Patents Assigned to MTD Products Inc
  • Patent number: 10954033
    Abstract: A foldable crate includes a base having a front end and a rear end and a pair of end gates, wherein an end gate is rotatably attached to each end of the base. Each end gate includes a cap attached adjacent to one end of each post of the end gate and a knob is attached adjacent to the opposing end of each post. A skid shoe is attached to the bottom of each corner of the base, wherein each skid shoe includes a socket for receiving the knob or cap of the corresponding end gate of an adjacent foldable crate when a plurality of foldable crates are stacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventors: Jason Kolecki, Michael D. Menke
  • Patent number: 10939614
    Abstract: A trimmer head for use with a handheld lawn maintenance tool is shaped in a hub-and-spoke manner, wherein the trimmer head includes a housing formed of a hub, a circular rim, and a plurality of spokes extending therebetween. A spool is positioned within the hub, and a pair of pieces of trimmer line are inserted into opposing sides of the circular rim through the spokes for winding onto the spool. The trimmer line extends outwardly from the housing at a location spaced away from the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventors: Cory Bringhurst, Jeffrey Kucera
  • Patent number: 10935039
    Abstract: A blower impeller having a plate with a first side surface, a second side surface, and an outer circumferential edge extending between the first and second side surfaces; a front blade series extending from the first side surface, the front blade series comprising a plurality of front fins, wherein each front fin includes a first radius of curvature and a second radius of curvature; and a rear blade series extending from the second side, the rear blade series comprising a plurality of rear fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventors: Dominic Kedelty, Maryam Khorshidi
  • Patent number: 10899169
    Abstract: A non-pneumatic tire assembly includes a non-pneumatic tire. The non-pneumatic tire includes an inner circumferential ring and an outer circumferential ring defining an annular space and a cylindrical space inside the inner circumferential ring. A plurality of partitions connect the circumferential rings within the annular space. A ground-contacting tread is located on the outer circumferential ring. A rim, including a plurality of pieces, is located within the cylindrical space. The non-pneumatic tire assembly further includes a hub that is removably connected to the rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventors: Axel Schaedler, Peter J. Buchanan
  • Patent number: 10899171
    Abstract: A low impact turf wheel having a wheel rim including an inner and outer surface, a plurality of pegs extending radially outward from the outer surface of the wheel rim, wherein the plurality of pegs maintain the wheel rim above an area of turf, and a hub. A turf wheel having a wheel rim having an inner and outer surface, a plurality of pegs extending radially outward from the outer surface of the wheel rim, wherein the peg comprises a stem, a collar and a lug, and wherein the lug includes a limited surface area to provide a ground contacting tread, and a hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: MTD Products Inc
    Inventor: Ryan Cmich
  • Patent number: 10874054
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a lawn maintenance vehicle park brake and traction drive interlock are provided. A park brake mechanism is selectively operable between an engaged position and a disengaged position. A traction drive is also mounted to the lawn maintenance vehicle, the traction drive having a disable mode which prohibits transmission of a driving force from the traction drive to a drive wheel. A first operable connection between the park brake mechanism and a wheel brake activates the wheel brake. A second operable connection between the park brake mechanism and the traction drive activates the disable mode of the traction drive. A method of controlling a lawn maintenance vehicle with a park brake and traction drive interlock include the steps of providing a lawn maintenance vehicle, providing an operable park brake mechanism, providing a first operable connection, and providing a second operable connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventors: Adam Krystowski, Daniel Morse, Michael Utz, Carl Tyler, Adam Woodrum
  • Patent number: 10874049
    Abstract: A mower blade assembly attaches to a rotatable spindle and includes a mounting plate which defines a first pin aperture. The mounting plate and a retaining plate are attached to the rotatable spindle. The retaining plate defines a second pin aperture. A movable pin plate comprises a pin. A blade is selectively attachable to the mounting plate. The blade defines a retaining plate aperture and a third pin aperture. A biasing member urges the movable pin plate from a disengaged position to an engaged position. The pin is engageable with the pin apertures for mounting and retaining the cutting blade to the mounting plate. The blade is attached by moving the blade over the retaining plate aperture, urging the movable pin plate to the disengaged position, rotating the blade, and releasing the movable pin plate. Another embodiment includes a force finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventors: Timothy Ladd, Jr., Gary Hobrath, Axel Schaedler, Brian Milliff
  • Patent number: 10856467
    Abstract: An autonomous mobile work system (20) includes a drive wheel (34) that is connected to a frame (24) and a rotating blade assembly (36). The rotating blade assembly (36) includes a blade assembly axis of rotation (38) and is connected to the frame (24) within a housing (26). The mobile work system (20) further includes a single motor (40) operably connected to the blade assembly (36). The motor (50) includes a motor output shaft (44) and the motor output shaft (44) includes an output shaft axis of rotation (46). The mobile work system (20) still further includes a gear box (50) operably connected to the drive wheel (34) and the motor output shaft (44). The single motor (50) urges rotation of both the rotating blade assembly (36) and the drive wheel (34). The gear box (50) can include a planetary gear set (104) including a ring gear (110) defining cavities (120) at its outside diameter (124). A locking shaft (126) can rotate between an engaged position and a disengaged position with one of the cavities (120).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventor: Jay Maggard
  • Patent number: 10856468
    Abstract: A walk-behind mower includes a deck. The deck includes a rear portion, a power source attached to the deck, a plurality of wheels attached to the deck, a handle attached to the rear portion of the deck. Structure is included to enable a distal end of the handle to be selectively located in a plurality of positions. The handle extends upward and rearward from the rear portion of the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventors: Jeffery Legan, Timothy Dilgard
  • Patent number: 10858051
