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  • General Arrow

    • Buy the best condition Unimog that you can afford.
    • Decide on the features & equipment which you MUST have against those which are desirable. Whilst it is possible to add equipment to a basic Unimog the costs mount up. Make sure that the Unimog ticks as many boxes as possible.
    • Remember that some items such as front 3 point linkages are suitable for DIY fitting so can be bought some months or years after the initial Unimog purchase thereby spreading the cost.
    • The year, kms or hours are much less important than the history of the Unimog and the maintenance it has had.
    • Beware the “ebay bargain”! If buying a Unimog outside Atkinson Vos you should budget some money to carry out repairs & renovation.
    • Try to keep expectations realistic and don’t cram too much onto one vehicle otherwise you can end up with a vehicle which is jack of all trades but master of none. Our experience with these “all-singing-all-dancing” vehicles is that they cost a lot to build and rarely live up to expectations

    The flexible chassis which allows excellent off road performance and the portal axles which give good ground clearance whilst maintaining a low centre of gravity are cornerstones of Unimog design.

    All Unimogs are four wheel drive and have differential locks which can be engaged whilst driving and can be used throughout the speed range.

    One of the first decisions to make is which Unimog model range best suits your job.

  • U900/1100 Arrow

    Agricultural versions with PTOs and three point linkages command a price premium.  

    Double cab versions are rare and are much more desirable and expensive than single cab versions.

     Pros

    Lots of character

    • Highly manouverable vehicle.
    • Practical enough to use regularly
    • 45mph cruising speed with standard axle ratio.
    • Lots of upgrade options available.
    • Excellent parts availability.
    • Values are increasing.

    Cons

    • Gearbox is less robust than later models and can be expensive to repair.
    • Cabs suffer from rust and are more complicated to repair than later models.
    • Limited supply of vehicles in good condition.
    • Restoration of a vehicle in poor condition can be expensive.
    • Only 2 seats in single cab.

    Only left hand drive so not suitable for export to some countries.

  • Square Cab or SBU Models Arrow

    These are the most common Unimog models. They combine practicality with the iconic Unimog looks.

    Agricultural versions with PTOs and three point linkages command a price premium.

    Double cab versions are rare and are much more desirable and expensive than single cab versions.

    Pros

    • Great value for money.
    • Good supply of vehicles in a broad range of price and specification.
    • Practical enough to use everyday.
    • 3 seats in single cab.
    • 55mph+ cruising speed with standard axle ratio.
    • Lots of upgrade options available.
    • 100% parts availability including many used & reconditioned parts.
    • Right or left hand drive available.
    • Minimal depreciation.

    Cons

    • Less character than older models.
    • Restoration or repair of a vehicle in poor condition can be expensive
  • UGN models U300-500 Arrow

    These vehicles are becoming more available on the used market and depending on your intended use can offer great value for money. However agricultural versions are very rare & usually very expensive.

    Pros

    • Good supply of vehicles.
    • More comfortable & refined in the cab than older models.
    • More suited to front mount equipment.
    • CANbus technology for control of implements & equipment.
    • Better for heavy towing than older models.
    • 56mph cruising speed.
    • Some upgrade options available.
    • Fibre-composite cab construction so no rust problems on cab.
    • 100% parts availability including used and reconditioned parts.
    • Right or left hand drive available.
    • Low depreciation.

    Cons

    • Less character than older models.
    • Electronics make them less DIY friendly and less suitable for use in isolated areas where a workshop is not easily accessible.
    • Adding additional equipment to a basic Unimog is expensive.
    • Little interchangeability of parts and equipment/implements with older models.
  • Agriculture Arrow

    Consider the drawbar weight of any trailers you want to tow. As the Unimog is sprung all round it does not respond to a load imposing drawbar like a tractor. Careful loading of the trailer will improve matters but a Unimog will always tow better with a balanced trailer.

    If you intend to tow over 10000Kgs regularly then you will need to focus on the heavier duty Unimog series; SBU models U1300-2400 & UGN models U400 & U500.

    The Unimog engine revs more freely and the power is delivered differently to a tractor so they are much more suitable for use on the road.

    Typically a Unimog will use about 50% of the diesel used by a tractor of similar horsepower so the cost savings are significant.

