Patent Number: 6,293,078

Title: Narrow row crop harvester with lateral conveying of cut row

Abstract: A narrow row harvesting unit for harvesting a crop planted in closely spaced rows. In a cotton picker, the crop removing portion of the unit includes a tandem drum arrangement. The unit includes first and second row receiving areas spaced on the order of twelve inches (30 cm) apart and separated by a narrow stalk lifter. The crop removing portion of the row unit provides transverse movement of a first row of the crop towards a second row of the crop behind the stalk lifter. In the cotton picker unit, a forward upright drum includes spindles projecting through a grid bar arrangement intercepting the first row of crop to move the plants laterally along grid bars into the main crop removing zone which is aligned with the second row. A cutter offset just ahead of the forward drum severs the plants in the first row, and a rotating column with plant engaging projections cooperates with the drum to direct the severed plants into the standing second row.

Inventors: Deutsch; Timothy Arthur (Des Moines, IA), Hadley; Howard C. (Des Moines, IA)

Assignee: Deere & Company

International Classification: A01D 46/14 (20060101); A01D 46/00 (20060101); A01D 046/16 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018