Since November 2017, Tahoe City Public Utility District (TCPUD) in California has been using a Multihog MX 120 tractor with a Pronovost snowblower and Metal Pless angle blade for winter service on the area’s trails.
Ralph Turner, Senior Operations Specialist with TCPUD, has already put over 400 hours on the Multihog in his first winter season. The main purpose of the Multihog is snow blowing, and depending on the season’s weather, the scale of winter
operations can vary, as Ralph explains: “Once it snows, we have 3.5 miles (5.5 km) of trails to clear, but it can be more if it’s a drought year – in that case we have to keep up to 10 miles (16 km) open. To have 5 feet of snow by January is totally normal.”
The Multihog is a big change for TCPUD, who did not own any winter machinery
previously, apart from a small skid steer with a bucket. They cleared a small amount of snow on the sidewalks manually, but not on the trails.
As an operator, Ralph has first-hand experience of the benefits the Multihog MX has brought to Tahoe: “We had demos of two other equipment brands along with the Multihog, and all of our operators were in agreement that the MX was easier to
operate, more comfortable and by far the best. It was also the best size for what we need to do here in Tahoe.”
When asked what he likes best about the MX, Ralph is quick to answer: “It’s a hydraulic tractor running a big snowblower. In spring lots of our trails sit under 12 feet of snow, and that pressure would definitely break the shaft on a PTO tractor. Once the snow melts to around 5ft, we get our Multihog in there. 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 – it’s the best thing I’ve seen around here, and it’s also the quickest.”
Having known local Multihog dealer, Alpine Smith Inc., for several years, TCPUD knew they wanted to work with them due to their excellent after-sales support.
Outside of the winter season, TCPUD rent a boom mower for the MX to cut verges and hedges in the summer. The boom mower replaces handheld trimmers, and Ralph mentions that the new method is “much safer and way better.” A vacuum sweeper has also been ordered to assist with picking up sand spread on the trails and in parking lots during winter seasons, ensuring the MX is working all year round.
"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"