With Helical-conveying Portion Patents (Class 175/394)
  • Patent number: 9598831
    Abstract: A helical screw pile includes a longitudinal shaft having a top end and a bottom end with a plurality of helical plates arranged on the shaft in increasing diameter from the top to the bottom. The largest diameter helical plate is located toward the bottom of the shaft. A second helical plate having a diameter smaller than that of the first plate is located above the first helical plate. A smaller third helical plate is located above the second helical plate so that the smallest is located toward the top of the shaft. The helical plates can be spaced apart along the shaft or coupled together in an end-to-end manner to form a continuous helix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Alan Lutenegger, Gary Seider
  • Patent number: 9539476
    Abstract: Golf club heads with patterned face plates described herein. Other examples, embodiments and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Bradley D. Schweigert
  • Patent number: 9270152
    Abstract: An electric auger including an auger assembly with a coupling assembly at a proximal end, a cutting assembly having at least one cutting blade located at a distal end, and a helical flight located between the proximal end and the distal end. The electric power head includes an A/C motor with a drive shaft configured to mechanically couple with the proximal end of the auger assembly. An on-board 36-volt DC battery pack powers the A/C motor. A controller includes an inverter that converts DC power to A/C power for the A/C motor. The ratio of cubic inches of ice cut per battery ampere-hour per weight in pounds of the electric auger is at least about 900 (inches3/ampere-hour/pounds).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Ardisam, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy Schamberger, Michael Avery, Robert Ruppel, David Hare
  • Patent number: 9132571
    Abstract: In a rotary drill, the drill is provided with at least one groove, which has a center lying on the axis of rotation of the drill. The two end points of the groove define a groove width, and the drill is provided with two or more cutting edges. Two cutting angles are defined. The groove has a left side and a right side. The rotary drill can be used in a rotary drilling machine. The drill can be provided with a drill bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: BAUER DRILL I/S
    Inventor: Kim Bauer
  • Patent number: 9080390
    Abstract: A reaming bit designed to operate with low torque fluctuation when driven with a turbine at speeds in the order of 300-600 RPM and above features a profile that is arcuate from the gauge dimension to the nose area or alternatively has a blunt straight taper section but with a ratio of profile length (PL) to bit size (BS) of under 0.75. The blades extend into a concave cone and the cutting structure continues along the blades towards the center. The blades have a step near the gauge section to increase the exposure of the blade cutting structure. An array of protrusions are disposed parallel to and behind the cutting structure to increase high speed stability and adjacent the blade step transition to protect outer casing on run in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Silvino M. Ersan, Anthony Phillips, Maurilio V. Solano, Rudolf C. Pessier, Thorsten Schwefe
  • Patent number: 8967247
    Abstract: A multi-tasking downhole rod guide for centralizing a downhole pump rod production tubing within production tubing, while simultaneously reducing abrasion and deterioration of the production tubing and engendering auxiliary pump-boosting functions. The rod guide is configured with an elongate helix having a continuous trough-like channel through which hydrocarbons flow upwardly under high pressure. As the pressurized hydrocarbons flow through a succession of plates at each equidistant helical level, the elongate helix rotates synchronously with the upwardly flowing hydrocarbons within the production tubing string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Douglas Ray Dickinson
  • Patent number: 8926228
    Abstract: Disclosed in this specification is a method and apparatus for placing an auger grouted displacement pile or helical pile in soil. The pile has an elongated shaft with at least one lateral compaction protrusion which establishes a regular bore diameter in the supporting medium. The pile also has a helical blade configured to move the pile into the supporting medium. The bottom of the shaft includes means for forming irregularities in the bore diameter after compaction by the lateral compaction protrusion. The bore is filled with grout while leaving the pile in the soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Ben Stroyer
  • Patent number: 8905162
    Abstract: A drill bit for enhancing drilling operations, where the drill bit includes a bit body configured for coupling to a drillstring, and a bit face disposed on an end of the bit body with at least one cutting structure attached thereto. There is a fluid guide operatively connected to the drill bit and disposed above the end of the bit body, where the fluid guide includes at least one nozzle disposed therein that is in fluid communication with a fluid cavity disposed in the drill bit, and where the fluid guide is configured to induce distribution of fluid flow in a flow regime above the drill bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Trendon IP Inc.
