The 444, launched at the Smopyc show in Zaragoza, Spain, this week is 5 tonnes bigger than Bobcat's current largest machine and will be the largest machine in the midi sector.
Norbert Donaberger, Bobcat's excavator business manager, said: ªIt is not designed to compete with standard machines of the 13 to 14-tonne size.
'This is a compact machine. There is a growing demand for midi excavators to deal with restricted city sites. The 444 offers a stable alternative to wheeled excavators. It could also take share from the backhoe.'
The 12.5-tonner incorporates a two-stage variable displacement hydrostatic transmission, load-sensing hydraulics and a 90 kW Deutz engine.
The standard monobloc boom gives a maximum dig depth of 4.33 m and a reach height of 6.3 m, while the two-piece articulated boom option provides 4.51 m and 6.92 m respectively.
The 444 has a width of 2,500 mm and a tail-swing radius of 1,370 mm.
Mr Donaberger said Bobcat would consider launching more midi machines.