At the beginning of the 2018 winter season, the town of Huntington in New York had a Multihog MXC 120 tractor delivered to replace an old sidewalk tractor they’d had since 1991. Operated by Jon Hoffmann, Automotive Mechanic II for Huntington, the Multihog MXC is used with V snow plow and snow blower attachments on the front to remove snow from the municipal walkways.
Although the winter of 2018 was relatively mild with just a couple of significant storms, Jon and his team have had plenty of opportunity to test out the Multihog. Purchased to replace another brand of sidewalk tractor which was nearly 30 years old and prone to breaking down, Jon says the town chose Multihog for a number of reasons, “Apart from the obvious – operability – the MXC also has a great turning radius and the visibility in the cabin is awesome, especially when I compare it to our old machine. It’s narrow enough to fit on the sidewalk, and low enough to avoid any low-hanging obstacles around town. The main reason though is that it can operate for 15-20 hours solid in a storm without stopping. It doesn’t vibrate like our old machine, and it’s so quiet I don’t even need to wear ear protection. When I finish my shift I’m not fatigued from operating – it’s so user friendly and comfortable.”
According to Jon, the Multihog is much more up to date than their old machine, which was completely hydraulic. Since the MXC is controlled electronically, it’s just one button to start doing what he needs to do. “It operates at a really good speed, and we can drive it from site to site, which saves us time. It’s also much more efficient; it uses less fuel thanks to the work/drive modes because we can run it at a much lower RPM when we’re driving and not operating.”
In true community spirit, Jon is conscious of the perks the Multihog brings to the town as a whole: “With the old machine breaking down so much, we often had oil spills on the road, and the clean up affected the public. We also never knew if it was going to work when we needed it to. The Multihog is much more reliable, with far less downtime. With the snow plow and blower we know now that the sidewalks will be cleared on time, and for both public safety and municipal liability, that really is a big thing.”
“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"