High Outside Binder Patents (Class 56/135)
  • Patent number: 11516966
    Abstract: A shaker mechanism used in an agricultural machine, such as sugarcane harvesters and sweet sorghum harvesters. The shaker mechanism is configured for removing mud, dirt and plant remains accumulated in a lower protective tarpaulin of a mounting chassis of conveyor rollers and choppers of the agricultural machine. The shaker mechanism includes at least a bar having ends which are fastened on rotary support bearings. The bar is configured to stand at least partially out from an edge of the bearings forming at least a spare surface for contact with a protective tarpaulin positioned on the chassis of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Edemilson José Mantoam
  • Patent number: 6065274
    Abstract: A mowing apparatus with multiple articulating cutting decks includes a pair of side cutting decks attached to a center cutting deck. The side decks are pivotally attached to the center deck and pivot about axes which lie in the planes defined by rotation of the respective cutting blades. The cutting blades are driven by pulleys and belts. Proper tension in each side drive belt is maintained during pivoting of the corresponding side deck by an assembly comprising a pair of idler pulleys rotatably mounted on a pivotally attached pulley arm which is biased in the direction which increases tension on the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: LasTec, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Laskowski, Thomas M. Rich
  • Patent number: 5964078
    Abstract: A tow bar assembly for a tractor which enables up to three implements to be simultaneously pulled through a field utilizing a conventional hitch of the tractor. The tow bar assembly includes hitch dollies which are pivotally mounted so as to be moveable about both horizontal and vertical axes to a primary support beam and a pair of outrigger beams which are pivotally connected at opposite ends of the primary support beam in such a manner that the dollies are permitted to follow the natural terrain when the tow bar assembly is in use. Implements, such as hay balers, may be selectively hitched to the dollies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Inventor: Larry P. Robinson
  • Patent number: 5941768
    Abstract: A corn cob collection apparatus is described which may be pulled behind a combine so that the corn plant residue being discharged from the combine will be collected by the apparatus with the apparatus separating the stalks, husks, etc., from the heavier cobs. The cobs, once separated from the husks, stalks, etc., are conveyed to the wagon box provided on the wheeled frame of the apparatus. The separation of the stalks, husks, etc., from the corn cobs is achieved by passing a stream of air through the corn plant residue with the lighter stalks, husks, etc., being discharged to the ground with the cobs being collected in a wagon box on the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Inventor: Vernon L. Flamme
  • Patent number: 5878557
    Abstract: An agricultural combine having an internal combustion engine for driving the various assemblies on the combine. An electronic engine controller is used to monitor and control the operation of the engine. Sensors provide inputs to the electronic engine controller. In response to the inputs from these sensors the electronic engine controller controls the output of the engine. The straw chopper, the propulsion assembly, the separating assembly and the harvesting assembly are provided with on/off switches that are in communication with the electronic engine controller. These on/off switches located in the operator's cab of the combine which are used to activate these crop processing assemblies. In response to an off signal by one or more of these switches the maximum power level is decreased accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Michael Keith Wyffels, Philip Alan Harden
  • Patent number: 5867970
    Abstract: A pull-type mower conditioner includes a crop harvesting header vertically movable relative to the frame of the mower conditioner between a raised transport position and a lowered operative position, a lift mechanism to effect the movement of the crop harvesting header relative to the frame, and a transport latch mechanism to control the locking of the lift mechanism in the transport position. The lift linkage incorporates a cam mechanism that serves as an upper flotation limit under normal operating conditions and automatically converts into a device for securing the header in the transport position when the header is moved into the transport position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Assignee: New Holland North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip J. Ehrhart, Donald L. Osborne
  • Patent number: 5822961
