US Patent No: 7,370,460

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Drawn cotton picker

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Abstract

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One or two conventional picking units are mounted on a two-wheel, high clearance running gear or frame. A two-point hitch is coupled to the draft links of a tractor or an equal-angle hitch is coupled to the tractor drawbar. Hitch and tongue interface on the harvester facilitates sharp turn angles between the implement and the tractor through use of a pivoting member containing the driveline powering the units from the tractor. A center pivot tongue allows offset for appropriate row alignment and provides improved maneuverability and implement steering on headlands and turn rows. A hydraulic cylinder connected to the tongue or a crossed four-bar linkage structure controls tongue angle. A basket is supported at the rear of the frame and the row units are located forwardly of the frame to provide counterbalancing forces about the wheel axis.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
DEERE & COMPANYMOLINE, IL4216

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Fox, Jeffrey Robert Minburn, IA 23 41
Johannsen, Daniel John Ankeny, IA 8 10
Mckee, Kent Cleo Mingo, IA 2 5
Philips, Mark Samuel Grimes, IA 7 10

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
DEERE & COMPANY (1)
4,255,919 Cotton harvester with an offset head 9 1979
 
PEIRCE WELDING & FABRICATING, INC. (1)
5,203,154 Hay rake and merger 36 1991

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
VERMEER MANUFACTURING COMPANY (5)
7,726,109 Four-bar linkage for suspending a header for an agricultural implement 6 2007
7,958,707 Non-parallel four-bar linkage for suspending an agricultural implement header 5 2010
8,118,533 Narrow four-bar linkage for suspending a wide header for an agricultural implement 2 2011
8,333,058 Self-leveling four-bar linkage for suspending a header of an agricultural implement 0 2012
8,511,049 Self-leveling four-bar linkage for suspending a header of an agricultural implement 0 2012

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