The Walking Harvester, the world's first prototype
for a walking forest machine, is now on display at the
John Deere Pavilion.
MOLINE, Illinois (April 10, 2012) - Now on display at the
John Deere Pavilion in Moline, Ill., is the Walking
Harvester - the world's first prototype for a walking
forest machine. Only one of two in existence, the walking
harvester was designed by John Deere's research
and development unit in Finland in the 1990s but was ahead
of its time and never reached the production phase.
Manufactured in 1994, the walking harvester machine on
display at the Pavilion was the first to be equipped with a
harvesting head and accumulated approximately 2,000 working
hours during testing. Sensors in the machine's legs
reacted automatically to soft, sloping, or uneven terrain,
while a computer control system distributed weight and
support equally to all six legs. The machine simply walked
over obstacles that crossed its path, and the machine
operator was able to adjust the ground clearance and height
of every step.
"Although the walking harvester never reached full
production, innovations such as these demonstrate
John Deere's forward thinking and commitment to
developing solutions for the types of challenges loggers
are facing out in the woods - not only here in the United
States, but all around the world," said Cliff Caudill,
Manager of Forestry Product Marketing, John Deere
Construction & Forestry.
The walking harvester prototypes helped pave the way for
future developments in productive and environmentally
friendly machines. For example, the automation and
stability system technology used in developing the concept
underwent further development and is now applied in all of
John Deere's forest equipment. Due to progressive
development work on the control systems, hydraulics and
transmission, modern John Deere harvesters cause less
burden on the terrain.
The new display at the Pavilion was opened on February 15
to celebrate John Deere's 175th Anniversary and
also the Pavilion's own 15th Anniversary. In addition
to the walking harvester, also on display is the
John Deere 643K Wheeled Feller Buncher with lifelike
full trees gripped in its FD45 Felling Head, giving
visitors a sense of what the machine would look like in
action. These are just two examples of the new machines,
interactive displays, original artifacts and media displays
now available to visitors.
For more information about John Deere's forestry
equipment or the John Deere Pavilion, please visit www.JohnDeere.com.
Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in
providing advanced products and services and is committed
to the success of customers whose work is linked to the
land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and
build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically
increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure.
Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative
products of superior quality built on a tradition of