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for quickly adjusting a dual hydraulically powered, wheel-steered lawn mower to achieve straight line travel when steered to the straight ahead position. Right and left hydraulic pump controls interconnect the speed control of the mower to right and left hydraulic pumps which are fluidly connected to right and left hydraulic motors which drive right and left drive wheels on the mower. The left hydraulic pump control is length adjustable and is maintained in a set position by a pair of jam nuts. The right hydraulic pump control also includes a length adjustable rod, but the same is length adjustable through the use of an adjustment knob which may be quickly adjusted while the mower is moving. The output of the right hydraulic pump may be adjusted by means of the right hydraulic pump control so that the output of the right hydraulic pump may be varied with respect to the left hydraulic pump so that the mower will move ahead in a straight line manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: ExMark Mfg. Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Garry W. Busboom
  • Patent number: 5819517
    Abstract: A conveying device for agricultural presses for compression of harvest products and including a pick-up drum for picking up the harvest products, a conveying channel located downstream of the pick-up drum and opening into the pressing space of a press, a feeding rotor limiting the conveying channel from above, a plurality of cutting knives extending through the channel bottom, and resilient elements for supporting the channel bottom and located at an end of the channel bottom adjacent to the pick-up drum so that the bottom may be moved downward against a spring force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Welger GmbH
    Inventors: Konstantinos Amanatidis, Dieter Wilkens
  • Patent number: 5713192
    Abstract: A tow bar implement for a tractor wherein two or three balers may be simultaneously pulled through a field utilizing a conventional hitch of a tractor. The implement includes a pair of outrigger beams which are pivotally connected at opposite ends of a primary support beam and which support motors for driving the input drive shafts of a pair of outer balers. A third baler may be hitched directly to the primary beam intermediate the outer balers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Inventor: Larry P. Robinson
  • Patent number: 5626007
    Abstract: A rotary cutter apparatus is provided for shredding vegetation in order to generally reduce the size of cut vegetation and more evenly distribute the vegetation once thus cut. Counterrotating, coaxial blade assemblies are provided. A multiple gear drive shaft has one drive gear for engaging and driving one blade assembly and another drive gear for engaging and driving the other blade assembly. The multiple gear drive shaft also has an interchangeability characteristic which determines the respective rotational directions of the counterrotating blade assemblies. Enhanced gear and bearing lubrication is also achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Assignee: Allied Products Corporation
    Inventors: Jackie L. Harrington, Fred W. Lurwig
  • Patent number: 5542242
    Abstract: A combination self-propelled lawn mower and wheeled cart for receiving and storing mower clippings. The mower is connected to the cart by an arm which turns a vertical drive shaft centrally located within the cart. This drive shaft is, in turn, geared to an axle attached to two wheels. As the mower moves, it circles the cart, and simultaneously rotates the drive shaft, and hence the axle. The cart is thus propelled forwardly, the mower simultaneously circling or orbiting about the cart. A chute attached to the mower receives clippings, and discharges the same into a receptacle located on the cart. One manual control located on the cart disengages the motive power to the cart wheels. A second manual control disengages motive power to the mower wheels. The mower and cart each have a combination of fixed and caster wheels, to stably and smoothly negotiate terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Inventor: Philip Poulos
  • Patent number: 5519989
    Abstract: Crop stripping apparatus is provided comprising a toothed crop-stripping drum and an auger for collecting crop stripped by the drum. Between the drum and the auger is a roller rotatable in the same direction as the drum. Behind and close to the outer peripheral surface of the roller a chute slopes downwards towards the auger at a progressively reducing angle. The spacing between the drum and the auger is greater than the expected length of deteched plant stalks but is otherwise kept as small as possible for compactness. The roller serves to draw the plant stalks from the drum and urge them into the zone of action of the auger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Assignee: Shelbourne Reynolds Engineering Ltd.
