Outrigged Implement Adjustable Inwardly Patents (Class 172/311)
  • Patent number: 10405482
    Abstract: A header comprising multiple row elements along a width of the header. The multiple row elements are connected to a frame which is segmented into two peripheral segments and two central segments. Each peripheral segment is connected to an adjacent one of the central segments via a respective distal pivot, and the central segments are interconnected via a central pivot. The distal pivots are arranged to allow a rotation of the peripheral segments with respect to the central segments. The central pivot are arranged to allow a central rotation of the central segments with respect to each other, such that the segments are movable with respect to each other between a folded state and an operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Maarten Ysebaert, Pieter Van Overschelde, Sandor van Vooren
  • Patent number: 10342171
    Abstract: By providing a linear actuator in communication with a slide bar disposed in a channel, and by configuring multiple bars of a harrow to achieve an angle of rotation defined by the slide bar, the angle of rotation for smoothing tools of the harrow may be precisely controlled by the linear actuator. As a result, an infinite range of downward angles may be available for the smoothing tools for achieving various effects with the soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Dean A. Knobloch, Tim Blunier
  • Patent number: 10278323
    Abstract: An agricultural implement having ground engaging components and inboard and outboard frame members are safely unfolded by using a radar or laser sensor to detect the presence of an obstacle in the unfolded position. A warning signal or disabling the unfolding process occurs when an obstacle is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Parvathy K. Hadley, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Patent number: 10251330
    Abstract: The latch assembly for the wings of a folding tool bar includes catches on each wing wing and a pair of pivotal latch arms on the tool bar tongue. An actuator pivots the latch arms between an unlatched position disengaged from the wing catches to a latched position engaging the wing catches so as to retain the wings in a transport position. In the latching and unlatching method, the latch arms are pivoted simultaneously in opposite directions by an actuator to capture and release the opposing wings of the tool bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Harvest International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Alan Sivinski, Byron J. Friesen
  • Patent number: 10104828
    Abstract: An agricultural implement system including a hitch assembly configured to couple to a tow vehicle, a plurality of wing tool bars coupled transversely to the hitch assembly, and a plurality of wing frames pivotally coupled to the plurality of wing tool bars Each wing frame is configured to support a plurality of row units and is positioned forward of a respective wing tool bar. The agricultural implement system further includes an air cart support arm with a first and second end. The first end of the air cart support arm is pivotally coupled to the wing tool bar and the second end of the air cart support arm is configured to couple to an air cart and the air cart support arm is configured to drive the air cart in a rearward direction relative to the hitch assembly in response to rotation of the wing tool bar in the rearward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: Terrance Alan Friggstad
  • Patent number: 10080322
    Abstract: A flexible cultivator implement frame includes a center section and two wing sections. The center section has a main portion and two side portions supported at opposing sides of the main portion for pivotal movement relative to the main portion about respective flexing axes. The flexing axes of the center section are sloped to extend forwardly and laterally outwardly relative to the forward working direction. Each wing section has an inner portion and an outer portion pivotally coupled to the inner portion about a respective flexing axis. The flexing axes of the wing sections are sloped to extend forwardly and laterally inwardly relative to the forward working direction so as to be oriented transversely to the flexing axes of the center section of the frame such that the flexible frame follows ground contours while minimizing undesirable stresses in and twisting of various pivots and frame members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventors: Johan Redekop, Terrance Friggstad
  • Patent number: 10071862
    Abstract: An automated tensioning system is provided for a conveyor. The tensioning system includes a spring housing with a lead screw/drive shaft assembly located therein that has a pushing face that extends out of one housing end. A spring compression plate is threadingly engaged with the lead screw. A plate indicator is located on the spring compression plate. A tensioner spring is located between the tensioner spring support provided by a first housing end and the spring compression plate. A sensor is located on the spring housing that is configured to detect a position of the plate indicator. A driven wheel, rotationally engaged with the drive shaft and axially slideable thereon, is driven by a motor to drive the driven wheel and rotate the lead screw and advance or retract the face so that a desired tension is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Flexicon Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel Joel Barry
  • Patent number: 10070574