    Abstract: A standing operator support system for riding equipment, such as a standing mower, includes a suspendable standing platform for supporting the load of a standing operator and a suspension assembly adjustably engageable with the standing platform to suspend the standing platform relative to a fixable platform pivot axis of the standing platform. The suspension assembly is configured to allow for a uniform suspension experience for varied operators of varied weights while maintaining the standing platform in a relatively uniform and substantially horizontal orientation relative to terrain being traversed for the varied operators of varied weights. The suspension assembly is adjustable relative to the standing platform via a single motion to adjust between operator weight settings. The suspension assembly also may be adjustable relative to the standing platform for traverse over discrete raised portions of a terrain, such as a low rock wall or a curb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventors: Matthew Redinger, William Kromer
  • Patent number: 10806076
    Abstract: A high-efficiency blade for a lawn maintenance tool includes a central axis and a mounting portion located on the central axis. The high-efficiency blade includes a cutting blade and a cutting blade sharpened leading edge. A cleaning blade is vertically offset from the cutting blade and is configured to mulch the associated clippings from vegetation and reduce an associated accumulation of clippings on an underside of an associated mower deck. The lawn maintenance tool can also include a deck having a separation distance between the cleaning blade and an underside of the deck. The deck can include an elevation change to vary the separation distance. The deck and high-efficiency blade can also include a forward or rearward tilt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventors: Axel Schaedler, Peter J. Buchanan
  • Patent number: 10780917
    Abstract: In a broad respect, vehicles that are capable of making a low- to zero-radius turn using the independent rotation of drive wheels and by turning the non-driving steerable structure or structures (such as wheels) with a steering input device (in some embodiments, the driving wheels also may be capable of being turned). This may be accomplished using a steering system, a speed control system and an integration device (together, a control system) that are configured to work together to provide correct steering in forward and reverse, and, in some embodiments, to reduce the speed of the outboard drive wheel of the vehicle when it enters an extreme turn under constant speed input. Different systems configured for use in such vehicles are included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: MTD Products Inc
    Inventors: Axel Schaedler, Hans Hauser, Rick Ruebusch, Ian David Cornwell
  • Patent number: 10780918
    Abstract: Systems for controlling the speed and direction of vehicles, including vehicles that have low to zero turning radius capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventor: Peter Buchanan
  • Patent number: 10773760
    Abstract: A partially tracked utility vehicle and conversion are provided. The converted partially tracked utility vehicle has a chassis, front wheels, and a trailing link suspension. The trailing link suspension has a trailing link with a first end pivotably connected to the chassis and a second end pivotably connected to a walking beam at a walking beam pivot; a shock having a first end pivotably connected to a tension shaft and a second end pivotably connected to the trailing link; the walking beam further comprising a plurality of axle mounted bogey wheels for engaging a track of the partially tracked utility vehicle; a sprocket mounted to a traction drive of the utility vehicle for engaging and providing rotational power to the track; and an actuator attached to the chassis, the actuator having a shaft pivotably connected to the tension shaft and configured to rotate the tension shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventors: Jimmy N. Eavenson, Sr., Peter Joseph Buchanan
  • Patent number: 10766521
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling the speed and direction of vehicles such as tractors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventors: Richard Ruebusch, Timothy M. Obrzut, Hans Hauser, Axel Schaedler
  • Patent number: 10745048
    Abstract: Systems for controlling the speed and direction of vehicles such as tractors, including vehicles that have low to zero turning radius capability. Systems include steering and speed coordination systems that control the direction and speed of rotation of vehicle drive units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: MTD Products Inc
    Inventors: Axel Schaedler, Tim Dilgard
  • Patent number: 10730344
    Abstract: A low impact turf wheel having a wheel rim including an inner and outer surface, a plurality of pegs extending radially outward from the outer surface of the wheel rim, wherein the plurality of pegs maintain the wheel rim above an area of turf, and a hub. A turf wheel having a wheel rim having an inner and outer surface, a plurality of pegs extending radially outward from the outer surface of the wheel rim, wherein the peg comprises a stem, a collar and a lug, and wherein the lug includes a limited surface area to provide a ground contacting tread, and a hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventor: Ryan Cmich
  • Patent number: 10730550
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a frame, a power source, and a plurality of steerable structures. Ground engaging members are connected to the steerable structures. An operator seating area includes a steering control and a speed control. Controllers receive input from the steering control and the speed control. Motors drive the ground engaging members at different speeds and in different directions. A controller integrates a steering input with a speed input to effect rotation of the steerable structures and effect rotation of the ground engaging members. The steering control, speed control, controllers, steerable structures, and motors are configured to work together to control the rotational speed of all of the ground engaging members based upon a steering angle input and the lateral side the ground engaging member is connected to. Other examples include braking mechanisms, adjustable track width, and a sealed tubular frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventors: Jimmy N. Eavenson, Sr., Adam Woodrum, Jonathan Prybor
  • Patent number: 10728432
    Abstract: An optical sensor housing includes a sensor housing body including an enclosure wall upstanding from a bottom portion and a substantially open top portion defining a cavity in which the optical sensor assembly is located, one or more apertures, and one or more engaging parts projecting orthogonally from an outside surface of the sensor housing body, a sensor housing cover including an open central portion, one or more integrally molded compliant flanges configured to engage the sensor housing body engaging part and to secure the sensor housing cover to the sensor housing body, and longitudinal ridges extending outwardly and disposed substantially along the length of the sensor housing cover. The sensor housing engaging parts and flanges can provide a quick-lock mechanism operable to secure the sensor housing cover to the sensor housing body without the use of tools or fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventors: Jay E. Maggard, Gregory Gorsage, Aaron D. Smith
  • Patent number: D892187
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventor: Jay E. Maggard