With Cleaning Means Patents (Class 172/547)
  • Patent number: 10743453
    Abstract: A basket rotates about a basket axis with respect to an implement frame when moving in a direction of travel. The basket includes first and second end plates and a plurality of blades extending therebetween. The blades engage the ground surface as the basket rotates and each include a first end and a second end positioned closer to the basket than the first end. The basket defines an internal volume between the first and second end plates and the second ends of the blades. An internal scraper is positioned within the internal volume of the basket such that a portion of the internal scraper extends rearward of a vertical plane extending through the basket axis in the direction of travel and vertically away from the ground surface above a horizontal second plane extending through the basket axis. The internal scraper extends at an acute angle with respect to horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Jacob W. Cross, Anthony Sikora, Greg T. Buse, Bryan D. Blauwet
  • Patent number: 9635809
    Abstract: A system for controlling a grass cutting reel assembly of a turf-care vehicle. The system includes: a reel cylinder motor operable to rotate a reel cylinder of a grass cutting reel assembly of a turf-care vehicle at a desired rotational rate of speed to provide a controllable frequency of clip for the reel assembly; an automated height of cut control system operable to control a position of a front roller of the reel assembly to provide a controllable height of cut for the reel assembly; and a controller system operable to control the reel cylinder motor and the height of cut control system to provide a particular frequency of clip and a particular height of cut stipulated by one of a plurality of cutting scenarios programmed into the controller system and selected via a user interface of the controller system that is accessible by an operator onboard the turf-care vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Erhun Osahenrhunwen Iyasere, Robert James Pilon, Jr., Richard Michael Krzesicki
  • Patent number: 9630657
    Abstract: A tire skirt system configured for attachment to a vehicle is disclosed. The system may include a first skirt bracket adapted for attachment to the vehicle, a skirt panel having a first edge adapted for attachment to the first skirt bracket, and a transparent window in the first skirt bracket, the window having an outside face and an inside face. The window may be aligned with at least a portion of a tire when the tire skirt system is attached to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: Michael William Ries
  • Patent number: 9382673
    Abstract: A quick-change tool holder for the attachment of a drum tool to a compaction drum of a soil compactor includes a quick-change tool holder body having a central region, a holder opening for receiving a holder shaft of a drum tool in the central region, and two leg portions originating at the central region for firmly connecting the quick-change tool holder body to the outer periphery of a compaction drum. The central region and the leg portions surrounding an open inner space of the quick-change tool holder extend over at least one side opening. In association with at least one side opening, a closing element can be inserted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: HAMM AG
    Inventor: Matthias Meier
  • Patent number: 9376775
    Abstract: A change holder assembly for a compactor roller for a soil compactor comprising a change holder to be fixed to a roller casing and at least one roller tool to be fixed to the change holder using a counterholder which can be caused to engage the change holder and is lockable with respect to the change holder, wherein the change holder has a roller-tool-abutment side and the at least one roller tool has a change holder-abutment side supportable on the roller-tool-abutment side, characterized in that on at least one side of roller-tool-abutment side and change holder-abutment side at least one anti-rotation lug, and on the other side of roller-tool-abutment side and change holder-abutment side at last one anti-rotation recess for receiving an anti-rotation lug are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: HAMM AG
    Inventor: Matthias Meier
  • Patent number: 9295188
    Abstract: A manually operated aerating and dethatching device includes a housing having a frame. A plurality of tine members is rotatably connected to the frame. Each tine member includes a plurality of outwardly extending tines for engaging a ground surface. The tine members are generally aligned along a longitudinal axis. A first wheel is rotatably connected to the housing. The first wheel has an outer rolling surface offset from an outer end of the plurality of tine members. A handle is rigidly connected to the housing extending generally outwardly and upwardly therefrom. Movement of the handle in an upward direction pivots the tine members on the wheel into engagement with the ground surface wherein a degree of engagement of the tine members with the ground surface can be controlled by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Joseph Thompson
  • Publication number: 20110180283
    Abstract: In an implementation, a roller system is provided. The roller system includes a modular frame. The frame includes a plurality of weight component attachment points. Each weight component attachment point is adapted to receive one or more weight components such that a weight of the frame and location of a center of gravity of the frame is adjusted by the addition of one or more weight components to each of the plurality of weight component attachment points. The frame further includes at least one arm assembly adapted to connect to the frame, and to apply force to a surface, wherein the force applied to the surface is proportional to the weight of the frame and the location of the center of gravity of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventors: Joshua Koplin, Erik de Brun, Daniele Salvatore Tedesco, Scott Poff, Stephen Ahnert, Samuel Reeves
