An industry-first sealed and pressurized cab, low ground pressure, increased rated operating capacity, higher horsepower and superior performance help you get more done and increase your bottom line.


Engine Model Cat® C3.4 DIT Cat® C3.4 DIT Less
Net Power 90.0 hp 67.0 kW Less
Gross Power 94.0 hp 70.0 kW Less
Gross Power SAE J1995 94.0 hp 70.0 kW Less
Engine Power ISO 14396 93.0 hp 69.0 kW Less
Net Power EEC 80/1269 91.0 hp 68.0 kW Less
Net Power EEC ISO 9249 91.0 hp 68.0 kW Less
Net Power SAE 1349 90.0 hp 67.0 kW Less
Displacement 201.0 in3 3.3 L Less
Bore 3.7 in 94.0 mm Less
Stroke 4.7 in 120.0 mm Less


Operating Weight 10139.0 lb 4599.0 kg Less

Operating Specifications

Rated Operating Capacities: 50% Tipping Load 4200.0 lb 1905.0 kg Less
Rated Operating Capacities: 35% Tipping Load 3005.0 lb 1363.0 kg Less
Ground Contact Area 2542.0 in2 1.64 m2 Less
Ground Pressure 4.0 psi 27.7 kPa Less
Tipping Load 8585.0 lb 3894.0 kg Less
Breakout Force, Tilt Cylinder 7308.0 lb 3315.0 kg Less
Rated Operating Capacity with Optional Counterweight 4561.0 lb 2069.0 kg Less


Length of Track on Ground 71.2 in 1808.0 mm Less
Overall Length of Track 90.0 in. 2286.0 mm Less
Length w/Bucket on Ground 150.9 in 3833.0 mm Less
Length w/o Bucket 122.6 in 3115.0 mm Less
Height to Top of Cab 83.3 in 2115.0 mm Less
Vehicle Width 78.0 in 1981.0 mm Less
Max. Overall Height 162.0 in 4115.0 mm Less
Bucket Pin Height at Max. Lift 129.1 in 3279.0 mm Less
Bucket Pin Height at Carry Pos. 7.8 in 200.0 mm Less
Reach at Max. Lift/Dump 30.2 in 767.0 mm Less
Clearance at Max. Lift/Dump 97.9 in 2487.0 mm Less
Ground Clearance 8.8 in 225.0 mm Less
Departure Angle 35° 35° Less
Maximum Dump Angle 51° 51° Less
Turn Radius from Ctr - Rear 69.3 in 1759.0 mm Less
Turn Radius from Ctr - Coupler 58.5 in 1487.0 mm Less
Turn Radius from Ctr - Bucket 91.8 in 2331.0 mm Less
Max. Reach w/Arms Parallel 50.1 in 1273.0 mm Less
Rack Back Angle at Max Height 83° 83° Less
Bucket Pin Reach at Max Lift 14.9 in 378.0 mm Less

Hydraulic System

Hydraulic Flow Standard Standard Less
Loader Hydraulic Pressure 3335.0 psi 23000.0 kPa Less
Max. Loader Hydraulic Pressure 4061.0 psi 28000.0 kPa Less
Loader Hydraulic Flow 22.0 gal/min 84.0 L/min Less
Max. Loader Hydraulic Flow 33.0 gal/min 125.0 L/min Less
Hydraulic Power 42.8 hp 31.9 kW Less
Hydraulic Flow High Flow XPS High Flow XPS Less


ROPS SAE J1040 MAY94, ISO 3471:1994 SAE J1040 MAY94, ISO 3471:1994 Less
FOPS SAE J1043 SEPT87, ISO 3449:1992 Level I SAE J1043 SEPT87, ISO 3449:1992 Level I Less
FOPS Level II SAE J231 JAN81, ISO 3449:1992 Level II SAE J231 JAN81, ISO 3449:1992 Level II Less

Power Train

Travel Speed Forward 5.6 mph 9.0 km/h Less
Travel Speed Reverse 5.6 mph 9.0 km/h Less
Travel Speed Reverse - 2-Speed Option 9.3 mph 14.9 km/h Less
Travel Speed Forward - 2-Speed Option 9.3 mph 14.9 km/h Less

Service Refill Capacities

Cooling System 3.7 gal 14.0 L Less
Engine Crankcase 2.6 gal 10.0 L Less
Fuel Tank 26.0 gal 98.0 L Less
Hydraulic System 15.0 gal 57.0 L Less
Hydraulic Tank 11.0 gal 42.0 L Less

Operator Station

Superior comfort to keep you productive throughout the work day.

