Since the Swiss municipality of Le Noirmont replaced an old utility tractor with a much more manoeuvrable and versatile Multihog it has been able to acquire a variety of additional new attachments. As a consequence a much wider range of maintenance and mowing activities can now be carried out for the benefit of the local community. The mountainous region sees a fair amount of snow so it comes as no surprise that winter equipment that could work with the Multihog MXC 120 model was a high priority. A powerful Zaugg snow blower and a Zaugg snow plough can be used together with a rear mounted 1m³ capacity Gmeiner Husky salt spreader to make light work of clearing even large build ups of snow and ice.
The narrow chassis width combined with the high carrying capacity of the MXC 120 HP model and its road speed of 40 km/hr was a particular draw for Le Noirmont as M. Olivier Villat, Head of Public Works explains: “The Multihog and snow blower can travel from one job to the next much more quickly than our old tractor, which was limited to 30 km/hr, and it has considerably improved productivity in and around the 20km of roads we maintain. The compact dimensions also ensure access to narrow paths and confined areas for comprehensive clearance in the winter.”
The Multihog’s ability to work on inclines and off road makes it the ideal implement carrier for the summer months for mowing the slopes and other green spaces in Le Noirmont and for keeping vegetation in check on roadside verges. A front mounted Fiedler FFA400 boom mower and a Stoll rotary mower with a 2.2m³ collection box can be interchanged depending on the task in hand. There is also a rear mounted container available at the public works depot that can be fitted to the Multihog when it needs to be used for general transportation of equipment.
“Our Multihog model, recommended and supplied by Robert Aebi Landtechnik, has coped very well with all the demands that have been made on it,” said M. Villat. “It is a year round asset for us, as it is for our driver Thierry, who appreciates the comfort in the cab, the ease of operation and the good all round visibility.”
"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!"
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"