Poultry processing hub and belt assembly

  • US RE42,603 E1
  • Filed: 02/01/2008
  • Issued: 08/09/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/18/2002
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A poultry processing apparatus comprising a plurality of spaced-apart hubs in substantial alignment, each hub journaled to a drive shaft, each drive shaft having a pulley end with a pulley attached thereto, and a drive end with a finger plate having a plurality of plucking fingers, the finger plate mechanically attached to the drive end thereto;

  • a drive mechanism and;

    a belt operatively connecting each pulley and the drive mechanism, wherein the belt is a timing belt with two sides having spaced-apart protruding serrations on each side and each pulley is provided with spaced apart recessed serrations which mate with the protruding serrations of the timing belt, and wherein the belt is alternated above and below each of the aligned pulleys; and

    at least one tension idler arm.

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