When Dublin airport examined the range of snow clearance vehicles on the market some years ago, it was a “home grown” piece of equipment – the Multihog multi-purpose tractor – which stood out from the rest. Fitted with front and rear mounted winter maintenance attachments the eight Multihogs have since proven themselves to be invaluable for airside operations when bad weather strikes.
“After some unusually harsh winters we wanted to make sure we were thoroughly prepared to deal with the worst to minimise disruption to passengers and airlines,” says Corporate Airside Safety and Compliance Manager Mick Lenane. “We were particularly focused on finding a confined space vehicle (CSV) which could work in close proximity to aircraft parked at stands, as this area had been problematic for some time.”
Mick and his team looked at several other tractors and purpose-built vehicles, but judged the articulated build of the Multihog, its manoeuvrability and its powerful performance to be the superior option. The possibility to use the Multihog combi snow plough & brush attachment together with a rear mounted de-icer was also a key advantage as it enables just the one vehicle to effectively work as three machines in one.
“Throughout our dealings with Multihog the company has been totally customer focused and committed.” says Mick. “As well as manufacturing a first class vehicle that is reliable and does just what it promises, Multihog’s personnel have always been very responsive to our requirements. Where we used to need separate vehicles and drivers for ploughing, sweeping and de-icing, we can carry out all of these functions with just the one universal CSV and one driver. The ability to use other attachments also means that we can use the Multihog for tasks such as grass cutting and patch planing around the airport at other times of year.”
In 2013, following their initial purchase of the eight Multihogs for winter service, Dublin Airport subsequently took delivery of further attachments including a patch planer, mast, fork and hedgecutter arm – making their Multihogs truly all-seasonal.
"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!"
DHL at Leipzig-Halle airport operate a fleet of 12 Multihog tractors equipped with combi snow plough & brush attachments, de-icing sprayers and V snow
"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"
“I really liked the machine from the first moment I saw it, and it will definitely be a valued addition for smoother airside operations at Bucharest.“
“The Multihog system is simply better all-round, from a cost-performance ratio it is unbeatable and the budgetary savings are positive for everyone"
"We had a huge problem with potholes but our programme of permanent patching repairs using the Multihog has helped to rectify the situation"
"During the very heavy snow in early 2013 the Multihogs were still going strong after four days of non-stop 24 hour operation"
“Throughout our dealings with Multihog the company has been totally customer focused, committed and very responsive to our requirements"
“The ability to use the Multihog for very diverse tasks coupled with a very powerful performance make it an efficient and cost effective solution"
"The crucial factors for us were the quality, high payload, compact dimensions and also the impressive power of the vehicle."
"The quality of the finished cut is very good: thanks to the Multihog’s steering and its weight it doesn’t leave any tracks behind on the grass.”
"For the drivers, the cab is ergonomic, easy to get in and out of & they report that it offers good comfort throughout their shift of up to 12 hours”
"The Multihogs are exceptional - easy to drive, fast and they turn in a very small space"
“I have had a lot of experience with equipment from other manufacturers but in comparison this machine is quicker & much more robust"
"Multihog stands behind their equipment; they're available to answer technical questions for our mechanics and spare parts are available on-demand"