    Inventor: Carlos Torres
  • Publication number: 20140299385
    Abstract: The Smart Reamer® Tool, Apparatus or Method is used to underream an oil or natural gas well while interlinked calipers and calibration sensors simultaneously record data relating to the geometry of the drilling operation (well diameter, diameter of the underreamed zone) and drilling fluid properties (density). Further sensors provide data on the relative position of the cutting and stabilizing blocks. Other sensors measure vibration data. All the sensors are interlinked by means of microprocessors which compare and correlate said data to automatically verify and deliver a desired wellbore diameter without the need to unnecessarily stop drilling or trip out of the hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Wajid Rasheed
  • Patent number: 8845236
    Abstract: A cutting device for use with installation of helical ground anchors designed to cut through rock. The invention has carbide steel cutting tips attached to the distal end of a shaft extending below the end in order to make a first cut through rock along the axis of rotation of the shaft. Helically shaped plates are attached to the shaft at a distance above the shaft set of cutting tips. Attached along the outer edge of the helix are additional carbide steel cutting tips that extend below the bottom surface of the helix and cut along the axis of rotation of the shaft. The present invention allows for the installation of helical ground anchor supports at proper depths without deviation, in situations where the path is obstructed by rock or other hard materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: FixDirt, LLC
    Inventors: Samuel S. Dosdourian, Patricia A. Dosdourian
  • Publication number: 20140246247
    Abstract: A downhole dual cutting reamer for bidirectional reaming of a wellbore with a tubular body with two cutting sections between end segments. Each cutting section has a plurality of helical blades separated by a flute, and wherein the helical blades are formed from at least two spiral angled sections connected together, with cutting components on the spiral angled sections. The cutting components can be polydiamond cutter nodes, high strength carbide cutting nodes, and tungsten carbide facing coating. The outer diameter of each cutting section is larger than the outer diameter of each of the end segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: TERCEL IP LIMITED
    Inventor: Lee Morgan Smith
  • Patent number: 8820435
    Abstract: An auger for digging holes that minimizes the amount of loose dirt excavated in and around the dug hole. The auger comprises an elongated shaft body whose axial longitudinal center is disposed in a parallel offset position from the axial engagement line of orientation with the driving source for rotationally driving the auger. The shaft body of the auger revolves in an eccentric lateral orbit as the auger rotates which digs the hole by pushing and widening the dirt in the hole rather than cutting and scraping. The distal end of the auger has a tapered configuration for initial penetration into the ground. The eccentric movement of the shaft body of the auger helps to compact the walls of the hole being dug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Danuser LLC
    Inventor: Gary J. Niekamp
  • Patent number: 8777521
    Abstract: A steel pipe pile having pile bearing capacity without disturbing the surrounding ground during installation. The steel pipe pile including a first steel pipe pile that has a hollow steel pipe and a first helical fin on the outer periphery thereof from one end toward the other end at a constantly equal pitch; and a second steel pipe pile that has a hollow steel pipe and a helical fin on the outer periphery thereof from one end toward the other end at a constantly equal pitch and that is joined at an end to the other end of the first steel pipe pile, the pitch of the first helical fin and the pitch of the second helical fin being equal, and the first helical fin and second helical fin being continuous along an imaginary helix at the joint between the first steel pipe pile and the second steel pipe pile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Nippon Steel Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Nagata, Masamichi Sawaishi, Masatoshi Wada
  • Patent number: 8757295
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drill for realizing a partially tapered bore hole in a soil covering a hardpan layer. The drill comprises a rotatable drivable unit that is provided with a carrying structure and a multiple number of cutting elements carried by the carrying structure. The multiple number of cutting elements are arranged along a line extending substantially radially and outwardly from a central axis of the rotatable drivable unit. Further, lower ends of cutting elements in a radial inner section are mainly positioned in a plane transversely to the rotation axis of the rotatable drivable unit. Lower ends of cutting elements in a radial outer section are mainly positioned in a downwardly tapered surface having a symmetry axis coinciding with the rotation axis of the rotatable drivable unit. The lower ends of the cutting elements may subscribe, during rotation, a truncated cone surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Holding P.M.M. Hoff B.V.
