Following demonstrations by their local dealer, the town of Truckee trialled a Multihog multi-purpose tractor with a cold planer for 4 weeks in the summer of 2017. It was enough to convince the California town that a Multihog would be the perfect year-round addition to their maintenance fleet and shortly afterwards they placed an order for an MXC 120 tractor along with a 24” Simex cold planer, which was delivered in spring of 2018.
Truckee shares the Multihog between two divisions of their Public Works department – its main purpose during the summer months is asphalt grinding and pothole repair on all of the town’s roadways, but during the winter months a snow blower is fitted to clear around 9 miles of sidewalks, trails and smaller roadways by the fleet, facilities and landscaping division. The year-round functionality of the Multihog, shared between various divisions of Public Works dept. makes the MXC a smart and cost-effective choice for the municipal budget.
Truckee’s Street Maintenance Manager Thom Ravey explains the town’s purchasing decision: “Our local dealer called us up and offered to demo the Multihog – he was pretty persistent, so we thought it must be something worth seeing! After the demo we hired a unit for 4 weeks and it was clear pretty quickly that the Multihog was totally outperforming the mini loader we already had. The MXC is purpose-built to carry snow blowers and patch planers, and this is reflected in the hydraulic setup – which is totally different to the hydraulics of the loader we had been using.”
Thom says the performance and visibility of the Multihog influenced their choice, along with the fact that the cabin is superior to any other machine his team has seen: “Our operators have been vocal about the comfort that the Multihog cab offers. Road speed is also important as the winter operators have a lot of locations to cover, so it’s a lot more efficient when they can clear an area and then drive to the next at 25mph.”
What benefits does Thom think the Multihog brings to Truckee? “Our asphalt grinding process is faster and more efficient now, we tested it and we’re definitely covering more feet per hour than with our old equipment. Our operators are happier and more comfortable, and with the visibility in the Multihog cabin they’re also much safer.”
Local dealer support is naturally also important for Truckee, and Alpine Smith Inc. delivers in this regard too: “Darin at Alpine Smith is really good – very knowledgeable and professional, and he’s been super responsive to our questions at all times. He completed training with our operators on-site shortly after delivery, and I have no doubts about the level of service he’ll provide as our Multihog dealer”.
"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"