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement with a hydraulic system having a left wing hydraulic subsystem supplying hydraulic pressure and flow to an outer left wing hydraulic circuit for actuating the actuator of an outer left wing wheel assembly, and a right hydraulic subsystem supplying hydraulic pressure and flow to an outer right wing hydraulic circuit for actuating an actuator of an outer right wing wheel assembly; the hydraulic system additionally having at least one hydraulic flow divider dividing hydraulic flow and pressure between the outer left wing hydraulic circuit and the outer right wing hydraulic circuit, the at least one hydraulic flow divider being configured to coordinate the motion of the outer left wing and the outer right wing wheel assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Mark J. Wileniec, Kena Shah, James W. Henry
  • Patent number: 10051775
    Abstract: A latching arrangement for an agricultural implement having components which may be retracted or folded from an extended operational position to a stowed position better suited to transport and/or storage including a first remotely operable actuating mechanism for moving a component between the stowed and extended positions, a lever having a component engaging hook near one end and a fulcrum fixed to the implement, and a second remotely operable actuating mechanism for selectively engaging the hook and component only when the component is in the stowed position. The second actuating mechanism is operable independently of, and from the same location as, the first actuating mechanism. The second actuating mechanism comprises a hydraulic cylinder fixed to the implement and having a piston rod coupled to the lever near a lever end opposite the hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Matthew P. Morgan, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Patent number: 10028423
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement has a main frame section with a telescoping pull hitch tube and a tool bar. A left wing section and a right wing section are pivotally coupled with the main frame section. At least one wing implement is pivotally coupled with each wing section. A hydraulic system has a left wing hydraulic subsystem for actuating the left wing implements and a right wing hydraulic subsystem for actuating the right wing implements. The hydraulic system has at least one hydraulic flow divider and combiner between the left hydraulic circuit and the right hydraulic circuit that functions to coordinate the motion of the left wing implements and the right wing implements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Kena Shah, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Patent number: 10015924
    Abstract: A disk harrow having a carriage frame and diverging forward and rear secondary frames extending laterally with respect to a travel direction. Gangs of disk blades are connected to and supported by the secondary frames. A portion of the outermost portion of the forward secondary frame is articulated relative to the remainder of the frames and has a ground support wheel allowing its height to be independently controlled relative to the remainder of the secondary frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Dean A. Knobloch
  • Patent number: 9999171
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement with a hydraulic system coupled to actuators of foldable wing sections and to actuators of wheel assemblies associated with each wing section. The hydraulic system having a wing sensor detecting an inner wing section being folded and at least one valve coupled to the wing sensor. The valve being activated by the wing sensor enabling a hydraulic fluid flow to the actuators associated with the wheel assemblies of the wing sections causing the wheel assemblies associated with the wing sections to thereby retract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Brice Magarity, Kena Shah, Dean A. Knobloch, John C. Endsley, Matthew R. Sudbrink, Jason E. Andrews, David Schulte
  • Patent number: 9992922
    Abstract: The invention relates to an agricultural cultivator having a frame (10), which is designed to be self-propelled in a transport direction (T) or to be pulled by a tractor (5) in the transport direction (T), with a part of the frame (10) extending transversely to the transport direction (T) as a support (11), and with a plurality of individually mountable cultivator elements (20), which can be positioned side by side and spaced from one another on the support (11), wherein the support (11) is constructed from a plurality of support sections (12, 13, 14, 15) and has a folding mechanism (30) which enables the support sections (12, 13, 14, 15) to be folded onto one another about folding axes (31, 32, 33) that extend parallel to the transport direction (T). In addition, one or more mounting rails are provided. The mounting rails can be removably mounted on the support. The cultivator elements can be mounted on the mounting rail or rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: CNH INDUSTRIAL DANMARK A/S
    Inventor: Fritz Brockmoller
  • Patent number: 9992923
    Abstract: An agricultural implement system including a hitch assembly configured to couple to a tow vehicle, a plurality of wing tool bars coupled transversely to the hitch assembly, and a plurality of wing frames pivotally coupled to the plurality of wing tool bars. Each wing frame is configured to support a plurality of row units and is positioned forward of a respective wing tool bar. The agricultural implement system further includes an air cart support arm with a first and second end. The first end of the air cart support arm is pivotally coupled to the wing tool bar and the second end of the air cart support arm is configured to couple to an air cart and the air cart support arm is configured to drive the air cart in a rearward direction relative to the hitch assembly in response to rotation of the wing tool bar in the rearward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: Terrance Alan Friggstad
  • Patent number: 9986676