    Inventor: Petrus Mattheus Maria Hoff
  • Patent number: 8720611
    Abstract: Downhole drilling tools designed and manufactured to reduce bit axial force and torque and to enhance drilling efficiency comprising laying out some cutters in one spiral direction of rotation about a bit rotational axis and other cutters in an opposite spiral direction of rotation; evaluating forces acting on cutters during simulated engagement with a downhole formation (straight and transitional drilling); and modifying cutter layout with respect to a spiral direction of rotation. Some embodiments further comprise, prior to simulation, placing cutters in cutter groups/sets at respective locations to obtain a level of force balance. Multilevel force balanced downhole drilling tools may be designed using five respective simulations: cutter group level, neighbor cutter group level, cutter set level, group of N (N=3 or N=4) consecutive cutters level and all cutters level. Cutter layout procedures and algorithms to minimize respective bit forces and in some embodiments to obtain force balance are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Shilin Chen
  • Patent number: 8616303
    Abstract: A down-the-hole assembly includes a housing having a central axis and a mechanical gear box positioned within the housing. The mechanical gear box is coupled to the housing such that rotation of the housing at a first rotational rate provides a rotary input to the mechanical gear box. A rotary cutting bit is coupled to the mechanical gear box. The mechanical gear box is configured to rotate said rotary cutting bit at a second rotational rate in response to that rotary input from the housing. The second rotational rate is greater than the first rotational rate. The mechanical gear box is also further configured to cause the rotary cutting bit to orbit about the central axis of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Longyear TM, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Rupp, Christopher L. Drenth, Christian M. Lambert
  • Patent number: 8607900
    Abstract: A downhole tool for bidirectional reaming of a wellbore with a tubular body with a central cutting section between a first end segment and a second end segment, wherein the central cutting section has a plurality of helical blades separated by flute sections, and wherein the helical blades each have at least two spiral angled sections connected together, polydiamond cutter nodes, high strength carbide cutting nodes, tungsten carbide hardfacing coating or combinations thereof on the helical blades, and wherein the outer diameter of the central cutting section is larger than the outer diameter of each of the end segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: LB Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Lee Morgan Smith
  • Publication number: 20130319774
    Abstract: The invention provides a cutting head for a drill bit, the cutting head comprising four substantially identically shaped cutting arms extending radially from a common central axial point, each cutting arm comprising a cutting edge extending outwardly and axially backwards from the common central axial point. The cutting edges are equiangularly spaced apart from each other about the central axis of the cutting head. Each cutting arm further comprises a side chamfer extending between its radially outer face and its rotationally trailing side face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: Andreas Hammer, Steve Brocket, Christoph Gastinger, Christian Bluemel
  • Publication number: 20130294843
    Abstract: The helical drill bit defines a helical end section of a helical structure formed at its periphery by an auger of an excavation assembly, and it is associated or associate with a support portion of the auger. Such a support portion defines a proximal section of the helical structure, which has an extension substantially centred around a longitudinal axis (X-X). The helical drill bit is adapted to rotate about the longitudinal axis (X-X) together with the support portion so as to drill a hole in the ground. The helical end section extends around an extremity axis (Y-Y; ?-?) that is not aligned relative to the longitudinal axis (X-X).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: SOILMEC S.p.A.
    Inventors: Ezio BISERNA, Daniele VANNI
  • Patent number: 8506207
    Abstract: A helical screw pile includes a longitudinal shaft having a top end and a bottom end with a plurality of helical plates arranged on the shaft in increasing diameter from the top to the bottom. The first helical plate is located toward the bottom of the shaft and has the largest diameter. The second helical plate is located above the first helical plate and has a diameter smaller than that of the first plate. The third helical plate is located above the second helical plate and has a diameter smaller than that of the second plate. The helical plate with the smallest diameter is located toward the top of the shaft. The distance between the first helical plate and the second helical plate is larger than the distance between the second helical plate and the third helical plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Alan J. Lutenegger, Gary L. Seider
  • Publication number: 20130175017
    Abstract: A purpose of the invention is to provide a spiral piece of steel having high mechanical strength and being capable of easily making smaller the pitch intervals of twisted portions (spiral blade portions) even without changing the twist angle, and also to provide an application product thereof and a method for manufacturing the spiral piece of steel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: Tsuneo Goto
  • Publication number: 20130168154
    Abstract: A horizontal directional drilling sonde housing has a cavity for receiving a sonde. Signal channels extend from the cavity to an exterior of the housing. A polymer lines at least part of the cavity and fills the signal channels. The drilling tool has a bit body and a drilling body. The two bodies have respective lateral surfaces which engage each other to prevent the transverse movement of the drilling body relative to the bit body during operations. The drill bit has a forward extending drill tooth, which drill tooth is removable from a bore. A spacer is located in the bore between the bottom end of the bore and the tooth. The drilling bit has buttons located on the side in a spiral configuration about a longitudinal axis of the bit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Charles T. Webb
  • Patent number: 8443918
    Abstract: Excavation equipment for the construction of compaction piles includes a tool mounted at the end of a drilling rod; the tool is constituted by a shaft (10) provided on its end with digging teeth (12) and with at least a plate (14) for collecting debris rotating between an open position during the excavation and closed during the ascent of the tool. A screw (17, 18, 17?, 18?, 20); is of the type having at least two principles (17, 18, 20), in the upper part (20) fixed directly on the shaft (10) and in the lower part (17, 18) fixed on a cylindrical element (16) inserted on the shaft. A compactor (19) is positioned on the screw (17, 18) of the cylindrical element (16). The shaft rotates between two positions displaced between them, one corresponding to the excavation condition and the other to the ascent one; each of the at least two-principle screws of the shaft (20) constitutes the continuation of a corresponding screw (17, 18) of the cylindrical body (16) depending on the angular position of the shaft (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Soilmec S.p.A.
