"In my job, material is put through its paces: there are many
inclines and the forest tracks are not in a good condition," he
says. That is why, ten years ago, Geyer bought an Actros as a tractor
unit with which he has covered a total of 772,000 kilometres.
"And all that with the original engine and the original
clutch," he stresses. Pierre Geyer was so satisfied with his
Mercedes-Benz that he definitely wanted to buy another vehicle of the
same brand. Even if that meant waiting patiently for eighteen months
until the new Arocs with a top engine output of 460 kW had also been
approved in France. Once it had been thoroughly reworked, he was able
to continue using the loglift Hiab crane from the old tractor unit
with the Arocs 3363 – and the self-steering trailer, too.
Pierre knew exactly what sort of equipment he wanted on the new
tractor unit. It should have a window on the rear of the cab, a
fridge, a reversing camera and above all a catwalk above the wheel
arch on the driver's side which would give him access to the loading
crane behind the cab without him having to put one foot on the ground.
"The most important thing is to lose as little time as
possible," he explains whilst he quickly grasps the 18 metre-long
logs with the crane's jaws and lowers them gently onto the trailer.
"A high engine output is necessary for the same reason, so that
the heavily loaded tractor unit can quickly climb the many hills in
the Vosges region."