|Publication number||USRE29123 E|
|Application number||US 05/400,397|
|Publication date||Jan 25, 1977|
|Filing date||Sep 24, 1973|
|Priority date||Apr 14, 1970|
|Publication number||05400397, 400397, US RE29123 E, US RE29123E, US-E-RE29123, USRE29123 E, USRE29123E|
|Inventors||Donald Irwin Malm, Craig Eugene Christie, Claire Eugene Rojohn|
|Original Assignee||Deere & Company|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (3), Referenced by (12), Classifications (5)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention relates to a tractor cab and control console which are vibration isolated from the tractor chassis and more particularly the invention relates to a unitary cab and control console or control platform which are secured to the tractor chassis by common resilient mount assemblies.
The trend in modern farm tractors has been to increase their horsepower so as to increase their speed and capacity to do work. In order that a tractor operator will use a tractor to its capacity, it has been found necessary to provide an environment on the tractor which is free from noise, vibration, and objectionable atmospheric conditions. These environmental conditions have been provided, in part, in the past by designs including suspended seats, enclosed cabs, and resilient mount assemblies or connections for absorbing shocks transferred from the tractor chassis to the cab and controls. These designs, however, have lacked overall simplicity and judicious use of the resilient mount assemblies. Further, prior art designs of vibration isolated cabs and controls have had the controls integrated with the cab in a way which required the cab and controls to be mounted and dismounted on the chassis as a unit, making it necessary to provide special controls for operating the tractor when the cab and controls were removed, such as during processing in the factory, loading for shipping and/or for servicing.
According to the present invention, there is provided a tractor cab and control console which are vibration isolated from the tractor chassis.
An object of the invention is to provide a cab and control console unit which is secured by common resilient mount assemblies to the tractor chassis.
Another object is to provide a cab which is detachable from the control console and tractor chassis without disturbing the control console.
These and other objects will become apparent from the ensuing description and appended drawings.
FIG. 1 is a perspective left side view of a tractor in which the present invention is embodied.
FIG. 2 is a perspective rear view of the tractor shown in FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is a perspective fragmentary left side view of the control console and its connection to the tractor chassis.
FIG. 4 is a perspective fragmentary rear view of the left side of the tractor showing the control console connecting bracket and the rear supporting bracket.
FIG. 5 is a rear view of the right rear supporting bracket showing the connection with the cab frame.
FIG. 6 is a top view of the rear supporting bracket shown in FIG. 5.
FIG. 7 is a sectional view taken along line 7--7 of FIG. 6, and further showing the connection of the bracket with the cab frame.
FIG. 8 is an enlarged side view of the front supporting bracket shown in FIG. 3.
Referring now to FIGS. 1 and 2, there is shown an agricultural tractor indicated in its entirety by the reference numeral 10. The tractor 10 includes a chassis or main frame 12 supported at its forward end by a pair of front wheels 14 and supported at its rearward end by a pair of rear drive wheels 16 which are mounted on axles located in oppositely extending right and left axle housings 18 and 20. Located at the rear end of the tractor cab is a conventional three-point hitch 22 and a drawbar 24 for selective connection to implements.
The engine of the tractor 10 is partially shown, as at 26, and is covered by hood 28 which extends rearwardly from the front of the tractor and terminates adjacent the forward portion of an operator station 30.
The operator station 30 includes a removable cab 32 including an enclosed portion 34, to the opposite lower outer sides of which is attached a pair of fenders 36 which extend about the top and forward portions of the rear drive wheels 16. The enclosed portion 34 houses a control console or control island 38 which is located forwardly of a seat 40 mounted on the floor of the enclosed portion 34. As can best be seen in FIG. 3, the control console 38 carries, among other tractor controls (not shown), a steering assembly 42, a throttle lever 44, and a transmission speed and range shift lever 46. The control console 38 includes a pair of connecting brackets 48, only one being shown, which projects downwardly at opposite sides of the chassis 12. The connecting brackets 48 include right angular portions 50 having outer rearwardly extending legs 52 and horizontal plates 54 are integral with the bottoms of the portions 50 and extend laterally therebeyond.
