Cat Medium Wheel Loaders:

972M Wheel Loader

Net Power - ISO 9249
299 hp
Operating Weight
54871 lb
Bucket Capacities
3.20-9.94 m³ (4.19-13.0 yd³)
Engine Model
Cat C9.3 ACERT

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.



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
    Maximum Net Torque (1,100 rpm)
    1220lbf-ft
    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,
  • Buckets

  • Bucket Capacities
    3.20-9.94 m³ (4.19-13.0 yd³)
  • 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
    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.
  • 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
    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
    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.
  • 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
  • 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
    ***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***
  • 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 – 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.
  • Bucket Capacities

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

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