Patents Examined by Thomas B. Will
  • Patent number: 10327380
    Abstract: A sugar beet puller wheel set includes a pair of generally upright, spaced apart, symmetrically non-parallel puller wheels, rotatably disposed on axles attached to a frame and having a gap therebetween. A gap adjuster is associated with at least one of the puller wheels, and is configured to move the at least one puller wheel axially along the respective axle with axial rotation of the gap adjuster, allowing selective adjustment of the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SPUDNIK EQUIPMENT CO., LLC
    Inventors: Rainer Borgmann, Hugo Dabbelt, Rainer Kemper, Andy Florence, Evan Steel
  • Patent number: 10327371
    Abstract: A drill attachment for removing weeds and the like from the ground, which has a body with a shaft protruding from the center and at least two prongs protruding from the opposite side of the body. The free end of the shaft is placed into the chuck of an electric drill, and the prongs are forced into the ground around a weed. The user operates the drill, thus spinning the prongs around the weed. The prongs entangle the weed's roots and bore a small hole in the ground, allowing the user to easily remove the weed. The prongs are then placed into the ground close to the hole, and the drill is slowly operated, thus refilling the hole. The device has a plurality of edges and corners that allow the operator to shear weeds and the like that become entangled on it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Carl Edwin Smith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10327384
    Abstract: A lawn care device may include a cutting deck housing at least one blade, a rotatable shaft, and a blade coupler operably coupled to the rotatable shaft. The blade coupler may define a blade channel configured to at least partially enclose four sides of a blade inserted therein. The blade coupler may include a support base and a sleeve that is movable relative to the support base based on a compression state of a biasing element. The blade may be insertable into the blade channel by orienting the blade to apply a force to sidewalls of the sleeve to shift the biasing element to a compressed state and rotating the blade proximate to the support base to enable the biasing element to shift to an extended state in which sidewalls of the sleeve define sidewalls of the blade channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventors: Jörgen Johansson, Eric Lennings
  • Patent number: 10327375
    Abstract: A folding toolbar for an agricultural implement. A unitary flex hinge structure connects adjacent sections of the toolbar and provides a dual pivoting function. The flex hinge pivots about a first pin connected to a first section and is in pivotal connection about a second pin connected to a second section, the first and second pins defining axes that are orthogonal to each other. The unitary flex hinge further includes a lug plate that defines a mid plane along which a force may be applied. The mid plane and the axis of the first pin may be coplanar to reduce bending moments about the flex hinge relative to conventional arrangements where the axis of a hinge pin is offset relative to the plane in which the force is applied. The first pin may be mounted to a hinge mount that is mounted to lug plate for a compact design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FAST Global Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Verlyn K. Fast, James B. Prohaska
  • Patent number: 10321633
    Abstract: A threshing bar includes a threshing fixture formed entirely of a first metal, and a head formed entirely of a second metal. The threshing fixture includes a leading extremity, a trailing extremity, a top threshing side, a bottom threshing drum emplacement side, and a spike. The spike projects from the top threshing side to the head affixed rigidly to the spike and which is available for threshing crop cuttings between the leading and trailing extremities. The first metal has a first tensile strength, the second metal has a second tensile strength, and the second tensile strength is greater than the first tensile strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Ronald J. Kile
  • Patent number: 10316476
    Abstract: A screed assembly for a paving machine is disclosed. The screed assembly includes a screed plate having a front edge, a first plate positioned in front of the front edge of the screed plate. The first plate defining having a first thickness. A temperature sensor is coupled to the first plate. The temperature sensor is configured to determine a temperature of a paving material, whereby the temperature of the paving material is measured before the paving material comes into contact with the screed plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: John L. Marsolek, Luke E. Graham
  • Patent number: 10314230
