Biofuel Energy Development Mog Leaves for Pastures
Here's our longest serving mechanic Phil, expertly positioning this Unimog U1500 onto a low loader trailer. It has been fitted with 2 HD front springs and a shiny new heavy duty AV front linkage. The mog is part of a very special research project involving crop trials and is now going to be fitted with a front mounted harvesting machine which will attach to the front linkage. A test rig will also be fitted to the x-frame to test and weigh the crop harvested.
The trials begin the development of a plant called Miscanthus which is similar to bamboo and from which biofuels can be produced. The main attraction with this particular plant is that it will grow quite happily on unfarmed land (i.e. on moors and upland areas) leaving flat arable land for food production.
We have added a hydrostatic transmission as the mog will be doing a lot of stop-start work and this will help to reduce driver fatigue and clutch wear. The Unimog set up will have improved manoeuvrability compared to a similarly equipped tractor and the driver is much closer to the harvesting head so can work much more accurately.