Proceeded By Implement Of Different Type Patents (Class 172/200)
  • Patent number: 9605407
    Abstract: An apparatus features front blade sections fixed to the frame in a V-configuration, and a pull tongue extending over the blade apex to a pivotal connection near a rear of the frame. An actuation mechanism effects relative pivoting between the frame and the pull tongue to adjust an angle between the front blade and the trailer tongue to control a position of the blade apex. Two rear blade sections on opposing sides of the frame are movable between deployed positions extending rearwardly and laterally outward from the front blade sections, and stowed positions elevated out of the deployed positions. The rear blade sections are movable downwardly past a plane in which they align with the front blade sections, thus enabling different working operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Jeffrey Ryan Penner
  • Patent number: 9267265
    Abstract: A ground leveling assembly for mounting to a vehicle includes a grading member that may abut Earth. An L-shaped bracket is coupled to the grading member. The L-shaped bracket is operationally coupled to the vehicle. The vehicle urges the grading member along Earth so the grading member grades Earth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Joseph Pastuch
  • Patent number: 9011039
    Abstract: An apparatus for servicing roadways includes a frame configured to be secured to a prime mover. The apparatus further includes a grinding drum rotatably supported upon the frame. The apparatus still further includes a driving system supported upon the frame and configured to rotationally drive the grinding drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: RM Equipment, LLC
    Inventors: Tom L. Oxford, Stephen L. Monlux, Erik B. Skeen
  • Publication number: 20120227991
    Abstract: A tillage implement equipped with a finishing attachment for chopping and leveling soil. The implement includes at least one soil engaging element (e.g., a shank) operable to form a trench with mounds on either side of the trench. The finishing attachment includes at least one soil chopping and leveling assembly that is operable to chop up clods of soil and crop remnants in the mounds and to level off the mounds by pushing the mounds at least partially into the trench.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: GREAT PLAINS MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Rodney D. Hake, Michael J. Ohnsat, Hank A. Kummer
  • Publication number: 20120048579
    Abstract: A turf grader including plow blades, soil engaging tines, scraper blades and a leveling and pulverizing roller. The roller includes an inner cylindrical main body with a continuous solid outwardly facing surface over which is mounted a perforated wall. The tines are arranged in pairs with each pair having a downwardly extending legs integrally joined together by a pair of coils, in turn, integrally connected together and mounted to the tine assembly sub-frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventor: Michael E. Davis
  • Publication number: 20110192619
    Abstract: A cultivator mountable to a front three-point hitch of an agricultural tractor incorporates a spring steel scraper blade for the purpose of clearing weeds around the base of tree trunks in an orchard or vines in a vineyard. Cultivator heads and the scraper blade are positioned to one side of the tractor. A pair of multi-wheel cultivator heads are casterably mounted at opposite ends of a horizontal support beam, which is secured to a fulcrum bracket at the end of a slidable shaft, extension of which is under hydraulic control of the tractor operator. The scraper blade is maintained in contact with the ground and slightly above the level of the bottom of each cultivator head. While cultivating regions around tree or vines, the scraper blade can rub up against the trunks of trees or vines without causing any significant damage to bark or sapwood.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventor: Jerry Harris
  • Patent number: 7975631
    Abstract: The invention relates to a combine agricultural machine (1) comprising a planting device (3), in particular a potato planting device, provided with at least one storage container (10), an extraction device associated thereto, a setting plow (7) and an downstream mounted end damming device (4). A loosening tool (2) for preparing a seedbed is arranged upstream of the planting device (3) in a travelling direction and one or several wheels (18) for disintegrating soil and supporting the machine are mounted upstream of said loosening tool (2) in said travelling direction. The invention also relates to a method for mechanically planting seeds comprising a stage for preparing the seedbed, a sowing stage and a final damming stage which are simultaneously carried out by means of tools mounted on the agricultural machine (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventor: Andreas Heiss, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7690440
    Abstract: An agricultural seeder or fertilizer having a meter device which dispenses seed or fertilizer to a plurality of ground-engaging members. The supply of metered seed or fertilizer to each of the ground-engaging members is controlled via input from a GPS/GNSS satellite navigation system to prevent the meter device delivering seed or fertilizer to selected of the ground-engaging members which would otherwise pass over soil which has been previously seeded or fertilized. Raising means, responsive to input from said GPS/GNSS satellite navigation system detecting that the device is travelling or is about to travel over areas of soil that has been previously seeded or fertilized, is further is provided to raise the selected ground-engaging members to which delivery of seed/fertilizer has been prevented in order to prevent soil which has been previously seeded or fertilized from being disturbed. A method of operating a seeder/fertilizer implement to achieve the aforesaid is further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: One Pass Implements Inc.
