Cat Wheel Loaders:

972M Wheel Loader | Front Loader | Tier 4

Net Power - ISO 9249
299 hp
Operating Weight
54871 lb
Engine Model
Cat C9.3 ACERT
Displacement
568 in³

The 972M Wheel Loader is equipped with built-in proven technologies to help meet your expectations for productivity, fuel efficiency, reliability and service life. Deep system integration results in a machine built to help you reduce emissions, improve performance and improve fuel economy. All of this is done without interrupting machine performance and making it seamless to you. This machine deliversthe reliability, durability, and versatility you’ve come to expect from a Cat machine.



Product Specs

  • Engine

  • Net Power - ISO 9249
    299hp
    Engine Model
    Cat C9.3 ACERT
    Displacement
    568in³
    Maximum Power @ 1,800 rpm – SAE J1995
    337hp
    Maximum Power @ 1,800 rpm – SAE J1995 (metric)
    341hp
    Maximum Power @ 1,800 rpm – ISO 14396
    331hp
    Maximum Power @ 1,800 rpm – ISO 14396 (metric)
    336hp
    Maximum Net Power @ 1,700 rpm – SAE J1349
    299hp
    Maximum Net Power @ 1,700 rpm – SAE J1349 (metric)
    303hp
    Net Power - ISO 9249
    299HP
    Engine Model
    Cat C9.3 ACERT
    Displacement
    568in³
    Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - SAE J1349
    299HP
    Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - SAE J1349 - Metric
    303HP
    Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 14396
    331HP
    Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 14396 - Metric
    336HP
    Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - SAE J1995
    337HP
    Maximum Power - 1,800 rpm - SAE J1995 - Metric
    341HP
    Maximum Net Torque (1,100 rpm)
    1220lbf-ft
    Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - ISO 9249 - Metric
    303HP
    Maximum Net Torque - 1,100 rpm
    1220ft·lbf
    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.
    Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - ISO 14396
    1261ft·lbf
    Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - SAE J1995
    1275ft·lbf
    Maximum Net Power - 1,700 rpm - ISO 9249
    299HP
    Maximum Net Power @ 1,700 rpm – ISO 9249 (metric)
    303hp
    Peak Gross Torque (1,200 rpm) – SAE J1995
    1275lbf-ft
    Peak Gross Torque (1,200 rpm) – ISO 14396
    1261lbf-ft
  • Weights

  • Operating Weight
    54871lb
    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,
    Operating Weight
    54871lb
    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,
  • Transmission

  • Forward 1
    4.2mph
    Forward 2
    8.1mph
    Forward 3
    14.4mph
    Forward 4
    24.5mph
    Reverse 1
    4.7mph
    Reverse 2
    9.3mph
    Reverse 3
    16.5mph
    Forward - 1
    4.2mile/h
    Forward - 2
    8.1mile/h
    Forward - 3
    14.4mile/h
    Forward - 4
    24.5mile/h
    Reverse - 1
    4.7mile/h
    Reverse - 2
    9.3mile/h
    Reverse - 3
    16.5mile/h
    Reverse - 4
    24.5mile/h
    Reverse 4
    24.5mph
    Note
    Maximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L3 tires with 826 mm (32.5 in) roll radius.
    Note
    Maximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L3 tires with 826 mm (32.5 in) roll radius.
  • Service Refill Capacities

  • Cooling System
    18.9gal
    Crankcase
    6.5gal
    Transmission
    14.3gal
    Differentials and Final Drives – Front
    15.1gal
    Differentials and Final Drives – Rear
    15.1gal
    Hydraulic Tank
    33gal
    Fuel Tank
    79.8gal
    Cooling System
    18.9gal (US)
    Crankcase
    6.5gal (US)
    Differential - Final Drives - Front
    15.1gal (US)
    Differential - Final Drives - Rear
    15.1gal (US)
    Fuel Tank
    79.8gal (US)
    Hydraulic Tank
    33gal (US)
    Transmission
    14.3gal (US)
    DEF Tank
    4.4gal (US)
    DEF Tank
    4.4gal
  • Operating Specifications

  • Static Tipping Load – Full 37° Turn – with Tire Deflection
    35626lb
    Static Tipping Load – Full 37° Turn – No Tire Deflection
    38396lb
    Breakout Force
    44075lbf
    Breakout Force
    44075lbf
    Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - No Tire Deflection
    38396lb
    Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - With Tire Deflection
    35626lb
    Note
    For a machine configuration as defined under “Weight.”
    Note
    Full compliance to ISO 143971:2007 Sections 1 thru 6, which requires 2% verification between calculations and testing.
    Note (1)
    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.
  • Hydraulic System

