Dibbles Patents (Class 111/99)
  • Patent number: 10188028
    Abstract: A planting apparatus of nursery tree includes an auger, a guide member having a hollow tube shape, a blade member, sliders, and motors The auger, the guide member and the blade member form the nested structure of the three-layer which are centered upon the auger, and the auger and the blade member are rotation members rotating on the same vertical axis line. By such a constitution, desired planting hole can easily be excavated, and the ground around the excavated hole and a root clump of the nursery tree can be leveled, covered and pressed by the blade member without forming a gap while holding the nursery tree by the guide member not to be inclined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Makoto Mihara
  • Patent number: 10123857
    Abstract: An assembly for expansion of tissue according to an example of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a body extending between proximal and distal ends. The body includes a head portion at the proximal end, and at least two arm portions extending between the head portion and the distal end to define an actuation cavity. Each of the at least two arm portions are configured to abut tissue. An actuation member is received in the actuation cavity. The actuation member is moveable to vary a distance between the at least two arm portions at the distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Ibrahim Zakhary
  • Patent number: 10035056
    Abstract: Provided are single-body golf tees having a cup shaped upper section, a cylindrical non tapered section, a bottom section having a truncated cone integrated to a conical tip section and a grasping section constituted by plurality of elongated non tapered grooves and elongated non tapered wing-like ribs along the center of the main body that have stability and grasping strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: José Angel Fernández Ogando
  • Patent number: 9925437
    Abstract: A divot repair tool includes a main body having an internally located prong assembly having one or more prongs. The prongs selectively transition between an extended and retracted position. At least one of the elongated prongs include a top end having a generally teardrop shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Sandgroup International Ltd.
    Inventor: Conor Fallon
  • Patent number: 9686898
    Abstract: A tilling device for tilling ground surfaces, in particular lawn surfaces, comprising at least one machine frame, at least one supporting device which supports the machine frame on the ground, multiple tools which can be lifted and lowered relative to the machine frame and thus can dig into the ground and be pulled out again, and at least one adjusting device which adjusts the distance between the supporting device and the machine frame in the vertical direction in order to adjust the digging depth of the tools into the ground. The adjusting device additionally adjusts the distance between the supporting device and the tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Cornelius Hermanus Maria De Bree
  • Patent number: 9543741
    Abstract: An equipotential grounding tool adapted to provide a temporary grounding and bonding point for establishing an equipotential work area for electrical linemen. The tool has has a variety of attachment fastening means for securing the tool to a fixed point. Once secured the tool provides common grounding and bonding contact points for interconnecting the surrounding surfaces and/or devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Pittman
  • Patent number: 9539718
    Abstract: An ergonomic handle assembly can allow an operator to comfortably support weight of a fluid filled reservoir connected to a fluid applicator sprayer. Any combination of first, second and third shoulders can be formed on the handle assembly to provide increased support surface area in three dimensions with respect to a hand of an operator supporting the fluid applicator spray gun for distributing weight across both the palm and fingers through a proximal support surface of the first support shoulder, the distal support surface of the second support shoulder, and the proximal support surface of the third support shoulder. The increased support surface area can allow an operator to support and handle the fluid applicator spray gun with reduced gripping force when compared to existing fluid applicator spray guns. The reduced gripping force can reduce the likelihood of repetitive stress syndrome injuries to the hand and arm of an operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventor: Jeffery Hall
  • Patent number: 9395151
    Abstract: A fore-end grip is provided for a firearm. The firearm has a barrel, and the fore-end grip is configured to at least partially surround the barrel. The fore-end grip includes at least one finger channel and at least one thumb channel. The finger channel and the thumb channel are configured to receive at least one finger and the thumb, respectively, of a shooter's forward hand when the shooter holds the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventors: Derek James Somogy, Jason Douglas Sopko
  • Patent number: 9381412
    Abstract: A divot repair tool includes a main body having an internally located rotational cylinder, a fixed tubular slide liner, and a prong assembly having one or more prongs which transition between an extended and retracted position. At least one of the elongated prongs include a top end having a generally teardrop shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Conor Fallon
