Pulling Power

Toby Savage finds out about the Mighty Berliet GBU 15

Having a lifelong interest in all things 4x4 and 6x6, it is no surprise that when John Hicks discovered there was a Berliet 6x6 truck close to his home in Leicestershire he felt drawn in its direction.

The Berliet was positioned at a safe distance from where the tree would fall, and the winch cable taken to a point about two-thirds of the way up the trunk

John first coveted ideas of having one of these beasts way back in 1959 while visiting the Commercial Vehicle Show at Earls Court. Berliet was exhibiting a similar one with a recovery crane in the back.

‘This story has its roots in tree surgery’

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