973D Track Loader

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973D Track Loader

The Cat® 973D Track Loader is the only track loader in this size class. Furthermore, it leads the industry in operator comfort, performance and versatility. Designed to be productive, this machine will give you complete satisfaction in a wide range of tough applications in the most efficient and productive way. Its design also delivers strength and durability with excellent control and unmatched ease of operation. Discover how much more you can get with this one work force machine ...
  • Standard Equipment
  • Optional Equipment
  • Specs

Standard Equipment

  • ELECTRICAL
    • Alternator, 95 amps, 24 V, heavy duty brushless
    • Alarm, backup
    • Horn, electric
    • 2 Maintenance free batteries, 1,400 amps
    • Converter 24V/12V
    • Switch, main disconnect
    • Starter, electric (24V)
    • Four halogen lights, two forward facing, roof mounted; two rearward facing, integrated in A/C unit
  • OPERATOR ENVIRONMENT
    • Pressurized, sound suppressed, ROPS/FOPS cab
    • Cab with tinted glass and side sliding window
    • Air conditioning and heating
    • Heater, defroster with automatic temperature control
    • Seat, fabric-covered, air suspended
    • Seat-mounted controls
    • Seat belt, retractable
    • Electronic Monitoring System
    • Gauges for:
    • Electro-hydraulic implement control joystick
    • Radio ready, includes 24 to 12V converter, speakers, antenna and two 12 volts power outlets
    • Mirror rearview
    • Coat Hook
    • Adjustable armrest
    • Transmission control, Joystick or V-lever and steering pedals
    • Storage lockable compartment under armrests
    • Floor mat, rubber, heavy duty
    • Windshield washers and wipers, front and rear
    • Durable metal roof
    • Parking brake switch and "brake-on" indicator light
  • POWER TRAIN
    • Caterpillar C9 ACERT diesel engine
    • Modular cooling system for engine air intake, oil and water
    • 24 volt electric starting
    • Electronically controlled, on-demand fan cooling system
    • Extended Life Coolant
    • Fuel priming pump electric
    • Electronic Hydrostatic Control (EHC) for transmission with travel and work modes
    • Closed Loop Hystat transmission with DSR Software
    • Muffler, under hood
    • Water separator
  • UNDERCARRIAGE
    • 2160 mm/85 in track gauge
    • End Section Track Guiding guards
    • Hydraulic Track Adjuster
    • EWL track (40 sections, 215 mm /8.5 in pitch)
    • Five piece sprocket track
    • Seven track rollers, lifetime lubricated
    • Conventional idlers, lifetime lubricated.
    • Oscillating track roller frames
    • Two carrier rollers per track
    • Track Master Link
    • Guard, idler
  • OTHER STANDARD EQUIPMENT
    • Sound Suppression, Exterior
    • Z-bar loader linkage
    • Load sensing variable displacement implement pump
    • Implement cylinders with integrated positioning sensors
    • Operator programmable lift and tilt kickouts
    • Engine enclosure with lockable doors (5 mm/0.2 in perforated holes)
    • Hinged radiator grill
    • 6.35 fins per inch radiator and cooler cores
    • Ecology Drains
    • Hydraulic Oil, HYDO Advanced 10
    • Cab, tilt jack, hydraulic

Optional Equipment

  • ELECTRICAL
    • Beacon, rotating
  • POWER TRAIN
    • Tank fuel, fast fill
  • HYDRAULIC
    • Hydraulic oil, biodegradable
  • BUCKET
    • General Propose, Slag
  • BUCKET ATTACHMENTS
    • Teeth, extra duty, 8
    • Teeth, penetration, 8
    • Cutting edge, bolt-on
  • UNDERCARRIAGE
    • Track, 500 mm (19.7 in), flat
    • Track, 500 mm (19.7 in), alternates flat and DG GR shoes
    • Track, 675 mm (26.6 in), Trap Hole
    • DBL GR
    • TRPL GR
    • SGL GR ES
  • GUARDS
    • Guard, tilt cylinders
    • Guard, track roller
  • OTHER ATTACHMENTS
    • Radio AM/FM, CD
    • Heater, engine coolant, 120V
    • Heater, engine coolant, 240V
    • Product Link
    • Machine Security System
    • Antifreeze, -50° C (-58° F)
  • 973D VALUE PACKAGES
    • Rear protection STD
    • Rear protection HD
    • Ripper package
    • Maintenance package, deluxe
    • Lights additional, package
    • Protection, windshield, lights
    • Striker bar package
    • Counterweight package
    • Hydraulic 2W, Joystick
    • Hydraulic 3W, MP Joystick
    • Hydraulic 3W, GP Joystick
    • Hydraulic 4W, MP joystick
    • Hydraulic, 2W, 2 levers
    • Bucket GP, 3.0 m³ (3.98 yd³), package
    • Bucket MP, 2.8 m³ (3.6 yd³), package
    • Bucket GP, 3.0 m³ (3.98 yd³), package
    • Bucket GP, landfill, package
    • Bucket wide, 3.3 m³ (4.37 yd³), package
    • Bucket GP, 3.0 m³ (3.98 yd³), HD, pack
    • Bucket MP ES, 2.8 m³ (3.6 yd³), package
    • Bucket MP, landfill, package