  • Publication number: 20140338578
    Abstract: The present seed spacing and planting device consists of a planar member with a plurality of sidewalls having beveled edges extending vertically therefrom, with an integral or removable grid. A plurality of evenly spaced pegs or apertures are disposed along the face of the base, aligned with said sidewalls. The present device is pressed into the ground, edges downwards, to create a plurality of depressions for planting either seeds or seedlings therein. For embodiments having pegs, the pegs automatically create the depressions because they are pressed into the soil along with the beveled edges. For embodiments having apertures, a dibble is additionally provided which is pushed through said apertures for creating the planting depressions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Karl Pratt, Jennifer Pratt
  • Patent number: 8347797
    Abstract: A seed planting device comprising a shaft having a handle disposed on the first end and a base attached to the second end; a plurality of spikes removably attached to the bottom surface of the base, the spike being for driving into a ground area so as to aerate soil; a seed tube attached to the outer surface of the shaft, wherein seeds are housed in an inner cavity of the seed tube; the seeds can be dispensed from the inner cavity via a hole disposed in a second end of the seed tube that fluidly connects to a tube that traverses the base via a channel; and a valve disposed at the second end of the seed tube moveable between an open position and a closed position for respectively allowing and preventing seeds from being dispensed from the seed tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Clarence D. Clay
  • Patent number: 8286567
    Abstract: A seed planting device. The seed planting device includes an elongated member defining a plurality of shallow depressions regularly spaced along one or more of the member's faces. Each depression defines a volume capable of receiving a seed. A practitioner uses one face or edge of the device to create an indentation in the soil. The practitioner then lifts the device and tilts it so that the seeds fall out of the shallow depressions into the indentation. The practitioner then covers the seeds with soil by filling in the indentation with loose earth or potting soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Terry N. Garrett
  • Patent number: 7497173
    Abstract: A seed placement device (10) that is comprised of a seeding strip (12) and a boring tool (32). The seeding strip (12) has a multiplicity of equidistant holes (26) extending therethrough, and the boring tool (32) has an upper end (34), a shank (36) and a lower end (38) that terminates in a point (40). The seed placement device (10) is designed to quickly and easily allow a person to place a multiplicity of seeds (90) in the ground (92). Once the seeding strip (12) is placed in a desired location on the ground (92), a person inserts the boring tool (32) through each of the holes (26) and into the ground (92), thus creating a series of equidistant cavities (94), into each of which at least one seed (90) can be placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Inventors: Robert M. Walker, Jr., Robert M. Walker, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7216595
    Abstract: A handheld seed planting device including a rule-like seed spacing member with two or more dibbers and a depth marker for facilitating seed planting in terms of the spacing between neighboring seeds and/or their seed planting depth. Dibbers preferably double up as depth markers but a depth marker may alternatively be implemented as a simple depth gauge for clipping onto a seed spacing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Kapro Industries, Ltd
    Inventor: Paul Steiner
  • Patent number: 7117804
    Abstract: A seeding apparatus plants seed in the ground with a minimum soil disturbance. A base plate is provided which is supported for sliding movement along the ground and which includes a plurality of seed apertures formed therein. A metering system meters seed from a seed hopper to the seed apertures. Reciprocating push-rods subsequently push the seed through the seed aperture to a prescribed depth below a surface of the ground. As the seed remains in contact with moist soil below the surface of the ground, rapid germination results without concern for seed runoff when seeding sloped surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Inventor: Michael Dika
  • Patent number: 6752219
    Abstract: A turf cutting and handling system for the borehole of a golf green cup includes a generally cylindrical hollow barrel with a cutting edge disposed about a lower periphery of the barrel. A manually grippable handle allows the barrel to be drilled into a playing surface of the putting green, and an ejection port allows a cut plug of turf and soil to be removed from the cutting barrel after the cut plug has been moved from a cutting position to a removal position by means of an ejector plunger which is engaged with the lower rotationally sheared surface of the soil which is underlying the grassy portion of the cut plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Inventor: Bruce A. Fridd
  • Patent number: 6047650
    Abstract: A method and apparatus 10 for restoring the pH balance of a patch of contaminated hyper acidic soil 100 by creating a series of core holes 101 in the contaminated soil 100 with a core removal tool 20 having a hollow stem element 21 to captively engage a plug of contaminated soil 100 and then refilling the core holes 101 with a substitute soil compound 14 including a mixture of pH balanced soil 50 and a plurality of biodegradable capsules 51 containing a mixture of water and nitrate ions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Inventor: Anthony M. Taddei