Beneath the connecting brackets 48 are a pair of generally triangular supporting brackets 55, only one being shown, including inner vertical plates 56 secured to the chassis 12 by bolts 58. The supporting brackets 55 have horizontal legs 60 spaced vertically below the horizontal plates 54 of the connecting brackets 48. Joining the connecting brackets 48 and the supporting brackets 55 and providing vibration isolation therebetween are a pair of resilient mount assemblies 62.
The pair of resilient mount assemblies 62 respectively include opposed upper and lower resilient bushings 64 and 66, respectively having tubular metal inserts 68 and 70 bonded centrally therein. The upper bushings 64 have heads 72 overlying and skirts 74 received in dished water-like sockets 76 supported on the legs 60 and the lower portions 66 have heads 78 underlying and skirts 80 received in apertures 82 in the legs 60. Received in the metal inserts thereof and holding the upper and lower bushings 64 and 66 in place on opposite sides of the horizontal legs 60 of the supporting brackets 55 are bolts 84 which extend downwardly through apertures in the horizontal plates 54 of the connecting brackets 48, which bolts carry washers 86 that are held in supporting relationship to the lower bushings 66 by nuts 88.
A pair of supporting brackets 90 are secured to the axle housings 18 and 20 by U-bolts 92 and are respectively positioned in fore-and-aft alignment with the connecting and supporting brackets 48 and 55.
The cab 32 is supported on the tractor chassis 12 solely by the forward and rearward pairs of supporting brackets 55 and 90, respectively, and to this end has a frame including a pair of laterally spaced fore-and-aft extending channel-like beams 94 underlying the enclosed portion 34 and extending between the connecting brackets 48 and the rearward supporting brackets 90 at the opposite sides of chassis 12. The forward ends of the beams 94 are supported on the horizontal plates 54 of the connecting brackets 48 and are secured to the connecting brackets 48 by bolts 96. Joining the rear portions of the beams 94 to the rear support brackets 90 are resilient mount assemblies 98 which are similar in construction to the mount assemblies 62. Specifically, the mount assemblies 98 include opposed upper and lower resilient bushings 100 and 102, respectively having tubular metal inserts 104 and 106 bonded centrally therein. The upper bushings 100 have heads 108 overlying horizontal plate-like portions 110 of the brackets 90 and have skirts 112 received in socket-like apertures 114 in the portions 110. The lower bushings 102 have heads 116 underlying the portions 110 and have skirts 118 received in the aperture 114. Received in the metal inserts thereof and holding the upper and lower bushings 100 and 102 in place on opposite sides of the portions 110 of the brackets 90 are bolts 120 which extend downwardly through apertures in horizontally disposed flange portions 122 of the beams 94, which bolts carry washers 124 that are held in supporting relationship to the lower bushings 102 by nuts 126.
Integral with the opposite sides of each of the beams 94 are U-shaped ears 128 having angled sides 130 joined by webs 132 which overlie the plate-like portions 110 of the brackets 90. The webs 132 are apertured as at 134, and the apertures 134 are positioned above threaded holes 136 in the portions 110 of the brackets 90. Metal spacers 138 are received in the apertures 134 and have lengths greater than the thicknesses of the webs 132. Washers 140 and 142 are at the tops and bottoms of the spacers 138 and are held in place by screws 144 which are threaded into the holes 136. The washers 140 and 142 are positioned so as to engage the webs 132 of the ears 128 and thus limit the amount of vertical movement permitted by the resilient mount assemblies 98.
Referring to FIG. 3, there is shown a notch 146 in the control console 38 which notch is dimensioned to permit vertical movements of the control console relative to a support 148 for the hood 28. Also, it is to be noted that the tractor controls carried by the control console 38 each have linkages (not shown) permitting limited vertical movement of the control console 38 relative to the chassis 12.
Thus, from the foregoing description it is apparent that vibration isolation is provided for the cab 32 and control console 38 as a unit and such vibration isolation is provided solely by the forward and rearward pairs of resilient mount assemblies 62 and 98.
Further, the sole connection between the cab 32 and the control console 38 is through the connecting brackets 48 to and from which the cab can be easily connected and disconnected. This permits the control console 38 to be mounted on the tractor without the cab so as to provide control for the tractor during assembly of the tractor and for testing the working parts thereof and/or for moving the tractor from place to place.
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|U.S. Classification||296/35.1, 180/89.12|