Horizontally Adjustable Patents (Class 182/188)
  • Patent number: 9801479
    Abstract: The railing suspension apparatus allows a user to detachably attach a variety of items while suspending an item from a railing. The apparatus includes a brace, an offset arm, a cantilever, and a hanger. The brace includes a main body and a post-receiving slot. The post-receiving slot traverses into the main body. The brace prevents the present invention from sliding along the railing. The offset arm is positioned perpendicular to the post-receiving slot and terminally connected to the offset arm opposite to the body. The offset arm positions the cantilever and hanger about the brace. The cantilever and the post-receiving slot is oriented opposite to each other, allowing the cantilever to rest on the railing while being pushed by the weight of the item engaged with the hanger. The hanger is terminally connected to the cantilever, opposite to the offset arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas Lee Belt
  • Patent number: 8984638
    Abstract: A system is provided with a controller and a device configured to receive and output network data from a communication network to the controller. Accordingly, the controller is configured to (i) receive the network data from the device, (ii) conduct heuristic analysis on the network data, (iii) identify at least a portion of the network data as suspicious upon determining by the heuristic analysis of a likelihood that at least the portion of the network data including malware, (iv) simulate transmission of the suspicious network data to at least one virtual machine of a plurality of virtual machines that is selected or configured using at least one software profile, and (v) analyze effects of the suspicious network data on the at least one virtual machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: FireEye, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashar Aziz, Ramesh Radhakrishnan, Osman Ismael
  • Patent number: 8833521
    Abstract: The rotatably-engaged tree stand and ladder for access there with includes a pair of track straps that install around an outer surface of an existing tree, and which are generally parallel with one another. A seat and foot base may attach onto the pair of tracks, and are able to roll around the track and tree. A handle strap including a plurality of handles attaches onto an outer surface of an existing tree, and which is positioned above the pair of tracks so as to enable an occupant to manually move the seat and foot base along the track. The seat and foot base enable the occupant to look outwardly with respect to said tree. A ladder extends up from the ground to a height upon said tree, which shall be below the track straps to provide clearance for the seat and foot base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Troy L. Jude
  • Publication number: 20140202796
    Abstract: The present invention is a 180° rotatable tree stand that has an embodiment that allows the tree stand to be manually manipulated to control the rotation. Another embodiment has the rotation operated and controlled by electric motors and controls in the seat. Another embodiment allows the user to use a remote control to manipulate the seat. The seat will rotate 360°. The tree stand is secure to the tree by a hanger and a cable and pulley system manipulate the rotation and leveling both forward and back ward. It also allows for adjustment from side to side to perfectly level the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Harry R. Sponsler
  • Patent number: 8708104
    Abstract: The present invention is a 180° rotatable tree stand that has an embodiment that allows the tree stand to be manually manipulated to control the rotation. Another embodiment has the rotation operated and controlled by electric motors and controls in the seat. Another embodiment allows the user to use a remote control to manipulate the seat. The seat will rotate 360° . The tree stand is secure to the tree by a hanger and a cable and pulley system manipulate the rotation and leveling both forward and back ward. It also allows for adjustment from side to side to perfectly level the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Harry R. Sponsler
  • Patent number: 8556036
    Abstract: An adjustable tree stand assembly of the present invention is used by hunters and naturalists. The assembly presents a support frame of a generally rectangular configuration having a first support member to be connected to a tree and an arm extending in cantilevered fashion to a housing adaptable to receive a seat and seat frame assembly. The seat and seat frame assembly includes a seat portion, a back support portion and a leg or pin extending from the seat portion to be engaged in the housing. An adjustable shooting rail is connected to and extends from the seat and seat frame assembly. The housing is further connected to a platform for supporting the hunter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventors: Gregory Meredith, Robert Borgstrom
  • Patent number: 8534423
    Abstract: A tree stand and mounting member assembly is provided that has a base and mounting member that are releasably attachable to one another. First and second engagement members are included that have first and second female and male members. The first and second engagement members function to allow the mounting member to be releasably attachable to the base. The first engagement member does not engage the second engagement member and is spaced from the second engagement member in a vertical direction when the mounting member is attached to the base and the tree stand and mounting member assembly is mounted to a tree in a use configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: D Scott Brabham