  • Patent number: 6047651
    Abstract: A hole digger is provided including a post and a hole digging attachment mounted to the post and having a closed bottom face and a tapered periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Inventor: Orson W. Wilson
  • Patent number: 6024034
    Abstract: A seed-sowing preparation press is a tool which will make quick and accurate impressions in nursery beds. The sowing press consists of a plurality of square rods each with screws at one end and receptacles at the other end so to be interconnected at will. On one side, and along the entire length of each rod, ruler impressions in inches and centimeters are printed. The rods are connected with a plurality of outer-press attachments, consisting of two square tubes, stacked and fixed perpendicularly, which allow for upper rods to cross perpendicular to lower rods, and thus forming the seed-sowing press framework. Along the length of the lower rods, a plurality of inner-press attachments, having only one square tube, are fastened at desired intervals within the framework. Two detachable thumbscrews fasten into the upper portion of each outer-press attachment and one detachable thumbscrew fastens into the upper portion of each inner-press attachment, securing rods and attachments at desired positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Inventor: Kirk David Howell
  • Patent number: 5540433
    Abstract: A golf tee drill comprising a cylindrical casing having a removable cap at a first end. A spring is mounted in the removable cap. An electric motor is provided, having a rotatable shaft. The motor is secured within a second end of the casing. A battery is within the casing between the spring and the motor. A switch is on the casing and is electrically connected between the motor and the battery. An auger drill bit is also provided, having a cone shaped collar. A coupling assembly is for attaching the auger drill bit at the cone shaped collar to the shaft of the motor. When the switch is turned on, the auger drill bit will rotate to penetrate hard ground and form a pilot hole for setting a golf tee therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Inventors: J. Dennis Engstrom, George Spector
  • Patent number: 5492070
    Abstract: The method of planting potted nursery plants includes providing a planting tool having a punch head corresponding to the shape of the potted plant to be planted and then inserting the punch head into the ground and displacing soil for forming a cavity having the shape of the punch head and potting soil of the potted plant. The potted plant is then inserted into the sized hole in the ground without the need of any filling soil around the plant. The planting tool includes a cross member having a handle extending from an upwardly extending arm and the punch head extending from the downwardly extending arm. A step member extends through oppositely extending horizontal arms and telescopically holds a measuring member. T shaped holders are provided on the handle for holding punch heads of different sizes and shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1996
    Inventor: Allan Lefkow
  • Patent number: 5438940
    Abstract: A manual plant setting device that enables a gardener to set plants into the ground from a standing position without the need to bend or stoop, having a base plate with a short spud extending downwardly therefrom to be pressed into the soil to form a hole to receive the root ball of a plant to be set in the ground, an elongate plant guide, connected at one end to the base plate offset from the spud and extending upwardly from the base plate, in which a plant is placed and allowed to slide smoothly down the plant guide to the hole prepared to receive the root ball, and a handle interconnected to the opposite end of the plant guide for holding and manipulating the device. In the method of the invention the spud is pressed into the soil to form a hole, a plant is placed in the plant guide and allowed to slide smoothly down the plant guide and into the prepared hole, and the spud is used to place and lightly tamp soil around the root ball of the plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1995
    Inventor: William L. Bristow
  • Patent number: 5325798
    Abstract: A planting spacer and planting depth defining device includes a central rod on which a block is slidably mounted to define the depth of plant-receiving planting holes. A ruler is slidably received in the block and is used to define the spacing between plant-receiving holes. The plant-receiving holes are defined by forcing a point of the rod into the ground at the location marked using the ruler. The block is positioned on the rod element at a location to set the depth of the plant-receiving hole when the rod element point is forced into the soil until the block engages the soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1994
    Inventors: Brian W. Nowell, Gregory L. Nowell
  • Patent number: 5228400
    Abstract: A planting tool having a handle, a bracket connected to one end of the handle, and a conical portion connected to the bracket remote from the handle. The bracket is open in the manner of a stirrup for accommodating a foot of a person using the tool. The conical portion has a tapered portion that faces away from the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Inventor: William J. Luke
  • Patent number: 5170729
