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297D2 Multi Terrain Loader
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The Cat® 297D2 Multi Terrain Loader, with its vertical lift design, delivers extended reach and lift height for quick and easy truck loading. Its standard, suspended undercarriage system provides superior traction, flotation, speed and ride quality with very low ground pressure and minimal ground disturbance across a wide range of underfoot conditions.

Standard Equipment

Operating Specifications

Rated Operating Capacities: 50% Tipping Load
4700 lb
Rated Operating Capacities: 35% Tipping Load
3290 lb
Ground Contact Area
4700 in2
Ground Pressure
4960 psi
Tipping Load
9400 lb
Breakout Force, Tilt Cylinder
7468 lb
Rated Operating Capacity with Optional Counterweight
6072 lb


ISO 3471:2008
ISO 3449:2005 Level I
ISO 3449:2005 Level II


Operating Weight
10692 lb


Engine Model
Cat C3.8 DIT (turbo)
Net Power
95 hp
Gross Power
98 hp
Gross Power SAE J1995
95 hp
Net Power EEC ISO 9249
95 hp
Net Power SAE 1349
246 hp
232 in3
3.9 in
4.7 in

Power Train

Travel Speed Forward
5.9 mph
Travel Speed Reverse
9.4 mph


Length of Track on Ground
71.1 in
Overall Length of Track
90.0 in.
Length w/Bucket on Ground
126.0 in
Length w/o Bucket
155.2 in
Height to Top of Cab
83.2 in
Vehicle Width
160.5 in
Max. Overall Height
127.6 in
Bucket Pin Height at Max. Lift
7.9 in
Bucket Pin Height at Carry Pos.
30.5 in
Reach at Max. Lift/Dump
96.3 in
Clearance at Max. Lift/Dump
8.8 in
Ground Clearance
30° in
Departure Angle
Maximum Dump Angle
Turn Radius from Ctr - Rear
73.4 in
Turn Radius from Ctr - Coupler
59.2 in
Turn Radius from Ctr - Bucket
91.8 in
Max. Reach w/Arms Parallel
49.6 in
Rack Back Angle at Max Height
Bucket Pin Reach at Max Lift
15.2 in

Service Refill Capacities

Cooling System
4.1 gal
Engine Crankcase
3.5 gal
Fuel Tank
32.2 gal
Hydraulic System
14.5 gal
Hydraulic Tank
10.3 gal

Hydraulic System

Loader Hydraulic Pressure
3335 psi
Loader Hydraulic Flow
23 gal/min
Hydraulic Power
44 hp
Loader Hydraulic Pressure
4061 psi
Loader Hydraulic Flow
32 gal/min
Hydraulic Power (calculated)
76 hp
Comfortable Cab

Comfortable Cab

Industry leading sealed and pressurized cab option provides a cleaner and quieter operating environment with excellent work tool visibility. Available high-back, heated, air ride seat with seat mounted adjustable joystick controls makes Cat Multi Terrain Loaders the industry leader in operator comfort.

Advanced Display

Advanced Display

Maximize machine capability and control with the standard Advanced Display providing on-screen adjustments for implement response, Hystat™ response and creep control. Also features multi-language functionality with customizable layouts, security system and rearview camera.

Powerful Performance

Powerful Performance

High performance power train provides maximum performance and production capability through the Electronic Torque Management system, standard two speed travel and an electronic hand/foot throttle with decel pedal capability. High Flow XPS hydraulic system is available for applications that demand maximum hydraulic work tool performance. Electronically controlled Cat C3.8 engine provides high horsepower and torque while meeting U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emission standards. Cat “Intelligent Leveling” system (ILEV) provides industry leading technology, integration and optional features such as dual direction self level, work tool return to dig and work tool positioner.

Suspended Undercarriage

Suspended Undercarriage

Standard dual level suspension undercarriage combined with the optional Speed Sensitive Ride Control system provides better load retention, improved operator comfort and one of the smoothest rides in the industry. The dual suspension undercarriage features oscillating roller wheel assemblies that independently pivot to provide maximum track on the ground.

Outstanding Versatility

Outstanding Versatility

Broad range of performance matched Cat Work Tools make the Cat Multi Terrain Loader the most versatile machine on the job site.

Easy Service

Easy Service

Ground level access to all daily service and routine maintenance points helps reduce machine downtime for greater productivity.