Husqvarna chainsaws - powered by our users since 1959
Our desire to meet the real demands of forestry professionals has spurred us to create some of the world's best and most innovative chainsaws.
Chainsaws have had a huge impact on the timber and forestry industries. Although today we take them for granted, our ancestors collected wood using axes and other heavy objects; a strenuous and time-consuming procedure.
And that was their reality, from antiquity until the conception of the first modern chainsaw. Felling was dangerous and time-consuming, a challenge that required coordination and persistence.
Forests were the center of human civilization. Those communities that produced more wood were able to build shelters, thus surviving under harsh weather conditions and overcoming other difficulties.
Wood was used to create a multitude of simple tools and more complex structures. Those who controlled timber production were also able to master the elements. With wood came fire. Fire was then used to heat up metal, creating more advanced weapons, armour and war machines.
Needless to say, wood would rule the world.
Why Were Chainsaws Invented & The First Modern Chainsaw
Tree cutting saws were already in use during the first quarter of the 19th century. In England, large circular and band saws were used as a means to refining and cutting large pieces of wood in the desired thickness and length. Axes were still used as saws were unable to cut through thick trunks.
The original use of the modern chainsaw are debated. The first chainsaw was invented by German orthopaedist Bernhard Heine in 1830. He called it the osteotome, from the Greek osteo (bone) and tome or tomi (cut); literally, the bonecutter.
This chainsaw, as well as many that followed, were used for medical purposes. They resembled the modern chainsaw in design but were smaller and required manual turning of a handle to move the blade that carried the cutting teeth.
At the beginning of the 20th century, many researchers were looking for ways to power stronger and more efficient chainsaws. The first patent for an electric chainsaw, the “endless chain saw” as it was called, was granted to Samuel J. Bens.
In 1926, the first electric chainsaw that would move to the production line was patented by Andreas Stihl. It was a heavy and bulky model, weighing in at 116 pounds. Troops brought the model to Europe in 1941. Before the end of World War II, all chainsaws were wheeled and had to be carried and used by two people. As aluminium alloys and other forged steel parts were developed, chainsaws began to get lighter and lighter.
Once gas-powered chainsaws were brought to Europe, everything changed. In 1959, Husqvarna launched its first chainsaw, the Husqvarna 90, and the rest is history as they say.
Husqvarna 90 – Husqvarna’s first chainsaw, launched in 1959
When this saw was being developed, one of the requirements for the product engineers was to significantly reduce its noise level. 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. In November 1959, the Husqvarna 90 was presented, a gas chainsaw with noise levels that were half that of the competition’s.
Husqvarna 65 launched in February 1966
Husqvarna 180 – launched at the Elmia Trade Fair outside Huskvarna in 1969
Husqvarna 162 – launched in 1975 in Sweden and Finland
Husqvarna 133 – launched in 1981
Husqvarna 50 Rancher – the first all-round saw, launched in 1982
Husqvarna 154 – to the market in 1983
Husqvarna 262 XP® – the first saw with Air Injection, launched in 1989
Husqvarna 394 XP® – introduced in 1991
Husqvarna 335XPT – the first specialist saw for arborists, introduced in 1997
Husqvarna 346XPG – the first chainsaw with a snap-lock cylinder cover, introduced in 1999
Husqvarna 572 XP® – the world's most advanced chainsaw
Husqvarna’s first chainsaw was launched in 1959, and it was black and orange. Husqvarna products have been orange ever since. In 2009, we celebrated 50 years as a chainsaw manufacturer. As a result of the demands placed on us by professional forestry workers, we have the world's best chainsaw lineup. What can you expect from Husqvarna chainsaws over the next 50 years? Don’t ask us – ask our customers.
We only know what the color will be.