What it’s like to drive a… large logger
Posted: 30 Jun 2010
What do you get if you cross The Matrix with Ground Force? A vengeful Charlie Dimmock in a PVC suit? No, this. It's the John Deere 1270E Harvester - the most extreme deforesting machine this side of a carelessly flicked cigarette at a rural Aussie barbeque.
Seriously, this thing is terrifying. Stood facing a thick wall of four-ton trees deep inside Muirburn Forest in Dumfries, raising a single middle finger to 30 years' worth of woodland development, it looks like an elaborate tool of torture for a Bond villain. If he was a farmer.
I look behind me, and the contrast is stark - a decimated post-apocalyptic desert of broken branches that the 1270E's brother machine, the 1210E Forwarder, is trampling all over it to pick up sawn logs. And now it's my turn to be part of the devastation.