    Inventors: Brian F. Dean, Patrick M. Beaujot, David R. Duke, Bruce W. Wilton, Barry K. Melanson, Justin C. Varjassy, Ward J. Hepting, Dave Hundeby
  • Patent number: 7540331
    Abstract: A soil working implement is dragged behind a towing vehicle. The implement includes a hitch part and a soil working part. The soil working part may be pivoted about the hitch part by extending or retracting a longitudinal linkage member interposed between the hitch part and the soil working part. Wheels are mounted on the implement and may be raised and lowered relative to the implement by an operator-actuated mechanism, to thereby permit the soil working part to be raised off of the ground by lowering the wheels to thereby facilitate movement of the implement from one treatment area to another, whereupon the wheels may be raised to permit the soil working part to engage the soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Absolute Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin V. Keigley
  • Patent number: 7063166
    Abstract: An earth grooming device for attachment to a vehicle includes a rectangular frame having a plurality of teeth secured to the front thereof to form a rake and a scraper blade secured to the rear of the frame. A side rail is attached to each side of the frame with each side rail having a bottom edge tapered forwardly and upwardly beginning from a point intermediate both ends of the side rail where a bottom edge of the scraper blade is positioned and tapered rearwardly and upwardly from the point to form a fulcrum about which the side rail pivots. A pair of rear wheels are mounted adjacent the ends of the side rail and a pair of adjustable wheels are mounted intermediate of the frame. Actuator means are also provided for adjusting a height of the pair of adjustable wheels relative to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Country Home Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael T. Grosberg
  • Patent number: 7048069
    Abstract: An agricultural implement consisting primarily of a towed frame supported on retractable wheels, the frame having a plurality of independently adjustable spindles for setting height and angle of attack for various size rotatable discs. Each disc is staggered to reduce resistance and clogging. Each group of discs further includes descending diameter discs at each end with the angle of attack increasing with each decrease in diameter while spacing between the discs decreases as the diameters are reduced. The implement further including harrow teeth or picks located at strategic points adjacent the discs to ensure uniform soil disruption, the disc assembly being convertible from single gang to double gang assembly and may include conventional harrow teeth sets and or unique soil leveler attachments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Inventor: Gerald Bollich
  • Patent number: 6997122
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for dispensing aggregates for lawn improvement. Aggregates are delivered to the site in a primary dispensing vehicle, which is configured to allow a smaller secondary dispensing vehicle to be loaded with the aggregate directly from the primary vehicle. The process includes aerating the soil, distributing a variety of soil amendments evenly over the area to be treated and then dragging a unique drag mat over the area to make a smooth contour and to even the distribution of the aggregate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventor: Richard Guzman
  • Publication number: 20030217852
    Abstract: A hitch for a work vehicle includes a plurality of links pivotally coupled to a vehicle body and to an implement, either directly or indirectly via a hitch frame or quick coupler. The hitch preferably includes at least one upper link, two lower links and two longitudinally adjustable lift links for raising and lowering the hitch. Each lift link is coupled to an associated lower link near an aft end thereof. The hitch may selectively comprise both rigid and longitudinally adjustable links. The functionality of the hitch can be changed by replacing, adding or removing links. The hitch can be converted between a simple three-point hitch and a “hexapod” type hitch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Publication date: November 27, 2003
    Applicant: Deere & Company, a Delaware Corporation
    Inventors: Gerd Bernhardt, Sergiy Fedotov, Ruslan Rudik
  • Patent number: 6612378
    Abstract: A one-pass field tillage implement and method which maintains a uniform soil density throughout the crop root zone for greater root development, improved plant health and greater yields by eliminating tillage of the soil at seed planting depths. The implement includes a wheeled frame operably supporting at least three longitudinally spaced tillage tool assemblies which first chops crop surface residue, then aggressively lifts and redistributes the chopped surface crop residue and breaks up the soil surface crust, and then levels the soil so that the soil surface is substantially smooth and ready for planting, all in a single-pass without tilling the soil at seed planting depths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Inventor: Gregg A. Sauder