  • Publication number: 20100300710
    Abstract: An agricultural implement for tilling at least a strip of soil to be planted includes a tillage device for penetrating and tilling a strip of soil and displacing soil and residue upwardly, and a depth control device laterally offset from the centerline of the strip of soil and mounted for rotation about an axis of rotation located rearwardly of the tillage device and positioned to intercept soil and residue displaced upwardly by the tillage device. Multiple tines mounted on the depth control device extend laterally away from the depth control device toward the centerline to intercept a portion of the soil and residue displaced upwardly by the tillage device. The tines are attached to the depth control device only at one end of each tine, and the free ends of the tines terminate laterally short of the centerline and vertically between the elevations of the upper and lower edges of the depth control device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: Dawn Equipment Company
    Inventor: Joseph D. Bassett
  • Patent number: 6766865
    Abstract: An improved rotary soil probe is provided with a frame pivotally mounted on the rear of a truck or vehicle for movement about a horizontal axis between raised and lowered positions. A rotatable wheel is pivotally mounted to the frame for movement about an upwardly angled axis between an extended use position and a folded transport position. The wheel includes probes extending radially outwardly from the perimeter of the wheel. The probes are adapted to receive soil samples as the wheel is rolled along the ground. Plunger assemblies automatically discharge the soil samples on each rotation of the wheel so that the samples can be continuously collected, without the need to stop to clean out the soil samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Inventors: John H. Dagel, Matt B. Hesse, Roger J. Ackerman
  • Patent number: 6708777
    Abstract: An adjustable compactor roller having a roller such as sheepsfoot roller mounted directly rearward of an earth leveling blade, wherein the blade is housed in a frame. The roller is mounted between roller support arms that extend forwardly and are pivotally combined with frame support arms that extend rearwardly from the frame. Hydraulic cylinders or other force assist members extend between the frame and a pivot point intermediate to the frame and the roller. In this manner, the elevation and/or the ground engagement angle of the blade may be adjusted and the compacting roller may compress leveled earth behind the blade without intervening ground engaging members disturbing the graded earth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Inventor: Jim Holmes
  • Patent number: 6371001
    Abstract: An apparatus for clearing mines set in the ground has a vehicle body adapted to travel along the ground in a horizontal travel direction, a drum mounted at a front end of the body and rotatable in a rotational sense about a horizontal axis generally perpendicular to the direction, and an array of radially outwardly projecting chisels mounted on the drum. A support mounted on the body spaced from the drum is at least partially displaceable on the body radially relative to the drum. Springs braced between the body and the support hold the support in a standard position at a predetermined radial spacing from the drum and permit deflection of the support radially away from drum. A plurality of vertically spaced breaker bars are mounted on the support spaced from the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Inventor: Josef Schmid
  • Patent number: 5419402
    Abstract: A no-till rotary hoe includes trash cutters for cutting field trash carried by the earthworking implements. The rotary hoe also has a walking beam mounted on a support arm with rotary hoe wheels mounted on forward and rear ends of the walking beam. The walking beam is connected to the arm about a pivot positioned to reduce the tendency of the walking beam to pivot excessively in use. A spring is used to aid in maintaining the walking beam properly oriented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1995
    Inventor: Rick Heintzman
  • Patent number: 5224553
    Abstract: An improvement for no-till rotary hoes to prevent trash from accumulating around a bearing of the rotary hoes thus destroying the bearing. An elongated axle mounts a hoe wheel distant from its corresponding support arm and in close proximity to an adjacent support arm, and the axle is protected by a spring-loaded protective sleeve which is spring loaded to provide a frictional seal against the bearing of the hoe wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1993
    Inventor: Rick Heintzman
  • Patent number: 4974406
    Abstract: A spiked drum is provided with a handle and frame to permit pushing the drum across the ground to pick up leaves on the spikes. The leaves are brushed off the spikes and into a basket by a rotating brush that is driven by the drum and is co-extensive in length with the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1990
    Inventor: Norman Russ
  • Patent number: 4610567
    Abstract: A trench compaction device adapted for mounting on construction and excavation type equipment. The device having a sheepsfoot open-rim wheel design which is static rather than vibratory and uses the down pressure of the equipment to achieve standard density compaction requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1986
    Inventor: Raymond E. Hosking
  • Patent number: 4515222
