The 4th Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is the 3rd largest bridge in China, and one of the largest in the world, carrying vehicular traffic across the Yangtze river. Bridge Operations Manager Wang Hao took delivery of a Multihog MX 120 in October 2018, and two years later, is happier than ever with the performance of the multi purpose tractor.
As a general maintenance vehicle for the bridge, the Multihog is tasked with snow removal, grass mowing and pruning branches, and for these essential tasks, it was delivered along with a variety of attachments including a snow blower, boom mower and sweeper.
Covering almost 5 kilometres of national highway on the bridge alone (it also operates on highways around Nanjing City), the Multihog’s road speed of 40km/h (25 mph) is invaluable in carrying out the work efficiently. It replaced a combination of an older machine and some manual work and is much safer now that the operator is inside the Multihog’s enclosed cabin.
Wang says the MX was chosen for its compact size, maneuverability, and high level of efficiency. He had some pre-conceived ideas about how the Multihog would improve operations and is happy to report that it’s delivered in all areas. “It’s highly efficient and saves us so much operating time. We also save costs because we use it all year round. It’s not just a snow blower, or just a grass mower – it’s a ‘one machine does all’ solution for us, and in our case, has saved us the expense of buying two other machines.”
Wang also hopes to use the multi purpose tractor for other maintenance tasks in the near future. “In addition to the bridge, we also maintain the connecting highway and a further 170km of highway around Nanjing city. We have some underpasses which can be prone to flooding in bad weather, so we’d like to acquire a high-volume pump attachment for our Multihog to help combat that.
According to Wang, it’s definitely faster than their old machine, and has improved both operational efficiency and safety. “Our operators are now enclosed inside the cabin, and on a busy highway, that’s vital. They also tell us that fatigue is no longer an issue – the cab is so comfortable for them; they really like it.”
The biggest performance indicator for Wang is the traffic flow on the bridge. His team do a lot of the less visible maintenance which goes unnoticed by drivers – sweeping, mowing, etc. But snow removal was a complicated issue for them before the arrival of the MX. “When we have storms now, we know that we can deploy the Multihog and snow blower, which can blow the snow out over the concrete barrier at the side of the bridge. That just wasn’t possible with a snow plough. This method is so much faster and safer, and the Multihog is so compact that it doesn’t take up any space on the highway lanes, keeping the traffic flowing well, and reducing the time spent in jams.”
"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"
“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"