Abstract: In an agricultural implement for use in ground breaking procedures including a frame adapted to be moved over the underlying terrain in a given direction, at least one ground breaking tool, a pivot connecting the tool to the frame for pivotal movement thereon about a generally horizontal axis generally transverse to the direction of movement between a forwarding ground breaking position and a rearward inoperative position and releasable means interconnecting the tool and the frame for normally holding the tool in the forward position and for releasing the tool for movement to the rearward position upon the tools encountering resistance sufficient to damage the implement.
Abstract: An assembly for creating furrows in a freshly plowed field. The furrows, two to three feet apart, are usually created in the fall and are useful for retaining moisture in the soil during the winter months and are helpful in preventing soil erosion by the wind. The furrowing assembly is detachably mounted on a mulcher bar assembly which is mounted to a moldboard plow. The mulcher bar assembly includes an elongated bar having several chisel-type field cultivators downwardly extending in a soil-engaging position. The orientation of the mulcher bar may be reversed so that rod-like teeth members extending therefrom are in a soil-engaging position for mulching in the spring. Thus, depending upon the orientation of the mulcher bar, the apparatus may be used for either mulching or furrowing.
May 23, 1977
Date of Patent:
November 6, 1979
Royal Industries, Inc., a subsidiary of Lear Siegler, Inc.
Abstract: An external, aircraft fuel tank constructed to be crashworthy or to withstand a crash from flight without rupturing the outer, rigid walls thereof. The fuel tank includes bulkheads arranged in the tank adjacent to but spaced from the end sections and defined to be yieldably responsive to fluid pressures above normal operating pressures for dissipating the kinetic energy of the fluid without rupturing the outer, rigid walls of the tank.
Abstract: A vehicle construction comprising a vehicle frame, spaced apart wheels on the frame, and an operator cab mounted on the frame between the wheels. The cab has an access door with generally vertically extending sides adjacent to one of the wheels and the door has a lower extremity below the uppermost extent of the adjacent wheel and a relief in one side thereof at the lower extremity of the door. A generally horizontally directed link is within the cab and has one end pivoted to the cab at a location intermediate the sides of the door and an opposite end pivoted to the door on the interior surface thereof between the side having the relief and the intermediate location at which it is connected to the cab. There is a horizontally slidable connection between the door adjacent the side having a relief thereon and the cab so that when the door is opened, the door will rotate and be translated to allow the lower extremity to clear the wheel and permit the door to fully open.
Abstract: A method and apparatus for regulating the output flux generated by a lamp with the degeneration of the voltage from a power source such as a battery. The regulating circuit maintains a constant luminous flux output from a lamp over a substantial range of voltages by switching the voltage to the lamp on and off at a preselected and controlled duty cycle. The duty cycle varies with the variations in the lamp electrical operating parameter provided to the regulating circuit. The regulating circuit permits the useful life of a power source to be substantially increased before requiring replacement.
Abstract: Open top vehicles are dumped by an apparatus including a vehicle receiver having stanchions on either side supporting hold-down means for clamping the vehicle against the deck of the receiver. The receiver is pivotally connected along one side to bolsters which in turn are pivoted to rigid supports. Lift cylinders are arranged to rotate the bolsters about the support to elevate the reciever and vehicle thereon. Tilting cylinders are arranged between the bolsters and the receiver for tilting the latter about the bolster to effect tilting of the vehicle into a position wherein contents can dump from the open top thereof.
Abstract: A warning light system constructed of an array of flashable, warning lights. The warning lights are self-contained, battery powered warning lights that may be arranged in an array and controlled to flash simultaneously. Each light includes an individual transceiving system for transmitting a coded, radio frequency signal to each other light of an array and a receiving radio frequency signal from each other light of the array to cause each lamp of each light to flash on and off in synchronism. Each light has a built-in transceiving antenna arranged within the light lens assembly and completely housed therein.
Abstract: A row-crop cultivator for tilling the soil between adjacent rows of crops is connected to a prime mover. The cultivator includes a drawbar connected to the prime mover and a plurality of laterally adjacent cultivating gang assemblies for tilling the soil between adjacent crop rows, each is connected to the drawbar so that it travels on the ground under its own weight and moves independently in a vertical direction relative to an adjacent gang assembly.