    Abstract: A soil cultivating implement which comprises a row of power-driven rotary soil working members is provided, behind said soil working members with respect to the intended direction of operative travel of the implement, with a freely rotatable roller (10) having a cylindrical carrier (11) and a plurality of projections (12) formed in integral pairs and arranged in groups or crowns at regularly spaced apart intervals along the intended axis of rotation (a) of the roller (10). In order substantially to prevent clods of earth, old roots and the like from becoming jammed between the groups or crowns of projections (12), the relatively facing sides of the groups or crowns skeletally define radially outwardly divergent surfaces (B) and a pointed scraper (17) bears against the carrier (11) between each group or crown of projections (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1985
    Inventor: Cornelis van der Lely
  • Patent number: 4428437
    Abstract: A yielding mount assembly connecting a movable arm to a support. The arm is adapted to be attached to a number of structures including an earthworking tool, a rotary hoe wheel, a belt tightener roller, and a wheel supporting a vehicle. The mount assembly has a first member clamped onto the support with a U-bolt. A second member is pivoted on the first member and connected to the arm. A split ring spring mounted on the first and second members holds the arm in a first position. The arm is movable from the first position to a second position against the biasing force of the split ring spring. Expansion of the split ring spring in response to pivotal movement of the arm decreases the spring torque arm so that the biasing force applied to the arm is maintained substantially constant during movement of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1984
    Assignee: Hiniker Company
    Inventor: Richard W. Steinberg
  • Patent number: 4412588
    Abstract: A soil cultivating implement comprising soil working members having tines, the members being arranged in a row that extends transverse to the direction of travel. A ground roller is freely rotatable and positioned to the rear of the row of soil working members. In order for the roller to support the implement on the ground and regulate the maximum depth of penetration of the soil working members into the ground, the roller has crowns or assemblies of projections which comprise substantially radial portions and outer end portions which are bent over laterally in opposite directions by significant angles and also rearwardly with respect to the direction of normal roller rotation. In addition, they are widened towards the end in the direction of their rotational movement. Scraping members are positioned between the successive assemblies or crowns of projections and the roller may have a central tubular shaft or carrier of a different diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1983
    Assignee: C. van der Lely N.V.
    Inventors: Ary van der Lely, Cornelis J. G. Bom
  • Patent number: 4412587
    Abstract: A soil working machine has a working member with element blades and a scraping member that releases clods cut out by the working member so that the clods drop to the ground. Both of the members can be positively driven in the same direction about horizontal axes, but the scraping member can also be rotated by contact with the ground. Preferably, the blades are secured to support discs and extend axially of the working member. Scraping elements on arms of the scraping member project between the blades of adjacent support discs and have vanes which also extend almost axially. During rotation, the vanes are moved to intersect the paths of the blades and to remove the clods. Other forms of scraping members are described. The scraping member ensures that soil is wiped from the blades, to avoiding clogging of the working member and a consequent increased power requirement. Also, the cut clods are preferably replaced upside down by the action of the members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1983
    Inventor: Cornelis van der Lely
  • Patent number: 4348134
    Abstract: The invention comprises a scraper assembly, and a method of forming same, for mounting forwardly of a padfoot-type, earth-compactor drum for scraping earth, mud and clay accretion from between rows of the padfeet, as well as for scraping the same from the faces of the padfeet, and in an embodiment thereof, the assembly comprises an array of longitudinally disposed and parallel rows of teeth arranged with diverging angles therebetween for efficiently cleaning the padfeet in both rotatable directions of the drum. The teeth are secured firmly to an I-beam which extends across the front of the drum, and a mounting assembly, for a fluid-pressure cylinder, is fixed to the I-beam to control a dozer blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1982
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Company
    Inventor: Robert F. Goehler
  • Patent number: 4240510
    Abstract: A combined scarifier and branch slashing and crushing implement is disclosed. The implement comprises a rectangular frame, a cylindrical roller rotatably mounted in the frame and extending longitudinally of the frame, plural rows of longitudinally spaced scarifier teeth projecting from the roller for working the soil, and stationary teeth mounted on both the front and back longitudinal portions of the frame and projecting between the scarifier teeth. Each scarifier tooth has a hook member projecting laterally from the tooth in the direction of movement of the implement to engage branches, roots and other plant growths for slashing, crushing and cutting them against the stationary teeth which have cutting edges facing the hook members so as to provide a pulverized mixture which is thereafter mixed with the soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1980
    Inventor: Armand Morin
  • Patent number: 4212357
