In operation all year round – wherever the Unimog is required.
In the picturesque surroundings of the Franconian wine-growing area, Norbert Eusemann covers a broad range of tasks with his Unimog U 400. Many of his jobs change with the seasons. In spring and summer, the experienced driver transports almost everything that the branch needs to maintain the waterways with the Unimog – particularly large armour stones, but also sand and gravel. The material is stored centrally and when required is picked up with a trailer and brought to the section where it is needed. Up to 9 t can be transported in this way.
From November to March, trees and shrubs have to be cut back. Norbert Eusemann frees the channel of the Main and the Main canal from obstructing branches using a crane body and a winch. And in winter this reliable team frees roads with a snow plough.
Prepared for an emergency in seconds.
And then there are also emergencies. Large-scale damage must be tackled quickly. The Unimog is used on the banks of the river to tow stranded vehicles. During such operations, Norbert Eusemann doesn't only benefit from the power of the Unimog, but also from the vehicle's off-road capability. "The terrain along the Altmain river in Volkach is not easily accessible in parts", the Unimog fan explains. "A regular truck would have no chance."
Long maintenance intervals, few downtimes.
Despite intensive operations and more than 180,000 driven kilometres, Norbert Eusemann rarely sees his Unimog in the workshop. "We have absolutely no problems with the Unimog," the man from Franconia says. "No big repairs have been necessary since it was purchased eight years ago." As a result, expensive downtimes have been reduced to a minimum.
Norbert Eusemann only drives to Herold in Würzburg, 30 km away, for the usual maintenance work every 1200 operating hours. The Unimog driver is very satisfied with the Unimog service partner there: "Everything goes off without a hitch – from sales to the spare parts store and the workshop. We're in very good hands."
According to Norbert Eusemann his experience with regard to the availability of parts for his first three Unimog which he drove prior to this one was also very positive: "When our service partner orders spare parts in the morning, they are generally there by the afternoon."
Minimum wear thanks to an economic driving style.
Norbert Eusemann considers very little wear as one of the factors for rare visits to the workshop. As a result from day one, his Unimog U 400 has had the same brake discs and brakepads even after 8000 operating hours. According to the Franconian, the decisive reason for this is the fitting accuracy of the GenuineParts. And not least due to an economic driving style.
The Unimog driver skilfully uses the engine brake, making sure that he drives at a favourable engine speed. Using the techniques that he learned during driver training at the Unimog plant, he is hoping to achieve a personal goal: he wants to drive his Unimog U 400 another eight years – until he retires. But involvement in the Unimog probably won't end there for Norbert Eusemann. This is because he is also busy with the all-rounder on a private level too; he visits events and even owns his own Unimog.