In 1947, the Oregon Saw Chain Manufacturing Corporation was founded with four employees and one product. Today, the Oregon brand is distributed by Briggs & Stratton Australia and part of a corporation with more than 3000 employees and thousands of products.
As contractors maintaining yards, the volume of lawns tendered to can be anywhere from 90 to 450 per month. As each job comes with its own garden properties, it’s important to consider and adapt equipment to suit each terrain. Selecting the right parts means less downtime, reliable customer service and efficient turn-around of jobs. The Oregon Gator series of lawnmower blades delivers a full range of enhancements designed to boost performance and durability. From clean, straight, consistent cuts to reduced vibration, each blade features the exclusive Gator Mulcher® providing superior bagging and discharge efficiency that saves time and makes completing each job more seamless.
Three Oregon blades have been created with manufacturing processes that combine the latest technology with a comprehensive range of quality-control standards. This methodology means Oregon blades provide the consistency and longevity professionals demand and homeowners prefer.
The G3 blade is engineered with core Gator mulching features that make them a great choice for normal and abrasive conditions. The G5 provides the optimum combination for a wide range of mower units, featuring a high-lift contour as well as two additional premium features to improve performance and retain blade sharpness, meaning less maintenance or downtime. The heavy-duty G6 blade, made from wider and thicker material, is specific to commercial applications and can withstand the most punishing terrain conditions, while offering the same full-range features of the Gator series.
For lawn trimmers, Oregon has developed three series: Oregon pro-grade, Magnum Gatorline™ and Platinum Gatorline™. These ranges vary in shape and size to meet your requirements – and are made to be durable and easy to use.
The Oregon pro-grade trimmer line is made with blended polymers that are flexible and limit breakage. Engineered with co-extrusion for a fixed profile, the Magnum Gatorline™ incorporates a high-strength inner core with a weld-resistant outer layer for durability and resistance to breakage. The range comes in three shapes: Round, Square and the advanced SuperTwist, which has been tested to reduce noise and vibration when compared to conventional round nylon lines, while enhancing cutting speed and ease. The Platinum Gatorline eliminates many of the problems that can aggravate users of traditional trimmer lines. It houses an armoured exterior that makes the platinum line more resistant to tears and breaks, and shields a highly flexible co-polymer core for extra durability.
From grass, weeds and shrubs, the Oregon trimmer series will easily adapt to each lawn condition and provide clean, consistent professional finishes.
From Humble Beginnings
The Oregon Saw Chain Manufacturing Corporation was founded with four employees and one product.
Sales exceeded $1 million
The company became a multinational corporation.
The first European customer for Oregon brand chain was found.
The company made its first application for a patent on guard links for saw chain.
The Homelite XL12 was brought to market. The chain was Oregon 72D, the first 3/8″ pitch chain specifically built for such a saw.
Oregon engineers testing models and product performance metrics became the foundation for low-kickback industry standards (ANSI B175.1).
Omark Industries, which had become the parent company of Oregon Saw Chain, was purchased by the international construction and manufacturing firm, Blount, Inc., of Montgomery, Alabama.
Blount acquired Frederick Manufacturing, located in Kansas City, Missouri.
Blount’s corporate headquarters moved from Montgomery, Alabama to Portland, Oregon.
Logger and inventor Joseph Buford Cox was chopping firewood one chilly autumn day in 1946 when he paused for a moment to examine curious activity in a tree stump. A timber-beetle larva, the size of a man’s forefinger, was easily chewing its way through sound timber, going both across and with the wood grain at will.
Joe was an experienced operator of the gas-powered saws used in those days, but the cutting chain was a problem. It required a lot of filing and maintenance time.
Joe knew if he could duplicate the larva’s alternating C-shaped jaws in steel, it just might catch on.
The basic design of Joe’s original chain is still widely used today and represents one of the biggest influences in the history of timber harvesting. When Cox became part of Oregon, the technology also became part of Oregon’s catalogue.
Oregon is proudly distributed through lawn-and-garden powerhouse Briggs & Stratton Australia and is committed to designing and manufacturing products that deliver the performance and reliability professionals demand.
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