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May 28, 1963
R. c. RADCLIFFE
3,091,071
TOBACCO CUTTING MACHINES
Filed Dec- 13, 1960
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May 28, 1963
R. c. RADCLIFFE
3,091,071
TOBACCO CUTTING MACHINES
Filed Dec. 13, 1960
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INVE'NTOR.
ATTORNEY
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Patented May 28, 1963
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62 and 63- at the rear ends of the paddle wheel arms
64 and 65. The front ends of arms 64 and 65 are formed
Robert C. Radcliife, RR. 2, Edger-ton, Wis.
Filed Dec. 13, 1960, Ser. No. 75,607
1 Claim. (Cl. 56-—23)
with sleeves 64a and 65a respectively which are pivoted
on the shaft 41 ‘aforesaid. A paddle wheel height control
cylinder ‘66 is based on the bracket :67. A cutting bar
This invention relates to improvements in tobacco cut
ting machines, and more particularly to a novel tobacco
and is connected with the cutting bar arm 69 held in
the sleeve 70 on frame 11 with a sliding ?t. In FIGS. 5
and 6 a modi?cation of the invention is illustrated in
which pairs of shoes 72 serving as tobacco leaf lifters are
attached to sickle bar 61.
TGBACCO CUTTFNG MACES
height control cylinder 68 depends from the bracket 67
cutting machine of the sickle type.
An object of the invention is to provide a device of
the type which will cut tobacco without damaging stand
ing plants.
In use, the operator may by manipulating the trans
Another object of the invention is to provide a cut
ting machine having means for laying out windrows of
mission gears 30 by means of the lever 3-2 control the
forward movement of the device, and by use of the jaw
15 clutch 33 by the lever 36 may operate the sickle bar 61.
the leaves as they are cut.
Other and further objects of the invention will be ap
The two pairs of paddle wheels are provided with in
parent as the description proceeds, reference being had
clined paddles 71 to drop the cut tobacco leaves into
to the accompanying drawings, in which:
convenient rows for stacking.
FIG. 1 is a plan view in elevation of a tobacco cutting
It will be understood that the device is capable of many
machine embodying the invention.
20 modi?cations in structure and design, without departing
FIG. 2 is a side View in elevation of the same.
FIG. 3 is a view taken on line 3—3 of FIG. 2.
FIG. 4 is an enlarged view taken on line 4—4 of FIG. 3.
FIG. 5 is a rear view in elevation ‘of the device.
‘and desired to be secured by Letters Patent of the United
FIG. 6 is a plan view of the shoes applied over the
States, is:
from the spirit of the invention, within the scope of the
appended claims.
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed
sickle guards.
A device for cutting and windrowing 1at least two ad
jacent rows of grown tobacco plants at the same time,
comprising :a frame, a floor for said frame disposed at
a height greater than the height of grown tobacco plants,
FIG. 7 is a side view thereof.
Referring more particularly to the drawings, the nu
meral 10 refers to the device generally, having a frame
11 supported by the frontal ground bearing Wheel 12, and
0 a plurality of ground engaging wheels, means mounting
the rear ground bearing wheels 13 and 14.
The operator’s seat 15 is located on the floor 116 just
behind the steering column 17 which carries the sleeve
18 which in turn journals the axle 19 provided with the
steering wheel 20 and the universal joint 21 linked to
the shaft 22 and universal joint 23 attached to the steer
said wheels on said frame in laterally spaced relation so
as to straddle at least said two adjacent rows of plants,
a source of power carried on top of said frame, means
operatively connecting said source of power to at least
5
one of said wheels for propelling said vehicle, a sickle
bar having a plurality of cutting elements thereon, means
ing wheel column 24.
mounting said sickle bar behind the trailing edge of said
frame transversely thereof, said sickle bar having a length
The cross members 25 and 26 support the gasoline
engine 27, driving the gear reducer 28. The shaft 29 40 sufficient to cut simultaneously the plants of at least said
connects the gear reducer 28 to the gear box 30, provided
two adjacent rows, means operatively connecting said
with the linkage 31 to the gear handle 32. A jaw clutch
source of power to said sickle bar to actuate said cut
33 is actuated by rod 34 pivoted at 35 and the clutch
ting elements, paddle means rotatably mounted above
handle at 36.
said sickle bar and impinging upon the tops of plants of
The shaft 37 carries the sprocket 38 which is linked
said rows, said paddle means comprising paddles having
by the chain 39 with the sprocket 40 on the shaft 41. A
plant engaging portions, said plant engaging portion being
pair of sprockets 42 and 43 on the shaft 41 carry the
cooperatively inclined toward each other whereby to wind
chains 44 and 45 which engage with the sprockets 46
row cut plants impinged thereby into a single row.
and 47 ?xed to and driving the rear axles 48 thus pro
pelling the ground-bearing wheels 13 and 14.
50
A sprocket 49 on the shaft 41 carries the chain 50
to drive the sprocket 51 on the shaft 52, which latter
carries the paddle /wheels 53, 54, 55 and 56. A sprocket
57 adjacent to the jaw clutch 33 carries the chain 58
driving a second sprocket which drives the barrel cam 55
mechanism 59 which actu'ates the link pin 60 in turn
operating the sickle bar 61 in a well known manner, for
instance as in US. Patent No. 2,630,670.
The paddle wheel shaft '52 is journalled in the sleeves
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
908,342
1,750,033
Short et \al. ___________ __ Dec. 29, 1908
White _____________ __ Mar. 11, 1930
2,630,670
Sherman __. __________ __ Mar. 10, 1953
2,669,820
Falkner _____________ __ 'Feb. 23, 1954
FOREIGN PATENTS
121,265
Switzerland __________ __ Nov. 16, 1927
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