Nottingham County Council save up to £1000 per day verge mowing
Multihog UK LTD
landscaping services, grass cutting, Hedge Cutting
Nottinghamshire County Council has taken delivery of two Multihog multi-purpose implement carriers and is the first UK local authority to kit the MH90 base units out with unique Multihog flail mower/cutter attachments. This will considerably enhance verge cutting procedures across the county’s 4,500 km of roads, enabling faster, more cost effective and safer operations.
The Council has also purchased snow plough and gritter attachments, allowing the Multihogs to switch seamlessly from winter clearance duties to mowing, to ensure year round utilisation. “Unlike our old mowing equipment, which stood idle in the yard in the winter, there is no ‘closed season’ for the Multihogs, so we will be making maximum use of our resources,” says Mick Monaghan, Project Manager of Highways Services.
The side shifting and traversing front mounted flail mower attachment can be hydraulically positioned to work either side of the Multihog, offering major benefits compared to traditional fixed rear or side mounted cutting equipment, particularly when working on dual carriageways. Mick Monaghan explains: “Due to the requirement to work in the same direction as the traffic, our old tractor mounted system involved lane closures and rerouting, which obviously caused disruption. Cutting either side of the Multihog whilst travelling with the traffic flow, allows us to complete the work much more quickly and safely. We have also calculated that we can make substantial savings on traffic management costs, reducing these by as much as £1,000 a day.”
The Council looked into more efficient mowing methods when this work was brought back into its remit after previously being under the umbrella of District Councils. Having first seen the Multihog at a trade fair, it quickly became clear that there was nothing comparable on the market which offered such a high level of versatility coupled with one-man operation for the best use of available labour. The articulated design and compact build is particularly beneficial for working in precincts, cul-de-sacs and narrow roads on estates for ploughing and gritting.
Wherever possible the Council aims to reduce the risk of injury and improve the working environment for the workforce, and the Multihog will enable it to do just this. Confined areas that previously needed to be gritted by hand can now be accessed by the Multihog for more accurate spreading and faster procedures. The front mounted mower attachment allows drivers to keep their eyes on the road ahead for better visibility, avoiding the need to constantly look over their shoulders as is the case with rear mounted mowers. Attachments can be operated from inside the cab, eradicating the risk of hand arm vibration injury. The solid chassis is very stable even when working on gradients and the 40km/h top road speed is faster than tractors for reaching outlying areas.
“It makes sense to have equipment capable of working in all seasons, particularly when the weather seems to be so unpredictable,” say Mick. “The wide variety of attachments available from Multihog means that we are considering other operations such as patch planing and carriageway maintenance which will further enhance the use of these already very flexible machines.”
, Hedge Cutting
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