Rubber Track Undercarriage

Unique undercarriage delivers low ground pressure, stability and superior suspension.

Vertical Lift Linkage

Built for tough working conditions.

Power Train

Aggressive performance with fuel efficiency.


Exceptional lift, breakout and power to meet your needs.

Work Tools

Do more jobs with one machine with Cat Work Tools.


Simplified service and maintenance save you time and money.

Customer Support

Unmatched support makes the difference.

297C Standard Equipment

  • 12 volt Electrical System
  • 90 ampere Alternator
  • Ignition Key Start/Stop Switch
  • Lights: Gauge backlighting, two rear tail lights, two rear working lights, two adjustable front halogen lights, dome light.
  • Backup Alarm
  • Heavy Duty Battery, 850 CCA

  • Gauges: Fuel level, hour meter
  • Operator Warning System Indicators: Air filter restriction, alternator output, armrest raised/operator out of seat, engine coolant temperature, engine oil pressure, glow plug activation, hydraulic filter restriction, hydraulic oil temperature, parking brake engaged.
  • Vinyl seat
  • Fold-in Ergonomic Contoured Armrest
  • Control Interlock System, when operator leaves seat or armrest raised: Hydraulic system disables, hydrostatic transmission disables, parking brake engages.
  • ROPS Cab, Open, Tilt Up
  • FOPS, Level I
  • Top and Rear Windows
  • Headliner, Deluxe
  • Floor Mat
  • Interior Rear View Mirror
  • 12 volt Electric Socket
  • Horn

  • Cat C3.4 DIT Tier 3 Compliant Diesel Engine
  • Air Cleaner, Dual Element, Radial Seal
  • SOSSM Sampling Valves, Engine Oil and Hydraulic Oil
  • Filters, Spin-on, Hydraulic
  • Filters, Bayonet-type, Fuel and Water Separator
  • Tilt Up Radiator/Hydraulic Oil Cooler
  • Spring Applied, Hydraulically Released, Wet Multi Disc Parking Brake
  • Hydrostatic Transmission

  • Engine Enclosure, Lockable
  • Extended Life Antifreeze, -37° C (-34° F)
  • Machine Tie Down Points (4)
  • Support, Lift Arm
  • Hydraulic Oil Level Sight Gauge
  • Radiator, Expansion Bottle
  • Cat ToughGuard™ Hose
  • Auxiliary, Hydraulics, Continuous Flow
  • Heavy Duty, Flat Faced Quick Disconnects
  • Split D-Ring to Route Work Tool Hoses Along Side of Left Lift Arm
  • Electrical Outlet, Beacon
  • Belly Pan Cleanout

  • Hydraulics, Standard or High Flow XPS
  • Quick Coupler, Mechanical or Hydraulic
  • Seat Belt, 50 mm (2 in) or 75 mm (3 in)
  • Comfort Package (must select one of the following):
  • Open ROPS (C1): Cup Holder, Radio Ready, Suspension Seat (no heater or door)
  • Enclosed ROPS with Heat (C2): Cup Holder, Radio Ready, Seat (choice of Suspension or Air Ride), Heater and Defroster, Side Windows, Door (either Glass or Polycarbonate)
  • Enclosed ROPS with A/C (C3): Features of C2 Package plus Air Conditioner
  • Performance Package (must select one of the following):
  • Performance Package 1: Single Level Suspension Undercarriage, One Speed
  • Performance Package 2: Dual Level Suspension Undercarriage, One Speed, Self Level
  • Performance Package 3: Dual Level Suspension Undercarriage, Two Speed, Self Level, Advanced Machine Information and Control System (AMICS)

297C Optional Equipment


Beacon, Rotating

Engine Block Heater--120V or 240V

Oil, Hydraulic, Cold Operation

Paint, Custom

Work Tool Electrical Control

AM/FM Radio with CD player

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