New Mercedes-Benz Unimog U530 will work on UK's smart motorways

Will Shiers
September 9, 2019


Landscape maintenance and arboriculture specialist Acorn Environmental Management Group has taken delivery of its first Mercedes-Benz Unimog.

The Rygor Commercials-supplied U530 implement carrier, which tows a US-built FINN T75T HydroSeeder, will be used to discharge gel-protected seed and fertilizers under high pressure over a distance of up to 90 feet.

Redditch-based Acorn Environmental has contracts to seed the banks and verges on Britain’s growing network of smart motorways. It has completed projects on the M1 and M5, and is currently working on the M6 as a sub-contractor to the Balfour Beatty Vinci joint venture.

The operator has previously relied on agricultural tractors to fulfil this role. However, as MD Kevin O’Rourke revealed, there was a significant drawback to doing so.“Tractors are not permitted to operate on the motorway, so must always remain within the traffic management area,” he said. “This meant that when we ran out of water we needed bowser wagons to come in and fill us up, which often entailed frustrating delays as well as the obvious additional costs.

“With the Unimog, that’s all behind us. The truck is superb on rough ground, of course, but unlike a tractor it’s also capable of achieving on-road speeds of 56mph. As a result, when we need more water for the hydroseeder’s 700-gallon tank we can just exit the traffic management area and travel back to the source at the main depot to refill.”

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Will Shiers

Will has been the editor of Commercial Motor magazine since 2011 and is the UK jury member of the International Truck of the Year.

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