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Scrapping plate assembly for cotton harvester

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

Alton Ray Keeter

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A scrapping plate assembly for cotton harvesters includes a series of elongated trapezoidal ribs on the pressure plate defining separate paths for each picker spindle and providing an increased zone for compressively engaging the cotton bolls and extending the contact zone with the spindle barbs thereby increasing removal of bolls from the plant stalks and reducing dropage.

Description

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The above and other objects and advantages of the present invention will become apparent upon reading the following written description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a top view of a row unit for a cotton harvester provided with a scrapping plate assembly in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 2 is a top view of the scrapping plate assembly;

FIG. 3 is a bottom view of the scrapping plate assembly;

FIG. 4 is a side view of the scrapping plate assembly of FIG. 1 mounted on a pressure plate of the row unit and indicating the spindle path in dashed lines;

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the scrapping plate assembly and pressure plate;

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of a prior art scrapping plates mounted on a pressure plate;

FIG. 7 is a side elevational view of the scrapping plate assembly; and

FIG. 8 is a side view of the ribs of the scrapping plate assembly.

Claims

1. In a cotton harvester having a row unit for traversing rows of cotton plants in a field wherein the row unit includes picker drum units having a plurality of rotating, vertically spaced horizontally disposed spindles, said spindles having projecting barbs for engaging cotton boles on the plants movable in closed paths opposite a vertical deflecting plate defining a longitudinal path for routing the plants therethrough, a scrapping plate assembly for increasing the harvest of cotton from said plants comprising: a base member fixed to the deflecting plate opposite said spindles; a vertical array of uniformly spaced horizontally projecting elongated rib members fixed to said base member and defining therebetween separate horizontal longitudinally extending slots for each of said spindles in movement in said closed paths, said rib members having a tapered entry end at the front end of said slots and a tapered exit end at the rear end of said slots and projecting rearwardly beyond the deflecting plate whereby cotton traversing said slots are compressively engaged between the spindles and said rib members throughout the length of said slots for increasing contact between the cotton products and the barbs of said spindles thereby providing retention of the cotton thereon.

2. The scrapping plate assembly as recited in claim 1 wherein said rib members have a planar top wall.

3. The scrapping plate assembly as recited in claim 2 wherein said tapered entry end is generally triangular and defined by said top wall and a wall reversely inclined thereto and merging with said rear end of said base member at a shallow angle.

4. The scrapping plate assembly as recited in claim 1 wherein said deflecting member has a series of holes therein aligned in assembly with alternate rib members, and said base members includes openings aligned with said holes and said rib members have downwardly opening slots adjacent said holes for receiving fastener means for connecting said base member to said deflecting member.

5. A pressure plate for a cotton harvester having a row unit for traversing rows of cotton plants in a field wherein the row unit includes picker drum units having a plurality of rotating, vertically spaced horizontally disposed spindles, said spindles having projecting barbs for engaging cotton boles on the plants movable in closed paths in juxtaposition to the pressure plate, said pressure plate comprising; a plate member terminating with a trailing end including a front section and a rear section inclined with respect thereto at a shallow angle; a plurality of ribs arranged in a parallel array transverse to said front section and said rear section and normal to said plate member, said ribs defining therebetween separate horizontal longitudinally extending slots for each of said spindles in movement in said closed paths, said rib having a tapered entry end engaging said front section at the front end of said slots, a center section engaging said rear section, and a tapered exit end at the rear end of said slots and projecting rearwardly beyond the pressure plate, whereby cotton traversing said slots are compressively engaged between the spindles and said ribs throughout the length of said slots for increasing cotton retention on the spindles.

6. The pressure plate as recited in claim 5 wherein said entry end is generally triangular.

7. The pressure plate as recited in claim 6 wherein said exit end is generally triangular.

8. The pressure plate as recited in claim 7 wherein said center section has a constant height.

9. The pressure plate as recited in claim 8 wherein said ribs have a planar top wall parallel to said rear section of said pressure plate.

10. The pressure plate as recited in claim 9 wherein said exit end is defined by the rear portion of said top wall and a trailing wall extending from the end thereof to the end of said rear section.