  • Publication number: 20030037935
    Abstract: A one-pass field tillage implement and method which maintains a uniform soil density throughout the crop root zone for greater root development, improved plant health and greater yields by eliminating tillage of the soil at seed planting depths. The implement includes a wheeled frame operably supporting at least three longitudinally spaced tillage tool assemblies which first chops crop surface residue, then aggressively lifts and redistributes the chopped surface crop residue and breaks up the soil surface crust, and then levels the soil so that the soil surface is substantially smooth and ready for planting, all in a single-pass without tilling the soil at seed planting depths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2001
    Publication date: February 27, 2003
    Inventor: Gregg A. Sauder
  • Patent number: 6192992
    Abstract: A machine for preparation of soil comprises a soil lifting device for lifting a layer of soil, a soil breaking device for breaking up the layer of soil, and a frame, the soil lifting device and soil breaking device being attached to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Inventor: John Gossop
  • Patent number: 6182385
    Abstract: A rock and material loading system that is removably attachable to a loader bucket for loading material such as rocks into the loader bucket. The inventive device includes a pair of brackets attached to the upper rear portion of a loader bucket, a pair of lower jaws attached to the brackets, a pair of upper jaws pivotally attached to the lower jaws, an upper shaft securable within the jaws, a pair of side arms pivotally extending from the upper shaft, a lower shaft rotatably attached to the distal ends of the side arms, a plurality of teeth attached to the lower shaft, a pair of leverage arms attached to the lower shaft, and a pair of hydraulic cylinders attached to the upper shaft and to the leverage arms for manipulating the teeth. The user manipulates the hydraulics after engaging an object such as a rock for loading the rock into the conventional loader bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Ken's Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth O. Knutson
  • Patent number: 6161626
    Abstract: A sand trap rake arranged particularly for use on a golf course and with fingers which penetrate the sand for plowing the sand. There is an adjustment relative to the plowing fingers which permits the fingers to be angulated so that they can be dragged through the sand with the tips of the fingers being in trailing position. The entire machine includes the plowing fingers arranged on one planar piece and being disposed in a plurality thereof in end-to-end relationship to each other and with dresser plates trailing the plowing fingers for smoothing the top of the sand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Lange, Stephen R. Voss, Kellen J. Chicoine
  • Patent number: 6085847
    Abstract: A sand trap rake arranged particularly for use on a golf course and with fingers which penetrate the sand for plowing the sand. There is an adjustment relative to the plowing fingers which permits the fingers to be angulated so that they can be dragged through the sand with the tips of the fingers being in trailing position. The entire machine includes the plowing fingers arranged on one planar piece and being disposed in a plurality thereof in end-to-end relationship to each other and with dresser plates trailing the plowing fingers for smoothing the top of the sand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Lange, Stephen R. Voss, Kellen J. Chicoine
  • Patent number: 6000476
    Abstract: The present invention provides a combined rock puller and land leveler implement for alternatively pulling rocks from the ground or leveling the ground, and for pulling rocks from the ground and leveling the ground in one pass of the implement. The combined rock puller and land leveler comprises a frame having three individually articulated sections, a hitch attached to the front section, a rock pulling hook mounted on the front section behind the hitch, a land leveling blade mounted on the second section and ground wheels on a third section, and hydraulic cylinders for repositioning the frame sections into a plurality of positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Ronald A. Carson
    Inventor: Brian R. Gall
  • Patent number: 5890545
    Abstract: An all electric riding bunker rake primarily suited for maintaining sand traps, or bunkers on a golf course. It is embodied as a tricycle-style vehicle having a frame supported on three wheels, an electrically actuated rake lifting mechanism at the rear of the vehicle supported by the frame, and a removable rake attachment connected to the rake lifting mechanism. The rake is dragged on the sand behind the vehicle to smooth the sand in a bunker. An electric motor drives the rear wheels through a gear box, and a regenerative type braking system works in conjunction with the electric motor to slow the vehicle whenever it exceeds eleven miles per hour when driven, or two miles an hour when unattended. The frame supports an onboard electrical battery power source and a hood to which a seat is attached on which the operator sits to control the operation of the vehicle and the rake lifting and lowering function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: Smithco, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald H. Smith, Larry A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5806605