    Inventors: Keith H. Shelbourne, Paul J. McCredie
  • Patent number: 5463853
    Abstract: An improved industrial lawn mower is provided, which consists of a frame having a main cutting unit with large wheels connected to the frame and small wheels connected to the main cutting unit. A pair of auxiliary cutting units are provided, with each having small wheels and extending from an opposite side of the main cutting unit in the frame, to increase the cutting area. A seat assembly having a small wheel extends from the rear of the frame. An engine is in the frame, to supply motive power to the large wheels, the main cutting unit in the frame and the auxiliary cutting units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1995
    Inventors: Domenico Santoli, George Spector
  • Patent number: 5450714
    Abstract: A rotary cutter apparatus is provided for shredding coarse vegetation in order to generally reduce the size of cut vegetation and more evenly distribute the vegetation once thus cut. Counterrotating, coaxial blade assemblies are provided. One blade assembly is driven by a central shaft rotatably mounted through a drive barrel, which drives the other blade assembly. The central shaft can be mounted by only two bearing assemblies. Easy assembly and disassembly arrangements are also provided. The rotary cutter apparatus is characterized by simplified and cost-reduced manufacturing and by enhanced serviceability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1995
    Assignee: Allied Products Corporation
    Inventor: Fred W. Lurwig
  • Patent number: 5419107
    Abstract: Crop stripping apparatus is provided comprising a toothed crop-stripping drum and an auger for collecting crop stripped by the drum. Between the drum and the auger is a roller rotatable in the same direction as the drum. The spacing between the drum and the auger is greater than the expected length of deteched plant stalks but is otherwise kept as small as possible for compactness. The roller serves to draw the plant stalks from the drum and urge them into the zone of action of the auger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1995
    Assignee: Shelbourne Reynolds Engineering Ltd.
    Inventors: Keith H. Shelbourne, Paul J. McCredie
  • Patent number: 5381646
    Abstract: A windrowed crop harvester of the type including a tined pickup drum and a transverse, center discharge auger is modified to include opposite side seed pickup vacuum heads for disposition within the outer furrows of a three furrow swath along which the harvester is being moved with the vacuum heads being operative to vacuum up any seeds disposed within the aforementioned outer furrows. Also, the harvester includes a center vacuum head downwardly receivable within the center furrow of a three furrow swath and operative to vacuum up seeds from the center furrow and to transfer those vacuumed seeds into the interior of the harvester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Inventors: Omer L. Casey, Gordon G. Casey, Larry L. Casey
  • Patent number: 5367863
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mowing machine provided with a frame and with a plurality of mowing means arranged side by side in a row, which are supported by the frame, which mowing means are rotatable about upwardly extending axes of rotation during operation and which are each connected to a pulley. A driving belt is passed over said pulleys connected to the mowing means, said driving belt also being passed over a pulley arranged near one end of the row of mowing means, which pulley can be driven from a driving source driving the mowing machine during operation. The contact between the driving belt and the pulleys connected to the mowing means is arranged in such a manner, that with the same tensile force in the part of the driving belt that is in contact with the pulley in question the driving belt can transmit more power to a pulley connected to a mowing means which is located near the drivable pulley than to a pulley connected to a mowing means which is located further away from the drivable pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Assignee: P. J. Zweegers en Zonen Landbouwmachinefabriek B.V.
    Inventor: Maria P. Quataert
  • Patent number: 5361567
    Abstract: A multi-piece tool bar assembly including a main support structure suited for connection to a frame of an agricultural implement and a second support structure selectively attachable in end-to-end abutting relation with the main support structure for extending the effective length of the tool bar assembly. A fastener assembly initially aligns support surfaces on the support structures relative to each other and thereafter maintains such alignment to facilitate movement of one or more row units onto the second support structure. The fastener assembly is arranged wholly within the exterior of the support structures and comprises a guide pin which extends beyond an abutting end of one of the support structures and is accommodated in a close sliding fit relationship within an opening defined at the abutting end of the other support structure. The guide pin and opening are precisely located on the respective support structures to ensure alignment of the support surfaces of the support structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Assignee: Case Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy G. Ulschmid, Michael J. Covington
  • Patent number: 5280695
