Glasgow City Council - Multihog is 400% more productive
GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL, Scotland’s largest local authority, has quadrupled productivity in its carriageway permanent patching programme since it took delivery of an MH90 Multihog multipurpose implement carrier fitted with a patch planer attachment. The mini planer and Multihog powe house has also improved operational health and safety by reducing the exposure of its workforce to the risks of hand-arm vibration (HAVS).
A spell of harsh winters and the general wear and tear on road surfaces has made efficient patch planing more of a priority in recent years, and Road Operations Manager David Russell and his team were keen to investigate alternatives to traditional methods as he explains: “With a road network of 1,750 km to maintain, manual operations with a five man squad using a team of jackhammers were quite slow and laborious. Depending on the size of potholes and their proximity to each other we could expect to cover around 50 to 100 m² a day. We were very impressed when we saw a demo of the Multihog / patch planer combination and realised it could help us to speed up repair work.”
The Multihog AP400 road planer was developed to offer faster, cleaner and quieter planing compared to other machines on the market. It enables road surfaces to be planed to a width of 400mm and a depth of 125mm and saves on the costs of infill materials by accurately removing only what is necessary. This produces a sound base for reinstatement and helps to reduce transport and recycling costs by creating a re-usable material.
The Multihog has definitely proved its worth at Glasgow as the impressive statistics demonstrate: the five man team can now reinstate between 200 and 400 m² a day, so is at least four times more productive. This enables the workforce to finish repairs in any given area much more quickly, reducing the disruption to traffic flow in the very busy city. David’s previous experience with other planers attached to plant equipment was that they were too lightweight to cope with this very heavy duty application, but his verdict is that “the Multihog’s solid construction and powerful hydraulics make it more than up to the job. Its road speed of 40km/h also enables it to travel independently around the city from one job to the next rather than having to be loaded on and off a trailer and this manoeuvrability is much more convenient.”
David is aware of the Multihog’s versatility to work with an almost limitless number of attachments, and may look into the winter maintenance kit at some point. But for the moment his focus is on cold milling with the Multihog which is carried out every day across the network. “Like every other local authority in the UK we had a huge problem with potholes mainly due to the recent extreme winters. Our programme of permanent patching repairs using the Multihog has made a great contribution towards rectifying the situation.”
Glasgow City Council Case study