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(11)EP 3 399 854 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
09.09.2020 Bulletin 2020/37

(21)Application number: 17701215.0

(22)Date of filing:  05.01.2017
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
A01D 41/14(2006.01)
A01D 45/02(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/US2017/012344
(87)International publication number:
WO 2017/120343 (13.07.2017 Gazette  2017/28)

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INTEGRATED LIFT AND FRAME LOCK FOR A FOLDING CORN HEAD ROW SEPARATOR

INTEGRIERTES HEBE- UND RAHMENSCHLOSS FÜR REIHENTRENNER MIT KLAPPBAREM MAISKOPF

VERROU DE CADRE ET ÉLÉVATEUR INTÉGRÉS POUR SÉPARATEUR DE RANGÉE DE TÊTES DE MAÏS PLIABLE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 05.01.2016 US 201662275131 P

(43)Date of publication of application:
14.11.2018 Bulletin 2018/46

(73)Proprietor: Oxbo International Corporation
Byron, NY 14422 (US)

(72)Inventor:
  • LEHMAN, Benjamin
    AMERY WI 54001 (US)

(74)Representative: Vanzini, Christian et al
Jacobacci & Partners S.p.A. Corso Emilia 8
10152 Torino
10152 Torino (IT)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 0 131 853
US-A1- 2003 226 342
EP-A1- 1 142 467
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description


    [0001] This application is being filed on 5 January 2017, as a PCT International patent application, and claims priority to U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 62/275,131, filed January 5, 2016.

    Field of the Invention



    [0002] The present invention relates to a folding corn head for a harvester or combine, and, in particular to a corn head row separator with an automatic actuating and wing locking mechanism.

    Background of the Invention



    [0003] Corn heads used for harvesting corn mount on the front of combines and ear corn harvesters or combines. The harvester or combine advances along the corn rows and processes the corn stalks for return to the field and removes the ears of corn from the stalks. Corn heads are configured with dividers or separators to guide the rows of corn plants into gaps formed between the row separators to gathering units extending across the length of the corn head. Each of the row separators includes a forward conical portion that abuts a rear portion that provides a top cover to protect the mechanisms of the gathering units.

    [0004] The row separators cover the corn head mechanisms to keep the plant stalks and other material from falling into and jamming the mechanical units. It can be appreciated that the row separator covers must be lifted to provide access and conduct maintenance on the gathering and separating mechanisms of the corn head. With some prior art systems, this was simply done with a hinge and a manual support strut. However, other systems were developed that utilized a mechanism to lift and hold the cover in a raised position.

    [0005] Moreover, with wider heads, it is necessary to fold outer sections of the head for transport. With folding heads, the outer sections of the head are angled upward in some configuration and even inverted on other embodiments to reduce the width of the head for transport. In addition, certain row separator covers at the fold axis of the folding outer sections must be tilted to move them out of the way to allow sufficient space for folding of the outer sections of the head. This tilting motion is separate and different from the lifting of the row separator covers for access and maintenance. At a road transport position, the outer sections are unlocked and raised and the row separator covers are also unlocked. Another step that must occur with unfolding of folding heads is that the outer folding sections of the head must lock into an operating position when completely unfolded to ensure safe and reliable operation. Moreover, locking of the folding sections of the heads at the deployed position must be verified unless the head has a visual verification. It can be further appreciated that for operation the row separator covers must be locked into place so that they protect the mechanisms of the gathering units and so that they do not flop or otherwise become damaged during the folding and unfolding process.

    [0006] US 2003/226342 A1 discloses a corn head according to the preamble to claim 1.

    [0007] It can therefore be appreciated that a new and improved folding corn head is required. Such a corn head should include row separators that have covers that are automatically actuated to a tilted position for folding of the corn head and the corn head should having folding sections that are also automatically locked. Moreover, the locking of the outer folding sections of the corn head and tilting of the row separator cover at the fold should be actuated by a single mechanism. The present invention addresses these problems as well as others associated with corn heads having folding sections.

    Summary



    [0008] The present invention is directed to a corn head according to claim 1. An embodiment is directed to an ear corn harvester including such a folding corn head. The corn head includes a center section as well as left and right folding wing sections that fold for transportation and storage. The corn head also includes row separators that direct the corn stalks towards the gathering assemblies for processing the corn stalks and removing ears from the stalks.

