Unimog U 530: Agricultural work with Raiffeisen.
For agricultural products cooperative Raiffeisen-Warengenossenschaft Hildburghausen, a member of the Saxony/Thuringia regional agroservice association, it's literally all about growth: Because the organisation's customers are farmers, who rely on achieving good harvest yields.
Good crop growth: Unimog U 530 with all-wheel drive and a manure spreader.
Powerfully yet carefully, the new all-rounder in the fleet of agricultural products cooperative Raiffeisen-Warengenossenschaft Hildburghausen circles around a field near the town of Hildburghausen in Thuringia. The fact that it is operating here and now is mainly down to the determination of the organisation's managing director Eberhard Tanzberger. It was about three years ago that he Morlockand a number of colleagues from around eastern Germany visited the Mercedes-Benz factory in Wörth in order to find a technical solution to a challenge his customers had set him.
The objective was to acquire a high-performance vehicle for manure spreading which in Tanzberger's experience would be more suitable than the self-driving unit that was in use at the time. And Raiffeisen was impressed by the Unimog U 500 already forming part of its fleet. In addition, Eberhard Tanzberger was looking for a vehicle that would destroy as little crop as possible when spreading at 18 metre width – both on the straight and when manoeuvring.
Future-oriented extras that inspire.
Last August, following an intensive period of consultation, the day finally came: the spreading expert took delivery of his Unimog U 530. The optional extras built-in to his vehicle are ground-breakers in the industry: a steerable rear axle for easy turning in the field, together with the latest-generation tyre pressure control system. The vehicle also features a new radiator layout which means it will not grind to a halt even in extremely dusty conditions. And there is also an on-board data port to manage the high-tech spreading equipment
Further reading: Unimog in agriculture. That's how efficiency works.
And so Eberhard Tanzberger gazes proudly at the green-coloured newcomer to the fleet. "The systems we have at our disposal will deliver a completely new boost to our manure spreading operations – and that is something that many colleagues would be thrilled to have," the expert sums up. An equally important factor for the fleet manager is the fact that he will be able to run his new Unimog at full capacity all year round. The reason is that, while a self-driving unit can only be used for field work, the Unimog provides a high-performance ice and snow clearing facility in the winter months. Eberhard Tanzberger: "Here in the hilly region of the Thuringian forest we often get lots of snow. So we have plenty to do, clearing and spreading in the winter months, when there is no field work."