Hay Unbaler Patents (Class 241/605)
  • Patent number: 9554521
    Abstract: A machine for distribution of products for animals, including a bucket with an opening toward a casing including a first wall adjacent to the opening and a second wall remote from the first wall, in which casing a turbine is mounted that can rotate around a rotation axis, the turbine including a disc with blades and knives. The turbine further includes a plate oriented toward the opening and remote from the disc, and a central part remote from the disc and at least one branch, the at least one branch extends from the central part in a substantially radial direction of the disc, the at least one branch of the plate is connected to the disc by two lateral closing sheets to form a bin, the at least one blade of the turbine is formed by the bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: KUHN-AUDUREAU S.A.
    Inventors: Christophe Roger, Charly Garnier
  • Patent number: 9027863
    Abstract: A bale shredder apparatus may comprise a frame and a bale hopper mounted on the frame and defining an interior bale chamber for receiving a bale to be shredded with a bale feed opening. A bale shredding assembly may be in communication with the bale chamber through the opening to shred a bale in the bale chamber. A side wall of the hopper may be movable away from the primary side wall to permit removal of a bale from the bale chamber. A primary bale movement assembly may move a bale in a lateral direction toward the opening and a secondary bale movement assembly may move the bale in a direction substantially transverse to the lateral direction. A shredding rotor of the shredding assembly may include at least one brace including at least one leg extending outwardly from the outer surface of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventors: Ethen D. Wentz, Walter R. Fair, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8794554
    Abstract: A combination including unbonded loosefill insulation material compressed in a package and a blowing insulation machine is provided. The unbonded loosefill insulation material has insulative characteristics. The blowing insulation machine is configured to receive the compressed unbonded loosefill insulation material from the package. The blowing insulation machine has a plurality of shredders configured to condition unbonded loosefill insulation material to a desired density. The blowing insulation machine is further configured to distribute the conditioned unbonded loosefill insulation material into an airstream. The blowing insulation machine has pre-set, fixed operating parameters tuned to the unbonded loosefill insulation material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventor: Michael E. Evans
  • Patent number: 8622327
    Abstract: A machine for distributing loosefill insulation is provided. The machine includes a chute having an inlet end configured to receive the loosefill insulation. A lower unit is associated with the chute and includes a shredder configured to shred the loosefill insulation and an agitator configured to finely condition the loosefill insulation. The lower unit includes a shredder guide shell positioned partially around the shredder and an agitator guide shell positioned partially around the agitator. A discharge mechanism is positioned in the lower unit. The discharge mechanism has a top inlet positioned below the agitator such that loosefill insulation exiting the agitator is allowed to fall in a substantially vertical direction from the agitator into the top inlet of the discharge mechanism. The position of the shredder guide shell at a passageway is offset in a vertical direction from the position of the agitator guide shell at the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventor: Michael E. Evans
  • Patent number: 8561928
    Abstract: A machine for distributing loosefill insulation is provided. The machine includes a shredding chamber having an outlet end. The shredding chamber includes a plurality of shredders configured to shred and pick apart the loosefill insulation. A discharge mechanism is mounted at the outlet end of the shredding chamber. The discharge mechanism is configured for distributing the loosefill insulation into an airstream. The discharge mechanism includes a shaft mounted for rotation within a housing. The shaft includes a plurality of vanes extending radially from the shaft. A plurality of seals is mounted to the shaft and to the vanes. The seals are configured to seal against the housing as the shaft rotates. A blower is configured to provide the airstream flowing through the discharge mechanism. The shaft and the vanes are a one-piece structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Evans, Christopher M. Relyea
  • Patent number: 8550384
    Abstract: The dust control system is adapted for use with a straw blowing machine. The straw blowing machine typically starts with a bale of straw and utilizes a shredder to loosen the straw from the bale. A blower fan then blows the straw to a throat of a chute and the chute then directs the straw where desired. The dust suppression system includes at least one water inlet applying water to the straw before the straw exits an outlet tip of the chute. Water tanks are preferably provided which feed the water inlets in a controllable fashion to meter an appropriate amount of water to cause dust included with the straw to adhere to the straw and avoid degrading air quality when the straw is ejected out of the chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nitta Construction, Inc.
