29 May, 2012
Husqvarna Is Cutting Edge in the National Speed Cutting Chainsaw Championships
|Dylan Lane, managing director of Husqvarna SA, took gold in the prestigious National Speedcutting Chainsaw Championships Open Modified Class, with Bronson Gunter, South African Loggers Association (SALA) chairman.
|Dylan Lane, managing director of Husqvarna SA, took gold in the prestigious National Speedcutting chainsaw Championships Open Modified Class.
clash of the chainsaw titans at this year's Pietermaritzburg Royal Show
saw Husqvarna South Africa's managing director, Dylan Lane, take gold
in the prestigious National Speedcutting Chainsaw Championships Open
Modified Class. The company also won the show's Best Display of Light
Duty Agricultural Equipment Trophy.
racing is becoming increasingly popular and more and more competitive
in South Africa - with Husqvarna not only driving this powerful,
adrenaline filled sport but also leading the way.
managing director, Hilton Lane, was the first to hoist a chainsaw
competitively in 1981 and was closely followed by son Dylan Lane, the
current managing director. According to Lane, Husqvarna's racing
pedigree and the quality of its chainsaws have delivered numerous medals
for both him and others in the Husqvarna family over the years.
"Husqvarna has won gold every year over the past decade, except for one.
This impressive record is something that no other chainsaw manufacturer
has come close to touching and is the reason why Husqvarna is the true
year's showdown, which proved one of the biggest drawcards at the Royal
Show arena, saw competitors start out with their switched off saws at
their feet and their hands on top of a supplied log. At the starter's
gun, each competitor started his saw and cut three complete discs from
the log in the shortest possible time.
the various categories, chainsaws ranged from 70cc standard machines
used by the forestry industry to super modified 120cc giants that
produce incredible horsepower and speed with chain speeds in excess of
180kmh. An operator using a standard saw can take around 10 seconds to
make three cuts while a counterpart wielding a super modified version
just a fraction of that time. Lane completed his cuts in just 5.06
he certainly wasn't the only competitor flying the Husqvarna flag to
win a medal. In the Novice category, Chris De Waal from Mr Mow Husqvarna
took top honours in 14.70 seconds while, in the Small Modified Pro
Class (up to 73cc), Craig Jackaman from Rudamans Husqvarna came in third
in just 7.57 seconds.
wins also took a more artistic bent when Chris De Waal from Mr Mow
Husqvarna also took top honours in the log carving category with his
bird feeder. Shaun Jones, from Husqvarna SA, took third place with his
eagle. Using plenty of precision and dexterity, competitors have just an
hour to transform a log into an intricate and detailed work of art
armed with nothing more than a chainsaw. No pictures or visible aides
are allowed into the arena.
For more information on Husqvarna, visit www.husqvarna.co.za or visit Husqvarna South Africa on facebook.
1. Chris De Waal, Mr Mow Husqvarna for his bird feeder
2. David Bithrey, Stihl for his ink well
3. Shaun Jones, Husqvarna SA for his eagle
1. Chris De Waal, Mr Mow Husqvarna - 14.70 seconds
2. Geoffrey Rogers, Cool Ideas - 15.47 seconds
3. Juan Pretorius, Stihl - 16.45 seconds
Standard Pro Class
1. Michael Tosen, Stihl - 10.76 seconds
2. Bruce Bjerg, Cool Ideas - 11.03 seconds
3. Theo Kraamwinkel, Enviro - 11.48 seconds
Small Modified Pro Class
1. Michael Tosen, Stihl - 7.25 seconds
2. Shaun Tosen, Stihl - 7.33 seconds
3. Craig Jackaman, Rudamans Husqvarna - 7.57 seconds
Open Modified Pro Class
1. Dylan Lane, Husqvarna SA - 5.06 seconds
2. Michael Tosen, Stihl - 5.88 seconds
3. Shaun Tosen, Stihl - 6.38 seconds