Manufactured By: Caterpillar

Category: Compact Track Loader

Model Number: 297D

TypeCompact Track Loader
Standard Flow23 GPM
High Flow32 GPM
Pressure3335PSI PSI
Hydraulic HP Standard Flow44 HP
Hydraulic HP High Flow76 HP
Engine HP95 HP
Width76.2 in.
Lift Capacity at 35%3185 lb.
Lift Capacity at 50%4550 lb.
Operating Weight10120 lb.
Tire Size


FOPSISO 3449:2005 Level I
FOPS Level IIISO 3449:2005 Level II
ROPSISO 3471:2008


Bucket Pin Height – Carry Position7.5 in (19 cm)
Bucket Pin Height – Maximum Lift10.5 ft (3 m)
Bucket Pin Reach – Maximum Lift15.6 in (40 cm)
Clearance at Maximum Lift and Dump94.3 in (240 cm)
Departure Angle31 °
Ground Clearance0.8 ft in (2 cm)
Height – Top of Cab7 ft (2 m)
Length – Track on Ground71.1 in (181 cm)
Length – With Bucket on Ground152.2 in (387 cm)
Length – Without Bucket124.2 in (315 cm)
Maximum Dump Angle52 °
Maximum Overall Height158.4 in (402 cm)
Maximum Reach – With Arms Parallel50.1 in (127 cm)
Overall Length – Track90 in (229 cm)
Rack Back Angle – Maximum Height83 °
Reach at Maximum Lift/Dump30.6 in (78 cm)
Turn Radius from Center – Bucket91.7 in (233 cm)
Turn Radius from Center – Coupler57.9 in (147 cm)
Turn Radius from Center – Rear73.2 in (186 cm)
Vehicle Width76.2 in (194 cm)


Bore3.9 in (10 cm)
Displacement232 cu in (0 m)
Engine ModelCat C3.8 DIT (Turbo)
Gross Power – SAE J199598 hp (73 kw)
Net Power95 hp (71 kw)
Net Power – ISO 9249 EEC71 hp (53 kw)
Net Power – SAE 134971 hp (53 kw)
Stroke4.7 in (12 cm)

Hydraulic System

Hydraulic Flow (1)Standard
Hydraulic Flow (2)High Flow XPS
Hydraulic Power44 hp (33 kw)
Hydraulic Power – Calculated76 hp (57 kw)
Loader Hydraulic Flow23 gal/min (87 l/min)
Loader Hydraulic Pressure3335 psi
Maximum Loader Hydraulic Flow32 gal/min (121 l/min)
Maximum Loader Hydraulic Pressure4061 psi


Operating Load Rating3185 lbs (1,445 kg)
Operating Width78 in (198 cm)

Operating Specifications

Breakout Force – Tilt Cylinder7491 lbs (3,398 kg)
Ground Contact Area2233 cu in (0 m)
Ground Pressure4.5 psi
Rated Operating Capacities – 35% Tipping Load3185 lbs (1,445 kg)
Rated Operating Capacities – 50% Tipping Load4550 lbs (2,064 kg)
Rated Operating Capacity with Optional Counterweight4800 lbs (2,177 kg)
Tipping Load9100 lbs (4,128 kg)

Power Train

Travel Speed Forward5.9 mph (9 kph)
Travel Speed Forward – 2-Speed Option9.4 mph (15 kph)
Travel Speed Reverse5.9 mph (9 kph)
Travel Speed Reverse – 2-Speed Option9.4 mph (15 kph)

Service Refill Capacities

Cooling System4.1 gal (16 l)
Engine Crankcase3.5 gal (13 l)
Fuel Tank32.2 gal (122 l)
Hydraulic System14.5 gal (55 l)
Hydraulic Tank10.3 gal (39 l)