    Abstract: A mowing device has an elongate frame with opposing longitudinal ends and two mowing units disposed on opposite longitudinal sides of the frame. Each mowing unit has an elongate support with a first pivot joint (G1) by which a first of the opposing longitudinal ends of the support is hinged on one of the longitudinal sides to pivot about a horizontal rotational axis (A) extending in the longitudinal direction (LR1) of the frame. A bar-shaped mower is hinged on a second the opposing longitudinal ends of the support in order to extend, in a working position, longitudinally horizontally and transversely to the longitudinal direction (LR1). A second pivot joint (G2) provides a rotational axis (A2) that extends vertically, transversely to the first rotational axis (A1) to allow for mower pivoting to a transport position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: CLAAS Saulgau GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Speer
  • Patent number: 9968026
    Abstract: A large field cultivator has forward and rear wing frames that are articulated to a main frame between a field position in which they extend laterally and a transport position in which they pivot forward and rearward about an axis substantially perpendicular to the plane of the frames in the field position. A pair of flip up frames secured to the aft frames pivot out of the way so that the rear wing frame assemblies may be pivoted inward to the transport position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Matthew R. Sudbrink
  • Patent number: 9918424
    Abstract: A method for lifting wing tool bars of an agricultural implement includes receiving a fluid at an input port of a fluid control system. The fluid is configured to induce raising a central tool bar of the agricultural implement using a first actuator extending between the central tool bar and a main frame of the agricultural implement, and then to induce rotating a first wing tool bar relative to the central tool bar using a second actuator extending between the first wing tool bar and the central tool bar after the central tool bar is raised. The method also includes detecting an angle between the first wing tool bar and the central tool bar using a switch. The method further includes controlling fluid flow to the second actuator based on the detected angle via a solenoid controlled valve electrically coupled to the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Timothy R. Blunier, Timothy Allen Olson
  • Patent number: 9877422
    Abstract: A drawn agricultural machine comprising a carrier frame for carrying processing members, the carrier frame supportable on the ground, at least during transport, by means of a wheel set comprising at least a wheel, a coupling frame for coupling the agricultural machine 1 to the three-point suspension of a tractor, the coupling frame comprising two lower coupling points and an upper coupling point and the coupling frame being rotatable about a vertical axis of rotation relative to the carrier frame. The machine also comprises a drawing element for exerting a force on the coupling frame, wherein the coupling frame, the carrier frame and the drawing element are interconnected in such a manner that a downward force component is exerted on the lower coupling points when the drawing element exerts a force on the coupling frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: LELY PATENT N.V.
    Inventors: Alfonsus Jacobus Van Den Engel, Norbert Van Hemert
  • Patent number: 9844173
    Abstract: A multi-row agricultural soil treatment implement includes a semi-trailed carriage and a rearward folding toolbar. The toolbar is suspended from the semi-trailed carriage through parallel links and includes a center section, flex hinges, main wings, main wing latches, and outer flip wings operatively connected to hydraulic cylinders to move them between transport and field position. The main wings fold rearward relative to the center section and are supported by a transport rack but they retain the ability to pivot up or down as needed for ground contour following capability or row end turning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Fast Global Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Verlyn K. Fast, James B. Prohaska
  • Patent number: 9839175
    Abstract: An agricultural implement includes a toolbar system having a toolbar frame, an elevator assembly, and a first wing on one side of the toolbar frame. The first wing may be coupled to the elevator and pivotable about a first vertical axis of rotation between an extended and a folded position. Tools may be coupled to the first wing and rotatable relative to a longitudinal axis of the first wing from an operating position below the first wing to a transport/shipping position above the first wing. Further, the first wing may be adapted to be moveable to position the first wing higher than a wheel of the agricultural implement on the same side of the toolbar frame in the folded position. Subsequently, the tools may be circularly rotated and the middle wing and tools pushed down to reduce the overall width and height of the implement for transporting or shipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Unverferth Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Van Mill, Ryan J. Fleshner, Ronald J. Schlimgen
  • Patent number: 9706699
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement including a main frame section having a pull hitch tube extending in a travel direction, which may be a telescoping pull hitch tube, a plurality of pivotally coupled wing sections coupled with the main frame section, and a plurality of pivoting wing front shank frames. Draft linkage assemblies connect the plurality of pivotally coupled wing sections to the telescoping pull hitch tube, while allowing both the pivoting wing front shank frames and the plurality of pivotally coupled wing sections to articulate correctly. The main shank frame, the pivotal wing front shank frames, and the wing sections articulate from an operating configuration to a transport configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Patent number: 9699949
