Unimog U427: One for all

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Wave of enthusiasm.

Ever since he first sat at the wheel of the new Unimog U427 of the municipality of Bad St. Leonhard, Hannes Kois often gets carried away with enthusiasm. “It was like entering a completely new world,” he says. 

Clear as day that the Unimog also bears its driver's name. His name is Hannes.

Hannes Kois from Carinthia has known the Unimog for a long time, but the new version of the popular implement carrier now has “a completely different quality – that outshines everything else once again.” “With its auxiliary rear axle steering, the Unimog is more manoeuvrable in spite of the longer wheelbase,” Hannes Kois explains to us. He demonstrates this advantage to us right away in practice, mowing high up on the Schönberg mountain, high above the little town with its population of 4,500. He can take even the sharpest bends on the inside. Thanks to its powerful engine, the U427 stays on track. “You can't feel any jolting or delay,” says Hannes Kois, “just perfect.”

In his opinion, the Unimog's transferable steering is a good solution too. The steering column including instrument panel support and pedals can be quickly moved from left to right, so that the driver always has a perfect view of the working area. “We used to work together in pairs for mowing,” says Hannes Kois, “but now I'm on my own, and my workmate can get on with other jobs. For a borough like ours with a small number of employees, that's a saving of several hundred hours' work a year.”



“You can use this vehicle is so many different regions, there's no product from the competition that's as good.”

Hannes Kois


In his opinion, the Unimog's transferable steering is a good solution too. The steering column including instrument panel support and pedals can be quickly moved from left to right, so that the driver always has a perfect view of the working area.

“We used to work together in pairs for mowing,” says Hannes Kois, “but now I'm on my own, and my workmate can get on with other jobs. For a borough like ours with a small number of employees, that's a saving of several hundred hours' work a year.”


With the transferable steering, Hannes Krois always has a perfect view of the mounted work implements.

But the Unimog isn't only used for mowing: it's truly multi-talented. Starting with winter clearing operations, to transporting gravel, sweeping, or mowing with a number of different attachments. At the moment, the platform and the Mulag MFK 500 front boom mower are attached.

“You can use this vehicle is so many different regions, there's no product from the competition that's as good,” Hannes Kois, “there's nothing that comes close to the Unimog.” The all-wheel steering does the rest for manoeuvrability, and it can even do lateral axle displacement, in other words travel sideways. The steering can be set comfortably from the driver's seat.


The rear-view camera is an important detail for Hannes Kois too. “As it's mounted with a magnet, it's child's play to put it just where I need it. It's only a minor thing,” says the municipal worker, “but when you're working, it can mean a huge advantage that actually determines the high quality of the overall product.”

So it's the whole Unimog package that makes the difference. To say that Hannes Kois is enthusiastic would be a gross understatement.


Photos: Sebastian Freiler

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