Nottinghamshire County Council are using two Multihogs for verge cutting across the county’s 4,500 km of roads. The first local authority in the UK to kit out its Multihogs with flail arm mowers, Nottinghamshire expects to make savings on traffic management costs of up to £1,000 a day. The side shifting front-mounted flail arm mower can be hydraulically positioned to work either side of the Multihog, offering major benefits when working on dual carriageways. Project Manager of Highways Services Mick Monaghan explains: “Due to the requirement to work in the same direction as the traffic, our old tractor-mounted system involved lane closures and rerouting, which obviously caused disruption as well as incurring considerable costs. Cutting either side of the Multihog whilst travelling with the traffic flow allows us to complete the work much more quickly and safely.”
Snow plough and gritter attachments will also allow the Multihogs to switch seamlessly from mowing to winter clearance duties for year round utilisation. Seasonal Works Manager Andy Oscroft highlighted this advantage: ‘Due to the unseasonably cold weather when the Multihogs were first delivered – we were gritting for 22 nights throughout March – we got to try out the Multihog’s winter capabilities first. Having heard testimony from other users I was confident that the machine would do all that it promised and this proved to be the case. The Multihogs are earmarked for service in routes where there are steep hills, narrow roads and estates where larger snow clearing equipment just won’t fit. The articulated design also makes them excellent for manoeuvring around parked cars for maximum possible clearance.’
Andy’s verdicts on the flail arm mower as well as the overall performance of the Multihog have also been fantastic. ‘The grass this summer has grown very quickly, so the Multihogs have been cutting 4ft high swathes of grass, mixed with scrub and coarse stems. Compared with our larger tractors with 110hp they have 20hp less output but you’d never know it – to be honest I’m amazed that the manufacturers have packed so much power into such a compact machine. Fuel consumption is excellent – when you are working long shifts in outlying areas you need to be confident that you have enough juice to get back to the depot, and the tank easily copes with the 10-hour daily operation that we typically need in the summer to cope with the workload.’
Seasonal Works Operative Mark Wardle spends so much time in his Multihog that he likens it to his ‘second home,’ and a very comfortable one at that. ‘Compared to the tractor-type vehicles with rear attachments the Multihog is very comfortable to operate as you have the attachment in front of you and are not constantly straining your neck to look over your shoulder,’ he says. ‘As you are seated away from the engine the working environment in the cab is very quiet and smooth. The low centre of gravity makes the machine very stable to operate even on steep gradients, and I have never felt any risk of getting stuck in even the muddiest conditions, as the 4-wheel drive has a real kick to it.’
Operatives such as Mark take pride in the quality of their work and he is impressed with features that enable more precise mowing. ‘The side-shift facility on the mower enables me to do a neater job as I can manoeuvre the flail head around obstacles such as benches, rubbish bins, etc, without leaving the cabin’ says Mark. The 4m-reach of the arm can also mow very steep banks, so scaling them manually with strimmers is no longer necessary. Using a front-mounted attachment also means that grass is not flattened before it is mown, resulting in a better cut.
"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"