Case Studies

Round Hill GID

Round Hill General Improvement District in Nevada is responsible for maintaining over 8 miles of roads and curbs, water treatment and storm water collection. It serves over 500 residential and commercial customers in Zephyr Cove, which is located on Lake Tahoe. Given its alpine location, the District is guaranteed snow each winter, and it maintains a fleet of machinery for winter service. In May 2019, local dealer Alpine Smith Inc. delivered a Multihog MH model to the District. Designated for winter service, the MH is fitted with a Pronovost snow blower and Metal Pless winged plow.

The Multihog was chosen over many other competing machines, and Round Hill’s previous unit, a multi-purpose machine from another manufacturer, is now used as a back-up machine in the fleet.

The Multihog was chosen for a variety of reasons, including its power, which is essential for using the heavy duty snow blower. Round Hill also rated its excellent visibility and the ability to add new attachments for other tasks in the future. The fact that the MH is so simple to operate, especially for a machine which will be used in winter service, was a key factor in the decision. Last, but not least, the presence of a local dealer specializing in Multihog sales reassured the District that after-sales care would not be an issue.

District Manager Andrew Hickman hoped that the Multihog would prove to be a better solution for snow blowing. He quickly discovered that it was a versatile option for all snow removal tasks and has been impressed with its winter performance. “Our MH outperforms our older snowblower by at least 200%. It can handle all types of snow with a greater output and much faster.”

Local dealer Alpine Smith Inc. added a rear bumper to help reduce the risk of obstacle collisions in the dark winter hours when the MH will be busiest. Although it’s only used in winter currently, the District has some further attachments planned for summer. A front-mounted sweeper is top of their wish list.

Performance, coupled with health and safety, is the ultimate goal for winter ops, as Andrew explains. “We have received nothing but compliments about our snow removal efforts from customers since the Multihog has arrived. Our operators absolutely love using it and feel much safer than with our old machine.”

Andrew is enthusiastic about how their MH has changed the District’s operations. “After seeing the MH demonstration, we moved quickly, as it was definitely impressive in action. Since it arrived, we use it for a variety of snow removal tasks. The best application that we have found for it is during “clean-up”. We use the Metal Pless plow attachment with articulating wings to keep snow berms out of driveways, quickly clear cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets, and keep our roads nice and wide for vehicles to travel.”

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