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Forest Harvester the first:
This harvester would be
headed by a 30 foot wide mouth. The front would a
of scoops out in front for dirt. When the machine is
approaching a small hill these scoops would scrape dirt
outward to either side. Next it would have a wide, thick,
and very powerful
blade right above the newly created
ground clearance. The blade would move back and forth
cutting the widest trees to short stumps. The trees
fall into the chipper immediately or fall away from the
harvester and be digested in smaller
Harvester the second
Large stones in
front would be detected with sensors and smashed into
bits by a huge wrecking ball. The machine would have to
stop at such times until the rock is reduced to boulders
small enough to be dealt with by the large robotic claw
which would place them in a hopper for later use or in
neat rows. Stones as low as 4 feet underground would be
so dealt with.
Harvester the third
somewhat level the ground and under the massive wood
chipper there would be a scoop 4 feet underground. A
sharp metal blade would slide underground severing tree
trunks, pushing small rocks up or down, and lifting large
chunks of wood, stone and small animals into a sorting
tray. Large things would be pushed off to the side of the
harvester. Smaller things and dirt would be put back
where they came from.
Rakes would level the ground. Wood chips
could be mixed with the dirt, laid on top, or collected. An
assortment of paving, plowing, sealing, or fertilizing
devices could be pulled behind.
Gerry Anderson, 1960's. [8th of 7, Sep 26 2010]