Fruit harvest with the Unimog at Agrartransporte Lauber.
Salem in southern Germany is a parish near Lake Constance which is best known as a state-approved health resort. From mid-August to mid-November, it's the peak season here. And that's also the case for the apple harvest.
Stefan Stengele is the Managing Director at Agrartransporte Lauber. And since the company was founded in the 1980s, there's one farm hand which has always been present: the Unimog. It has undergone what can only be described as a long acid test, which the special truck with the three-pointed star clearly passed with flying colours time and time again.
All-round use on the fruit farms.
Everything started with a Unimog U 406. A little later, a Unimog U 1700 and a Unimog U 2150 joined the club. Currently, Stefan Stengele has four of the special trucks in his fleet: two Unimog U 400 and two new Unimog U 430 models. And they're in daily use because the fruit season is pretty much an all-year-round job. Besides apples, the efficient all-rounders also transport pears, berries and plums from the surrounding farmyards and plantations to a range of warehousing locations.
The farms are often very tight. Frequent manoeuvring and reversing are the order of the day. No problem for the Unimog. With such challenges, the agile special truck with its good all-round visibility can play to its strengths to the full.