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a quantity of granular fertilizer to an underground location. The device consists of an inner and outer tubular section with the inner tube being hollow. Both tubular sections have a lower pointed end and the inner tube is rotatably disposed within the outer tube. An inner opening and outer opening are located at the lower end of the inner and outer tubes. A funnel is provided on the inner tube as well as a handle which actuates the rotation of the inner tube. Another handle is provided on the outer tube. When the handles are in alignment the openings are not in alignment. This forms a solid outer tube. The inner tubular section is filled with fertilizer, the handles grasped firmly and the device is thrust into the ground. The inner handle is then rotated 90 degrees bringing the inner and outer openings into alignment. The device is then removed from the ground, leaving the fertilizer in the hole formed by the displaced soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Inventor: Barry Benner
  • Patent number: 5152348
    Abstract: A turf spiking tool attachment 10 retrofits turf aerating machines 20 having reciprocating pistons 20 with the turf spiking tool attachments 10 mounted on the free ends of the pistons 20 for motor driven punching and aerification of turf. A flat base plate or punch plate 11 is secured to the free end of a piston. A plurality of spiking tines 13 project from the base plate 11. A stripper plate 12 is formed with a plurality of openings 18 in alignment with the projecting tines 13 of the base plate. The stripper plate 12 is mounted adjacent to the base plate 11 for sliding motion relative to the base plate. Guide elements 15,16 maintain the stripper plate and base plate substantially in parallel alignment. The stripper plate 12 bears against the turf. A stripper spring 17 pushes the stripper plate against the turf, holds the turf in place during retraction of the tines 13, and returns the stripper plate 12 to a starting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1992
    Inventors: Robert P. Flanagan, Sr., Robert P. Flanagan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5109930
    Abstract: An earth splitting tool comprised of a central shaft, a handle bar, a foot pressure bar and a wedge-shaped blade is disclosed. The blade has two primary trapezoid-shaped faces, two triangular side faces and a rectangular butt face. One primary face in the same plane as a tangent to the surface of the central shaft. The butt face has a width substantially the same as the thickness of the central shaft. The butt face may be perpendicular to the axis of the central shaft, or it may be sloped away from the perpendicular. The length of the butt face may also be substantially the same as the thickness of the central shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Inventor: Dennis K. Napier
  • Patent number: 5099772
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method are provided for planting seeds with a marked dibble, a marked seed spacer and a marker row spacer. Corresponding markings on a dibble, a seed spacer and a row spacer define the ideal planting depth, seed spacing and row spacing for seed types. Seed spacing is achieved by extending the seed spacer between juxtaposed corresponding markings on the row spacer and creating a hole in the garden soil at a point determined by additional corresponding markings on the seed spacer. Hole depth is determined by further corresponding markings on the dibble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Assignee: Storybook Garden, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Murray
  • Patent number: 5080027
    Abstract: A hard material pointed bottom tool is presented having a top handle and a stand-on side extension enabling body weight through a user's foot to drive the pointed bottom end into the ground for repeatedly providing seed receiving planting holes. The stand-on side extension also serves as a depth limiting gauge for the tool driven ground seed planting holes. An additional refigurement includes lower bottom thread- on pointed ends replaceable as desired with ends of different lengths for seed planting hole depth suitable to the seeds being planted and, in addition, having bottom replaceable ends of different harder material such as tempered steel in place of other material in the balance of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Inventor: John H. Brothers
  • Patent number: 4934289
    Abstract: A gardening device facilitating the planting of seeds, bulbs or the like includes a platen member having two opposite sides and a plurality of pegs releasably secured to one side of the platen member so as to project therefrom. A carrying handle is attached to the other side of the platen member for facilitating placement of the platen member upon and removal of the platen member from the soil. When the platen member is placed one-side-down upon prepared soil so that the pegs engage the soil and a moderate amount of pressure is applied to the other side of the platen member and generally toward the soil, the pegs penetrate the soil so as to form indentations therein. Upon removal of the device from the soil in a manner withdrawing the pegs from the indentations, the indentations provide formed openings in the soil for accepting seeds or bulbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1990
    Inventor: Joseph M. Robinson
  • Patent number: 4791995
