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A harvester for tobacco plants is provided for towing by a prime mover to which an articulated frame is attached, the frame mounting a movable turret having spears on which tobacco stalks are impaled. During removal of the stalks from the spears, they are loaded on sticks which are then manually removed from the harvester.
A hydraulic system powered from the prime mover serves to actuate each of the turrets, an empty stick supplying mechanism, a loaded stick removing mechanism, and the mechanism for transferring stalks from the spears to the sticks; and a mechanical power takeoff shaft driven by the prime mover drives the conveyor which moves stalks after being cut from their root systems to the turret for impaling on the spears.
University of Kentucky Research Foundation Lexington, Ky.
Casada, James H. and Smith, Edward M., "Tobacco Plant Harvester" (1971). Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Faculty Patents. Paper 9.