Thermal weed control is taking over from chemicals as a more environmentally sound method of getting rid of unwanted vegetation and the Tomingroep, a service provider working with a number of local authorities in the Netherlands, is using this sustainable technology in rural and urban areas in and around the cities of Almere and Hilversum. When the system was introduced Tomingroep also looked for new equipment to ensure efficient operation and chose three Multihogs as carrier units for its Empas hot water attachments.
Working across a wide area between the two locations, the Multihogs’ nifty road speed of 40km/h enables the vehicles to easily cover the distances from one job to the next. The compact dimensions of the Multihog MXC75 base units make them ideal for accessing the paved and semi paved areas in the narrow confines of residential areas, pavements and cycle paths where much of this type of spraying work needs to be carried out.
The weed control season lasts from March until October, however once this is over the Multihogs will not be put to rest but will be on standby for operation in more severe weather. Winter attachments of a combi snow plough and brush, developed in-house by Multihog, and front mounted brushes are on hand for snow clearance, and the Tomingroep is also looking to acquire other rear mounted attachments to widen even further the scope of the machines’ activities.
“Tomingroep has been very happy with the overall performance of the Multihogs,” said Gerard Vels of Van Dyck Netherlands, Multihog’s dealer in the area. “The multi-purpose nature of the units makes them cost effective and of equal if not more importance is the comfortable environment for the drivers, who are operating the machine for shifts of six or seven hours at a time. Whether spraying weeds or clearing snow, the Multihogs’ versatility is of great benefit to both municipalities.”
"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!"
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"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"