Robot With Attached Chainsaw Can Climb Trees While Trimming Them

Friday, 22 September 2017 - 8:50PM
Robotics
Friday, 22 September 2017 - 8:50PM
Robot With Attached Chainsaw Can Climb Trees While Trimming Them
Instagram/HandToolRescue
You've got a problem: you need to trim a tree, and you've got the tools, as well as some extra metal pipes and a load of tires and wheels, but you want to find a way to get your job done without having to actually climb the tree yourself and perch precariously in order to slice off smaller branches.

The solution? That would be this bizarre contraption, shared with the world by Hand Tool Rescue, a YouTube channel that showcases restoration projects for old and abandoned tools. The footage shows some sort of strange chainsaw robot which, thanks to its unique shape and design, is capable of spinning slowly up a tree while simultaneously chopping off all of its thin, unsightly branches:




The footage was provided by German YouTuber BiDone1967, but without context or explanation, leaving everyone involved a little in the dark about how the machine operates. The robot (if calling it a robot is even accurate) seems to have changed direction on the tree at one point, suggesting that it might have a sensor or a remote control setting, but currently, it's only possible to speculate about how it actually works in practice.

One way or the other, this is a genius piece of engineering, finding an effective use for simple to source hardware that, when combined, make something that can be genuinely useful to the process of efficiently trimming trees. It's a little like the underwater jet suit that another pair of YouTubers made recently; a creation that uses simple components for a radically new purpose, and it highlights that anyone can come up with a great invention if they find a way to fill a need in a novel fashion, even using very simple technology.

It's also nice to think that if BiDone1967 shared this with Hand Tool Rescue, it's probably because the chainsaw tree-trimming robot was made out of discarded or unwanted parts. Hand Tool Rescue is all about saving old machinery from the scrapheap, and this invention seems to go along those lines, providing a unique use for old equipment that might otherwise not have been worth keeping hold of.

If there's a moral to this, it's that good ideas can transform any old piece of junk into something special, and that sometimes, a genius invention can be born from parts that are already just lying around.
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