The Most Awesome Tree Mulcher You Will Ever See

This report form NPR has been making the rounds this week. It shows something called a DAH Forestry Mulcher from Quebec’s manufacturer Denis Cimaf which is designed to, well, eat trees from the top down. It’s certainly different from the way I’ve usually seen tree removal companies deal with a tall tree that needs to be removed:

It looks more like something out of a Hollywood movie.

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  1. James Joyner says:

    I assume the mulcher is just an attachment for the crane, then? Because it says Hyundai on it.

  2. I must assume so, yea

  3. rodney dill says:

    It slices, it dices, it makes thousands of Julienne fries….

  4. James Pearce says:

    We need one of these for all the dead trees in the Rocky Mountains. Bag some of it up and sell it for mulch, send the rest down to the nearest ethanol plant.

  5. Just 'nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    @James Pearce: Yeah, if it takes 10 BTUs of petroleum energy to make 9 BTUs of corn energy (values are approximate, but we NEVER get out what we put in) imagine how well low sugar wood pulp will work to make an alcohol-based energy source. Good idea!

  6. Tyrell says:

    @James Pearce: No, that ethanol junk is ruining engines. Buy gas with 0 ethanol.

  7. James Pearce says:

    @Just ‘nutha ig’rant cracker: How many BTUs do you get from a forest fire?

  8. dazedandconfused says:

    @James Joyner:

    It’s an attachment for an excavator, not a crane. I suspect there may be a Cohen brothers, Tarantino, or perhaps a Bond flick in it’s future…

  9. ernieyeball says:

    From the Owners Manual for my 2013 Ford Fusion.

    Use only UNLEADED fuel or UNLEADED fuel blended with a maximum of 15% ethanol.

    Who do I believe? Tyrell? Or the engineers at Ford Motor Company?

  10. JKB says:

    Had a couple of those, or similar, go across the back a couple weeks ago. The were taking out the encroachment into the transmission line easement. Didn’t get a good look because you do not what to be within 50 or 100 yards of those things when they take out a t-post. What it doesn’t slice and dice, it flings. Now, there is just about foot or two of mulch where the trees used to be.