CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's leading provider of outdoor power equipment is extending its suite of high-performing professional products and services that cater to the needs of tree care and landscaping experts.
Husqvarna offers an array of new, professional-grade solutions that optimize operational efficiencies and ensure consistently superior performance. Innovations include:
- A new fuel-efficient zero-turn mower, plus a sleek and powerful new walk-behind model
- A low-maintenance, feature-rich battery-powered blower
- Upgrades throughout the superior-performing, high-end handheld 500 Series
- Safe, reliable personal protective equipment (PPE); and
- A novel, cloud-based data system for landscaping professionals.
Husqvarna recently hosted a group of 42 commercial end-users at its Charlotte, NC headquarters to preview these new products through demonstration sessions - and create a forum for some of their most valuable customers to provide feedback.
"Equipping our commercial end-users with innovative, reliable products is incredibly important," said Walt Rose, National Sales Manager, Commercial Lawn and Garden and Tree Care for Husqvarna. "The commercial summit created an opportunity for our internal experts to provide some of our highly-valued customers with hands-on demonstrations of key new products and discuss application for their specific businesses."
Husqvarna will display its industry-leading professional and consumer products October 21-23 at GIE+EXPO, booth #9094, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Visit www.gie-expo.com.
Mighty New Mowers
For large properties requiring professional performance and premium-cut quality, the company introduces its latest addition to its M-ZT Series Zero-Turn high-performance mower lineup – the Husqvarna M-ZT61 EFI.
An ultimate, reliable mowing experience is assured, thanks to a 27HP fuel injection, intuitive operator interface, rugged 2"x3" heavy-duty steel frame and commercial rated hydraulic system. With a rugged fabricated steel deck that is mulch and collection capable, the M-ZT 61EFI is practical for all property maintenance needs, at an incredible value. Its MSRP is $6,999.95 in the U.S.; C$8999.99 in Canada.
The latest walk-behind mower – the Husqvarna LC221Ai – integrates technology advancements with proven design elements, providing balance and power to all four wheels to handle tough-terrain cutting. Key features include All-Wheel Drive for optimum traction on hills or wet grass; a high-capacity 2.3-bushel bag; a 15-gauge steel high performance deck for superior cutting; a 21" all-in-one cutting blade; and the easy, no-prime, no–choke InStart bail starting system. Its MSRP is $549.95 in the U.S.; C$699.99 in Canada.
The Husqvarna 436LiB blower is lightweight, low maintenance and easy-to-use for the time-conscious professional seeking high-quality performance similar to gas-powered products. A simple tap on the control panel starts it instantly, and cruise control maintains constant speeds while the power boost setting allows removal of stubborn debris, leaves and dirt – even indoors. A slim, narrow design and soft grip make operation a breeze. Pair it with an efficient backpack battery system (Husqvarna's BLi520X or BLi940X) for longer run times. Its MSRP is $299.95 in the U.S.; C$349.99 in Canada.
Husqvarna 500 Series
Powerful fuel-efficient, low-emission X-Torq® engines and well-balanced, ergonomic designs are hallmarks of the Husqvarna 500 Series of handheld, battery-powered equipment. Each product delivers the discerning professional the power and durability needed to efficiently complete the most demanding jobs.
- The Husqvarna 562 XP mid-size chainsaw has a groundbreaking design and heavy-duty construction for long-lasting performance. Its MSRP is $739.95 in the U.S; C$999.99 in Canada.
- The Husqvarna 525HF3S fixed-pole hedge trimmer has an extra-long, 26" double-sided cutter bar on a durable 32" shaft for the ultimate in operator safety. Its MSRP is $439.95 (available in the US only).
- The Husqvarna 580BTS is a powerful backpack blower designed for demanding tasks, thanks to an efficient fan design that generates large air flow and high air speed. Its MSRP is $579.95 in the U.S; C$739.99 in Canada.
- The easy-to-operate Husqvarna 555 FX clearing saw has an optimized gear head to deliver professional performance even during tough, long and demanding shifts. Its MSRP is $1,299.95 in the U.S; C$1,459.99 in Canada.
One durable 40V Li-ion high-performance battery may be used interchangeably among all battery-powered Husqvarna products.
Husqvarna complements its products by offering a wide range of reliable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including two new product lines that blend comfort with the latest safety enhancements.
New technical jackets and pants are designed for comfort and protection. They provide zippered pockets, pre-bent knees and arms for better fit, ventilation zippers and Cordura® reinforcement over elbows, and other essential protective features. Both the jackets and pants feature 4-way stretch material - the pants also include chainsaw nylon warp knit protection materials. Pricing and availability will be communicated soon.
The new pro technical forest helmet is comfortable and lightweight, featuring a one-handed ratchet system that allows for easy size adjustment. Built to meet relevant ANSI standards, it includes a free-view visor for optimal visibility and mesh ventilation for increased comfort during long hours of use. The MSRP is $129.95 in the U.S. and C$159.99 in Canada.
Husqvarna Fleet Services
A revolutionary new cloud-based service, Fleet Services connects the machine fleet and the landscaping teams directly to an online portal, enabling landscaping 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. The Fleet Service system is in final beta testing with key tree care and landscape pros and will be made available as early as 2016.
Husqvarna plans to launch a smartphone app to further support on-site operations and improve crew involvement.
"Professionals rely on Husqvarna for power, precision and durability under the harshest conditions," said Jeff Dewosky, Vice President, General Manager for Husqvarna NA. "These product and program innovations ensure professional users can address any challenge."
Husqvarna Professional Products Inc. is a subsidiary of the Husqvarna Group. Husqvarna Group is the world's largest producer of outdoor power products including robotic lawn mowers, garden tractors, chainsaws and trimmers. The Group is also the European leader in consumer watering products and one of the world leaders in cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries. Founded in 1689 and celebrating over 325 years of engineering innovation, the Group's products and solutions are sold via dealers and retailers to both consumers and professional users in more than 100 countries. Net sales in 2014 amounted to 32.8 billion SEK, and the Group had 14,337 employees on average in more than 40 countries. High-resolution images and Web images are available at www.husqvarna.com/us.
Kelsey Walker, Ketchum, 404.879.9294