    Inventor: Alfred T. Nitta
  • Patent number: 8528843
    Abstract: A bale splitter (1) for mounting on a front end loader arm of a tractor' comprises a support framework (5) having a plurality of tines (7) extending transversely therefrom for supporting a cylindrical wrapped bale (2). A pair of carrier arms (15) pivotally coupled to the support framework (5) carry a cutting blade (20) for splitting the bale (2) and for simultaneously cutting wrapping material of the bale (2). The cutting blade (20) is slightly spaced apart from the tines (7) for preventing cutting of the wrapping material (4) adjacent the tines (7) so that the wrapping material remains in one single integral piece after splitting of the bale (2). A grab (30) comprising jaws (32,33) is supported on the support framework (5) to abut the bale (2) when supported on the tines (7), and for gripping the wrapping material (4) prior to operation of the cutting blade (20) for cutting the bale (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Unique Inventions Company Ltd.
    Inventor: William Kieran Murphy
  • Patent number: 8490900
    Abstract: An unbonded loosefill insulation system configured to provide blown loosefill insulation material is provided. The system includes a blowing insulation machine configured to condition and distribute loosefill insulation from a package of compressed loosefill insulation. The blowing insulation machine is further configured to have pre-set and fixed operating parameters. An unbonded loosefill insulation material is configured for use with the blowing insulation machine. The pre-set and fixed operating parameters of the blowing insulation machine are tuned to combine with the unbonded loosefill insulation materials to provide blown loosefill insulation material having specific insulative values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Captial, LLC
    Inventor: Michael E. Evans
  • Patent number: 8474740
    Abstract: A bale processor apparatus has a bale chamber configured to hold a front bale in the chamber forward of a rear bale in the chamber. A disintegrator apparatus removes shredded material from the front bale and forms a front stream of shredded material moving laterally, and removes shredded material from the rear bale and forms a rear stream of shredded material. An exhaust opening in the bale chamber adjacent to the front bale is oriented such that the front stream passes laterally through the exhaust opening. A conveyor receives the rear stream and carries same forward and moves same into contact with the front stream such that the rear stream is carried out through the exhaust opening with the front stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Highline Manufacturing Ltd.
    Inventors: Blake Neudorf, Cameron Wilson
  • Patent number: 8474737
    Abstract: A rotary forming apparatus is provided. The rotary forming apparatus includes a separator configured to receive a gas flow having entrained fibrous material and further configured to separate the fibrous material from the gas flow. The fibrous material forms mini-blankets having a length along a longitudinal axis. A milling apparatus is positioned adjacent the separator and configured to receive mini-blankets exiting the separator. The milling apparatus is further configured to grind the mini-blankets into fibers having desired lengths. The milling apparatus is configured to grind the mini-blankets along the lengths of the mini-blankets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Evans, John Hasselbach
  • Patent number: 8371791
    Abstract: There is disclosed a feeding device (10) for dispensing bales of material from a vehicle. The feeding device (10) includes a body (12) having a surface for receiving a plurality of said bales thereon. The surface has a first end (12a) and a second end (12b) and is configured such that the plurality of bales are arranged in at least one row extending at least partially between the first and second ends (12a, 12b). A pusher (18) is slidably mounted to the surface and moveable between a first position proximal the first end (12a) and a second position proximal the second end (12b). A driving mechanism is provided and is controllable to move the pusher (18) between the first and second positions. Such movement of the pusher (18) from the first position to the second position applies a pushing force to the bales arranged in at least one row such that the bales in that row are progressively dispensed from said second end (12b) of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventor: Gerard F. Kenna
  • Patent number: 8336795
    Abstract: A silage pile defacer includes a frame having a rear end and a front end. A transverse beam carrying a plurality of downwardly projecting tines is coupled to the front end of the frame. A quick connect coupler is mounted to the rear end of the frame for mounting the defacer to a quick hitch coupler on the lift arm mechanism of a tractor. The tines are oriented at an angle relative to the frame, allowing the tines to be generally vertically oriented relative to the ground when the defacer is elevated above a silage pile. The tines of the defacer are configured to contact the silage pile and to skive off a face layer of the silage pile when the defacer is lowered to the ground by the tractor lift arm mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Riverview, LLP