    Inventor: Stefano Massari
  • Patent number: 8418784
    Abstract: In one aspect of the invention, a drilling assembly comprises a head located on a rotational axis of the assembly and comprises at least one head element. At least one blade extends distally from the head. A plurality of blade degradation elements are rotationally supported on the blade. Each degradation element comprises an attack angle that affects the penetration rate of each degradation element and a laterally offset angle that primarily affects the rotational rate of each degradation element within their holders. The drilling assembly comprises a central cutting region. The blade degradation elements within the central cutting region form an attack angle of 15 to 20 degrees with the rotational axis of the drilling assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Thomas Morris
  • Patent number: 8381843
    Abstract: A well bore reamer has an elongated body for coupling between members of a well string, a first set of cutting elements on the body at a fixed position, a second set of cutting elements on a sleeve closing around a sleeve carrying portion of the elongated body. The sleeve is slidable along a longitudinal axis of the body and rotatable thereabout. A lower clutch mechanism operates between the sleeve and the elongated body at a bottom end of the body's sleeve carrying portion to block rotation of the sleeve relative to the elongated body in a predetermined direction about the longitudinal axis under sliding of the sleeve into a lowered position adjacent said bottom end of the sleeve carrying portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Bradley Allan Lamontagne
  • Publication number: 20130039703
    Abstract: A multifunctional screw drill and reaming device, for the testing of the structure and composition of various soil types, as well as for sampling and boring, extracting and injecting of gases and various types of chemicals as well as liquids, slurry, granules and solids. Screws can be hydraulically, pneumatically, mechanically, electrically or manually driven. Dependent upon the operation, the secondary screws (2) can rotate and change position or rotational direction within the primary screw's bore (1), or both primary (1) and secondary screws (2) can be coupled and rotate as one unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Leonardo Mohamed
  • Patent number: 8312942
    Abstract: Roller cone drill bits operable to form a borehole. A number of support arms may extend from each drill bit. A cutter cone assembly may be mounted on each support arm. A number of cutting elements or inserts may be disposed on an exterior surface of a cone assembly. A lifting surface may be formed on each support arm extending between a leading edge and a trailing edge of each support arm such that the lifting surfaces directs cuttings upward in a borehole. A wedge shaped portion may be formed on each support arm proximate the lifting surface and the trailing edge. An inlet to each lifting surface may be formed on the leading edge of each support arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Tuck L. Ho, Micheal B. Crawford
  • Publication number: 20120205161
    Abstract: The invention relates to an auger having a cutting means for removing ground material and a conveyor flight for conveying the ground material removed by the cutting means, whereby the conveyor flight has several conveyor flight pieces which are arranged along an axial direction of the auger and connected to each other in a detachable manner. Provision is made for a central receiving shaft, on which the cutting means is arranged in a rotationally fixed manner. Furthermore, provision is made for the conveyor flight pieces of the conveyor flight to have a mounting pipe each, which is mounted onto the central receiving shaft, whereby the central receiving shaft projects through the mounting pipe, and for the conveyor flight pieces to be connected in a rotationally fixed manner to the central receiving shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: BAUER MASCHINEN GMBH
    Inventor: Andreas STIMPFLE-ZIEGLER
  • Publication number: 20120181088
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for a garden auger comprising a shank and an auger body. The auger body comprises a leading end and a trailing end including a space therebetween. The auger body is substantially radial including at least two legs connecting the trailing end and the leading end. The leading end has a cutter including a plurality of teeth forming a cutting diameter. The plurality of teeth each have a tip extending from the leading end, wherein the tips form a plane that is substantially perpendicular to an axis of rotation of the garden auger. The auger body is attached to the shank to prevent rotation therebetween. The shank comprises an attachment portion for attachment to a drill motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventor: JOSEPH TUCCERI
  • Patent number: 8210286
    Abstract: A drill bit includes a plurality of continuous segments impregnated with diamond that are each mounted to form a corresponding blade. The regions between the blades define a plurality of fluid passages on the bit face. The blades extend radially outwardly to the gage. The continuous segments may be either straight or spiral in design. Furthermore, the design of the segments supports varying one or more of: diamond content, width, back rake angle and/or relief angle along a length of the segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Varel International, Ind., L.P.