  • Patent number: 8522920
    Abstract: A tree stand that contains a y-axis frame adjustable along the y-axis, x-axis frame adjustable along the x-axis, and z-axis frame adjustable along the z-axis. In use, at least one securing strap secures the y-axis frame to a tree. To adjust the y-axis frame along the y-axis, the securing strap is loosened and the y-axis frame can be repositioned almost anywhere along the tree that will support the tree stand. To adjust the x-axis frame along the x-axis, the x-axis frame can be rotated around a rotational support means on the y-axis. To adjust the z-axis frame along the z-axis, a z-axis frame support is attached to the x-axis and connects to one of at least two z-axis adjustment means on the x-axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventors: Eddie L. Salyer, Tom J Brooks
  • Patent number: 8511433
    Abstract: A hoist for elevating a hunter's tree stand from the ground to a vertical position alongside of the trunk of a tree comprises a segmented, extendable and contractible pole having a tree clamping ring assembly pivotally mounted to the top section of the pole and a V-shaped jaw for engaging the tree trunk near the bottom of the pole. A first rope is tied at one end to the clamping ring assembly and extends down to a retractable reel located near the bottom of the pole. By pulling on this rope, the clamping ring assembly can be pivoted to an angle allowing the ring to pass about the tree trunk and when released, the clamping ring assembly pivots downward under the force of gravity which secures the pole to the tree at its upper end. The clamping ring assembly further includes a pulley, about which a second rope is deployed. One end of the second rope is adapted to be connected to the hunter's tree stand at its upper end and the other end can be pulled on to elevate the tree stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Brent Place
  • Patent number: 8490749
    Abstract: A device for enabling access to a structure above ground or sea level, in particular a rotor blade of a wind turbine, by lowering and/or lifting the device in relation to the structure, the device including a frame structure,—means for supporting the device in relation to the structure, and—means for lowering and/or lifting the device in relation to the structure, where at least part of the frame structure includes a track portion, the track portion being adapted to guide an, in relation to the track portion, movable object along the track portion, where the means for supporting the device in relation to the structure are configured for positioning the device in relation to the structure, and the means for supporting the device in relation to the structure are configured for facilitating a movement of the device essentially in the longitudinal direction of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: PP Energy APS
    Inventor: Paul Teichert
  • Patent number: 8381876
    Abstract: A tree climbing tree stand comprising, in combination a lower foot portion. The lower foot portion has a lower flexible tree strap coupled there to. There is also provided an upper portion. The upper portion has an upper flexible tree strap coupled there to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Rick R. Darden
  • Patent number: 8292033
    Abstract: The tree stand includes a column permanently or semi-permanently secured to a tree or other support by one or more circumferential cables or bands and/or one or more threaded fasteners driven into the tree. The ends of the band are captured in a slot on the column, the threaded fastener, or optionally an unthreaded pin, capturing the ends of the band in the slot. Access to the pin is blocked by a lock that may only be removed by a person having the proper key, thus assuring that the column can be safely left in place. A platform and seat are removably attached to the column when use of the stand is desired. The user of the stand may install several columns in various locations and transport only a single platform and seat to one of the previously installed columns when the stand is to be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Jeff Hale
  • Patent number: 8201787
    Abstract: There is disclosed a clamp, a self-advancing climbing device including two such clamps, and a method of coupling such a clamp to a tubular. In one embodiment of the invention, there is disclosed a clamp (1) for a tubular, in particular a thin-walled tubular such as the tower (3) of a wind-turbine. The clamp (1) comprises at least one clamp member in the form of a friction pad (9) adapted to grip the tower (3), and at least one flexible elongate energising element in the form of a tendon (16) adapted to exert a force on the friction pad (9) to urge the pad (9) to grip the tower (3), whereby the pad (9) and the tendon (16) are adapted to exert a substantially uniform radial clamp load on the tower (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: ITI Scotland Limited
    Inventors: James Ingram, Stewart Kenyon Willis
  • Patent number: 8181743
    Abstract: A pole or tree mounted device having a platform assembly at a lower position, and a seat assembly at an upper position. The seat assembly includes a seat brace, seat, and armrests and a leveler for assisting in securing and leveling the seat in a desired position, and the platform assembly includes a platform positioned substantially perpendicular to an outer surface of the tree or pole, and at least two braces positioned beneath the platform, wherein a first brace is secured in a substantially vertical position along an outer surface of the tree and is secured to an inner edge of the platform. The second brace is secured at some angle relative to the outer surface of the tree to extend from a lower position of the first brace to an outer edge of the platform. A leveler is provided to effectively level the platform as desired by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Jason duCellier
