CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Husqvarna, a division of the world’s largest producer of outdoor power products and lawn care equipment, is unveiling the latest additions to its portfolio of professional products and services at GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Ky. The new products complement the company’s existing lineup to offer professionals the full fleet solution to optimize operational efficiencies and deliver quality and durability.
New product introductions include several entirely new series of wheeled products, additions to the professional handheld and battery-powered lineups as well as the company’s extensive line of accessories.
“As the masters of cutting, we are the only company that can equip your entire professional trailer as a one-brand solution,” said Jeff Dewosky, vice president and general manager of Husqvarna North America. “Wheeled, handheld, gas, battery and robotics — we now have the full portfolio to support commercial lawn and tree care professionals with products that are exceptionally well designed and provide high performance, easy serviceability, long-lasting durability.”
New Stand-On, Zero-Turn, Hydro-Walk and Walk-Behind Mowers Complete the Wheeled Segment
The introduction of the company’s first ever commercial stand-on mower series complements Husqvarna’s wheeled offerings with products that combine extreme efficiency, durability and a compact design with excellent maneuverability. Available with a 48- or 54-inch commercial ClearCut deck, the V548 and V554 stand-on mowers provide excellent grass cutting and management.
Husqvarna’s current zero-turn lineup is seeing an overhaul full of innovative design changes to enhance productivity, durability, cut quality, serviceability and operator comfort. The new zero-turn mower series consists of 11 products, four Z500 models and seven Z500X models, ranging from the Z548 to the Z572X, and stands out with its weld-reinforced 2-by-3-inch tubular steel frames, 7- or 10-gauge cutting decks and 10-inch diameter spindles, all protected by Husqvarna’s industry-leading 5-year limited commercial warranty.
A new line of commercial hydro-walk mowers provides additional options for lawn care professionals looking for versatile equipment to complete their fleet. The W548 and W552 hydrostatic walk mowers can handle large mowing areas as well as difficult terrain and are capable of side discharge, mulching or collecting. They also require minimal trailer space due to an optimized footprint and are capable of working in tight and difficult-to-reach areas, thus improving productivity.
Rounding out Husqvarna’s professional wheeled portfolio is the company’s new walk-behind mower. The L421P is a 21-inch durable and robust commercial-grade mower, designed with a lightweight body to maximize maneuverability and efficiency. Its PremierCut deck yields professional results, whether collecting or mulching.
The company also announced a new line of commercial zero-turn mower blades featuring Fisher Barton’s laser edge cutting technology. Due to the laser edge, these blades feature long-lasting sharpness, reducing downtime for lawn care professionals and increasing cut quality and fuel efficiency. The new blades will be available for the M-ZT 52- to 61-inch decks as well as the 54- to 72-inch decks of the P-ZT, PZ, and the new Z500 and Z500X series.
Zero-Emission Battery Innovation for the Professional Market
Husqvarna continues to lead in the battery-powered market segment with innovative technology that matches gas-powered equipment in performance, efficiency and durability. For professional lawn and tree care experts, the company offers several new battery products for 2018.
The 536 LiHE3 hedge trimmer (battery and charger sold separately) was designed for commercial-grade use and complements the existing 536LiHD60X by offering a slightly shorter 22-inch knife, an extended shaft as well as an articulating cutting head.
With its new BLi100, BLi200, BLi300 batteries, Husqvarna introduces a new line of lithium-ion technology that will replace the current models, offering faster charge times (50-80 minites), higher capacities and 100Wh, 200Wh and 300Wh respectively.
For longer performance and commercial-grade equipment, Husqvarna is adding two new backpack batteries with increased capacities to replace current models. The BLi550X and BLi950X backpack batteries will power equipment with 550Wh and 950Wh respectively, while offering the same innovative backpack design that is comfortable to wear even through long shifts. These batteries also work with existing harnesses and provide long-lasting power and top-class performance, while allowing professionals to work efficiently with fewer breaks for changing batteries.
Rounding out Husqvarna’s zero-emission technology portfolio of 2018 are the new QC500 charger, designed for fast and efficient charging of bigger batteries, as well as the company’s first voltage inverter, Vi600F, for infield battery charging using a standard plug.
New Chainsaw Accessories
Husqvarna complements its professional lineup with high-quality and durable accessories, including several new offerings to be unveiled at this year’s GIE+EXPO.
A highlight of Husqvarna’s commitment to innovation and excellence in product design, the company’s new X-Cut SP33G low-vibration pixel saw chain is making its debut in the U.S. this fall. Available for a limited selection of its 400 and 500 series saws, this is the first model of the new line of X-Cut chains that the company will roll out in the U.S. over the next few years.
The X-Cut SP33G is Husqvarna’s first-ever chain designed, developed and manufactured in the company’s state-of-the-art production facility in Sweden — from the materials to the final product. The carefully engineered thickness of the chrome layer ensures a lasting sharpness and a high capacity. This chain requires less power from the saw than the standard cutting systems and delivers an optimal cut due to its unique cutting angle design, making for a long-lasting chain while the increased sharpness lets users get the job done in less time.
The company also recently introduced new 3/8 pitch X-Force laminated guide bars, setting the new standard for performance and designed to be lighter, last longer and require less maintenance.
Fleet Services to Improve Productivity and Safety
The company is also launching its revolutionary cloud-based Fleet Services system in early 2018, which connects lawn and tree care operators and their entire fleet of machines directly to an online portal or mobile app via Bluetooth, enabling professionals to have insights into their operations at their fingertips.
By mounting a small wireless machine sensor to an outdoor power product, Husqvarna Fleet Services captures machine status data, translating it into valuable information that can be used to help boost productivity and improve the bottom line.