Saturday, April 04, 2009

New Husqvarna EcoSmart™ Products Combine Innovation and Environmental Advancements

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Husqvarna, makers of a broad line of iconic orange outdoor power equipment, is going greener – offering a range of products with the environmentally-conscious consumer in mind. From new zero-emission battery-powered products to high-tech, low emission gas-powered engines, Ecosmart solutions help consumers easily identify innovative, “green” products for the lawn and garden.

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“In 2000, Husqvarna issued environmental declarations on several products – the first outdoor power equipment company in the world to do so,” said Dave Zerfoss, president of Husqvarna Professional Product, Inc. “Today, we are proud to introduce new technology that speaks to our heritage, leads the way in “green solutions” for the lawn and garden enthusiast and exceeds the performance demands of our consumer.”

EcoSmart solutions from Husqvarna currently include nine products and two engine technologies that power a wide range of handheld products including chain saws, trimmers and blowers.

Battery-powered innovations:

• Automower™ Solar Hybrid, fully automatic, partially powered by the sun
• Automower™ 230ACX, 220AC, 210C, fully-automatic battery-powered lawn mowers
• TB 1000 Battery Cultivator, battery-powered with gas-power performance
• Electric Utility Vehicle

Gas-powered technology:

• X-Torq® engines, reduce emissions by up to 60% and fuel consumption by 20%
• E-Tech II engines, emissions are reduced below existing and future EPA requirements

Propane technology:

• LZ6131P Zero-turn mower, fueled by propane tanks

Manual Mower and Accessories:

• Husqvarna 540 Push Reel Mower, no fuel, no emissions, no environmental impact
• Bar & Chain Oil designed specifically for the environment

Automower Solar Hybrid

Husqvarna’s Automower™ Solar Hybrid is a fully robotic lawn mower partly powered by the sun and uses no fuel or oil.

The Solar Hybrid mower is designed to handle lawns of up to a half acre. Incorporating solar and battery power, it uses considerably less energy than any conventional mower with its large integrated solar panel and is emissions-free. When there is daylight available, the solar cells enable the mower to extend its cutting periods before requiring a recharge. Lower power consumption and an extended battery life enable a faster, more environmentally improved cut.

How it Works:

• A small wire is staked to the ground below the grass level, or buried just beneath it, around the perimeter of the lawn.
• The on-board navigation system monitors its position relative to the wire, enabling it to effectively mow all parts of the lawn.
• Obstacles or other areas within the lawn that should not be mowed are handled in one of two ways:

o if the object is rigid and at least six inches tall, the mower bumps into it, reverses and starts off in another direction
o other areas, like a flowerbed, are excluded from the cutting area by using the perimeter wire

Automower™ Solar Hybrid mower is programmable to be personalized via timer, and charges itself when required by returning to its base. The 22-pound mower cuts every day, day or night, rain or shine and has a 4-digit pin code lock feature required to operate the mower and an alarm for security. Other safety features include lightweight and out-of-reach blades and automatic shut off when the device is lifted from the ground. Additionally, the three razor-like blades cut the grass cleanly and more often than a traditional mower which leaves shorter clippings that decompose faster and provide a natural fertilizer for an even better-looking yard.

Automower™ 230ACX, 220AC, 210C

Husqvarna introduces its newest fully automatic, battery-powered lawn mowers - taking the manual work out of an often tedious chore. Three models, the 230ACX, 220AC and the 210C, offer options for the homeowner looking for a “green” way to mow.

Automower™ functions in the same capacity as the Automower Solar Hybrid, however it operates on battery alone.

Mowing capacity  - Cutting Time - Charging Time
230ACX ¾ acre, very complex lawns - 90 mins. - 45 mins.
220 AC ½ acre, moderately complex lawns - 45 mins. -  45 mins.
210C 1/8 acre  - 2-3 hours  - 4 hours

TB 1000 Battery Cultivator

The world’s first battery-powered cultivator delivers like any gas driven cultivator in its class, but without noise and emissions. This cordless, multipurpose cultivator is a versatile workhorse that can be fitted with accessories for ridging, detaching and edging.

The high capacity battery offers the same performance of gasoline engines and delivers 30-45 minutes of battery life per charge. The touch-controls, adjustable handlebar, and overall ergonomic and compact design make this cultivator very comfortable and easy to use.

Electric Utility Vehicle, Husqvarna HUV4210E

Husqvarna’s compact, electric HUV is ideal for estate owners, nurseries, gardeners, farmers, landscapers as well as homeowners. The 48 volt electric motor can haul up to 800 lbs. – without producing emissions and noise.

Advanced Engine Technology

X-Torq® - Husqvarna has been a leader in developing fuel-efficient engines, beginning with E-Tech in the early 1990s, followed by E-Tech II, and now X-Torq. X-Torq engines reduce fuel consumption up to 20 percent and emissions up to 60 percent.

LZ6131P Propane Powered Zero Turn Mower

This zero-turn mower is ideal for the professional user. The 31 horse power Kawasaki FX850LPG engine meets EPA regulations and operates with lower fuel costs. For companies with large fleets of zero-turns, this is an ideal alternative to gas-powered mowers. The fuel quality remains consistent (propane does not go stale like gasoline) and the likelihood of spillage is non-existent. It also provides a faster fuel throttle response under load.

Husqvarna 540 Push Reel Mower

For homeowners seeking less impact on the environment when mowing, there’s a renewed interest in reel mowers. The new model offers easier maneuverability, requires no gas or oil, and has zero emissions with a quieter mowing experience. Homeowners can reduce their carbon footprint with a cost-efficient alternative to lawn care and get healthy exercise while mowing.

Bar & Chain Oil Designed Specifically for the Environment

This EcoSmart solution is a holistic approach to product usage and maintenance. Made from 80 percent canola oil, is non-toxic and extends the life of the bar, chain and sprocket. With minimal environmental impact, the oil biodegrades within 21 days.

About Husqvarna

Husqvarna is the world's largest producer of lawn mowers, chainsaws and portable gas-powered garden equipment such as trimmers and blowers. The Group is also a world leader in diamond tools and cutting equipment for the construction and stone industries. Net sales in 2007 were SEK 33.3 billion and the average number of employees was 16,000.