Patents Assigned to O. Ames Co.
  • Patent number: 6193247
    Abstract: A portable, stackable wagon assembly includes a main compartment over which a handle structure is movable to an operational position; the main compartment includes side walls provided with support members for a tray that is insertable into the main compartment to rest on the support members; the tray is provided with at least one partition wall and a handle to facilitate removal from the wagon assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: O. Ames Co.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Spear, Rudy F. Planthaber, Steven F. Brooker
  • Patent number: 6138927
    Abstract: A dual mode spreader includes a wheel supported container having a bottom wall provided with discharge openings feeding to a rotationally supported spreader disk; a skirt is mounted relative to the container to be movable to alter the distribution pattern between a broadcast mode and a drop mode; a mode determining member is provided to move with respect to the container in coordination with movement of the skirt between the broadcast and drop modes of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: O. Ames Co.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Spear, Steven F. Brooker
  • Patent number: 6079720
    Abstract: A wagon assembly for use in gardening and lawn care comprises a wagon body structure which provides a main compartment. The main compartment accommodates the carriage of items and materials used in gardening and lawn care. A handle structure is pivotally connected to a forward end of the wagon body structure such that the handle structure moves between a stacking position and a range of operating positions. Wheel structures are rotatably connected to the wagon body structure and are constructed to enable the wagon assembly to be rolled manually by exerting force on the handle structure. Upwardly facing supporting surfaces are constructed and arranged to support a first similar wagon assembly aligned above the wagon assembly in a stable stacking and nesting relation with the handle structure of the wagon assembly in the stacking position such that portions of wheel structures of the first similar wagon assembly are disposed between upper peripheral edges of the wagon body structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: O. Ames Co.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Spear, Rudy F Planthaber, Steven F. Brooker
  • Patent number: 5975601
    Abstract: The present invention is a one-piece hand-held gardening tool comprising a rigid, high strength tool portion to be used as an implement in gardening activities and a rigid, high strength annular handle portion to be manually grasped when the tool portion is used as an implement in gardening activities. The handle portion and the tool portion are molded integrally together from a molten material which provides the rigid, high strength tool portion and the rigid, high strength annular handle portion with suitable strength and rigidity for use in gardening activities when solidified. The handle portion has a hollow cavity surrounded by an annular, outer wall. The hollow cavity is formed in the handle portion by injecting pressurized gas into the molten material from which the rigid, high strength tool portion and the rigid, high strength annular handle portion are integrally molded before the solidification thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: O. Ames Co.
    Inventors: Kenneth J Spear, Frank G Czerwinski
  • Patent number: 5934314
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is to provide a hose storage device that utilizes a supporting frame structure which is constructed and arranged to be nested on top of a similar supporting frame structure. The supporting frame structure is also constructed and arranged such that a similar supporting frame structure can be nested on top of the supporting frame structure. The hose storage device also has a hose reel structure having a surface for receiving a length of coiled hose thereon. The hose reel structure has generally circular end flanges. Also, the hose reel structure is rotatably mounted within the supporting frame structure. The aforementioned structures are constructed and arranged to allow a similar hose storage device to be stacked on top of the hose storage device with the supporting frame structure in a nesting relation with the supporting frame structure of the similar hose storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: O. Ames Co.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Spear, Rudy F. Planthaber, Eric D. Bennett, Steven F. Brooker
  • Patent number: 5876049
    Abstract: A wagon assembly for use in gardening and lawn care comprises a wagon body structure constructed and arranged to provide a main compartment. The main compartment is constructed and arranged to accommodate the carriage of items and materials used in gardening and lawn care. A handle structure has a pair of generally opposed surfaces. The handle structure is connected to a front end of the wagon body structure such that the handle structure can be moved between a seating position wherein the handle structure extends rearwardly with respect to the wagon body structure and a range of operating positions wherein the handle structure extends forwardly with respect to the wagon body structure. Wheel structures are rotatably connected to the wagon body structure and constructed and arranged to enable the wagon assembly to be rolled manually by exerting force on the handle structure in the operating positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: O. Ames Co.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Spear, Rudy F. Planthaber, Steven F. Brooker
  • Patent number: 5794649
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is to provide a portable hose cart assembly capable of stacking, yet having circular hose reel end flanges. The portable hose cart assembly utilizes a supporting frame structure constructed and arranged to be nested on top of a similar supporting frame structure. The supporting frame structure is also constructed and arranged such that a similar supporting frame structure can be nested on top of the supporting frame structure. A hose reel structure for receiving and supporting a length of hose is rotatably mounted within the supporting frame structure. Circular end flanges are fixed to the ends of the hose reel structure. A handle structure movable between a stacking position and an operating position is connected to the supporting frame structure. The handle structure has a locking mechanism such that the handle structure may be secured in the operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: O. Ames Co.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Spear, Steven F. Brooker, Rudy F. Planthaber, Eric D. Bennett
  • Patent number: D390093
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Assignee: O. Ames Co.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Spear, Rudy F. Planthaber, Eric D. Bennett, Steven F. Brooker
  • Patent number: D391132
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1998
    Assignee: O. Ames Co.
    Inventors: Jack L. Gandee, Ronald R. Fowler
  • Patent number: D391732
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: O. Ames Co.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Spear, Rudy F. Planthaber, Steven F. Brooker
  • Patent number: D393189
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: O. Ames Co.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Spear, Frank G. Czerwinski, Steven F. Brooker
  • Patent number: D395111
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: O. Ames Co.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Spear, Rudy F. Planthaber, Eric D. Bennett, Steven F. Brooker
  • Patent number: D396615
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: O. Ames Co.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Spear, Frank G. Czerwinski, Steven F. Brooker
  • Patent number: D413234
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: O. Ames Co.
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Spear
  • Patent number: D413774
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: O.Ames Co.
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Spear
  • Patent number: D413903
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: O. Ames Co.
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Spear
  • Patent number: D413904
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: O. Ames Co.
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Spear
  • Patent number: D414783
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: O. Ames Co.
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Spear
  • Patent number: D433889
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: O. Ames Co.
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Spear
  • Patent number: D434287
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: O. Ames Co.
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Spear