    Inventor: Gary Fehr
  • Patent number: 8328123
    Abstract: A machine for distributing loosefill insulation from sources of compressed loosefill insulation is provided. The machine includes a shredding chamber having an outlet end and a plurality of shredders configured to condition the loosefill insulation. The plurality of shredders is configured to operate at variable rotational speeds. A discharge mechanism is mounted at the outlet end of the shredding chamber. The discharge mechanism is configured for distributing the conditioned loosefill insulation into an airstream provided by a blower. The blower is configured to operate at variable rotational speeds. The plurality of shredders, the discharge mechanism and the blower are configured to operate on a single 15 ampere, 110 volt a.c. power supply. The variable rotational speeds of the plurality of shredders are configured to provide variable flow rates of the loosefill insulation and the variable rotational speeds of the blower are configured to provide variable flow rates of the airstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Evans, Christopher M. Relyea
  • Patent number: 8245960
    Abstract: A machine for distributing blowing wool from a bag of compressed blowing wool is provided. The machine includes a shredding chamber configured to shred and pick apart the blowing wool. The shredding chamber includes a plurality of shredders and an agitator. The plurality of shredders and the agitator are configured for rotation. The plurality of shredders and the agitator are configured to rotate at different speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Michael W. Johnson, Michael E. Evans, Agustin Hernandez, Robert J. O'Leary, Christopher M. Relyea, Brian K. Linstedt, Gregory J. Merz, Jeffrey W. Servaites, Keith A. Grider
  • Patent number: 8192130
    Abstract: Apparatus for loading and feeding hay bales including a transport vehicle having a flatbed and a tiltable support frame mounted to the flatbed for carrying a stack of bales. A hoist is used to tilt the support frame from a horizontal hay bale transport position to a vertical position against a bale stack for picking up a bale stack. Squeeze arms are used to secure the bale stack to the support frame. An endless chain on the support frame is used to selectively move the bales forwardly. A flaker is mounted at a forward end of the flatbed for receiving a bale advanced thereon and selectively flaking off portions of the bale. A tipping apparatus is provided for selectively tipping a bale advanced by the endless chain from the support frame onto the flaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: Adam Clark
  • Patent number: 8162243
    Abstract: A device for breaking up compressed masses of fibers into pieces of fiber and transporting the pieces of fiber, comprising: an intake chute; a plurality of break-up implements mounted on a plurality of shafts rotatably mounted within the intake chute; a plurality of devices with protrusions, where the plurality of devices are mounted on a plurality of shafts rotatably mounted within the intake chute; and a transportation device. A compressed mass of fibers may be placed within the intake chute, the compressed mass of fibers may come into contact with the plurality of break-up implements, the compressed mass of fibers may be broken into large pieces of fiber by the break-up implements, the larger pieces of fiber may come into contact with the plurality of devices, the larger pieces of fiber may be broken into small pieces of fiber by the devices, and the small pieces of fiber may fall onto the transportation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Arr-Maz Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Richard Wenthe, Eric Johnson, Monty Oberle
  • Patent number: 8146844
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a reduced size vegetation shredding and dispersal apparatus that is capable of being attached to a skid steer front end loader (such as a Bobcat) that can be maneuvered into restricted areas and deliver shredded vegetation and mulch into recently seeded and landscaped areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: David Kisenwether
  • Patent number: 8091816
    Abstract: A round module opener for use with a round module of cotton including a first cradle movably mounted to a first frame, the first cradle including a first peeler belt that is configured for rotary motion, and a second cradle movably mounted to a second frame, the second cradle including a second peeler belt that it configured for rotary motion. The first cradle and the second cradle are disposed on opposing sides of a feeder bed such that the first cradle and the second cradle can be moved inwardly toward each other and toward a longitudinal centerline of the feeder bed to engage the round module of cotton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: CTC Design, Inc.