    Abstract: A chopper assembly for a crop residue distribution system of an agricultural combine may include a rotor shaft extending lengthwise along a rotational axis between a first end and a second end. The chopper assembly may also include a plurality of flail blades pivotally coupled to the rotor shaft. Each flail blade may be configured to pivot relative to the rotor shaft about a pivot axis, with the flail blades being spaced apart axially from one another between the first and second ends of the rotor shaft. In addition, the chopper assembly may include a plurality of spring tines coupled to the rotor shaft, with the spring tines being spaced apart from one another between the first and second ends of the rotor shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Justin L. Montenguise, Craig E. Murray
  • Patent number: 10314233
    Abstract: A row unit for a header of an agricultural harvester is provided that includes a frame and two spaced apart stripping plates. The row unit further includes a first stalk roll mounted to the frame adjacent the first stripping plate and a second stalk roll mounted to the frame adjacent the second stripping plate. The first stalk roll includes a primary helical flight having a front end that starts at a front edge of the first stalk roll and the second stalk roll includes a secondary helical flight having a front end that starts at a position axially spaced from a front edge of the second stalk roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: CNH INDUSTRIAL AMERICA LLC
    Inventor: Bradley Wenger
  • Patent number: 10309065
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a rubber tire roller for ground compaction, comprising a machine frame and an operating platform and front and rear undercarriages supporting the machine frame, wherein the undercarriages each comprise at least one wheel. A fundamental idea of the present invention lies in viewing indentations that are open to the side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: BOMAG GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Berg, Ernst-Josef Einolf, Thomas Haubrich, Thomas Klein, Tobias Schonberg
  • Patent number: 10309063
    Abstract: A multifunctional and multi-story crossroad for intensive land use relates to urban road construction engineering and solves technical problems of urban traffic jams through space division and streamlined design, without occupying the land outside the road. It achieves: operating smoothly without red lights, large vehicle-free intersection space on the ground, large parking areas, long “side of the road” border between the parking area and roads, bicycle exclusive system. Technical elements include: learning from building design, multi-story crossroad, “Turning Right and Looping Back technique”, “exclusive bikeway interlayer”, “adding a lane”, and “large steps above ramp of a tunnel.” It is a combination of a smoothly flowing crossroad technique, viaduct and the tunnel. The main purposes are: for new construction and renovation of crossroad in congested cities, and development of city fast lanes, elevated roads and tunnels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Changshou Liu, Wentao Zhou, Xiang Liu
  • Patent number: 10299443
    Abstract: A sod harvester for cutting a sod slab from a sod field and directing an unspoiled sod slab into a first carrier and a spoiled sod slab into a scrap sod carrier through pivoting an articulated conveyor from an inline condition to an offline condition or vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: TREBRO HOLDING, INC.
    Inventor: Gregg Tvetene
  • Patent number: 10301786
    Abstract: An apparatus may be positioned at the side of a roadway for ensnaring tires of an oncoming land vehicle. The apparatus comprises a base layer further comprising a plurality of receptacles to hold spikes at both lengthwise edges of the base layer. The base layer is adapted to support a net package in a rolled stowed configuration. The net package includes a set of spikes tethered to netting. A deployment hose is connected to the base layer to cause the base layer to become unrolled for deployment when the deployment hose is inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company (California) LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. Sullivan, Paul D. Wallis
  • Patent number: 10299431
    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: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventors: Timothy C. Ladd, Jr., Gary Hobrath, Axel Schaedler, Brian Milliff
  • Patent number: 10292328
    Abstract: A lawn mower includes a mower frame, a prime mover supported by the mower frame, a mower deck mounted to the mower frame, a cutting blade mounted below the mower deck to cut vegetation under the mower deck, and a bagger assembly releasably coupled to the mower frame. The bagger assembly includes a receptacle for collecting cut vegetation. The receptacle has a lid. The bagger assembly also includes a latch supported by the receptacle and operable to engage the mower frame. The latch is moveable between a first position, in which the latch is secured to the mower frame, and a second position, in which the latch is released from the mower frame. The bagger assembly further includes a cord positioned on the lid and coupled to the latch. The cord is operable to move the latch from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ariens Company