    Abstract: Wide area mower which can be attached to and detached from a tractor in a relatively short time. In one disclosed embodiment, the mower has a main frame which is detachably connected to the rear mount of a tractor, swing frames pivotally connected to the main frame for movement into and out of engagement with the side mounts of the tractor, means detachably locking the swing frames in engagement with the side mounts, and mowing heads mounted on the frames to the sides and rear of the tractor. In another disclosed embodiment, the mower includes a frame adapted for connection to a towing vehicle, a pair of side decks positioned on opposite sides of the frame, a center deck positioned between the side decks, a pair of rear decks positioned to the rear of and between the side decks and the center deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1994
    Assignee: Nunes Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: John F. Nunes, Jr., Aaron M. Days, Gilbert W. Borba, Manuel Furtado, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5249411
    Abstract: A mower apparatus includes multiple mowing sections each having a separate mower and each being interconnected with adjacent sections by hinge mechanisms. The mower sections are driven by a motor through a single endless belt reeved to be driven by the motor and to drive each of the mowers of the sections. The belt is configured in a unique manner such that as the belt crosses between adjacent hinged sections, the belt is run substantially parallel and in close proximity to the pivot axes of the hinge such that when the sections are pivoted relative to one another the belt does not substantially slacken or tighten.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Assignee: Kent Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Hake
  • Patent number: 5203150
    Abstract: A hinged safety shield for a crop cutting apparatus having a frame for attachment to a tractor. A transversely extended cutter bar is supported on the frame for pivotal movement between a lower, operating position and a raised, transport position. The safety shield is pivotally mounted at one end portion thereof to the frame. A hydraulic cylinder for pivotally moving the cutter bar also acts to raise the shield from a lower, shielding position to an upper position. The safety shield is held in the upper position while the cutter bar is lowered whereupon unrestricted access is gained to the cutter bar for repair and maintenance procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Assignee: Vermeer Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Jim D. Ryken, Louis J. Norton
  • Patent number: 5105609
    Abstract: A system for mounting and supporting harvesting units on a forward end of a cotton harvester frame to allow them to be slidably moved relative to each other and laterally along an elongated tool bar structure. The tool bar structure is pivotally connected to the cotton harvester frame by a lift assembly. The harvesting units hang in a cantilevered fashion from and are independently connected at their rearward edges to the tool bar structure by a slide support structure which facilitates visibility of the harvesting units from a cab region of the harvester. The slide support structure maintains a non-rotatable and non-point contact relationship with laterally elongated generally flat support surfaces defined between opposite ends of the tool bar structure whereby substantial surface area contact is provided between each side support structure and the support surfaces on the tool bar structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1992
    Assignee: J.I. Case Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Covington, Jesse H. Orsborn, George M. Butkovich
  • Patent number: 5099635
    Abstract: A drive assembly for a cotton harvester with harvesting units mounted for vertical movement about a fixed axis and for lateral movement across a front end of the harvester. The drive assembly includes a harvesting unit drive section and a transmission section which are driven by a common power input. The harvesting unit drive section includes an upright fluidically sealed housing with an output shaft assembly and a pair of modular drive units supported and connected to the housing at opposite ends of the output shaft assembly. An elongated modular support connects at least one of the drive units to the housing to optimize the lateral location of the driving units and thereby maximizing transfer of rotary power through the harvesting unit drive section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Assignee: J. I. Case Company
    Inventors: George M. Butkovich, Troy D. Bateman
  • Patent number: 5085044
    Abstract: A two blade mower deck for lawn and garden tractors having a continuous height adjustment feature. The mower deck includes a primary cutting blade and a smaller diameter secondary cutting blade. The secondary cutting blade is positioned to the side and slightly to the rear of the primary blade so that the cutting swaths of the blades overlap when the tractor moves forward. A continuous roller across the rear end of the mower deck follows the ground contour to prevent scalping or uneven cutting. The vertical position of the roller relative to the mower deck housing can be continuously adjusted by a crank handle to permit continuous adjustment of the cutting height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1992
    Assignee: Simplicity Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Freier, Jr., Gary A. Hays, John F. Jacque, Kenneth H. Klas