    Inventor: Curtis Thomas Curles
  • Patent number: 8066208
    Abstract: A bale shredder is mounted on a frame and has a flail that will shred material, such as hay, straw and silage, and an auger receives the shredded material and moves it toward a first end of the auger. The first end of the auger is surrounded by a chamber that has a first opening in an axial direction of the auger that opens into a fan or blower so that material going through the first opening is blown out of a discharge chute. An endless conveyor is mounted adjacent a second opening of the chamber, laterally of the auger, and is positioned to receive material from the second opening. Panels are provided for selectively blocking the first opening when the endless conveyor is to be moving material from the chamber, and for blocking the second opening when the fan is to be used for discharging material. The two different conveyors are selectively used for delivery of shredded material from the bale shredder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Duratech Industries International Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick D. Bennett
  • Patent number: 8021095
    Abstract: An apparatus (3, 103) for removal of packaging (11) from a big bale (1), the apparatus (3) comprising: at least one gripper (41, 141) arranged to hold on to a part of the packaging (11); at least one cutting means (31, 131) arranged to make at least a first cut through the packaging (11) at the binding material-covered face and substantially transversely of the longitudinal extent of the binding material, and optionally make further cuts through the packaging, preferably in the faces adjacent to the first cut, in order to create an opening in the packaging (11) enclosing the big bale (1); and at least one supporting means (23, 123), the at least one supporting means (23, 123) and/or the gripper (41, 141) being arranged to effect relative movement between the big bale (1) and the at least one gripper (41, 141), whereby the packaging (11) is separated from the contents (1a) of the big bale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: T. Kverneland & Sonner AS
    Inventor: Roy Inge Haugstad
  • Patent number: 8011608
    Abstract: A silage pile defacer includes a frame having a rear end and a front end. A transverse beam carrying a plurality of downwardly projecting tines is coupled to the front end of the frame. A quick connect coupler is mounted to the rear end of the frame for mounting the defacer to a quick hitch coupler on the lift arm mechanism of a tractor. The tines are oriented at an angle relative to the frame, allowing the tines to be generally vertically oriented relative to the ground when the defacer is elevated above a silage pile. The tines of the defacer are configured to contact the silage pile and to skive off a face layer of the silage pile when the defacer is lowered to the ground by the tractor lift arm mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Riverview, L.L.P.
    Inventor: Gary Fehr
  • Patent number: 7967231
    Abstract: A bale processing apparatus for receiving and shredding a bale of material is disclosed. The bale processing apparatus comprises a hopper having a top and a bottom, a top opening through which a bale is received into the hopper and a bottom opening through which the material of the bale is dispersed. The bottom opening is at least partially positioned below the top opening. The apparatus further includes a bale shredding assembly for removing material from a bale received in the hopper. The bale shredding assembly is located in the interior of the hopper below the top opening and above the bottom opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Bale Buckets, Inc.
    Inventors: Grant E. Post, Gregory D. Dejager
  • Patent number: 7967227
    Abstract: A machine for distributing blowing wool from a bag of compressed blowing wool is provided. The machine includes a chute having an inlet end. The inlet end is configured to receive the bag of compressed blowing wool. A shredding chamber is positioned downstream from the chute and is configured to shred and pick apart the blowing wool. The shredding chamber includes a plurality of shredders configured for rotation. The shredding chamber further includes a plurality of guide shells positioned partially around the plurality of shredders. The plurality of shredders seal against the plurality of guide shells and direct the blowing wool in a downstream direction as the plurality of shredders rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Owens-Corning Fiberglas Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Johnson, Michael E. Evans, Agustin Hernandez, Robert J. O'Leary, Christopher M. Relyea, Brian K. Linstedt, Gregory J. Merz, Jeffrey W. Servaites, Keith A. Grider
  • Patent number: 7938348
    Abstract: A machine for distributing blowing wool from a bag of compressed blowing wool includes a chute having an inlet end and an outlet end, the chute configured to receive the bag of compressed blowing wool. A shredder is mounted at the outlet end of the chute and configured to shred and pick apart the blowing wool. A discharge mechanism distributes the blowing wool into an airstream. The chute is configured such that the minimum length of the chute from the inlet end to the outlet end is the nominal length of a person's arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Evans, Agustin Hernandez, Michael W. Johnson, Robert J. O'Leary
  • Patent number: 7878435
    Abstract: A machine for distributing loosefill insulation is provided. The machine includes a chute having an inlet end configured to receive the loosefill insulation and a lower unit associated with the chute. The lower unit includes a first and second shredder configured to shred and pick apart the loosefill insulation and an agitator configured for final shredding of the loosefill insulation. The lower unit further includes a first shredder guide shell positioned partially around the first shredder, a second shredder guide shell positioned partially around the second shredder and an agitator guide shell positioned partially around the agitator. A discharge mechanism is positioned in the lower unit and is configured to discharge loosefill insulation from the lower unit. The position of a second end of the first shredder guide shell is offset in a vertical direction from the position of a second end of the second shredder guide shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Michael W. Johnson, Michael E. Evans, Agustin Hernandez, Robert J. O'Leary, Christopher M Relyea, Brian K Linstedt, Hugo E Eccles, Jeffrey W Servaites, John B Youger, Gregory J Merz, Joseph M Sexton, Jeffrey D. Accursi, Christopher H. Kujawski, Robert O'Grady, Keith A Grider
  • Patent number: 7871028
