Cat 972M XE Wheel Loader

972M XE Wheel Loader | Front Loader

Medium Wheel Loaders

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.

SUPERIOR FUEL EFFICIENCY
  • Deep system integration of the Cat continuously variable transmission, engine system, hydraulic system, transmission and cooling system results in significantly increased performance and fuel efficiency.
  • Lowering the rated engine speed and eliminating the torque converter results in speed that can be controlled independently of the engine speed.
ACHIEVE GREATER PRODUCTIVITY
  • Continuously variable transmission delivers smooth shifts, fast acceleration, and speed on grade.
  • Machine maneuvering on grade is made easy with steady deceleration and anti-rollback.
  • Integrated continuously variable transmission provides maximum, steady power at optimal speeds.
PROVEN RELIABILITY
  • Cat C9.3 engine offers increased power density with a combination of proven electronic fuel and air systems.
  • Equipped with automatic Cat regeneration system, Cat clean emissions module (CEM) with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank and pump.
  • Features an electric fuel priming pump and a fuel/water separator.
LONG TERM VALUE AND DURABILITY
  • Advanced transmission and axles handle the most extreme applications.
  • The durable frame absorbs excavation and loading impact while the hitch system provides high-bearing force capacity.
  • Full-flow hydraulic filtration system with additional loop filtration improves hydraulic system strength and component life.
TECHNOLOGY THAT GETS WORK DONE
  • Developed to monitor, manage, and enhance your job site operations.
  • PAYLOAD provides accurate weighing* of the materials you are loading and hauling. Payload data is displayed in real-time to improve productivity and reduce overloading.
  • DETECT enhances awareness of the environment around working equipment and provides alerts to help keep people and assets safe on the job site.
SAFELY HOME EVERY DAY
  • Cab access with wide door, optional remote door opening, and stair-like steps add solid stability.
  • Floor-to-ceiling windshield, large mirrors with integrated spot mirrors, and rear-vision camera provide industry leading all-around visibility.
  • Computerized monitoring system includes several warning indicators.
SAVE ON SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE
  • Extended service intervals including -
  1. Engine oil and engine oil filter change interval up to 1000 hours
  2. Hydraulic filter change interval up to 1000 hours
  3. Transmission oil change interval up to 4000 hours
  • One-piece tilting hood makes cab access fast and easy.
DESIGNED FOR OPERATORS
  • The next generation easily adjustable seat with updated styling and a revolutionary suspension system. It comes in three trim levels and can be equipped with a 4-point harness.
  • Sound-suppression, seals, and damping cab mounts decrease noise and vibration for a quieter work environment.
PURPOSE BUILT SPECIALTY MODELS
INDUSTRIAL & WASTE
  • Engineered for work in Transfer Stations, Recycling Depots, Scrap Yards and Demolition Sites.
  • Factory installed guarding improves uptime; guards protect axle seals, steering cylinders, crankcase, front frame, powertrain, tilt cylinders, lower cab and rear box. Package includes reinforced service centers, heavy duty cable steps, lift cylinder baffles, narrow front fenders, and steel rear fender deflectors.
SUPERIOR FUEL EFFICIENCY
  • Deep system integration of the Cat continuously variable transmission, engine system, hydraulic system, transmission and cooling system results in significantly increased performance and fuel efficiency.
  • Lowering the rated engine speed and eliminating the torque converter results in speed that can be controlled independently of the engine speed.
  • Our high-power density and fuel efficient engines feature Cat electronics, a fuel injection process, and air-management systems.
ACHIEVE GREATER PRODUCTIVITY
  • Continuously variable transmission delivers smooth shifts, fast acceleration, and speed on grade.
  • Machine maneuvering on grade is made easy with steady deceleration and anti-rollback.
  • Integrated continuously variable transmission provides maximum, steady power at optimal speeds.
  • Easy-to-load performance series buckets improve material retention and reduce dig times, significantly improving productivity and fuel efficiency.
  • Differential locks are activated on the spot, improving traction for increased productivity.
  • Dual ride control accumulator system enables a wide payload range and better ride quality.
  • Aggregate packages with specialized offerings for loose aggregate rehandling applications.*

