US 9,807,935 B2
Harvesting cam reel with convertible transport mode
Gregory Honey, Frontier (CA); and Glenn Honey, Frontier (CA)
Assigned to HONEY BEE MANUFACTURING LTD., Frontier, SK (CA)
Filed by Honey Bee Manufacturing Ltd., Frontier (CA)
Filed on May 21, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/284,346.
Claims priority of application No. 2847456 (CA), filed on Mar. 26, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2015/0272001 A1, Oct. 1, 2015
Int. Cl. A01D 57/02 (2006.01); A01D 34/01 (2006.01); A01D 57/20 (2006.01); A01D 57/03 (2006.01)
CPC A01D 57/02 (2013.01) [A01D 34/01 (2013.01); A01D 57/03 (2013.01); A01D 57/20 (2013.01)] 17 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A harvesting header for harvesting crop material as the header is driven, the header comprising:
an aggregator operable to receive and aggregate the crop material; and
a reel rotatably connected to the aggregator such that said reel is operable to be disposed forward of said aggregator when the header is driven and the crop material is harvested, said reel being rotatable with respect to the aggregator about a reel axis, said reel including:
a plurality of reel bats, each of the reel bats being spaced apart from the reel axis and pivotal about a respective bat axis, wherein each of the reel bats includes at least one finger extending generally away from said respective bat axis; and
a reel bat positioner operable to vary an angular orientation of each of the reel bats about the bat axis dependent upon an angular position of the reel bat about the reel axis, said reel bat positioner being configurable between an operating configuration and a transport configuration;
said header operable such that when the header is driven and the reel bat positioner is in the operating configuration, the reel bat positioner causes a first reel bat of the plurality of reel bats, having an angular position about the reel axis such that said first reel bat is disposed forward of the reel axis, to have an operating angular orientation about the bat axis wherein said at least one finger of said first reel bat extends substantially radially outwardly from and relative to the reel axis; and
said header further operable such that when the header is stationary and configured for transportation above a surface and said reel bat positioner is in the transport configuration, the reel bat positioner causes the first reel bat having the angular position about the reel axis to have a transport angular orientation about the bat axis which differs from the operating angular orientation, wherein when said first reel bat is in said transport angular orientation, said at least one finger of said first reel bat is operable to extend upwardly relative to the surface such that said at least one finger is operable to be substantially protected from damage during transport of the header.