    [0009] In order for the wing sections to fold, one of the row separators near the frame hinge for each wing must be raised to an angled position to create sufficient space between the respective folding wing section and the center section. The present invention provides a single actuator that both moves the row separator cover between the angled position for folding and a use position. Moreover, the same assembly provides for automatically locking the frame sections of the head so that the wings are locked when deployed for harvesting. The dual purpose single actuator assembly also provides a clear visual indication when the frames are locked as the row separator cover is lowered.

    [0010] The combined folding and locking assembly mounts to the corn head frame and to a frame supporting the row separator cover proximate the folding portion of the head frame. The hydraulic cylinder has an extendable rod that connects to a main link. The elongate main link extends forward from the cylinder and at a far end connects to an arm that includes ball joints. The arm connects to a row separator cover frame. The main link also connects to a second link mounting to the hydraulic cylinder and to a lower link attached through an intermediate link connecting to a locking pin for the folding frame of the corn head. The arm at the extended end of the main link generally extends upward and forward while the locking pin extends generally rearward attaching to a lower point of the main link.

    [0011] When the hydraulic cylinder is actuated to extend the rod, the main link pivots downward and pulls the arm mounting to the row separator cover downward. This moves the row separator to a deployed use position where it covers the gathering assemblies. Moreover, this same motion moves the lower portion of the main link downward and rearward. The downward and rearward motion moves the locking pin to a secure locked position. At this position, the frame sections of the head are securely locked by the pin for use in the extended position. The row separator cover at a lowered position provides a visual indication that the frames are locked for harvesting.

    [0012] To unlock the frames and to move the folding row separator cover to the position for folding, travel and storage, the rod is retracted into the hydraulic cylinder. This motion of the rod pulls the main link rearward and the far end connecting to the arm upward. The far end of the main link therefore raises the arm to raise the row separator. The same motion of the main link also raises the lower pivot near the hydraulic cylinder and the connecting link pulls the lock pin forward to disengage from the frame. In this position, the frame sections are not locked to one another and the outer frame of each wing is free to be pivoted. The same motion also automatically moves the folding row separator to a position that will not impair folding of the wings relative to the center frame of the head and provides a visual indication. Therefore, the outer wing sections cannot be folded unless the row separator cover at the frame hinge is raised to a position at which it will not impair folding of the head.

    [0013] It can be appreciated that the present invention uses a single actuator to automatically move the row separator proximate the hinge to a position that allows folding of the wings relative to the head and also automatically disengages the outer wing frames from the center frame to allow for folding. The position of the cover also provides a clear visual indicator to alert operators that the cover and frames are configured for folding. The same mechanism also ensures that when the folding row separator is lowered, that the frames are locked in position and that the head is deployed for use.

    Brief Description of the Drawings



    [0014] Referring now to the drawings, wherein like reference letters and numerals indicate corresponding structure:

    Figure 1 is a top plan view of a harvester according to the principles of the present invention;

    Figure 2 is a side elevational view of the harvester shown in Figure 1;

    Figure 3 is a perspective view of a corn head for the harvester shown in Figure 1 in a deployed position;

    Figure 4 is a top plan view of the corn head shown in Figure 3;

    Figure 5 is a front view of the corn head shown in Figure 3;

    Figure 6 is a perspective view of the corn head of Figure 3 in a folded position;

    Figure 7 is a top plan view of the corn head shown in Figure 6;

    Figure 8 is a front view of the corn head shown in Figure 6;

    Figure 9 is a sectional view taken along line 9-9 of Figure 7;

    Figure 10 is a perspective view of a linkage for folding a row separator cover;

    Figure 11 is a side view of a row separator cover for the head of Figure 3 with the cover open;

    Figure 12 is a side view of the row separator cover of Figure 11 with the cover closed;

    Figure 13 is a perspective view of a row separator cover and the linkage for opening and closing the row separator cover of Figure 11 with the row separator cover closed;

    Figure 14 is a perspective view of the row separator cover and the linkage of Figure 13 with the row separator cover open;

    Figure 15 is a perspective view of a lock for the row separator cover in a locked position; and

    Figure 16 is a perspective view of the lock of Figure 15 in a released position.