    * 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.
PROVEN RELIABILITY
  • Cat C9.3 engine offers increased power density with a combination of proven electronic fuel and air systems.
  • Equipped with automatic Cat regeneration system, Cat clean emissions module (CEM) with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank and pump.
  • Features an electric fuel priming pump and a fuel/water separator.
  • Thorough component design and machine validation processes result in unmatched reliability and uptime.
LONG TERM VALUE AND DURABILITY
  • Advanced transmission and axles handle the most extreme applications.
  • The durable frame absorbs excavation and loading impact while the hitch system provides high-bearing force capacity.
  • Full-flow hydraulic filtration system with additional loop filtration improves hydraulic system strength and component life.
TECHNOLOGY THAT GETS WORK DONE
  • Developed to monitor, manage, and enhance your job site operations.
  • PAYLOAD provides accurate weighing* of the materials you are loading and hauling. Payload data is displayed in real-time to improve productivity and reduce overloading.
  • DETECT enhances awareness of the environment around working equipment and provides alerts to help keep people and assets safe on the job site.
  • LINK wirelessly connects you to your equipment, giving you access to essential information you need to know to run your business. Gain valuable insight into how your machine or fleet is performing allowing you to make timely, fact-based decisions that can boost job site efficiency and productivity.
  • Optional Advanced Productivity subscription provides comprehensive actionable information to help you manage and improve the productivity and profitability of your operations.

    * Not legal for trade.
SAFELY HOME EVERY DAY
  • Cab access with wide door, optional remote door opening, and stair-like steps add solid stability.
  • Floor-to-ceiling windshield, large mirrors with integrated spot mirrors, and rear-vision camera provide industry leading all-around visibility.
  • Computerized monitoring system includes several warning indicators.
  • Rear vision camera enhances visibility behind the machine, helping you work safely and confidently.
  • Optional rear object detection radar system warns you of an object in critical zone while going in reverse, enhancing job site safety.
SAVE ON SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE
  • Extended service intervals including -
  1. Engine oil and engine oil filter change interval up to 1000 hours
  2. Hydraulic filter change interval up to 1000 hours
  3. Transmission oil change interval up to 4000 hours
  • One-piece tilting hood makes cab access fast and easy.
  • Electrical service centers enhance convenience and accessibility.
  • Access to fuel fill and daily maintenance points means less servicing time is required.
  • Optional integrated Cat autolube system provides full lube system monitoring and diagnostic test visibility.
  • Remote flash support.
  • Longer tire life with on-the-go traction aids.
DESIGNED FOR OPERATORS
  • The next generation easily adjustable seat with updated styling and a revolutionary suspension system. It comes in three trim levels and can be equipped with a 4-point harness.
  • Sound-suppression, seals, and damping cab mounts decrease noise and vibration for a quieter work environment.
  • The seat-mounted electro-hydraulic joystick steering system provides precision control and dramatically reduces arm fatigue, resulting in excellent comfort and accuracy.
  • Electrohydraulic (EH) controls, parking brake, and Single Axis Lever (SAL) lift and tilt function allow for better handling and control management.
  • Smart ergonomic controls are easy to use, intuitive, and user-friendly.
  • Touchscreen multi-function color display keeps operators focused.
  • The next generation of ride control works as a shock absorber, improving ride quality over rough terrain.
  • Inclined steps and convenient grab handles ease accessibility to the operating space.
  • Extended windows enhance visibility while convex and spot mirrors extend the driver’s view on the sides and rear.
PURPOSE BUILT SPECIALTY MODELS
INDUSTRIAL & WASTE
  • Engineered for work in Transfer Stations, Recycling Depots, Scrap Yards and Demolition Sites.
  • Factory installed guarding improves uptime; guards protect axle seals, steering cylinders, crankcase, front frame, powertrain, tilt cylinders, lower cab and rear box. Package includes reinforced service centers, heavy duty cable steps, lift cylinder baffles, narrow front fenders, and steel rear fender deflectors.
  • Factory installed options available are solid tires, rear machine guard, rubber mounted cab glass, engine precleaner, powered and filtered cab precleaner and variable pitch cooling fan.
  • Cat Waste Buckets available separately are Load & Carry, Tamp & Clamp, Dozing, and Grapple can be fitted with steel or rubber cutting edge.
STEEL MILL
  • Designed for the challenging work environment of steel mills and slag handling applications.
  • Purpose built package provides heat protection for hydraulic hoses and electrical harness and components.
  • Guarding protects tilt cylinder, working lights and the underside of the machine.
  • Reinforcement strengthens fenders, wheel wells, service centers and metallic roof.
  • A Rear Egress System provides emergency stair down the back of the machine.
  • Ground level redundant controls including transmission, engine, and parking brake controls provide an added level of safety.
  • The CAT Slag Bucket is available separately.
CORROSION RESISTANCE
  • Designed for corrosive environments such as fertilizer plants, chemical industries, agriculture, salt water ports and others.
  • Factory protection of all machine components that can be affected by corrosive materials.
  • Treatment includes E-Coat cooler cores, additional coating on main hydraulic valve, heat treated shrink sealant on hydraulic hoses, fittings and electrical wiring, all hinges greased, Zerust® vapor enclosure for electronic components, extra heavy duty alternator, turbine engine precleaner and varnish protection on engine compartment, internal chassis and all non-painted metallic parts.