    Abstract: A chopper unit for chopping bales of vegetation is particularly well suited for chopping large square bales. The chopper unit mounts on the arms of a transporter unit such as a skid loader. The unit includes a housing having a deck with a window therein. During normal operation, the deck faces upwardly. The housing includes a chopping chamber having the window in the deck at one end thereof, and extending to an opening or window in a side wall of the housing. A bale hopper mounted on the deck can translate along a predetermined path. The bale hopper extends generally upwardly when the unit is in an operating position, and surrounds the window in the deck. A vegetation cutter mounted within the chopping chamber partially projects through the deck's window and into the hopper. Rotating the cutter chops the vegetation into small pieces. The hopper translation allows the cutter to access the entire bottom surface of the bale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventors: Roy Marschall, Harlan Poppler
  • Patent number: 7845584
    Abstract: An apparatus for installation of a material having discrete elements. The apparatus includes a supply material having discrete elements and a transporter system downstream of the supply material having discrete elements. In the preferred embodiment, the transporter system includes: (i) a high speed, inline blower (ii) a material agitator upstream of the inline blower and (iii) a planetary transmission connected to the shaft of the blower for providing a lower speed mechanical output to the material agitator. The material agitator may include a plurality of concentric rings with serrations on the upper surface of each ring. In the preferred embodiment, the apparatus further includes an applicator assembly connected downstream to the transporter system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: US GreenFiber, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Bowman, Mitchell R. Smith, Frank C. Burroughs, Joseph C. Willingham, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7819349
    Abstract: A machine for distributing blowing insulation from a bag of compressed blowing insulation. The machine includes a chute having an inlet end and an outlet end and is configured to receive the bag of compressed blowing insulation, a plurality of shredders mounted at the outlet end of the chute and configured to shred and pick apart the blowing insulation and a discharge mechanism for distributing the blowing insulation into an airstream. The chute has a cross-sectional shape that approximates the cross-sectional shape of the bag of compressed blowing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Michael W. Johnson, Michael E. Evans, Agustin Hernandez, Robert J. O'Leary, Christopher M Relyea, Brian K Linstedt, Hugo E Eccles, Jeffrey W Servaites, John B Youger, Gregory J Merz, Joseph M Sexton, Jeffrey D. Accursi, Christopher H. Kujawski, Robert O'Grady, Keith A Grider
  • Patent number: 7793873
    Abstract: A machine for grinding forage material includes a support frame that supports an enclosure for retaining a bale of forage material. A rotary shredder is positioned within the enclosure where the rotary shredder grinds the bale of forage material and discharges a forage material from the enclosure. The machine includes at least two deflectors attached to the enclosure that deflect the shredded forage material onto a surface where the at least two deflectors are positionable independent from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Duratech Industries International, Inc.
    Inventor: Russell J. Hoovestol
  • Patent number: 7757980
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for using the apparatus is taught for decreasing the density of and feeding into a convention small baler agricultural crop product that has been compressed into several flakes, the flakes having been then further compressed into a large bale, the apparatus comprising a material bed and pusher assembly; a staging area; a set of feeder rollers; a set of drawing rollers; a metering assembly; a chaff discharge system; and a small baler. A method of using the apparatus is also taught. Baled agricultural crop product that is passed through the taught apparatus and method indistinguishably resembles agricultural crop product that has never been baled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventors: Patrick James Oare, Christian Hansen Oare
  • Patent number: 7740198
    Abstract: A straw chopper includes a pair of shafts supported in a chopping chamber for rotation about respective longitudinal axes extending generally in a forward working direction of the chopper. Chopping blades are supported on each shaft, offset in a direction of the longitudinal axes in relation to the chopping blades of the other shaft so that the shafts can be positioned with a sweep area of the blades overlapping one another. The shafts are rotated in a common direction of rotation such that the blades of one of the shafts are displaced in an opposite direction to the blades of the other one of the shafts at the overlap of the sweep areas. Each chopping blade includes an impeller surface sloped forwardly into a direction of rotation so as to generate a rearward thrust of air in the chopping chamber in the longitudinal direction of the axes from the inlet to the outlet of the chamber as the shafts are rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventor: John S. Lamont
  • Patent number: 7721984
    Abstract: A chain driven push arm advances a hay bale along a bed toward an opening including a pair of vertically aligned, spaced-apart idle wheels each including plural radiating blades. As the hay bale advances along the bed, the wheels rotate freely causing the blades to impinge on successive regions of the hay bale to separate a succession of flakes from the hay bale remainder. The bed is mounted on a wheeled truck or vehicle that is towable behind a tractor as the tractor driver remotely selectively operates the push arm to dispense flakes along the ground. An optional, towable conveyor can be used to load the bed with a succession of hay bales.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas Bootsma, Denzil Robbins
  • Patent number: 7651043
    Abstract: A machine for grinding forage material includes a support frame that supports an enclosure for retaining a bale of forage material. A rotary shredder is positioned within the enclosure where the rotary shredder grinds the bale of forage material and discharges a forage material from the enclosure. The machine includes at least two deflectors attached to the enclosure that deflect the shredded forage material onto a surface where the at least two deflectors are positionable independent from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: DuraTech Industries Internatioal, Inc.
