The village of Eben am Achensee is a small town in Tyrol, Austria. With just over 3,000 inhabitants, it is also a popular holiday destination during ski season. The municipality operates two units of the Multihog MXC model, both of which were delivered in 2019. They are used with a range of attachments, including a snow plough, snow blower, sweeper, boom mower, front mower with collection and an ice breaker.
In total, there are approximately 100 sq. kilometres (62 sq. miles) to maintain during winter, all of which is taken care of by two Multihogs and two operators. The municipality has been very pleased with the Multihogs since their arrival, as Armin Brandmayr, one of the operators, explains: “We use it every single day, from 7am until 5pm. With so many different attachments, we can obviously use it in all seasons, which is great. We fit on the winter kit (the snow plough, ice breaker and snow blower) in November, and it stays on until April. At that point, we remove it, and attach the boom mower and front mower instead. It’s really easy to change attachments too, and the process is much faster than our old machines.”
The old machines he mentions are two tool carriers (from a German manufacturer), which the village had before the Multihogs arrived. According to Armin, there is a world of difference between the vehicles, although they appear similar at first glance. “Our other machines were so loud, and not comfortable at all. The cabin of the Multihog is very well insulated from noise and vibration, which makes it a really nice place to spend long shifts, especially in winter or summer. Another problem we had with our old machines was that they were too high to fit under under bridges and underpasses – an issue we no longer have now that the Multihogs are in our fleet.”
The local dealer did the demo in 2018, and as soon as Armin and the team saw it, he says they wanted it. “I knew from looking at it that it was a high-quality vehicle, and once I drove it, and realised how quiet it was, I was sure it was the right machine for us.
“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"