What It Is:
A lumberjack, more or less. Existing logging machinery can’t get into every place that trees grow. The idea behind the Plustech/Timberjack walking harvester is that it can cross terrain that a machine with wheels or treads wouldn’t be able to and clear out trees like a giant green Jean-Claude Van Damme in a head-kicking contest.
Also, the harvester won’t tear up the ground around it like a track or wheel, making it about as environmentally conscious as a machine designed for eating a forest can be. Currently it’s only a prototype, and there aren’t any others in existence, but the benefits of walking technology almost guarantee it a place in future machinery, not just in forestry but in other applications, such as construction and the military.
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