Caterpillar unveils largest track loader - The powerful Cat 973
A track loader is the one machine that can do it all – clear, load, dig, carry, fill, and more – even in tough or slick ground conditions. The new Cat® 973 track loader combines unmatched versatility with up to 10 per cent better fuel efficiency, more productivity, cab improvements, and optional Payload technology. The 275 hp (205 kW) crawler loader has an operating weight of 65,901 lb (29,892 kg) and replaces the 973K worldwide. It joins the 953 (160 hp/119 kW) and 963 (202 hp/151 kW) in the Cat track loader line.

Operation made easy
The 973 is the largest track loader in the industry but still offers agility and ease of operation.  The updated cab features a suspension seat and adjustable armrests/controls. An intuitive 10-inch (254 mm) touchscreen dash display is easy to use and features a standard high-definition rearview camera. Slope Indicate helps make operation easier by showing the machine mainfall and cross slope right on the display.

Select joystick or V-lever and pedal steering for transmission controls and either joystick or two-lever implement controls. The joystick option provides familiar controls for operators experienced with skid steers/compact track loaders. With either control scheme, operators can set implement response – fine, normal, coarse – to match operator preference or application. Repetitive lift, lower, rack, dump, and float functions can be preset to make jobs like truck loading easier. Smoother implementation and steering response and improved steering performance provide more controllability.

More productivity + less fuel = Greater profit
The 973 is powered by a Cat C9.3B engine. Fuel consumption is reduced by up to 10 per cent with Auto Mode, which will adapt the engine speed to the load. Eco Mode will use an even lower speed for further reduction in fuel consumption in lighter-duty applications. Power Mode will keep engine speed high for a feel of readily available power at all times.

An optional Performance Series bucket boosts productivity by up to 20 per cent. An optional Fusionâ„¢ Quick Coupler enables fast attachment changes. A variety of buckets, forks and other tools can be shared among track loaders, wheel loaders, and other Fusion-compatible machines. Buckets come from the factory with Advansysâ„¢ bucket tips/adapter/locking system. Advansys tips are built for maximum productivity and the lowest bucket lifecycle cost. A hammerless retention system means safe, fast removal and installation without special tools.

Purpose-built low ground pressure (LGP), waste handling/demolition, and ship hold arrangements are factory-equipped with specialised undercarriage, guarding, and other features designed to take on the toughest tasks. The 973 Steel Mill package includes a specialized cab, insulated steel fuel tank, high-temperature undercarriage, and insulation throughout the machine, making it suitable for handling slag. 

Cat Payload
Cat Payload* technology delivers precise bucket load information with on-the-go weighing, which helps prevent over- or under-loading. More accurate loading reduces cycle times to help save time, labor, and fuel costs.

Connect to greater efficiency
Cat Equipment Management telematics technology helps take the complexity out of managing job sites – by gathering data generated by equipment, materials, and people – and serving it up in customisable formats.

  • Product Linkâ„¢ collects data automatically and accurately from equipment assets – any type and any brand – which can be viewed online through web and mobile applications.
  • Access information anytime, anywhere with VisionLink®. A Cat dealer can help con?gure a customised subscription, available with cellular or satellite reporting or both.
  • The Cat App helps manage assets – at any time – right from a smartphone.
  • Remote troubleshoot saves time and money by allowing Cat dealers to perform diagnostic testing remotely. Remote Flash updates on-board software without a technician being present, at a convenient time, potentially reducing update time by as much as 50 per cent.
  • Application profile and operator ID help save time by saving preferred machine settings.
  • Machine Security – Passcode provides an optional additional level of security by requiring an operator to enter an ID before the machine will start.

For more information about the 973, and the entire family of Cat track loaders, visit the local Cat dealer or







Engine Model

Cat® C7.1

Cat C7.1

Cat C9.3B


Meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final, EU Stage V, Korea Stage V,  China Nonroad Stage IV, Japan 2014 emission standards or Eurasian Economic Union Stage IIIA, UN ECE R96 Stage IIIA emission standards, equivalent to U.S. EPA Tier 3/EU Stage IIIA.

Net Power (1,800 rpm)







ISO 9249/SAEJ1349

119 kW

160 hp

151 kW

202 hp

205 kW

275 hp

ISO 9249 (DIN)

162 mhp


204 mhp


279 mhp


Operating Weights1



15 958 kg

35,181 lb

20 358 kg

44,881 lb

29 892 kg

65,901 lb

Ground Pressure – Standard Shoe

66 kPa

10 psi

63 kPa

9.1 psi

65.8 kPa

9.5 psi

Bucket Capacity2


General Purpose

1.8 m3

2.4 yd3

2.5 m3

3.2 yd3

3.2 m3

4.2 yd3

Performance Series

2.1 m3

2.7 yd3

2.8 m3

3.7 yd3

3.8 m3

5.0 yd3

General Purpose Fusion

1.8 m3

2.4 yd3

2.5 m3

3.2 yd3

3.2 m3

4.2 yd3