    Abstract: An implement for preparing seedbeds and lawns includes a main frame member upon which are mounted scarifying teeth to penetrate the soil and tines which work the soil and prepare the final grade after the soil has been scarified. A subframe is pivotally mounted on the main frame and carries a grading blade ahead of the scarifying teeth when the implement is move in the forward direction. The blade is allowed to float relative to the main frame on the subframe to thereby knock down vegetation, remove rocks and lightly grade the soil. The subframe can be moved relative the main frame to a position lifting the scarifying teeth and the tines off of the ground and allowing the blade to provide a deeper grading of the soil or the subframe may be moved to a position lifting the blade off of the soil so that the soil is contacted only by the scarifying teeth and the tines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Hydroseed Manufacturing, Incorporated
    Inventor: Kevin V. Keigley
  • Patent number: 5797461
    Abstract: A land clearing attachment mountable on the moldboard of a bulldozer generally including a pair of transversely spaced, end tines, each having a shank portion physically connected on an upper end of the moldboard, a first tooth portion and a second tooth portion, a reinforcing member disposed between and secured to the end tines, and spaced from the upper end of the moldboard to provide an open space therebetween at least one first intermediate tine disposed between the end tines and rigidly secured to the reinforcing member, having a first tooth portion disposed in transverse alignment with the first tooth portions of the end tines and a second tooth portion disposed in transverse alignment with the second tooth portions of the end tines and a hydraulically actuated cylinder assembly operatively connecting the moldboard and the end tines for angularly displacing the attachment relative to the moldboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: Rockland Manufacting, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry B. Noble
  • Patent number: 5794714
    Abstract: This invention relates to a dirt leveling device adapted for towing by a tractor which is characterized by one or more chisels attached to a transverse shaft on the front of the dirt leveling device having a rotatable relationship thereto, and a dirt leveling blade rotatably attached to the frame and controlled by a second hydraulically actuated ylinder. The hydraulically actuated cylinder for the chisels and the hydraulically actuated cylinder for the blade may be controlled by extensions to the vicinity of the driver of the towing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Inventor: Dennis Brown
  • Patent number: 5769171
    Abstract: A dirt scraping implement is provided including an external box-type body frame, a scraping blade, a hinged floor, and an activator for the hinged floor wherein packed dirt may be scraped and transported by relatively small farm machinery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Inventor: W. Richard Newman, IV
  • Patent number: 5715892
    Abstract: The harrow includes a series of sleeves each having a plurality of teeth and telescoped non-rotatably over a rod which is rotatably journaled by laterally spaced bearings supported by mounting arms which, in turn, are attached to a tool bar. The teeth roll over the ground and pulverize and level the soil as the tool bar is pulled forwardly. The toothed sleeves may be laterally positioned as necessary on the rod to enable the bearings and the mounting arms to be located laterally as required to permit attachment of the arms to any particular tool bar. The tool bar is supported by parallel links which may be adjusted upwardly or downwardly by manually operable jacks in order to change the operating height of the harrow, the jacks being connected to the links in such a manner as to enable the links to float upwardly or downwardly in the event the harrow encounters a rise or falls into a valley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Assignee: Farmers' Factory Co.
    Inventor: Phillip W. Foster
  • Patent number: 5699863
    Abstract: The invention discloses apparatus for grooming, leveling and conditioning athletic fields comprised of a leveling trowel having beveled ends. Soil is worked using elastomeric flails disposed into contact with the surface by a rigid weight bar pivotally mounted on the upper surface of the independently pivotable flails. The grooming apparatus may be mounted with a two or three-point hitch assembly or towed by a drawbar from any utility tractor or other landscape vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1997
    Assignee: Applied Design Technology, Ltd.