Specs

Overview

Long Name:
973D Track Loader
Name:
973D
Brand:
Caterpillar
Status:
Current

Engine

Flywheel Power:
263 HP / 196 kW
Engine Model:
Cat® C9 ACERT™
Net Power - ISO 9249:
263 HP / 196 kW
Net Power - SAE J1349:
263 HP / 196 kW
Net Power - EEC 80/1269:
263 HP / 196 kW
Bore:
4.41 in / 112 mm
Stroke:
5.86 in / 149 mm
Displacement:
537 in³ / 8.8 l
Net Power - Cat:
263 HP / 196 kW

Undercarriage

Track Shoe Type:
Double Grouser, Extreme Service
Track Shoe Width - Standard:
21.6 in / 550 mm
Track Shoe Width - Optional:
26.6 in / 675 mm
Track Rollers - Each Side:
7
Number of Shoes - Each Side:
40
Track on Ground:
115.3 in / 2930 mm
Ground Contact Area - Standard Shoe:
4991 in² / 3.22 m²
Ground Contact Area - Optional Shoe:
6138 in² / 3.96 m²
Ground Pressure - Standard Shoe:
12.4 psi / 85.5 kPa
Ground Pressure - Optional Shoe:
10.1 psi / 69.5 kPa
Grouser Height - Double Grouser:
1.92 in / 49 mm
Track Gauge:
85 in / 2160 mm

Drive System

Type:
Hydrostatic drive with infinite machine speeds up to 11 km/h (6.8 mph)
Drive Pump:
Two, variable-displacement, slipper-type axial piston pumps
Track Motor:
Two, variable-displacement, bent axis piston motors
Maximum System Pressure:
6527 psi / 45000 kPa

Hydraulic System - Implement

Cycle Time - Dump:
1.4 s / 1.4 s
Cycle Time - Raise:
6.5 s / 6.5 s
Float Down:
2.7 s / 2.7 s
Output - Maximum:
91.4 gal/min / 346 l/min
Relief Valve Setting:
3988 psi / 27500 kPa
Type:
Closed Center Load Sensing

Service Refill Capacities

Fuel Tank:
164 gal (US) / 621 l
Cooling System:
11.6 gal (US) / 44 l
Crankcase - With Filter:
7.7 gal (US) / 29 l
Final Drive - Each:
7.5 gal (US) / 28.5 l
Hydraulic System - Equipment, Power Train and Tank:
89.8 gal (US) / 340 l
Hydraulic Tank:
49.9 gal (US) / 189 l
Pump Drive Box:
1 gal (US) / 3.8 l
Pivot Shaft:
0.8 gal (US) / 3 l

Electrical System

Type:
24V DC
Battery Capacity:
1400 CCA
Battery Voltage:
12
Battery Quantity:
2
Alternator:
95 amp, Heavy-Duty, Brushless

Weights

Operating Weight:
61857 lb / 28058 kg
Shipping Weight - Without Bucket:
55997 lb / 25400 kg

Buckets

Capacity - General Purpose:
4.2 yd³ / 3.21 m³
Capacity - Multi-Purpose:
3.92 yd³ / 3.05 m³
Bucket Width - General Purpose:
114.56 in / 2910 mm
Bucket Width - Multi-Purpose:
112.91 in / 2868 mm

Operating Specifications

Maximum Travel Speed:
6.8 mile/h / 11 km/h

Ripper Specifications

Type:
Parallelogram
Overall Width/Beam:
86.6 in / 2200 mm
Shank Cross Section:
74 x 175 mm 2.9 x 6.9 in
Ground Clearance:
34.96 in / 888 mm
Penetration:
15.6 in / 397 mm
Ripping Width:
72.4 in / 1840 mm
Cylinders - Bore:
5.1 in / 130 mm
Cylinders - Stroke:
9.3 in / 236 mm
Addition to Machine Length Due to Ripper in Transportation Position:
23.1 in / 586 mm
Number of Pockets:
3
Penetration Force - Ground Level:
22500 lb / 100 kN
Ramp Angle:
28.5 ° / 28.5 °
Ripper Weight - With 3 Shanks:
3747.8 lb / 1700 kg

Standards

ROPS/FOPS:
ROPS/FOPS
Brakes:
Brakes
Cab:
Cab

Air Conditioning System

Air Conditioning:
The air conditioning system on this machine contains the fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerant R134a (Global Warming Potential = 1430). The system contains 1.9 kg of refrigerant which has a CO2 equivalent of 2.717 metric tonnes.