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The demands of forestry professionals with though, uncompromising expectations have led to us having one of the market’s widest range of chainsaws.
When this saw was being developed, one of the requirements for the product engineers was to reduce its noise level to half of what other contemporary saws produced. The production department thought the existing muffler ”seemed too complicated” so the product engineers went to Husqvarna’s frame workshop, where frames for the company’s motorcycles and mopeds were made. Their skill in bending pipe made it possible to realize a new design for the mufflers, and in November 1959 the Husqvarna 90 was presented, Husqvarna’s first chainsaw with noise levels that were half of the competition’s.
The first prototype of the Husqvarna 65 was too heavy. ”We can’t put this saw into production”, the engineers said. After further work on the saw, the centre of gravity was moved closer to the handles and the bar was made lighter. The saw wasn’t only a breakthrough in terms of convenience, it was also very powerful and reliable. After testing one, a Canadian distributor exclaimed ”I’m throwing out my old saw brands – now we’re going to colour the forest orange!”
In 1969 the product engineers at Husqvarna were commissioned to develop a completely new chainsaw to be launched at the Elmia Fair, a large forestry fair outside Huskvarna, just a year later. Other projects were put aside and all available resources were focused on developing a convenient, safe chainsaw. The product engineers hardly got any time off at Christmas and New Years, but the saw was finished on time. The Husqvarna 180 kickstarted the exports to North America, and the vibration dampening system was so successful that the head of design was invited to give a lecture at a conference on vibration- related injuries at the University of Dundee.
After the successes with machines that were quieter, lighter and with better vibration dampening, Husqvarna started to focus more on safety. Using a chainsaw could be dangerous and loggers often suffered serious injuries. The Husqvarna 162 was a thoroughly modern saw with fewer parts, an electronic ignition system and, not least, automatic chainbrake. It dramatically reduced the number of accidents, and the factory in Huskvarna received a letter from a forestry company thanking Husqvarna for saving lives with the new saw.
Many different numerical combinations have been used to name all the chainsaws Husqvarna has made during its fifty years in the business. Everything from the first Husqvarna 90 to today’s 576. The Husqvarna 133 was made light and handy, an extra-efficient saw for limbing. Especially in Japan its successors be - came more popular than previous models like the 444 and other saws with the number 4 in the name. It turned out that this was because traditions in many Asian cultures relate the n umber 3 to love, while 4 is associated with death. The saw was also available with heated handles, and its technical qualities earned it the love of many forestry workers in northern Europe as well.
A simple, robust saw that’s extremely reliable. Those were the user demands when the Husqvarna 50 Rancher was being developed. It became the first Husqvarna saw built for all-round use, and was soon immensely popular, especially with farmers and forest owners in the United States. The name ”Rancher” became so well-known that many customers walked into the store asking to buy ”a Rancher saw”, without even knowing that it was a Husqvarna the y were talking about. The saw is still in production, and after numerous updates it’s now called the 55 Rancher. Husqvarna 55 Rancher.
This model made Husqvarna’s professional chainsaw range complete. It was launched at the company’s global sales conference in Sweden, and was displayed sliced in two, in a cross-section, so the participants could easily see all of its technical innovations. This highly instructive approach proved very popular and was used at the national level all around the world. Sales went extremely well in countries like Canada, Russia, Czechoslovakia and the UK. These sliced saws were probably the only Husqvarna product where 50 machines could be sent out to twice as many destinations.
Husqvarna has a proud history when it comes to the World Logging Championships. The contest is held every two years, attracting competitors from some 30 countries, who compete both individually and on national teams. There are five events: tree felling, fitting another chain, bucking by combined cut, precision bucking and limbing. Husqvarna has won gold medal the individual class 7 times. The saw in the photo is a Husqvarna 262 XP, used by Vasile Babata from Rumania when he won the World Logging Championships in 1994.
The first trial series of the 394 was to be transported to the double-launch in the United States and New Zealand as soon as it was ready. The timetable was tight and the saws were ready on a Saturday morning, when the factory gates are locked and there are no outgoing transports. By way of a minor smuggling operation to a waiting taxi, the saws finally got to start their journey. The launch was a hit. Husqvarna has been successful on the export market since the late 1960s when sales took off. Today 95% of all products are exported and the company is represented by some 18,000 dealers in almost 100 countries around the world.
One of Husqvarna’s most professional chainsaws is also its smallest. The Husqvarna 335XPT was the first saw to be developed specifically for arborist work and tree care in towns, gardens and other built-up areas. The arborist’s job is about ensuring trees are safe, beautiful, healthy and long-living. With their extremely compact engine body and v ery low weight, Husqvarna’s arborist saws are an obvious choice for arborists all over the world. The word arborist comes from arbor, the Latin word for tree.
The Husqvarna 346 is a series of professional saws that first went on sale in the spring of 1999. The saws were popular because of their high efficiency and low vibrations. 2001 saw the launch of variants of the 346XPG with TrioBrake™. TrioBrake means that the chain brake can also be activated with the right hand. This reduces the risk of injuries, but also promotes a more ergonomic working position. And just like the integrated vibration-damping system and the inertia-activated chain brake, TrioBrake has the potential to become a new industry standard from Husqvarna.
Husqvarna’s first chainsaw was launched in 1959 and it was black and orange. Husqvarna’s outdoor products have been orange ever since. 2009 Husqvarna celebrated 50 years as a chainsaw manufacturer. As a result of all the demands that professional forestry workers have placed on us over the years, we now have one of the market’s strongest chainsaw ranges. So what can you expect from Husqvarna chainsaws over the next 50 years? Don’t ask us, ask our customers. We only know what the colour will be.