Case Studies

City of Mechelen

The City of Mechelen, or Malines, is a city in the province of Antwerp, Belgium, with a population of 86,000. In September 2014, the City purchased a fleet of nine Multihog MXC 120 multi-purpose tractors. They are equipped with a wide selection of interchangeable attachments, including the Heatweed thermal weed control system, de-icing sprayers, snow brushes, weed brushes and 180 cm (70 in) flail mowers.

Operating right across Mechelen’s urban region, spanning some 66 km2 (41 sq. miles), the Multihog fleet takes care of weed control, winter maintenance services and roadside mowing.

Dealer Support

Patrick Zeeuws is the Public Maintenance Team Manager for the City and was instrumental in its decision to introduce Multihog to the municipal fleet. “We had some older tractors and mini loaders from other manufacturers, but when it was time to upgrade, a key factor in our decision was the excellent after-sales support we get with our local dealer, Van Dyck Marcel. Their advice and knowledge is invaluable, so we knew when they recommended Multihog, we were on the right track.”

Mechelen were hoping for increased productivity and better reliability when they purchased the Multihog fleet, and Patrick is happy to say that Multihog has achieved both.

It’s no surprise to learn that with such a variety of attachments in the fleet, the Multihogs are in use all year round. “We can cover 4km/h when we’re carrying out weed control, and 6-8 km/h with winter service. We can also drive in between sites, so that saves us time too. The Multihogs have been a revelation for our operators. The sound insulation is so superior to our old machines. Cabin comfort is miles ahead as well, which makes them much nicer for our team to use.”

Quality & Reliability

Patrick is also full of praise for the Multihogs’ quality. He describes them as solid and robust, with very few problems in the 6 years since their arrival. “Every piece of equipment has some small problems, but the Multihog has performed very well on the reliability front. When we compare it to other machines we have experience of, it’s a really solid and extremely strong machine. We can definitely recommend it to anyone who has to perform a wide variety of maintenance tasks.”

Having proved itself over many years in the City’s fleet, it made sense for Mechelen to choose Multihog’s CV 350 sweeper for sanitation duties. The first sweeper unit was delivered in the latter part of 2020 and is performing well.

  • City of Mechelen, Belgium
  • MXC