23

Sep
3

Chainsaw safety

For Husqvarna, safety comes first. This is why!

23

Sep
1

The arrival of Japan

In the afternoon, the national team from Japan arrived. Their chainsaws got stuck in the custom though, making them come here almost empty handed. But the Husqvarna crew is a helpful crew and they are now fully equipped with great machinery.

This is the first time a Japanese team is represented at the WLC. We got a chance to talk to the junior participant in the Japanese team, Hiroki Shirakawa. Had to use a translator, but that wasn't a problem. Here is what he had to say:

 

23

Sep
0

Husqvarna and Jonsered

Got the opportunity to have a small chat with Hannes Lokko and Niklas Börjesson. Hannes is in charge of the Husqvarna display area and Niklas is in charge of Jonsered's.

23

Sep
0

Hello Zagreb

We arrived in Zagreb late in the evening yesterday and checked in at the beautiful Hotel Antunovic Zagreb. First thing we did today was going to the competition site. A lot of activity going on, everyone is building display areas and preparing the site for the competition. There has been A LOT of raining going on last week, making the ground all messy and useless. To solve this, a lot of gravel and sand has been transfered to the site. It works! The result is though that everyone building has lost a day of work, making everyone a bit stressed. But the spirit is great in the Husqvarna team!

Here's a first video clip from the site.

21

Sep
0

The Final Countdown

This is it! Tomorrow, Husqvarna Loggers Blog is goiong down to Zagreb, Croatia to cover the World Logging Chamionship. We hear that there has been some heavy raining the last couple of days, but we cross our fingers that it will be sunshine when we arrive.

The team consists of Peter Holmberg and Björn Falkevik, both from Stockholm, Sweden.

 

Peter will be in charge of interviewing participants and experts, write an publish material on the blog continuously, answer questions from readers and make sure that everyone who's not able to see the championship live can follow the excitement online.

 

Björn is the technique and media genius who will be in charge of filming, photo taking, edit and make sure all productions are of good quality.

 

 

Please make sure that you follow us and your favorite Husqvarna participants in Croatia this weekend. Starting tomorrow you will get a lot of updates per day. Interviews, videos, images and a lot more. Please follow us at Twitter as well:

#pro_forest
#peter_hsqv

See you on The Husqvarna Loggers Blog!

14

Sep
15

Interview with Florian Huster from Germany

Florian Huster, professional logger from Morgenröthe-Hautenkranz in Saxony, is competitor for Germany’s U24 team at the World Logging Championship 2010. After his promising results at the latest championship he is considered to be one of the favorites in his starting class.

 Now it’s not too long before the WLC are starting in Zagreb. What are your chances by your own estimates?

If everything works out as planned, it could mean a win. But then everything has to work out well. You have to concentrate hard and you cannot make any mistake at all. At least I am training for a win, nothing else!

At the moment everything seems to go according to plan for you?

Yes, you could say that. I participated at the Bavarian State Championships among the guests in order to prepare for the WLC. I ended up second place – among the professionals that is, not among the juniors. That’s really quite something since the starting field was well set – even internationally.

You are a professional logger as well. When did you start your sawing career?

It was quite early, at the age of 13 years. My father is a hunter and an uncle of mine is a professional logger as well, so I was in the forest a lot when I was a child. Four years ago I started to participate in competitions, originally a suggestion from a friend of my family. With the early successes I have become more and more ambitious.

German Junior Vice-Champion 2007, Saxonian Champion 2006 and 2008, 3rd place in the B-team at the World Championships in 2009. That’s an amazing record already! How are you preparing for the championships in Zagreb?

At the moment I have training sessions three times a week. Additionally, I play soccer and practice weight-lifting. That is beneficial for my fitness as well. So I am quite busy during the week. And finally, I should have some time left for my girlfriend as well.

You joined the Husqvarna training camp in Austria. Was that helpful for you?

