A cutting knife assembly for a combine having an elongated platform with an auger means rotatably mounted thereon. The auger means has first and second helical fighting sections extending inwardly from its ends which are adapted to convey the cut crop to the center of the platform. A first endless chain is operatively positioned forwardly of the first flighting section and has a plurality of first cutting elements mounted thereon. A second endless chain is operatively positioned forwardly of the second flighting section and has a plurality of second cutting elements mounted thereon. The first and second chains are operated in opposing directions so that the first and second cutting elements move away from the center of the platform as the cutting elements cut the standing crop. The opposing action of the cutting elements causes the crop stems to be properly oriented with respect to the flighting sections so that the stems will be inclined towards the center of the platform in the same direction as the auger feed.
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Quick, Graeme R. and Buchele, Wesley F., "Cutting knife assembly for a combine" (1972). Iowa State University Patents. 12.