Quick connect/disconnect coupling for a stalk stomper

  • US 8,418,432 B2
  • Filed: 07/19/2011
  • Issued: 04/16/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/19/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A quick connect/disconnect coupling for securing a stalk stomper to a tool bar assembly on a combine corn head without the need for tools, the tool bar assembly comprising a bracket having a pair of spaced-apart arm members depending therefrom, each having a recess therein, the recesses being generally transversely aligned, and a pair of holes in the bracket spaced from the recesses, the pair of holes being generally transversely aligned, and a pin adapted to be received in the holes, the stalk stomper being provided with a plate member having a cross bar adapted to be received in the recesses in the depending arm members on the tool bar assembly and a retention means on the plate member, whereby, to connect the stalk stomper to the tool bar assembly, the cross bar is engaged in the recesses and the stalk stomper is pivoted so that the plate member is above the pair of holes and the pin can be inserted into the transversely aligned holes to connect the stalk stomper to the tool bar assembly, the pin engaging the retention means so as to prevent longitudinal movement of the stalk stomper with respect to the tool bar assembly in operation to prevent the cross bar from disengaging from the recesses in use, and to disconnect the stalk stomper from the tool bar assembly, the pin is removed from the transversely aligned holes and the cross bar is removed from engagement with the recesses in the arm members.

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