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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
JOSEPH PRIESTLEY, OF McKINNEY, TEXAS.
COMBINED STALK-CUTTER AND RAKE.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 517,766, dated April 3,1894.
Application filed June 30, 1893, SerialNo, 479,251, (Nomodel,)
To all whom it nay concern:
Be it known that I, JOSEPH PRIESTLEY, a
citizen of the United States, and a resident of
McKinney, in the county of Collin and State
5 of Texas, have invented certain new and use-
ful Improvements in a Combined Stalk-Cutter
and Rake; and I do declare the following to be
a full, clear, and exact description of the in-
vention, such as will enable others skilled in
to the art to which it appertains to make and
use the same, reference being had to the ac-
companying drawings, and to letters of refer-
ence marked thereon, which form a part of
15 Figure 1 of the drawings is atop plan view
of the machine. Fig. 2 is a vertical longi-
tudinal section of same taken on line x x Fig.
1, and Fig. 3 is a view in detail of the cutter
20 This invention has relation to certain new
and useful improvements in combined stalk
cutters and rakes, and it consists in the novel
construction and combination of parts, all as
25 In the accompanying drawings, the letter
A refers to the axles supported by the ground
wheels journaled thereon.
B designates the main frame of the machine,
comprising the curved bars B', B', secured at
30 their rear ends on the axle, inside the wheels,
and united at their forward ends, the axle bar
C, the tongue D connected to said bar C, and
to the connecting portion of the bars B', B'.
E is the cutter carrying frame, which is of
35 triangular form, the rear bar E' being formed
in two overlapping sections, as shown in order
to permit the adjustment of the frame to dif-
ferent widths. F is a jointed cross brace for
said frame. The side bars F' are loosely con-
40 nected to the bar E' at their rear ends, and
at their forward ends are secured to an arm
C2, and are jointed at e2, so that they are ca-
pableof the necessary lateral movement when
the frame is adjusted to different widths.
45 The rear end of said cutter-carrying frame is
adjustably supported by means of the arms
C', C', having thereon elongated arcuate slots
c, which loosely engage a transverse rod or
bar H supported from the under side of the
50 bar C of the main frame by a hanger H'.
I,I, are the cutters which are secured to the
rear angles of the frame E, projecting later-
ally and obliquely therefrom, and having con-
cave cutting edges i.
K is an angular rock lever for operating the 55
cutter carrying frame, said lever having a
handle portion K' projecting upwardly within
reach from the driver's seat. Said lever is
hung on the main frame at k, and has a rear-
wardly turned arm K2 which is adjustably 6o
connected by clevis K2 to the upper united
ends of arms L, L, connected at their lower
ends to the side bars of the frame E. The
point of connection of these arms with said
frame may be adjusted as indicated at 1, ac- 65
cording as the frame is set to a greater or less
width. By pushing the lever handle K' for-
wardly, an upward pull will be given the
arms L, L, which elevates the rear portion of
the frame E and the cutters, such elevation 70
being permitted by the slots g in the arms C'.
The entire main frame together with the cut-
ter frame, it will be observed, has a rocking,
pivotal movement with relation to the sup-
porting wheels. The space between the rear 75
end of the cutter frame and the main frame
is closed as indicated at M, in order to pre-
vent the frame from becoming clogged with
stalks and trash.
N designates the rake frame, comprising 80
the side bars N' loosely engaging the axles at
their forward ends, and projecting rearwardly,
being connected at their opposite ends by the
rake head 0, having thereon a series of teeth
O'. Said teeth are preferably of spring wire, 85
having a coil o thereon, and carried down-
ward and forward toward the cutters and cut-
ter frame. Projecting forwardly from the
central portion of the rake head is aloop arm
P which is engaged by a projection p on the 9c
arm of an angular rock lever R, hung on the
axle bar C of the main frame, and having a
handle portion R' projecting within reach of
the driver's seat. By pushing this lever for-
wardly, the rake frame will be elevated to 95
raise the teeth from the surface. Extending
downwardly and rearwardly from the axle
bars in to close proximity to the teeth is a
series of three or more arms S, which hold
the stalks in place as they are gathered by roo
Owing to the fact that the frame E is capa-
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Priestley, Joseph. Combined Stalk-Cutter and Rake., patent, April 3, 1894; [Washington D.C.]. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth173696/m1/2/: accessed October 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.