Undertoad Tuesday Jun 25 01:42 PM
6/25/2002: Walking tractor
Griff Tuesday Jun 25 03:41 PM
It looks like a huge improvement to me. The log skidders in use now can leave deep ruts, when off the actual logging roads, which cause erosion on rugged terrain. More importantly, it looks like a giant beetle, gotta have one.
Joe Tuesday Jun 25 04:21 PM
I agree- this is a good thing
A way that you could walk a machine into a forest, pick out only a few trees and walk back out is WAY more forest-friendly than your standard clearcutting with tractors and trucks.
hairdog Tuesday Jun 25 04:54 PM
If you look to the left behind the third large tree, there are three Ewoks planning an ambush on this monstrosity in their forest.
Joe Tuesday Jun 25 05:11 PM
You know, they could keep these things on the International Space Station for use in moving heavy items around in the ship docking bay...
LordSludge Tuesday Jun 25 05:16 PM
...or for fighting alien queens...
Griff Tuesday Jun 25 05:47 PM
Sludge, why must you judge by sexual preference?
Angelus Tuesday Jun 25 10:30 PM
Makes me wonder how much pressure each of those legs is placing on the ground. If regular tractors leave such deep ruts, what kind of mark are those feet going to leave?
Katkeeper Wednesday Jun 26 06:47 AM
As the owner of woodland, I like it. The loggers usually leave a big mess.
CharlieG Wednesday Jun 26 07:47 AM
jaguar Wednesday Jun 26 08:05 AM
I wonder how hard it is to control?
Griff Wednesday Jun 26 09:01 AM
The machine's nerve center is an intelligent computer system
warch Wednesday Jun 26 11:27 AM
Seems like I've heard of these critters working to thin out woods that were replanted too densely, and to lessen the cycle of massive wildfire.
Joe Wednesday Jun 26 11:43 AM
You know, one of these things without the logging crane wouldn't make a bad off-road recreational vehicle.
Bitman Wednesday Jun 26 03:57 PM
Judging from the video, they move very slowly. Dunno what the top speed, but I'm sure 'gallop' is out of the question.
hairdog Wednesday Jun 26 04:31 PM
The website notes that this thing is going to be manufactured by John Deere. Well, "nothing walks like a Deere."
Joe Wednesday Jun 26 04:42 PM
this is an early model
Someday it's going to be
And Wednesday Jun 26 06:09 PM
Yeah, you laugh now. Just you wait until you see swarms of these things climbing all over skycrapers, chewing holes in the walls and pooping on the sidewalks. Mark my words, we need a visit from that Orkin Man in the Robosuit soon, or we're all metal-ant food... AIYYEEEEEE!!!