Pfanzelt Maschinenbau GmbH

The company Pfanzelt Maschinenbau was founded in 1991 by the proprietor Paul Pfanzelt and initially focused on the production and installation of geared cable winches for 3-point, quick-fit and fixed attachment to tractors as well as of chain winches. Right from the start, the company has stood for innovation, cost efficiency and safety in the forestry industry. The philosophy of the only European full-range forestry machinery producer has been exclusive production in Germany for over 25 years as well as a high degree of production depth – from Rettenbach in the Allgäu region. Today the product range consists of geared cable winches, forwarding trailers, loading cranes, the Pm Trac system tractor and the Felix specialist forestry tractor. Since 2016 we have also been offering an in-house tracked vehicle as part of our comprehensive product range.

Company details

Frankau 37 , Rettenbach am Auerberg , D-87675 Germany

Locations Served

Business Type:
Industry Type:
Agriculture - Forestry
Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)

This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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With continuously growing production volumes for cable winches, the product range of Pfanzelt Maschinenbau was expanded to include a second category in 1996 – the professional forwarding trailers. After numerous extensions to the production and administrative buildings, production of the Felix forwarder started in 2001. In 2002, this was followed by start of production of the Pm loading crane and then in 2005 the launch of the Pm Trac multipurpose tractor. Not content to rest on its laurels, Pfanzelt has continued to unveil new innovations in the years after 2005, for example in 2010 with the S-line series of geared cable winches and forwarding trailers. Uncompromising performance, optimised for the heaviest of missions, this is what the logLINE series of winches and forwarding trailers introduced in 2015 promises. In 2016, Pfanzelt celebrated its 25th anniversary with a big celebration. Most recently, Pfanzelt introduced the new Moritz mini felling tractor and, in 2017, the new series of the Felix special forestry tractor with a new power train.

Today, we regard ourselves as a forge for new ideas that attaches great importance to close contact with our customers. After all, many of our innovations are the direct result of requirements, suggestions and wishes from our customers. With our machines, we constantly pursue the goal of providing solutions that make everyday work as simple and cost effective as possible.

We now over the most extensive “Made in Germany” range of forestry implements – from the 3-point winch for private foresters to the Felix specialist forestry tractor for the professional.

In contrast to today's standard production philosophy, based on the purchase of many bought-in parts, Pfanzelt prefers to maximise the percentage of parts manufactured in-house. Besides guaranteeing the reliability and quality of all components, this also ensures short delivery times. On the other hand, this also means that the production of machines often involves more time and effort than with some of our competitors. However, to avoid an excessively high purchase price for the products, we obviously take the going market rates as our starting point for our pricing.

Accordingly, a part produced in-house does not necessarily cost more than a bought-in part. Besides in-house production, the extensive in-house know-how enables flexible reaction to changes and to product developments.

With a highly qualified workforce and its trusted partner companies, Pfanzelt manufactures its products exclusively in Germany. With a total of around 140 employees, we are making our contribution to securing many other jobs in the region into the long-term. There is a special focus on fair working conditions, such as flexible working hours, working hours accounts and taking into account personal needs.
Currently we have 16 trainees undergoing apprenticeships in metal working, mechatronics and office communications. Pfanzelt Maschinenbau’s exceptional commitment to vocational training is also underlined by the several student interns working in our factory.

Foundation of the company Pfanzelt Maschinenbau GmbH and start of production of the Pm geared cable winches for 3-point, quick-fit and fixed attachment to tractors.

Redevelopment of administrative building and extension of production facilities.

Development and production start of the Bavarian 3-point cable winch.

Production start of the Pfanzelt forwarding trailer.

Extension of the production facilities.

Presentation of a design study of the “Felix” forwarder at the Interforst trade fair in Munich.

Product group expansion in Pfanzelt loading crane range.

Launch and production start of “Felix” forwarder.

Extension of the production facilities.

Presentation and production start of the Pfanzelt recovery winches.

Launch and production start of the “Felix” 145 K and 145 V forwarders.

Launch and production start of Pm Trac multipurpose tractor.

Launch and production start of the “Felix” 180 6-WD forwarder.

Presentation of the Profi 1590 4-WD forestry trailer.

Product group expansion of Pfanzelt loading and forwarding crane range.

Presentation of new forwarding trailers with load-bearing capacity up to 15 t.

Extension of the cable winch range with the new 91 S-Line series in the 5 - 7 t range.

Extension of the forwarding trailer range with the S-Line forwarding trailers.

Launch and product start of the new “Felix” specialist forestry tractor series at the Austrofoma trade fair.

Awarded the forestry prize by the German Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) for the Pfanzelt hydraulic overrun brake and PPS controller.

Extension of the cable winch and forwarding trailer range with the Profi Eco series.

Presentation of the Pm Trac III multipurpose tractor at the Agritechnica trade fair in Hannover.

Awarded the special “Innovative Company” prize of the KWF (Foundation for Forestry Work and Technology) Innovation medal at Interforst.

Start of production of the new logLINE forwarding trailer and winch series

Reached jury stage of “Grand Prix for medium-sized privately owned companies” competition

Large-scale celebration on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of company.

Presentation of the Moritz Fr50 mini felling tractor at the KWF Conference.

Presentation of new models of the special forestry tractor, the Felix 208 4WD and 214 6WD.