West Lothian sees its fair share of bad weather in the winter, but the area is more than prepared to deal with the effects of it thanks to two Multihog multi-purpose tractors with salt spreader, snow plough and snow blower attachments which the council uses during the winter season to clear the 950 km of roads and 1000 km of footways in its remit.
After watching a video of the Multihog in operation, Supervisor of Road Services Tom Ward and his team organised a demonstration. “The Multihog’s versatility, manoeuvrability and quality of manufacturing impressed us. Multihog’s developers also collaborate with some excellent attachment companies and by augmenting our existing winter resilience fleet with the two Multihogs, we have been able to improve the effectiveness of our snow clearing service across West Lothian.”
Operations Manager Andy Johnston explains: ”We deployed the Multihogs in two areas which have been historically problematic to clear due to narrow roads in estates, cul-de-sacs and a Public Health Service car park. Fixed snow ploughs have difficulty manoeuvring around obstacles such as parked cars in these restricted areas and they can also only clear snow in one direction.”
The Multihogs’ compact design and manoeuvrability allowed them to access all areas, and give drivers better control of where cleared snow is deposited for more even distribution. Time savings achieved were also impressive: an estate that used to take a whole day to clear using two fixed snow ploughs was done and dusted in a morning with just one Multihog, considerably improving the council’s productivity. A further bonus is the top road speed of 40 km/h which enabled the Multihog working in suburbs to quickly cover longer distances from the depot.
“The Multihogs more than exceeded our expectations and their initial performance leaves us in no doubt that we are well equipped for efficient clearance should the snow return,” says Andy Johnston. When the winter season is over West Lothian Council will be looking to maximise the investment in the vehicles by adding other applications to its remit. Tom Ward sums up: “The beauty of the Multihog is that it is never likely to sitting idle whatever the time of year.”
"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"