26 September, 2018
Husqvarna Dominates at Mpumalanga Chainsaw Speed Cutting
|Husqvarna Dominates at Mpumalanga Chainsaw Speed Cutting
When many father
and son teams go fishing on Saturday afternoons,
Heinrich Rabe from Nelspruit and his son Alex, 18, are
out practising chainsaw speed cutting with their
"It's a way of life
for us," said Heinrich, who has been speed cutting for
eight years. "We love it." And the proof of the pudding
is in the eating - or rather, the cutting - because at
the 2nd Mpumalanga Show at the Mbombela Stadium (31
August /1 September), Rabe Snr racked up a slew of
awards with his Husqvarna chainsaws in the spectacular
speed cutting competition: second places in both the
60cc (standard) and the 73cc (modified) categories, and
an overall win in the Open category.
He was thrilled
with his achievements, particularly because conditions
were extremely hot, which added to the challenge.
Husqvarna raked in
more glory in the competition, with national champion
and speed cutting legend Roger Jackson from Husqvarna
Pietermaritzburg scooping first place in the 60cc
(standard) category, and Sabie's Denzil Lawrie placing
third, also with a Husqvarna. Jackson also clinched a
second place in the 73cc (standard) category, followed
by Lawrie in third. In the Open category Karel Greef
excelled in second place with his Husqvarna 3120XP.
Husqvarna taking 8 out of 12 positions!
was great fun," said Jackson. "Aside from high quality
and great performing saws, the dominance of the five-man
Husqvarna team was a combination of things: superb
preparation, with Heinrich managing us well and making
sure we prepared the saws properly, and excellent team
bouts took place on the Friday, at which of the 20
competitors across all classes, the top eight of each
were selected for the next day's finals.
This was the first
year that chainsaw speed cutting had been included in
this annual lifestyle, agricultural and forestry show,
and it was so well received that participants expect it
to become a regular feature.
adrenaline-charged sport of speed cutting is steadily
increasing in South Africa. Across the various
categories, chainsaws generally range from 70cc standard
machines used by the forestry industry to super modified
120cc giants that produce incredible horsepower and
chain speeds of more than 180km/h.
"The idea is to
showcase the products available to the community," added
Jackson, "so we raced two groups of standard saws for
different timbers: one saw class up to 60cc, and other
up to 73cc, then a modified version of the 73ccclass.
In the open class, anything goes, provided it resembles
a currently available chainsaw."
Husqvarna has a proud heritage in the chainsaw arena,
its 300-year-old history being characterised by
innovation after innovation since opening in the 1600s
as a weapons factory. In the 1800s Husqvarna began
producing sewing machines, kitchen equipment and
bicycles. Fast forward to the 1900s when motorcycles and
lawnmowers were added to the product range and in 1959,
its expertise in engines enabled Husqvarna to launch a
range of chainsaws.
reputation endures today and it is the first port of
call for many chainsaw devotees looking for a top
quality, superior, long lasting product.
information, see www.husqvarna.co.za