Abstract: A cleaner for removing waste particles from grain and similar agricultural products. The cleaner comprises a pair of concentric drums adapted to be rotated in unison and having perforated outer surfaces for separating out waste particles. The inner drum has a plurality of sections of decreasing diameter for deterring the flow of the grain therethrough while separating out the waste particles.
Abstract: An electro-optical wheel alignment system for vehicles includes a coaxially disposed radiant energy source and detector in which the source and detector are axially spaced apart and the source is physically small and provides a modulated output. The source and detector are adjustably disposed on the component of an automobile to be positioned in a predetermined attitude with respect to a reference device that is, in turn, positioned in a predetermined attitude with respect to the vehicle, such device comprising a radiant energy reflecting planar surface.
Abstract: This invention is directed to an off-the-vehicle type of wheel-tire balancer for vehicular wheels. A wheel and tire assembly which is to be balanced is disposed on a rotating shaft under the control of a signal responsive electronic control apparatus utilizing rotational velocity signals, rotational, directional, and positional signals and velocity of displacement of the mounting apparatus for the shaft to provide a suitably calibrated indicators, the amount of weight to be added at certain angular positions on the inner and outer planes of the wheel rim to provide a dynamic balance of the wheel-tire system. Further indicators are provided for relating the indicated weight to be added to an angular position of the wheel and tire system. The entire apparatus is automatic in operation in that once the system is started, a motor is energized to rapidly rotate the wheel-tire system up to a predetermined rotational velocity.
Abstract: A traffic barrel constructed of a lightweight material consisting of two elements that may be readily assembled and stabilized in position and readily separated upon a substantial impact. The traffic barrel may mount one or two warning lights for nighttime traffic channelization purposes. The traffic barrel may have a "D" cross-section to prevent its rolling along a surface and have a stepped configuration to permit stacking of the two elements thereof.
Abstract: A mobile pump for pumping moist compressible materials such as plaster, concrete, mortar and the like constructed integrally with a motor vehicle to be powered and transported thereby. The pump is provided with integral conveying apparatus redefining the material loading positions to lower elevations than possible with present day mobile pumps without modifying the conventional frame work or vehicle beds. The conveying apparatus may be a power driven auger rotatably secured to the pump proper for defining convenient loading positions for present day concrete trucks or the like.
Abstract: For use in a 3-point hitch for a tractor or the like wherein there is provided a top link of variable length and a pair of powered lift arms, an improved top link including an elongated threaded rod, a connector for securing the rod to either a tractor or an implement, and a nut structure threaded on the rod. A connector is provided for securing the nut structure to the other of the tractor or the implement and the nut structure is split so that it may move radially relative to the rod to engage or disengage the same. An actuator is provided for selectively effecting the relative movement or precluding the relative movement and may be operated to allow the relative radial movement of the nut relative to the rod to disengage the same from the rod whereby the rod may be moved axially relative to the nut without rotation to rapidly adjust the link to a desired length. Relative movement of the nut toward the rod to engage the same may then be effected to maintain the link at the desired length.
Abstract: A wide range wheel chuck in which three wheel engaging chucks are disposed on the ends of three lever arms. The lever arms are rotatably journaled at the other end to a stationary base and at a point intermediate their ends to a base that is rotatable with respect to the stationary base. Relative movement between the bases results in simultaneous equal radial motion of the chuck jaws at the first ends of the lever arms.
Abstract: A self-levelling seat suspension system for vehicles wherein the seat is reciprocally supported by a cushion of pressurized air interposed between the seat and its supporting base unit. Pressurized air is supplied to or vented from the air cushion by a level control valve bodily movable with the seat and relative to an actuating cam. By way of example, the level control valve is fixed to one of a pair of links hingedly connecting the seat and its base and serving additionally to restrain the seat from rotation about its axis of reciprocation.The control valve is actuated by a cam which is manually adjustable to support the seat in any one of several different neutral levels while the occupant is seated.
Abstract: A grain storage bin has a floor with a central discharge opening, an elongated sweep auger extending radially from the discharge opening toward the wall of the bin, and an elongated shield extending alongside the auger. The sweep auger and shield travel as a unit around the interior of the bin to channel grain toward the discharge opening as the auger is being rotated about its axis. An elongated torque arm attached in a fixed position alongside the shield provides torsional reinforcing for the shield and longitudinal reinforcing for preventing the auger and shield from sagging mid-span.