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25.10.2018 | Keeping a cool head in the Cobra cabin

Keeping a cool head in the Cobra cabin

Look back to 2018`s record summer

Wehrbleck (ghm). Extreme harvest shortfalls in agriculture, huge harvests for fruit growers in contrast and delight for the wine-growers with the best yield in 20 years. There has never been such a rainfall deficit as that measured between April and July 2018. That was the summer of heat 2018 - almost impossible to withstand without air conditioning. No problem for chipper drivers Thomas Sander and Christian Wanke in their Cobra cabins.

How many hours of chipper driving can you look back to in your life?
Thomas Sander: In my whole life?! I stopped counting a long time ago. What I can say though is: between January 2018 and now I have been driving the machine for almost 1,000 hours.
Christian Wanke: That really is a difficult question - I guess between 6,000 and 7,000 hours in total.

How was the 2018 season?
TS: The weather was fantastic - I was chipping the whole summer through. CW: There was a lot of work this summer. On top of that, there was a lot of storm damage wood from 2017 to be processed at the beginning of the year.

What is particularly important about chippers for you?
TS: Performance, definitely! Some times this summer I managed to fill 13 HGVs between morning and afternoon - you can't manage that with many chippers.
CW: For me it's comfort. Up to now I've mostly been driving tow trucks and I always had to turn the seat round, seating space was much more restricted. Now I just turn the cabin round and I've got a great view over the chipper. That's a good catchword: cabin.

What are the most important things in the driver's cab for you, Mr Sander?
TS: For me, comfort is just as important as a radio and an air conditioning unit which cools properly! Without that, it would have been impossible to work this summer. These are standards in many cabins these days, but even so they make the normal working day much more comfortable.

The summer of 2018 was extremely hot- did you carry on working despite this?
TS:
Yes, and we, in other words the machine and myself, managed really well despite the heat wave. Of course that's mainly due to the excellent air-conditioning unit.
CW: I set a comfortable and constant22°C, that meant it wasn't a problem to continue work.

How did you experience working I the Cobra cabin compared with other vehicles on extremely hot days?
TS (laughing): Very good, as long as I didn't have to get out ... I set the air conditioning to 21°C on purpose because otherwise you just get knocked out when you have to leave the cabin.
CW: That functioned perfectly in the Cobra cabin. It was much harder work in the tow truck because the engine is very close to the front windscreen, which means that the heat from the motor also radiates into the cabin.

How did you experience the view from the cabin, especially during bright sunshine, Mr. Wanke?
CW: The sun isn't quite so glaring since the cabins have tinted rear window sin addition to the roller blinds.

What do you like best about the Cobra cabin?
TS: That the cabin can be turned round. In contrast to the height-adjustable Cobra it doesn't have a fixed point. I can turn the cabin depending on whether I'm working on the walking floor oron the transfer vehicle. If this is behind me then I can just turn the cabin through 90° and have both sides in view. The other thing I like is the big cooler compartment under the passenger seat. I said that if there was no big cooler fitted then the boss would always have to bring me cold drinks (laughs).
CW: The most important thing for me is the easy2 control system - I just couldn't do without it. The big cooler compartment with enough space for all my cold drinks is in second place.

What is the driving like in comparison with an HGV or a tractor?
TS: First I had to get used to the fact that you sit a bit further to the right, but the driving comfort is 100 % the same. You don't notice any difference at all - it's easy to work right through a long day.
CW: I'm just very happy that I don't have to plan my routes any more. I can drive on country roads and motorways with the machine and I get to my destination much quicker and more comfortably.

Last question: tractor or Cobra?
TS: Definitely the Cobra, I wouldn't want a tractor any more.
CW: The Cobra, for sure. I'm not just quicker, I have more freedom whether it's choice of roads or in the cabin itself. How did you experience working I the

Cobra cabin compared with other vehicles on extremely hot days?
TS (laughing): Very good, as long as I didn't have to get out ... I set the air conditioning to 21°C on purpose because otherwise you just get knocked out when you have to leave the cabin.
CW: That functioned perfectly in the Cobra cabin. It was much harder work in the tow truck because the engine is very close to the front windscreen,