The Harvesters have a hollow chute with an appendage that grabs the mature fetal sacs for insertion in the power plant, and can also be used to attack any intruders to the fields. Whether the machines collect the conceived fetus from a smaller pod under the main pod or if they create it themselves is unclear.
During the early years of the Machine War, Harvesters were used to capture humans and take them to Machine labs. The combat version is smaller, with spherical torso and a mounted laser. They were also armed with more tentacles that were used to slice human infantry groups into pieces and immobillize APUs in seconds. Additionally they are protected by a very effective armour that could withstand most attacks that were thrown at it.