    Inventors: Alfazazi Dourfaye, Michel De Reynal
  • Patent number: 8196681
    Abstract: An earth boring device for forming horizontally extending bore holes beneath the surface of the earth and installing a conduit therein without substantially disturbing the surface of the earth is disclosed. The earth boring device is a generally elongate member having a cutting tool disposed at a leading end, and means to attach a conduit to be disposed in the bore hole at a trailing end. A pair of spaced apart drive augers is disposed between the leading end and the trailing end to propel the earth boring device through the earth. The earth boring device can include at least one flexible section to enable a bending of the earth boring device for boring a curved bore hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Thad Bick
  • Publication number: 20120090896
    Abstract: An auger for digging holes that minimizes the amount of loose dirt excavated in and around the dug hole. The auger comprises an elongated shaft body whose axial longitudinal center is disposed in a parallel offset position from the axial engagement line of orientation with the driving source for rotationally driving the auger. The shaft body of the auger revolves in an eccentric lateral orbit as the auger rotates which digs the hole by pushing and widening the dirt in the hole rather than cutting and scraping. The distal end of the auger has a tapered configuration for initial penetration into the ground. The eccentric movement of the shaft body of the auger helps to compact the walls of the hole being dug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: DANUSER LLC
    Inventor: Gary J. NIEKAMP
  • Publication number: 20120048624
    Abstract: An auger for digging holes in soil is coupled to a gearbox and powered by the power take-off of a tractor. The auger comprises a shaft with a cutting head disposed near its bottom end. The cutting head comprises a plurality of cutting (i.e. digging) blades that cut into soil. Flighting disposed above the cutting head moves and lightens soil, but the flighting does not extend far above the cutting head. The majority of the shaft is free from protrusions that may ensnare a user of the auger during use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventors: J. Phillip Fraley, John W. Davis, III
  • Publication number: 20120018221
    Abstract: A joint connecting a pair of members rotatable about a common axis end to end includes a first member having a threaded end portion and a non-circular exterior surface rearwardly of the threaded end portion, a second member having a threaded socket wherein the threaded end portion of the second member can be engaged, and a non-circular exterior surface, a ground engagement sleeve having a non-circular profile on an inner surface thereof whereby the sleeve can be slidably mounted on the non-circular exterior profiles of the first and second members when such profiles are brought into alignment by rotation of one member relative to the other in a manner effective to pass torque from one member to the other by means of the non-circular profiles, a first pair of alignable holes in the sleeve and first member to receive a fastener to secure the sleeve to the first member and a hole in the second member penetrating the threaded socket and positioned to receive a fastener to secure the second member to a third membe
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: Earth Tool Company, LLC
    Inventor: Robert F. Crane
  • Patent number: 8006783
    Abstract: A down-the-hole assembly includes a housing having a central axis and a mechanical gear box positioned within the housing. The mechanical gear box is coupled to the housing such that rotation of the housing at a first rotational rate provides a rotary input to the mechanical gear box. A rotary cutting bit is coupled to the mechanical gear box. The mechanical gear box is configured to rotate said rotary cutting bit at a second rotational rate in response to that rotary input from the housing. The second rotational rate is greater than the first rotational rate. The mechanical gear box is also further configured to cause the rotary cutting bit to orbit about the central axis of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Longyear TM, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Rupp, Christopher L. Drenth