    Inventor: Russell J. Hoovestol
  • Patent number: 7588203
    Abstract: A silage pile defacer includes a frame having a rear end and a front end. A transverse beam carrying a plurality of downwardly projecting tines is coupled to the front end of the frame. A quick connect coupler is mounted to the rear end of the frame for mounting the defacer to a quick hitch coupler on the lift arm mechanism of a tractor. The tines are oriented at an acute angle relative to the frame, allowing the tines to be generally perpendicular to the ground when the defacer is elevated above a silage pile. The tines of the defacer skive off a face layer of the silage pile when the defacer is lowered to the ground by the tractor lift arm mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Riverview, L.L.P.
    Inventor: Gary Fehr
  • Patent number: 7581691
    Abstract: The novel rotor for a bale processor comprises a number of plate sections that extend radially outward from a rotor axis with bale disintegrators mounted on outer edges of the rotor plate sections for bale disintegration during rotor rotation. The rotor may have four or at least four rotor plate sections. One such rotor includes a first rotor plate having a predetermined width W, length L and thickness T, second and third rotor plates each having a thickness T, a length L and a width approximately equal to (W/2?½T). The second rotor plate is fixed to one side of the first rotor plate and the third rotor plate is fixed to the other side of the first rotor plate to form a symmetrical rotor having a length L and an X-cross-section. The disintegrators include a number of pairs of flail supports fixed to outer edges of the rotor plates and a flail pivotally mounted to each of the flail support pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Bridgeview Mfg. Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Helmeczi, Dan McCarthy
  • Patent number: 7568642
    Abstract: An apparatus for installation of a material having discrete elements. The apparatus includes a supply material having discrete elements and a transporter system downstream of the supply material having discrete elements. In embodiments, the transporter system includes: a high speed, inline blower; a material agitator upstream of the inline blower, the material agitator including a plurality of concentric rings with serrations on the upper surface of each arm, wherein at least one outer ring includes saw tooth serrations on the upper surface of the ring; a transmission connected to the shaft of the blower for providing a lower speed mechanical output to the material agitator; and an orifice substantially adjacent to the inlet of the blower for receiving the supply material having discrete elements. In embodiments, the apparatus further includes an applicator assembly connected downstream to the transporter system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: U.S. GreenFiber, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Bowman, Frank Comer Burroughs, Joseph Chester Willingham, Sr., William Crockett Richardson, III, Mitchell Ray Smith
  • Patent number: 7566019
    Abstract: A biomass shredder system for providing a consistent flow of fuel to a furnace or feed application. The biomass shredder system includes a conveyer unit to carry a straw bale, a separator unit attached to the conveyer unit, wherein the separator unit includes a plurality of separator members and a shredding unit slidably attached to the separator unit. The shredding unit includes a plurality of blades positioned in-between each of the plurality of separator members, wherein the plurality of blades shred the straw bale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: BEST, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Dueck
  • Patent number: 7546966
    Abstract: A feed cutter is mounted in a discharge area of a bale processor and includes a rotating member with a series of mounted blades. The feed cutter may be used to substantially reduce the length of crop material separated from a bale being processed that is to be used to feed livestock. Optionally, the feed cutter may be mounted to facilitate discharge of material from the processor with or without further processing by the feed cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Highline Manufacturing Ltd.
