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Husqvarna Chainsaws

Husqvarna knows chainsaws, and they really should.

After all, they have been providing the world with some of the very best machines since 1959. So, obviously they also know the challenges you face when using them. Their smart solutions and innovations like Air InjectionTM technology, AutoTuneTM performance software or X-Torq® engine technology have helped advance chainsaw performance, optimise power output and even the ability to save on fuel consumption in their machines.

Today, Husqvarna’s chainsaw range includes everything from heavy-duty machines to smaller saws for residential use as well as models for felling, pruning and cutting firewood. Included in their wide offering is the Battery Series built to give you all the power and intuitive design you expect minus the noise and fumes.

Husqvarna 550XP® Mark II

In 2019, 60 years after the launch of their very first saw, Husqvarna introduced the 550XP® Mark II – a petrol powered chainsaw improved in every way.

Developed to deliver outstanding cutting capacity for handling small and mid-sized trees, the Husqvarna 550XP® Mark II provides you with new, unparalleled levels of performance, the very best in this size.

The optimised combination of high-power output and high chain speed is further enhanced by the use of Husqvarna’s designed and manufactured SP33G X-CUT® chain and the durable X-FORCETM bar. For the 550XP® Mark II, this translates into an impressive cutting capacity, considerably more than its closest competitor*.

“The 550XP® Mark II has been engineered for maximised durability and reliability, no matter the conditions.”

Put simply, it allows you to cut more in less time. The 550XP® Mark II has been engineered for maximised durability and reliability, no matter the conditions. Extra attention has been given to the cooling of the engine through an optimised airflow. The carburettor temperature is protected by an extra-strong heat shield, helping the overall cooling capacity as well as enabling easier starts during hot conditions or when you’ve operated the engine intensely.

Different tasks require different tools, and different cutting jobs require different amounts of power, acceleration and flexibility. The 550XP® Mark II will provide ample power and a cutting capacity that will satisfy even the most demanding forestry workers or arborists.


2019 not only marked 60 years as a chainsaw manufacturer, but it also commemorated 330 years for Husqvarna as a company. Husqvarna has a long history that is rich in tradition.

The first plant was established in 1689 as a weapons foundry. In the course of the centuries, Husqvarna has produced a large range of products from sewing machines, bicycles, motorcycles and kitchen equipment to market-leading products for customers around the globe, and today offers a wide and ever growing range of products and accessories, including everything from chainsaws and power cutters to robotic lawn mowers.

Arborist Essentials Gear

At Husqvarna, product development never stops, and with tree care being one of the worlds’ most demanding occupations, Husqvarna’s latest offering is their all new line of Arborist Essentials gear. Developed with professionals, the Arborist Essentials are basic pieces that allow an arborist to efficiently get the job done. Each item is designed for every day. Start your ascend into the canopy quickly and accurately with these essentials:

  • Rope Bag
  • Throw Line Cube
  • Throw Line
  • Throw Weights
  • Carabiners

What’s New this Autumn?

For a limited time, professionals can take home a FREE Rope Bag and X-CUT® chain valued at over $124 with the purchase of either a petrol powered T525, T540XP II or a battery powered T535iXP chainsaw.

Offer available on the following Husqvarna Chainsaw models, valid 01/04/20 – 31/07/20 at participating Husqvarna Dealers, while stocks last: New Model T540XP II (S93G X-CUT® Chain), T525 (S93G X-CUT® Chain), T535 iXP (SP21G Chain).

*www.husqvarna.com/au/products/chainsaws/ newchainsawgeneration/cuttingcapacity/

For more information head to your local Authorised Husqvarna Dealer, or visit www.husqvarna.com

April 13, 2020 / by / in ,
Bandit 18XP Mission Accomplished

When the team at Bandit sat down some time ago and started drawing up design goals for their Model 18XP six-cylinder turbo diesel chipper they must have had a very clear vision.

I can imagine the conversations must have gone something like; “Let’s build the strongest and most impressive chipper we can, keeping it under 4.5 tonne so it can be towed without requiring air brakes. It needs to have best-in-class performance, be user-friendly and the safest machine on the market.” From what we have seen here at AAA, Bandit has more than delivered across the board.

As you know, a chipper of this size and power needs tremendous build quality to achieve longevity in such a demanding environment as Australia, and Bandit has ticked the boxes in this area. Each machine is hand built with fully welded construction by two-man teams of specialist fabricators. Details abound, like the impressive hydraulic components used throughout, including over-sized, quality feed wheel motors supplied by Parker. We were pleased to see the extra wide horizontal feed rollers that are upward of 25 inches. These rollers are positioned right up against the chipping drum, which reduces the chance of material being stuck between rollers and drum. These design features increase productivity so you complete jobs quicker – moving onto the next.

Even the chunkiest logs are obliterated into mulch in seconds due to the considerable power and torque produced by the Caterpillar 173 HP six-cylinder turbo diesel.

Being a six-cylinder engine, the big CAT produces 920Nm of torque, which is about 50 per cent more torque than the four-cylinder chippers found in this machine class.

Torque is what keeps the chipper drum spinning under heavy loads; this impressive chipper will rip through large volumes of material in no time at all.

For the performance of the machine, the 18XP is relatively compact on its single axle. It’s easy to manoeuvre between trees and other obstacles to get into position.

The site where we set up saw us feeding logs with a loader that needed to cover about 30-45 metres from the location of the trees to the chipper. There was no downtime for the loader operator as the chipper was going a lot quicker than we could keep up with on the loader. A joy to use, the boys loved the 18XP on the day.

