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1. (WO2017019545) GROUND ENGAGEMENT TOOL WITH OFFSET ADJUSTMENT

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/019545    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/043685
Publication Date: Fri Feb 03 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Sat Jul 23 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: A01B 59/06
A01B 59/00
A01B 15/18
Applicants: FAST GLOBAL SOLUTIONS, INC
Inventors: PROHASKA, James, Bruce
FORTH, Kurt, Mitchell
ROLLENHAGEN, Trevor, Norman
FAST, Verlyn, Keith
Title: GROUND ENGAGEMENT TOOL WITH OFFSET ADJUSTMENT
Abstract:
A ground engagement tool, such as a universal coulter, with an integrated offset to facilitate multiple mounting configurations. In some embodiments, the ground engagement tool includes a polygonal shank, defining, for example, an octagonal or hexagonal cross-section. The polygonal shank enables rotational offset to be secured in discrete rotational orientations. A lower bracket is mounted to a spindle, providing an angular displacement range for angular deflection of the ground engagement tool. The spindle includes a key structure that complements the angular orientations of the polygonal shank so that the lower bracket can be compensated for the rotational offset. A rotational indexing plate enables selection of one of a plurality of angular displacement ranges. Retention rods may be implemented for setting a depth of the tool. A dirt deflector may also be provided, dimensioned to prevent spewing dirt from landing on adjacent plant rows and to prevent fouling in muddy conditions.