Weights

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

Dimensions - High Lift

Rack Back at Ground
39 degrees
Hinge Pin Height at Carry
2.5ft
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight
8.17ft
Rack Back - Carry Height
49 degrees
Wheel Base
11.58ft
Height - Top of Hood
9.17ft
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift
13.58ft
Overall Length - Without Bucket
26.58ft
Tread Width
7.25ft
Height - Top of ROPS
11.75ft
Ground Clearance
1.42ft
Rack Back - Maximum Lift
71 degrees
Maximum Width over Tires
9.83ft
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe
11.5ft
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch
5.75ft
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift
15.67ft
Note
All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.

Operating Specifications

Note (2)
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".
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - No Tire Deflection
38396lb
Breakout Force
44075lbf
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - With Tire Deflection
35626lb

Dimensions - Standard Lift

Note
All dimensions are approximate and based on L3 XHA2 tires.
Maximum Width over Tires
9.83ft
Height - Top of ROPS
11.75ft
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift
14.58ft
Rack Back at Ground
41 degrees
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift
12.58ft
Tread Width
7.25ft
Height - Top of Hood
9.17ft
Rack Back - Carry Height
50 degrees
Ground Clearance
1.42ft
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe
11.5ft
Hinge Pin Height at Carry
2.17ft
Wheel Base
11.58ft
Overall Length - Without Bucket
25.5ft
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch
5.75ft
Rack Back - Maximum Lift
56 degrees
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight
8.17ft

Sound

With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)
67dB(A)
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)**
105 LWA***
With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)**
67dB(A)
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Pressure Level (SAE J88:2013)
76 dB(A)*
Note (1)
*Distance of 15 m (49.2 ft), moving forward in second gear ratio.
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008)
107dB(A)
Note (2)
**For machines in European Union countries and in countries that adopt the EU Directives.

Engine

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.
Maximum Net Torque - 1,200 rpm
1193ft·lbf
Emissions
Tier 4/Stage IV
Maximum Net Power - 1,600 rpm - ISO 9249 - Metric
315HP
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - ISO 14396
1260ft·lbf
Maximum Net Power - 1,600 rpm - ISO 9249
311HP
Engine Model
Cat C9.3
Peak Gross Torque - 1,200 rpm - SAE J1995
1275ft·lbf
Net Power - ISO 9249
311HP
Maximum Net Power - 1,600 rpm - SAE J1349 - Metric
315HP
Displacement
568in³
Maximum Net Power - 1,600 rpm - SAE J1349
311HP

Transmission - Virtual Gears

Note
Maximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L3 tires with 826 mm (32.5 in) roll radius.
Reverse - 1
4.1mile/h
Forward - 3
13.5mile/h
Forward - 4
24.5mile/h
Reverse - 2
7.7mile/h
Forward - 2
7.7mile/h
Forward - 1
4.1mile/h
Reverse - 3
17.1mile/h

Buckets

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

Service Refill Capacities

Hydraulic Tank
33gal (US)
Fuel Tank
79.8gal (US)
Differential - Final Drives - Rear
15.1gal (US)
Transmission
16.6gal (US)
DEF Tank
4.4gal (US)
Crankcase
6.5gal (US)
Cooling System
19gal (US)
Differential - Final Drives - Front
15.1gal (US)

Engine - Tier 4 Final/Stage IV

Emissions
Tier 4/Stage IV

Hydraulic System

Implement Pump Type
Variable Displacement Piston
Implement System - Maximum Pump Output at 1,600 rpm
102gal/min
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Total
11s
Implement System - Maximum Operating Pressure
4496psi

Bucket Capacities

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

Standard/Optional Features

Standard Equipment:

