Flexible draper and cutter bar having shiftable crop divider with deflector

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7827775
APP PUB NO 20100043374A1
SERIAL NO

12608697

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A harvesting machine includes a harvesting header with a header frame, a cutterbar assembly attached to the header frame along the length thereof and configured to cut a crop, and a draper assembly positioned behind the cutterbar assembly and operable to receive severed crop material from the cutterbar assembly. The draper assembly includes a center draper that delivers crop material to a feeder house of the harvesting machine and oppositely spaced side drapers that deliver crop material to the center draper. The harvesting header is operable to flex and thereby follow an uneven terrain. The header further includes end crop dividers that are mounted on outermost support arms that support the flexible cutterbar assembly so that the dividers swing with the outermost support arms as the flexible cutterbar assembly flexes.

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AGCO CORPORATIONDULUTH, GA360

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Sethi, Gagan North Newton, US 18 89

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
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AGCO CORPORATION (13)
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2008/0276,590 FLEXIBLE DRAPER AND CUTTER BAR WITH TILT ARM FOR CUTTERBAR DRIVE 21 2008
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2009/0277,145 HEADER HEIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM WITH MULTIPLE POTENTIOMETER INPUT 17 2008
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STRAW TRACK MANUFACTURING INC. (1)
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MACDON INDUSTRIES LTD. (19)
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Hay & Forage Industries (4)
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BLUE LEAF I.P., INC. (20)
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RALPH C. HAGEN (U.S.A.) CORP., 50 HAMPDEN ROAD, MANSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS, A CORP. OF MASSACHUSETTS (1)
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MASCHINENFABRIK KEMPER GMBH & CO KG (3)
6658832 Crop deflector for machine for mowing stalk-like crops 22 2002
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7159378 Drive train for a header of a harvesting machine 17 2004
 
FARMERS' FACTORY COMPANY (1)
* 4493181 Attachment for the snouts of combines and the like 49 1984
 
MASSEY COMBINES CORPORATION, A CORP. OF ONTARIO (1)
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Alamo Group Inc. (2)
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Control Concepts, Inc. (2)
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KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION (1)
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HEADSIGHT, INC. (1)
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CLAAS KGAA (1)
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DEERE & COMPANY (35)
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4573308 Harvesting platform with a floating cutterbar 55 1984
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* 6116010 Knife guard for a cutterbar assembly 21 1999
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* 7191582 Header terrain following system 33 2005
7207164 Header hydraulic float suspension 31 2005
* 7222475 Header hydraulic float system 33 2005
7306513 Leveling by over-compensation 19 2005
7412816 Sectionalized belt guide for draper belt in an agricultural harvesting machine 42 2006
7426817 Independent center reel position adjustment for an agricultural harvesting machine 20 2006
7467506 Lockout for float arms in a cutting platform of an agricultural harvesting machine 20 2006
7478521 Flexible cutting platform to follow ground contour in an agricultural harvesting machine 36 2006
7540130 Height control for a multi-section cutting platform in an agricultural harvesting machine 20 2006
2007/0204,582 Height control for a multi-section cutting platform in an agricultural harvesting machine 23 2006
2007/0204,584 Flexible cutting platform to follow ground contour in an agricultural harvesting machine 29 2006
2007/0204,586 Knife drive for multiple cutterbars in an agricultural machine 19 2006
2007/0251,202 Dual belt drive for an agricultural header 21 2006
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7520115 Header float arm load compensation 28 2006
* 2008/0078,155 HEADER FLOAT ARM LOAD COMPENSATION 36 2006
* 7395651 Point support system 22 2007
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7549280 Sectionalized belt guide for draper belt in an agricultural harvesting machine 32 2008
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7543428 Seamless draper belt 21 2008
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RIPPELTON N.V. (1)
4845931 Apparatus for a harvesting machine 32 1987
 
BRITISH TECHNOLOGY GROUP LIMITED (1)
4560008 Root crop harvester 19 1984
 
FORTSCHRITT LANDMASCHINEN GMBH (1)
4909025 Drive unit for harvester blade assembly 38 1988
 
CLAAS SAULGAU GMBH (1)
* 5845472 Harvesting attachment for agricultural machines for picking and transporting stalk crops, in particular corn plants 37 1996
 
DEUTZ-ALLIS CORPORATION A CORP OF DE (2)
4441307 Harvester header with floating cutter bar 32 1983
4835954 Combine header with skid plates 26 1988
 
CNH AMERICA LLC (3)
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2009/0107,094 Automatic control system for a header of an agricultural harvesting machine and method of operation of the same 22 2007
 
CLAAS OHG (2)
4665685 Cutting trough unit for agricultural machines with flexible cutting mechanism 25 1985
4875331 Product receiving arrangement for agricultural machines, especially for self-propelling harvester threshers 21 1988
 
RISTVEDT-JOHNSON, INC. (1)
4674626 Leakproof endless belt conveyor 28 1983
 
W.A. JOHNSON, INC. (2)
4891932 Grain-saver dam for combine cutter bar 26 1989
6070401 Grain saver dam 19 1998
 
FIRIE di Giorgio Sansone S.A.S. (1)
4863419 Conveyor and/or accompanying belt 24 1988
 
CLAAS SELBSTFAHRENDE ERNTEMASCHINEN GMBH (2)
6782683 Cutting mechanism for harvesters 23 2002
6826894 Position control for a crop pickup device 45 2003
 
J.E. LOVE COMPANY (1)
* 4330983 Floating divider for a harvester 21 1980
 
General Dryer Corporation (1)
* 4538404 Adjustable crop divider apparatus 41 1983
 
May-Wes Mfg. (1)
5924270 Skid shoe 24 1997
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
AGCO CORPORATION (3)
8205421 Belt guard crop dam for flexible draper header 10 2010
7958711 Crop deflector for ends of draper belt of flexible draper header 9 2010
8479483 Flexible draper head providing reduced crop residue accumulation 1 2011
 
BLUE LEAF I.P., INC. (2)
* 9226447 End divider for a header of an agricultural harvester 0 2013
* 2015/0121,831 END DIVIDER FOR A HEADER OF AN AGRICULTURAL HARVESTER 0 2013
* Cited By Examiner

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