    Abstract: A farm implement supported by at least one wheeled support mounted on a pivot arm extending from a wing and at least one tracked support on a main carrier. The tracked support can be rotated about a primary rotational axis and the wheeled support being rotatable about a secondary rotational axis. The pivot arm can be rotated to position the wheeled support to elevate or lower the wing. The rotational of the pivot arm also changes the alignment of the secondary rotational axis of the winged support relative to the primary rotational axis of the tracked support to prevent berming when maneuvering the farm implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: NORWOOD SALES, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Lykken, Matt Meyer
  • Patent number: 9622400
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement includes a main section including a hitch extending in a travel direction, a plurality of foldable wing sections coupled with the main section, a plurality of ground engaging tilling elements, a plurality of wheel assemblies and a control system. The tilling elements are coupled to the main section and wing sections. Each of the wheel assemblies include an actuator. The wheel assemblies include a first plurality of wheel assemblies associated with the main section and a second plurality of wheel assemblies associated with the plurality of wing sections. The actuators of the first plurality of wheel assemblies being independent of the actuators of the second plurality of wheel assemblies. The control system is configured to actuate the actuators to effect a profile minimizing operation of the foldable wing sections when the implement is being transitioned into a transport mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Patent number: 9615500
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement includes a main section including a hitch extending in a travel direction, a plurality of foldable wing sections coupled with the main section, at least one auxiliary implement assembly coupled to each of the wing sections and a control system. Each auxiliary implement assembly includes at least one support member, at least one pivotal arm pivotally coupled to the support member, at least one actuator coupled to both the support member and the pivotal arm and a ground contacting implement coupled to the pivotal arm. The control system is configured to actuate the actuators to control a position of each ground contacting implement in each of the sections when the agricultural implement is transitioning to a transport mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Patent number: 9596799
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement including a main frame section having a pull hitch tube extending in a travel direction, which may be a telescoping pull hitch tube, a plurality of pivotally coupled wing sections coupled with the main frame section, and a plurality of pivoting wing front shank frames. Draft linkage assemblies connect the plurality of pivotally coupled wing sections to the telescoping pull hitch tube, while causing both the pivoting wing front shank frames and the plurality of pivotally coupled wing sections to articulate correctly. The main shank frame, the pivotal wing front shank frames, and the wing sections articulate from an operating configuration to a transport configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Patent number: 9585300
    Abstract: A folding agricultural implement including a plurality of tilling sections and a hinge system. The tilling sections include first and second tilling sections, with the second tilling section being pivotally coupled to the first tilling section about a first pivot axis. The hinge is system coupled to both tilling sections. The hinge system includes a link, an actuator, at least one wheel and a ramp system. The link is pivotally coupled to the first tilling section about a second pivot axis. The actuator has a pivoting connection on each end with one pivoting connection being coupled to the second tilling section and the other pivoting connection is coupled to the link, with the actuator having a range of travel. The wheel is rotationally coupled to the link. The ramp system is configured for the wheel to traverse thereover for a portion of the range of travel of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Patent number: 9554498
    Abstract: An agricultural implement including a main frame having a pull hitch tube extending in a travel direction and a main frame tool bar coupled with and extending transverse to the pull hitch tube, and a plurality of pivotal wings coupled with the main frame. Each of the plurality of wings have at least one pivotal wing front section and at least one pivotal wing rear section. The pivotal wing front sections and the pivotal wing rear sections pivot from a generally horizontal position to a generally vertical position, and the wings fold from a perpendicular position to a position parallel with the pull hitch tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Daniel Scott Valandingham, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Patent number: 9549496
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement including a main frame section having a pull hitch tube extending in a travel direction, and a tool bar coupled with and extending transverse to the pull hitch tube, and a plurality of pivotally coupled wing sections coupled with the main frame section. The plurality of pivotally coupled wing sections including a first wing section and an adjacent second wing section. Each of the plurality of wing sections have at least one pivotal tool frame. The pivotal tool frame of the first wing section is foldable upward at a first angle, and the pivotal tool frame of the second wing section being foldable upward to a second angle. The first angle and the second angle being different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Matthew P. Morgan, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Patent number: 9516798
