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Husqvarna UK win Gold at World Logging Championships in Poland

Husqvarna UK win Gold at World Logging Championships in Poland

Professional Husqvarna logger, Richard Elliot, has won Gold for the UK at this year’s World Logging Championships (WLC) held in Wisla, Poland.

The Devon born logging champion delivered a perfect limbing routine, removing 30 branches from his log in only 16.23 seconds with a Husqvarna 372XP, finishing over four seconds before the first runner up.
Elliot who has been competing for over 30 years, joined Husqvarna loggers from the Netherlands, France and Estonia who also hit the medal table. He was joined by Husqvarna ambassador Andy Campbell who represented the UK team as technical leader.
Arian Essenstam from the Netherlands was one of the first competitors in the felling discipline to take the stand. Using a Husqvarna 576XP, Essenstam took down his tree perfectly and scored 660 points, the maximum points possible, at a time of 129.02 seconds, which gives him the world record in felling at WLC.
Yoan Caparros from France stunned the crowed as he fitted a new chain at an amazing 8.41 seconds, only 0.05 seconds more than the current world record. Shortly after, Taavi Ehrpais from Estonia performed a winning execution of precision bucking, securing Husqvarna’s third gold. Both Caparros and Ehrpais competed with the Husqvarna 576XP.
About the five disciplines
Tree felling
A tree must be cut down within three minutes, and must fall as near as possible to a pre-determined marker post. During the discipline, one must work within the valid safety regulations and working techniques.
Fitting another chain
With a ready to use chainsaw, one must dismantle and assemble the cutting apparatus. The chain must be taken off, the bar must be turned and another chain must be fitted. The new chain must be fitted so that the chainsaw is ready to use in the two following disciplines without adjustments.
Bucking by combined cuts
From two logs, one must cut a disc of wood no thinner than 30 mm and no thicker than 80 mm. This must be done by cutting the first half upwards from beneath the log and the second half from the top. The contestant gets the highest points when the upper and downward cuts meet each other, without a step, within the marked red zone and at right-angles to the length of the log.
Precision bucking
From two logs, one must aim to completely cut off a disc between 30 and 80 mm thickness. The disc must be cut at right angles to the longitudinal axis of the stem. The contestant must try to cut the whole disc without damaging the board. Damaging the board will lead to zero points for the accuracy of the cut. The discipline will be performed while the log is in a thin layer of sawdust that hides where the log contacts the surface of the board.

Limbing
In a cylindrically trimmed stem, 30 round branches, all equal in diameter and branching pattern, will be placed, to be cut off by the contestant. The branches must be cut level with the stem, as quickly and as safely as possible.
Facts about championship chainsaws
Husqvarna 576 XP™
Husqvarna's most advanced 70 cc chainsaw and a favourite amongst professionals. The X-Torq® engine provides high torque over a very wide rpm range, exerts low levels of exhaust emission, and is low on fuel consumption. 576 XP has Smart Start® for easy starting and Air Injection for stronger and longer runs (not to mention the ergonomically improved handles).
Husqvarna 372 XP™
Used by professionals for very demanding practices, it is ideal for tree felling, but also general logging. With an extra heavy-duty crankcase and crankshaft, as well as a carburettor with vibration dampening, 372 XP can handle high speeds and high loads. The chainsaw ticks all the boxes for low weight, high power and rapid acceleration with flexible operation.

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Supreme effort Richard . Well done .
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I competed against this guy in Exeter many years ago ..... I want to get into it again..how do I do this?
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