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972M XE (2017)

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Overview

The new 972M XE Wheel Loader, with the 2017 product update, applies proven technologies systematically and strategically to meet your high expectations for reliability, productivity, fuel efficiency, and long service life. The XE technology improves fuel efficiency by up to 25% over the M Series standard configuration and up to 35% over the K Series standard configuration.** Meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and EU Stage IV emission standards. **Actual results may vary based on factors such as, but not limited to, machine configuration, operator technique, machine application, climate, etc.

Engine

Units:
Net Power - ISO 9249 311.0 hp 232.0 kW Less
Engine Model Cat C9.3 ACERT Cat C9.3 ACERT Less
Displacement 568.0 in³ 9.3 L Less
Maximum Net Power @ 1,600 rpm – SAE J1349 311.0 hp 232.0 kW Less
Maximum Net Power @ 1,600 rpm – SAE J1349 (metric) 315.0 hp 232.0 kW Less
Maximum Net Power @ 1,600 rpm – ISO 9249 311.0 hp 232.0 kW Less
Maximum Net Power @ 1,600 rpm – ISO 9249 (metric) 315.0 hp 232.0 kW Less
Peak Gross Torque (1,200 rpm) – SAE J1995 1275.0 lbf-ft 1728.0 N·m Less
Peak Gross Torque (1,200 rpm) – ISO 14396 1260.0 lbf-ft 1708.0 N·m Less
Maximum Net Torque (1,200 rpm) 1193.0 lbf-ft 1618.0 N·m Less
Note 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

Weights

Operating Weight 54871.0 lb 24896.0 kg Less
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, sound suppression and a 4.8 m3 (6.28 yd3) general purpose bucket with BOCE. 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, sound suppression and a 4.8 m3 (6.28 yd3) general purpose bucket with BOCE. Less

Bucket Capacities

Bucket Capacities 3.20-9.94 m3 (4.19-13.00 yd3) 3.20-9.94 m3 (4.19-13.00 yd3) Less

Operating Specifications

Breakout Force 44075.0 lbf 196.0 kN Less
Static Tipping Load – Full 37° Turn – with Tire Deflection 35626.0 lb 16164.0 kg Less
Static Tipping Load – Full 37° Turn – No Tire Deflection 38396.0 lb 17421.0 kg Less
Note For a machine configuration as defined under “Weight.” For a machine configuration as defined under “Weight.” Less
Note Full compliance to ISO 143971:2007 Sections 1 thru 6, which requires 2% verification between calculations and testing. Full compliance to ISO 143971:2007 Sections 1 thru 6, which requires 2% verification between calculations and testing. Less

Transmission – Virtual Gears

Forward 1 4.1 mph 6.7 km/h Less
Forward 2 7.7 mph 12.6 km/h Less
Forward 3 13.5 mph 22.1 km/h Less
Forward 4 24.5 mph 39.5 km/h Less
Reverse 1 4.1 mph 6.7 km/h Less
Reverse 2 7.7 mph 12.6 km/h Less
Reverse 3 17.1 mph 28.0 km/h Less
Note Maximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L3 tires with 826 mm (32.5 in) roll radius. Maximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L3 tires with 826 mm (32.5 in) roll radius. Less

Hydraulic System

Implement Pump Type Variable Displacement Piston Variable Displacement Piston Less
Implement System: Maximum Pump Output (1,600 rpm) 102.0 gal/min 385.0 L/min Less
Implement System: Maximum Operating Pressure 4496.0 psi 31000.0 kPa Less
Hydraulic Cycle Time – Total 11.0 Seconds 11.0 Seconds Less

Service Refill Capacities

Fuel Tank 79.8 gal 302.0 L Less
DEF Tank 4.4 gal 16.8 L Less
Cooling System 19.0 gal 71.6 L Less
Crankcase 6.5 gal 24.5 L Less
Transmission 16.6 gal 63.0 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
Hydraulic Tank 33.0 gal 125.0 L Less

Buckets

Bucket Capacities 3.20-9.94 m3 (4.19-13.00 yd3) 3.20-9.94 m3 (4.19-13.00 yd3) Less

Sound

With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value: Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008) 67.0 dB(A) 67.0 dB(A) Less
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value: Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008) 107.0 dB(A) 107.0 dB(A) Less
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value: Exterior Sound Pressure Level (SAE J88:2013) 76 dB(A)* 76 dB(A)* Less
Note *Distance of 15 m (49.2 ft), moving forward in second gear ratio. *Distance of 15 m (49.2 ft), moving forward in second gear ratio. Less
With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value: Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)** 67.0 dB(A) 67.0 dB(A) Less
With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value: Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008)** 105 LWA*** 105 LWA*** Less
Note **For machines in European Union countries and in countries that adopt the “EU Directives.” **For machines in European Union countries and in countries that adopt the “EU Directives.” Less
Note ***European Union Directive “2000/14/EC” as amended by “2005/88/EC.” ***European Union Directive “2000/14/EC” as amended by “2005/88/EC.” Less

