Horizontal Axis (e.g., Longitudinal Axis) Patents (Class 171/97)
  • Patent number: 5682953
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device that is mounted on the front of loaders or tractors for picking and separating rocks and other debris from soil admixtures. The device includes a forward dumping bucket which includes a grate at the bottom thereof for separating larger rocks/debris from smaller rocks/debris and soil. Rocks or debris are swept into the bucket by a reel which is either directly mounted on the side plates of the bucket, or is attached to a carriage which is pivotally attached to the bucket. A motor is provided which rotates the reel in a circle to sweep rocks or debris into the bucket. The reel is either rotated by the motor to a position allowing forward dumping of the contents of the bucket, or when the carriage is used, a hydraulic lift is utilized to pivot the carriage away from the bucket so as to permit forward dumping of the bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Inventor: Dale Buysse