    Abstract: A manual tiller, mulcher and weeder tool has an elongated upright handle having its lower end connected to a horizontal top plate which has a series of diamond-headed tines extended downwardly in parallel spaced apart relation from the underside of the top plate. A cleaning plate has a series of holes aligned with the tines for vertical sliding movement of the cleaning plate on the tines. Compression springs mounted on selected tines urge the cleaning plate to a lowered position adjacent the tine heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1988
    Inventor: Eugene Hochlan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4549611
    Abstract: A tool including a handle secured axially to a reversible face plate structure having a flat sheet metal body including a first portion with a half-round-curved edge or periphery adapted to fit into half-round gutters as well as a second portion with a more rectangular peripheral contour conforming or complementary to inner shape of so-called "K" type gutters. A free end of the handle has a truncated, tapered end portion. Additional light-duty uses or applications total at least twelve tasks for employment thereof including use of the tool as a weeder in a garden; a ditcher; a hoe; a spreader; a row-forming tool; a seed-bed tool; a furrowing tool; a deep planting tool for bulbs, sets and small plants; a blending tool for mortar or plaster; a hand tiller for mulch and dry chemicals or fertilizer; a hand tamping tool for soil or sand; a planting lateral-spacing-gauge tool; a planting depth-gauge tool; and as a scraper for dirt, mud, plaster, mortar and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1985
    Inventor: Robert C. Mills
  • Patent number: 4275672
    Abstract: A dibber, having a handle portion, and integral therewith an implementing portion tapering to a point, variably apertured collared disks, mountable, upwardly slidable to measured points on the implementing portion, indicating the ideal depths for planting various kinds of seeds in the soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1981
    Inventor: L. Susan Clad
  • Patent number: 4267782
    Abstract: A portable, hand-held device for use in transplanting crops includes a tubular conduit operable for directing fluid outwardly from the discharge end thereof for impingement against the ground to form a crop-receiving cavity in the ground. Additionally, an orienting attachment connected to the tubular conduit is engageable with the ground for positioning the discharge end thereabove. The orienting attachment also includes a stabilizer for contacting a stretch of the ground to position the tubular conduit so that fluid may be discharged substantially vertically thereinto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1981
    Inventor: Gene B. Talbott
  • Patent number: 4114543
    Abstract: A device for planting seeds into soil includes an elongated tubular housing having a concentrically-disposed axially-aligned elongated rigid member slidably mounted within the hollow interior of the housing. A tubular socket is connected to the end portion of the member for extending through an opening in the bottom end of the housing to dig into and retain a soil plug from the soil to be planted. A handle portion is connected to the opposite end of the member for extending through an opening in the top portion of the housing to enable the member to be moved axially relative to the housing toward its bottom end so that the socket can be forced into digging engagement with the soil and then the member retracted in the housing to withdraw the soil plug from its hole in the soil, whereby a seed can be dropped in the soil hole. An ejecting mechanism discharges the soil plug from the socket and into the soil hole for covering the seed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1978
    Inventor: Roderick A. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 4080755
    Abstract: A plant marker which serves not only to facilitate the implant of seeds at the proper depth, but also functioning to encourage the upward growth of the seedlings. The marker is constituted by a tab which is insertable in soil to a depth determined by a ground line which divides the front face of the tab into a short lower section and a longer upper section. Mounted across the lower section is a piece of bio-degradable tape encapsulating the seeds to be planted. The upper section is coated with a light-reflecting layer whereby when the marker is buried in soil, the resultant seedlings will intercept the rays of the sun advancing toward the upper section and will be directly exposed to incident rays on one side, the other side of the seedlings being exposed to reflected radiation, whereby the seedlings will not elongate and incline toward the source of the rays but will grow upwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1978
    Inventor: Leslie O. Crosby
  • Patent number: 4020906
    Abstract: A rotary tool for marking a straight or curved groove in a garden in which seeds are to be laid. The tool includes an enclosed drum, which may be filled with water, with the drum rotatably mounted to a yoke fixed to a handle. A rim centrally fitted with an external V-shaped projecting flange is detachably fastened to the cylindrical drum wall. Alternate detachable rims are provided with each rim fitted with a flange of a different size so as to each form a groove of a different depth when rolled across a garden seed bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1977
    Assignee: The Raymond Lee Organization, Inc.
    Inventor: Leslie H. Wells
  • Patent number: D269844
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1983
    Assignee: Mabel J. Hackerson
    Inventor: John V. Hackerson