  • Publication number: 20120080267
    Abstract: Tree stands are disclosed for providing an elevated standing location. The tree stand can include a support post, a seat rotatably coupled to the first end of the support post, and a platform rotatably coupled to the second end of the support post. The platform can rotate from a transport configuration to an operable configuration. The platform in the operable configuration is approximately perpendicular to the support post. The platform has a tree contact point positioned above a plane of the platform when the platform is in the horizontal position. The platform can comprise a plurality of hexagons with groups of three hexagons intersecting at a point and forming a honeycomb pattern defining a top standing surface on which a hunter can stand. The contact point is configured to create an over-center locking action. The tree stand can also include a stackable ladder coupled to the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: ARDISAM, INC.
    Inventors: Michael R. Furseth, Randy L. Schamberger, Benjamin T. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20110297481
    Abstract: A hunter's tree stand for attachment to a tree includes two major components: a support frame and a seat assembly removably and rotatably mounted to the support frame, wherein the seat assembly comprises a seat and a foot platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventor: William J. Copus
  • Patent number: 8025127
    Abstract: A telescopic table board positioned with a resilient pin is provided, which is characterized by the following features: The telescopic table board includes a left table board and a right table board slidely nested with each other; as for the left table board and the right table board, one of them is fixedly provided with a rack, while the other with a corresponding seat bore, in which is a resilient pin positioned, which is mainly composed of a positioning fastener and a spring; the positioning fastener is provided at the head with a tooth head engaged with the corresponding rack, extends at the tail through the seat bore, and is provided at the tail end with a handle; and the spring is sleeved onto the positioning fastener, and functions between the positioning fastener and the seat bore, thus constituting the resilient-pin type telescopic positioning mechanism between the left table board and the right table board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Suzhou Pica Aluminum Industry Ltd.
    Inventor: Jian Yuan Zhang
  • Publication number: 20110226553
    Abstract: An observation stand. The stand removably attaches to an angled surface while presenting a platform horizontally with respect to the ground. The stand comprising a mounting assembly having a frame and a mounting plate connected to the frame. The frame includes a connector that is configured to removably secure to the angled surface. The mounting plate includes a center riser and a plurality of risers extending from the mounting plate in a direction outward from the angled surface. The stand further includes a frame removably connected to the mounting assembly. The frame has an adjusting plate that includes a center aperture and a plurality of surrounding apertures defined through the adjusting plate, wherein the center aperture is configured to connect with the center riser and the plurality of apertures are configured to rotatably connect with the plurality of risers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventor: Melvin Mark Ekes, II
  • Patent number: 7942244
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lifting assembly (10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90) comprising: a rack mast, a platform (12, 23, 33, 43, 53, 91), and at least one power unit (100, 300, 400, 500, 600, 800, 900, 901) which is mounted to the mast and which controls the vertical movement of the platform along the length thereof. The invention is characterized in that the power unit comprises a plurality of modular elements including at least one motor block (101, 200, 201, 301, 401, 501, 604, 621, 801, 904), at least one upper roller box (102, 205, 210, 305, 404, 503, 627, 903) and at least one lower roller box (103, 206, 304, 405, 502, 601, 629, 902). According to the invention, each of the modular elements is equipped with mechanical fastening means (610, 611, 612) which are aligned with the mechanical fastening means of an adjacent modular element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventor: Xavier Lombard
  • Patent number: 7882931
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to an offset treestand stabilizing bracket and to a treestand employing same. The treestand stabilizing bracket of the invention greatly enhances the safety of the treestand by minimizing the slipping and/or shifting of same during usage, especially when attached to trees that are crooked and/or not vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Oak Leaf Outdoors, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrae T. D'Acquisto
  • Patent number: 7857098
    Abstract: An automated hunting blind which includes a platform operable to be always maintained in a generally horizontal position. The blind includes a base which is secured in an elevated position with a tree trunk. A boom is pivotally connected with the base and the platform. A drive and a control are provided to move the platform between a down position and selected elevated positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Inventor: Enoch R. Yeary
