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DESIGN AND FABRICATION OF PORTABLE TREE BRANCH CUTTING MACHINE

PROJECT REFERENCE NO.:39S_BE_0759

COLLEGE

: KLE DR. M S SHESHGIRI COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND

BRANCH

TECHNOLOGY : DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

GUIDE

: MR. S R BASAVARADDI

STUDENTS

: MR. RAJAT KINAGI MR. PRABHU M MR. RAHUL RATHOD MR. RAMU S B

INTRODUCTION:

Tree pruning is necessary to produce and maintain healthy, aesthetically pleasing plants. Accomplishing this objective requires proper methods, techniques, and tooling.

Trees easily become a safety hazard. Trees that are not properly trimmed and pruned can result in limbs falling on an individual; cause property damage; or, land on electrical wires.

Trimming branches that obstruct street signs reduces the risk of accidents and injuries. Not trimming branches interfering with power lines increases the likelihood of power outages and fires. Branches that are broken unintentionally by weather often produce large tree wounds that also increase the likelihood of structural damage to a tree.

OBJECTIVE:

1. To design and fabricate portable tree branch cutting machine which is used to cut tree branches with less human effort and efficiently

2. To design a machine that cuts small and tall tree branches grown below the electrical wire line of KEB poses the electrical short circuit and other safety problems

3. To design the machine which cuts around 50mm thick tree branch at a height of 3 to 4m from the ground

4. The machine to be designed contains the following specifications:

a. It requires Circular saw

b. 7000rpm Motor

c. 6.5Ah Lead Dry charged Battery

METHODOLOGY:

This machine finds the most suitable applications in general field as well as KEB applications for cutting tree branches. It consists of a small motor, rotary cutting blade, long metallic pipe and a dry battery with switch box. This machine is portable and can be carried easily to the point of application.

The metallic pipe is telescopic aluminium/steel pipe which can be adjusted for 3 to 4m long for reaching up to branches of tall trees. Motor is mounted on one end (i.e top end) of the pipe to which circular saw blade is attached which cuts the tree branches. On the other end

battery is attached along with switch box to operate the equipment. The battery is rechargeable lead dry charge battery which serves as the power source for the operation.

Here the pole is lifted near the tree branch to be trimmed using both hands at a comfortable position. Using on/off switch, saw blade along with motor mounted on the pole cuts the tree branches of approximately 50mm diameter quickly and efficiently.

Drafting of main assembly

diameter quickly and efficiently. Drafting of main assembly APPLICATIONS : 1. To cut tree branches disturbing

APPLICATIONS:

1. To cut tree branches disturbing electrical wire line of KEB

2. Roadside tree trimming.

3. Can also be used for general tree trimming in public applications.

4. It can also be used for fruit pruning.

CONCLUSION:

The results obtained are good under the working conditions. It fulfils the objectives of our project. The completed model can be successfully applied for the practical purpose. It also overcomes the problems occurred with manually operated cutting machines. This equipment runs with low power consumption.

The model designed and fabricated is a very compact one, gives a good result of cutting a tree branch in a stipulated time, cost effective and portable. Power stored in a battery is sufficient for 2hrs of operation.

FUTURE SCOPE:

Improvements to the Tree Pole Pruner would be to primarily develop a more ergonomic design by lowering weight yet increasing the blade diameter for trimming of larger branches. Decreasing the overall weight would increase maneuverability as well as the force required to operate the device. Increasing blade diameter would enable a larger cut depth, allowing the operator to cut larger branches. However, more time would be necessary to develop a schematic that allows the two improvements to occur simultaneously.