Industry roundup: Husqvarna to unveil 2021 generation of professional chainsaws

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Updated Oct 16, 2020
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In 2021, Husqvarna says it will unveil its newest generation of 90cc class chainsaws.

The company says this chainsaw follows the success of the 281 XP, 288 XP, 390 XP and the 395 XP. With a focus on performance, maneuverability and durability, Husqvarna says this new high-power chainsaw generation will provide professionals the reliability and productivity they need.

The company says the 90cc class of chainsaw was developed together with professional foresters and tree workers from around the world and is equipped with increased cutting capacity, superior ergonomics and enhanced balance for optimal maneuverability.

Paired with Husqvarna’s X-Cut chain and lightweight bars, the company says both production fallers and tree care crews will now be able to experience the ultimate high-power cutting system developed for their most demanding tasks.

“The new 90cc class chainsaw from Husqvarna was designed first and foremost to exceed the accomplishments of its predecessors,” says Andreas Rangert, vice president for the Tree Professional Unit at Husqvarna. “We’ve improved the cutting capacity while optimizing the weight and refining the balance – all without compromising on durability. Be you a logger operating in some of the most remote areas of the world or a tree care professional removing a diseased tree in the city, you can rely upon Husqvarna’s next high power 90cc class to always perform.”

More details about the new Husqvarna 90cc class chainsaw generation, including new technology, will be presented soon and available to buy from the second half of 2021. Local launch timelines may vary.

Terex Utilities opens 450,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility

Terex Utilities recently announced that its new manufacturing headquarters is now fully functional, and the first production units have rolled off the line.

The company says the 450,000 sq. ft. facility brings production operations under one roof on a 55-acre site in Watertown, South Dakota.

The company says the new facility houses assembly, fiberglass, paint and installation.

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“By consolidating from 10 facilities into one, Terex Utilities improves internal communications and production efficiencies, which will reduce product lead times to better serve our customers,” says Clint Weber, VP/general manager, Terex Utilities.

Among the first machines to roll off the line included a C6060 digger derrick for Otter Tail Power Company in Minnesota, an HR46 aerial device for Xcel Energy in Minnesota, an LT40 aerial device from NiSource in Indiana and a General 65 digger derrick for Brazos Electric Cooperative in Texas.

“Our manufacturing process enables delivery of quality products because we utilize a stable and robust U.S.-based supply chain, welding performed by certified team members, powder coating before assembly and a fiberglass procedure that uses rectangular bi-axial epoxy resin filament winding,” says Weber. “Before delivery, assembled units are 100 percent operationally tested. We are able to quickly build quality utility equipment to meet the specific needs of customers.”

Terex Utilities hopes to celebrate the opening of its modern manufacturing facility with customers once the Coronavirus is controlled.

NHLA becomes the Latino Landscape Network

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) has announced that the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance (NHLA) has become the Latino Landscape Network with a mission to connect and empower the entire community of Latino landscape professionals in the United States.

In April of 2020, NHLA became part of the NALP to ensure a strong voice in the industry’s national trade organization and build a broader national coalition to support this critical sector of the industry.

national association of landscape professionals logoA group of former NHLA board of directors members formed the advisory board of the new Latino Landscape Network and is working together with NALP staff and leadership to build a new model that connects Latino landscapers at all levels of their career and supports their businesses and career advancement.

“By creating the Latino Landscape Network, we are building a platform for advancement and giving a voice to all Latino landscapers across the country,” says Mari Medrano, advisory board member of the Latino Landscape Network.

The NALP says the new Latino Landscape Network directly supports Latino landscape professionals across from the country, advocating for the nearly 500,000 Latino landscape professionals with local, state and federal policymakers, developing training and resources and providing networking and mentoring opportunities.

“The NALP leadership is excited about the opportunity to work together with leaders of the Latino landscape community to create new training and networking opportunities to help Latino employees and businesses reach their goals,” says NALP CEO Britt Wood. “We invite all Latino landscape professionals, company owners and business managers to join the network.”

Doosan Bobcat named 2020 Impact Award winner

Doosan Bobcat North America was recently announced as the winner of the Innovation Leader 2020 Impact Award in the Best New Initiative category for Features On Demand, a digital solution that enables customers to customize features on Bobcat R-Series compact track loaders and skid-steer loaders.

Innovation Leader’s 2020 Impact Awards honor companies that have achieved extraordinary outcomes related to their corporate innovation programs. Doosan Bobcat was among only 10 companies worldwide recognized this year.

“As an innovation leader for more than 60 years, we are thrilled to be honored with the Impact Award,” says Joel Honeyman, vice president of Global Innovation, Doosan Bobcat North America. “Features On Demand is one of many digital product innovations we are introducing to our customers to help increase their productivity. This recognition fuels our drive to keep innovating and moving our industry forward.”

Bobcat says Features On Demand is a patent-pending technology launched in July 2020 that allows customers to purchase R-Series loaders that have certain features enabled by their local Bobcat dealer at the time of purchase.bobcat equipment logo

The company says customers can demo the fully equipped loaders, then pick the features they want to keep, and even years later if, after purchasing and using the machine, customers discover a need for additional features, they have the flexibility to add them to their existing R-Series loader. Bobcat says it is the first manufacturer to bring this technology to the compact equipment industry.

Bobcat says its R-Series machines enabled with the Features On Demand performance package include 2-Speed travel, high-flow hydraulics, automatic ride control, reversing fan and dual-direction bucket positioning. The company says auto-throttle is a patented, optional feature that provides dynamic automated throttle control on machines equipped with Bobcat Selectable Joystick Controls.

Doosan Bobcat and the other Impact Award winners were selected by a panel of judges from Verizon, Philips Healthcare, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, CME Group, Dover Corporation, Duke Energy and Cambia Health Solutions. The Best New Initiative award recognizes well-designed programs with promise that are less than a year old.

“2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for innovators in big organizations,” says Scott Kirsner, CEO and editor-in-chief of Innovation Leader. “So, we’re really excited to be able to shine a spotlight on some of the people and programs that have been creating positive change. The Impact Awards are all about people who keep moving ahead, no matter what the obstacles — and that’s something really worth celebrating this year!”

More details about winners and their initiatives will be presented at Impact 2020, which will take place virtually from Tuesday, Oct. 20 to Friday, Oct. 23.

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