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!      





WLC CONTENDERS: The Brothers Amstutz - aiming to drive Switzerland to gold


Urs and Phillip Amstutz are two Swiss brothers in arms

Both have been training extensively for the World Logging Championships

They will be looking to impress on home soil in Switzerland

Swiss brothers Urs and Phillip Amstutz are hoping a combination of scores can drive Switzerland to gold at WLC 2014.

The brothers are both accomplished chainsaw users and Husqvarna fans with Urs impressing in the 2012 championships. The younger of the two brothers, Urs performed well in Felling in 2012 scoring 644 points accompanied by an impressive Limbing of 464 which won him bronze overall in Belarus.   

This year the Amstutz brothers will be in their home country of Switzerland, looking to impress even further on home soil. The brothers train incredibly hard, using each other as motivators. A combination of their skills and top-rank scorecards this year could be the key factor to Switzerland’s success.

Of course, the brothers will also be striving for personal glory and aiming to determine which one is the better user of a Husqvarna championship chainsaw. The challenge will definitely be one to watch for their home Swiss crowd. 



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 make two cuts meet perfectly in the middle of a log

Bucking with combined cuts tests the competitor's woodcutting accuracy from two angles, above and below, on two seperate stems both set at different angles. 

The competitor is marked on time and accuracy, with both cuts expected to meet perfectly in the middle of the log, at a perfect angle.

The deviation in the cut angle results in penalty points, and the disc must be between 30-80mm.

Bucking with combined cuts, the evaluation...

As with many high precision events at the World Logging Championships, competitors will receive penalty points if any of the following elements are not up to standard:

  • Time – points are awarded according to time taken, with penalty points awarded for longer times taken.
  • Angle of cut – the cut angle is measured from four locations, with the angle of the cut and its deviation measured. 90 degrees represents the perfect angle, with a max score of 30 points per log.
  • Distance between the two cuts - The height of the threshold between the bole and the end of the disc is measured, with a lower value representing a higher score. Max score of 45 points per log.

The following factors are also taken into consideration for the total score of 200:

Too early start, violations of work safety regulations, cutting above or below the red line, starting the downwards cut below the green line, fitting the chain or cutting apparatus correctly, damaging the stem with gashes and the thickness of the disc.

A little more info …

Bucking at the World Logging Championships is based on the real world art of cutting felled logs destined for plywood, lumber and pulp, having distinct specifications for length and diameter.

Loggers will use a variety of instruments to ensure accuracy in the real world – so our competitors must be extra skilled to gain high points.

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

For more information on bucking with combined cuts 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! 



IN PHOTOS: Husqvarna loggers sharpen skills in Switzerland

To get you excited for the World Logging Championships 2014 we thought we’d share some of the best photos from our recent training camp in Switzerland that most of our team attended.

As you can see, our loggers practiced non-stop under burning sunshine in the fields of Emmen, then braved pouring rain in a mountain forest 2,000m above sea level - all to hone their logging skills for WLC 2014.

Here is just a taster of the action...

The Swiss training camp participants after a hard weekend’s work.