FULLY LOADED REDEFINED - Introducing Cat Next Generation Medium Wheel Loaders (950 - 982 models) FULLY LOADED REDEFINED - Introducing Cat Next Generation Medium Wheel Loaders (950 - 982 models)
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Engine Power @ 1,600 rpm - ISO 14396:2002339 HP (253 kW)
Operating Weight54858 lb (24890 kg)
Bucket Range2.8-14.0 m³ 3.75-18.25 yd³
Gross Power @ 1,600 rpm - SAE J1995:2014343 HP (256 kW)
The Cat® 972 XE Wheel Loader delivers increased fuel efficiency, premium performance with simple-to-use standard technologies to boost operator efficiencies, and lower maintenance costs. This machine is designed to meet emission standards without interrupting operation. Improved performance, reliability, durability, and versatility result in a machine that is better built to meet your needs.


Engine Power @ 1,600 rpm - ISO 14396:2002339 HP (253 kW)
Operating Weight54858 lb (24890 kg)
Bucket Range2.8-14.0 m³ 3.75-18.25 yd³
Gross Power @ 1,600 rpm - SAE J1995:2014343 HP (256 kW)
Engine ModelCat C9.3B
Net Power @ 1,600 rpm - ISO 9249:2007, SAE J1349:2011316 HP (236 kW)
Note (1)Cat engine meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final, EU Stage V, Korea Stage V, and Japan 2014 emission standards.
Note (2)The net power advertised is the power available at the flywheel when the engine is equipped with fan, alternator, air cleaner, and aftertreatment.
Net Torque @ 1,200 rpm - ISO 9249:2007, SAE J1349:20111287 ft-lb (1745 N·m)
NoteWeight based on a machine configuration with Bridgestone 26.5R25 VJTL3 radial tires, full fluids, operator, standard counterweight, ride control,cold start, roading fenders, Product Link, front manual differential/openrear axles, power train guard, secondary steering, sound suppression,and a 4.8 m³ (6.25 yd³) general purpose bucket with BOCE.
Forward - 14.1 mile/h (6.7 km/h)
Forward - 28.4 mile/h (13.4 km/h)
Forward - 315 mile/h (24.1 km/h)
Forward - 424.5 mile/h (39.5 km/h)
NoteMaximum travel speed in standard vehicle with empty bucket and standard L3 tires with 849 mm (33 in) roll radius.
Reverse - 14.5 mile/h (7.3 km/h)
Reverse - 29.2 mile/h (14.8 km/h)
Reverse - 316.5 mile/h (26.6 km/h)
Reverse - 424.5 mile/h (39.5 km/h)
Note (1)** For machines in European Union countries and in countries that adopt the EU Directives.
Note (2)***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*108
With Cooling Fan Speed at 70% of Maximum Value - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)69 dB(A) (69 dB(A))
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Speed - Exterior Sound Power Level (ISO 6395:2008)109 dB(A) (109 dB(A))
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Speed - Exterior Sound Pressure Level (SAE J88:2013)76
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Speed - Operator Sound Pressure Level (ISO 6396:2008)70 dB(A) (70 dB(A))
Air ConditioningThe air conditioning system on this machine contains the fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerant R134a (Global Warming Potential = 1430). The system contains 1.6 kg (3.5 lb) of refrigerant which has a CO2 equivalent 2.288 metric tonnes (2.522 tons).
Breakout Force44072 lb (196 kN)
Note (1)For a machine configuration as defined under Weight.
Note (2)Full compliance to ISO 14397-1:2007 Sections 1 thru 6, which requires 2% verification between calculations and testing.
Static Tipping Load - Full 40° Turn - No Tire Deflection17505 kg (35582 lb)
Static Tipping Load - Full 40° Turn - With Tire Deflection35919 lb (16297 kg)
Cooling System17.4 gal (US) (66 l)
Crankcase6.1 gal (US) (23 l)
DEF Tank6.9 gal (US) (26 l)
Differential - Final Drives - Front15.1 gal (US) (57 l)
Differential - Final Drives - Rear15.1 gal (US) (57 l)
Fuel Tank80.1 gal (US) (303 l)
Hydraulic Tank30.1 gal (US) (114 l)
Transmission15.5 gal (US) (58.5 l)
Implement System - Maximum Operating Pressure4496 psi (31000 kPa)
Implement System - Maximum Pump Output at 2,250 rpm99 gal/min (373 l/min)
NoteAll dimensions are approximate and based on machine equipped with 5.4 m3 (7.1 yd3) general purpose bucket with BOCE and Bridgestone 29.5R25 VSNT L4 radial tires.
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight8.1 ft (2458 mm)
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch5.1 ft (1775 mm)
Ground Clearance1.4 ft (424 mm)
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe11.8 ft (3531 mm)
Height - Top of Hood9.5 ft (2850 mm)
Height - Top of ROPS11.1 ft (3593 mm)
Hinge Pin Height at Carry2.6 ft (782 mm)
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift15.9 ft (4804 mm)
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift13.8 ft (4183 mm)
Overall Length - Without Bucket26.6 ft (8069 mm)
Tread Width7.3 ft (2230 mm)
Wheel Base11.8 ft (3550 mm)
Centerline of Rear Axle to Hitch5.1 ft (1775 mm)
Ground Clearance420 mm (1.4 ft)
Height - Top of Exhaust Pipe3527 mm (11.7 ft)
Height - Top of Hood2846 mm (9.4 ft)
Height - Top of ROPS3589 mm (11 ft)
Hinge Pin Height at Carry2.2 ft (682 mm)
Hinge Pin Height at Maximum Lift4464 mm (14.7 ft)
Lift Arm Clearance at Maximum Lift3843 mm (12.7 ft)
Overall Length - Without Bucket7731 mm (25.5 ft)
Tread Width7.3 ft (2230 mm)
Wheel Base3550 mm (11.8 ft)
With Cooling Fan Speed at Maximum Value - NoteDistance of 15 m (49.2 ft), moving forward in second gear ratio.
Centerline of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight8 ft (2458 mm)
Rack Back - Carry Height49 degrees
Rack Back at Ground39 degrees
Rack Back - Maximum Lift71 degrees
Rack Back at Ground37 degrees
Note (3)Cat diesel engines are required to use ULSD (ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel with 15 ppm of sulfur or less) or ULSD blended with the following lower-carbon intensity fuels up to: • 20% biodiesel FAME (fatty acid methyl ester)* • 100% renewable diesel, HVO (hydrogenated vegetable oil) and GTL (gas-to- liquid) fuels Refer to guidelines for successful application. Please consult your Cat dealer or “Caterpillar Machine Fluids Recommendations” (SEBU6250) for details. * Engines with no aftertreatment devices can use higher blends, up to 100% biodiesel.
Gross Torque @ 1,200 rpm – SAE J1995:20141388 lb/ft (1882 N·m)
Rack Back - Carry Height49 degrees
Width over Tires (Loaded)9.11 ft (3012 mm)
Hydraulic Cycle Time - Total10.7 seconds
Engine Torque @ 1,200 rpm – ISO 14396:20021375 lb/ft (1864 N·m)
Displacement9.3 L
Width over Tires (Loaded)9.11 ft (3012 mm)
Rack Back - Maximum Lift56 degrees