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement including a main frame section having a pull hitch tube extending in a travel direction is provided, including a tool bar coupled with and extending transverse to the pull hitch tube, and a plurality of wing sections pivotally coupled with the main frame section about generally vertical axes. Each of the plurality of wing sections have at least one pivoting wing front shank frame. A main shank frame straddles the pull hitch tube. The main shank frame, the pivoting wing front shank frames, and the wing sections articulate from an operating configuration to a transport configuration. A controller for controlling the agricultural tillage implement controls the sequence in which the parts articulate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Patent number: 9474200
    Abstract: A toolbar is provided having a field position and a transport position. The toolbar includes a first bar section and a second bar section. A flexible line is retained partially adjacent to a pin pivotally joining the first bar section and the second bar section. The flexible line folds from the transport position to the working position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventor: Dale Koch
  • Patent number: 9462739
    Abstract: An agricultural implement is provided that includes a compound hinge arrangement that allows for compact folding adjacent frame segments such as wing segments of planting, seeding, or tillage implements. The compound hinge arrangement includes a first pivot axis that can be active when the implement is in an unfolded field-use position in which a second pivot axis of the compound hinge arrangement is locked. The implement may be folded into a folded transport position by pivoting an outer wing about the first pivot axis with a first actuator during a first stage and pivoting the compound hinge arrangement and the outer wing about the second pivot axis during a second stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Matthew S. Naylor, Dennis G. Thompson, Dennis W. Chahley, Darwin L. Zacharias
  • Patent number: 9433139
    Abstract: A wing locking assembly for an agricultural implement is provided. One agricultural implement includes a first frame section having a mounted bracket and a second frame section pivotally coupled to the first frame section. A cam is mounted to the second frame section. The implement includes an actuating cylinder having a first end pivotally coupled to the second frame section, and a second end disposed within a slot of the bracket. The implement also includes a locking mechanism rotatably coupled to the bracket. The locking mechanism includes a first end configured to engage the second end of the actuating cylinder, and a second end configured to abut the cam. The locking mechanism is configured to drive the second end of the actuating cylinder into a desired position within the slot upon contact between the cam and the second end of the locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Cameron Wade Stettner, Matthew Stuart Naylor, Terrance Alan Friggstad
  • Patent number: 9426938
    Abstract: A device for folding the working parts of agricultural machinery, in particular a device for folding the working parts of an agricultural machine consisting of at least one stationary part (1) and at least one, stored in the stationary part (1), swiveling folding part (2), where the stationary part (1) and the folding part (2) are connected by at least one swivel connection (3) stored in their outer edges, which contains, in the stationary part (1) stored a linear drive device (5) pivotally connected to a rod (4) which is pivotally connected to the folding part (2), where the linear drive device (5) is located below the frame (12) of the stationary part (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: FARMET a.s.
    Inventors: Michal Nyc, Jakub Jelinek, Tomas Smola
  • Patent number: 9320190
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus for shifting weight between a tractor and toolbar and between sections of the toolbar, for controlling operative height of a toolbar and sections of a toolbar and for folding a toolbar between a work position and a transport position. A ground engaging wheel and an actuator are coupled to the toolbar. In one embodiment, a fluid control system is responsive to a command signal to modify the actuator pressure such that the actuator pressure corresponds to a desired pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Gregg A. Sauder, Dale M. Koch
  • Patent number: 9198342
    Abstract: Each wing of a rear folding implement has a wing frame supported on rear wheels for movement along the ground, and a forewing frame and wheel pivotally attached to the wing frame. A center ball joint pivotally connects right and left inner wings and a center wheel assembly supports the center ball joint. The wings extend laterally and the forewing frames are in a lowered position supported on their wheels when in the operating position. To move the wings into a transport position, the implement is towed forward and the wings pivot about the center ball joint to trail rearward and the forewing frames are moved upward to narrow the implement for transport. An air seeder cart hitch is rearward of and near the center ball joint in the operating position, and when the wings trail rearward the cart hitch is near rear ends of the trailing wings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Bourgault Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Terrance A. Friggstad
  • Patent number: 9198341
    Abstract: Agricultural machine including a central frame and two work devices, the central frame being connectable to a tractor, and being provided with wheels, each work device being connected to the central frame by a first articulation and being able to be moved between a transport position and a work position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: KUHN S .A.
