TNT Airways is using a Multihog multi-purpose implement carrier fitted with a range of attachments at the company’s European Express Centre situated at Liege Airport. The Hub processes all air freight consignments within Europe and forms the link with the rest of the world. Following the extremely severe winter of 2010, TNT embarked on a programme of vehicle acquisition to upgrade its ability to cope with bad weather conditions, and the Multihog’s versatile and all seasonal operation has made it a profitable addition to the fleet.
Claude Joslet, GSE Coordinator Maintenance and Engineering first saw the Multihog at the Inter Airport show in 2011 and he and his colleagues were immediately impressed by its multi-functionality, design and build quality. A demo shortly after the show proved that the Multihog’s manoeuvrability and tight turning radius would also be of great benefit for moving between the 1,200 vehicles that are on site during operation times.
A front mounted snow plough and a 1m³ capacity rear-mounted salt spreader with adjustable spreading widths make up TNT’s winter resilience attachments. Both of these are fitted to the 90HP Multihog machine from the beginning of October until the end of March when the machine is based in the Operations Department in readiness for snow removal around aircraft.
Once the risk of bad weather has passed the machine is assigned to the Maintenance Department where, fitted with a fork attachment, it can operate as a forklift truck for the transport and handling of machinery and spare parts.
“This ability to use the Multihog for very diverse tasks and its compact dimensions coupled with a very powerful performance make it an efficient and cost effective solution,” says Claude. “From a drivers’ point of view the large cab with its excellent visibility affords comfortable working conditions and they particularly appreciate the warm environment in the long winter period.”
"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"
“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"