For the Record, the machine is a running gag from the Ratchet and Clank game series. We never find out what it does, but your probably right. Trust me when I say the games are well worth the money.
What are ya lookin' at me like that fer? I bought it offa this funky lookin' three fingered guy in a green body suit named Leslie Quark. Best ten bucks I ever spent! And yer not one to talk Mercer! You have tentacles, I've seen enough an-i-me to see what you probably git up to!
MRPHPHR! PHRM BLAGH! Mrphmrphmrumph (Who let the engineer see anime? Because I'm gonna light that idiot up like the fourth of July. And after all's said and done, I'm putting a leash on that engine blockhead. He's not bright enough to be let out on his own anymore.
Me All right, better bring in the cavalry. You're not the only one with an entourage. The Blu Crew you know, as for the rest. Since your last encounter with Fluttershy, I've been doing a little recruiting. Those Red chuckleheads won't know what his 'em. These guys might be a bunch of chowderhead mercs, but they know their way around a brawl.