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972M (TIER 4/STAGE IV) (2017)

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Overview

The new 972M 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. Meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and EU Stage IV emission standards.

Engine

  • Net Power - ISO 9249 299.0 HP 223.0 kW
  • Engine Model Cat C9.3 ACERT Cat C9.3 ACERT
  • Displacement 568.0 in³ 9.3 l
  • Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - SAE J1349 299.0 HP 223.0 kW
  • Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - SAE J1349 - Metric 303.0 HP 223.0 kW
  • Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 14396 331.0 HP 247.0 kW
  • Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 14396 - Metric 336.0 HP 247.0 kW
  • Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - SAE J1995 337.0 HP 251.0 kW
  • Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - SAE J1995 - Metric 341.0 HP 251.0 kW
  • Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - ISO 9249 299.0 HP 223.0 kW
  • Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - ISO 9249 - Metric 303.0 HP 223.0 kW
  • Maximum Net Torque - 1,100 rpm 1220.0 ft·lbf 1654.0 N·m
  • 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.
  • Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - ISO 14396 1261.0 ft·lbf 1710.0 N·m
  • Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - SAE J1995 1275.0 ft·lbf 1728.0 N·m

Weights

  • Operating Weight 54871.0 lb 24897.0 kg
  • 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, 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,

Buckets

  • Bucket Capacities 3.20-9.94 m? (4.19-13.0 yd?) 3.20-9.94 m? (4.19-13.0 yd?)

Operating Specifications

  • Breakout Force 44075.0 lbf 196.0 kN
  • Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - No Tire Deflection 38396.0 lb 17421.0 kg
  • Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - With Tire Deflection 35626.0 lb 16164.0 kg
  • Note (1) For a machine configuration as defined under ?Weight.? For a machine configuration as defined under ?Weight.?
  • Note (2) 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.

Transmission

  • Forward - 1 4.2 mile/h 6.7 km/h
  • Forward - 2 8.1 mile/h 13.1 km/h
  • Forward - 3 14.4 mile/h 23.2 km/h
  • Forward - 4 24.5 mile/h 39.5 km/h
  • Reverse - 1 4.7 mile/h 7.6 km/h
  • Reverse - 2 9.3 mile/h 15.0 km/h
  • Reverse - 3 16.5 mile/h 26.5 km/h
  • Reverse - 4 24.5 mile/h 39.5 km/h
  • 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.

Hydraulic System

  • Hydraulic Cycle Time - Total 10.7 s 10.7 s
  • Implement Pump Type Variable Displacement Piston Variable Displacement Piston
  • Implement System - Maximum Operating Pressure 4496.0 psi 31000.0 kPa
  • Implement System - Maximum Pump Output at 2,200 rpm 95.0 gal/min 360.0 l/min

Service Refill Capacities

  • Cooling System 18.9 gal (US) 71.6 l
  • Crankcase 6.5 gal (US) 24.5 l
  • Differential - Final Drives - Front 15.1 gal (US) 57.0 l
  • Differential - Final Drives - Rear 15.1 gal (US) 57.0 l
  • Fuel Tank 79.8 gal (US) 302.0 l
  • Hydraulic Tank 33.0 gal (US) 125.0 l
  • Transmission 14.3 gal (US) 54.0 l
  • DEF Tank 4.4 gal (US) 16.8 l

Sound

  • Note (1) *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.
  • Note (2) **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.?
  • With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008) 109.0 dB(A) 109.0 dB(A)
  • With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Pressure Level (SAE J88:2013) 76 dB(A)* 76 dB(A)*
  • Note (3) ***European Union Directive ?2000/14/EC? as amended by ?2005/88/EC.? ***European Union Directive ?2000/14/EC? as amended by ?2005/88/EC.?
  • With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008)** 108 LWA*** 108 LWA***
  • With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)** 69.0 dB(A) 69.0 dB(A)
  • With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008) 70.0 dB(A) 70.0 dB(A)

Bucket Capacities

  • Bucket Range 3.20-9.94 m? (4.19-13.0 yd?) 3.20-9.94 m? (4.19-13.0 yd?)

Dimensions - High Lift

  • Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.17 ft 2500.0 mm
  • Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.83 ft 1775.0 mm
  • Ground Clearance 1.42 ft 434.0 mm
  • Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.58 ft 3522.0 mm
  • Height - Top of Hood 9.17 ft 2818.0 mm
  • Height - Top of ROPS 11.75 ft 3587.0 mm
  • Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.58 ft 778.0 mm
  • Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 15.75 ft 4793.0 mm
  • Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 13.5 ft 4140.0 mm
  • Maximum Width over Tires 9.92 ft 3009.0 mm
  • Note All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires. All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
  • Overall Length - Without Bucket 26.67 ft 8109.0 mm
  • Rack Back - Carry Height 49 degrees 49 degrees
  • Rack Back - Maximum Lift 71 degrees 71 degrees
  • Rack Back at Ground 39 degrees 39 degrees
  • Tread Width 7.33 ft 2230.0 mm
  • Wheel Base 11.67 ft 3550.0 mm

Dimensions - Standard Lift

  • Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight 8.17 ft 2500.0 mm
  • Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch 5.83 ft 1775.0 mm
  • Ground Clearance 1.42 ft 434.0 mm
  • Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe 11.58 ft 3522.0 mm
  • Height - Top of Hood 9.17 ft 2818.0 mm
  • Height - Top of ROPS 11.75 ft 3587.0 mm
  • Hinge Pin Height at Carry 2.25 ft 680.0 mm
  • Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift 14.67 ft 4458.0 mm
  • Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift 12.58 ft 3843.0 mm
  • Maximum Width over Tires 9.92 ft 3009.0 mm
  • Note All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires. All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
  • Overall Length - Without Bucket 25.58 ft 7774.0 mm
  • Rack Back - Carry Height 50 degrees 50 degrees
  • Rack Back - Maximum Lift 56 degrees 56 degrees
  • Rack Back at Ground 41 degrees 41 degrees
  • Tread Width 7.33 ft 2230.0 mm
  • Wheel Base 11.67 ft 3550.0 mm

Reliability

  • Cat® C9.3 ACERT™ engine and automatic Cat Regeneration System 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

  • Heavy-duty powershift transmission and axles handle extreme applications.
  • Full flow hydraulic filtration system with additional loop filtration improves hydraulic system robustness and component life.

Productivity

  • Engine power increased by approximately 8% improves machine performance and response (compared to H Series).
  • Lock-up clutch torque converter, combined with lock-to-lock shifting, delivers smooth shifts, fast acceleration and speed on grade.
  • Z-bar linkage provides high breakout force at ground level.
  • Easy-to-load Performance Series Buckets feature a wider mouth and curved side plates that improve material retention (fill factor) and decrease cycle times.
  • On-the-go disc-type front manual differential locks (front and rear fully automatic option).
  • Optional Aggregate Handler configuration offers slightly higher payload capability for loose aggregate rehandling.*
*Optional configurations and equipment may vary from region to region and requires conformance to Caterpillar payload policy. Consult your dealer or Caterpillar representative for details.

Fuel Efficiency

  • Up to 10% more fuel efficient than K Series and up to 25% more fuel efficient than H Series loaders.**
  • 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 (steering wheel optional) with force feedback for precision control and dramatically decreases operator arm fatigue.
  • Intuitive, ergonomic controls and touch screen multifunction display keep operators focused on their work.
  • 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 means less servicing time is required.
  • 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 which enhances site safety.
  • 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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