US Patent No: 7,827,775

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Flexible draper and cutter bar having shiftable crop divider with deflector

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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, GA351

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Sethi, Gagan - 27 51

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
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7,207,164 Header hydraulic float suspension 28 2005
7,222,475 Header hydraulic float system 27 2005
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2007/0204,586 Knife drive for multiple cutterbars in an agricultural machine 17 2006
7,412,816 Sectionalized belt guide for draper belt in an agricultural harvesting machine 34 2006
7,426,817 Independent center reel position adjustment for an agricultural harvesting machine 17 2006
7,467,506 Lockout for float arms in a cutting platform of an agricultural harvesting machine 17 2006
7,478,521 Flexible cutting platform to follow ground contour in an agricultural harvesting machine 31 2006
7,540,130 Height control for a multi-section cutting platform in an agricultural harvesting machine 17 2006
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2007/0289,278 Reel height control for flexible cutting platform in an agricultural harvesting machine 17 2006
2008/0098,705 Combine header with feed drum 18 2006
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7,549,280 Sectionalized belt guide for draper belt in an agricultural harvesting machine 25 2008
7,543,428 Seamless draper belt 17 2008
2009/0007,533 SECTIONALIZED BELT GUIDE FOR DRAPER BELT IN AN AGRICULTURAL HARVESTING MACHINE 23 2008
 
MACDON INDUSTRIES LTD. (19)
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4,956,966 Header for a combine harvesting machine 35 1990
5,157,905 Support linkage for mounting a header on a support frame 37 1991
5,243,810 Header transport system 30 1992
RE35543 Header for a combine harvesting machine 36 1993
5,459,986 Draper header with canvas to cutter bar seal 33 1994
5,791,128 Reversible hydraulic drive apparatus 28 1996
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2008/0092,508 CROP HEADER WITH DRAPER CANVAS AND A SEAL WITH AN ELEMENT OF THE CUTTER BAR 27 2006
7,472,533 Crop header with draper canvas and a seal with an element of the cutter bar 35 2006
 
BLUE LEAF I.P., INC. (18)
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4,266,392 Header cutting angle adjustment mechanism 26 1979
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4,372,103 Combine drive belt shielding 18 1980
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7,520,118 Header with high speed sickle drives for a plant cutting machine 16 2007
 
AGCO CORPORATION (13)
7,121,074 Balanced epicyclic sickle drive 29 2005
2007/0193,243 Combine Harvester Draper Header Having Flexible Cutterbar 43 2007
2008/0271,426 DRAPER BELT WITH CROP-RETAINING RIB 23 2008
2008/0276,590 FLEXIBLE DRAPER AND CUTTER BAR WITH TILT ARM FOR CUTTERBAR DRIVE 18 2008
2009/0277,144 SPRING FLOTATION FOR CENTER DECK OF DRAPER HEADER 22 2008
2009/0277,145 HEADER HEIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM WITH MULTIPLE POTENTIOMETER INPUT 16 2008
2009/0277,146 INTERLOCKING BELT GUARDS FOR A DRAPER HEADER 16 2008
2009/0277,147 DRAPER HEAD WITH FLEXIBLE CUTTERBAR HAVING RIGID CENTER SECTION 16 2008
2009/0277,148 FLEXIBLE DRAPER AND CUTTER BAR HAVING SHIFTABLE CROP DIVIDER WITH DEFLECTOR 16 2008
2009/0007,534 COMBINE HARVESTER DRAPER HEADER HAVING FLEXIBLE CUTTERBAR 17 2008
2009/0094,957 Combine Harvester Draper Header Having Flexible Cutterbar 17 2008
2009/0293,441 ADJUSTABLE CUTTERBAR TRAVEL RANGE FOR A FLEXIBLE CUTTERBAR HEADER 17 2009
2009/0288,383 CENTER CROP DEFLECTOR FOR DRAPER HEADER 21 2009
 
CNH AMERICA LLC (8)
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4,660,360 Flexible cutterbar assembly 23 1985
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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 18 2007
 
