It’s been almost 60 years since the Mercedes Unimog made its appearance and through the decades, these practically unstoppable 4-wheel drive truck has endeared itself to its various owners. In the case of Autotechnik Seiner, their Unimog is used for hauling timber. Using a crane fitted to the Unimog’s structure, the operator of the Unimog then loads a trailer connected to the truck to load its cargo. In using roll-off containers to haul the timber, Seiner explains his logic, “In this way no difficulties arise when securing a load with two metre trunks lying crosswise to the direction of the road; also it is virtually impossible to overload the vehicle and there are a lot fewer empty runs as there is always scrap metal, rubble or other debris to be carried on the return journey.”
Even with rising fuel prices, operating costs are comparatively lower, since the Unimog U400 uses a 4.2 liter engine that uses diesel for its fuel. Consumption is 11 liters per hour of operation. In a testament to its versatility, the Unimog is also used to clean roads, mow verges and green areas, build trails, act as a utility truck on construction sites and tow cars.