The training camp was really great and I learned a lot. There were many nations present and you can adopt a little here and there from everybody. I was definitely able to improve my own performance. Everything was organized excellently. It could not have been any better.

Your chainsaw of choice is the Husqvarna 372 XPG. Why?

Actually, because it was the very first saw that I owned myself. That’s where it all started. It might sound a bit funny, but during the years I have built up a relation of trust with that special chainsaw. I like it and I can always depend on my saw. I also use the very same one for my daily work in the forest. For me, anything else than Husqvarna will always be out of question.

Then everything is set for WLC, isn’t it?

From my point of view the championships may very well begin now. I am ready! The whole German national team will drive down to Zagreb in our own bus, which is especially good for the team spirit.

And what will happen if you really make the overall win?

Then there will be a huge party and beer all day.

 

 

We from Husqvarna Loggers Blog cross our fingers and wish you the best of luck, Florian. If you want to see how Florian and the other Husqvarna participants perform in Zagreb, please make sure you check out this blog the whole weekend (23 – 26 September). We will keep you updated!

12

Sep
6

To fell a tree

The most self-evident discipline in the World Logging Championship must be Tree Felling. There are a lot of points at stake in this precision task, not to mention the amount of prestige. The discipline has been a part of WLC since the start and has since then been altered to become as fair to the participants as possible. In the early years of the competition, the material consisted of real trees out in a forest, adding a lot of factors to the estimations of the discipline execution, like wind and gradient. Now, completely straight spruce tree trunks are dug down in the ground on an open field, excluding most of the external impact.

 

A brief look at the discipline rules

The goal is to hit a target point with the felled tree, placed at least 15 meters from the spruce. The discipline score is set by three different measurements: distance between the spruce and the target, the quality of the cut and the time exceeding three minutes. This means that it doesn’t matter how fast you execute the discipline, as long as it’s no more than three minutes total. Therefore speed is of a lesser matter than in other disciplines.

The diameter of the trees can be between 28 cm and 38 cm, but the total difference between the trees cannot be more than 4 cm in one competition.  An ideal cut is performed as the image below indicates.

Strategy

As already stated, you don’t gain any point by performing the discipline as fast as possible, as long as you don’t exceed the three minutes deadline. There is not an optimal chainsaw for this discipline; the more important thing is to make sure that your machine is calibrated correct and that you have taken all safety measures before you start the felling.

The history

The Swedish logger Lars Strandell has competed in 14 World Logging Championships so far and is definitely one of the most experienced participants in the world. In the WLC held in Norway 2000 he set the unbreakable world record of 660 points, the highest score possible. In 2006, the excellent German logger Gottfried Schädlich though shared the record by just like Strandell performing a perfect score.

Since the exclusion of felling real trees in a forest, the Nordic domination of the discipline has been terminated. Nowadays it’s hard to find favorite participators to win, though Germany, Finland and Russia has performed very well in the last championships. This year it is going to be more thrilling than ever in this discipline, so please keep an eye on the Husqvarna Logger Blog the whole weekend to not miss out on anything of what’s happening down in Zagreb on the 23rd through the 26th of September.

07

Sep
0

New winners in the image competition

We have now selected new winners in the image competition! You will be rewarded with the exclusive Husqvarna backpack! Congratulations to you all!

Seems like good week for Austria. Will they perform just as good in the real WLC in three weeks? Husqvarna Loggers Blog will keep you updated the whole weekend. Stay tuned!

 

Winner nr. 4: Adam Renato Klug from Austria

 

Winner nr. 5: Gregor Alexander from Austria

 

Winner nr. 6: Marko Könnecke from Germany

 

Once again: Congratulations!

31

Aug
0

The chainsaws from Husqvarna

In the World Logging Championship, there are two chainsaws being used by the Husqvarna crew: 372 XP and 576 XP. The Loggers Blog want to give you a little bit more information about these two machines. This may very well be the two best professional logging chainsaws on the market!

