Walking Tractor designed by John Deere subsidiary Plustech in Finland
The walking forest machine is Plustech’s best-known innovation.The goal of product development was to create a machine that has the best possible working stability and minimum impact on the terrain. The walking machine adapts automatically to the forest floor. Moving on six articulated legs, the harvester advances forward and backward, sideways and diagonally. It can also turn in place and step over obstacles. Depending on the irregularity of the terrain, the operator can adjust both the ground clearance of the machine and heigh of each step.
The machine’s nerve center is an intelligent computer system that controls all walking functions – including the direction of movement, the travelling speed, the step heigh and gait, and the ground clearance. The harvester head is controlled by the Timberjack measuring and control system. To further optimize machine operation, Timberjack’s Total Machine Control system (TMC) regulates the functions of machine’s loader and engine. All control systems are designed for easy of use. The operator-friendly controls are incorporated in a single joystick.