Manufactured By: Caterpillar

Category: Compact Track Loader

Model Number: 297C

TypeCompact Track Loader
Standard Flow22 GPM
High Flow33 GPM
Pressure3335PSI PSI
Hydraulic HP Standard Flow42. HP
Hydraulic HP High Flow78.2 HP
Engine HP94 HP
Width78 in.
Lift Capacity at 35%3005 lb.
Lift Capacity at 50%4200 lb.
Operating Weight10139 lb.
Tire Size


FOPSSAE J1043 SEPT87, ISO 3449:1992 Level I
FOPS Level IISAE J231 JAN81, ISO 3449:1992 Level II
ROPSSAE J1040 MAY94, ISO 3471:1994


Bucket Pin Height – Carry Position7.8 in (20 cm)
Bucket Pin Height – Maximum Lift10.8 ft (3 m)
Bucket Pin Reach – Maximum Lift14.9 in (38 cm)
Clearance at Max Lift and Dump8.2 ft (3 m)
Clearance at Maximum Lift and Dump97.9 in (249 cm)
Departure Angle35 °
Ground Clearance8.8 in (22 cm)
Height – Top of Cab7 ft (2 m)
Length – Track on Ground71.2 in (181 cm)
Length – with Bucket12.6 ft (4 m)
Length – With Bucket on Ground150.9 in (383 cm)
Length – Without Bucket122.6 in (311 cm)
Length – without Bucket10.3 ft (3 m)
Maximum Dump Angle51 °
Maximum Overall Height162 in (411 cm)
Maximum Reach – With Arms Parallel50.1 in (127 cm)
Overall Length – Track90 in (229 cm)
Rack Back Angle – Maximum Height83 °
Reach at Max Lift and Dump2.6 ft (1 m)
Reach at Maximum Lift/Dump30.2 in (77 cm)
Turn Radius from Center – Bucket91.8 in (233 cm)
Turn Radius from Center – Coupler58.5 in (149 cm)
Turn Radius from Center – Rear69.3 in (176 cm)
Turning Radius from Center – inc bucket91.8 in (233 cm)
Turning Radius from Center – machine rear69.3 in (176 cm)
Vehicle Width78 in (198 cm)
Width Over Tracks6.5 ft (2 m)


Bore3.7 in (9 cm)
Displacement201 cu in (0 m)
Engine ModelCat C3.4 DIT
Engine Power – ISO 1439693 hp (69 kw)
Gross Power94 hp (70 kw)
Gross Power – SAE J199594 hp (70 kw)
Net Power90 hp (67 kw)
Net Power – EEC 80/126991 hp (68 kw)
Net Power – ISO 9249 EEC91 hp (68 kw)
Net Power – SAE 134990 hp (67 kw)
Number of Cylinders4
Power Measured @2500 rpm
Stroke4.7 in (12 cm)

Hydraulic System

Hydraulic Flow (1)Standard
Hydraulic Flow (2)High Flow XPS
Hydraulic Power42.8 hp (32 kw)
Loader Hydraulic Flow22 gal/min (83 l/min)
Loader Hydraulic Pressure3335 psi
Maximum Loader Hydraulic Flow33 gal/min (125 l/min)
Maximum Loader Hydraulic Pressure4061 psi
Pump Flow22.2 gal/min (84 l/min)
Relief Valve Pressure3335.9 psi


Breakout Force7308 lbs (3,315 kg)
Bucket Capacity0.6 cu yds (0 m)
Operating Load4561 lbs (2,069 kg)
Tipping Angle8585 °

Operating Specifications

Alternator Supplied Amperage90 A
Breakout Force – Tilt Cylinder7308 lbs (3,315 kg)
Cooling System Fluid Capacity3.7 gal (14 l)
Engine Oil Capacity2.7 gal (10 l)
Fuel Capacity25.9 gal (98 l)
Ground Contact Area2542 cu in (0 m)
Ground Pressure4 psi
Hydraulic System Fluid Capacity15.1 gal (57 l)
Max Speed – high range9.3 mph (15 kph)
Max Speed – low range5.6 mph (9 kph)
Operating Voltage12 V V
Operating Weight10139 lbs (4,599 kg)
Rated Operating Capacities – 35% Tipping Load3005 lbs (1,363 kg)
Rated Operating Capacities – 50% Tipping Load4200 lbs (1,905 kg)
Rated Operating Capacity with Optional Counterweight4561 lbs (2,069 kg)
Tipping Load8585 lbs (3,894 kg)

Power Train

Travel Speed Forward5.6 mph (9 kph)
Travel Speed Forward – 2-Speed Option9.3 mph (15 kph)
Travel Speed Reverse5.6 mph (9 kph)
Travel Speed Reverse – 2-Speed Option9.3 mph (15 kph)

Service Refill Capacities

Cooling System3.7 gal (14 l)
Engine Crankcase2.6 gal (10 l)
Fuel Tank26 gal (98 l)
Hydraulic System15 gal (57 l)
Hydraulic Tank11 gal (42 l)


Ground Contact Area2542 cu in (0 m)
Ground Pressure4.1 psi
Length of Track on Ground6 ft (2 m)


Operating Weight10139 lbs (4,599 kg)