  • Patent number: 5081828
    Abstract: A system for mounting and supporting harvesting units on a forward end of a cotton harvester frame to allow them to be slidably moved relative to each other and laterally along an elongated tool bar structure. The tool bar structure is pivotally connected to the cotton harvester frame by a lift assembly. The harvesting units are independently connected at their rearward edges to the tool bar structure by a slide support structure. The slide support structure maintains a non-rotatable and nonpoint contact relationship with laterally elongated generally flat support surfaces defined between opposite ends of the tool bar structure whereby subsantial surface area contact is provided between each side support structure and the support surfaces on the tool bar structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Assignee: J. I. Case Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Covington, Jesse H. Orsborn
  • Patent number: 5063728
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting a row unit for lateral movement relative to a chassis of an agricultural implement. The row unit mounting apparatus includes a laterally extending tool bar assembly supported on a chassis and having a support surface extending between opposite ends thereof. The row unit is supported on the main frame in a manner allowing sliding movement of the row unit along the support surface of the tool bar assembly. The tool bar assembly includes a main frame and an extension frame selectively attachable to a first end of the main frame for easily and conveniently extending the support apparatus to provide additional row unit capacity or to accommodate lateral movement of the row units in a manner facilitating inspection and servicing thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Assignee: J. I. Case Company
    Inventors: Lee F. Garter, Michael J. Covington
  • Patent number: 4964265
    Abstract: A lawn mower that is remotely controlled and self-propelled. The lawn mower is propelled by battery powered electric motors that drive a set of wheels that are fixed in relation to the frame. Steering is accomplished through a belt and pulley system generally aligned with the forwardly mounted steering wheels. A battery powered electric motor rotates a center pulley, that in turn rotates pulleys for positioning the steering wheels in relation to the frame. Direction and speed of the mower may be controlled with a two channel radio. Frustro-conical wheel projections may be provided to help cross uneven terrain. Cutting height adjusters for the wheels may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1990
    Inventor: Carl W. Young
  • Patent number: 4958484
    Abstract: Vegetation cutting apparatus having a frontal housing deck overlies at least three rotary blade cutters arrayed leftwardly, medially, and rightwardly for simultaneously cutting a continuous transversely extending swath and centifugally discharging the cuttings through a central and rearwardly longitudinally extending cuttings chute. The vertical shaft for each horizontal rotary blade carries a sheave; a belt transmission means, emanating from a powered gearbox, drives the respective blade sheaves and also a reversing sheave, the latter ensuring that the arrayed rotary blades direct vegetation cuttings toward the central discharge chute. A novel spring-loaded device maintains constant tension upon the circuitous belt transmission means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1990
    Assignee: Exmark Manufacturing Company Incorporated
    Inventor: Garry W. Busboom
  • Patent number: 4947628
    Abstract: A multiple row cotton harvester machine having a plurality of harvesting units and a system for individually mounting the harvesting units at a front end of the cotton harvester. The mounting system includes a lift arm assembly which is adapted for vertical movement with respect to the frame of a harvesting machine. The harvesting units are individually connected to the lift arm assembly in a manner allowing the harvesting units to be pivotally moved relative to each other between first and second positions about a substantially vertical axis and in a generally horizontal direction to provide access for servicing or to effect wider row cotton harvesting operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Assignee: J. I. Case Company
    Inventors: Jesse H. Orsborn, Michael J. Covington
  • Patent number: 4903468
    Abstract: A mower-conditioner includes mowing elements for cutting hay and throwing the hay in a backward direction relative to a work direction, conditioning rollers mounted on lateral walls behind the mowing elements, and deflectors positioned at least partially in the path of the thrown hay. The deflectors are mounted adjacent the lateral walls. Each deflector includes an upright planar portion and a front portion. The planar portion is backwardly inclined away from a corresponding lateral wall so as to form a first angle with respect to the axes of the rollers. The planar portion is also angled by an acute second angle with respect to a vertical plane parallel to the first angle such that an upper part of the planar portion is closer to the corresponding lateral wall than is a lower part of the planar portion. The front portio is rounded about an upwardly directed axis and extends outwardly away from the other of the reflectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Assignee: Kuhn s.a.
