The municipality of Pelt in Belgium was established following a merger of two smaller municipalities, Overpelt and Neerpelt. It has been using one of Multihog’s compact CL multi-purpose tractors since June 2019 for a variety of tasks, including mowing, sweeping and weed control. An existing roller brush, which was adapted to operate as a snow brush on the CL, is used during the winter season to clear snow on the cycle paths. Pelt’s existing weed brush was also converted to be used on the Multihog. This clever use of existing attachments helped to reduce costs, and the Multihog is now in operation almost every day, mowing during summer, and removing weeds in spring and autumn.
Danny Hendriks is the Purchasing Manager at Pelt and was quite involved in the purchase of the machine. “Our Multihog mows all public areas and several sports fields throughout the town, which has an area of about 83 km2 (51 sq. miles). We had an industrial lawn mower previously, so we had to really think about what we needed when we replaced it. The CL can carry a really large, wide mower, so we can do our mowing much more quickly. The road speed was also quite important to us – being able to drive on the streets at 40 km/h was crucial, as the machine needs to be able to travel between parks and sports fields independently. The other consideration was the CL’s suspension. Operator comfort is really high on our priority list, so when the drivers are sitting in the cabin all day, mowing, it’s really comfortable for them.”
The benefits were clear immediately. Unlike their old machine, the Multihog can carry a really wide rotary mower, so working width increased from 180 cm (70in) to 300 cm (118 in). Hendriks says that based solely on this, their productivity and efficiency increased dramatically.
Although its primary function is mowing the green spaces in summertime, the Multihog is used almost all year round, sweeping cycle paths in autumn and winter with the adapted roller brush.
“We haven’t officially measured it yet, but we know for sure that the Multihog is a faster solution than our old lawn tractor. Its road speed is quicker, and it uses a wider mower, which in itself, means that our sports fields and parks are cut faster. Since the merger, the distances our Grounds Maintenance team has to cover are much larger, but the Multihog has made our lives much easier – it mows quickly and travel speed between job sites is great. It’s made the merging of the municipalities quite smooth for our department.”
“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"