Combine Systems and Mechanisms
Publication Date: 2016-Feb-22
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Title: Combine Systems and Mechanisms
Description: As shown in the attached illustrations and described below, various operational systems and mechanisms of an agricultural combine and/or header, are disclosed.
Mechanical Header to Header Trailer Latch Mechanism
Figure 1 illustrates a header to header trailer latch mechanism. Various header brackets and a header pin attach the latch arrangement to a harvesting header (not shown) and pinning/latching mechanisms engage the trailer latch arrangement with trailer brackets of a header trailer (not shown).
This design mechanically latches and unlatches the harvesting header to a header trailer without requiring the operator or another person to latch/bind the header to the trailer in a separate task. The latching mechanism is a mechanical linkage that senses the presence of the feederhouse to insert or retract pins between the header and the trailer.
The header is attached to the trailer with a pinning/latching mechanism that pins/latches the header to the trailer when a feederhouse is not present. When a feederhouse is present, a linkage via a cable drives pins/cams to unpin/unlatch the header from the trailer. When setting the header on the trailer, the feederhouse is lowered to the point where the feederhouse and header are no longer in contact with one another, at that point the mechanical linkage pin/latches the header to the trailer. The mechanical linkage is attached to the harvesting header mechanically senses the presence of the feederhouse. The latching mechanism is a mechanical linkage that senses the presence of the feederhouse to insert or retract pins between the header and the trailer.
One alternative to the pins that are inserted into or retracted from brackets on the trailer for latching is using hooks that rotate around a rod located on the trailer.
Threshing Rotor as a Power Transfer Shaft
Figure 2 schematically illustrates an arrangement of a threshing rotor/separator and a system drive shaft of a combine harvester.
Figure 3 schematically illustrates an arrangement of a threshing rotor/separator of a combine harvester that incorporates a system drive shaft.
The concept is to utilize the main threshing rotor of the combine as a power shaft to transfer power to the front end of a combine.
The rotor/separator is a long tube with elements bolted onto it that separate the desired grain from the MOG (material other than grain). This tube runs from the engine deck of the combine (rear) to nearly the front (under the cab) of th...