    Inventors: Charles Lepage, Kimball Lischynski, Murray Kosokowsky
  • Patent number: 7377457
    Abstract: An agricultural bale cutter has a scoop shaped lower jaw frame supporting a first set of teeth at a lower end and is pivotally mounted to an upper jaw frame. A second set of teeth mounted on the upper jaw frame may therefore be moved between distal and proximal positions relative to the first set of horizontal teeth for cutting a bale that is held between the upper and lower jaw frames. The frames are manipulated by hydraulic linear actuators so that both the lower and upper frames may be lifted by a front end loader mounted on a tractor and the upper jaw may be moved relative to the lower jaw for picking up a bale, cutting the bale and dropping a first cut portion of the bale at a first location and a second portion at a different location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Inventor: Allan Wesley Schierman
  • Patent number: 7360728
    Abstract: A hay bale processor (10) having a cylindrical rotatable drum (14) adapted to displace a bale of hay (156-157) over a grill (26) which has a plurality of spaced-apart parallel slot openings (27) which are adjustable to define an average fiber cut length. A rotor (28) driven by an electric motor (66-67) has cutting blades (35) projecting through the openings to contact a bottom face (159) of a bale of hay (160) displaced over the grill. The rotor has a driveable shaft (29) secured to a displaceable suspension mechanism (45) to displace the blades (35) in the openings and above the grill a variable distance depending on the resistive load appliA hay bale processor (10) having a cylindrical rotatable drum (14) adapted to displace a bale of hay (156-157) over a grill (26) which has a plurality of spaced-apart parallel slot openings (27) which are adjustable to define an average fiber cut length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventor: Victor Rousseau
  • Patent number: 7300005
    Abstract: An apparatus for installation of a material having discrete elements. The apparatus includes: (a) a supply material having discrete elements; and (b) a transporter system downstream of the supply material having discrete elements. In the preferred embodiment, the transporter system includes (i) a vertical feed, inline blower and (ii) a material agitator upstream of the vertical feed, inline blower. The apparatus may further include an applicator assembly connected downstream to the transporter system. In the preferred embodiment, the material is installed without the use of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: U.S. Greenfiber, LLC
    Inventors: David James Bowman, Mitchell R. Smith, Frank C. Burroughs, Joseph C. Willingham, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20070246584
    Abstract: An apparatus for installation of a material having discrete elements. The apparatus includes a supply material having discrete elements and a transporter system downstream of the supply material having discrete elements. In embodiments, the transporter system includes: a high speed, inline blower; a material agitator upstream of the inline blower, the material agitator including a plurality of concentric rings with serrations on the upper surface of each arm, wherein at least one outer ring includes saw tooth serrations on the upper surface of the ring; a transmission connected to the shaft of the blower for providing a lower speed mechanical output to the material agitator; and an orifice substantially adjacent to the inlet of the blower for receiving the supply material having discrete elements. In embodiments, the apparatus further includes an applicator assembly connected downstream to the transporter system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Publication date: October 25, 2007
    Inventors: David J. Bowman, Frank Comer Burroughs, Joseph Chester Willingham, William Crockett Richardson, Mitchell Ray Smith
  • Patent number: 7270283
    Abstract: An apparatus for installation of a material having discrete elements. The apparatus includes a supply material having discrete elements and a transporter system downstream of the supply material having discrete elements. In the preferred embodiment, the transporter system includes: (i) a high speed, inline blower (ii) a material agitator upstream of the inline blower and (iii) a planetary transmission connected to the shaft of the blower for providing a lower speed mechanical output to the material agitator. The material agitator may include a plurality of concentric rings with serrations on the upper surface of each ring. In the preferred embodiment, the apparatus further includes an applicator assembly connected downstream to the transporter system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: U.S. Greenfiber, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Bowman, Mitchell R. Smith, Frank C. Burroughs, Joseph C. Willingham, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7185836
    Abstract: An un-baling system for transforming substantially rectangular bales of farm product into smaller substantiality rectangular sized bales of farm products. The un-baling system incorporates a first rail mounted conveyor subsystem connected to a first rail mounted conveyor-thrasher subsystem. The first rail mounted conveyor-thrasher subsystem is connected to a platform conveyor subsystem in such a way as to enable the first rail mounted conveyor subsystem to convey the farm product to the first rail mounted conveyor-thrasher subsystem wherein the farm product is thrashed. The thrashed farm product is gravity fed onto the platform conveyor subsystem. The platform conveyor subsystem then feeds the thrashed farm product into the baling machine. A plurality of un-baling systems may be ganged together to further increase the volume of production in transforming large substantially rectangular bales of farm products into smaller substantiality rectangular sized bales of farm products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Inventor: T. Whipple Simpson
  • Patent number: 7156333
    Abstract: An apparatus for disintegrating bales of agricultural materials such as hay. The apparatus includes a processing tub and is provided with a novel adjustable fork-lift adapted to raise bales of different size and configuration into the processing tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Highline Manufacturing Ltd.
