Unimog is Captain Versatility
Unimog Sales Australia is demonstrating the Unimog all-wheel-drive vehicle on the east coast of Australia as part of a push to popularise the vehicle in civilian applications.
The machine on show - a U400 - is fitted with a Mulag front-mounted reach mower and a demountable tank on the tray. The reach mower arm can also be used with a tunnel washing attachment, to increase the versatility of the Unimog.
The Unimog was conceived in 1942 and came under the Daimler-Benz umbrella in 1951. It is widely regarded as the ultimate production 4x4 working vehicle. Its high ground clearance, broad spread of gears and steep approach and departure angles reflect the 4x4 capabilities, while the hydraulic set-up (multiple take-off points and availability of front, mid-mounted and rear attachments) speak volumes for the versatility as a working vehicle.
However the Unimog can comfortably travel on the highway at 100 km/h, whereas tractors are potentially dangerous if travelling to undertake highway verge maintenance, or require a separate transport vehicle.
A feature of the Unimog in its role as a hydraulic tool carrier is a hydraulic torsion bar. With the mower arm having a reach of 7m and the full attachment weighing 1100kg, this imposes considerable weight on the tyre closest to the mower head, which shows when the torsion bar feature is disengaged. When this is re-engaged, the vehicle levels itself quickly with the flex in the tyre being the main indication of the forces involved.
The deep front windscreen of the Unimog, large mirrors and large rear window give the driver an excellent view of the implements – wherever they are.
The Unimog with Mulag attachments is designed as a one person vehicle, with the mower/tunnel cleaner operated using a joystick positioned beside the driver.
Unimog has the perfect solution for sales anywhere in the world and positioning the operator for best view of the attachment when working, by having the operator console able to slide from the right to the left side of the cab (similar to some asphalt rollers, pavers and profilers).
The Mulag attachment catalogue for the Unimog includes a range of flail and cutting heads, hedging attachments, a stump grinder, road brushes, washers and brushes for road signs, a ditch cleaner, an earth auger and a rotary rake. Vacuum collection systems can be fitted for collecting grass. There is even a mower on a swivel head, designed for working around posts.
However these are not the only attachments that can be used with a Unimog: they can be used for snow clearing, sweeping, fire fighting, hosting cranes and work platforms, mounting road/rail kits, even shunting 1000t trains. The attachments can be changed readily to suit seasonal applications.
The Unimog really is the Swiss Army Knife on (large) wheels!
For more information visit: www.unimog.com.au
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