    Inventors: Ricky A. Cracraft, Daniel J. Gindt, Trenton J. Meyer, Brent P. Berglund
  • Patent number: 10285328
    Abstract: A lawn mower includes a cutter blade that is an elongated member extending in opposite horizontal directions with respect to a vertical rotation shaft. The cutter blade includes, on each of its longitudinally opposite end portions, a blade section formed along the front edge, in a rotating direction of the cutter blade, of the end portion, and an air lift section extending from the front edge while curving rearward and upward. The air lift section has a vertical downward wing formed integrally thereon and extending downward via a bent section that is bent downward from at least a rear half portion, in the rotating direction, of an outer peripheral edge of the air lift section. The bent section has a radius set to gradually increase as the air lift section curves rearward and upward in the rotating direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shunsuke Kurioka, Shingo Tsuruoka
  • Patent number: 10278321
    Abstract: A hand-held tilling device for powered hand-held tilling of substrate includes a support that is hollow. A drive assembly is coupled to a top end of the support. The drive assembly is configured for grasping in a hand of a user. A tillage assembly is coupled to a bottom end of the support. The tillage assembly is drivingly coupled to the drive assembly. The drive assembly is positioned on the support for grasping in the hand of the user. The drive assembly is positioned to motivate the tillage assembly to till a substrate selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Wayne Parkey
  • Patent number: 10280576
    Abstract: A mobile snow removal and collection apparatus including a wheeled motorized vehicle having a front cab and a vehicle chassis attached to a back end of the front cab. A snow removal collection tank is disposed atop the vehicle chassis. A heating unit is disposed atop the vehicle chassis, and a vacuum unit is disposed atop the heating unit. Each of a drainage hose and a snow intake hose is extended outward from and in fluid communication with the inner chamber of the snow removal collection tank. The vacuum unit is configured to pull snow into the inner chamber of the snow removal collection tank through the snow intake hose, and the heating unit is configured to melt the snow disposed within the snow removal collection tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Omar Osorio
  • Patent number: 10280568
    Abstract: A field-assembly dowel basket for concrete construction configured for in-the-field assembly from standardized components. This allows a number of standard components, including clips, connectors and wire frame components, to be conveniently transported and stored on construction sites to facilitate on-site assembly of dowel baskets on an as-needed, where-needed basis. Since the dowel basket components are much smaller than assembled baskets, they can be shipped and stored much more cost effectively. Standardization of components allows mass production, consolidates inventory management, and avoids the need for ad hoc fabrication for each construction site. On-site fabrication largely eliminates welding from the dowel basket fabrication process (wire frame clips may involve welding), avoids shipping of fabricated dowel baskets, and allows assembly of dowel basket by construction workers as opposed to highly skilled welding shops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: McTech Group, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen F. McDonald
  • Patent number: 10278322
    Abstract: A system of folding toolbars on an agricultural implement having a base toolbar, two articulating toolbars, multiple attachments to the toolbar, and a pair of hinges, with each toolbar connected to attachments. The base toolbar is located orthogonally to the direction of travel of the agricultural implement and connected to a hinge at each end, the hinges are each further connected to an articulating toolbar. Each of the toolbars is connected to a set of attachments. Each articulating toolbar rotates about the base on a pivot axis along the direction of travel of the agricultural implement and tilted relative to the ground plane, such that the center of gravity (CG) moves forward in the transport position and a normal force is applied to the articulating toolbars to resist vertical movement when in field position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: KUHN KRAUSE, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas W. Ankenman, Jesse Nininger
  • Patent number: 10273662
    Abstract: A wear assembly for securing a wear member to excavating equipment that includes a base having a nose and a wear member having a socket. The nose and socket are each provided with one or more complementary stabilizing surfaces in central portions thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: ESCO GROUP LLC
    Inventor: Christopher M. Carpenter