Timber Trucking in the Black Forest with Dennis | Driver’s Day | Episode Eight

Timber Trucking in the Black Forest with Dennis | Driver’s Day | Episode Eight


My name is Dennis Piltz. I’m from Neuenburg. I’m a self-employed timber truck driver
in the Black Forest, doing regional as well as
national transport in Germany. On a normal day, I wake up at four, then I start with the first load. Either the truck is pre-loaded,
or we start by loading it. And then it’s driven to the bitter end, until the tachograph says that time is up. And when the money is good by the evening,
little Dennis is very happy. The truck is a Scania 580 Euro 6. It has a DOLL long timber configuration, with an Epsilon loading crane, and the special thing is that the trailer, which you can see behind me, can be put on the back of the truck when it’s empty. That means in the forest it’s easier to manoeuvre, for example if I need to turn around
and back up somewhere. And for taking loads, we use the crane to lower the trailer, a so-called self-steering trailer, which allows us a total length of 27 metres,
or log lengths of 21.5 metres. The trailer has a steered front axle,
which can be controlled from the cab, and this allows us to steer it
on sharp corners and S-curves. I’m my own boss. Just, the challenge when you go somewhere
up in the forest, the landscape, everything
around it, the smell of fresh wood, the machines, the solidarity in the forest, with each other, the different operators, other people. In the evenings we meet and get coffee, Really, everything, the whole package. I love my job. It’s the best job in the world,
and I don’t want to do anything else.

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