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Engineered to Lower Your Operating Costs.


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Safe. Comfortable. Efficient.


Versatile

Linkage and Guard Options to Meet Your Various Applications Needs.


Versatile

Do More Jobs with One Machine, Fusion Quick Coupler and Various Work Tools.


Integrated Technologies

Monitor, Manage, and Enhance Job Site Operations.


Owning Costs

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Save Time and Money by Working Smart.


Serviceable

Easy to Maintain. Easy to Service.


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972M (2016) Standard Equipment

OPERATOR ENVIRONMENT
  • Cab, pressurized and sound suppressed (ROPS/FOPS)
  • Viscous mounts
  • Multi-function 18 cm color LCD touch-screen display for rear vision camera image display (reverse travel activated) and machine status, setting and health 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 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
  • Clock in LCD display

COMPUTERIZED MONITORING SYSTEM
  • With following gauges: – Speedometer/tachometer – Digital gear range indicator – Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) level – 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 – 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 front halogen roading lights (with signals) – Two halogen rear vision lights (hood mounted) – Two rear LED position/stop/turn signal lights
  • Alarm, back-up
  • Alternator, 145-amp brushed
  • Main disconnect switch
  • Emergency engine shutdown switch
  • Receptacle start (cables not included)
  • Secondary steering

CAT CONNECT TECHNOLOGIES
  • Link technologies: Product Link
  • Detect technologies: rear vision camera

POWER TRAIN
  • Engine, Cat C9.3 ACERT meets Stage IV emission standards
  • Cat Clean Emissions Module (CEM) with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and remote Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank and pump
  • 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
  • Switch, transmission neutralizer lockout
  • ECO Mode for XE machines
  • Axles, manually actuated differential lock front axle, open differential rear axle
  • Axles, ecology drains
  • Brakes, full hydraulic enclosed wet-disc with Integrated Braking System (IBS)
  • Brake wear indicators
  • Parking brake, disc and caliper
  • Fan, radiator, electronically controlled, hydraulically driven, temperature sensing, on demand
  • Radiator, high debris with wider fin spacing

LINKAGE
  • Linkage, Z-bar, cast crosstube/tilt lever
  • Kickout, lift and tilt, automatic (adjustable in cab)

HYDRAULICS
  • Hydraulic system, load sensing
  • Steering, load sensing
  • Ride control, 2V
  • Remote diagnostic pressure taps
  • Hoses, Cat XT
  • Couplings, Cat O-ring face seal
  • Hydraulic oil cooler (swing out)
  • Oil sampling valves

FLUIDS
  • Premixed extended life coolant with freeze protection to –34° C

OTHER STANDARD EQUIPMENT
  • Hood, non-metallic power tilting
  • Service centers (electrical and hydraulic)
  • Platform, window washing
  • Auto idle shutdown
  • Fenders, non-metallic 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

972M (2016) Optional Equipment

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
  • Radio, CB ready
  • Seat, heated air suspension
  • Seat belt, 4 point harness, with indicator
  • Steering, EH wheel with directional FNR shifter and gear selector: – Additional FNR switch near implement controls
  • Roof, metallic
  • 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 halogen cab mounted work lights or;
  • Four additional HID cab mounted work lights
  • LED front and rear roading lights
  • Speed limiter – 20 km/h
  • Four auxiliary LED work lights
  • External seat belt indicator light

STARTERS, BATTERIES, AND ALTERNATORS
  • Cold start – 240V

CAT CONNECT TECHNOLOGIES
  • Link technologies: VIMS™
  • Payload technologies: – Aggregate Autodig – Cat Production Measurement – Printer, Cat Production Measurement
  • Detect technologies: dedicated display for rear vision camera, full-time activation
  • Machine Security System

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 ambient capability with lower fan spacing

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
  • 4th function with Ride Control
  • Autolube

FLUIDS
  • Premixed extended life coolant with freeze protection to –50° C
  • Bio-degradable oil, Cat Hydo

OTHER OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT
  • Fenders, roading
  • Guard, power train
  • Guard, rear radiator grill
  • Oil change, high speed engine
  • Precleaner, turbine
  • Precleaner, trash
  • Wheel chocks

OTHER OPTIONAL CONFIGURATIONS
  • Aggregate Handler
  • Industrial and Waste Handler
  • Steel Mill

Overview

The new 972M Wheel Loader has a Stage IV ACERT engine equipped with a combination of proven electronic, fuel, air and aftertreatment components. Applying proven technologies systematically and strategically lets us meet our customer’s high expectations for productivity and fuel efficiency. Deep system integration results in reduced emissions, improved performance and improved fuel economy without interrupting machine performance making it seamless to operators. The reliability, durability, and versatility of the 972M result in a machine that is better built to meet your needs.

