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Shiphold/Port Handling Track Loaders

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973D SH Shiphold/Port Handling

Time is money. Optimizing the unloading time is what it is all about when it comes to machine selection. You can load many types of machines inside a shiphold but none would provide the perfect match for the application as the Track-Type Loader can thanks to the combination of tracks giving traction, loader arm for the reach and engine at back for the machine balance.

Product Details


Net Flywheel Power 196 kW
Bore 112 mm
Displacement 8.8 l
Engine Model Cat® C9 ACERT™
Net Power 196 kW
Regulations Rating at 1,900 rpm
Stroke 149 mm


Operating Weight - GP Bucket with Teeth 28058 kg
Operating Weight - Trim Blade All Material 28161 kg
Operating Weight - With GP Bucket and Teeth 28058 kg
Operating Weight - With Trim Blade 28161 kg


Ground Pressure - Optional Shoe 69.5 kPa
Ground Pressure - Standard Shoe 85.5 kPa
Ground Pressure - Standard Shoe with Trim Blade 85.7 kPa
Grouser Height - Double Grouser 49 mm
Track Shoe Type Double Grouser with or without center hole
Track Shoe Width - Optional 675 mm
Track Shoe Width - Standard 550 mm

Drive System

Drive Pump Two, variable-displacement, slipper-type axial piston pumps
Relief Valve Setting 45000 kPa
Track Motor Two, variable displacement, bent axis motors
Type Drive System Hydrostatic drive with infinite machine speeds to 10.0 km/h (6.2 mph)

Main Service Refills

Cooling System 44 l
Fuel Tank 621 l
Hydraulic Tank 189 l


Capacity - GP 3.21 m³
Bucket Width - General Purpose 2910 mm
Bucket Width - Multi-Purpose 2868 mm
Capacity - General Purpose 3.21 m³
Capacity - MP 3.05 m³
Capacity - Multi-Purpose 3.05 m³


Trim Blade Capacity - All Material 3.57 m³
Trim Blade Capacity - Coal Can be designed at order

Trim Blade

Capacity - All Material 3.57 m³

Track-Type Loaders

Shiphold/Port Handling

Infinite Variable Speeds (hydrostatic transmission)

  • Smooth controls, more operator comfort
  • Increased operator productivity

Joysticks for Transmission and Work Tools

  • Easy to maneuver
  • Intuitive controls minimize training requirements

High Reach Work Tool

  • Loader arm allows cleaning of the walls of the hold
  • Increases versatility of the machine

Track-Type Undercarriage

  • Low ground pressure for better traction in some materials
  • Several shoe widths available or can be manufactured at order to meet customer requirements
  • Optional center hole shoes reduce track packing and track chain tightening which extends undercarriage life

Lifting Eyes

  • Front eyes welded on the Track Roller Frame (TRF)
  • Rear eyes mounted on the main frame
  • Wide spacing for good stability during lifting


  • Sound suppressed cab and air suspended seat reduce operator fatigue and increase concentration
  • The sound levels measured per ISO 6396 reach 77 dB(A) for 973D


  • Large windows all around operator and clipped engine enclosure provide excellent view to the environment and the work tool
  • Day and night operations are lighted with 8 halogen lights: 4 lights facing frontward, 2 lights facing rearward and 2 facing sideways

Rear Engine and Cooling System Location

  • Improved machine balance
  • Engine less exposed to dust, increase engine life
  • Limit plugging of radiator core
  • Better visibility at front
  • Reduce O&O cost

Reversing Fan

  • The air flow can be either automatically or manually reversed. Maintains proper heat transfer by blowing material out of the radiator core.
  • The hinged radiator grill gives easy access to the cooling system of the machine

Heavy Duty Bumper

  • Gives outstanding protection for the rear of the machine
  • Cooling system is well protected in case of accidental impacts with a wall of the shiphold

Maintenance and Serviceability

  • Filters and other systems are accessible from the ground on each side of the machine
  • Cab can be tilted 90° with a crane or 30° with a hydraulic jack allowing job site repair
  • Makes the maintenance of the machine easier for engine or hydraulic components

Engine Air Precleaner

  • Debris is centrifugally removed from the airstream and delivers cleaner air to the engine filter
  • Air filter life is extended

Work Tools and Optional Equipment

Designed to meet your needs

Work Tool Options

  • Pin-on trim blade for all material
  • Pin-on trim blade for coal
  • Pin-on general purpose bucket
  • Pin-on multi purpose bucket

For additional information on the Track-Type Loader D series, please refer to the 953D, 963D and 973D specalogs.


When the attachments are available a typical Track-Type Loader working in the shiphold/port handling application needs to be equipped with the following recommended features:
  • Four lifting eyes
  • Joystick for the transmission control
  • Front guard for hydraulic tank
  • Guards for lift and tilt cylinders
  • Guard for the track rollers
  • Heavy duty bumper
  • Reversing fan
  • Engine air precleaner
  • E-SALT tracks equipped with center hole shoes
  • Trim blade or bucket (with or without quick coupler)
  • Lights facing forward, backward and sideways
  • Windshield sealed
  • Hydraulic tilt cab system

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