    Inventor: William L. Figura
  • Patent number: 5622228
    Abstract: A tool forms and shapes raised beds efficiently by forming and shaping a mound between the tractor tires and forming half mounds to the left and right of the tractor on one pass. The tool includes forward and rear disks mounted at different angles, so that one disk throws dirt to one side and the other disk throws dirt to the other side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1997
    Inventor: Thomas M. Baker
  • Patent number: 5562055
    Abstract: A packer is mounted on a tool shank of an agricultural cultivator. It includes a guide tube slideably and rotatably mounted on a rigid seed tube mounted directly on the shank. The guide tube is biased downwardly by a compression spring surrounding the seed tube. Provision is made for adjusting the position of the packer wheel to accommodate different seeding depths and packer pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Inventor: Sherwin H. Petersen
  • Patent number: 5407015
    Abstract: A soil breaking apparatus for use with a bottom plow comprises a beam pivotally attached by a bolt to the bottom plow; a port arm and a starboard arm fixedly attached to the beam; and a two-way hydraulic cylinder for pivoting the arms and the beams, such that the arms are oriented substantially parallel to the soil despite the tilting of the bottom plow. The soil breaking apparatus is suitable for use with bottom plows, such as bidirectional moldboard plows. The clumps or clods of soil turned up during plowing are broken up by soil breaking rods that depend from and are spaced along the arms. An improved plow combines the features of the soil breaking apparatus with those of a reversible bottom plow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Inventors: Clyde C. Swords, James R. Swords
  • Patent number: 5407014
    Abstract: A scarifier/grader apparatus comprises, in combination, a tractor connected through a 3-point hitch to a scarifier/grader attachment wherein:the tractor is adapted to be operably connected through a three point hitch to a scarifier/grader attachment comprising a scarifier including hydraulics for raising and lowering a plurality of scarifying teeth borne thereon in laterally pivotable relation on a bracket that is angled in a forward direction to improve the angle of attack;a grading blade having a mold board and a cutting edge;a second frame interconnecting the scarifier frame and the blade in mutually spaced apart relation with the scarifier in operably leading relation and the blade in operably trailing relation,wherein the scarifier includes height-adjusting hydraulics for selectively raising and lowering the plurality of scarifying teeth borne thereon relative to the cutting edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Inventor: Graham Tranmer
  • Patent number: 4898247
    Abstract: An earth scraper attachment adapted to be drawn by a farm tractor or other vehicle having a vertically adjustable three point hitch has an elongated frame with a front tongue portion connectable to the hitch with a specially designed hitch connection member. A rear end portion of the frame is supported on opposite sides of the longitudinal axis of the frame by a pair of wheels whose heights relative to the frame may be selectively and independently adjusted. Depending from a longitudinally central portion of the frame is an earth scraping blade which is supported on the frame for pivotal motion about a generally vertically extending axis, and may be locked in a selected pivotally adjusted position. A laterally spaced series of downwardly extending earth ripping teeth are supported beneath the frame forwardly of the scraping blade and are used to rip and loosen the earth prior to operation thereon by the scraping blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1990
    Inventor: Hendrix W. Springfield
  • Patent number: 4888891
    Abstract: The invention relates to a track maintenance vehicle having a levelling attachment secured to a transverse carrier member at its rear. The levelling attachment faces downwards and is at least partially flexible. For achieving satisfactory levelling of relatively loose snow as well as of encrusted or compacted snow, the levelling attachment comprises a leading portion of triangular cross-sectional shape secured to the transverse carrier member along a first triangle side. The second triangle side of this portion is formed as a rigid compaction surface extending downwards and rearwards from the transverse carrier member. Connected to a rear portion of the compaction surface is a plate-shaped flexible portion extending substantially parallel to the second triangle side in the relaxed state, and in a substantially horizontal direction when under load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1989
    Assignee: Kassbohrer of North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter Haug
  • Patent number: 4836295
    Abstract: An apparatus for leveling and conditioning baseball infields and the like includes a scarifier, pulverizer, drag, and roller, all mounted on a common frame. The frame and at least some of the implements may be adjusted to adjust or disable the scarifier, pulverizer, and drag individually. The apparatus may be pulled by a small garden tractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Inventor: Rodger E. Estes
  • Patent number: 4601347
