NPL has deployed a Multihog MH90 and patch planer to assist with gas pipeline replacement in South Lake Tahoe, California, in a major project which involves excavation, line installation, welding and paving work. NPL is a nationally recognized leader in pipeline construction with over 40 years’ experience in building energy distribution systems across America.
The MH90 model replaced a skid steer machine and is fitted with a cold planing attachment to enable the quick and efficient removal of asphalt. It has improved productivity for NPL, which has been contracted to replace several miles of pipeline and all the connections, by offering more efficient surface preparation before the new lines are laid below ground.
NPL chose a front mounted SIMEX 4520 self-levelling high flow planer and a rear mounted 220 gallon water tank as the most suitable attachments for the Multihog, preferring a 12 volt pump for the tank rather than a gravity fed unit for dust reduction.
As the project is due to last a few months two 12 hour shifts ensure that sensitive work that may be disruptive to local businesses and the traffic flow can be carried out at night. NPL has been particularly impressed with the Multihog’s road speed, operator comfort and good visibility from the cab which enables work in the South Lake Tahoe section to keep good pace with the planned schedule. Drivers have commented on the MH90’s easy operation and those on the day shift particularly appreciate the air conditioning unit in the cab.
Local dealer support was a factor that influenced NPL when it looked at sourcing equipment and ALPINE SMITH Inc. which specialises in tractors and equipment and snow removal was ideally placed to offer this. Darin R. Smith, who also has experience of Multihog’s winter clearance abilities, rates it as a top notch solution for NPL: “The MH90 is a fantastic platform for a cold planer due to its strength, comfort, speed and water carrying capacity,” he said.
"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"
"The crucial factors for us were the quality, high payload, compact dimensions and also the impressive power of the vehicle."
"The quality of the finished cut is very good: thanks to the Multihog’s steering and its weight it doesn’t leave any tracks behind on the grass.”
"For the drivers, the cab is ergonomic, easy to get in and out of & they report that it offers good comfort throughout their shift of up to 12 hours”
"The Multihogs are exceptional - easy to drive, fast and they turn in a very small space"
“I have had a lot of experience with equipment from other manufacturers but in comparison this machine is quicker & much more robust"
"Multihog stands behind their equipment; they're available to answer technical questions for our mechanics and spare parts are available on-demand"