They call it 'Mad March' – last month certainly was for Multihog, as media went mad for what is becoming considered the most productive and efficient method for permanent repairs, to add to the innovative multi-purpose machine’s many talents.
By utilising the road legal Multihog and front mounted road planer attachment, Nottingham City Council have reported significantly reducing the traditional time taken to permanently repair road defects and potholes for an effective first time repair rate in addition to incurring savings of 30%, on average, per permanent repair.
News of this achievement spread, with BBC first broadcasting the message over the airwaves on radio as well as on primetime television news. You can watch the clip again below:
The Multihog method for repairing roads has been well received as it offers a number of key advantages over conventional machinery and practices. As the Multihog is road legal the machine can travel from pothole to pothole ahead of the infill gang to increase productivity whilst minimising transportation and traffic management costs.
The compact and articulated design of the unit reveals other benefits as Peter Wells, Highway Asset Manager at Nottingham City Council, explains: “The area that we look after includes densely populated residential areas with old narrow streets that were not even designed with much room for cars let alone large plant equipment.”
Whilst the unrivalled productivity of the Multihog also allows it to work on hot rolled asphalt and larger works such as junction replacements. Hand arm vibration syndrome is also eradicated as the entire operation is controlled from within the cab and the left-over planings produced are typically recyclable with the option of a sweeper attachment to collect and discharge waste.
In addition to the road planer application the Multihog can be fitted with a diverse range of attachments from high volume water pumps to drain jetters and a range of horticultural, forestry and winter maintenance attachments.
Nottingham City Council’s Multihog will be used all-year-round for added value, with the swapping of attachments only taking a couple of minutes, by way of the front fitted durable snow plough and rear mounted salt spreader for extra resilience over the winter months. Leading Highway Engineer Stephen Walker to conclude: “The Multihog will give us long term benefits, will reduce overheads and is one of the best tools I’ve seen on the market.”
You can see the Multihog and patch planer attachment in action below:
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