Before settling on a Multihog MH90 tractor, Kier – a leading UK services group considered several non-manual options to facilitate their permanent road repair programme. One of the alternatives considered was a mini planer, however it was deemed not ideal due to the fact that it cannot legally travel on the road. As a result the Multihog’s road-legal status and low-levels of vibration whilst planing made it the clear choice for Kier, and they took delivery of their unit, with a patch planer and rear water tank in early summer 2016.
Shortly after delivery, the Multihog was called upon to help ease closure chaos in London following a fuel and hydraulic fluid spill in the Blackwall Tunnel. Having battled to disperse the spill with sweepers and various cleaning agents, and with a wide array of closures already in place, it became clear that resurfacing the area was unavoidable, and so the Multihog began planing out around ironworks to prepare the area for the resurfacing process.
The Multihog’s ability to travel independently to site without support vehicles proved highly valuable, with the compact machine quickly self-propelling from ironwork to ironwork, saving time and minimising disruption to the public.
East Depot Manager Rob Polley utilised the closures by securing permission from Transport for London to carry out a host of maintenance activities at the same time, eliminating future disruptions to the same section of network at a later date, and reducing costs. During the night the maintenance teams refreshed all white road markings, cleaned the tunnel signs and patched 70 sqm on a nearby flyover with the ever useful Multihog.
The comfortable operator cabin (free from dust exposure), and low vibration levels (reducing risk of Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome) make the Multihog and planer combination the ideal alternative to manual breakout in road maintenance.
“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"