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Haberkorn
  • Patent number: 4896492
    Abstract: Improved support structure for suspending transversely adjustable row units of a cotton harvester or other implement from a unit support frame. A pair of V-shaped rollers, carried by a track on opposite transverse sides of the center of gravity of the row unit, prevent fore-and-aft movement of the unit with respect to the support frame and prevent contact between the unit and the track to reduce the effort required to laterally move the units. The shaft supporting one of the rollers includes wrench flats for receiving a wrench to provide mechanical advantage for easy rolling of the units, even in the uphill direction if the machine is parked on an unlevel area. The track support includes an apertured portion which receives a tapered, spring-biased pin which automatically aligns with the holes to firmly lock the row unit in position and to prevent the unit from accidentally rolling too far if the track happens to be inclined downwardly in the direction of desired movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1990
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Steven A. Junge, Timothy A. Deutsch
  • Patent number: 4896484
    Abstract: A disc mower-conditioner having the disc cutterbar driven at each end thereof, the rotational power being delivered to the outboard end of the disc cutterbar by a power transfer mechanism rotated above the disc cutterbar, is disclosed wherein the drive mechanism includes a gearbox operable to receive rotational power from a power input shaft and transfer rotational power to three output shafts to operably power equally the opposing ends of the disc cutterbar and to power the rotation of the conditioning rolls positioned rearwardly thereof. The gearbox is provided with a removable lid rotatably supporting the output shaft operably associated with the power transfer mechanism to deliver rotational power to the outboard end of the disc cutterbar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1990
    Assignee: Ford New Holland, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard E. Jennings
  • Patent number: 4843803
    Abstract: A drive system for the internal combustion engine of a large work vehicle, such as a self-propelled agricultural combine. The drive system comprising three concentric drive shafts that are housed in a housing for driving three separate usage assemblies. The outer and middle drive shafts are provided with bevel gear assemblies having output axes perpendicular to the drive shafts axis. The bevel gear assembly of the outer drive shaft is coupled to a series of four sequentially mounted hydraulic pumps, whereas the bevel gear assembly of the middle drive shaft is coupled to a forwardly extending drive shaft. An internal clutch is provided for operatively engaging and disengaging the middle drive shaft from the drive train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Joseph A. Teijido, Charles E. Cook, Dennis M. Roe
  • Patent number: 4803830
    Abstract: Row unit support structure for a cotton harvester facilitating easy transverse adjustment of the row units on a support frame for servicing the units and/or changing the location of the units for differing row widths. The support frame includes a horizontal rail supported in generally cantilever fashion from the lift structure on the harvester, and individual row units are suspended for independent transverse adjustment on the rail by a roller assembly connected generally over the center of gravity of each unit. An additional roller attached at the upper rear of the unit runs on a second rail rearwardly and below the first rail to stabilize the unit. Removable pins lock each unit in position along the support frame. To adjust for different row widths or to move the units laterally for inspection or maintenance, the pins are removed and the units are rolled along the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1989
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Steve A. Junge, Timothy A. Deutsch
  • Patent number: 4629122
    Abstract: A field-going machine is disclosed for separating the green liquid fraction of a green vegetation crop into leaf protein concentrate fraction and a brown liquid fraction, where a portion of the brown liquid fraction is heated and then recirculated to mix with the incoming green liquid fraction to cause its coagulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1986
    Assignee: Navistar International Corporation
    Inventors: Randolph G. Fardal, George B. Cicci, Man K. Leung
  • Patent number: 4525988
    Abstract: A planter attachment is installed on an agricultural combine between the throat portion and cutter head thereof. The planter attachment includes a transversely extended forward tool bar carried on a mounting frame adapted for connection to the cutter head attachment structure on a combine throat. An auxiliary cutter head attachment frame is also connected to the tool bar and positioned forwardly of the mounting frame for receiving and supporting a cutter head thereon. Individual planter units are mounted on at least one rearward tool bar which is supported relative to the forward tool bar by a parallelogram linkage to maintain the horizontal disposition of the planter units in response to pivotal movements of the combine throat. A pivotal robot structure on the mounting frame senses the ground position for adjusting the combine throat to maintain a uniform planting depth. The pivotal support for the auxiliary cutter head attachment frame enables independent adjustment of the cutting height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1985
    Inventor: Dale Harlan
  • Patent number: 4306406