  • Implement Pump Type
    Variable Displacement Piston
    Implement System: Maximum Pump Output (2,200 rpm)
    95gal/min
    Implement System: Maximum Operating Pressure
    4496psi
    Hydraulic Cycle Time – Total
    10.7Seconds
    Hydraulic Cycle Time - Total
    10.7s
    Implement Pump Type
    Variable Displacement Piston
    Implement System - Maximum Operating Pressure
    4496psi
    Implement System - Maximum Pump Output at 2,200 rpm
    95gal/min
  • Sound

  • With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value: Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008)
    109dB(A)
    With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value: Exterior Sound Pressure Level (SAE J88:2013)
    76 dB(A)*
    Note
    *Distance of 15 m (49.2 ft), moving forward in second gear ratio.
    Note
    **For machines in European Union countries and in countries that adopt the “EU Directives.”
    With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value: Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)
    70dB(A)
    Note (1)
    *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.?
    With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008)
    109dB(A)
    With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Pressure Level (SAE J88:2013)
    76 dB(A)*
    Note
    ***European Union Directive “2000/14/EC” as amended by “2005/88/EC.”
    With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value: Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)**
    69dB(A)
    With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value: Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008)**
    108 LWA***
    Note (3)
    ***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***
    With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)**
    69dB(A)
    With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)
    70dB(A)
  • Engine - Tier 4 Final/Stage IV

  • Emissions
    Tier 4/Stage IV
    Emissions
    Tier 4/Stage IV
  • Bucket Capacities

  • Bucket Range
    3.20-9.94 m³ (4.19-13.0 yd³)
    Bucket Range
    3.20-9.94 m³ (4.19-13.0 yd³)
  • Buckets

  • Bucket Capacities
    3.20-9.94 m³ (4.19-13.0 yd³)
  • Dimensions - High Lift

  • Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight
    8.17ft
    Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch
    5.83ft
    Ground Clearance
    1.42ft
    Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe
    11.58ft
    Height - Top of Hood
    9.17ft
    Height - Top of ROPS
    11.75ft
    Hinge Pin Height at Carry
    2.58ft
    Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift
    15.75ft
    Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift
    13.5ft
    Maximum Width over Tires
    9.92ft
    Note
    All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
    Overall Length - Without Bucket
    26.67ft
    Rack Back - Carry Height
    49 degrees
    Rack Back - Maximum Lift
    71 degrees
    Rack Back at Ground
    39 degrees
    Tread Width
    7.33ft
    Wheel Base
    11.67ft
  • Dimensions – Standard Lift

  • Height to Top of Hood
    9.17ft
    Height to Top of Exhaust Pipe
    11.58ft
    Height to Top of ROPS
    11.75ft
    Ground Clearance
    1.42ft
    Center Line of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight
    8.17ft
    Center Line of Rear Axle to Hitch
    5.83ft
    Wheelbase
    11.67ft
    Overall Length (without bucket)
    25.58ft
    Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift
    14.67ft
    Hinge Pin Height at Carry
    2.25ft
    Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift
    12.58ft
    Rack Back at Maximum Lift
    56 degrees
    Rack Back at Carry Height
    50 degrees
    Rack Back at Ground
    41 degrees
    Maximum Width over Tires
    9.92ft
    Tread Width
    7.33ft
    Note
    All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
  • Dimensions - Standard Lift

  • Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight
    8.17ft
    Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch
    5.83ft
    Ground Clearance
    1.42ft
    Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe
    11.58ft
    Height - Top of Hood
    9.17ft
    Height - Top of ROPS
    11.75ft
    Hinge Pin Height at Carry
    2.25ft
    Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift
    14.67ft
    Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift
    12.58ft
    Maximum Width over Tires
    9.92ft
    Note
    All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
    Overall Length - Without Bucket
    25.58ft
    Rack Back - Carry Height
    50 degrees
    Rack Back - Maximum Lift
    56 degrees
    Rack Back at Ground
    41 degrees
    Tread Width
    7.33ft
    Wheel Base
    11.67ft
  • Dimensions – High Lift

  • Height to Top of Hood
    9.17ft
    Height to Top of Exhaust Pipe
    11.58ft
    Height to Top of ROPS
    11.75ft
    Ground Clearance
    1.42ft
    Center Line of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight
    8.17ft
    Center Line of Rear Axle to Hitch
    5.83ft
    Wheelbase
    11.67ft
    Overall Length (without bucket)
    26.67ft
    Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift
    15.75ft
    Hinge Pin Height at Carry
    2.58ft
    Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift
    13.50ft
    Rack Back at Maximum Lift
    71 degrees
    Rack Back at Carry Height
    49 degrees
    Rack Back at Ground
    39 degrees
    Maximum Width over Tires
    9.92ft
    Tread Width
    7.33ft
    Note
    All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.

