#2155: Damoclesaw

I love living in a leafy environment. It’s therefore quite upsetting when I get experts telling me that it’s best to have several trees chopped down to avoid the risk to my house or those of my neighbours before windy weather threatens.

Today’s invention is a small, automated chainsaw system which can be attached to the base of a potentially dangerous tree and left there for the long-term.

This would be suitably camouflaged in shape and texture to make its presence less noticeable.

A wire on an extensible reel, would be run from the saw to near the top of the tree.

When the wire was stretched beyond a safe limit, by a storm-force wind, the chainsaw would fire up and fell the tree.

The saw would be placed so that the direction of fall would always be away from the nearest property.