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March 5, 2016 AT 6:00 am

Terrifying Mobile Tree-Harvesting Machine

Strangely mesmerizing video, via Core77

Ponsse’s Scorpion King is an eight-wheeled monster designed to “endure tropical heat and arctic cold, travel without destroying the terrain and briskly climb the steepest slopes.” That’s because it’s designed to get to and cut down trees down in tricky areas. And Ponsse has developed a “cut-to-length” method whereby the trees are stripped of their branches and cut into logs of precise length on the spot.
To achieve this, they designed a fairly terrifying saw-wielding robot koala bear suspended from the end of a massive boom arm. Watch as it outstretches its greedy little arms, eagerly embracing and mutilating one arboreal victim after another:

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2 Comments

  1. Walking tree harvester https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzaXMzYFtSM and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtRpx57KqjY

  2. Reminiscent of the machine in GM’s Futurama exhibit that cut through the forest and put down a road in its wake.
    https://youtu.be/2-5aK0H05jk?t=3m44s

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