New Mercedes Benz Unimog owned by farmer Brian Grieg from Aberchirder, Aberdeenshire. Picture shows Brian (right) with his new vehicle, along with his father Bill (centre) and his son Steve. Picture Simon Price/Firstpix

Aberdeenshire farmer Brian Greig, who also works as a fencing contractor and has a snow-clearing contract with his local council, required a vehicle that was capable of fulfilling a variety of roles in often challenging conditions.

Brian opted for a 4×4 Mercedes- Benz Unimog, purchased from the Newcastle-upon-Tyne branch of Dealer Lloyd Ltd. The Unimog offers outstanding all-terrain performance and versatility. Not only does it beat an agricultural tractor in terms of comfort and agility, but it is also faster – with a 56 mph on-road cruising speed – and more economical.

The Greig family grows oats, winter wheat and spring barley for malting on 980 acres at Milbethill Farm, near Banff, some 45 miles north of Aberdeen. Its fencing business trades as WLB Contracts with most assignments undertaken close to the farm, although the work regularly takes the company’s three and four-man teams further afield.

Brian placed his order after Lloyd Ltd’s Unimog Sales SpecialistSimon Holmes arranged a weeklong trial of one of its demonstration vehicles. “The Unimog impressed from the outset,” recalled Mr Greig.“Not only was it quicker, but on the first day it used 45 fewer litres of fuel than our tractor on exactly the same job.

“The work entailed hauling manure from neighbouring farms up to six miles away and putting it in stockpiles. We ran both vehicles back and forth for a couple of days but I didn’t even bother comparing the diesel consumption on the second – the Unimog was so muchnicer to drive, very stable and with an excellent view from the cab, that I was already won over.”

Mercedes-Benz is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its off-road icon this year. The Unimog range is built around two core variants: a UGE implement carrier and a UHE extreme off-roader that can be fitted with many different types of body. The implement carrier supplied by Lloyd Ltd for the demonstration was a U430 variant but when he sat down with Simon Holmes to specify his own vehicle, Brian opted for a U530 with higher, 13.5-tonne gross weight. 

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