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April 3, 1962
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Filed Nov. 15, 1960
J. H. SHEPLEY
3,028,117
SUPPORT AND CONTAINER
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April 3, 1952
J. H. SHEPLEY
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United States Patent ()ilice
3,028,117
Patented Apr. 3, 1,962
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of wire coils connected together to supply a single wire
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tier whereby night baling can be carried on without re
SUPPORT AND CONTAINER
John H. Shepley, Lancaster, Pa., assignor to Sperry Rand
Corporation, New Holland, Pa., a corporation of
quiring a rethreading operation with a possible loss of
tools, wire ends and lost time due to a lack of light.
A further object of this invention is to provide wire
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coil containers which are so constructed that they can
be stored one on top of or against the other, successive
y Filed Nov. 15, 1960, Ser. No. 69,379
10 Claims. (Cl. 242-129)
containers having inter-?tting portions to keep the con
tainers in proper positions relative to each other.
In an automatic wire tie hay baler, it is conventional
A still further object of this invention is to provide a
to have two tiers operative to tie bands around completed 10
reuseable wire container which can be removed from a
bales. A pair of wire coils are provided, one to supply
baler with a partially used coil therein whereby the un
each tier. Such coils are mounted on suitable baler sup
used portion of the wire can be stored for later use.
port structure and a lead end wire of each coil extends
Other objects of this invention will be apparent here
to one of the tiers. A signal mechanism is provided so
that when a given coil runs out of its support, theopera 15 inafter from the speci?cation and from the recital in
the appended claims.
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tor can go back, remove the remaining piece of wire ‘and
In the drawings:
rethread the lead end of a new coil through the various
FIG. 1 is a diagrammatic right rear perspective view
guides in the baler structure. To be sure that the wire
of a wire tie hay baler having mounted thereon wire
supply will not become exhausted while baling, necessi
support means and reuseable wire containers constructed
tating a return to the barn, shed or the like where the
according to this invention;
wire is stored for a new supply, it is common to carry
FIG. 2 is a side elevation on an enlarged scale of one
a spare coil of wire for each tier.
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Rethreading the lead end of a new coil of wire in a
baler is a difficult task.
of the wire containers;
H6. 3 is a vertical section taken on the line 3—3 of
In most wire tie balers, the
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needles of the tier mechanism are projectable upwardly 25 P16. 2 looking in the direction of the arrows;
FIG. 4- is a side elevation on a scale larger than FIG. 1
from the bottom of the bale case and through the top
but smaller than FIG. 2 showing the wire support means
wall thereof to the tying mechanisms. It is necessary
and reuseable wire containers in side elevation mounted
that the wires be threaded upwardly through the bale
case. Since the space between the bottom of the bale
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case and the ground is limited, it is dii?cult for an opera
tor to get under the baler and rethread the wires. This
is particularly true when baling is done at night since a
?ashlight or the like is required to conduct the threading
operation.
The wire coils used in hay balers weigh about one
hundred pounds each. Therefore, they are relatively
dif?cult to handle. Usually each coil has straps which
hold it together, such straps being removed when the
on frame structure of the baler;
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FIG. Sis a plan view of FIG. 4;
FIGS. 6, 8 and 10 are vertical sections through a pair
of wire containers and showing the manner in which
the wire coils are used;
FIGS. 7, 9 and 11 are side elevational views of FIGS.
35 6, 8 and 10, respectively, further illustrating the opera
tion of the wire containers; and 2
FIG. 12 is a view similar to FIG. 2, on a reduced scale,
and showing a wire container constructed according to
coil is mounted on the baler and made ready for use. 40 another embodiment of this invention.
Referring now to the drawings by numerals of refer
When the coil is intact, it ?ts properly into its support
ence, and ?rst to FIG. 1, 10 denotes a wire tie hay baler
on the baler. However, when the holding straps are
having a bale case 11 and a housing 12 for a pair of
removed and as the wire is used up, the coil tends to
fall apart on its support and tangled wires sometimes
wire tiers, not shown, of conventional construction. The
baler has an infeed structure housing 14 which receives
result. Further, if it is desired to remove the unused
portion of a wire coil after a baling operation, such is 45 hay to be baled and contains the mechanism for convey
ing the hay into the bale chamber 11. As each bale is
dif?cult because the wire strands are not strapped to
gether. Also, if the unused portion of the wire coil is
from a coil resting in a support box, di?iculties result
because the lead wire therefrom extends through frame
completed in the baler, it is banded by wire and the
co-extended ends of each loop of wire around the bale
are tied together. Successive bales are discharged onto
work of the supporting structure and the wire has to be 50 the ground or to a trailing wagon.
cut to set it free.