    Inventors: Cedric Halter, Joel Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 9161488
    Abstract: An agricultural implement is presented that includes a main tool bar supporting main agricultural tools. The agricultural implement also includes an inner wing tool bar pivotally coupled to the main tool bar and supporting inner wing agricultural tools. Moreover, the agricultural implement includes an outer wing tool bar pivotally coupled to the outer wing tool bar and supporting outer wing agricultural tools. Furthermore, the agricultural implement includes a folding system configured to rotate that outer wing tool bar relative to the inner wing tool bar to enable the agricultural implement to be operated in a narrower configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Timothy R. Blunier
  • Patent number: 9148987
    Abstract: An agricultural caddy assembly and agricultural trailer are provided. The agricultural caddy assembly includes a wheel attachment member, a tractor-tool attachment frame, and a bolster for rotatably connecting the wheel attachment member to the tractor-tool attachment frame. The agricultural trailer includes a tractor hitch, a tool frame, a wheel attachment member, a tractor-tool attachment frame connected to the tractor hitch and the tool frame, and a bolster for rotatably connecting the wheel attachment member to the tractor-tool attachment frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: PENTA TMR INC.
    Inventor: John Baker
  • Patent number: 9033063
    Abstract: A vertical tilling implement to be pulled behind and agricultural vehicle having a number of gangs of fluted-concave disc blades, rolling baskets, and wheels connected to a main frame. As the vertical tilling implement is pulled, the fluted-concave disc blades move the soil in a direction lateral to the side of the blades as well as up. Meanwhile, the rolling bars aid in leveling the seedbed and crushing the remaining large pieces of soil. The vertical tilling implement reduces the amount of subsoil compaction and cuts through heavy residue making it ideal for use in the fall or in the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Michael George Kovach, Tracey Duane Meiners, Dean Alan Knobloch, Gaylen James Kromminga, Gregory S. Smart
  • Publication number: 20150129254
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement includes a main section including a hitch extending in a travel direction, a plurality of foldable wing sections coupled with the main section, a plurality of ground engaging tilling elements, a plurality of wheel assemblies and a control system. The tilling elements are coupled to the main section and wing sections. Each of the wheel assemblies include an actuator. The wheel assemblies include a first plurality of wheel assemblies associated with the main section and a second plurality of wheel assemblies associated with the plurality of wing sections. The actuators of the first plurality of wheel assemblies being independent of the actuators of the second plurality of wheel assemblies. The control system is configured to actuate the actuators to control a depth of tilling elements in each of the sections when the implement is in a field mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: CNH INDUSTRIAL AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch, James W. Henry, Eric J. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20150129255
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement includes a main section including a hitch extending in a travel direction, a plurality of foldable wing sections coupled with the main section, a plurality of ground engaging tilling elements, and a plurality of lift and gauge wheel lift mechanisms. The tilling elements are coupled to the main section and wing sections. Each of the lift and gauge wheel lift mechanisms has a rear lift wheel actuator and a front gauge wheel actuator. A control system is configured to independently actuate the rear lift wheel actuators and the front gauge wheel actuators to control a depth of tilling elements in each of the sections when the implement is in a field configuration, and to level the implement front to rear and side to side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: CNH INDUSTRIAL CANADA LTD.
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch, Anthony Carbaugh, James W. Henry
  • Publication number: 20150107500
    Abstract: An agricultural machine for working soil or for sowing seeds, including a trailed chassis and work elements distributed over a transverse beam including a central section including wheels and two side sections extending on either side of the central section during work, each end of the central section resting on the ground via a wheel. Each side section includes an extension arm and an intermediate arm, the extension arm is connected to the intermediate arm by a horizontal articulation with a substantially horizontal axis and is directed in a direction of advance at work and each intermediate arm is connected to the chassis via a vertical articulation and carries at least one work element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: KUHN S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Charles Audigie
  • Patent number: 9010451
    Abstract: A toolbar transport system for extending and retracting a large agricultural toolbar. Forward and rearward folding segments of the toolbar allow the toolbar assembly to retract against the sides of the vehicle without interfering with the steering wheels. A forward-folding segment and rearward-folding segment of each lateral toolbar section connect to provide steering wheel clearance in the transfer position and an integrated lateral toolbar with regularly-spaced ground-engaging implements in the application position. Gauge wheel assemblies assist in the extension and deployment of the toolbar assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Matthew W. Dames, Matthew A. Dorenkamp, Michael S. Meyer, James R. Williams, Ashok K. Rana
  • Publication number: 20150068779
