973D Waste Handler

973D Waste Handler

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Caterpillar built its first track loader in 1955. With its pedigree for digging, the track loader has excavated millions of building foundations all over the globe. It wasn’t long before customers demanded that the strength and versatility of this machine be adapted to the forestry, demolition, steel mill and waste industries. With Caterpillar built and designed waste handling features, the track loader is now considered the second most useful machines in a landfill (after the compactor). The Cat® 973D is the largest, most powerful track loader in the world, and it’s the safest, most environmentally friendly and efficient track loader Caterpillar has ever built. Put it to work in waste, it’s designed for it. Read on for more information on the 973D’s waste handling attributes, and how they can benefit your operation.


Engine Model
Cat® C9 ACERT™
Flywheel Power
263.0 hp


Track Shoe Width - Standard
21.6 in
Track Shoe Width - Optional
26.6 in
Track Gauge
85.0 in
Ground Pressure - Standard Shoe
12.4 psi
Ground Pressure - Optional Shoe
10.1 psi
Track Shoe Type
Double Grouser, Extreme Service

Drive System

Drive Pump
Two, variable-displacement, slipper-type axial piston pumps
Maximum System Pressure
6527.0 psi
Track Motor
Two, variable-displacement, bent axis piston motors
Hydrostatic drive with infinite machine speeds up to 11 km/h (6.8 mph)

Hydraulic System - Implement

Cycle Time - Dump
1.4 Seconds
Cycle Time - Raise
6.5 Seconds
Float Down
2.7 Seconds
Output - Maximum
91.4 gal/min
Relief Valve Setting
3988.0 psi
Closed Center Load Sensing

Service Refill Capacities

Fuel Tank
164.0 gal
Cooling System
11.6 gal
Hydraulic Tank
49.9 gal

Electrical System

95 amp, Heavy-Duty, Brushless
Battery Capacity
1400 CCA
Battery Quantity
Battery Voltage
24V DC


Operating Weight
65157.0 lb


Capacity - General Purpose Landfill
6.4 yd3
Capacity - General Purpose
4.2 yd3
Capacity - Multi-Purpose Landfill
6.0 yd3
Capacity - Multi-Purpose
3.92 yd3
Width - General Purpose Landfill
114.56 in
Width - General Purpose
114.56 in
Width - Multi-Purpose Landfill
112.91 in
Width - Multi-Purpose
112.91 in

Ripper Specifications

Number of Pockets
Overall Width/Beam
86.6 in
15.6 in
Ripping Width
72.4 in



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.