  • Publication number: 20100065372
    Abstract: The technology described herein provides a portable, foldable two-legged stool having a support legs assembly having two parallel support legs secured in a support frame having at least one horizontal brace and a seat assembly hingedly connected to a top of each of the support legs with a pivotal hinge assembly such that the stool is foldable for transport and is extendable for use as a two-legged stool when a rear edge of the seat assembly is placed against a generally vertical planar surface. This technology also provides a third leg assembly for selective use by an operator to add a third leg when no vertical planar surface is available upon which to support the rear edge of the seat assembly stool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventor: William David Holcombe
  • Publication number: 20090321186
    Abstract: A tree stand providing having a platform a superstructure pivotally secured to the platform and a series of support bearings interconnected by a first arm and a second consecutive arm. The second aim terminates in a seat, the bearings facilitating ease of repositioning and angle adjustability for left and right banded hunters seeking to aim at game on opposite sides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventor: Joel J. Louchart
  • Patent number: 7497302
    Abstract: A climbing tree stand having a continuous length adjustment for the tensile member passing around the tree. FIG. 1 shows the stand, incorporating a foot platform and a seat platform. Each platform is bound to the tree by a flexible tensile member. Each tensile member is removably connected to a first and second slider. Each slider rides along a bar. The slider is ordinarily clamped firmly to the bar. It can only be moved by the user pressing a lock plate and sliding it along. Thus, the tensile member can be adjusted without ever releasing it from the platform. In addition, if the user should accidentally release his or her grip on the slider, the slider will lock itself in position and prevent the platform dislodging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Inventors: Curtis Jason Boice, Timothy Scott Skipper
  • Patent number: 7377361
    Abstract: A tree stand for use in hunting and observing wildlife that includes a collapsible platform and collapsible seat support assembly. In several constructions, a platform assembly includes several pivot joints that permit multiple platform sections to fold together. The folding sections may also include frame members that fan fold together. An adjoining seat support and/or seat assemblies fold with the platform to widths that accommodate transport. In several other platform constructions, the platform assembly includes several pivot joints that permit perimeter, interior and end frame members and/or multi-section stays to fold. Underlying cross supports, end straps, end caps and wires stabilize and maintain the displacement of the platform frame members and stays. Several alternative seat support assemblies, platform and sling seat assemblies, cable and strap supports are also disclosed in various tree stand combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Inventor: Neil Tschida
  • Patent number: 7322443
    Abstract: A strap surrounding a trunk. A support is held a strap against the trunk. A mechanical linkage is attached to the support. A brake is furnished to the mechanical linkage. A frame is attached to the linkage for maintaining a person in position. A belt attached to the frame to be wrapped around a person for preventing a falling of the person. The mechanical linkage can comprise a distance adjustment mechanics allowing a change in distance between the support and the frame. An adjustable mechanical impedance can oppose forces exerted on the mechanical linkage for effecting a change in distance between the support and the frame. The adjustable mechanical impedance can be furnished by an adjustable friction brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Inventor: Joseph Rizza
  • Patent number: 7287623
    Abstract: A tree stand with a seating section and a standing section, at least one of the sections having a frame with first and second sides, inner and outer ends, a first cable attachment arm with inner and outer ends along the first side, and a second cable attachment arm with inner and outer ends along the second side; a rotatable threaded rod mounted parallel to the first attachment arm; a releasable cable retainer including a channel for receiving the attachment arm and a threaded bore for receiving the threaded rod, the retainer being moveable along the first attachment arm upon rotation of the threaded rod; drive means for rotating the threaded rod; and a cable having a first end releasibly attachable to the connector and a second end attachable to the second attachment arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Inventor: Thomas E. Graham, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7096154
    Abstract: A method of displaying the probabilities associated with a Markov model as a series of interactive plots is disclosed. Three dimensions of probability data associated with a Markov model are presented to a user in a concise manner. Heat maps are used to display probability data from a Markov model so that the user can identify and understand hidden patterns and information in the data such as state and emission transitions which are not possible to see with conventional state diagram plots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: The Mathworks, Inc.
