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Solider On Superaxe

Rural manufacturing company Whitlands Engineering is celebrating its 26th year of business throughout 2019 – marking also a decade of continuous growth despite the challenges facing regional business.

Located in a rural farming area in North East Victoria, Whitlands Engineering designs and manufactures Australia’s leading brands of log splitters and firewood processors – Superaxe and Rex. Beginning with the famed Superaxe in 1993, David Burder (now head designer and CEO) had the design ready to go but no experience running a business, but persevered with remarkable success.

Through exposure at local field days, word of mouth and a truly innovative product, Whitlands Engineering expanded, even through the drought and the GFC. These days the business has two manufacturing sites, 25 staff and massive export to NZ and the USA in their sights.

David is wholly committed to employing local people and manufacturing in north east Victoria. Despite the temptation for cheaper production overseas, this decision has now become the cornerstone of the company philosophy and is fundamental to its success, longevity and reputation. David says ‘local manufacturing keeps money in the local economy, supports twenty five employees and their families and most importantly keeps integrity in the manufacturing process. The imported machines may be cheaper but they certainly don’t last very long. To say we are Australian Made means more than anything’.

The other ingredient in their success is though his innovative design and benchmark manufacturing standards. They’re truly made to last. Beyond that, ergonomic design is key, making the backbreaking task of splitting wood simple and comfortable – the operator always has a straight back and lifting is eliminated with hydraulic log lifters fitted as standard

The Superaxe range now includes four models, after some consolidation in January 2018. All models feature the patented sliding blade, ergonomic bench height, the highest quality power packs (Honda or Subaru, both with a three-year warranty), log lifter and heavy-duty construction – all covered by two year warranty.

The WS100 is the smallest model – ideal for domestic or small farm use. It features a 6hp engine, single hand control and a 14 second cycle time.

The WS150 is a step up, with options for a 6 or 9hp engine, a cable and pulley operated log lifter, double handed controls and a larger bench. This model is ideal for farms but is also the machine of choice for Australian and New Zealand hire companies.

The WS3150 is another step up – with a 9 or 13hp engine option (9 and 7 second cycle time respectively), larger bench and hydraulic log lifter. It can be fitted with a three meter fold out elevator for stockpiling. The WS4150 is the largest and fastest machine, fitted standard with an 18hp Vanguard.

The Rex range focuses on bulk and industrial splitting – including the revolutionary Rex 600 and 900 firewood processors, the 800 and 1050 model log saws and the newest addition to the range, the 650C circular saw. The Rex range is further expanding with a range of trommel wood cleaners, elevators and hoppers.

Significantly, the Superaxe design is compliant to Australian Work Cover safety regulations. The two handed control system is designed to make fast work of splitting timber while always keeping the operators hands away from the cycling blade. This innovation was introduced in 2009 when WorkCover updated their guidelines and is the first of its kind on the market. What this means in real terms is that when a hire company or arborist service uses Superaxe in their inventory, they are not liable for any potential injury caused by the machine to staff or customers. For machines which don’t meet regulatory guidelines, in the case of injury, the employer or hire company is liable – rather than the manufacturer. Superaxe is therefore the number one choice for any hire companies, firewood businesses, arborist services and any other type of business which uses a log splitter in their inventory.

The Superaxe has certainly proven itself over 25 years as Australia’s leading log splitter, setting new standards in performance, design and safety innovation.

For more information call 1800 702 701. See Superaxe demonstrated in Field Days all over Australia and New Zealand or visit the website http://www.superaxe.com.au for videos on all models and detailed specifications.

September 1, 2019 / by / in , ,
Oregon® In Australia

Earlier last year, Briggs & Stratton Australia announced they would be the exclusive distributor for Oregon® branded products in Australia.

Briggs & Stratton has a comprehensive network of well over 500 dealers servicing all areas of Australia.

Oregon products are available for order by dealers from Briggs & Stratton Australia.

End users can continue to purchase products without interruption.

“We are very excited about our new relationship and believe the Oregon brand complements our current portfolio perfectly – as we continue to deliver a complete commercial and professional range,” says Dean Harriott, Managing Director, Briggs & Stratton Australia.

Based in Portland, USA, the Oregon brand makes professional-grade replacement parts and whole goods for the forestry and lawn and garden industries.

The new PowerCutTM 70-Series EXL The new PowerCutTM 70-Series EXL is designed to power through timber with speed, efficiency and precision. Patented cutter technology maximises every cut, giving experienced chainsaw users a sharper, more durable cutting edge.

The low-vibration, full chisel cutter chain is engineered to utilise the power of today’s professional saws, ultimately reducing the force applied by the operator.

The PowerCutTM 70-Series EXL features LubriTecTM technology to keep saw chains and guide bars oiled, for less friction and longer life, whilst the Gold Loop Start Indicator makes sharpening easier with start-stop identification.

“We are excited about expanding our relationship with Briggs & Stratton Australia,” said David Gillrie, Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Marketing, and engineering for Blount International. “We are confident that Briggs & Stratton’s experience, brand portfolio, and progressive go-to-market strategies, combined with its vast dealer network will enable dealers, and ultimately end users, greater access to our world class forestry and lawn & garden products.”

Call Briggs & Stratton on 1800 356 632 or visit an authorised Briggs & Stratton dealer for more information.

August 19, 2019 / by / in ,
New 550XP® MARK II

Husqvarna unveils the company’s next generation of 50cc chainsaws for professional arborists with the Husqvarna 550XP® Mark II.

The chainsaw has been redesigned from scratch, resulting in a new level of cutting capacity, manoeuvrability and endurance, making it ideal for felling, limbing, removals or cross cutting of small and mid-sized trees.

A new way to the perfect cut, for a new chainsaw generation.

Coming 60 years after the launch of their very first saw, the new Husqvarna 550XP® Mark II is a chainsaw improved in every way. It has been developed to deliver outstanding cutting capacity for handling small and mid-sized trees.

The Husqvarna 550XP® Mark II will provide you with new, unparalleled levels of cutting capacity, the very best in this size. The optimised combination of high-power output and high chain speed is further enhanced by the use of the SP33G X-CUT™ chain and the durable X-FORCETM bar. 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 optimised airflow. The carburettor is protected by an extra-strong heat shield, helping the overall cooling capacity as well as enabling easier starts during hot conditions or intense operation.

True to Husqvarna chainsaw heritage, the new Husqvarna 550XP® Mark II has a user-centric design, the well-balanced saw body with low gyroscopic forces provides excellent manoeuvrability and handling that enables a user to work longer without tiring. Different tasks require different tools; and different cutting jobs require different amounts of power, acceleration and flexibility. The 550 XP® Mark II, will provide ample power and a cutting capacity that will satisfy demanding forestry workers and arborists alike.

550XP® Mark II features:

  • Low Vib®
  • Air Injection®
  • X-Torq®
  • AutoTuneTM
  • Cylinder displacement 50.1cm³
  • Power output 3.0kW
  • 16” Bar
  • Chain speed at 133 per cent of maximum engine power speed 26,1m/s
  • Weight 5.3kg (excluding cutting equipment)

For more information visit www.husqvarna.com

August 5, 2019 / by / in , ,