Posted by LNA Master Landscapers Association
on 16 March 2016
Last week our Titanium Partners Husqvarna invited representatives of the LNA to a special demonstration of their new concept tool, the RAMUS. Together with our LNA Official Ambassador Charlie Albone, our CEO Joanne Aquilina and LNA President Matt Leacy were delighted to take up the invitation. Steve Simpson, former LNA Board Member and current Board Members Chris Richardson and Matt Beckett were also able to attend this exciting unveiling where we were greeted by Stephen Clark, Husqvarna Australia's General Manager of Marketing.
This eagerly anticipated exhibition was held as part of the Silent City 2016 event held at Waterview in Sydney Olympic Park, and was certainly worth the wait! It is sensational that the LNA is able to partner so closely with an organisation that is as equally focused on the environment and the future of landscaping as our members.
The RAMUS is a revolutionary concept tool that aims to harness the advantages offered by connectivity to dramatically change the way users interact with hand-held power tools. Husqvarna have taken a look into the future by combining current technology from the industry with cutting edge thinking from other sectors to design a concept hedge trimmer that incorporates a visor for the operator and wirelessly connects via Bluetooth to your phone or tablet. The benefits of this new technology are extensive. Some of its features include:
Light-weight, wireless operation for ergonomic use, particularly in difficult to reach areas
An ability to take complex designs and project a step-by-step plan to the visor for complex hedging, such as topiary
Recording functions that can generate a report sent directly to the phone or tablet regarding the time a job has taken and how the work was performed
Increased safety through the incorporation of a warning alerting users to others in proximity of the device
Cordless battery, rather than petrol powered. With battery technology advancing, the concept hedge trimmer uses both a high capacity removable battery and a hip belt battery connected by a magnetic cable to further extend run time beyond what is available today. The use of a battery also eliminates hazardous fumes for operators
Tracking of maintenance needs for the tool - alerts sent to your mobile device regarding maintenance, such as oil or filter change, coupled with improved efficiency.
But perhaps the most impressive feature of this groundbreaking tool is the noise. The RAMUS is quiet! No longer will operators be hindered by council noise restriction, this device can be freely operated at any time of the day or night without fear of disturbing residents.
The LNA representatives were privileged to see one of the only two existing prototypes of the RAMUS in the world and, whilst there is currently no scheduled release date, it is exciting to see such technological advancements that have the potential to revolutionise our industry. Some of the ideas incorporated into the RAMUS concept product will appear in Husqvarna Battery products in the not too distant future. Husqvarna are spending a great deal of time, money and effort in ensuring excellent standards of development with their new hedge trimmer, with plans to broaden their range to include many other hand-held connectivity-based tools.
We look forward to seeing a lot more electrifying innovation from our partners Husqvarna into the future.