Unimog replaces a column of two vehicles at the Herter forestry operation.
Trier and Alzey are renowned for their well-kept green areas. The charming aspect is founded on professional workmanship. The professionals from the Herter forestry services company based in Treis-Karden by the Mosel river take care of the area's trees, shrubbery and green spaces. Managing director Lars Bogdanski is responsible for the company's operational deployment planning and vehicle fleet.
So it was also his decision to put into service a brand new Unimog, featuring lots of high-end additional equipment for tree and green space maintenance, for this year's new season. “We chose the Unimog because it replaces a convoy of two vehicles,” Lars Bogdanski explains. What is striking at first glance is the traffic guidance system mounted on the rear, which is mandatory on federal highways and rural roads. “Because of the traffic safety regulations, we previously had to take two vehicles on site,” the forestry expert explains.
When the Unimog is out on tree care work, there are usually two crew members onboard, to carry out multiple work steps simultaneously. In the tree felling season from October to March, the Schliesing high-performance wood chipper is particularly essential. It can handle logs up to 30 centimetres in diameter, blowing the wood chips straight into the tipper bed unit. The unit, which can be tilted to both sides, holds seven cubic metres. “That gives us flexibility when unloading, and allows us to manoeuvre in the tightest of spaces,” explains Bogdanski. The chipper is a real powerhouse. At its highest speed, it chips 10 cubic metres of solid wood in less than half an hour. The Unimog is equipped with a high-performance cable winch on the rear to satisfy its enormous “hunger” for wood. It pulls the cut logs to the vehicle immediately after felling, ready for chipping.