Nov. 10, 2021 – I had the opportunity to attend Caterpillar’s annual Year-End Press Event in Peoria, Ill., where they featured the next-generation 972 front-end loader. The company stated that the machine offers significant fuel savings while lowering long-term costs. It features up to a 20% reduction in maintenance costs. It meets emission standards and is designed to improve fuel economy without interrupting performance. The reliability, durability and versatility results in a machine that is better built to meet the needs of aggregates producers, the company stated. Other features include:
- The Cat C9.3 engine offers increased power density with a combination of proven electronic fuel and air systems.
- Equipped with automatic Cat regeneration system, Cat clean emissions module (CEM) with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank and pump (Tier 4 Final, Stage IV, and Stage V only).
- Features an electric fuel priming pump and a fuel/water separator. Thorough component design and machine validation processes result in unmatched reliability and uptime.
Cat’s Scott Schmidgall gave an overview of the machine at Cat’s Edwards Demonstration Center.