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Overview

Save money and transport time with one rugged machine for land clearing, digging, grading, truck loading, slope work and more. Crawler loaders give you reduced ground pressure and better traction so you can start the job earlier and work longer in soft underfoot conditions. Purpose-built Waste Handler, Steel Mill and Low Ground Pressure configurations stand up to the toughest applications. This new generation of Cat® Track Loaders brings you all of this, plus improved performance and fuel efficiency.
For complete machine specifications and available configurations, please see your Cat dealer or visit www.cat.com.

Engine

  • Flywheel Power 275.0 HP 205.0 kW
  • Engine Model Cat C9.3 Cat C9.3
  • Net Power - ISO 9249/SAE J1349 275.0 HP 205.0 kW
  • Net Power - ISO 9249/SAE J1349 (DIN) 278.0 HP 205.0 kW
  • Note (1) All nonroad Tier 4 Interim and Final, Stage IIIB, IV and V, Japan 2014 (Tier 4 Final) and Korea Tier 4 Final diesel engines are required to use only Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) with 15 ppm (mg/kg) of sulfur or less, or up to B20 biodiesel blended with ULSD. B20 should meet ASTM D7467 specification (biodiesel blend stock should meet Cat biodiesel spec, ASTM D6751 or EN 14214). Cat DEO-ULS™ or oils that meet the Cat ECF-3, API CJ-4, and ACEA E9 specification are required. Consult your OMM for further machine specific fuel recommendations. All nonroad Tier 4 Interim and Final, Stage IIIB, IV and V, Japan 2014 (Tier 4 Final) and Korea Tier 4 Final diesel engines are required to use only Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) with 15 ppm (mg/kg) of sulfur or less, or up to B20 biodiesel blended with ULSD. B20 should meet ASTM D7467 specification (biodiesel blend stock should meet Cat biodiesel spec, ASTM D6751 or EN 14214). Cat DEO-ULS™ or oils that meet the Cat ECF-3, API CJ-4, and ACEA E9 specification are required. Consult your OMM for further machine specific fuel recommendations.
  • Note (2) Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) used in Cat Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems must meet the requirements outlined in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard 22241. Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) used in Cat Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems must meet the requirements outlined in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard 22241.
  • Emissions U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage V/Japan 2014 (Tier 4 Final), Korea Tier 4 Final OR China Nonroad Stage III, India Bharat III, Eurasian Economic Union Stage IIIA UN ECE R96 Stage IIIA emission standards, equivalent to Tier 3/Stage IIIA U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage V/Japan 2014 (Tier 4 Final), Korea Tier 4 Final OR China Nonroad Stage III, India Bharat III, Eurasian Economic Union Stage IIIA UN ECE R96 Stage IIIA emission standards, equivalent to Tier 3/Stage IIIA

Undercarriage

  • Track on Ground 115.3 in 2930.0 mm
  • Track Gauge 85.0 in 2160.0 mm
  • Ground Contact Area* - Optional Shoe - 675 mm (26.6 in) 6960.0 in² 4.49 m²
  • Ground Contact Area* - Standard Shoe - 550 mm (21.6 in) 5673.0 in² 3.66 m²
  • Ground Contact Area* - Wide Gauge - 830 mm (32.7 in) 8572.0 in² 5.53 m²
  • Ground Pressure* - Optional Shoe - 675 mm (26.6 in) 9.3 psi 64.4 kPa
  • Ground Pressure* - Standard Shoe - 550 mm (21.6 in) 11.3 psi 77.6 kPa
  • Track Rollers/Shoes - Each Side 7 / 40 7 / 40
  • Track Shoe Width - Optional 26.6 in 675.0 mm
  • Track Shoe Width - Standard 21.6 in 550.0 mm
  • Track Shoe Width - Wide Gauge 32.7 in 830.0 mm
  • Ground Pressure* - Wide Gauge - 830 mm (32.7 in) 8.3 psi 57.3 kPa
  • Grouser Height - Double Grouser 1.92 in 49.0 mm
  • Note *ISO 16754:2008. *ISO 16754:2008.

Service Refill Capacities

  • Fuel Tank 101.5 gal (US) 384.0 l
  • DEF Tank 9.2 gal (US) 35.0 l

Weights

  • Operating Weight 63900.0 lb 28985.0 kg
  • Note (1) Subtract approximately 295 kg / 650 lb for machines not equipped with Tier 4 Final/Stage V emissions reduction technology. Subtract approximately 295 kg / 650 lb for machines not equipped with Tier 4 Final/Stage V emissions reduction technology.
  • Operating Weight - Steel Mill 74293.0 lb 33699.0 kg
  • Operating Weight - Waste Handler 64319.0 lb 29175.0 kg
  • Operating Weight - Wide Gauge 71218.0 lb 32304.0 kg