    Abstract: A direction of movement sensing apparatus is shiftably supported from the wheel track filling structure of a wheeled support tower for an irrigation pipe and is operative to shift between a first inoperative position assumed thereby when the tower is moving in a forward direction toward a second operative position relative to the wheel track filling structure when the tower is moved rearwardly over the ground. Connecting structure is provided and operatively connected between the direction sensing apparatus, the wheel track filling structure and the tower for raising the wheel track filling structure responsive to movement of the sensing apparatus to the second operative position thereof and thus enabling the tower to move rearwardly without damage to the wheel track filling structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1986
    Assignee: K.M.P. Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Carl D. Parish
  • Patent number: 4595064
    Abstract: A drag attachment for a disk or cultivating implement which includes a linkage system mounted in cooperation with a fluid cylinder apparatus for raising and lowering the disk transport wheels, which linkage system includes a pair of drive arms connected to the rotatably-mounted wheel shaft carrying the transport wheels, a pair of double pivoted links connecting each drive arm to a separate, adjustable connecting rod, which connecting rod is in turn pivotally attached to a pivot arm rotatably mounted on the frame of the disk. A pair of rearwardly and downwardly extending frame arms mounted on the pivot arm and spaced by an arm brace serve to support a drag pipe, harrow or other cultivating implement in a desired attitude. The drag attachment can be manipulated to raise or lower the drag pipe, harrow or other cultivating implement by operation of the conventional fluid cylinder apparatus provided on the disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1986
    Inventor: Ronald D. Anderson
  • Patent number: 4361191
    Abstract: Through adaptation of and improvement upon secondary, minimum tillage techniques, there is provided a single pass, seedbed method and agricultural machine, utilizing reduction, incorporation, aeration and other procedures, capable of effectively handling all types of adverse field conditions, ground compositions and soil makeup in such manner as to quickly, easily and inexpensively convert all materials and substances therein contained or to be added thereto from a state generally unsuited for seeding and satisfactory plant development to a finished condition wherein any desired seed type may be thereupon planted, sowed or set thereinto without difficulty and with an assurance of good germination and strong, healthy crop growth unimpaired by wind and soil erosion, ineffective moisture retention and other impediments which otherwise normally reduce or destroy profitable harvesting results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1982
    Assignee: Landoll Corporation
    Inventors: Donald R. Landoll, David J. Kongs
  • Patent number: 4267783
    Abstract: A farm implement is provided having a sub-soiler followed by a seed bed preparation tool and a planter. The seed bed preparation tool includes a rotary bladed portion for filling in the furrow left by the sub-soiler with soil turned up by the sub-soiler and for forming a depression along the crop row for planting. The seed bed preparation tool can also include a curved packer blade at the rear thereof for packing the soil in a central portion of the depression formed by the rotary portion of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1981
    Inventors: Robert W. Hendrix, Jerry W. Hendrix
  • Patent number: 4257487
    Abstract: The device comprises a transverse frame member having depending border disc mounts. The transverse frame member also has a hitch extending forwardly therefrom for attachment to a three point hitch on a tractor. The water stop attachment has a ladder type framework with one side of the ladder frame pivotally attached to the border disc transverse frame member. A spaced parallel frame member of the ladder frame is attached to a plurality of stop plates which are located directly behind the depending border disc mounts. A single hydraulic cylinder extends between a raised portion of the three point hitch and a central member of the ladder frame for raising and lowering the stop mechanism upon actuation of a hydraulic switch or valve located in the cab of the tow vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1981
    Inventor: Manuel D. Brown
  • Patent number: 4212254
    Abstract: A tractor-drawn machine adapted to perform tilling, seed bed preparation, and planting in a single operation, comprises a frame from which plow units, a reel unit, a seed bed finishing implement and seed planting units are mounted seriatim. The attitude of the frame may be adjusted during operation in that the operator of the tractor is able to independently adjust the elevation of both the front of the frame and the rear of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1977
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1980
    Inventor: Vincent J. Zumbahlen
  • Patent number: 4180005
    Abstract: A tractor-drawn machine adapted to perform tilling, seed bed preparation, and planting in a single operation, comprises a frame from which plow units, a soil leveling and pulverizing unit, a seed bed finishing implement and seed planting units are mounted seriatim. The attitude of the frame may be adjusted during operation in that the operator of the tractor is able to independently adjust the elevation of both the front of the frame and the rear of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1977
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1979
    Inventor: Vincent J. Zumbahlen
  • Patent number: 4155315
