The U 423 is the latest member of the Unimog family at the landscaping company Feind in Lübben
Landscaping specialist Reinhardt Feind has been operating Unimog vehicles since his company was set up in 1990. He regards his new U 423 with the innovative drive system EasyDrive as a quantum leap.
"That really was long overdue,” says Reinhardt Feind to Bernd Hänsel, his sales consultant at the Unimog General Distributor Endres Bruhns in Berlin. And if Hänsel were not standing two steps away he would probably also be giving him a highly appreciative pat on the back. What puts Feind in such good spirits is the newly developed synergetic drive system EasyDrive in his new Unimog. It’s optionally available in all Unimog implement carriers, in Feind’s U 423 too. “For us, this is the most important innovation,” says Feind. “We can fix the rpm setting of the respective implement and then set the vehicle’s driving speed independently of that figure. This makes life a lot easier for the driver,” explains the landscaping operator, who set up his company in Lübben south of Berlin in 1990. Since then, Feind and his employees have developed a growing affinity to the Unimog that only its users can really understand.
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“The very first vehicle was an MB Trac, but the first Unimog 1400 came in 1992,” Feind recalls. Both ‘veterans’ are still in service in Feind’s company after more than 20 years. The 1400 was followed by the representatives of what were the respectively latest Unimog generations, so the landscaping company has a complete collection of the Unimog models of the past 24 years at its disposal. And even though he loves all models, the new Unimog U 423 is already the prized possession in his collection: “Thanks to the hydrostatic drive the driver can fully concentrate on working with the respective implement and hardly has to bother any more about the driving. He can set the speed via the column stalk, with the joystick or with the accelerator pedal. In addition, the steering wheel can be repositioned for roadside work. Our drivers therefore can pick the operating position that is the most ergonomic for them,” says Feind. A further feature is also popular with the Feind drivers: with the hydrostatic drive it’s no longer necessary to stop the vehicle to switch from implement operation mode to driving mode.
Mowers for verges, shredders, embankment builders, planting machines and snow ploughs for winter maintenance - there are countless implements standing in depots that are first brought to life by the Unimog. Feind's company is the indispensable helper for road maintenance and road construction companies as well as water management and nature conservation associations all over Germany. "Without the Unimog and its special capabilities I would never have been able to build up my business," says Feind, looking back on the company's success story.