To supply each wire tier, wire supply means 15 is
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One object of this invention is to provide wire support
provided comprising wire coils 16, 18, 20 and 21. Coils
16 and 18 supply one tier; coils 20 and 21 supply the
means whereby two or more wire coils may be connected
other tier. The coils extend in vertical planes, the axis
together to supply a single wire tier to insure that the
wire will not run out when a baling operation is being 55 of coil 18 being common with the axis of coil 16 and
the axis of coil 21 being common with the axis of coil 20‘.
performed.
As shown best in FIG. 5 coil 16 has a lead end of
Another object of this invention is to provide reuseable
wire 22 and a tail end of wire 24. The lead end extends
wire containers for each of the coils of wire, the con
to one of the wire tiers of the baler through guide means
tainer for the ?rst coil of wire being adapted to be re
25 (FIG. 1). Tail end 24 is spliced at 26 to the lead
moved after the ?rst coil is exhausted and while the
end 28 of the coil 18. Coil 18 has a free tail end 29.
second coil is in use.
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Coil 2t) has a lead end wire 30 which extends. through
Another object of this invention is to provide support
the guide means 25 to the other tier of the baler. The
means for a pair of wire coils‘ whereby the coils may
tail end 31 of coil 20 is spliced to the lead end 32 of
be connected together to prevent lost baling time,
' Another object of this invention is to provide wire 65 coil 21, the coil 21 having a tail end 34.
support structure‘which allows the baler to be loaded
Wire coils 16, 18, 2t) and 21 are mounted in removable
with enough wire for a full- day or night of ibaling, such
and reuseable wire containers 35, 36, 38 and 39, respec
loading operation being performed before entering the
tively. Such containers are preferably made of heavy
?eld whereby there is no chance of lost wire tailings, steel
guage sheet metal, although other material may be em
tapes and cartons in the ?eld.
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A further object of this invention is to provide a pair
70 ployed.
All of the containers are of the same construc
tion. Thus, the structure of only one container, namely
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understood that containers 36, 38 and 39 for the other
coils are similarly constructed.
Like numerals are used
on corresponding parts of the various containers.
As shown best in FIGS. 2 and 3, container 35 for
coil 16 has a front side 48, a rear side 41 and a generally
cylindrical peripheral member 42. The side 41 has an
annular inturned ?ange 44 embracing peripheral mem
ber 42. The ?ange is spot welded to the peripheral mem
ber to ?xedly connect the parts. Side 40 is removably 10
attached to the container, and when removed coil 16
may be placed in the container. Side 48 has an annular
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up, the coil 16 gradually runs out until a situation as
shown in FIG.- 8 occurs. As illustrated, the coil 16 has
been completely used up and the coil 18 now operates to
supply the wire tier. The supply wire extends from con
tainer 36 through the opening 51 therein, then through
container 35 for coil 16 will be described. It will be
the rear opening 52 in container 35 and then out through
the front opening 51 in container 35. Therefore, it will
be seen that even though container 35 is empty, the wire
to supply the typing mechanism extends through the side
openings therein.
In order that container 35 may be removed and re
?lled with a new coil of wire, it is necessary to remove
the container without disturbing the extension of the wire
inturned ?ange 45 which surrounds member 42 and is
from the coil 18. This is accomplished as shown in FIG.
detachably connected thereto by buttons 46 and cotter
pin 48. Buttons 46 project outwardly of member 42 and 15 9. The empty container 35 is lifted and then rotated
about its axis until the radial slots 55 and axial slot 58
through suitable holes 47 in ?ange 45. The ?ange 45 is
assume a lower position as shown. Then, container 35
hooked onto the buttons when side 48 is mounted in
is lifted from the solid line position to the dotted line
place. Then, cotter pin 48 is applied by passing it through
position as shown in both FIGS. 8 and 9. The wire ex
holes in tabs 49 on side 40 and ears 58 of the member
tending from coil 18 is passed through the radial slots 55
42, as shown.
in the side of the container and through the axial slot 58
Sides 48 and 41 have coaxial pear shaped openings 51
in the peripheral portion 42.
and 52 for the lead end wire 22 and the tail end wire 24,
respectively, of coil 16. The opening 51 is surrounded by
a curved arcuate outturned guide 54 over which the lead
end wire 22 is slidable when wire is withdrawn from
the container.
Means for providing a radial opening is incorporated
into container 35. Such radial opening means comprises
angularly registering radial slots 55 in sides 4!} and 41
and an axial slot 58 in member 42. The radial slots 55
communicate with the openings 51 and 52 and with the
axial slot 58. These slots are wider than the diameter
of the wire in coil 16 whereby a strand of the coil ex
tending axially through sides 48 and 41 can be removed
radially through the slots.
A coil of wire used in baling commonly is banded by
three straps spaced one hundred and twenty degrees apart.
