Friday, 5 October 2007

The walking harvester

A Finnish company owned by John Deere has developed a tree harvesting machine that walks through the forest like something out of a science fiction film. Even the wheeled and tracked harvesting machines are like a cross between a space ship and a sports 4x4.

The machine is useful in areas with difficult terrain ...where land has been turned to forestry because it can't be used for much else. Notice how lightly it treads...allowing forests to be managed for timber with the minimum of environmental impact.

The video shows the harvester in slow motion - it would be interesting to see how quickly it can really move!

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