The absolute beast that is the Megaloceros even a low level like the one I’m currently using has 300 weight and if your just gathering thatch you can sprint jump around like a mad man collecting hundreds of thatch
There is no scenario I've encountered were you get more thatch using a metal pick instead of a chainsaw. The returns are generally a minimum of 2:1 with an average somewhere between 3:1 and 4:1, and sometimes even 5:1. I'll take 500 thatch over 100 any day.
What happened to the diplo, its basically sonic and has a ton of weight and can gather thatch pretty good. So it’s good if u live in a area with trees spread out and are too lazy to fly somewhere. Just have a guard cause it does literally 0 damage.