Husqvarna 536LiXP chain sawAt GIE+EXPO 2013, Husqvarna displayed numerous new and upgraded products – including a push-button ignition switch for riding mowers, new models in its All-Wheel Drive walk mower line, and an extensive range of new battery-powered products.
* SmartSwitch by Husqvarna: This push-button ignition switch brings the convenience of one-touch starting, real-time feedback and “key-less” security to its line of riding mowers. SmartSwitch is a microprocessor-enabled electronic interface designed for use with Husqvarna’s exclusive Endurance Series engines featuring ReadyStart automatic choke systems. The feature will be available on select RZ series zero-turn mowers and GT series garden tractors initially.
“In developing SmartSwitch, we really listened to our loyal customers, who were eager for intelligent feedback, easier starting procedures, and increased security from their Husqvarna riding mowers,” said Husqvarna’s Sean Dwyer. “It is truly a revolutionary advancement in riding mower technology, and it sets the stage for the future.”
Key features of SmartSwitch include key-less operation, which eliminates the potential for lost keys or dead batteries when keys are left on (since the system automatically shuts down after a period of inactivity); one-touch headlights, which can be programmed to shut off at pre-set times; safer mowing in reverse; system monitoring for the battery charge level; and clear feedback if the parking brake, cutting deck or steering levers need to be corrected prior to a start attempt. Products featuring Husqvarna SmartSwitch will be available in February 2014.
* All-Wheel Drive mower: Last fall, Husqvarna launched its All-Wheel Drive walk mower, designed for uneven terrain and the toughest mowing conditions. This spring, Husqvarna is adding to that line with the launch of the HU675AWD model. Powered by a 675 Kohler engine, the HU675AWD features the exclusive Husqvarna All-Wheel Drive System and high-traction wheels, with an aggressive tread pattern to provide traction and maneuverability. It also features a heavy-duty steel deck, a straight over mold bail system, a full autochoke, and a mulch and bagging system.
* Battery-operated products: For homeowners and commercial users seeking more environmentally friendly outdoor power equipment, Husqvarna is adding to its line of battery-operated products. Each new product is equipped with a high-capacity Li-Ion 36-volt battery that offers the performance of a gasoline-powered engine with a cleaner and quieter experience, and features SavE mode technology, which can be activated with the push of a button to lower output performance and increase battery life in less demanding situations (e.g. light grass trimming or small branch cutting).
Among the new battery-operated products are a hedge trimmer (536LiHD60X); three high-performance trimmers (curved 136LiL, straight loop 536LiL, and straight bullhorn 536LiR); and three chain saws (low-weight 436Li, as well as the 536LiXP and T536LiXP for arborists). These new battery-operated products are among Husqvarna’s many product line offerings that provide new options to help complete projects more efficiently.