    Abstract: A mobile spreader of the type drawn by a tractor includes a hopper mounted on a roller. The roller is provided with a jarring strip which imparts a jolt to the hopper on each revolution of the roller. This jolting action prevents bridging of the material in the hopper, knocking the hung-up material down into the lower portion of the hopper where an agitator and an impellor further stir up the material. The cooperative effect of the jarring strip, the agitator and the impellor is to provide a steady supply of material, even when moist material is being distributed. The rate of application of the material is controlled by a slidable apertured plate disposed across an opening in the bottom of the hopper. The spreader may be selectively provided with a rake, a floater plate, and a spiker. The spiker may be attached in front of the roller to open the turf to receive the material, or behind the roller to work the applied material into the turf. In addition, the spiker aerates the turf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1979
    Inventor: John B. Dobbins
  • Patent number: 4103628
    Abstract: A conditioner drill is disclosed herein which comprises two rows of plow teeth mounted at the front of a rectangular frame. Mounted on the frame behind the plow teeth are a drag plate and a compressor roller. A seed drill is mounted upon the frame behind the compressor roller and in front of a plain roller which is located at the rear of the frame. The conditioner drill includes a pair of wheels connected to the frame which may be lowered for transporting the conditioner drill. The conditioner drill may also include a farm chemical distribution system, such as a tank mounted upon the frame and connected to a boom sprayer located at the rear of the conditioner drill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1978
    Inventor: Charles O. Gaston
  • Patent number: 4047574
    Abstract: An implement to remove levees and the like from the earth's surface includes a frame means with longitudinal and lateral members connected to form a frame having sides, a front and a rear end. A pair of ganged disc harrows is supported on the frame and depends therefrom. Each of said pair of said ganged disc harrows extends inwardly from a side of the frame and towards the rear end of the frame to form a generally V-shape with the apex of the V-shape being disposed adjacent the center longitudinal axis of the frame. Dozer blade means comprised of a pair of dozer blades. Each of the dozer blades extend from a side of the frame and inwardly towards the front end of the frame to form a generally V-shape with the apex of the V formed by the dozer blades being disposed adjacent but rearwardly of the apex of the V formed by the ganged disc harrows. The dozer blades cooperate with the ganged disc harrows to level the earth as the implement is moved thereover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1977
    Inventor: Calvin I. Foreman
  • Patent number: 4015667
    Abstract: A root and stalk shredder having a frame, a pair of longitudinally extending, parallel, power driven lifting rollers rotatably mounted on the frame and extending longitudinally parallel to a path of travel of the shredder, guide means mounted on the frame forward of the rollers in the direction of movement of the shredder for guiding stalks between the rollers, a blade assembly mounted on the frame over the rollers and operatively associated with the rollers for cutting roots and stalks lifted by the rollers, and a plow assembly mounted on the frame and provided with a fin assembly for facilitating use of the shredder to re-shape a bed being cleared. A bed re-shaping assembly is mounted at the rear end of the shredder frame for covering over shredded crop residue deflected down into the bed by a deflector shield also arranged at the rear of the shredder frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1975
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1977
    Inventor: Aldo Ruozi
  • Patent number: 3963079
    Abstract: A cultivator for conditioning the earth surface along row crops, the cultivator having a frame adapted for earth traversing movement along rows of such crops; scraper blade assemblies mounted on the frame for floating action; and earth surface engaging, blade depth control skis affixed on the assemblies and forwardly extended therefrom elevationally controlling the scraper blade assemblies in response to the earth traversed thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 1974
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1976
    Inventor: James J. Carlucci
  • Patent number: RE39889
    Abstract: An implement for preparing seedbeds and lawns includes a main frame member upon which are mounted scarifying teeth to penetrate the soil and tines which work the soil and prepare the final grade after the soil has been scarified. A subframe is pivotally mounted on the main frame and carries a grading blade ahead of the scarifying teeth when the implement is move in the forward direction. The blade is allowed to float relative to the main frame on the subframe to thereby knock down vegetation, remove rocks and lightly grade the soil. The subframe can be moved relative the main frame to a position lifting the scarifying teeth and the tines off of the ground and allowing the blade to provide a deeper grading of the soil or the subframe may be moved to a position lifting the blade off of the soil so that the sold is contacted only by the scarifying teeth and the tines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Absolute Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin V. Keigley