    Inventors: Charles Lepage, David Patterson, Murray Kosokowsky, Kimball Lischynski
  • Patent number: 7097123
    Abstract: A bale processor on a wheeled vehicle has a hopper converging inwardly and downwardly to a lower disintegration area at which is located a flail roller rotatable about an axis extending generally along the hopper and including a drive roller or rollers in the hopper for driving rotation of the bale around an axis parallel to the flail roller axis. The processed material is discharged from the disintegration area at the flail roller through an opening in one side wall of the hopper to form a row along that side of the vehicle. A container for particulate material, such as grain, to be added to and mixed with the processed material is carried at the side wall opposite the discharge opening and has an auger tube extending from the container to the hopper at a height below the flail roller and mid way along the side wall so as to introduce the grain into the processed material to mix therewith in the disintegration area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Highline Mfg. Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Lepage, Philip Reddekopp, Kimball Lischynski, Murray Kosokowsky
  • Patent number: 7066417
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for disintegrating bales of agricultural material such as hay. The apparatus has a chassis, a processing tub with a discharge opening located in one of its side walls, a disintegrator mounted in the processing tub to disintegrate baled crop material positioned within the tub and discharge the processed bale material out the discharge opening and a manipulator mounted within the processing tub adapted to manipulate the baled crop material to expose different parts thereof to the disintegrator. The processing tub is adapted to be mounted on the chassis such that the discharge opening can be positioned on either the left or right side of the chassis. In an embodiment of the invention, the processing tub is sized to accommodated a large square bale lengthwise therein or two or more round bales.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Highline Mfg. Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Lepage, Murray Kosokowsky, Kimball Lischynaski
  • Patent number: 7036757
    Abstract: A vegetation shredding and dispersal apparatus that comprises a conveying platform, a cutting/agitating mechanism, and a blower apparatus. The conveying platform and the cutting/agitating mechanism are substantially wide enough to simultaneously process 2 or more bales of mulching vegetation, yet the shredding and dispersal apparatus is still narrow enough to meet state and federal vehicle width requirements. The wide conveying platform comprises two or more conveying chain assemblies to introduce the baled vegetation into the rotating cutters/agitators, which are essentially the same width as the conveyor platform. The shredded mulch is then fluidized by the cutters/agitators and then directed to the blower intake by the vacuum created by the blower. The shredded mulch is then ejected from the blower and spread onto newly seeded areas to prevent ground erosion and to promote seed germination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Material Innovations Manufacturing
    Inventor: David Kisenwether
  • Patent number: 7028932
    Abstract: A machine including a container fitted with a base that extends between lateral walls and end walls. The base partially covers (i) a mixing rotor and (ii) a feed auger which moves products in the skip either in a closed circuit or in a circuit towards a distributing chute. A transfer screw is mounted on top of the feed auger. The transfer screw can include cutting members in the form of sectioning parts. The sectioning parts co-operate with teeth which are disposed on a beam. The teeth can be positioned as necessary either on a beam located in the container or on one or more beams located on the lateral wall. Similarly, the feed auger can also include sectioning parts that co-operate with teeth if required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Lucas G
    Inventors: Gerard Lucas, Jean-Claude Retaillaud
  • Patent number: 7017842
    Abstract: A bale processor with a processing chamber includes a manipulator driven by a drive system that includes a hydraulic motor. The hydraulic motor of the drive system drives a drive shaft with an axis of rotation offset from a driven shaft of the manipulator. A rotation transmission mechanism allows a higher torque to be applied to the manipulator than may be applied by the hydraulic motor alone and, thereby, leads to improved performance for the bale processor. Additionally, the hydraulic motor may be sized such that the peak allowable pressure of the hydraulic motor is higher than the peak output pressure of the power source used to drive the hydraulic motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Highline Mfg. Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Lepage, Murray Kosokowsky, Kimball Lischynski