    Abstract: An agricultural implement is provided that includes a compound hinge arrangement that allows for compact folding adjacent frame segments such as wing segments of planting, seeding, or tillage implements. The compound hinge arrangement includes a first pivot axis that can be active when the implement is in an unfolded field-use position in which a second pivot axis of the compound hinge arrangement is locked. The implement may be folded into a folded transport position by pivoting an outer wing about the first pivot axis with a first actuator during a first stage and pivoting the compound hinge arrangement and the outer wing about the second pivot axis during a second stage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: CNH Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Matthew S. Naylor, Dennis G. Thompson, Dennis W. Chahley, Darwin L. Zacharias
  • Patent number: 8960321
    Abstract: A towable soil pulverizer having a center section and foldable wings mounted by hinges on opposite sides of the center section to fold upwardly or downwardly about substantially longitudinal hinge axes. Each hinge has a spaced ball joint and guide roller in roller slot. A wing float axis for each wing extends substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal hinge axis in a transverse direction, each wing also being pivotal about the float axis. The hinge design with the float axis prevents weight transfer between the center section and wing sections when the pulverizer operates over uneven soil, providing uniform soil conditioning over the width of the pulverizer. The center section rollers are positioned ahead of, behind, or co-linear with the wing rollers. Lockout kits are provided for mounting in the roller guide slots for restricting motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Landoll Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher Lee Tamm
  • Publication number: 20150047863
    Abstract: A device for folding the working parts of agricultural machinery, in particular a device for folding the working parts of an agricultural machine consisting of at least one stationary part (1) and at least one, stored in the stationary part (1), swiveling folding part (2), where the stationary part (1) and the folding part (2) are connected by at least one swivel connection (3) stored in their outer edges, which contains, in the stationary part (1) stored a linear drive device (5) pivotally connected to a rod (4) which is pivotally connected to the folding part (2), where the linear drive device (5) is located below the frame (12) of the stationary part (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Michal Nyc, Jakub Jelinek, Tomas Smola
  • Publication number: 20150047312
    Abstract: A latch to secure folding implements in a transport configuration. The latch is constructed so as to permit selective disengaging of the latch to allow the folding implement to be configured for operation. A latching mechanism with a pivoting portion engages a crossbar in latching. One of the latching mechanism or pivoting portion is suspended on an extension bar which is cantilevered and suspended from either a main frame or a folding arm. The latching system tolerates misalignment of the main frame and folding arms through the suspension system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Forage Innovations B.V.
    Inventors: Lucas B. Graham, David W. Jahraus, Tyler G. Schiferl, Michael Kindley
  • Patent number: 8931573
    Abstract: A toolbar implement connects to a tractor and a plurality of row units are connected to the toolbar implement. The toolbar implement contains: (a) a main longitudinal frame; (b) a transverse left wing toolbar hingedly connected to the frame; (c) a transverse center bar connected to the frame; (d) a transverse right wing toolbar hingedly connected to the frame; (e) a plurality of lift arms connected to the center bar; (f) an axle connected to the distal ends of the lift arms; (g) a plurality of track assemblies mounted on the axle; (h) a left longitudinal frame member connected to the center bar and extending rearwardly; (i) a right longitudinal frame member connected to the center bar and extending rearwardly; and (j) a transverse center toolbar connected to the main frame, the left longitudinal frame member, and the right longitudinal frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Richard A. Gramlow
  • Patent number: 8910726
    Abstract: A harvester has an attachment, for rotatably supporting the support arm of the support wheel to the frame of the header, that includes a first bearing device with a substantially horizontal axis for rotatably supporting the support arm of the support wheel to the attachment, so that the support arm is tiltable between an operating position and a stowed position. The attachment further has a second bearing device with a substantially vertical axis, for rotatably supporting the attachment to the frame, so that the attachment is tiltable between a first position whereby the axis of the first bearing device substantially transverses the direction of travel and a second position whereby the axis of the first bearing device is substantially parallel to the direction of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Eddy Lammerant, Johan A. E. Vande Ryse, Bart Ryckaert
  • Patent number: 8909435
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automating some of the tasks that heretofore required operator action at headland turns or similar events are provided. The present invention automates operation of lift assist wheels and/or gull wings, such as those found on a stack-fold implement, based on the position of the tractor hitch to which the implement is coupled. An operator may control the position of the implement, such as at a headland turn, by raising and lowering the tractor hitch using a remote control. The invention enables the planter to compare the tractor hitch position relative to an implement position and control operation of the implement accordingly without additional user inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas Tuttle, Tyler Remoué