Caterpillar 973 Track Loader Offers Versatile Applications on Tough Jobsites


The new Cat 973 Track Loader combines versatility, cab improvements and optional Payload technology. The 275 hp (205 kW) crawler loader has an operating weight of 65,901 lbs. (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.


The 973 offers an updated cab that features a suspension seat and adjustable armrests/controls. An intuitive 10-in. (254 mm) touchscreen dash display features a standard High Definition rearview camera. Slope Indicate shows machine mainfall and cross slope right on the display.

Select joystick or V-lever and pedal steering for transmission controls and either joystick or 2-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 or coarse – to match operator preference or application. Repetitive lift, lower, rack, dump and float functions can be preset to support jobs like truck loading. Smooth implement and steering response and improved steering performance provide controllability.


The 973 is powered by a Cat C9.3B engine. Fuel consumption is reduced up to 10 percent with the Auto Mode that will adapt the engine speed to the load. Eco Mode will use even lower speed 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 operation on. An optional Fusion 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 Advansys bucket tips/adapter/locking system. 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 specialized undercarriage, guarding and other features designed to take on tough 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. 

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Caterpillar 973.

Cat Payload and Telematics

Cat Payload technology delivers precise bucket load information with on-the-go weighing, which helps prevent over- or under-loading.

Cat Equipment Management telematics technology helps take the complexity out of managing jobsites – by gathering data generated by equipment, materials and people – and serving it up in customizable formats.

  • Product Link collects data automatically from equipment assets, which can be viewed online through web and mobile applications.
  • Access information anytime, anywhere with VisionLink. A Cat dealer can help configure a customized subscription, available with cellular or satellite reporting or both.
  • The Cat App helps manage assets from a smartphone.
  • Remote Troubleshoot allows 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 percent.
  • Application Profile and Operator ID help save time by saving preferred machine settings.
  • Passcode provides an optional additional level of security by requiring an operator to enter an ID before the machine will start.

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