In autumn 2018, the prototype of the new RAPTOR 500 was put to the test by customers of the German dealers of PRINOTH VEGETATION MANAGEMENT (VM). During a field operation, the VM developers, acting as silent observers, were able to enjoy a smooth test drive with a satisfied customer: the Fürstenberg family's forestry forester, who has been based on the Baar, Black Forest, Hegau and Linzgau rivers for over 700 years.
The test driver Kevin Schilli talks about his assignment. "I have now been working as a carrier vehicle driver for three and a half years and have had to deal with a number of forestry machines," says Kevin. "I really like the RAPTOR 500! Especially with this pendulum drive, you have a really high driving comfort. And this is really important to me during long operations," he adds with a wink.
His client is enthusiastic about the hunting lanes left behind by the RAPTOR 500. "The forest floor looks like a sports field after that," enthuses professional forester Robert Schrenk, who gives further instructions to Kevin by walkie-talkie from his high seat. Three so-called hunting or fire lanes are milled into the forest from the high seat. They serve for a better overview for the hunter, in order to recognize game in time, which probably crosses all three lanes on its way through the forest.
PRINOTH Herdwangen is also busy outside the forest: numerous customer enquiries trickle into Herdwangen, because VEGETATION MANAGEMENT is also in demand for typical fields of application such as clearing areas, skid roads and site development or infrastructure measures.
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