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.
"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"