  • Publication number: 20110162892
    Abstract: A drill bit for core sampling includes a body having a central axis and first end having a tapered outer surface and a radius transverse to the central axis, and an insert having a cutting surface on the first end oriented at an axial angle relative to the radius to move material displaced during drilling away from the first end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: LONGYEAR TM, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Oothoudt
  • Patent number: 7946355
    Abstract: An auger assembly has a shaft supporting flight units having lug and recess connections allowing broken flight units to be removed from the shaft and replaced with another flight unit. The auger assembly is incorporated in an ice drill having a cordless electric motor and a cutting head. A coupling locks the auger assembly on the motor drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventor: Douglas J. Kluge
  • Patent number: 7887263
    Abstract: A cable guide mechanism configured to be releasably attached to a shaft, which includes a body portion, an indent or groove and a protrusion, characterised in that said indent or groove is located on the opposite side of the body portion to the protrusion, and is dimensioned and configured to releasably retain an inside edge of a first distal end of a loop which is attached to a terminal end of a cable; the protrusion is tapered with its widest section directly opposite the indent or groove; the linear distance between the bottom of the indent or groove and the widest section of the protrusion is sufficiently close to the inside length of the loop that in use the first distal end of the loop cannot climb out of the indent or groove; said shaft is configured to freely rotate co-axially inside the cable guide mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventor: Miles Edward Moffat
  • Patent number: 7849938
    Abstract: A ground augering assembly comprising a dirt dispersing plate having a forward dirt screeding face and having a lower augering depth stopping face; a “C” clamp for alternatively mounting on to and releasing from an auger blade; and a rotation facilitating helically threaded lug, eyed plate, and helically threaded nut combination interconnecting the dirt dispersing plate and the “C” clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventor: Jerry A. Maier
  • Patent number: 7814991
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for drilling a subterranean formation or material utilizing a drilling apparatus which includes a drill string having a leading end and a trailing end and having a bottom hole assembly connected with the leading end. The bottom hole assembly includes a drill bit and an externally threaded screw section. In operation, the drill bit is rotated, forming material cuttings and an opening in the subterranean formation, and the threaded screw section is rotated within the opening, forming a helical groove in the subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Gas Technology Institute
    Inventors: Hamid A Abbasi, Iraj Salehi, Kent Perry
  • Patent number: 7779938
    Abstract: The invention includes a pair of swivels for use with an auger boring machine. One of the swivels allows for rotation of a first auger of a first auger assembly connected to the trailing end of a pilot tube without rotating the pilot tube. The other swivel allows for rotation of a larger diameter second auger connected to the trailing end of the first auger assembly without rotating the first auger. Each of the swivels includes a thrust bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: James S. Barbera
  • Publication number: 20100187019
    Abstract: A roof drill bit has an elongate roof drill bit body, which has a forward end and a rearward end. The roof drill bit body contains a slot at the forward end. The roof drill bit body contains a dust port wherein the dust port has a central longitudinal dust axis. The roof drill bit further has a hard insert received within the slot wherein the hard insert has a leading surface. The leading surface of the hard insert is rotationally forward of the central longitudinal dust axis of the dust port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: Kennametal Inc.
