Side swing hitch for an agricultural combine

  • US 6,729,637 B2
  • Filed: 06/04/2002
  • Issued: 05/04/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/04/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A side swing hitch for a rear end of an agricultural combine, the rear end including a transversely extending rear axle assembly located beneath and connected in supportive relation to a rear chassis member of the combine, the hitch comprising:

  • a hitch support bracket having a first end portion, an opposite second end portion, and an intermediate portion disposed between the first end portion and the second end portion, the first end portion including at least one element for mounting to the chassis member with the second end portion suspended by the first end portion rearwardly of the rear axle assembly, the second end portion including a pivotal draw bar mount supporting one end of a draw bar for generally horizontal pivotal movement of the draw bar between a rearwardly extending towing position generally perpendicular to the rear axle assembly and at least one generally transversely extending stored position at least generally perpendicular to the towing position and beside the rear axle assembly, the draw bar mount and the draw bar including cooperatively engageable elements for holding the draw bar in the towing position, the draw bar including a second end opposite the one end and including a hitch element connectable to a tongue of a trailer or cart to be towed by the combine, and wherein the intermediate portion of the hitch support bracket includes a surface having a hole therethrough which is at least generally aligned with a connecting pin pivotally connecting the rear axle assembly to the rear chassis member for allowing accessing and servicing the pin through the hole.

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