    Detailed Description



    [0015] Referring now to the drawings and in particular to Figures 1 and 2, there is shown an ear corn harvester, generally designated (100). The present invention is also applicable to a combine. The harvester (100) as shown is particularly configured for harvesting corn. The harvester (100) has a chassis (104) housing crop processing equipment and is supported on driven front wheels (106) and on rear wheels (108). For combines, the chassis (104) includes threshing equipment as is well known in the art. A cab (102) is positioned at the front of the chassis (104) and overlooks a corn head (120). An unloading conveyor (110) extends from the rear of the chassis (104).

    [0016] Referring to Figures 3-9, the corn head (120) is a folding corn head that folds for transport and storage. The corn head (120) includes a center section (122) as well as outer folding sections including a left folding wing (124L) and a right folding wing (124R). The left wing (124L) and the right wing (124R) are configured to fold inward and over the center section (122) to reduce the width of the head for transport, as shown in Figures 6-9. The left wing (124L) and the right wing (124R) are extended for harvesting in the fields as shown in Figures 3-5. The head (120) includes an auger (134) extending transversely to the direction of travel including a left helical vane section (134L) and a right helical vane section (134R).

    [0017] Row separators act as dividers (150) to direct the corn stalks into corn stalk gathering assemblies (138). The gathering assemblies pull the stalks through ear removal assemblies (140). Belts, chains or other gathering devices (144) may include paddles (142) or other elements that engage the corn stalks and pull them into opposed stalk rolls (146) that pull the stalks downward where the stalks are cut, broken and/or crushed so that the stalks may be returned to the field with improved decomposition. The ear removal assemblies (140) include stripper plates that separate the ears from the stalks. The ears pass to the auger (134) via belts and/or chains and are directed to the harvester's crop processing equipment.

    [0018] The row separators (150) act as top covers for drives and several components for the corn stalk gathering assemblies (138). The row separators (150) generally are lightweight plastic or other durable materials that have a conical front section (152) and an arcing rear section that arches over an axis extending generally along the direction of travel.

    [0019] It can be appreciated that the folding of the head (120) creates challenges; especially with the row separators (158) located proximate the hinge portions (126). If the row separator cover (158) is not moved, it would otherwise occupy space that would prevent the folding action of the head (120) as the wings (124L and 124R) would occupy space needed for the portions of the center section (122) and/or the wings (124). Therefore, the row separators (158) at the fold must be configured as a folding row separator (158). By folding the row separator covers (158) to the position shown in Figures 6-9, sufficient space is created at the hinge so the wings (124L and 124R) are able to fold to the compact position shown in Figures 6-9. In the folded position, the left wings and right wings (124L and 124R) are inverted and extend over the center frame section (122).

    [0020] Referring to Figures 15 and 16, there is shown a portion of the frame (128) of the center corn head section (122) as well as the right wing frame section (130R). It can be appreciated that the left and right wings (124L and 124R) are substantially mirror images. Although the right wing frame (130R) and its folding will be described, the description applies equally to the left wing frame (130L) and it's folding. For harvesting, the hinge (126) must be in a locked position when extended as shown in Figures 15 and 16.

    [0021] To facilitate latching of the frame sections (130 and 128) and folding of the folding row separator covers (158), a combined folding and locking assembly (200) has been developed for the present invention, as shown in Figure 10. The folding and locking assembly (200) includes a hydraulic cylinder (202) having a telescoping rod (204) that is extended and retracted. The extendable rod (204) connects to a pivoting main link (210) having four points (212, 214, 216 and 218) for pivoting with other elements. The main link (210) has two portions extending from opposed sides around the telescoping rod (204) that creates a framework and provides spaced apart pivots (212, 214, 216 and 218). The pivot (214) is a ball type joint that allows the arm (208) flexibility. The arm (208) mounts at its opposite end at a ball type joint (228) to a frame (160) for the row separator cover (158).

    [0022] Pivot (216) is a pin that connects to opposed arms (220) mounting to pivot pins on the cylinder (202). The pivot pin (216) is mounted to a portion of the main link (210) intermediate the pivot pins (212 and 218) and rearward toward the cylinder (202).

    [0023] Pivot pin (218) is generally mounted below the other pivots and extends through an intermediate link (222) to a frame lock pin (206) and pivotally connects to the lock pin (206) by a pivot pin (232).

