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1. US5335739 - Agricultural vehicle

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We claim:
1. A high crop agricultural vehicle comprising, a chassis on which is mounted a drive unit and a drivers cab with steering and drive controls, a pair of front wheels mounted to the chassis and spaced apart from each other in linked parallel relationship, a pair of rear wheels mounted to the chassis and spaced apart from each other, said front and rear wheels pairs defining a space between them, the wheels supporting the chassis at an elevated position such that in use, the vehicle can be driven over relatively high crops, drive means linking the drive unit to the front wheels, steering means controllable by the steering controls which is capable of steering the vehicle to the left and right of a normal forward travel direction, the front wheels being turnable to at least through 90° either to the left or right of said normal forward travel direction so that the front wheels adopt a lateral travel position, the vehicle being capable of being driven in a lateral direction when the front wheels are in said lateral travel position, said front wheels being steerable by the steering means when in the lateral travel position.
2. A vehicle according to claim 1 wherein the rear wheels are connected to the chassis through a castor assembly.
3. A vehicle according to claim 3 wherein the rear wheels are lockable in a forward travel direction.
4. A vehicle according to claim 1 wherein the chassis is comprised of two frames, a front frame and a rear frame, and the two frames are connected to each other through an articulated connection which allows the rear frame to pivot relative to the front frame about a pivot axis which is generally horizontal and is aligned with the direction of normal forward travel of the vehicle.
5. A vehicle according to claim 4 wherein the drive unit and the driver's cab are mounted on the front frame.
6. A vehicle according to claim 1 wherein the front wheels are mounted to the chassis through a pivot connection which includes a vertically aligned pivot axis about which the front wheels can pivot between said forward travel position and said lateral travel position.
7. A vehicle according to claim 1 which includes a conventional three point connection arrangement positioned in the space between the front and rear wheels to which agricultural implements of generally standard configuration can be connected.
8. A high crop agricultural vehicle comprising a chassis on which is mounted a drive unit and a drivers cab with steering and drive controls, a pair of front wheels mounted to the chassis and spaced apart from each other in linked parallel relationship, a pair of rear wheels mounted to the chassis and spaced apart from each other, said front and rear wheel pairs defining a space between them, the wheels supporting the chassis at an elevated position such that, in use, the vehicle can be driven over relatively high crops, drive means linking the drive unit to the front wheels, steering means controllable by the steering controls which is capable of steering the vehicle to the left and right of a normal forward travel direction, the front wheels being turnable to at least through 90° either to the left or right of said normal forward travel direction so that the front wheels adopt a lateral travel position, the vehicle being capable of being driven in a lateral direction when the front wheels are in said lateral travel position, said front wheels being steerable by the steering means when in the lateral travel position, wherein the drive unit encompasses an internal combustion engine which in turn drives a hydraulic pump, and each of the front wheels houses a hydraulic motor adapted to be driven by pressurised fluid from the hydraulic pump, and wherein the front wheels are steerable both by independently controlling the drive to the respective hydraulic motors in each of the wheels, and by said steering means.