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a grass trimming apparatus which may be used for trimming and cleaning grass on cemetary grave markers or the like. The grass trimming apparatus of the present invention basically comprises a grass lifting device such as a rotating brush which digs loose dirt and stones and lifts grass and thatch-like material up and off the face and peripheral edges of flush mounted grave markers so that a sequentially mounted grass cutting device can trim the grass lifted by the brush. The rotating brush is movable from a downward operative position to an upward position for travel between various grave markers in the cemetary, and may be detachably mounted for service. The grass cutting device or mower deck is similarly mounted to be movable between operative and travel positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1981
    Inventors: David W. Fulkerson, Lawrence W. Smith
  • Patent number: 4304086
    Abstract: An independently powered mowing attachment for small or medium sized lawn and garden tractors of the low profile type having a rotary mower mounted on the underside of the tractor frame. The attachment has spaced mower assemblies that cut swaths on both sides of the tractor mowers central cut. The mower attachment includes a frame pivotally connected to the tractor drawbar having rear wheels that steer as the tractor turns to assure that the mower assemblies follow and overlap the swath of the leading tractor mounted mower.Each mower assembly is pivotally mounted about a horizontal axis at one side of the attachment frame and has three rotary cutting blades driven by an internal combustion engine mounted centrally on the frame. Two hydraulic actuators are provided for raising and lowering the mower assemblies either simultaneously prior to transort and use, or independently when an obstruction is encountered on one side of the cutting path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1981
    Inventor: Ronald J. Stuchl
  • Patent number: 4291521
    Abstract: A husk separator for cleaning a mixture of corn ear fragments including pieces of corn cob, corn kernels, and pieces of corn husks includes a first generally planar comb having generally horizontal first tines positioned to support the fragments, and a second rotary comb having a central shaft and a plurality of generally radially extending second tines displaceable on rotation of the shaft between and past the first tines. This second comb is rotated with its tines passing through those of the first comb to separate husk pieces from the cob pieces away from the first comb. The husk pieces are then stripped off the second comb by a plurality of stripper elements located between the tines of the second comb and engageable with the husk pieces on rotation of this second rotary comb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1981
    Assignee: Klockner-Humboldt-Deutz AG-Zweigniederlassurg FAHR
    Inventor: Hinrich Haake
  • Patent number: 4287708
    Abstract: A harvesting apparatus adapted to move through a field of vegetation having a liquid component and a fiber component to mow and gather the vegetation and a processing means to grind the vegetation to a pulp as it is received, extract and collect the liquid component thereof, and condition and discharge the fiber therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1981
    Inventor: Allen B. Neely, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4272946
    Abstract: A mobile meal production means for a crop, such as lucerne, comprising a self propelled vehicle carrying a pick-up reel, a conveyor connecting the reel to a hammer-mill and a cyclone device connected to the hammer-mill. The output of the cyclone is fed, via a first vertically disposed auger, to the top of a holding hopper. A second vertically disposed auger is then connected between the bottom of the hopper and the top of a bagger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1981
    Inventors: Jack Maher, Grosvenor F. Francis
  • Patent number: 4229932
    Abstract: A pea harvester incorporates a threshing device and a system, known per se, which maintains the device in a fixed orientation in space irrespective of the ground contours. To feed the threshing device a series of conveyors is pivoted so that these can continue to supply the threshing device without crop loss even if a local ground irregularity deflects a forward pick-up reel which discharges on to a first one of the conveyors. The pick-up reel has a width at least equal to the widest track of the harvester wheels and the first conveyor has substantially the same width. A number of cleaning stages is incorporated and peas are received from the threshing device by two inclined vibratory conveyors the inclination of each of which is adjustable. A hopper assembly for peas is arranged forwardly of the threshing device and includes an auxiliary hopper which automatically takes the place of the main hopper when the latter is moved to its discharge position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1980
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Gustaaf M. Persoons, Corneel C. Wijts
  • Patent number: 4224783
    Abstract: A simple draft stabilizer is provided for a pull-type harvesting implement having a trailing and transversely extending harvesting header. The stabilizer includes a vertically adjustable earth-penetrating disk blade carried by and to one side of the fore-and-aft extending drawbar. The blade is supported for rotation about a generally horizontal axis and imparts a sidewards force that counters the fallback forces generated by the offset harvesting header. The blade is also mounted to rotate about an axis substantially transversely aligned with the axes of revolution of the wheels supporting the harvesting header to permit sharp turns and avoid skidding damage to the supporting wheel and its mounting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1980
