Bacau is the 12th largest city in Romania, with a population of more than 200,000. In September 2021, its Public Utilities Service purchased five units of the multipurpose Multihog CV 350 sweeper for year-round municipal street maintenance. The units are used right across the city, but particularly on its narrow city centre streets, pedestrian areas, and parks. The five sweepers are operated with a range of attachments, including salt spreaders, snow ploughs, and high-pressure washers.
The city had just one compact sweeper (from another manufacturer) in their fleet before their brand new Multihogs arrived, and that has been removed from service now.
Eugen Juverdean, Chief Operations Officer of Bacau’s Public Utilities Service, explains why they chose the Multihog. “Best Tools, a local Romanian dealer introduced the Multihog machine to us, and we immediately liked its compact size. The ability to use it in every season was a huge bonus, as we like to get the most from our equipment for our citizens.”
What benefits did Eugen think the Multihog would bring to the City? “Our old fleet was undersized, we needed machines with proven productivity, which could perform. The Multihogs are easy to use so our operators started using them after a short period of training.”
With a combination of sweeping and all of the other attachments in the fleet, it’s no surprise to learn that the Multihogs are used all year round, resulting the best return on investment for Bacau’s residents.
Eugen is satisfied with how operations have improved since the Multihogs’ arrival. “I know that they definitely work faster than our old sweeper, but it’s difficult to give a comparison because we had just one sweeper before, and now we have five!”
What about health and safety, and operator comfort – are those important to Eugen? “There are safety benefits for our operators, certainly. And we’re cleaning the streets more efficiently, so that is definitely an environmental benefit for our city. The machines work for us on many different levels. For the operators, they’re happy because the machines are easy to use, which helps a lot. They’re also much more comfortable to be in while they’re working.”
Eugen is also complimentary of the new fleet from an operations perspective. “The year-round solution is really great for us, and most importantly, changing from winter to summer attachments can be done in no time. It’s a really simple changeover. I feel that we have secured great value for money in our municipal equipment budget. Really, the best thing about Multihog is that we can rely on it all year round for multiple tasks. Instead of 15 different machines, we’ve got five Multihog sweepers that can do everything we need.”
“My operators love the Multihog. Even the bigger operators tell me how much more comfortable it is."
"We’re cleaning the streets more efficiently, so that is definitely an environmental benefit for our city."
"The Multihogs were ideal for us. As they’re much lighter than our old machines, we can use them to remove snow from our boardwalks and sidewalks."
"The driving experience absolutely convinced me. I love driving it, the suspension is amazing. To be honest, the comfort level could not be better."
I knew it must be a really good piece of equipment, and my instincts were right - our two machines have been operating flawlessly.
“Since the purchase of our first Multihog in 2019, they have proven to be a valuable asset in our machinery fleet."
"I recognized straight away that a Multihog could serve our city well. We’ve got 8 attachments for it, and it’s taken the place of multiple machines."
"Apart from the environmental benefits, it’s also really, really comfortable to drive and I'm relieved that it has improved our operational safety."
“Our cycle paths are very neat in just one sweep/working passage. This ensures the safety of our residents, especially during autumn and winter."
“From a maintenance standpoint we have far fewer problems and downtime than other similar equipment in our fleet."
“Our MH outperforms our older snow blower by at least 200%. It can handle all types of snow with a greater output and much faster.”
"The suspension really allows an incredibly high level of driver comfort, and we’re amazed by the performance of the PTO hydraulics."
"The Multihog has performed very well on the reliability front compared to other machines. It’s a really solid and extremely strong machine."
"My colleagues are so much happier using this machine. It’s more ergonomic, warm and comfortable for them."
"Our 2 machines can do so many things, and although they’re small and compact, they’re so well built that they do the work of much larger equipment"
"The Multihog puts us at a professional level that’s unmatched by our competition"
"The Multihogs are working really well for us. The operators have found them straightforward to use and we hope to add to our range of attachments."
"The Multihog doesn’t vibrate like our old machine, and it’s so quiet I don’t even need to wear ear protection - no post-shift fatigue anymore!"
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"It’s one machine that does it all - safely and efficiently. Very comfortable in the cabin too, which makes work more enjoyable for the operator."
"The only way to compare the Multihog to other machines is to compare the comfort of an old vintage car to a brand new car. - there is no comparison"
"At that point the snow is super dense, icy and solid; it’s pretty hard to shift, but it’s no problem for the MX. This tractor is really, really good"
"Our asphalt grinding process is faster and more efficient now, we tested it and we’re definitely covering more feet per hour than before"
"The Multihog is a different animal from anything we’ve ever had – the articulation, rubberised tyres and 4-wheel drive ticks a lot of our boxes."
“We try to improve our operations with each new purchase of equipment & this has certainly been the case with the acquisition of our Multihogs"