Engine

Units:
Engine Model Cat® C9.3 ACERT™ Cat® C9.3 ACERT™ Less
Bore 4.53 in 115.0 mm Less
Stroke 5.87 in 149.0 mm Less
Displacement 567.52 in3 9.3 L Less
Net Power – ISO 9249 303.0 hp 223.0 kW Less
Maximum Gross Power (1,800 rpm) – SAE J1995 (metric) 341.0 hp 251.0 kW Less
Maximum Net Power (1,700 rpm) – ISO 9249 (metric) 303.0 hp 223.0 kW Less
Maximum Net Power – ISO 9249 (metric) 303.0 hp 223.0 kW Less
Maximum Net Torque (1,000 rpm) – ISO 9249 1219.93 lbf-ft 1654.0 N·m Less
Maximum Power (1,800 rpm) – ISO 14396 (metric) 336.0 hp 247.0 kW Less
Maximum Power – ISO 14396 (metric) 336.0 hp 247.0 kW Less
Peak Gross Torque (1,200 rpm) – SAE J1995 1275.0 lbf-ft 1728.0 N·m Less
Peak Torque (1,200 rpm) – ISO 14396 1261.23 lbf-ft 1710.0 N·m Less
Emissions Cat engine with ACERT Technology meets Stage IV emission standards. Cat engine with ACERT Technology meets Stage IV emission standards. Less

Weight

Operating Weight 54888.0 lb 24897.0 kg Less
Note For 4.8 m3 general purpose buckets with BOCE. For 4.8 m3 general purpose buckets with BOCE. Less

Buckets

Bucket Capacities 2.9-9.9 m3 (3.75-13.0 yd3) 2.9-9.9 m3 (3.75-13.0 yd3) Less

Operating Specifications

Breakout Force 44063.0 lbf 196.0 kN Less
Static Tipping Load – Full 37° Turn: No Tire Deflection 38407.0 lb 17421.0 kg Less
Static Tipping Load – Full 37° Turn: With Tire Deflection 35635.0 lb 16164.0 kg Less

Transmission

Forward 1 4.2 mph 6.7 km/h Less
Forward 2 8.1 mph 13.1 km/h Less
Forward 3 14.4 mph 23.2 km/h Less
Forward 4 24.54 mph 39.5 km/h Less
Reverse 1 4.7 mph 7.6 km/h Less
Reverse 2 9.3 mph 15.0 km/h Less
Reverse 3 16.5 mph 26.5 km/h Less
Reverse 4 24.54 mph 39.5 km/h Less
Note Maximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L3 tires with 826 mm roll radius. Maximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L3 tires with 826 mm roll radius. Less

Hydraulic System

Hydraulic Cycle Time with Rated Payload – Dump, at Maximum Raise 1.5 Seconds 1.5 Seconds Less
Hydraulic Cycle Time with Rated Payload – Lower, Empty, Float Down 3.1 Seconds 3.1 Seconds Less
Hydraulic Cycle Time with Rated Payload – Raise from Carry Position 6.1 Seconds 6.1 Seconds Less
Hydraulic Cycle Time with Rated Payload – Total 10.7 Seconds 10.7 Seconds Less
Implement Pump Type Variable Displacement Piston Variable Displacement Piston Less
Implement System: Maximum Flow – Optional 3rd/4th Function 63.4 gal/min 240.0 L/min Less
Implement System: Maximum Operating Pressure 4496.0 psi 31000.0 kPa Less
Implement System: Maximum Pressure – Optional 3rd/4th Function 3159.0 psi 21780.0 kPa Less
Implement System: Maximum Pump Output (2,200 rpm) 95.1 gal/min 360.0 L/min Less

Brakes

Brakes Brakes meet ISO 3450 standards Brakes meet ISO 3450 standards Less

Axles

Front Fixed Fixed Less
Rear Oscillating ±13 degrees Oscillating ±13 degrees Less
Maximum Single-Wheel Rise and Fall 19.8 in 502.0 mm Less

Cab

ROPS/FOPS ROPS/FOPS meet ISO 3471 and ISO 3449 Level II standards ROPS/FOPS meet ISO 3471 and ISO 3449 Level II standards Less

Service Refill Capacities

Cooling System 18.9 gal 71.6 L Less
Crankcase 6.5 gal 24.5 L Less
Transmission 15.5 gal 58.5 L Less
Hydraulic Tank 33.0 gal 125.0 L Less
Differentials and Final Drives – Front 15.1 gal 57.0 L Less
Differentials and Final Drives – Rear 15.1 gal 57.0 L Less
DEF Tank* 4.4 gal 16.8 L Less
Fuel Tank 82.7 gal 313.0 L Less
Note *Must meet the requirements outlined in ISO 22241-1. *Must meet the requirements outlined in ISO 22241-1. Less

Sound

Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008) 69.0 dB(A) 69.0 dB(A) Less
Note Hearing protection may be needed when the doors and/or windows are open for extended periods or in a noisy environment. Hearing protection may be needed when the doors and/or windows are open for extended periods or in a noisy environment. Less
Note The sound values are for specific operating conditions only. The sound values are for specific operating conditions only. Less
Note Machine and operator sound levels will vary at different engine and/or cooling fan speeds. Machine and operator sound levels will vary at different engine and/or cooling fan speeds. Less
Note Hearing protection may be needed when the machine is operated with a cabin that is not properly maintained. Hearing protection may be needed when the machine is operated with a cabin that is not properly maintained. Less
Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008) European Union Directive “2000/14/EC” as amended by “2005/88/EC” 108.0 dB(A) 108.0 dB(A) Less
Exterior Sound Pressure Level (SAE J88:2013) 76.0 dB(A) 76.0 dB(A) Less

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 of refrigerant which has a CO2 equivalent of 2.288 metric tonnes. 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. Less
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