Montana State University’s two Multihog multi purpose tractors have proved to be the ideal solution for year round maintenance of the 160 acres of turf, 5 miles of street and 25 miles of sidewalk on the campus, situated in south central Montana. The Multihogs have replaced previous pieces of equipment and according to Dave Hawkins from the Department of Landscape and Grounds, they are the most versatile machines that the University has come across.
The MH90 models can be used with all the University’s existing front mounted attachments thanks to the Multihog 3-point adaptor plate and the Multihog skidsteer adaptor. Implements that were previously towed with an agricultural tractor can now be fitted to the rear thanks to a pintle hitch. “We try to improve our operations with each new purchase of equipment,” said Dave, “and this has definitely been the case since our recent acquisition of the Multihogs. They can be put to use for so many tasks, and the excellent visibility, quick change of attachments and operator comfort compared to our previous machines are further benefits.”
For winter maintenance, the Multihogs are used primarily for clearing sidewalks on campus and work with a front mounted sweeper, a V-plow and a snow blower, which can be interchanged according to the depth of snow, as well as with a sander on the rear.
In the summer time one machine is fitted with a 12’ 6” mower deck for use on sports fields, and the other works as a “jack of all trades”, handling a wide variety of jobs as they pop up. The number of attachments deployed at MSU exemplifies the vast array of tasks that can be carried out with the Multihogs. Dave Hawkins: “We have fitted pallet forks for moving pallets of material around campus, a sidewalk edger, an aerifier, a clamshell/grapple bucket for moving dirt, and have moved material using our 1.5 yard3 hoppers. We have also pulled our Dakota turftender for fertilizer application and for some dirt grading work.”
“The constant availability of the Multihogs, their ability to access all areas and to undertake the widely differing tasks at MSU whatever the season has improved productivity and everyone involved has been very satisfied with the overall performance,” said Darin Smith, who recommended the machines on behalf of local Multihog dealer Alpine Smith Inc.
"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"