drains, AOC ready, extreme temperature seals
    • Axles, oil cooler
  • HYDRAULICS
    • 3rd and 4th auxiliary functions with ride control
    • Quick coupler control
  • ELECTRICAL
    • Cold start, 120V or 240V
    • Lights: LED
    • Warning beacon
  • MONITORING SYSTEM
    • Reversing strobe lights
  • LINKAGE
    • High lift, Z-bar
  • ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT
    • Cat Autolube system
    • Fenders, extensions or roading
    • Guards: power train, crankcase, cab, cylinders, rear
    • Biodegradable hydraulic oil
    • High-speed oil change system
    • Rear cab access
    • Toolbox
    • Wheel chocks
    • Secondary steering system, electrical
  • SPECIAL CONFIGURATIONS
    • Aggregate handler
    • Steel Mill
    • Corrosion resistant
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