SWEDISH manufacturer Husqvarna has launched two new battery-powered chainsaws – the top-handle T540i XP and the rear-handle 540i XP.

Developed with professional users in mind, the saws use the newly released Husqvarna BLi200X (T540i XP) or Husqvarna BLi300 (540I XP) batteries, and are described as having capabilities equivalent to professional 40 cc class petrol chainsaws, making them ideal for tree removals and smaller felling tasks.

With the completely redesigned and optimised system, power is said to have been increased by more than 30 per cent compared to previous Husqvarna battery chainsaws, opening up opportunities that previously have been exclusive to petrol chainsaws.

Forestry Journal: The top-handle T540i XP and the rear-handle 540i XP.The top-handle T540i XP and the rear-handle 540i XP.

Thanks to Husqvarna’s battery technology, the latest Husqvarna X-Cut chain SP21G and Husqvarna X-PRECISION bar, the new Husqvarna T540i XP offers cutting capacity for drop cuts of thick trunks and branches, while also being fast and nimble enough to take on smaller tasks. The rear-handle version boasts the same power and is described by the manufacturer as being the perfect all-round saw for any kind of groundwork.

Andreas Rangert, vice president for the tree professional unit at Husqvarna, said: “This is the most exciting battery launch we’ve had in many years, and I am confident these chainsaws will be game changers. The T540i XP and 540i XP saws have been designed for cutting capacity and convenience for the user, meaning the battery power is complemented by manoeuvrability, ergonomics and a user-friendly interface with quick control.”