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FS17 Stepa-FHL13AK
FS17 Stepa

The Stepa FHL 13 AK is a Log Transport available in Farming Simulator 17. It is the smallest of all Log Transports, but not the cheapest by far. Its main advantage is a built-in crane arm that can lift Logs into the transport's storage bay on its own, without the need for a Loader.

The Stepa FHL 13 AK has a unique customization option that allows you to turn it into a Bale Trailer. This completely changes the function of this trailer.

Due to this unique customization, the article below is split into two separate sections, each discussing the Stepa FHL 13 AK in a different configuration.

Customization Edit

Design Edit

  • Wood Configuration (+$0): The default model, designed to carry Logs.
  • Bale Configuration (+$1,000): A modified version designed to carry solid objects, e.g. Bales and Pallets. Can still carry Logs, but less effectively.

Common Advantages Edit

  • Easy Towing: The FHL 13 AK has a Drawbar (Bolt) attachment point, which means it can be pulled by almost any vehicle in the game. It must be connected to a vehicle to use its crane arm - but even vehicles that cannot normally give power to a trailer (e.g. Trucks and Cars) can turn on the crane arm just fine. Furthermore, the FHL 13 AK is rather light when empty.
  • Support Arms: The FHL 13 AK can extend two support arms at the front, for extra stability while loading. These arms can be unfolded by entering the FHL 13 AK itself, switching to the Support Control Group FS17 KeyboardButtonStepa FHL 13 AK: Change Control GroupDefault Buttons: FS17_Logo_PC.png L.Ctrl + ZFS17_Logo_XBOX.png ??FS17_Logo_PS4.png ??, and flipping the arms down FS17 KeyboardButtonStepa FHL 13 AK: Unfold Support ArmsDefault Buttons: FS17_Logo_PC.png LMB + Drag Up/DownFS17_Logo_XBOX.png ??FS17_Logo_PS4.png ??. When extended the support arms make it harder to flip the vehicle over when lifting heavy weights.

Wood Configuration Edit

This section compares the FHL 13 AK to other Log Transports.

Advantages Edit

  • Crane Arm: The FHL 13 AK is the smallest Log Transport that has a built-in crane arm. This allows it to load itself with Logs rather efficiently - assuming you can master the complex controls.

Disadvantages Edit

  • Short: The FHL 13 AK has a length of only 4.4 meters. This means that very long logs cannot be easily carried by this machine; Their center-of-mass will be somewhere near the back (or even outside!) of the storage bay, and may cause the FHL 13 AK to tip backwards, or they might fall out altogether while being loaded. A recommended maximum log length is about 6 meters at most.
  • Not Self Propelled: The FHL 13 AK is a simple trailer designed for towing with a Truck or Dolly. It is quite heavy even when empty, so a powerful towing vehicle is recommended.

Specifications Edit

  • Price: $54,000
  • Maintenance Cost: $80 / day
  • Leasing Costs: $1080 + $2,700/h + $540/d
  • Cargo Types: Logs
  • Platform Surface Area (for Logs): 4.4 meters (length) by 2.5 meters (width)
  • Tension Belts: 3, with a height limit of ~2.0 meters off the platform
  • Front Attachment Point: Drawbar (Bolt)
  • Mass (empty): 3,046 kg

Bale Configuration Edit

This section compares the FHL 13 AK to other Bale Trailers.

Advantages Edit

  • Crane Arm: The FHL 13 AK is the only Bale Trailer that has a crane arm, for loading and unloading itself without the need for a separate Loader. Unfortunately, the claw at the end of this arm is not very good at lifting Pallets, but it can still unload them with relative ease.

Disadvantages Edit

  • Small Platform: The FHL 13 AK has a length of only 4.4 meters, and a width of 2.6 meters, for a total surface area of ~11.5 m2. This is significantly smaller than the surface area of a Fliegl DPW 180, and can fit roughly half as much cargo as the DPW 180.
  • Awkward Platform: Instead of a flat platform, the FHL 13 AK has four metal rails that Bales or Pallets can be placed on. Since it isn't a solid surface, placing the objects the wrong way can cause them to slide down between the rails.

Specifications Edit

  • Price: $54,000 + $1,000
  • Maintenance Cost: $80 / day
  • Leasing Costs: $1100 + $2,750/h + $550/d
  • Cargo Types: Bales, Pallets (and Logs, less comfortably)
  • Platform Surface Area: 4.4 meters (length) by 2.6 meters (width)
  • Tension Belts: 3, with a height limit of ~2.0 meters off the platform
  • Front Attachment Point: Drawbar (Bolt)
  • Mass (empty): 3,046 kg

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