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a turf aerating device including a cylindrical drum rotatably supported from a frame for rolling travel over the surface of the turf to be aerated, a plurality of circumferentially-spaced, core-forming elements or tines mounted on the outer periphery of the drum in laterally-spaced, generally parallel rows, and a plurality of guard members mounted on the frame rearwardly of the drum axis. Each of the guard members extends toward the outer periphery of the drum to a location adjacent one of the rows of tines and has a surface located to travel closely adjacent the turf surface and thereby positively restrain the turf from being pulled upwardly by the tines as they are withdrawn from the turf after penetration. The guard members terminate in a generally straight edge closely spaced from the outer periphery of the drum so as to serve as a scraper from removing debris collecting on the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1980
    Assignee: Outboard Marine Corporation
    Inventors: Boyd D. Clements, Charles E. Hines, James J. Kubat
  • Patent number: 4202414
    Abstract: A lawn cultivating machine comprising two parallel cutter shafts which are onnected together by a transmission gear and are rotatable about their axes, and on each of which shafts a plurality of cutters are arranged at spaced intervals from each other, the cutters of one shaft being displaced relative to the cutters of the other shaft, in which the speeds of the cutter shafts are in a certain transmission ratio and the directions of rotation of both cutter shafts are identical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1980
    Assignee: Bielefelder Kuchenmaschinen-u. Transport-Geratefabrik vom Braucke GmbH
    Inventors: Hans vom Braucke, Manfred vom Braucke, Walter Schuring
  • Patent number: 4145823
    Abstract: A snow removing device has a hollow roller with closely spaced apertures forming its surface through which partially compacted snow moves as the roller advances. A suction blower communicates with the hollow roller to continuously remove snow therefrom and a secondary roller having fingers engagable with the apertures in the first roller is arranged as an idler with respect thereto. A framework engages the rollers and supports the suction blower and provides a handle for moving the snow removing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1979
    Inventor: Paul A. Lucas
  • Patent number: 4100971
    Abstract: A pair of loosely coupled trash stripping rings are carried in face to face contact with sides of a rotary hoe wheel to continuously strip field trash accumulations from the hoe tines during cultivating operations. In operation, engagement with the ground continuously forces the stripping rings upwardly against the hoe hub and trash buildup on hoe tines opposite those tines engaging the ground is slidably scraped off by the upwardly moving stripping rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1976
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1978
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Darrel Lee Honnold
  • Patent number: 4040762
    Abstract: A water distributing arrangement attached to a road roller to prevent material from adhering to the roller's surface includes a curvilinear mat supported in contact with the roller's surface and extending for its entire width. Water is distributed to the roller's surface through the mat's interior from a spray tube extending for the length of the mat and is prevented from flowing out in an axial direction at the mat's ends over the opposite ends of the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1977
    Inventor: Mats Ake Nilsson
  • Patent number: 3941193
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tilling apparatus characterized by a regulating drive connection between the towing tractor drive axle and the tiller shaft, the tiller tines having a modified arcuate configuration which provide a pocketed, rather than a furrowed or channeled, tilling depth profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1974
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1976
    Inventor: Paul W. Shoemaker
  • Patent number: 3935906
    Abstract: A soil conditioner for use in combination with a cultivating implement drawn behind a tractor to break up the soil and leave a prepared seedbed in a single operation. The conditioner is mounted to a framework extending rearwardly behind the cultivator. It comprises a set of reels each mounted to the framework for free rotation about a transverse axis. Two sets of axial blade members are provided about each reel. The blades are equiangularly spaced about the axis and are arranged so that each blade of one set is angularly spaced midway between adjacent blades of the other set. The first set of blades include ground-engaging edges spaced a first radius from the axis. The corresponding edges of the remaining set of blades are spaced a second radius from the axis that is less than the first radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1974
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1976
    Assignee: J. E. Love Company
    Inventors: Archie E. Neal, Paul Moore
  • Patent number: 3934390
    Abstract: A device for picking up debris from lawns and like grounds, and comprised of a rolling drum motivated and controlled through a handle, and having retractile spikes for collectively piercing leaves and small bits of paper and like refuse, said spikes being yieldingly depressible to ground obstructions, such as protrusions, and retractile by control means to discharge the collection thereby of said debris. The depressibly retractile spikes are arranged in gangs guided radially by the cooperative drum structure, and the control means is uneffected by rotation of the drum or by said yielding depressibility of the gangs of spikes and is manually operable to retract the same as circumstances require.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1974
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1976
    Inventor: Alexander K. S. Ballard