It is preferable to leave the straps on the coil when the
coil is inserted into the wire container and not removed
until the coil is in place. Radial openings 53 (FIG. 5)
After container 35 has been removed, and at an oppor
tune time container 36 is picked up and shifted forwardly
to the position vacated by the container 35, FIG. 10.
Container 55 is supplied with a new coil of wire 16a by
removing front side 4&8 in placing the new coil therein.
When mounted in place, the lead end 22a of coil 16a
is spliced to the tail end 28 of the coil 18. The coil 16a
has a tail end 24!: which extends rearwardly and to which
a subsequent coil can be attached.
It will thus be seen, that a continuous supply of wire
is provided for the baler with no rethreading of the baler
wire guides being required. When a supply coil in use
35 runs out, a spare coil takes over and the container for
the ?rst coil is removed, re?lled and then mounted be
hind the spare coil. The wire containers hold the coils
of Wire securely when the wire is being used on the baler
and makes it easy for the operator to handle the coils.
Further, when a baling operation has been completed, if
it is desired to remove Wire from the baler and place it
into storage, wire can be removed from the baler and
stored while still in the container.
The use of an original and a spare coil of wire for
before the coil is placed in the container, insuring against
45 each wire tier and the provision of a support and mount
the coil becoming loose and wires becoming tangled.
ing structure for the two coils with the coils being placed
The reuseable wire containers are mounted on diagonal
in reuseable wire containers is particularly advantageous
support beam 60 of the baler, FIG. 1. A coil box 61
are provided in the peripheral member 42 so that the
straps on the coil may be snipped and removed after the
coil is in place. The straps do not have to be removed
is provided to receive the containers. Box 61 has spaced
vertical side walls 62 and 64 and end walls 65 and 66,
FIGS. 4 and 5. The side walls have arcuate recesses 68
which partially surround and register with the side open
ings in the wire containers. Each wire container seats in
a pocket formed by a base member 70, side brackets 71
in those areas where the baling operation is performed
at night, such as in certain areas of the west. An oper
ator can bale for a long period of time without requiring
wire supply changes. There is no necessity for tools and
?ashlights to be used at night in splicing wires together
to provide a continuous supply of wire.
Referring now to FIG. 12, another embodiment of this
and 72, a middle wall 73 and the end walls 62 and 64
of the support box. The bracket 72 is of inverted 55 invention is illustrated. The container denoted 80 is the
same as the containers previously described, except that
V-shaped con?guration and engages the periphery of all
the openings in the front and rear sides of the container
four of the containers. The brackets '71 and 72 provide
have cylindrical openings 82, instead of pear shaped open
converging surfaces which along with base member 70
ings as previously described. Further, the portions of
present a three point support for each container. Since
each wire coil is relatively heavy, generally around one 60 the side 81 which form radial slot 84 are provided with
tabs 85 having openings through which a cotter pin 86
hundred pounds, a container having a coil seat solidly
may be projected. The cotter pin 86 closes the radial
in its pocket on the support structure.
opening in the container to prevent the wire from being in
The utility of the coil arrangement shown, and the use
advertently moved radially outwardly of the container.
of the wire containers can be seen best from FIGS. 6-11
which show coils 16 and 18 and containers 35 and 36. 65 To remove container 80 after a given coil has been ex
hausted, it is necessary to remove the pin 86 to open the
The coils 2t} and 21, and containers 38 and 39 are simi
larly employed.
radial slots in the container for the passage of the wire
extending from the spare container.
With the structure of this invention, no stopping of
that there is a substantial amount of wire on hand to sup 70 the baling operation to change wires is required. Suf
With the coils and containers disposed as shown in
FIG. 6, a baling operation can be commenced knowing
ply the banding and tying operation. The containers 35
and 36 are preferably mounted with their radial slots 55
and 56 located in an upper position as shown in FIG. 7.
The lead end wire 22 extends through the front opening
?cient containers can be used to hold enough wire for a
full day or a full night’s operation. Although two con
tainers are shown in cooperative use to supply each wire
tier, it will be apparent that three or more containers
51 9f Container 35 and to the wire tier. As wire is used 75 could also be used, each container being removed in
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turn when its particular wire coil is exhausted. All of
side and a peripheral member, said front and rear sides
the containers are of the same construction and they
are reuseable. Containers with Wire in them can be
removed from the baler for storage and use at a later
date. The outturned guides 54 provide inter-?tting means
having openings through Which said lead and tail Wire
so that when successive containers are mounted one on
ends extend, respectively, said peripheral member having
an axial slot and said front and rear side members hav
ing angularly aligned radial slots communicating with
said axial slot and with said side openings, whereby when
said forward wire coil is exhausted wire will extend from
top of the other the guide 54 on one container can be
projected through the rear opening 52 of an adjacent
said rear container through said forward container to
container and thereby provide a nesting stack.