    [0024] Referring now to Figures 11-14, the folding row separator cover (158) as well as the folding and latch assembly (200) and the frame (130R) and their relationship are shown. The frame (130R) includes a latch member (162) receiving the locking pin (206). In the locked position shown in Figures 12 and 13, the lock pin (206) extends through the receiver (162) and provides a secure mechanical lock as well as a visual indication that the wing (124) is lowered in a completely extended position and locked for harvesting operations. In this position, the rod (204) is extended to pivot the main link (210) downward. This pivoting motion of the main link (210) pulls the arm (208) downward and lowers the folding separator frame (160) and cover (158) downward. This motion of the main link (210) also lowers and actuates the pivot pin link (222) to push the locking pin (206) downward and rearward. Therefore, the locking pin (206) slides rearward and through to the locked position and secures the wing (124). The extension of the rod (204) also pushes the link (220) downward and rearward and therefore rotates the hydraulic cylinder (202) to a slightly downward orientation. The lowered row separator cover (158) provides a visual indication that the frame (130) is locked in a fully deployed harvesting position.

    [0025] Referring now to Figures 11 and 14, to unlock the frame (130R) from the center frame (128), the locking assembly (200) is actuated in an opposite direction so that the hydraulic cylinder (202) retracts the rod (204). This retraction of the rod (204) pulls the main link (210) upward and rearward. Raising the end of the main link (210) tends to raise the arm (208), which pushes the separator frame (160) and therefore the folding row separator cover (158) upward and to the side. In this position, the wings (124) may be folded without the row separator cover (158) hitting the adjacent row separators (150) and allows for the folding movement of the wings (124) of the head (120). The retraction of the rod (204) also pivots the hydraulic cylinder (202) upward, due to the linkage formed between the hydraulic cylinder (202), the rod (204), the main link (210) and the cylinder link (220). Moreover, the upward pivot of the main link (210) pulls the lower pivot pin (218) slightly upward and forward. This action pulls the link (222) and the locking pin (206) forward away from the orifice in the receiving lock portion (162). When the locking pin (206) is disengaged, the wings (124) are unlocked and may be folded. It can be appreciated that the same motion provides a single linkage that mechanically and automatically unlocks the frames (128, 130) and moves the folding row separator cover (158) to a position that allows for folding with a single actuation. The present invention therefore eliminates the need for separate actuators and assemblies for folding the row separators and for also locking the frame.

    [0026] It can be appreciated that the present invention provides a clear indication that when the row separator cover (158) is folded and raised, that the folding wings (124) are unlocked and may be folded. However, if the folding row separator cover (158) is not raised, the frames are locked and the wings (124) cannot be folded. Moreover, the folding and latching assembly (200) also provides a clear indication that when the folding row separator (158) is in the lowered position, the frame sections are locked relative to one another and that the corn head (120) is properly configured and completely deployed for operation in a fully extended position.

    [0027] The above specification, examples and data provide a complete description of the manufacture and use of the composition of the invention. Since many embodiments of the invention can be made, the invention resides in the claims hereinafter appended.


    Claims

    1. A corn head (120) comprising:

    a center section (122);

    a folding section (124L, 124R) folding relative to the center section (122), the folding section including a frame (130L, 130R) and a lock (162) for locking the folding section (124L, 124R) in a locked position for harvesting;

    a plurality of row separators (150), each of the separators including a separator cover; the plurality of separators (150) including a folding separator (158) proximate a folding pivot of the folding section (124L, 124R);

    characterized by:

    a linkage (200) associated with the folding separator (158), the linkage moving a folding separator frame (160) and the separator cover of the folding separator (158) between a lowered position and a raised position, the linkage (200) comprising:

    a main link (210) pivoting between a first position and a second position;

    a cylinder (202) having an extendable rod (204), the rod connecting to a first point of the main link (210) and actuating the main link (210);

    an arm (208) mounted to a second point of the main link (210) and connected to the folding separator frame (160);

    an intermediate link (222) connecting to the main link (210) and to the folding section lock (162),

    the linkage automatically engaging the folding section lock (162) when the rod (204) is extended and the separator cover of the folding separator (158) is at the lowered position and automatically disengaging the lock (162) when the rod (204) is retracted and the separator cover of the folding separator (158) is at the raised position.


     
    2. A corn head (120) according to claim 1, wherein the corn head (120) is configured for mounting on a harvester (100).
     
    3. A corn head (120) according to claim 1, wherein the corn head (120) is configured for mounting on a combine (100).
     
    4. A corn head (120) according to claim 1, wherein the folding section lock (162) comprises a locking pin (206) and a receiving portion, the receiving portion defining an orifice; and wherein the locking pin (206) extends into the orifice in the locked position and is disengaged from the orifice in an unlocked position.
     
