World Logging Championships 2014 - The highlights

It's been an incredible World Logging Championships - one of the best ever!

Three days in Brienz. 101 loggers from around the world, competing in six disciplines. Husqvarna wins eight medals (and even more success in the U24 class!).

Enjoy our video from an amazing event.



WLC CONTENDER: Johann ‘Hans’ Raffl returns to the World Logging Championships


Hans is one of the world’s most accomplished and well-known loggers

He owns the mast felling world record from WLC 2010

Hans trains up to five hours every night!

Originally named Johan, the Husqvarna team call him Hans, therefore so shall we…

Raffl is one of the most accomplished and well-known loggers due to his world record performance in the mast felling discipline of WLC 2010.

Hans picked up gold in this event after a close battle where four participants all finished with a score of 659, meaning only the fastest time could separate the medal hopefuls. Hans won gold by just one second, beating silver medallist Jean Michel Petitqueux.

Raffl has his eyes set on gold once again this year - the Italian is not only focused on felling but also limbing, having trained extensively.

Raffl will strive for perfection using his Husqvarna 576 XP chainsaw. Preparation is key, as the Italian is already well-known for his natural skill and flair. If prepared and fully trained, (Raffl confesses he trains as much as five hours in one night!) Raffl could see a return to form with many medals coming his way.            




WLC CONTENDER: Reigning champion Aleksandr Sokolov defends his title at WLC 2014

Aleksandr Sokolov is the reigning World Logging Champion

The Russia treats his training with seriousness and pride

Can he defend his title two years later?

Russian logger Aleksandr Sokolov returns in 2014 to defend his title as World Logging Champion.

In 2012, using his trusty Husqvarna 576 XP, Aleksandr narrowly beat Jukka Perämäki thanks to his superior Tree felling score. This time around, Sokolov will be determined to prove he can win by a much wider margin.

Although he performed well in every 2012 discipline, it was the Russian’s stand out performance in Tree felling that proved critical towards claiming his gold medal success.

The Husqvarna ambassador is now focused on his training. Nothing must slip if he is to successfully defend his title against a number of high quality competitors.

Two years later, we’ll see if the Russian has what it takes!      





Meet the team representing Husqvarna at the 2014 World Logging Championship


The Husqvarna World Logging Championship team has been busy honing its skills at our training camps, with an eye on glory come September. 

Each of our loggers perform the five demanding chainsaw disciplines with extreme skill and precision. And each can class themselves amongst the finest loggers in the world, worthy of a world-leading Husqvarna championship chainsaw.

Today we’re excited to announce the team that will be competing in Brienz, Switzerland, at WLC 2014. They are all focused on victory and we hope (dare we say expect?) that one of them will be crowned world champion!




The disciplines in the real world

Each of the five disciplines within the Championships was created to capture an everyday element of logging and show off the unbelievable skills of our loggers, as well as the abilities of our powerful championship chainsaws

In this post we look at each discipline and show you how they can be practically applied in the forest. 


Tree Felling 

The first discipline of the Championships is tree felling. This involves competitors felling a tree as close to their own set marker in just three minutes. Being able to fell a tree in a forest or garden is an essential skill for a logger but in an everyday scenario it is unlikely that the felling is completed in such a short space of time, as precision and safety are key. 

To learn how to safely fell your own tree, visit the Husqvarna website here.


Limbing plays a key role in logging and is part of the preparation process before bucking a tree. 

At WLC2014 participants don’t cut real branches, instead they limb 30 artificial branches off a single pole in the quickest time. In reality, loggers take more time and carry out the work as safely as possible - the process of removing branches can be a dangerous act as branches can fly up under the tree’s weight. Hence the essential use of helmets and safety goggles.

Precision Bucking | Bucking with Combined Cuts

Bucking is the process of cutting a felled tree into separate logs of a standard size, it is one of the most complicated activities carried out by pro loggers as each different log must meet different specifications. Within WLC2014 competitors are marked on precision, angle and time but it is unlikely that everyday loggers will complete this activity within such incredible constraints. 

Precision bucking is used less than combined cuts, however precision is needed if the logger cannot gain access to the log to cut both under and above it. This may be because the tree is on the ground or on-top of another tree. 

Fitting Another Chain

The only thing that can stop a pro logger is a broken or blunt chain. And even that doesn’t always stop them! 

Even though Husqvarna chainsaws are renowned for reliability, a chain which is used regularly will need to be replaced one day. A well sharpened chain is just as important as a powerful engine, and changing it regularly when needed will result in an overall more efficient, accurate and safe cut. 

Changing a chain will take an average logger several minutes. At WLC2014 the fastest pro loggers will change a chain in under 10 seconds!

Want to know more about the other disciplines, simply click the relevant link below:

Tree Felling - Another Chain - Precision Bucking - Bucking with Combined CutsTeam Relay




The Final Frontier – the Relay race

 The world Relay Race is the final closing event at the World Logging Championships

Unlike the other five disciplines this is a team event where nation takes on nation  

Marked separately from the other events – the result does not count towards individual ranking – but suspense is high and competition fierce!

The event:

Each team must cut off a wooden disk of a specially set up stem (either vertical or horizontal), and race back and forth to complete the course in the shortest time.

As a relay, a total of four rounds must be completed but teams can consist of between two to four contestants.

Just like the other five disciplines, time is not the only deciding factor as judges pay special attention to compliance with safety regulations, perfect chainsaw handling and accuracy too.

Team Relay, the evaluation:

Competitors are scored on the following factors:

• Time – faster scores are marked more highly, much like a running relay race.

• Cutting the disc – with 30 points awarded for each disc cut.

