If it’s not snowing in Bergen in Norway then it’s likely that the grass is growing and weeds are sprouting. Local contractor Wikholm has found that the Multihog tractor, along with various attachments, offers him a year round solution for both of these tasks. The Multihog’s versatility is an ideal fit with the company’s services which include street and highway maintenance, landscaping, ground care and winter clearance.
Wikholm’s first Multihog was delivered at the beginning of 2016 with the primary purpose of being used with front and rear mounted thermal weed control attachments. Thermal weed control is one of the most sustainable weed removal methods available, applying hot water to the leaves of vegetation at a temperature of 98-99°C to ensure chemical free and eco-friendly eradication of weeds. The compact dimensions of the Multihog MX 120 tractor means that even the narrowest areas can be accessed to keep any unwanted growth at bay.
In the winter season a 2 metre (6.5 ft) combi snow plough and brush attachment and a 1.3m³ (46 ft³) salt spreader are fitted to the base unit to ensure efficient clearance of snow and ice across the city.
The second Multihog, a CX 75, arrived in Bergen at the beginning of 2017 and replaced a Spanish brand of tool carrier. This machine is equipped with a tipping body that can be used for carrying tools or for general storage. The two Multihogs now offer a comprehensive year round service for Wikholm whatever the weather and job in hand.
Director Stein Wikholm is impressed with the Multihog’s build and performance, as well as the customer service: “It’s a super machine, solid and reliable, and we will definitely look at buying more in future. From our driver’s point of view it also offers a high level of comfort which is an important issue in our climate. It is also great to deal with a company such as Multihog whose personnel are so helpful! Their sales team is always there for us if we have any questions or need advice.”
“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"