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Kirkpatrick, Dalton H. Spicer, Ken K. Oka
  • Patent number: 4214423
    Abstract: Apparatus is described which is adapted to be mounted to a farm implement for harvesting beans or other similar crops. The apparatus has a pair of flexible belts positioned in a side-by-side fashion with each belt mounted on a pair of drive pulleys which in turn are mounted to axles supported by a frame. The pair of flexible belts each carry about their perimeter a plurality of flexible protruding members for gentle engagement with the stalk of the bean plant or similar crop. Stripper discs are coaxially mounted to the axles carrying the flexible belts for separating the bean pods and tops from the stalks. Cutter discs are placed below the stripper discs for cutting the bean pods and tops from the stalks without injury to the bean pods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1980
    Inventor: Alfred H. Dewey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4115984
    Abstract: A support member is pivotally connected to a baler and projects laterally thereof. A side delivery rake is secured to the projecting end of the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1978
    Inventor: Talmadge Whipple Simpson
  • Patent number: 4109448
    Abstract: Apparatus carried on a self-propelled vehicle field processes alfalfa to obtain therefrom fiber and protein components and a deproteinized liquid component which is simultaneously applied on the field as the vehicle advances. The apparatus includes a harvesting head assembly which is mounted on the front of the vehicle to cut the alfalfa and means to convey the alfalfa rearwardly to a macerator which shreds the harvested alfalfa. The macerated alfalfa is separated into fibrous and liquid fractions by a dewatering press which is connected to the macerator by a conveyor. The fibrous fraction is blown rearwardly into a trailer pulled behind the vehicle. The liquid fraction is heated to a predetermined temperature and is pumped into a holding tank wherein the protein in the liquid coagulates and floats on the deproteinized liquid. The protein is skimmed from the deproteinized liquid and is collected in a storage container mounted on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1978
    Assignee: Schoeneck Farms, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald C. Kline
  • Patent number: 4099365
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for cleaning and topping a swath of at least partially cut flattened leafy green sugar cane wherein the apparatus, towed behind a propelling vehicle, is passed over the swath of cane for successively performing the steps of gathering the swath, lifting it from the bround on which it lies, pulling the individual canes top first from the swath, supporting the stalk of each cane as it is pulled from the swath, accelerating the cane rearwardly of the direction of travel of the vehicle, and restraining the top of each cane while continuing to move the stalk rearwardly to cause the top to break away from the stalk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1976
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1978
    Assignee: F.W. McConnel Limited
    Inventor: John Colin Hudson
  • Patent number: 4050224
    Abstract: In a mowing implement, wherein mowing members are rotatably journalled above a housing accommodating a driving gear, stones may be jammed between the mowing members and the housing.Damage of the mowing implement through stones is avoided in that each mowing member mainly comprises two cutter supports adapted to turn upwardly with respect to the driving member each about a horizontal axis, which is located near the upright rotary axis of the associated driving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1975
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1977
    Assignee: Multinorm, B.V.
    Inventors: Pieter Adriaan Oosterling, Hendricus Cornelis VAN Staveren
  • Patent number: 4030274
    Abstract: An agricultural machine for picking up and chopping stalks and like materials has an intake unit for materials to be chopped which includes a first housing and a material pick-up device, a chopping unit for chopping the picked-up material which includes a second housing and a chopping device mounted therein, and a quick-release coupling arrangement which connects the housings with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1977
    Assignee: Josef Bautz GmbH
    Inventors: Erwin Reber, Fritz Schollhorn
  • Patent number: 3998036
    Abstract: The pod combine includes a harvester and thresher mounted in tandem on a self-propelled mobile frame. The harvester removes the unopened pods and a portion of the foliage and vines from the plants. A twin screw feed device feeds the harvested material to the thresher. The thresher includes a foraminous reel arranged to be driven in preselected opposite directions and an axially positioned impeller. The impeller includes a plurality of beaters with open portions to minimize convective currents within the thresher. A product collecting device is positioned below the foraminous reel and includes side boards over a housing that oscillate linearly to deposit the shelled product on an endless conveyor and a separator device is arranged to separate the foliage from the shelled product. The separator includes a material distributing device which permits the foliage to be separated from the shelled product by an air blast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1974
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1976
    Assignee: Chisholm-Ryder Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Virgil N. Jarrell