Density control means for an agricultural feed bagging machine

  • US 5,894,713 A
  • Filed: 11/21/1994
  • Issued: 04/20/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/13/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An agricultural bagging machine for bagging silage material into an agricultural bag having a closed end and an open mouth,a wheeled frame having rearward and forward ends,a tunnel on said wheeled frame and having an intake end for receiving silage material, an output end adapted to receive the mouth of the agricultural bag, opposing side walls and upper and lower walls,a hopper on said wheeled frame for receiving silage material,a horizontally disposed rotor, in communication with said hopper, at the intake end of said tunnel for forcing silage into and through said tunnel and into said bag, means for rotating said rotor,a brake operatively associated with said wheeled frame for resisting relative movement between the bagging machine and the closed end of the bag,and a silage density control means in the intake end of said tunnel positioned rearwardly of said rotor for engagement with the silage material being forced through said tunnel by said rotor to permit the density of the silage material in the bag to be controlled,said silage density control means including a plurality of horizontally spaced-apart density bars located between said tunnel side walls and being selectively operably movable within the flow of silage material being forced rearwardly through said tunnel into the bag by said rotor,said density bars being secured to an elongated, horizontally disposed rotatable shaft positioned in said tunnel transverse to the path of the silage material,said density bars extending rearwardly and downwardly from said shaft into the path of the silage material being forced rearwardly through said tunnel into the bag by said rotor to resist the flow of silage into said tunnel;

  • and means operatively connected to said shaft means for selectively rotating said shaft about its longitudinal axis, less than a full rotation to selectively change the angle at which the density bars contact the flow of silage to vary the resistance created by said density bars thereby selectively varying the density of the silage material in the bag.

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