CASE CORPORATION (5)
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4,206,583 Cutterbar floatation system 31 1978
4,206,584 Floating cutterbar header 31 1978
4,227,363 Floating cutterbar header and height control 29 1978
4,307,560 Header height position control for a cotton harvester 24 1980
 
HESSTON VENTURES CORPORATION (3)
4,246,742 Double sickle mechanism 25 1978
4,429,517 Harvesting header with adjustable draper for left, right or center delivery 39 1981
4,813,296 Flywheel sickle drive mechanism 24 1987
 
MASCHINENFABRIK KEMPER GMBH & CO KG (3)
6,658,832 Crop deflector for machine for mowing stalk-like crops 21 2002
7,162,855 Harvesting header having laterally movable separating points 19 2003
7,159,378 Drive train for a header of a harvesting machine 15 2004
 
ALAMO GROUP INC. (2)
6,305,154 High speed sickle cutting system 22 1999
6,510,681 High speed sickle cutting system 23 2001
 
CLAAS OHG (2)
4,665,685 Cutting trough unit for agricultural machines with flexible cutting mechanism 22 1985
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6,826,894 Position control for a crop pickup device 29 2003
 
CONTROL CONCEPTS, INC. (2)
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DEUTZ-ALLIS CORPORATION A CORP OF DE (2)
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4,835,954 Combine header with skid plates 22 1988
 
HAY & FORAGE INDUSTRIES, A KANSAS GENERAL PARTNERSHIP (2)
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4,938,010 Harvesting header having adjustable width, draper belt discharge opening 23 1988
 
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6,070,401 Grain saver dam 18 1998
 
White Motor Corporation of Canada Limited (2)
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4,199,925 Crop harvesting machine 32 1978
 
BRITISH TECHNOLOGY GROUP LIMITED (1)
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CASE EQUIPMENT CORPORATION (1)
4,206,582 Header lift arrangement for windrowers 35 1979
 
CLAAS KGAA (1)
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CLAAS SAULGAU GMBH (1)
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FARMERS' FACTORY COMPANY (1)
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FIRIE di Giorgio Sansone S.A.S. (1)
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FORTSCHRITT LANDMASCHINEN GMBH (1)
4,909,025 Drive unit for harvester blade assembly 29 1988
 
Frean; Robert George (1)
4,195,467 Harvesting machines 16 1977
 
General Dryer Corporation (1)
4,538,404 Adjustable crop divider apparatus 35 1983
 
Headsight, Inc. (1)
7,647,753 Header height control system and method 8 2007
 
Honey Bee Manufacturing Ltd. (1)
5,464,371 Feeder adapter for mounting a combine header to a feeder housing of a combine 45 1994
 
J. E. Love Company (1)
4,330,983 Floating divider for a harvester 18 1980
 
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION (1)
4,409,780 Folding header assembly 56 1982
 
MASSEY COMBINES CORPORATION, A CORP. OF ONTARIO (1)
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Massey-Ferguson Industries Limited (1)
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May-Wes Manufacturing, Inc. (1)
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MULTINORM B.V. NEIUW-VENNEP,THE (1)
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OXBO CORPORATION (1)
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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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RIPPELTON N.V. (1)
4,845,931 Apparatus for a harvesting machine 26 1987
 
RISTVEDT-JOHNSON, INC. (1)
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Sperry Corporation (1)
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STRAW TRACK MANUFACTURING INC. (1)
6,758,029 Header height control apparatus 35 2003
 
VICON WESTERN CANADA (1)
4,446,683 Knife drive 26 1982
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (6)
4,330,984 Crop divider assembly 19 1980
4,553,379 Method and apparatus for harvesting of corn or other granular fruits 28 1983
4,541,229 Control system for combine header 32 1983
4,722,172 Harvesters 18 1986
6,523,333 Sensor arm for combine header 13 2000
6,843,719 Floating combine sieve assembly 22 2003

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
AGCO CORPORATION (3)
8,205,421 Belt guard crop dam for flexible draper header 4 2010
7,958,711 Crop deflector for ends of draper belt of flexible draper header 3 2010
8,479,483 Flexible draper head providing reduced crop residue accumulation 0 2011

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