From an operator’s perspective, it’s easy to see why the 18XP is one of Bandits most popular chippers. The oversized 37-inch diameter drum and large infeed throat opening allows for significant compression of feed material. The popular hydraulic “lift and crush” fitted to the top roller is a helpful tool to ram through the really stubborn material.

Safety is always front of mind when working with this type of machine and Bandit has this covered with the 18XP.

“With over 700 Bandit 18XP chippers working across Australia, day in day out, this model is a proven performer in our harsh Aussie climate.”

Their patented (and very reliable) hydraulic safety bump bar, Auto Feed Plus and hydraulic winch come as standard.

Their rope shear device is fitted to help reduce the chance of injury should a rope accidentally get fed into the chipper – this should be on all chippers! These features seamlessly combine to ensure a user-friendly and safe experience for operators.

As you know, our dry Aussie hardwoods and fibrous materials can be testing on chippers, but with over 700 Bandit 18XP chippers working across Australia, day in day out, this model is a proven performer in our harsh Aussie climate.

The Bandit 18XP six-cylinder turbo diesel drum chipper impresses with its power and ability to eat through significant logs, branches and shrubs. It’s been designed and manufactured to do precisely what it does, and that is, safely make very short work of substantial jobs in the most efficient times possible.

For more information visit www.banditchippers.com.au

February 9, 2020 / by / in ,
Arbor Operations And Monitor Lifts

Arbor Operations prides itself on its informed approach to the science and practice of tree care, with the Brisbane-based company’s industry expertise and passion for arboriculture underpinned by a desire to maintain a green and healthy environment and a professional outlook developed over the course of decades.

Having commenced operations in 1980, Arbor Operations draws on an extensive range of experience in providing services to Brisbane aving commenced operations in 1980, Arbor Operations draws on an extensive range of experience in providing services to Brisbane

Peter, who has been running Arbor Operations since 2007, told The Australian Arbor Age that the business is highly flexible in the services it provides, allowing it to operate across different sectors and undertake a variety of projects.

“Since the company’s inception, it has undertaken work for and has a close relationship with Queensland government departments,” Peter stated.

“We have also been able to develop relationships within the commercial/ development sectors, including landscape contractors and local city and regional councils, while still maintaining a residential arm of the business.

“This versatility and diversity of service provision is due to our continued dedication to working within the industry standards, with professional service delivery standards.”

An Experienced Team And A Range Of Services

Peter – who has studied commerce and agricultural economics, and who has a Diploma of Horticulture – has been involved in the horticultural and agricultural sectors for over 40 years, telling AA that he “has a passion for plant and soil science”

This passion, backed by expert arborists and a highly trained and experienced team, serves to strengthen Arbor Operations’ range of services, which include: tree trimming, pruning and cutting along with tree surgery, surveying, transplantation and removal, tree mulching and stump grinding.

Arbor Operations maintains an emergency response team, for when tree-related issues require a quick response – and, among its other services, uses ground penetrating radar, allowing its customers insight into what to expect before digging, with it also providing root mapping and root barrier installation services.

It additionally provides reporting and assessments by AQF Level 5 arborists for residential schools and development sites.

Peter pointed to Arbor Operations’ experience and well-honed procedures as helping it to stand out from its competitors. “We are long-established, with qualified staff, and we are committed to best practice and safety standards,” he commented. “In addition to this, all of our climbing and rigging equipment must comply with our LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) system, which is adopted from the UK.”

Noting that “quality, well-maintained equipment allows for optimal performance”, Peter highlighted a number of equipment advances that have helped to streamline Arbor Operations’ operations.

“Deployment of large 21-22 inch chippers, 30m chip bins, loaders and forestry grapples, combined with engineered height access solutions, allows for more production per day in a safer manner,” he observed.

“Track-mounted spider machines with small footprints allow access to areas where truck and trailer-mounted machines can’t go, and you can also use these on non-level surfaces in places that other machines simply can’t get to. Meanwhile, the digitalisation of work and fleet allocation has improved the billable hours output of field crews.”

Monitor Lifts Products Backed By Local Support

Peter said that Arbor Operations uses elevated work platform (EWP) specialist Monitor Lifts as it backs its products, with parts and technical support delivered by a local team.

Monitor, which has offices in Sydney, Tamworth and Melbourne, maintains sales and service outlets around the country, and is focused on providing its clients ongoing service and support.

“Before purchasing the machines, we visited Ben and the team in Tamworth to inspect the range of spare parts and verify the level of mechanical support,” Peter said. “We even had an impromptu meeting with their mechanics to identify potential mechanical deficiencies, and were impressed and extremely satisfied we had made a sound choice with the 2210 Evo Spider Lift.

“When we have had small technical problems, they have been rectified the next day, and parts are available the next day when ordered early enough. Warranties on the new machines have been fully supported, with the gear back in the field where it needs to be, earning money.”

Ben Joyce, Monitor General Manager, told AA he has been working with Peter over the last two years – and, following the initial purchase of the 2210 Evo Spider Lift, he said that Arbor Operations has since purchased a 1575 Spider Lift and 2714 Spider Lift.

Pointing to Peter’s professionalism in his dealings with Monitor, Ben stated that Monitor is “delighted to have him as a client”.

“The Monitor spider lifts allow access to areas where you simply cannot get a conventional EWP or cherry picker,” he stated.

“The crawler track drive system provides excellent traction for use on slopes, rough ground, and also provides a low ground pressure for operation on sensitive or fragile surfaces. Hybrid (dual-power) allows the machines to be used safely indoors and outdoors. Also, their light transport weight means these machines can be easily transported without the need for large trucks.”

For more information visit www.arboroperations.com.au

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