Transroute Tunnel Operations uses a Multihog MH90 machine to keep the toll plaza at the entrance to the Dublin Port Tunnel free of snow and ice and safely gritted during harsh winter weather. Transroute is responsible for managing all processes associated with the operation and maintenance of the tunnel, and was asked to operate a Multihog fitted out with winter equipment on behalf of the National Roads Authority (NRA). From the outset the Multihog proved to be absolutely indispensable, allowing the tunnel to remain operational during one of the worst spells of weather ever experienced in the region.
“We previously used external resources for snow clearing, and we could not always rely on these vehicles being where they were needed at any given time due to contractors’ other commitments or adverse weather and road conditions,” says Transroute’s Chief Operating Officer Alex Young. “The Multihog’s immediate availability and flexibility allowed us to react very quickly to prevailing conditions for total control of operations at all times – for example to determine exactly when to lay salt. Without this we would not have been able to keep the tunnel open – the consequences would have meant thousands of HGV’s being diverted through the city in the busy Christmas period, not to mention loss of revenue.”
Transroute’s Multihog MH90 is fitted with a snow plough on the front and a rear-mounted salt spreader, which allows the flow to be adjusted depending on road conditions – reducing costs and material waste. This was much more effective than separate ploughing and spreading vehicles previously used by Transroute, and the Multihog’s compact dimensions also allowed much better access to the relatively small areas around the toll booths.
The Multihog’s versatility has already prompted Alex Young to look into further applications. “We are proposing to the NRA that we get additional attachments on an ongoing basis such as road sweepers and sprayers for cleaning road signs. My impression when I first saw the Multihog was that it was a machine worth snapping up, and this has proved to be 100% the case.”
“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"