    5. A corn head (120) according to claim 4, wherein the locking pin (206) pivotally connects through the intermediate link (222) to a pivot pin and to the main link (210).
     
    6. A corn head (120) according to claim 1, wherein the main link (210) comprises:

    a first pivotal connection pivotally connecting the main link (210) to the rod (204);

    a second pivotal connection pivotally connecting the main link (210) to the cylinder (202);

    a third pivotal connection pivotally connecting the main link (210) through the arm (208) to the folding separator frame (160);

    a fourth pivotal connection pivotally connecting the main link (210) through the intermediate link (222) to the locking pin (206).


     
    7. A corn head (120) according to claim 6, comprising a ball joint (228) connecting the arm (208) to the folding separator frame (160).
     
    8. A corn harvester (100) comprising a chassis (104) and the harvester head (120) according to any preceding claims.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Maispflücker (120) umfassend:

    einen zentralen Bereich (122);

    einen klappbaren Bereich (124L, 124R), der relativ zu dem zentralen Bereich (122) klappbar ist, wobei der klappbare Bereich einen Rahmen (130L, 130R) und ein Schloss (162) zur Verriegelung des klappbaren Bereichs (124L, 124R) in einer verriegelten Position für die Ernte beinhaltet;

    eine Vielzahl von Reihentrennern (150), wobei jeder der Trenner eine Trennerabdeckung beinhaltet;

    die Vielzahl von Trennern (150) beinhalten einen klappbaren Trenner (158) in der Nähe eines klappbaren Scharniers des klappbaren Bereichs (124L, 124R);

    gekennzeichnet durch:

    eine Verbindung (200), welche mit dem klappbaren Trenner (158) verbunden ist, wobei die Verbindung einen klappbaren Trennerrahmen (160) und die Trennerabdeckung des klappbaren Trenners (158) zwischen einer abgesenkten Position und einer erhöhten Position bewegt, wobei die Verbindung (200) umfasst:

    eine Hauptverbindung (210), die zwischen einer ersten Position und einer zweiten Position schwenkbar ist;

    einen Zylinder (202) mit einer ausfahrbaren Stange (204), wobei die Stange mit einem ersten Punkt der Hauptverbindung (210) verbunden ist und die Hauptverbindung (210) betätigt;

    einen Arm (208), der an einem zweiten Punkt der Hauptverbindung (210) befestigt und mit dem klappbaren Trennerrahmen (160) verbunden ist;

    eine Zwischenverbindung (222), die mit der Hauptverbindung (210) und dem Schloss (162) des klappbaren Bereichs verbunden ist, wobei

    die Verbindung automatisch in das Schloss (162) des klappbaren Bereichs eingreift, wenn die Stange (204) ausgefahren ist und die Trennerabdeckung des klappbaren Trenners (158) in einer abgesenkten Position ist und automatisch das Schloss (162) löst, wenn die Stange (204) eingefahren ist und die Trennerabdeckung des klappbaren Trenners (158) in einer erhöhten Position ist.


     
    2. Maispflücker (120) nach Anspruch 1, wobei der Maispflücker (120) für die Montage auf einer Erntemaschine (100) konfiguriert ist.
     
    3. Maispflücker (120) nach Anspruch 1, wobei der Maispflücker (120) für die Montage auf einem Mähdrescher (100) konfiguriert ist.
     
    4. Maispflücker (120) nach Anspruch 1, wobei das Schloss (162) des klappbaren Bereichs einen Sicherungsstift (206) und ein Aufnahmeteil umfasst, wobei das Aufnahmeteil eine Öffnung definiert; und wobei sich der Sicherungsstift (206) in der verriegelten Position in die Öffnung erstreckt und in einer entriegelten Position aus der Öffnung löst.
     
    5. Maispflücker (120) nach Anspruch 4, wobei der Sicherungsstift (206) über die Zwischenverbindung (222) schwenkbar mit einem Drehzapfen und der Hauptverbindung (210) verbunden ist.
     
