This is exactly how forest professional and hunter Robert Brunnauer describes the forest habitat. Harvesting timber means you’re out working in all kinds of weather conditions. Whether rain, sun, wind or snow – your place of work is the unpredictable outdoors, so you need a strong, reliable partner to cope with all of these conditions.

Robert decided to become self-employed 30 years ago and has been pursuing his passion, working in and around the forest, on a daily basis ever since. To run a successful lumbering company, the Salzburg native relies on quality and outstanding performance. He has been a satisfied EPSILON customer for 15 years and couldn’t be happier with his current EPSILON S120R. “I have had the S120R on this machine for 5 years now, it has a lot more power and is simply one of the best cranes available from EPSILON,” says Robert.

Robert’s working day normally starts early in the morning firstly farming then hunting followed by his forestry work. After fuelling and maintaining the machines, it’s time to start work in the forest which continues until late in the evening. It is mostly five days but during extremely busy periods this can stretch to seven days a week.

The EPSILON S120R is a highlight for Robert. During his time as an EPSILON customer and crane specialist, he can state categorically that he has had no major repairs – clearly a sign of the highest quality. On his S120R, he particularly likes the large FG57X grab, this is the biggest that EPSILON has to offer. “The grapple is a perfect for my type of work because I need to be able to carry large grabfulls. I can carry either five logs at a time or transport tons of branches. It can be used for so many different applications and that’s why I wouldn’t want any other,”.


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With the help of the EPSILON crane, the clear up operation of the bark beetle-infested forest outside of Salzburg was handled effortlessly. The damaged wood, which had been under observation for some time, was quickly felled and cut to the desired lengths by Robert and his team, so that it could be used quickly. Since the infested trees were huge, a powerful and strong crane was essential.

Once the work is done, he puts the big machine aside and walks through the forest with his dog.
Robert sees the forest as not only as a place to work, but also as a place to relax and hunt. The peace and quiet of hunting gives him the necessary balance in his life after completing an action-packed day.

This article featured in the March issue of Forest Machine Magazine – The free publication for the forest industry.

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