By Mark McConville
THRILLING footage has captured a variety of everyday items being shredded by a powerful lawnmower blade as they fall into its path.
The video shows a series of floppy disks falling through the air into an upside-down lawnmower and being torn to shreds.
Other items that suffer the same fate include a keyboard, camcorder and even a bottle of liquid nitrogen which creates a large cloud upon impact.
The footage was taken by electronic engineer David Kronstein (30) from New Westminster, Canada and uploaded to his YouTube channel, Will it Mow?
“I love seeing the interesting ways things break – or don’t break – when hit by the mower’s blade,” he said.
“The keyboard was especially satisfying with the keys flying everywhere. It’s also fun coming up with the special rigs for some shots.
“The floppy disk delivery mechanism was interesting to develop and get working.
“There’s a whole other world in slow motion that we never normally see. Something as simple as an object falling onto a mower can be so much more interesting when you look at it slowed down.”
David was inspired to start throwing stuff into his lawnmower after fixing a high-speed camera and needing something cool to film with it.
“I figured it would be cool to drop things into the lawnmower while upside down,” he said.
“It turns out the footage is extremely interesting. The shots were taken on scientific high-speed cameras, normally used for research, car crash testing, etc.
“They run at up to 11,700fps in some of these shots – fast enough to capture the impacts, which are normally far too fast for a regular camera to see.
“Safety was a major issue due to flying debris. The drops are all done remotely with no one in the room, using a custom-built drop rig that remotely drops the objects.
“I also had to armour the cameras and video monitor in the room to avoid damage.”
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