Hay bale stacking apparatus

  • US 6,655,266 B2
  • Filed: 02/01/2001
  • Issued: 12/02/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/04/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. Apparatus for wrapping strapping about an article, said apparatus comprising:

  • grasping means for securely engaging and maintaining an end of the strapping in a fixed position;

    movable guide means for engaging the strapping in a sliding manner and wrapping the strapping in a tight-fitting manner about the article;

    first displacement means for engaging an intermediate portion of the strapping and positioning said intermediate portion of the strapping immediately adjacent the end of the strapping engaged by said grasping means; and

    splicing and severing means for splicing said intermediate portion to the end of the strapping and for severing the strapping, whereupon the strapping remains tightly wrapped around the article, wherein said grasping means, said first displacement means and said splicing and severing means are disposed in a housing, and wherein said housing includes an elongated, linear slot with the strapping extending from said movable guide means into said housing through the slot therein.

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