X-CUT, the first Husqvarna-manufactured saw chain, was revealed at the Husqvarna factory in Sweden recently. The optimised micro-structured steel and chrome composition of the pre-stretched chain offers extended sharpness and high durability to improve the performance of Husqvarna chainsaws.
Chainsaw performance is highly dependent on the quality of the chain, which is why Husqvarna has decided to develop and manufacture its own saw chains. This gives users the opportunity to increase productivity with a chain designed to maximise the performance of Husqvarna chainsaws. The first chain (SP33G) to leave the factory in Husqvarna is optimised for professional use in the Nordics (where tree types generally are softwood species and are of smaller diameter) and consumer chainsaws elsewhere including the UK.
"The X-CUT is a milestone in Husqvarna history. We have provided loggers with world class chainsaws since 1959 - and with our new saw chain and bars, we can deliver a full Husqvarna experience, taking performance and productivity to a new level", says Pavel Hajman, President of the Husqvarna Division.
X-CUT SP33G is made of five parts (cutter, tie strap, bumper drive link, drive link and rivet), carefully linked together to become a low-vibration, pixel saw chain that cuts a narrow kerf, and requires less power from the saw than standard cutting systems. The output is four key benefits that reduces downtime and maximises cutting efficiency.
The design of the cutters and the micro-structure of the steel and the chrome layers have been refined to give the X-CUT chain a sharpness out of the box that lasts considerably longer before filing is needed. In lab conditions, the chain's sharpness lasts 10% longer than a comparable Husqvarna H30 chain.
The X-CUT chain is pre-stretched at the factory, which increases the amount of time the chain can be used before re-tensioning is needed, hence reducing downtime. This reduced need for adjustments decreases the risk of damaging the cutting system due to a slacking chain.
The balanced combination of construction, materials and processes have resulted in a dynamic durability. Husqvarna has developed a unique combination of state-of-the-art processes including tumbling, heat treatment, induction hardening, and shot peening. High durability reduces wear on the cutting system of the chainsaw, and consequently the need for service and downtime.
High cutting efficiency
To maximise cutting efficiency, the X-CUT chain is engineered to cut faster and smoother, and with a well-balanced cutter angle. Compared to relevant competition, X-CUT SP33G cuts faster and more efficiently. Lab results measure up to a 10% higher efficiency than the previously mentioned H30 chain.
The chain itself is developed in close collaboration between engineers and professional loggers to produce what they would call, the perfect chain.
"For me, logging is a passion and a business, where high performance means high productivity and better profit. I'm proud to have been part of the development of X-CUT and excited that there is now a chain specially designed for my Husqvarna chainsaws", says Lars Strandell, multiple World Logging Champion with 30 years of professional logging on his record.
All production of the saw chain happens in the factory, located beside the chainsaw R&D and factory. Production is all done from scratch, from raw steel to finished product. The factory is designed to be environmentally neutral in terms of impact.
X-CUT SP33G will be sold by the Husqvarna global network of servicing dealers, starting with the Nordics, Baltics, United Kingdom and Ireland in September. The chain will then be available in all remaining European markets during 2017, with other markets to follow after.
Recommended price for the X-CUT SP33G saw chain in UK will be £24.00 for 13 inches, £27.00 for 15 inches and £29.00 for 18 inches.