Patents Examined by Thomas B. Will
  • Patent number: 11122723
    Abstract: A tool for tilling and comminuting in a tool carrier with rotor which is rotatable about the rotor axis, the tool is received in a receptacle of the tool carrier arranged on the rotor. The receptacle is formed by a first face provided in the cutting direction and second face on which the tool is fastened by means of its face which faces away from the cutting direction, the tool has a body which has an end face in the direction of rotation of the rotor and a rear face opposite the end face. The rear face is inclined by 1° to 10° with respect to the end face and the tool is braced and held between the face in the cutting direction of the receptacle and the face of the receptacle that faces away from the cutting direction, play is left between the tool and receptacle base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: SEPPI M. SPA AG
    Inventor: Lorenz Seppi
  • Patent number: 11124934
    Abstract: A bollard assembly includes a bollard post, a ground sleeve configured to receive the bollard post, and a stress control device positioned adjacent to the ground sleeve. The stress control device has a face plate and a plurality of support plates secured to a back surface of the face plate. The support plates are angularly space from one another at equal angles and extend radially inward from the back surface towards the ground sleeve such that the ground sleeve fits between the plurality of support plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: SCHRAM MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventors: William Lynn Beason, Michael Scott Brackin
  • Patent number: 11122738
    Abstract: A cutter housing for a lawnmower can include first and second cutting chambers with first and second chamber walls and first/second discharge openings. First and second ring gates that have openings and blocking segments can be concentrically placed within respective first and second chamber walls, and rotatably attached to the cutter housing. The first and second ring gates can be rotated between: (a) an opened position in which the first/second ring gate is positioned with the first/second ring opening having a first overlap with a first/second discharge opening to provide a discharge mode, and (b) a closed position in which the first/second ring gate is positioned with the first/second ring opening having a decreased overlap, relative to the first overlap, with the first/second discharge opening to provide a mulch mode. The ring gates can be stopped at intermediate positions to provide a partial mulch mode or partial discharge mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Teegan L. Kelly, Robert A. Recher
  • Patent number: 11124958
    Abstract: A debris catching device suitable for an open manhole includes a basket having a diameter slightly less than that of the manhole aperture and a durable flange secured to the periphery of the basket opening. The flange has a plurality of lifting hooks secured to a top face opposite the bottom of the basket. The interior of the rubber flange is reinforced with a ring running throughout the middle circumference thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Leanne M. Gagliardi
  • Patent number: 11122741
    Abstract: A stalk roller assembly for an agricultural system includes a stalk roller having a hollow shaft. The hollow shaft has a first end having a first shape, such that the first end engages a guide element. Furthermore, the hollow shaft has a second end having a second shape that engages a drive shaft, such that the first shape is different than the second shape. In addition, the hollow shaft is formed from a single piece of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Eric Lee Walker, Eric Roland Fredricks
  • Patent number: 11122744
    Abstract: A combine harvester including a cleaning shoe, having a tailings auger for collection of tailings, a tailings collection bin and apparatus for moving material from the tailings auger to the tailings collection bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Wire, Bernard Dean Regier
  • Patent number: 11116122
    Abstract: A handheld lawn maintenance tool having a power head to which an adapter is attachable to allow both battery-powered and gasoline-powered working attachments to be attached thereto. The power head includes a power source, integrated first and second handles, a power generator, and a first attachment mechanism to which the adapter and/or working attachments are attachable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventor: Robert Bermudez
  • Patent number: 11116130
    Abstract: A utility machine, such as an outdoor power equipment unit such as a lawn mower, includes a work unit performing work in addition to motive power for the utility machine and a trailer occupied by an operator in a standing position. The operator may seamlessly step onto the trailer to operate the machine in stand-on mode and step off the trailer to operate the machine in walk-behind mode. The trailer remains in the deployed condition in both stand-on mode and walk-behind mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Ariens Company
    Inventors: Thomas E. Phillip, Aric Hamburg, William D. Maile, Craig Key, Brent P. Berglund, Michael Rukamp, Andrew Donati, Jeffrey M. Berchem, John Adams
  • Patent number: 11109524
    Abstract: A single disk fertilizer opener assembly for opening a trench in soil includes a frame support and a cutting disk for forming the trench. The cutting disk is coupled to an axle and rotates about the axle as the assembly moves in a working direction. The assembly also includes a first arm pivotally coupled to the frame support and the axle, and a second arm pivotally coupled to the frame support at a location spaced from the first arm. A bracket is coupled to the axle and the second arm, and a scraper is coupled to the bracket and disposed substantially perpendicularly to the working direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Pablo Petenon, Rogerio Kroth
  • Patent number: 11111642
    Abstract: A vehicle stopping device includes a casing configured as an open enclosure having an open side, vertical side walls, a horizontal top wall and a horizontal bottom wall forming an interior space of the open enclosure. A pair of caltrop bars are configured to be securely stored within the interior space of the casing in a stored position, and are configured to be activated from the stored position to a deployed position in which the first and second caltrop bars extend out of the interior space of the casing through the open side thereof for positioning on opposite sides of a vehicle tire. Each of the caltrop bars being formed of a bar and one or more caltrops arranged along the bar for puncturing and deflating the vehicle tire when the vehicle tire is driven over the caltrop bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas F Creaven, Franco S De Liguori
  • Patent number: 11111637
