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Agricultural feed bagger and method

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Paul R. Wingert

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

An improved agricultural feed stock loading apparatus that includes a feed tunnel. In various embodiments, the apparatus includes a multi-part tunnel system that can be removed from the bagger and/or adjusted in width and/or length for shipping and moving convenience, and to accommodate different-sized bags. Other embodiments include a foldable brake beam and shaft mechanism that facilitates shipping and road travel. Other embodiments include a feed wagon portion with a large buffer table as a unitary part of the bagger, facilitating depositing a large amount of feed onto the bagger, and freeing the loading machinery for other duties. Other aspects of the invention include a bag lift having a post that is located along the tunnel midline of the bagger, transport wheels moved towards the center of mass of the combined wagon table and bagger extruder, a slidable conveyor system to move feed along the buffer table, and/or an automatically moving side elevator that remains in a fixed position as the bagger machine is moved and the bag filled. In some embodiments, variable-speed hydraulic motors are used to drive the chains moving various parts of the bagger machine relative to one another.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 shows a side view, partially in cross section, of one embodiment of the present invention, agricultural bagger system

100.

FIG. 2 shows a side view, partially in cross section, of one embodiment of the present invention, wagon table loader system

200.

FIG. 3 shows a top view, partially in cross section, of one embodiment of the present invention, agricultural bagger system

100.

FIG. 4 shows a perspective view, partially in cross section, of one embodiment of the present invention, hinged brake system

400.

FIG. 5 shows an angled end view, partially in cross section, of one embodiment of the present invention, cable-drum-lifter system

500.

FIGS. 6A,

6B,

6C,

6D, and

6E, together form a “FIG.

6” that shows cable-drum-lifter system

500 in five different positions as upper hinge plate

413 is lifted.

FIG. 6A shows system

500 in one position as upper hinge plate

413 is lifted.

FIG. 6B shows system

500 in another position as upper hinge plate

413 is lifted.

FIG. 6C shows system

500 in another position as upper hinge plate

413 is lifted.

FIG. 6D shows system

500 in another position as upper hinge plate

413 is lifted.

FIG. 6E shows system

500 in another position as upper hinge plate

413 is lifted.

FIG. 7 shows a top view, partially in cross section, of one embodiment of the present invention, replacement-tunnel-welding system

700.

FIG. 8 shows a top view, partially in cross section, of one embodiment of the present invention, expandable-tunnel system

800 in a small-diameter-bag position.

FIG. 9 shows a top view, partially in cross section, of one embodiment of the present invention, expandable-tunnel system

800 in a large-diameter-bag position.

FIG. 10 shows a perspective view of one embodiment of the present invention, bag-crane system

1000.

FIG. 11 shows a top view, partially in cross section, of one embodiment of the present invention, shortenable-tunnel system

1100 in a extended-length position.

FIG. 12 shows a top view, partially in cross section, of one embodiment of the present invention, shortenable-tunnel system

1100 in a shortened-length position.

FIG. 13 shows a top view, partially in cross section, of one embodiment of the present invention, agricultural bagger system

1300.

FIG. 14 shows a front view, partially in cross section, of one embodiment of the present invention, covered sprocket

1400.

Claims

1. A method for loading agricultural feed into a horizontally deployed bag comprising:

2. A method for loading agricultural feed into a horizontally deployed bag comprising:

3. An agricultural feed stock loading apparatus for loading feed into a feed bag, comprising:

4. An agricultural feed stock loading apparatus for loading feed into a feed bag, comprising:

5. An agricultural feed stock loading apparatus for loading feed into a feed bag, comprising:

6. The apparatus of claim 5, wherein the tunnel is of sufficient length and taper to substantially prevent feed from stretching the feed bag after the feed bag leaves the rearward end of the tunnel.

7. The apparatus of claim 5, further comprising:

8. The apparatus of claim 5, further comprising:

9. An improved method for loading agricultural feed into a horizontally deployed bag comprising:

10. The method of claim 9, further comprising:

11. The method of claim 9, further comprising:

12. An improved method for loading agricultural feed into a horizontally deployed bag comprising:

13. The method of claim 12, further comprising:

14. The method of claim 12, further comprising:

15. An agricultural feed stock loading apparatus for loading feed into a feed bag, comprising:

16. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein the tunnel is of sufficient length and taper to substantially prevent feed from stretching the feed bag after the feed bag leaves the rearward end of the tunnel and such that the feed is compacted substantially only within the tunnel.

17. The apparatus of claim 15, further comprising:

18. The apparatus of claim 17, wherein the auger has teeth along an outer edge.

19. An agricultural feed stock loading apparatus for loading feed into a feed bag, comprising:

20. The apparatus of claim 19, herein the tunnel is of sufficient length and taper to substantially prevent feed from stretching the feed bag after the feed bag leaves the rearward end of the tunnel and such that the feed is compacted substantially only within the tunnel.

21. The apparatus of claim 19, further comprising:

22. The apparatus of claim 21, wherein the auger has teeth along an outer edge.