The 973C WH is the machine to perform many waste handling tasks. It can also be used to compact the top layer of material which minimizes the amount of daily cover needed.


Engine Model Cat® C9 ACERT™ Cat® C9 ACERT™ Less
Flywheel Power 239.0 hp 178.0 kW Less


Track Shoe Width - Standard 19.7 in 500.0 mm Less
Track Shoe Width - Optional 26.6 in 675.0 mm Less
Track Gauge 82.0 in 2080.0 mm Less
Track on Ground 115.0 in 2930.0 mm Less
Ground Contact Area - Standard Shoe 4542.0 in2 2.93 m2 Less
Ground Contact Area - Optional Shoe 6138.0 in2 3.96 m2 Less
Ground Pressure - Standard Shoe 13.34 psi 92.0 kPa Less
Ground Pressure - Optional Shoe 9.88 psi 68.1 kPa Less
Track Shoe Type Double Grouser, Single Grouser with and without trap hole Double Grouser, Single Grouser with and without trap hole Less

Service Refill Capacities

Fuel Tank 113.0 gal 430.0 L Less
Cooling System 11.0 gal 43.0 L Less
Crankcase (with Filter) 7.66 gal 29.0 L Less
Final Drives (each) 7.5 gal 28.5 L Less


Operating Weight 61295.0 lb 27803.0 kg Less


Capacity - General Purpose Landfill 6.15 yd3 4.7 m3 Less
Capacity - Multi-Purpose Landfill 5.38 yd3 4.11 m3 Less
Capacity - Multi-Purpose 5.75 yd3 4.4 m3 Less
Width - General Purpose 112.0 in 2846.0 mm Less
Width - Multi-Purpose 106.7 in 2710.0 mm Less

Ripper Specifications

Type Radial Radial Less
Number of Pockets 3 3 Less
Overall Width/Beam 86.0 in 2200.0 mm Less
Penetration 17.0 in 428.0 mm Less
Ripping Width 78.74 in 2000.0 mm Less


Standards Standards Standards Less

Operating Specifications

Track on Ground 115.35 in 2930.0 mm Less
Ground Pressure 12.81 psi 88.3 kPa Less
Max Travel Speed 5.6 mph 9.0 km/h Less


Note: Note Note Less


The excellent versatility of the 973C Waste Handler makes it well suited for many waste-handling applications. Ranging from the Waste Handler, for performing many waste handling tasks, to the Transfer Station/Demolition arrangement, which offers additional guarding for more severe applications. Other uses for the 973C WH vary from soil excavation, utility applications, and material handling.

Basic Guarding Package

Guarding helps protect critical machine components and body panels from being damaged by debris under harsh waste handling environments.

Waste Handler Arrangment

The basic Waste Handler Arrangement includes - Seal Guarding, Precleaner,Heavy-duty Bottom Guards, Guarded Lights, Debris Barrier Package, Trash Radiator, Heavy-duty Front Guards, and Idler Guards.This is intended for moderately severe applications, including household waste transfer stations and landfills.

Transfer Station/Demolition Arrangement

In addition to the Waste Handling Arrangement, this package includes the following - Heavy-duty Fender and Battery Box, Lift Cylinder Guard, Lift Cylinder Lines Guard, Tilt Cylinder Guards, 2-piece Abrasion Guards, and Heavy-duty Bumper.This provides more complete guarding protection for more severe applications, including demolition, transfer stations or where maximum protection is desired.

Recommended Options

Features for peak performance. Several additional options are recommended to assist matching your site requirements.

Work Tools

  • General Purpose Bucket
  • Multi-Purpose Bucket
  • Extreme-Service Multi-Purpose Bucket
  • Refuse Bucket


The 973C WH design offers reduced maintenance, convenient access to components, easy diagnostic capabilities, as well as easy and economical component replacement possibilities. Cat dealers also provide quick parts availability.

Total Customer Support

Your Cat Dealer offers a wide range of services whcih can be set up with a Customer Support Agreement. The dealer can customize a plan for you, from PM service to total machine maintenance, allowing you to optimize your return on investment.

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