Dimensions – Standard Lift

Height to Top of Hood 9.17 ft 2818.0 mm Less
Height to Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.5 ft 3522.0 mm Less
Height to Top of ROPS 11.75 ft 3587.0 mm Less
Ground Clearance 1.42 ft 434.0 mm Less
Center Line of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.17 ft 2500.0 mm Less
Center Line of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.75 ft 1775.0 mm Less
Wheelbase 11.58 ft 3550.0 mm Less
Overall Length (without bucket) 25.5 ft 7774.0 mm Less
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 14.58 ft 4458.0 mm Less
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.17 ft 680.0 mm Less
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 12.58 ft 3843.0 mm Less
Rack Back at Maximum Lift 56 degrees 56 degrees Less
Rack Back at Carry Height 50 degrees 50 degrees Less
Rack Back at Ground 41 degrees 41 degrees Less
Maximum Width over Tires 9.83 ft 3009.0 mm Less
Tread Width 7.25 ft 2230.0 mm Less
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires. All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires. Less

Dimensions – High Lift

Height to Top of Hood 9.17 ft 2818.0 mm Less
Height to Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.5 ft 3522.0 mm Less
Height to Top of ROPS 11.75 ft 3587.0 mm Less
Ground Clearance 1.42 ft 434.0 mm Less
Center Line of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.17 ft 2500.0 mm Less
Center Line of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.75 ft 1775.0 mm Less
Wheelbase 11.58 ft 3550.0 mm Less
Overall Length (without bucket) 26.58 ft 8109.0 mm Less
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 15.67 ft 4793.0 mm Less
Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.5 ft 778.0 mm Less
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 13.58 ft 4140.0 mm Less
Rack Back at Maximum Lift 71 degrees 71 degrees Less
Rack Back at Carry Height 49 degrees 49 degrees Less
Rack Back at Ground 39 degrees 39 degrees Less
Maximum Width over Tires 9.83 ft 3009.0 mm Less
Tread Width 7.25 ft 2230.0 mm Less
Note All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires. All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires. Less

Reliability

  • Cat® C9.3 ACERT™ engine offers increased power density with a combination of proven electronic, fuel and air systems.
  • Utilizing rigorous component design and machine validation processes results in unmatched reliability, durability and high uptime.

Durability

  • Cat continuously variable transmission and axles handle extreme applications.
  • Full flow hydraulic filtration system with additional loop filtration improves hydraulic system robustness and component life.

Productivity

  • Advanced power train delivers superior performance and fuel efficiency while simplifying interface and operating technique.
  • Integrated continuously variable transmission with multi-viscosity oil provides maximum and continuous power at optimal speeds.
  • Power train control independent of engine speed with energy recovery improves efficiency and fuel economy.
  • Easy-to-load Performance Series Buckets feature a wider mouth and curved side plates that improve material retention (fill factor).
  • On-the-go disc-type front manual differential locks (front and rear fully automatic option) improve performance.
  • Optional Aggregate Handler configuration option offers slightly higher payload capability for loose aggregate rehandling.*
*Requires conformance to Caterpillar payload policy. Consult your dealer or Caterpillar representative for availability and details.

Fuel Efficiency

  • Up to 25% more fuel efficient than the M Series standard configuration and up to 35% more than the K Series standard configuration.**
  • Power dense ACERT engine burns less fuel by providing power and torque when needed.
  • Standard productive Economy Mode provides maximum fuel savings with minimal productivity impact.
**Actual results may vary based on factors such as, but not limited to, machine configuration, operator technique, machine application, climate, etc.

Ease of Operation

  • Best-in-class operator environment provides unmatched comfort, visibility, and efficiency.
  • E-H joystick steering with force feedback for precision control and dramatically decreases operator arm fatigue.
  • Intuitive controls and touch screen multifunction display.
  • Ride control system with dual accumulators provides excellent ride quality and lowers cab vibrations.

Safety

  • Excellent cab access with wide door, remote door opening option and stair-like steps.
  • Floor to ceiling windshield, large mirrors with integrated spot mirrors and rear vision camera provide industry leading all-around visibility.

Serviceability

  • One-piece tilting hood with side and rear doors; hydraulic and electrical service centers make access fast and easy.
  • Safe, ground level access to fuel fill and daily maintenance points.
  • Optional, fully integrated Cat Autolube system provides full lube system monitoring and diagnostic test visibility.

Cat Connect Technology

  • Monitor, manage and enhance job site operations.
  • Cat LINK Technologies: VisionLink® enables owners to access data wirelessly to monitor machine health, utilization and location.
  • Cat DETECT Technologies: Integrated rear vision camera enhances visibility behind machine to help operators work safely. Optional Cat Rear Object Detection increases operator awareness of the working environment.
  • Cat PAYLOAD Technologies: Optional Cat Production Measurement 2.0 brings simple and accurate on-the-go payload scale allowing operators to deliver exact loads and work more efficiently. Advanced Productivity subscription provides comprehensive actionable information to help you manage and improve the productivity and profitability of your operations.

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