    The three person cab means that you can legally carry 2 passengers in addition to the driver.

    A Unimog does not have the same wheel diameter or width as a tractor so ultimately traction on the land will not be in the same league as a tractor but all Unimogs have 4x4 with differential locks which often means that their hill climbing ability will surpass that of a tractor.

    Three point linkages, PTOs and hitches can usually be retrofitted to more basic Unimogs but it is often more cost effective to purchase a Unimog which has the majority of the equipment you need already fitted.

    It is not cost-effective to convert an ex-military Unimog to agricultural specification. 

  • Tree Surgery / Forestry Arrow

    Unimogs are a well proven tool in this industry.

    The long wheelbase models offer the greatest carrying capacity for wood chip but these are less common than the shorter wheelbase versions and there is a significant price premium for long wheelbase models in good condition.

    A Unimog is a fantastic advert for your business and you will gain custom simply by having the vehicle. It sets you apart from competitors who don’t have a Unimog and allows you to quote for work which you might not be able to do without one.

    We offer a fantastic range of accessories including chip boxes to fit standard Unimog bodies, full woodchip bodies as well as tool boxes and roof top boxes.

    Woodchippers and other equipment can be fitted to three point linkages and tow hitches to suit all types of trailers can be provided.

    The UGN (U300-500) models are much more suited to front mounted equipment than the older models.

    It is not cost-effective to convert an ex-military Unimog to tree surgery/forestry specification.

  • Industry Arrow

    The Unimog can fulfill many different roles in Industry. It’s versatility and the standard mounting systems for a variety of implements means that the same vehicle can be utilised for many different tasks offering an economical & flexible alternative to dedicated vehicles.

    -Dropside cargo carrier.

    -Tipper.

    -Equipment carrier to transport compressors, generators etc.

    -Crane truck.

    -Service/Lube truck.

    -Mobile office/education unit.

    -Access platform.

    -Towing vehicle with optional torque convertor for very heavy loads.

    -Road Rail vehicle in many different configurations.

    -Mobile power unit for PTO or hydraulically driven equipment.

    -Winter service vehicle.

     

    The long wheelbase Unimogs are particularly suited for use in industry.

    Square cab models (SBU & UHN) offer:

    • Wheelbase of 3250 or 3800mm
    • Payload of 3000kg - 6000kg

    UGN models offer:

    • Wheelbase of 3080 to 3900mm
    • Payload of 3000kg - 8000kg.

    The ex-military U1300L long wheel base models are some of the most popular Unimogs for industrial use. They are readily available and offer great value for money. The quality is consistently high & there is much less variation in equipment, condition and previous use when compared to civilian models. This makes it possible to have a fleet of identical vehicles which has many advantages for parts supply, servicing and when several drivers might drive the Unimogs.

    A typical U1300L will be:

    • Left hand drive.
    • Low kms (usually less than 50000kms).
    • Virtually rust free condition.
    • Very well maintained.
    • In excellent mechanical condition.
    • Year 1981-1988.

    The features which make the U1300L particularly suitable for industrial use include:

    • Long wheelbase & 3200mm rear body length.
    • Torsion free subframe fitted as standard which provides an ideal basis for many body types.
    • Simple mechanical specification without unnecessary accessories such as PTOs which are often found on civilian Unimogs.
    • Flexible chassis design makes these models the best Unimogs off road.
    • Suitable for many upgrades to performance, driver comfort and practicality.
    • No electronics so very simple to repair in the field.

    Other long wheelbase models such as the U1550L37, U1700L/U1750 and U4000 & U5000 also make a good base vehicle.

  • Cranes Arrow

    Cranes can be mounted behind the cab or at the rear of the Unimog. A rear mounted crane making loading a trailer behind the Unimog more straightforward but is less stable when driving.

    Unimogs can be fitted with a wide range of cranes and we can manufacture a subframe to suit any model. A simpler (and cheaper) subframe can be used on the UGN Unimogs.

    It is possible to make a demountable subframe so that the crane can be removed when not required but this will be more costly than a fixed subframe.

    It is important to consider that a large crane can take up a good part of the Unimogs payload reducing its ability to carry anything else.

    The heavier unladen weight and higher center of gravity of a Unimog fitted with a crane mean that stability on the road and off road performance can be adversely affected. Heavier duty suspension coupled with wider rims and tyres can alleviate these problems.

