New Husqvarna USA Research and Development Center Showcases Innovation and Passion

| 8/30/2011 1:35:00 PM

A photo of the author, Caleb ReganIt’s not every day that a guy gets an inside, completely transparent look at an organization’s innovation. Among the industry leaders in the realm of outdoor power equipment, Husqvarna now has taken it up a notch by dedicating more money and resources to the U.S. market than they ever have before.

Recently, I had the opportunity to head to Charlotte, North Carolina, to attend Husqvarna’s grand opening of a brand-new, state-of-the-art research and development center. What this company is doing every day here is as sophisticated testing and innovation as I’ve ever gotten the chance to witness.

Me and the 562XP Husqy saw, at full throttle.When it comes to outdoor power equipment, chainsaws, among other products, are important to me. When I was a kid, my older brothers and I spent hours out in the back acres of our farm with our dad, reluctantly tolerating the freezing cold to help load logs that would heat our home and workshop. Getting to actually take hold and operate one of his saws was a right of passage for us, or at least it seemed like it to me.

Today, those bitterly cold memories resonate with me, and each time I’m around flying saw dust, it hearkens me back to those same fields with my father.

When I think of chainsaw brands, I think Stihl and Husqvarna, like a lot of people. Sure, there are countless others, but those are the two major players both nationally and worldwide. (Husqvarna is number 1 globally, and Stihl is number 1 in the U.S. Both are foreign companies, Stihl being a German brand, and Husqvarna is today what started as a gun manufacturing company in Sweden.)

My dad was a Stihl guy. To this day, if you were to run a Google search for the term “brand loyalty,” a picture of my big brother Andy ought to turn up at the top of the search results; such is his love for Stihl chainsaws and products.

1/6/2015 7:42:38 AM

I am pleased to hear of their commitment. I was disappointed when they began selling to big box stores, I feel they compromised on quality(my opinion) I sold Huskys during the 80's and still own/operate the same 4 saws used back then in my firewood business. (3) 50's and a 298. My favorite is my ever loyal 298xp. I can only hope she lasts another 25 years.

Nebraska Dave
8/30/2011 9:38:23 PM

Caleb, you guys at GRIT always get to play with the most amazing tools and equipment. One of the benefits of the job, huh. I got to exercise my 460 Stihl chainsaw this last weekend. A storm about an hour from here blew through with baseball size hail. It knocked down trees and fields of corn. A group with chainsaws headed over to a church member's house that had many trees to practice our sawing skills. You could almost smell the testosterone wafting through the woods as a symphony of chainsaws could be heard. The day ended with a few aches and pains but any time boys can do dangerous things with a tool that's loud and noisy, it's been a good day. Happy cutting my friend.

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