Completing the Cat® D-Series Track Loader lineup is the new 973D, featuring load-sensing hydraulics, joystick steering, new operator’s station (with tilting cab) and 10 percent more power than its 973C predecessor. The new loader carries on the 973C’s “all-purpose performer” reputation and retains much of its solid design, including the Cat C9 engine, hydrostatic drive, single-fabrication mainframe, Z-bar loader linkage and oscillating undercarriage. The 973D is a “one-machine workforce” with the features to take on the toughest jobs—at construction sites or in the harsh environments of steel mills, landfills, quarries and demolition sites.
Buyers also have a choice of loader controls—either joystick or two-lever. The 973C offered this choice, but loader controls for the new 973D are seat-mounted and electro-hydraulically actuated, compared with console-mounted and pilot-actuated (hydraulically assisted). The new seat-mounted, low-effort controls move with the operator as the seat is adjusted, transmit less vibration and provide extremely fast, precise hydraulic response.
The 8.8-liter, 263-net horsepower (196 kW) Cat C9 diesel engine, which meets U.S. EPA Tier-3 and European Union Stage IIIA standards, uses proprietary Caterpillar ACERT™ Technology for exceptional emissions-control and fuel-economy. A new on-demand, viscous-clutch cooling fan helps further lower fuel consumption and sound.
For more information about the Cat 973D Track Loader, customers should contact a local Cat dealer or visit www.cat.com.