Benefits and Features

  • Up to 35% better fuel efficiency compared to previous Cat model.
  • Deep system integration of the Cat continuously variable transmission, engine, hydraulic, and cooling systems results in significantly increased performance and fuel efficiency.
  • Eliminating the torque converter allows the capability to control engine rpm and machine speed independently, resulting in efficient digging, fine control, and easy operation.
  • Lower rated engine speed reduces component wear and operating noise.
  • Power dense engine burns less fuel by providing power and torque when needed.

  • Continuously variable transmission delivers smooth, fast acceleration and speed on grade.
  • Machine maneuvering on grade is made easy with speed-hold and anti-rollback.
  • Integrated continuously variable transmission provides maximum, steady power at optimal speeds.
  • Advanced rimpull control for best loading efficiency in the pile and tire wear reduction.
  • New Autodig with Auto Set Tires for consistent high bucket fill factors.
  • 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.
  • Dual ride control accumulator system enables a wide payload range and better ride quality.
  • Standard manual front differential provides additional traction when needed. Automatic front and rear locks are available as an option.
  • Optional aggregate handler configuration offers higher payload capability for loose aggregate handling.**
  • 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.

  • 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 adjustment 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.

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

  • Rear-vision camera enhances visibility behind the machine, helping you work safely and confidently.
  • Optional multiview (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.

  • Extended fluid and filter change intervals reduce maintenance costs by up to 25%.*
  • Convenient access to hydraulic and electrical service centers for easy and safe 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

  • Heavy-duty axles designed to handle extreme applications.
  • Full-flow hydraulic filtration system with additional kidney-loop filtration improves hydraulic system reliability and component life.

  • Next-generation, easily adjustable seat and suspension for improved operator comfort. It comes in two 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.
  • The 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.

  • 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.

Standard Equipment

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

Optional Equipment

  • Entertainment radio (FM, AM, USB, BT)
  • Entertainment radio (DAB+)
  • CB radio ready
  • Seat, leather/cloth, air suspension, heated/cooled
  • Multiview (360�) vision system
  • Cat Detect rear radar system
  • Dedicated rearview screen
  • Full cab window guard
  • Cat Advanced Payload
  • Cat Payload Printer
  • Turbine, air precleaner
  • Radiator, high debris
  • Cooling fan, reversible
  • Axles, auto differential locks front and rear
  • Axles, AOC ready, extreme temperature seals
  • Axles, oil cooler
  • 3rd and 4th auxiliary functions with ride control
  • Quick coupler control
  • Cold start, 120V or 240V
  • Lights: LED
  • Warning beacon
  • Reversing strobe lights
  • High lift, Z-bar
  • Cat Autolube system
  • Fenders, roading
  • Guards: power train, crankcase, cab, cylinders, rear
  • Biodegradable hydraulic oil
  • High-speed oil change system
  • Toolbox
  • Wheel chocks
  • Secondary steering system, electrical
  • Aggregate handler
  • Waste and industrial
  • Corrosion resistant