    Abstract: A curb former (10) includes a rotatable drive shaft (20), a gutter drum (80), and a curb profiling drum (100). The gutter drum (80) is secured to the drive shaft (20) such that the drive shaft (20) and gutter drum (80) rotate together. The curb profiling drum (100) is detachably secured relative to both the drive shaft (20) and the gutter drum (80). This configuration allows one curb profiling drum (100) to be replaced with another curb profiling drum (100) to change the profile of a curb resulting from a curbing operation using the curb former (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: LURA ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Dennis K. Lura
  • Patent number: 11111091
    Abstract: A ramp kerb, for supporting a transverse edge of a ramp surface and a ramp lip extension having an attachment portion, comprises a first longitudinally extending channel open at an inner transverse edge of the ramp kerb for receiving a transverse edge of the ramp surface and a second longitudinally extending channel open at the inner transverse edge of the ramp kerb for receiving an attachment portion of the ramp lip extension. The first and second longitudinally extending channels are vertically spaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Enable Access (Holdings) Limited
    Inventors: Gerald David Morrish, Kenneth George Morrish
  • Patent number: 11105048
    Abstract: An asphalt paver machine includes a main screed and an extender screed. The extender screed is coupled and configured to move laterally relative to the main screed. The extender screed includes a first screed carriage movably coupled to the main screed by a first cylinder and a second cylinder diagonally arranged relative to one another, and a second screed carriage movably coupled to the first screed carriage by a third cylinder and a fourth cylinder diagonally arranged relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Tobin D. Rasmusson, Ryan J. Schuette, John E. Jorgensen
  • Patent number: 11102925
    Abstract: A drive system includes a first transmission, a second transmission and at least one flexible driving member. The first transmission is operably coupled to a first set of wheels to provide drive power to the first set of wheels responsive to engagement of the first transmission. The second transmission is operably coupled to a second set of wheels to provide drive power to the second set of wheels responsive to engagement of the second transmission. The at least one flexible driving member is operably coupled to a remote actuator and a drive shaft of the walk-behind outdoor power equipment device. The at least one flexible member selectively engages one of the first transmission or the second transmission to switch a walk-behind outdoor power equipment device between all wheel drive operation and another drive mode via the remote actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventors: John Helgesen, Eric Lennings, Robert Fancher, Matthew Lambert
  • Patent number: 11096327
    Abstract: A crop residue spreader for an agricultural crop harvester such as a combine includes a rotor having a plurality of paddles including a first paddle having a first cross-sectional shape and a second paddle having a second cross-sectional shape, the second cross-sectional shape of the second paddle being different from the first cross-sectional shape of the first paddle. Different V-shapes can be used for the first and second cross-sectional shapes, the openings of the V-shapes facing in a forward rotational direction of the rotor. Multiple pairs of similarly shaped paddles can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Mark D. Dilts, Reinout De Baere
  • Patent number: 11089726
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a mulch plug configured to attach to a lawnmower by one or more attachment points, including a snap-fit attachment point. The snap-fit provides a more secure attachment to the lawnmower than attachment mechanisms on existing mulch plugs, in turn providing more even distribution of mulch and less clogging and locking of mower wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Christopher D Meeks, Steven J. Busjahn
  • Patent number: 11089722
    Abstract: A scraper assembly of an agricultural row unit includes an inner scraper configured to engage an inner surface of a disc. The scraper assembly also includes a fastener configured to couple the inner scraper to an outer scraper configured to engage an outer surface of the disc. In addition, the inner scraper has an engagement feature configured to contact the outer scraper and/or a frame of the agricultural row unit to block rotation of the inner scraper about the fastener relative to the outer scraper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Austin Joseph McLuckie, Brian J. Anderson, Johnathon R. Dienst, Grant Thomas MacDonald
  • Patent number: 11091889
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed toward a spike strip. The spike strip preferably includes a housing, a plurality of spikes disposed in the housing, a door, and a mover. The door is preferably configured to transition between a closed configuration in which the spikes are covered and prevented from puncturing tires of vehicles driving over the spike strip and an open configuration in which the spikes are exposed and allowed to puncture a tire of a vehicle driving over the spike strip. The mover is preferably configured to transition the door from the closed configuration to the open configuration responsive to a signal provided to the spike strip from a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Peter Barrett
  • Patent number: 11083133
    Abstract: A mower assembly for cutting and mulching material. The mower assembly comprises a mower housing, a first disc cutter, a second disc cutter and an anvil. The first and second disc cutters are orientated such that their outer edges are spaced apart so that counter-rotation of the discs urges material to move between the discs from an inlet area toward an outlet area. Material travelling from the inlet area to the outlet area is subject to cutting and shredding by cutting teeth on the disc cutters. Material moving into the outlet area is subjected to further cutting and shredding through contact with the anvil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: MULCH MASTERS, LLC
    Inventor: Gareth Lowe
  • Patent number: 11083135
    Abstract: A combine harvester has at least one header for cutting plants to be harvested with the aid of the combine harvester, a feeder for conveying the cut plants in the direction of a threshing mechanism, and a threshing mechanism, with the aid of which fruits can be removed from the cut plants in such a way that the fruits are then present separately from plant residue of the plants. The feeder comprises a revolvingly driveable conveying unit and a conveyor channel within which the cut plants can be conveyed with the conveying unit. The feeder interacts with a measuring unit in the form of a sensor unit that contactlessly detects material feed height of plants conveyed with the aid of the feeder in the conveyor channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Dennis Neitemeier, Frédéric Fischer, Daniel Sprigade, Markus Brune, Boris Kettelhoit, Andreas Arnold, Philipp Grossegesse