Two Multihog MX 120 models were delivered to the Swiss Canton of Neuchatel in time for the winter season of 2015 and have been doing a great job of clearing snow and ice according to the Head of Fleet at the Department of Bridges and Highways. M. Frederic Storrer. The multipurpose tractors replaced two other pieces of equipment which could only be used in winter for heavy snow clearance, and this has enabled the Maintenance Division to offer a higher level of flexibility throughout the year on 200km of roadway for residents in the regions.
First used with a Zaugg snow blower, the Multihogs are due to be equipped with further attachments to enable it to exploit its potential in and around Neuchatel as an all-seasonal solution for a wide variety of tasks. On the request of the sector chief of the Couvet Rochefort region M. Guillaume Tell, a leaf blower attachment for use with both machines has been ordered and the purchase of a patch planer is planned in the near future.
“A major advantage of the Multihogs is that they can be used by drivers with no need for them to have an HGV licence which gives us the flexibility to deploy a number of operators rather than relying on a specific driver for each vehicle,” said M. Storrer. “Coupled with the arrival of the new attachments this will enable very productive and improved operations.”
The Multihog MX range was developed as a smaller alternative to the original MH models, and following the recent introduction of the very compact CX models it is seen as the mid-sized Multihog series with 100 and 120HP engine sizes available. It combines powerful performance with the ability to access narrow areas such as cycle paths due to a starting chassis width of just 1280mm.
“The Multihogs have been very reliable for clearing snow and the drivers appreciate the comfortable conditions in the cab – an important factor in the Swiss winter weather,” adds M. Storrer.
"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"
“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"