HSB is Sweden’s largest organization for housing co-operatives, incorporating some 3900 co-ops around the country. It’s divided into 32 regional associations, one of which is HSB Södertörn in the outskirts of Stockholm.
This association manages about 12000 housing units and commercial premises for local housing co-operatives and for organizations that own common property, as well as public and private property owners. Nicolai Ussing is in charge of landscaping and garden care at HSB Södertörn. He plans the construction and maintenance of the green spaces on all the properties that his association manages.
Lots of the work is about mowing large lawns. For instance in Botkyrka where Ussing’s staff mows an area equivalent to no less than 160 football fields.
In Botkyrka, HSB Södertörn manages the mowing of lawns corresponding to an area no less than 160 football fields. For this reason, Nicolai Ussing values one quality above all else, when choosing machines: “That they’re reliable. We don’t have time for machines that stop in the middle of a job. You also need a good service organization, for instance with access to loaners. This is extremely important. In addition to reliability, the machines have to be well thought through from the start, and have the features we want.”
HSB Södertörn has used machines from Husqvarna for many years. They have front mowers like the PT 26D and lots of handheld machines such as trimmers, brushcutters and chainsaws.
“Apart from the products themselves, another important reason why we use Husqvarna is the attentive, prompt service we get from our dealer in Nynäshamn. They really go out of their way, and give us good support. Also, sometimes we get to test new products and give feedback on them. They listen to us – we simply have a good dialogue.”