Buckets

  • Capacity - General Purpose 4.2 yd³ 3.2 m³
  • Capacity - Landfill 6.4 yd³ 4.9 m³
  • Capacity - Multi-Purpose 4.0 yd³ 3.0 m³
  • Capacity - Performance Series 5.0 yd³ 3.8 m³
  • Capacity - Slag 4.0 yd³ 3.0 m³
  • Width - General Purpose 117.0 in 2974.0 mm
  • Width - Landfill 117.0 in 2974.0 mm
  • Width - Multi-Purpose 116.0 in 2946.0 mm
  • Width - Performance Series 117.0 in 2982.0 mm
  • Width - Slag 112.0 in 2846.0 mm

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 1.1 kg of refrigerant which has a CO2 equivalent of 1.573 metric tonnes. The air conditioning system on this machine contains the fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerant R134a (Global Warming Potential = 1430). The system contains 1.1 kg of refrigerant which has a CO2 equivalent of 1.573 metric tonnes.

Dimensions

  • Bucket Height - Carry Position 19.0 in 483.5 mm
  • Carry Position Approach Angle 15° 15°
  • Clearance at Full Lift Height and 45° Dump* 116.2 in 2952.0 mm
  • Digging Depth* 6.2 in 158.0 mm
  • Grading Angle 85° 85°
  • Ground Clearance 18.5 in 469.0 mm
  • Height - Bucket Hinge Pin 166.1 in 4218.0 mm
  • Height - Top of Stack 120.8 in 3069.0 mm
  • Machine Height - Top of Cab 138.2 in 3510.0 mm
  • Maximum Rollback - Ground/Carry Position 43°/47° 43°/47°
  • Maximum Rollback/Dump - Fully Raised 59°/49° 59°/49°
  • Note *With General Purpose bucket and heavy duty teeth. *With General Purpose bucket and heavy duty teeth.
  • Overall Machine Height - Bucket Fully Raised 226.5 in 5752.0 mm
  • Overall Machine Length* 298.4 in 7579.0 mm
  • Overall Machine Width without Bucket: With Standard Tracks - 550 mm (21.6 in) Shoes 106.7 in 2710.0 mm
  • Ramp Angle 29° 29°
  • Reach at Full Lift Height and 45° Dump* 53.8 in 1366.0 mm

Versatility

  • Largest track loader in the industry provides the power, breakout force and capacity to take on tough construction utility, forestry and quarry jobs.
  • Specialized Steel Mill configuration factory equipped to withstand high temperatures and steel mill conditions – handle hot slag with ease and safety.
  • Purpose-built Waste Handler features added guarding and seals, specialized air handling, plus a choice of track shoes and buckets to take on the challenges of landfill and transfer station work.
  • Quick coupler option adds versatility by allowing easy use of forks, buckets, etc. from wheel loaders and other machines.

Efficiency

        
  • Reduce your fuel costs, using 10-25 percent less fuel per hour than the previous model.
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  • Move up to 10 percent more material per hour with optional Performance Series bucket.
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  • Easier maintenance and repair with a tilt cab and convenient service access points.
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  • Demand fan provides efficient cooling plus easy service/clean-out access.
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  • Manage your fleet more effectively and profitably through remote monitoring with Product Link™/VisionLink®.

Performance

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  • Smoother implement and steering response, and improved steering performance over the previous model.
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  • Precise, responsive performance with features like load sensing hydraulics and position sensing cylinders.
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  • Power and fast response under load with a Cat C9.3 engine.
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  • Reduced engine noise* – quieter for the operator and others around the work site.
*Compared to the 973D.

Ease of Operation

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  • Updated cab offers operator comforts like suspension seat, adjustable armrests and controls, and an improved air conditioning system.
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  • Choose either joystick or two-lever implement controls to match operator preference or application.
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  • Speed/steering controls available as either a joystick or as v-lever and foot pedals.
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  • Emissions reduction technology that is designed so regeneration runs automatically in the background while you work.
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  • Handles and steps help operators climb on and off the machine more easily, from the front or the back of the tracks.
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  • Excellent visibility to the bucket and all around the machine enhances safety and helps operators work more confidently.

973K Standard Equipment

Power Train

  • Cat C9.3 diesel engine
  • Engine mounted aftertreatment to meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage V/Japan 2014 (Tier 4 Final), Korea Tier 4 Final emission standards OR Cat C9.3 diesel engine to meet China Nonroad Stage III, India Bharat III, Eurasian Economic Union Stage IIIA UN ECE R96 Stage IIIA emission standards, equivalent to Tier 3/Stage IIIA
  • Turbocharged with ATAAC
  • Modular cooling system for engine air intake, oil and water
  • Radiator fan, electronically controlled, hydraulically driven, temperature sensing, on demand
  • Electro Hydrostatic Control (EHC) for transmission with travel and work modes
  • Fuel cooler
  • Water separator
  • Air cleaner dry-type, axial seal with integral precleaner and dust ejection system, electronic filter condition indicator
  • Caterpillar extended life coolant

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