The Home Farm (Charlton) Estates fleet has a new Unimog, complete with Topcon advanced steering technologies.
In addition, the UGE U430 is one of the UK’s first Unimogs to be fitted with Comfort Steering.
This ergonomically-efficient electromotive power assistance system reduces steering force required at the wheel.
Furthermore, it is capable of adapting automatically to speed and driving conditions.
As a result, the new Unimog is easier to drive, even with heavy front-mounted implements.
Crucially, the system’s electronic architecture also means that the Unimog can be integrated with RTK GNSS (Real-Time Kinematic Global Navigation Satellite System) automated steering.
In other words, pinpoint positioning and control of vehicles is possible when undertaking tasks such as cultivation and harvesting.
Home Farm (Charlton) Estates owner, Ralph Castle, has run a Mercedes-Benz Unimog since 2017.
“Before placing my order [for a new Unimog] I tried versions with and without Comfort Steering,” he explained.
“It was immediately apparent that the system would make working with implements on rough ground much easier.
“However, the fact that we could also fit an automated steering package was even more important to me.”
Castle chose the Topcon XD+ system, which was installed by LH Agro, of St Ives, Cambridgeshire.
Not only does this offer an automated steering capability, it also enables implements to be monitored and controlled.
This process is carried out via Isobus, using the 12.1in touchscreen console in the cab.
“When you run a Unimog, the more you use it the more you realise there are extra things it can do,” noted Castle.
“We bought the first one just for transport around the farm.
“Our land is spread across quite a few miles, so we needed a vehicle that allowed us to get around quickly.”
Concluding, Castle said he was as impressed with the Unimog on the road, as off road.