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972M Wheel Loader
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The new 972M Wheel Loader has an ACERT™ engine equipped with a combination of proven electronic, fuel, and air components. Applying proven technologies systematically and strategically lets us meet our customer’s high expectations for productivity, fuel efficiency, reliability and service life. Deep system integration results in reduced emissions, improved performance and improved fuel economy without interrupting machine performance making it seamless to operators. Aggregate Handler and other optional configurations are available. (Optional configuration and equipment may vary from region to region. Consult your Caterpillar representative for further details.)



Bucket Capacities
2.90-9.90 m³ (3.8-13.0 yd³)


Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008)
109 dB(A)
Exterior Sound Power Level (SAE J88:2013)
76 dB(A)* dB(A)
**For machines in countries that adopt the “EU Directives.”
*Distance of 15 m (49.2 ft), moving forward in second gear ratio.


Net Power - ISO 9249
298 hp
Engine Model
Cat C9.3 ACERT
568 in3
Maximum Gross Power (1,800 rpm) - SAE J1995
330 hp
Maximum Gross Power - SAE J1995
334 hp
Maximum Net Power (1,700 rpm) - SAE J1349
325 hp
Maximum Net Power - SAE J1349
329 hp
Maximum Net Torque (1,100 rpm) - SAE J1349
298 lb ft
Peak Gross Torque (1,200 rpm) - SAE J1995
302 lb ft


Forward 1
4.2 mph
Forward 2
8.1 mph
Forward 3
14.4 mph
Forward 4
24.5 mph
Reverse 1
4.7 mph
Reverse 2
9.3 mph
Reverse 3
16.5 mph


Operating Weight
54871 lb

Service Refill Capacities

Cooling System
18.9 gal
6.5 gal
15.5 gal
Differentials and Final Drives - Front
15.1 gal
Differentials and Final Drives - Rear
15.1 gal
Hydraulic Tank
33 gal
Fuel Tank
82.7 gal

Operating Specifications

Breakout Force
35626 lb
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - No Tire Deflection
38396 lb
Static Tipping Load - Full 37° Turn - With Tire Deflection
44075 lb

Hydraulic System

Hydraulic Cycle Time with Rated Payload - Dump, at Maximum Raise
Variable Displacement Piston Seconds
Hydraulic Cycle Time with Rated Payload - Lower, Empty, Float Down
95 Seconds
Hydraulic Cycle Time with Rated Payload - Raise from Carry Position
4496 Seconds
Implement System - Optional 3rd/4th Function Maximum Pressure
10.7 psi