  • Buying from Atkinson Vos Arrow

    We supply Unimogs of all ages in a broad range of prices and every Unimog is different. We offer a number of buying options depending on your budget & your expectations.

    We welcome independent inspections of any of our vehicles by prior arrangement.

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When I bought my U1000 “Rustbucket” , Simon gave me a fair & frank appraisal of its condition. The mog was cleaned and shipped professionally with no issues upon landing here in Australia. Since then, AV has provided me with excellent spares support and the occasional bit of advice. Posting was always prompt and economical via Royal Mail – this has taken a lot of the pain out of restoration. Highly recommended.

Pieter

Atkinson Vos not only supplied my Unimog some years ago but they have been ever present when I needed any advice or assistance. My Unimog recently underwent a full refurbishment in their workshop and I have to say the result has been nothing short of superb. My Moggy is not only in great mechanical shape but it looks great too. Top marks Atkinson Vos.

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Model
U900 U1100 U1000
U1200
U1400
U1600 U1300
U1500
U1700
U2100 U1250
U1450
U1650 U1700L
U1750
U1300L U1550L37 U2150L38
Engine[1] OM352
6 cyl
OM352
6 cyl
OM352
6 cyl
OM366A
6 cyl
Turbo
OM352A
6 cyl
Turbo
OM366A
6 cyl
Turbo
OM352A
6 cyl
Turbo
OM366A
6 cyl
Turbo
OM352A
6 cyl
Turbo
OM352
6 cyl
OM366A
6 cyl
Turbo
OM366A
6 cyl
Turbo
Power(hp) 84 / 120 110 / 120 100 - 140 156 130 / 170 210 120 156 170 130 156 210
Load Capacity(kg) 2700 3150 3300 5790 5200 5200 3290 5790 4950 / 6100 3000 3400 5200
Dead Weight(kg)[2] 3300 3350 4160 - 4210 4260 5400 5400 4210 5260 5650 4500 - 5400
Gross Weight(kg) 6000 6500 7500 10,000 10,600 10,600 7500 10,000 10,600 7500 7500 10,600
Turning Circle (m) 10.9 12.5 12.5 12.5 13 13 14.1 14.1 14.2 14.2 15.5 14.2
Ground Clearance(mm)[3] 440 440 440 495 500 500 440 495 500 500 440 500
Length(mm) 4100 4620 4470 4470 4750 4750 5100 5100 5210 5560 5850 5850
Width(mm) 2040 2040 2100 2170 2340 2340 2100 2170 2340 2300 2300 2300
Height(mm) 2340 2340 2620 2655 2650 2650 2620 2655 2650 2620 2620 2620
Wheel Base(mm) 2250 2900 2650 2650 2810 2810 3250 3250 3250 3250 3700 3250
Rear Body W (m) 1.89 Various 1.89 1.89 2.14 2.14 2.1 2.1 2.2 2.2 Various Various
Rear Body L (m) 1.95 Various 1.95 1.95 2.32 2.32 2.9 2.9 3.0 3.2 Various Various
Body (cubic m) 6.4 Various 6.4 6.4 7.8 7.8 9.75 9.75 10.6 - Various Various

[1] After c.1989 OM352 replaced by OM366
[2] Dependent on options fitted
[3] Dependent on tyres fitted

UGN Series
Model U300 U400 U500
Engine OM904 LA
4cyl
Turbo
OM904 LA / OM906 LA
4 or 6 cyl
Turbo
OM906 LA
6cyl
Turbo
Power(hp) 150 - 177 177 - 238 238 - 286
Load Capacity(kg)
Gross Weight(kg) 7500 - 10000 12000 - 13000 12000 - 16000
Turning Circle(m) 13.7 - 15.4 14 - 15.7 15 - 16.8
Ground Clearance(mm) 337 382 441
Length(mm) 5100 - 5620 5100 - 5620 5390 - 6175
Width(mm) 2300 2300 2400
Height(mm) 2858 2893 2956
Wheel Base(mm) 3080-3600 3080-3600 3350-3900
Rear Body W (m) 2140 2140 2140
Rear Body L (m) 2450-3600 2450-3600 2720-3900
Body (cubic m) 9-13 9-13 10-14
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