Blue miracle on the green island.

Fertilising fields in New Zealand with the Zetros.

The green island: that's the name New Zealand is often given by New Zealanders and tourists alike. And quite right too, because the group of islands has a spectacular range of flora and fauna. And what is important for these ideal conditions to be retained for a long time to support high-yielding agriculture: responsible use of resources and technical solutions for sustainable farming. That is why contractor Philip Wareing relies on the Zetros.

Made for rough terrain.

As true Kiwis, Philip Wareing and his team know all about the challenges of the terrain on New Zealand's South Island. The countryside is incomparably beautiful, and one particular feature is its extremely steep unmetalled roads which few trucks can navigate. One of the most outstanding of those few is the Mercedes-Benz Zetros, which thanks to its excellent offroad competence can also cope with the most extreme challenges. Philip Wareing, whose company specialises in spreading fertiliser and in freight transport, has four of these special trucks with the striking bonnet in his fleet.

Gentle giant.

The Managing Director of Philip Wareing Ltd cares a lot about his land and about maintaining it. Interfering with nature should be restricted to what is absolutely necessary. All work that needs to be done should be dealt with quickly and at the same time with care and attention. For spreading fertiliser, this means: keeping the number of journeys to a minimum. It's an easy task for the Zetros. Thanks to its large capacity, up to 6 t of fertiliser can be transported on each trip. That's about the quantity needed for an area of up to 120 hectares, depending on the type of fertiliser and the desired amount.

With its hilly countryside and wide variety of types of soil, the South Island of New Zealand is a real challenge for agricultural vehicles.
Fording water is an everyday experience for Philip Wareing Ltd's drivers, as are dusty tracks.
With its capacity of up to 6 tonnes, the fertiliser container enables 120 hectares of land to be covered per trip.
Not only the blue paintwork makes the Zetros real eyecatchers: on the truck the Philip Wareing Ltd logos stand out clearly.
Longer transport trips with the Zetros are no problem. Thanks to the low seating position behind the front axle, the driver is reliably protected from strain that can come from high vibration and shaking.
Whether as a member of the pack or a loner: the Zetros is indefatigable in agricultural work.
With its hilly countryside and wide variety of types of soil, the South Island of New Zealand is a real challenge for agricultural vehicles.
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Ready for the challenges of the agricultural industry.

Because of the need to be profitable, agricultural work is uncompromising in matters of efficiency and availability. High output and quality are key qualities of agricultural vehicles. Philip Wareing Ltd's four new 240 kW (326 hp) strong Zetros tick all the boxes. Equipped with permanent all-wheel drive and steel-sprung 13-t planetary hub reduction axles with drum brakes, the robust short-nosed trucks are really tough. The Zetros even easily manages angles of approach up to 35° in the hilly terrain of New Zealand's South Island.

Zetros in agricultural operation in New Zealand

Jeff Gliddon, a driver for Philip Wareing Ltd, has been driving high-performance machines of this calibre for his company for over 25 years on farmed fields. He can't stop praising the Zetros: "I'm surprised every time at how comfortable the Zetros is. The handling on steep slopes is excellent, which clearly enhances the feeling of safety."

I'm surprised every time at how comfortable the Zetros is. The handling on steep slopes is excellent, which clearly enhances the feeling of safety.

Jeff Gliddon, Driver, Philip Wareing Ltd

Because contractors like Philip Wareing cannot afford costly downtimes, a reliable source of spare parts is an equally crucial factor when purchasing a vehicle. The Managing Director relies on the large Mercedes-Benz service network, which includes more than 5,000 certified repair workshops worldwide. In an emergency, parts can be acquired from them rapidly.

Precision work, even for body assembly.

"Network" is an important key word for Philip Wareing when it comes to equipping his vehicles. Innumerable body options make the Zetros an ideal base vehicle for a wide range of applications. For the contractor, Engineering Repairs Ltd from Ashburton developed the right solution. The fitted fertiliser containers can distribute lime and granular fertiliser, and also urea. Philip Wareing and his team want to make sure that the company's agricultural land and pastures retain the green colour typical for New Zealand.

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