  • Note
    • Standard and optional equipment may vary. Consult your Cat dealer for details.
  • Power Train
    • Engine, Cat 9.3 meets Stage IV emission standards
    • Cat Clean Emissions Module (CEM) with Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank and pump
    • Fuel priming pump (electric)
    • Fuel/water separator
    • Precleaner, engine air intake
    • Cat continuously variable transmission
    • Axles, manually actuated differential lock front axle, open differential rear axle
    • Axles, ecology drains
    • Brakes, full hydraulic enclosed wet-disc with modulated neutralizer and integrated retarding
    • Brake wear indicators
    • Parking brake, disc and caliper
    • Right pedal lock, maximum rimpull control and machine speed limit in the cab
    • Fan, radiator, on demand
  • Hydraulics
    • Hydraulic system, load sensing
    • Steering, load sensing
    • Ride control, 2V
    • Remote diagnostic pressure taps
    • Hoses, Cat XT
    • Couplings, Cat O-ring face seal
    • Hydraulic oil cooler (swing out)
    • Oil sampling valves
  • 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); Two rear LED position/stop/turn
    • Alarm, back up
    • Alternator, 145-amp brushed
    • Main disconnnect switch
    • Emergency engine shutdown switch
    • Receptable start (cables not included)
    • Secondary steering
    • Speed limiter, adjustable
  • Operator Environment
    • Cab, pressurized and sound suppressed (ROPS/FOPS)
    • Viscous mounts
    • Multi-function 18 cm color touchscreen 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, speakrs 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 retractable, with indicator
    • Sun visor, front
    • Wet-arm wipers/washer 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; 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; Engine air filter restriction; Hydraulic oil filter restriction; Hydraulic oil low; Parking brake; DEF low level; Transmission filter bypass
  • 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
  • Fluids
    • Premixed extended life coolant with freeze protection to -34° C
  • Other Standard Equipment
    • Hood, non-metallic power tilting
    • Service centers (electrical and hydraulic)
    • Platform, window washing
    • Auto idle shutdown
    • Fenders, steel 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 transmissin oil level
    • Toolbox
    • Vandlism protection caplocks

Optional Equipment:

  • Note
    • Standard and optional equipment may vary. Consult your Cat dealer for details.
  • 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
  • Hydraulics
    • 3rd function with Ride Control
    • 4th function with Ride Control
  • Electrical And Lighting
    • Four additional halogen cab mounted work lights or;
    • Two additional auxiliary front HI LED and two additional auxiliary rear LED cab mounted work lights, two LED work lights in the radiator grill, LED front turn signals, replacement of the standard four halogen cab mounted work lights with four LED work lights, LED roading lights
    • Speed limiter - 20 km/h
    • External seat belt indicator light
    • Reversing strobes
  • Operator Environment
    • Door, remote opening system
    • Cover, HVAC metallic
    • EH controls, SAL 3rd function - Additional roller switch for 4th function
    • EH controls, joystick 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
    • Seat, heated, air suspension
    • Seat belt, 4 point harness, with indicator
    • Seat, deluxe with leather inserts and headrest, heated and ventilated, air-suspended, adjustable lumbar support
    • Roof, metallic
    • Sun visor, rear
    • Windows, rubber mounted
    • Windows, with front guard
    • Windows, with heavy duty front guard
    • Windows, with full guards front, rear and sides
    • Cat seat cover, removable
  • Cat Connect Technologies
    • Link technologies: VIMS
    • Payload technologies: Cat Production Measurement 2.0 (CPM); Printer, Cat Production Measurement; Aggregate Autodig
    • Advanced Productivity subscription
    • Detect technologies: Cat Rear Object Detection
    • Machine Security System
  • Linkage
    • High lift
    • Extended capacity
    • Quick coupler ready
  • Fluids
    • Premixed extended life coolant with freeze protection to -50° C
    • Bio-degradable oil, Cat HYDO
  • Starters, Batteries, And Alternators
    • Cold start - 240V
  • Work Tools
    • Performance Series buckets
    • Fusion quick coupler
    • Forks, pallet
    • Forks, logging
  • Other Optional Equipment
    • Cat Autolube System
    • Fenders, roading
    • Guard, power train
    • Guard, rear radiator grill
    • Oil change, high speed engine
    • Precleaner, turbine
    • Precleaner, trash
    • Wheel clocks
  • Optional Application Specific Configurations
    • Aggregate Handler
  • Purpose Built Specialty Models
    • Industrial and Waste Handler
    • Steel Mill
    • Corrosion Resistance

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