Zhengzhou Airport in the Henan Province was the 17th busiest in the People’s Republic of China in 2014 with over 15 million passengers. Substantial enlargement of the airport is under way with the construction of a new terminal building and an additional 77 aircraft stands. It is now well prepared for the forthcoming winter season thanks to the recent delivery of five Multihog multi purpose tractors which are equipped with a variety of snow and ice clearance attachments.
The machines will mainly be used airside to ensure quick and effective stand clearance to reduce any impact of bad weather, which typically occurs in the region from December to March. Since Multihog developed its front-mounted combi snow plough and brush attachment this has become a very popular choice for customers at airports around the world and is seen as a very effective solution for initial ploughing and final sweeping. Zhengzhou is using the combi unit, along with rear-mounted de-icing sprayers on their Multihog multi purpose tractors. The purchase of some front mounted road sweeper attachments also offers the airport the additional versatility to deploy the Multihogs in the summer months.
Having used tractors for apron clearance with limited success in the past, Zhengzhou wanted to source a more reliable system for the new upgraded airport. Multihog’s local partner in the region recommended Multihog as the solution, which perfectly suited all the airport’s requirements and the five base units plus attachments were shipped over in the first half of 2015 in preparation for winter.
"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"