• Discs remaining on the stem – 20 points are awarded for the disc remaining on the stem after being cut.

• Tipping the starting disc – before each cut is made, a small disc must be touched with the chainsaw tip.

Failure to do so results in a 10-point penalty. 
Additional points are penalised, for the following:

Too early start, too early crossing of the safety line, starting the saw in the incorrect way, working without safety gear, incorrect resting position of the saw at the start or chain running on the starting disc, over or undercutting the painted marker, working on the wrong side of the lying stem, starting the chainsaw behind the starting line, the disc not fully cut, moving from place to place when the chainsaw is running, not tipping the disc on the ground, not running around the standing stem, appearance on the competition site without call, touching the saw chain whilst the engine is running, saw not starting within 5 minutes, using the saw one-handed and injuries.

The origins:

Originally created by the Dutch, the event was introduced as a friendly event to appeal more to spectators. The world Relay Race has quickly gained huge support and following, acting as final frontier for each country to tackle.

Despite the results not being included in the final score, the Relay is an exciting addition to the overall competition filled with action from start to finish.

The chainsaws:

To find out more about the chainsaws used in this event, visit our championship chainsaws page.

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Want to know more about the other disciplines, simply click the relevant link below:

Tree FellingAnother ChainPrecision-BuckingBucking with Combined cuts - Limbing

For more information on the Relay Race and WLC2014, visit ialc.ch or check out our other posts here on the WLC2014 blog. Keen to interact? Talk to us @pro_forest on Twitter!



Can you cut 30 branches off a tree in under 15 seconds?

Limbing involves cutting artificial branches off a single stem in the quickest time possible.

Thirty branches must be removed but leaving a stump results in a penalty, with 200 basic points given for completion, and quicker contestants receiving a higher score. 

Contestants have time to prepare, with the branch pattern being shared with each contestant up to six months in advance of the competition.

Limbing, the evaluation

The following elements affect the final score (maximum 460), with 200 basic points given for basic completion of the performance:

  • Time – the event is timed, with lower times scoring higher. 
  • Branch stumps – if there are any stumps above 5mm in height, 20 points are penalised. 
  • Damage to the stem any vertical damage to the stem deeper than 5mm will be penalised by 20 points. 
  • Longitudinal damage to the stem – longitudinal cuts also result in a 40 point penalisation for each point of damage.


Scoring factors:

The following factors may also result in points penalisation: 

Branches that are not removed, clearing away branches when the chain is running, safety regulations and incorrect movement.

The origins:

In the forest, limbing is a crucial part of preparing logs before bucking takes place, making the stems ready for trade. Limbing may be a dangerous act if precautions are not taken, as branches often fly up under the tree's weight. 

The chainsaws:

To read more about the chainsaws used at WLC2014 go here: Husqvarna 576 XP™ and here: Husqvarna 372 XP™.  

Want to know more about the other disciplines, simply click the relevant link below:

Tree FellingAnother Chain - Precision Bucking - Bucking with Combined Cuts

For more information on precision bucking and WLC2014, visit ialc.ch or check out our other posts here on the WLC2014 blog. Keen to interact? Talk to us @pro_forest on Twitter! 



How to change a chainsaw chain in under ten seconds

Fitting another chain involves the safe and quick replacement of a chainsaw chain. 

The competitor is scored on how quickly the chain is replaced according to the chainsaw group. 

Points are deducted for many reasons including failure to turn the bar, dropping the chain or fixing nuts and more.

Fitting Another Chain, the evaluation

Competitors receive penalty points if any of the following elements are not up to standard:

  • • Time – timings are categorised according to the chainsaw group – group 1 or 2. The longer the time taken, the more points deducted from a maximum 140. 
  • Failure to carry out task correctlyif there is a gap between the chain and bar, 50 points are deducted. 
  • Bar not turnedthe bar must be turned at least once in the longitudinal axis. If not, 50 penalty points are given. 
  • Dropping the chain or fixing nutsthis results in 20 penalty points. 


Scoring factors:

The following factors are also taken into consideration for the total score of 140: 

Injury involving bleeding, manipulating the saw once the discipline has ended, and incomplete or poor fitting of cutting apparatus. 

The origins…

Whilst Husqvarna chainsaws are renowned for their reliability, chain replacements are necessary, especially in the case of a chain naturally blunting. With the process taking the average logger just five to ten minutes to complete, our champions usually finish the process in 10 to 20 seconds. 

Now to find out which chainsaws the best in the world use at the World Logging Championships, read on…

The chainsaw:

Husqvarna 576 XP™ - This is our most advanced chainsaw and a favourite amongst professionals when it comes to demanding use. The X-Torq® engine provides high torque over a very wide rpm range and 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 and is ideal for tree felling, but also general logging. With extra heavy-duty crankcase and crankshaft and 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. 

The chainsaw accessories:

Felling wedge – is inserted before the felling cut is complete, and are knocked in with an axe or impact bar. Sometimes several felling wedges are needed to fell the tree. 

Impact bar – (or axe) can be used as a striking tool when using a felling wedge (these tools are also used as a breaking bar for bigger trees).   


For more information on fitting another chain and WLC2014, visit ialc.ch or check out our other posts here on the WLC2014 blog. Keen to interact? Talk to us @pro_forest on Twitter! 



Three hundred and twenty-five years of expertise in every championship chainsaw

  • Husqvarna’s 325 year history allows it to bring expertise and perfection to each and every chainsaw it creates.
  • It’s this expertise that allows it to provide the loggers participating at the World Logging Championships with the best chance to win. 
  • The Husqvarna 576 XP is the reigning championship chainsaw, used by Aleksandr Sokolov to win the WLC 2012 in Raubitschi.