    Inventors: Chad A. Swope, Douglas E. Bise, Kris E. Strothmann, Tod D. Hill
  • Patent number: 7748479
    Abstract: A brace or gusset is added to the first and last flight blade of an auger length for stability and reinforcement. The braces are generally box shaped with the flight blade as the box bottom. The brace walls are welded together along with a top panel. The brace is adjacent the auger shaft on one end and complementary shaped on one side to conform to the shape of the flight helix. A deflector is added to the last flight blade to distribute dirt and debris away from the first flight blade on the subsequent auger length. The auger length is reinforced against the twisting torque and compressive forces that occur at the first and last flight blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: James S. Barbera
  • Patent number: 7699119
    Abstract: A coupler for securing an auger and/or extension piece(s) to a PTO shaft. In one construction, a threaded PTO collar mounts to a PTO shaft and mates with a suitable length stub shaft and captured, knurled hand nut mounted to an auger. The stub shaft indexes in non-rotational engagement to the PTO collar. In another construction, a PTO collar provides several detents that interconnect with resiliently biased projections at an auger collar. A hand piece maintains the connection. In other embodiments, key(s) at the PTO shaft mate in non-rotational engagement with keyway(s) at an auger and a resilient member latches the non-rotational connection. Shaped PTO shaft surfaces and complementary auger coupler surfaces can be included with the later couplers to enhance the connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Inventors: James Lunde, John G. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 7686105
    Abstract: A drill includes a main body and a high-hard tip attached to a front end of the body. The tip has a width greater than the diameter of the body and has an angular cutting portion. In order to form a hole having a greater distal end in a wall, the tip is attached on the main body in such a way that a cutting point on an axial line of the tip is eccentrically shifted from an axis of the main body. The drill is inserted into a preliminary hole drilled beforehand and cuts a distal end of the preliminary hole to form a hole including an expanded distal end having a greater diameter. Thereby, the expanded distal end hole having a greater distal end can be formed that is capable of increasing the fixity of an anchor far greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Nihon Project Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeru Hata
  • Patent number: 7677336
    Abstract: A portable drilling device for use in horizontal boring through a substrate beneath an impediment includes a motor mounted on an inclined stabilizer bar. The inclined stabilizer bar includes a handle for use by the operator of the drilling unit which allows the operator to guide the unit during operation. A shaft is operatively mounted on the motor and is rotatably carried by the stabilizer bar. The shaft is in turn attached to an auger which is rotatably carried within a bearing housing assembly that is attached to the inclined stabilizer bar at a predetermined angle. A skid shoe is mounted underneath the shaft-auger attachment point and is attached to both the housing and the inclined stabilizer bar, whereby, when the motor is engaged the shaft and the auger are rotated in order to bore a horizontal opening through the substrate beneath an impediment such as a sidewalk or driveway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: Brent J. Gent
  • Patent number: 7669673
    Abstract: An auger generally comprising a shaft having flighting which is helically wound around the shaft to convey spoil to the surface of the area being excavated. The shaft has a first end and a second end. The shaft first end is adapted to be combined with and rotated by a drilling machine. The shaft second end is adapted to be removably combined with a boring head and one or more drilling elements to bore through the ground. The invention comprises two interchangeable boring heads. A first boring head is adapted to drill through soft ground conditions such as dirt or clay and a second boring head adapted to drill through hard ground conditions such as rock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Pengo Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Matthias, Justin Reese
  • Patent number: 7641001
    Abstract: A tool for boring has an axle for drivingly linking at a first end to a portable rotatable machine. At a second end, the axle has a shaft-receiving bore into which a nose shaft is inserted. The nose has a cutting tip and a flight cutter that aligns with a flight on the axle. An insulator is electrically interposed between the cutting tip and the nose shaft, thereby electrically insulating the nose shaft from the cutting tip. The flight cutter performs the high-wear cutting at the leading edge of the flight, thereby causing the flight to merely remove the soil or other particulate from the hole being formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas B. Mash
  • Publication number: 20090321139
    Abstract: A drill bit comprising: a cutting section comprising gage cutters, wherein in the cutting section is a first end of the bit, and wherein the cutting section has a full gage diameter; a heel section comprising a blade, wherein the heel section is at an end of the drill bit opposite the cutting section, and wherein a diameter of the heel section is a full gage diameter, wherein the blade has a high spiral around the drill bit; and a clearance section between the cutting and heel sections, wherein the clearance section comprises a diameter less than full gage, and wherein clearance section extends from the gage cutters of the cutting section to the blade of the heel section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventor: Michael J. Strachan
  • Patent number: 7631705
    Abstract: A removable plug and collar for a hollow stem screened auger and a method of collecting water samples using the plug and collar. The plug has an outer threaded surface that is threaded in a first direction. The top of the plug has an internal threaded cavity that is threaded in a second direction opposite that of the first direction. The collar is pressure fit within the top of the screened auger, held in place with an auger bolt, and has an internal threaded surface to receive the plug. The plug has multiple ports to receive air and sample tubes, enabling samples to be collected without removing the plug from the screened auger. To set a well after sampling, the plug is removed from the collar down hole as a drill rod is threaded into the plug's internal threaded cavity in a direction the same as the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Interior
    Inventors: Philip T. Harte, Glenn A. Berwick, Jeffrey B. Grey