Arborist and chainsaw instructor Michael Austad is passionate about the environment. His company Västsvenska Trädspecialisten specialises in sustainable arboriculture and he has a holistic view of tree care, carefully considering the trees' surroundings before working on it.
“An old oak tree, for example, can have up to 2 000 different species that are dependent of it. In those cases I recommend a pruning instead of taking it down”, Michael Austad says and adds that most of his clients are happy to be informed and often forgo their felling plans even though it means less sun on their patios.
Though avid about treating timber gently, Michael Austad does not want to compromise on power. When he first encountered Husqvarna’s top handle battery chainsaw T536 Li XP® he was sceptical. Could this machine really do the job just as good as the petrol-driven arborist chainsaws? His initial hesitation was put to shame as soon as he tried it.
“I’m impressed by how powerful it is and how fast it accelerates. And the battery capacity is fantastic”, he says.
Made for climbing
As a daily tree climber, Michael Austad needs his equipment to be lightweight and easy to manoeuvre. With the battery top handle chainsaw from Husqvarna, he feels like he’s hit the mark on both points. The low weight and vibration levels in combination with the easy start/stop function have significantly improved his working conditions when pruning trees.
“My elbows used to ache after a day’s work, but now that I don’t have to keep pulling the starter cord when I’m up in the trees the ache is gone. And since the saw hardly vibrates at all, my arms almost never go numb anymore.”