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.”
“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!"
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"