    6. Maispflücker (120) nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Hauptverbindung (210) umfasst:

    eine erste Drehverbindung, welche die Hauptverbindung (210) schwenkbar mit dem Stab (204) verbindet;

    eine zweite Drehverbindung, welche die Hauptverbindung (210) schwenkbar mit dem Zylinder (202) verbindet;

    eine dritte Drehverbindung, welche die Hauptverbindung (210) über den Arm (208) mit dem klappbaren Trennerrahmen (160) verbindet;

    eine vierte Drehverbindung, welche die Hauptverbindung (210) über die Zwischenverbindung (222) mit dem Sicherungsstift (206) verbindet.


     
    7. Maispflücker (120) nach Anspruch 6, umfassend ein Kugelgelenk (228), welches den Arm (208) mit dem klappbaren Trennerrahmen (160) verbindet.
     
    8. Mais-Erntemaschine (100) umfassend ein Chassis (104) und einen Erntemaschinenkopf (120) nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche.
     


    Revendications

    1. Bec-cueilleur à maïs (120) comprenant :

    une section centrale (122) ;

    une section pliante (124L, 124R) se pliant par rapport à la section centrale (122), la section pliante comprenant un bâti (130L, 130R) et un verrou (162) pour verrouiller la section pliante (124L, 124R) dans une position verrouillée pour la récolte ;

    une pluralité de séparateurs de rangées (150), chacun des séparateurs comprenant un couvercle de séparateur ; la pluralité de séparateurs (150) comprenant un séparateur pliant (158) à proximité d'un pivot pliant de la section pliante (124L, 124R) ;

    caractérisé par :

    une liaison (200) associée au séparateur pliant (158), la liaison déplaçant un bâti de séparateur pliant (160) et le couvercle de séparateur du séparateur pliant (158) entre une position abaissée et une position levée, la liaison (200) comprenant :

    une liaison principale (210) pivotant entre une première position et une seconde position ;

    un cylindre (202) ayant une tige extensible (204), la tige se raccordant à une première pointe de la liaison principale (210) et actionnant la liaison principale (210) ;

    un bras (208) monté sur une seconde pointe de la liaison principale (210) et raccordé au bâti de séparateur pliant (160) ;

    une liaison intermédiaire (222) se raccordant à la liaison principale (210) et au verrou de section pliante (162),

    la liaison se mettant automatiquement en prise avec le verrou de section pliante (162) lorsque la tige (204) est étendue et que le couvercle de séparateur du séparateur pliant (158) est dans la position abaissée et dégageant automatiquement le verrou (162) lorsque la tige (204) est rétractée et que le couvercle de séparateur du séparateur pliant (158) est dans la position levée.


     
    2. Bec-cueilleur à maïs (120) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le bec-cueilleur à maïs (120) est configuré pour être monté sur une moissonneuse (100).
     
    3. Bec-cueilleur à maïs (120) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le bec-cueilleur (120) est configuré pour être monté sur une moissonneuse-batteuse (100).
     
    4. Bec-cueilleur à maïs (120) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le verrou de section pliante (162) comprend une broche de verrouillage (206) et une partie de réception, la partie de réception définissant un orifice ; et dans lequel la broche de verrouillage (206) s'étend dans l'orifice dans la position verrouillée et est dégagée de l'orifice dans une position déverrouillée.
     
    5. Bec-cueilleur à maïs (120) selon la revendication 4, dans lequel la broche de verrouillage (206) se raccorde, de manière pivotante, par le biais de la liaison intermédiaire (222), à une broche de pivot et à la liaison principale (210).
     
    6. Bec-cueilleur à maïs (120) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la liaison principale (210) comprend :

    un premier raccordement pivotant raccordant, de manière pivotante, la liaison principale (210) à la tige (204) ;

    un deuxième raccordement pivotant raccordant, de manière pivotante, la liaison principale (210) au cylindre (202) ;

    un troisième raccordement pivotant raccordant, de manière pivotante, la liaison principale (210) par le biais du bras (208), au bâti de séparateur pliant (160) ;

    un quatrième raccordement pivotant raccordant, de manière pivotante, la liaison principale (210), par le biais de la liaison intermédiaire (222), à la broche de verrouillage (206).


     
    7. Bec-cueilleur à maïs (120) selon la revendication 6, comprenant un joint à rotule (228) raccordant le bras (208) au bâti de séparateur pliant (160).
     
    8. Moissonneuse à maïs (100) comprenant un châssis (104) et le bec-cueilleur de moissonneuse (120) selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes.
     




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