972

The Cat® 972 Wheel Loader brings premium performance with simple-to-use technologies as a standard offering, boosting operator efficiencies and delivering increased productivity. Extended service intervals lower maintenance costs. Improved performance, reliability, durability, and versatility result in a machine that is better built to meet your needs.

Proven Reliability

  • Cat C9.3B engine offers high power density with a combination of proven electronics, fuel, and air systems.
  • Features an electric fuel priming pump, fuel-water separator, and secondary filtration system.
  • Thorough component design and machine validation processes result in unmatched reliability and uptime.

Durability

  • Heavy-duty transmission and axles designed to handle extreme applications.
  • Automatic planetary powershift (4F/4R) transmission features durable, long-lasting components.
  • Full-flow hydraulic filtration system with additional kidney-loop filtration improves hydraulic system reliability and component life.
  • Next Generation implement pump increases flow at lower engine speeds and improves hydraulic response.

Superior Fuel Efficiency & Productivity

  • New Autodig with Auto Set Tires for consistent high bucket fill factors deliver up to 10% more productivity compared to previous Cat model.
  • Powershift transmission with lock-up clutch increases fuel efficiency while delivering optimal performance.
  • Single clutch and lock-to-lock shifting for faster acceleration and speed on grades.
  • Application Profiles optimize machine settings for different applications at one push of a button.
  • Job Aids help operators improve and optimize their operating skills.
  • Performance Series Buckets utilize a system-based approach to balance bucket shape against the machine’s linkage, resulting in higher fill factors and better material retention when compared with other buckets of the same rated capacity.
  • Automatic engine idle shutdown system significantly reduces idle time, overall operating hours, and fuel consumption.
  • Standard open/open differential provides additional traction when needed. Manual front locks and automatic front and rear locks are available as an option.
  • Optional aggregate handler configuration offers higher payload capability for loose aggregate handling.**
  • Deeply integrated engine, power train, and hydraulic systems deliver unmatched productivity and fuel efficiency.
  • With Fusion™ Quick Coupler, buckets can be changed without leaving the cab, allowing the machine to quickly move from task to task.

** Optional configurations and equipment may vary from region to region and require conformance to Caterpillar payload policy. Consult your dealer or Caterpillar representative for details.

Smart Machine for Efficient Operation

  • Standard Cat technologies to monitor, manage, and enhance your jobsite operations.

– Cat Payload with Assist provides accurate weighing*** of the bucket payloads. Data is displayed in real time to improve productivity and loading accuracy with manual tip-off.
– Product Link™ wirelessly connects the machine to the office, giving you access to production and essential health information needed to make timely, fact-based decisions to help you better run your business.
– New Autodig allows the operator to fully automate bucket loading to improve fill factors and loading time.
– Auto Set Tires promotes proper loading technique, significantly reducing tire slip and tire wear.
– Onboard Job Aids and Operator Controls Help to ease operation.

  • Optional Cat Advanced Payload with Assist:

– Tip Off Assist automatizes load of the final bucket to match hauling unit target.
– Enhanced lists management, site integration, and extended scale features to help manage and improve productivity and profitability of operations.

  • Optional Cat Productivity subscription provides detailed and comprehensive actionable information to help you manage and improve the productivity and profitability of your operations.

***Not legal for trade.

Safety Features

  • Rear-vision camera enhances visibility behind the machine, helping you work safely and confidently.
  • Optional 360˚ vision system helps the operator monitor the surroundings of the machine at all times.
  • Optional Cat Detect radar technology enhances awareness by monitoring the working environment and alerts operators to hazards.
  • 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.
  • Monitored seat belt is standard and can be enhanced with an optional exterior indicator.
  • Optional access light and under-hood service light system to provide illuminated access to the machine and daily checks even in the dark.

Reduced Maintenance Time & Costs

  • Extended fluid and filter change intervals reduce maintenance costs by up to 15%.*
  • Convenient access to hydraulic and electrical service centers for easy ground-level servicing.
  • Remote Troubleshoot can connect the machine to the dealer service department to help diagnose problems quickly so you can get back to work.
  • Remote Flash works around your schedule to ensure your machine’s software is up to date for optimal performance.
  • The Cat App helps you manage fleet location, hours, and maintenance schedules; it also alerts you for required maintenance and allows you to request service from your local Cat dealer.
  • Integrated Autolube extends component and service life.
  • One-piece tilting hood makes engine compartment access fast and easy.

*Parts and fluids only

Work in Comfort in the All New Cab

  • Next-generation, easily adjustable seat and suspension for improved operator comfort. It comes in three trim levels and can be equipped with a 4-point harness (kit).
  • Increased legroom and adjustable seat controls for increased comfort and efficiency.
  • Automatic air conditioning system keeps the cab cool as desired.
  • New in-cab dashboard and high-resolution touch display(s) are easy to use, intuitive, and user friendly.
  • Sound suppression, seals, and viscous cab mounts decrease noise and vibration for a quieter work environment.
  • HMU steering wheel offers low-effort and precise machine steering. The optional seat-mounted electro-hydraulic joystick steering system provides precision control and dramatically reduces arm fatigue, resulting in excellent comfort and accuracy.
  • The next generation of ride control works as a shock absorber, improving ride quality over rough terrain.

Purpose-built Specialty Configurations

  • Application-specific arrangements direct from the factory for optimized performance and added durability in the toughest applications, including:

– Industrial and waste models feature guarding and reinforcement necessary for work in transfer stations, recycling depots, scrap yards, and demolition sites.
– Steel mill model is designed for the challenging work environment of steel mills and slag handling applications, incorporating an added level of safety.

Standard Equipment

Operator Environment
  • Cab, pressurized, sound suppression
  • EH implement controls, parking brake
  • Steering, joystick
  • Seat, cloth, air suspension
  • Touchscreen display
  • Visibility: mirrors, rear-vision camera
  • Air conditioner, heater, defroster (auto temp, fan)
  • Sun visor, front, retractable
  • Sun visor, rear, retractable
  • Window cleaning platform, front
  • Window, front, laminated
ON-BOARD TECHNOLOGIES
  • Cat Payload scale
  • Autodig with Auto Set Tires
  • Operator ID & machine security
  • Application Profiles
  • Job Aids
  • Controls Help and eOMM
POWER TRAIN
  • Cat C9.3B engine
  • Electric fuel priming pump
  • Fuel-water separator and secondary fuel filter
  • Engine, air precleaner
  • Axles, front differential lock
  • Transmission, planetary, automatic powershift
  • Torque converter with lock-up
  • Service brakes, hydraulic, fully enclosed wet disc, wear indicators
  • Integrated Braking System (IBS)
  • Park brake, caliper on front axles, spring applied-pressure released
HYDRAULICS
  • Implement system, load sensing with variable displacement piston pump
  • Steering system, load sensing with dedicated variable displacement piston pump
  • Ride control, dual accumulators
  • Oil sampling valves, Cat XT™ hoses
ELECTRICAL
  • Starting and charging system, 24V
  • Starter, electric, heavy duty
  • Lights: halogen, 4 work lights, 2 front roading lights with turn signals, 2 rearvision lights
MONITORING SYSTEM
  • Front dash with analog gauges, LCD display, and warning lights
  • Primary touchscreen monitor (Cat Payload, quad screens, machine settings & messages)
LINKAGE
  • Standard lift, Z-bar
  • Kickouts: lift and tilt
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