Placer County Public Works Dept. in California trialled a Multihog CX 75 HD on an eight month rental before purchasing the multipurpose tractor along with a snow blower, hydraulic V snow blade and pressure washer in the fall of 2017. Keeping a 3 mile stretch of the Kings Beach area clear of snow in winter is the CX’s primary task, with pressure washing the sidewalks keeping it busy in spring and summer.
Having seen the machine in operation for almost a year, Dan LaPlante, Associate Civil Engineer in Placer’s Public Works Dept. is certain that it’s the right choice for year-round maintenance: “We have a lot of decorative sidewalks in the Kings Beach community and that was a major concern when I looked at new machines. Since the CX is a no-chain vehicle with rubberized tires, our coloured concrete and pavers on the sidewalk aren’t damaged at all during snow clearing. We also have planters and benches which create a lot of narrow areas, and a big advantage is that the CX is articulated and can fit into and around these spaces to clear and clean them.”
Placer’s snowfall can vary year on year, but 2016-2017 was the biggest yet with heavy storms bringing a massive 500 inches. Previously, the County used manually-operated, walk behind blowers to clear snow in Kings Beach, but according to Dan they were less efficient and much slower than the CX, which makes short work of clearing the area in just 1-2 hours. Apart from efficiency, the CX is also a much safer option for the winter operators, who previously used the walk behind blowers on roundabouts and crosswalks – and for Dan, the increased protection is important: “From a health and safety point of view, I’d much rather have our operators enclosed in the Multihog cabin than walking behind a blower, as the risk of accident or injury is vastly reduced. Of course, they’re also happier to work in a warm, dry cabin instead of being out in the elements during a snowstorm.”
In the summer, the CX is fitted with a pressure washer for cleaning the sidewalks, which operates well without damaging any nearby shopfronts or amenities. Placer considered other machines on the market, but in the end opted for the CX 75 thanks to its multifunctionality as well as excellent customer service from the local dealer: “Alpine Smith have been super – they tweaked the machine to suit our operations when required, we’ve had great communication and really fast service”.
"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"