 

Husqvarna 372 XP®

The evolution of the 372 XP
Year 2000 the model 372 XP was launched worldwide. A true professional saw in the larger mid-size class, it was an evolution from the model 371 XP.  The 372 XP became very appreciated for its engine characteristics. Quick acceleration and high power spread over a wide rpm range is combined with low weight and great ergonomics. This was very suitable for pro loggers all over the world. A sign of this is that this machine has several gold and other medals in the World Logging Championships over the years. Probably more medals than any other single model!

The evolution continues
This year (2010) a new step is taken. The 372 XP is now released with X-Torq engine, with the same power to weight ratio as earlier and lower fuel consumption.


Husqvarna 576 XP®

The evolution of the 576 XP
The 576 XP was launched late 2008, an advanced saw for demanding professional use. It is an evolution of the model 575 XP, which was the first X-Torq pro saw on the world market. X-Torq is a Husqvarna technology causing very low emissions and reducing fuel consumption. The 576 XP therefore meets all known emission standards for chainsaws. The 576 XP has a considerable increased power to weight ratio compared to the 575 XP. During the development, the goals were not just a clean engine with high torque and power. Extensive tests also resulted in improved ergonomics to enhance user convenience.  Nowadays this model is used by a lot of loggers worldwide as well as in the World Logging Championship.

The evolution continues
This year, 2010, a new step is taken. The 576 XP has now versions with Autotune, a system that automatically adjusts the carburettor accordingly to different type of fuel, altitudes, air quality and adjust for optimal performance of the engine. 

 

27

Aug
0

The Husqvarna Crew

Many of the participants in the World Logging Championship use Husqvarna equipment. We have now got the first list of the Husqvarna crew from all participating nations. This list may be corrected before the actual competition, but it gives you a good view of the Husqvarna starting field.

 

LAND

NAME

CAT.

Ukraine

Kostyushko Vitaliy

Prof

Ukraine

Kostyushko Oleksandr

Prof

Belgium

Bergen David

Prof

Ecuador

Franco Kleber

Prof

Ecuador

Witting Elesban

Prof

Ecuador

Angulo Edison

Prof

France

Petitqueux Jean Michel

Prof

France

Caparros Yohann

Prof

Japan

Mitsugi Akita

Prof

Japan

Hitoshi Keta

Prof

Japan

Tomohiro Maeda

Prof

Japan

Hiroki Shirakawa

U 24

Luxembourg

Wagener, Claude

Prof

Luxembourg

Reckinger, Alain

Prof

Netherlands

Essenstam, Arjan

Prof

United Kingdom

Mr Dewi Willims

Prof

Finland

Joni Toivio

U 24

Denmark

Per Mortensen

Prof

Germany

Huster Florian

U 24

Latvia

Gatis Brencis

Prof

Latvia

Edmunds Krišāns

Prof

Litauen

Balciunas Romas

Profi

Litauen

Penkaitis Povilas

Prof

Czech Republic

Vorlicek Jiri

Prof

Czech Republic

Rousal, Marin

Prof

United Kingdom

Mr Alun Jones

Prof

United Kingdom

Mr Josh Russell

U 24

Italy

Massimiliano, Biemmi

Prof

Italy

Raffl, Johann

Prof

Liechtenstein

Tanner, Armin

Prof

Slovenia

Cuk, Robert

Prof

Slovenia

Krese, Domine

Prof

Slovenia

Pavsic, Bostjan

Prof

Latvia

Mārtiņš Ķepīts

U 24

Denmark

Jacob Vibe

Prof

Finland

Jukka Perämäki

Prof

Litauen

Karpavicius Gintaras

Prof

Litauen

Stasiunas Gediminas

U 24

Poland

adam Dobrenko

U 24

Russia

Shvetsov, Ilya

Prof

Russia

Sokolov, Aleksandr

Prof

Russia

Mallat, Alexander

Prof

Russia

Dashugin, Vladimir

U 24

Ungarn

Kozák, András

Profi

Ungarn

Bakó, László

U 24

 

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