said consuming means and said forward container may
Further, since a very substantial supply of wire is pro 10 be removed for re?lling by passing the extending wire
vided for the baler, wire signaling devices are not neces
through said radial slots and said axial slots.
sary since the Wire supply never runs out. There is al
6. Support means as recited in claim 5 wherein bracket
ways a supply of wire to supply the tiers and a reverse
means is provided for supporting said containers with
quantity.
the openings in the side members thereof coaxial, said
While this invention has been described in connection 15 radial and axial slots in the container for said forward
with a particular embodiment thereof, it will be under
coil normally being positioned above the opening axes
stood that it is capable of further modi?cation, and this
and being adapted to be positioned below the axes when
application is intended to cover any variations, uses, or
adaptations following, in general, the principles of the
the container is to be removed.
7. Wire supply structure comprising, a support frame
invention and including such departures from the present 20 extending in a given plane, a pair of pockets in said
disclosure as come within known or customary practice
in the art to which the invention pertains, and as fall
within the scope of the invention or the limits of the ap
pended claims.
frame, a pair of generally cylindrical, coaxially disposed,
reuseable wire containers mounted on said frame, one in
each of said pockets, said wire containers extending gen
erally perpendicular to said plane and each comprising a
Having thus described my invention, what I claim is: 25 front side, a rear side and a peripheral portion, said sides
l. A reuseable container for a coil of wire comprising
each having an axial opening, a coil of wire being mount
side members and a peripheral structure engageable with
able in each wire container with the lead end wire of one
the sides and periphery of the coil, said side members
coil extending through the front wall of one container
each having an opening therein through which a free
' and the tail end wire of the coil extending through the
end of said wire may be extended, and means providing 30 rear wall, the lead end of the other coil extending through
a radial opening in the container communicating with
the front wall of the other containers and being con
said openings in said side members, said means providing
nected to the tail end of the one coil whereby when the
a radial opening comprising radial slots in each of said
wire of said one coil is drawn out until exhausted the
side members and an axial slot in said peripheral struc
other coil will provide a supply, such wire extending
ture, said axial slot communicating with said radial slots 35 through the rear and front walls of said one container,
and said radial slots communicating with said side
and means providing a radial opening in said one con
openings.
tainer, at least, communicating with said axial openings
2. A reuseable container for a coil of wire comprising
a peripheral member and a pair of side members, one
in the sides thereof whereby the one container may be
removed from said support frame when its coil of wire
of said side members being removable whereby said coil 40 is exhausted without disturbing the extension of said wire
may be placed in the container, said peripheral and side
from the other container.
members being engageable with the periphery and sides
8. Wire supply structure as recited in claim 7 where
of said coil and each side member having an opening
in said support frame extends in a generally horizontal
through which a free end of the wire may be extended,
plane and said wire containers have vertically extending
and means providing a radial opening in the container 45 sides, each pocket having a three point engagement with
extending from each opening in said side members to
the container mounted in it to ?rmly seat such container
said peripheral member and along the full axial length
of the peripheral member.
on said frame.
wire coil to supply consuming means, said forward wire
axes of the containers generally parallel.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
9. Wire supply structure as recited in claim 7 wherein
3. A reuseable container for a coil of Wire as recited
said support frame has side plates extending along the
in claim 2 wherein means is provided for detachably latch 50 front side of said one container and the rear side of the
ing said one side to the container.
other container, said side plates having recesses register
4. A reuseable container for a coil of wire compris
ing with side openings in the container sides.
ing a generally cylindrical peripheral member, a side
10. In a hay baler, a Wire tier, ?rst and second coils
member ?xedly connected to one axial end of said pe
of wire each having a lead end and a tail end, a re
ripheral member, a side member detachably connected to 55 movable tubular container for each coil, each container
the other axial end of said peripheral member, each side
having outlets at both axial ends, one for the lead end
member having an opening therein through which wire
and one for the tail end of the coil therein, the lead end
may be withdrawn from said container, means providing
of said ?rst coil extending to said tier and the tail end
a radial opening in the container communicating with
of the ?rst coil being connected to the lead end of the
each opening in each side member and means for closing 60 second coil, a ?rst support on said baler for said ?rst coil,
said radial opening.
and a second support on said baler for said second coil,
5. Support means for a forward wire coil and a rear
said containers being mounted on said supports with the
coil having a forward lead end extending to said consum
ing means and a rearwardly extending tail end, said rear 65
coil having a lead end connected to the tail end of the
forward coil and a tail end extending rearwardly, said
support means comprising a forward reuseable container
for said forward coil and a rear reuseable container for
said rear coil, each container having a front side, a rear 70
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Berry ________________ __ Dec. 2,
Harvey ______________ __ Dec. 15,
Tuft _________________ __ Jan. 4,
Schaefer ____________ .._ Feb. 17,
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