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972M XE Wheel Loader
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Introducing a new model: The new 972M XE Wheel Loader has a U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and EU Stage IV ACERT™ engine equipped with a combination of proven electronic, fuel, air and aftertreatment 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. The XE technology results in a 25% improvement in fuel efficiency over the M Series standard configuration and 35% over the K Series standard configuration. (Fuel efficiency is measured in mass of material moved per volume of fuel burned. Average efficiency improvement as tested and analyzed for an average composite cycle and stand configuration with variations per comparable model with and without economy mode active. Factors influence result variation such as, but not limited to, machine configuration, operator technique, machine application, climate, etc.) The 972M XE Wheel Loader, with an advanced power train, has been designed to deliver superior performance and fuel efficiency while simplifying the operator’s interface and operating technique. The 972M XE excels at truck loading and is a 3-pass match for many on-highway trucks. 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 (3.75-13.0 yd³)


Net Power - ISO 9249
311 hp
Engine Model
Cat C9.3 ACERT
568 in3
Maximum Gross Power (1,800 rpm) - SAE J1995
311 hp
Maximum Gross Power - SAE J1995
315 hp
Maximum Net Power (1,700 rpm) - SAE J1349
311 hp
Maximum Net Power - SAE J1349
315 hp
Maximum Net Torque (1,100 rpm) - SAE J1349
1275 lb ft
Peak Gross Torque (1,200 rpm) - SAE J1995
1260 lb ft


Operating Weight
54871 lb


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


Forward 1
4.1 mph
Forward 2
7.7 mph
Forward 3
13.5 mph
Forward 4
24.5 mph
Reverse 1
4.1 mph
Reverse 2
7.7 mph
Reverse 3
17.1 mph

Service Refill Capacities

Cooling System
19 gal
6.5 gal
16.6 gal
Differentials and Final Drives - Front
15.1 gal
Differentials and Final Drives - Rear
15.1 gal
Hydraulic Tank
33 gal
DEF Tank
4.4 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
102 Seconds
Hydraulic Cycle Time with Rated Payload - Raise from Carry Position
4496 Seconds
Implement System - Optional 3rd/4th Function Maximum Pressure
11 psi