Equipment

  • Power Train
    • Engine, Cat C9.3 ACERT - meets Tier 3/Stage IIIA equivalent or Tier 4/Final/Stage IV emission standards
    • Cat Clean Emissions Module (CEM) wih Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank and pump (Tier 4 Final/Stage IV models)
    • 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
    • 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, on demand
  • Operator Environment
    • Cab, pressurized and sound suppressed (ROPS/FOPS)
    • Viscous mounts
    • Multi-function 18 cm (7 in) color touch-screen display for rear vision camera, clock and machine 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 receptables, 12V
    • Seat, Cat Comfort (cloth) air suspension
    • Seat belt, 51 mm (2 in) 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
  • Computerized Monitoring System
    • With following gauges: Speedometer/tachometer; Digital gear range indicator; Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) level (Tier 4 Final/Stage IV models); 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, 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 (Tier 4 Final/Stage IV models); 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 halogen roading lights (with signals); Two halogen rear vision lights (hood mounted)
    • Alarm, back-up
    • Alternator, 145-amp brushed
    • Main disconnect switch
    • Receptacle start (cables not included)
  • Cat Connect Technologies
    • Link technologies: Product Link
    • Detect technologies: rear vision camera
  • Linkage
    • Linkage, Z-bar, cast crosstube/tilt lever
    • Kickout, lift and tilt, automatic
  • Hydraulics
    • Hydraulic system, load sensing
    • Steering, load sensing
    • Ride control, 2V
    • Remote diagnostic pressure taps
    • Hoses, Cat XT�
    • Oil sampling valves
  • Fluids
    • Premixed extended life coolant with freeze protection to -34� C (-29� F)
  • Other Standard Equipment
    • Hood, non-metallic power tilting
    • Service centers (electrical and hydraulic)
    • Platform, window washing
    • Auto idle shutdown
    • Fenders, 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
    • Vandlism protection caplocks
  • 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 debris with wider fin spacing
  • Operator Environment
    • Door, remote opening system
    • Cover, HVAC metallic
    • EH controls, SAL 3rd function - Additional roller switch for 4th function
    • EH controls, joyhstick 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 with Satellite Sirius XM
    • Radio, CB ready
    • Seat, heated air suspension
    • Seat belt, 76 mm (3 in) retractable, with indicator
    • Steering, EH wheel with directional FNR shifter and gear selector - Additional FNR with implement controls
    • Roof, metallic
    • Steering, secondary
    • 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 auxiliary halogen cab mounted work lights or
    • Two additional auxiliary front HI LED and two additional auxiliary rear LED cab mounted work lights with 2 LED work lights in the radiator grill and LED front turn signals also includes replacement of the standard four halogen cab mounted work lights with four LED work lights (the standard offering and only roading light available is the halogen roading light)
    • Warning amber strobe beacon
    • Reversing strobes
    • External seat belt indicator light
    • Speed limiter - 20 km/h (Europe only)
  • Cat Connect Technologies
    • Link technologies: VIMS�
    • Payload technologies: Advanced Productivity subscription; Cat Production Measurement 2.0; Printer; Aggregate Autodig
    • Detect technologies: Cat Rear Object Detection
    • Machine Security System
  • Hydraulics
    • 3rd function with Ride Control: Standard linkage; High lift linkage; Forestry linkage
    • 4th function with Ride Control: Standard linkage; High lift linkage; Forestry linkage
  • Fluids
    • Premixed extended life coolant with freeze protection to -50� C (-58� F)
  • Starters, Batteries, And Alternators
    • Cold start - 120V
    • Cold start - 240V
  • Linkage
    • High lift
    • Extended capacity
    • Quick coupler ready
  • Work Tools
    • Performance Series buckets
    • Fusion quick coupler
    • Forks, pallet
    • Forks, logging
  • Other Optional Equipment
    • Cat Autolube System
    • Fenders, roading
    • Guard, power train
    • Oil change, high speed engine
    • Precleaner, turbine
    • Precleaner, trash
    • Wheel chocks
  • Other Optional Configurations
    • Aggregate Handler
    • Industrial and Waste Handler
    • Steel Mill

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