    Inventor: Lucio Andrade-Cetto
  • Patent number: 7063188
    Abstract: An L-shaped tree seat frame includes a forward leg and a side leg on which a rear leg is slidably mounted and limited against relative rotation by cooperating rib and groove deformations in the sleeve of the rear leg and the top wall of the tubular side leg. Foam material filling the side leg includes pin passageways for guiding a locking pin through the sleeve and selected aligned openings in the side leg. The seat includes three spaced apart fingers which allow for a person's hand to grasp a center finger and balance the tree seat while the person's other hand positions the rear leg against the back side of a tree for locking the tree seat to a tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Inventor: Dale L. Liles
  • Patent number: 6793040
    Abstract: A stand includes a track mounted to a columnar member such as a tree trunk. The track substantially or completely encircles the columnar member. A seat is mounted to the track for movement thereon. A platform is mounted to the columnar member beneath the seat. The seat and platform are designed to move in concert with one another about the columnar member by a user sitting on the seat with his feet resting on the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Inventor: Barry A. Ehrenfried, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6786301
    Abstract: A scaffold system, including a plank; at least one end support having a plank bracket, the plank engaging the plank bracket, the end support having adjustable legs, and the end support having at least one cross bar interconnecting the legs; a moveable tray including a plank attachment, a vertical support and an upper horizontal support, the vertical support interconnecting the plank attachment and the upper horizontal support, the plank attachment having a hook end adapted to encase an edge of the plank; and a material support bracket including a plank securement and a material support, the plank securement releasably and slidably joined to the plank, the material support adjustably joined to the plank securement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Inventors: Robin Nesburg, Roy Nesburg, James Nesburg
  • Patent number: 6715585
    Abstract: A tree stand has a platform and seat portion that are used together. The two portions are very similar and differ in that the platform has a grid on which a hunter can stand, and the seat portion has a sling in which the hunter can sit. Both portions have a frame with an upstanding post. A cable extends from one side of the frame across to the opposite side of the post and circles a tree, crosses the other side of the post and is attached to the opposite side of the frame. This results in a criss-crossed line that both securely attaches each portion to the tree and is easy to set up by a single hunter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Inventor: Anthony D. Overbaugh
  • Patent number: 6571916
    Abstract: A fully adjustable hunting tree stand comprising a mounting base; a support member; a seat; and a platform. The mounting base and the support member axially interconnect for independent rotation about a common axis. The platform attaches to the support member at an end thereof, with the seat attaching to the support member at an opposite end thereof. The mounting base attaches to a tree of any angle, being aligned in the same angular direction thereof. The support member adjustably rotates about the mounting base and is secured in a position, which enables the platform and the seat to achieve a leveled position, regardless of what angled position the mounting base is placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Inventor: Jason Kent Swanson
  • Patent number: 6523643
    Abstract: A device for attaching to a tree and stabilizing a bow hunter attached thereto that includes a tree-attaching portion and a bow hunter-attaching portion. The tree-attaching and bow hunter-attaching portions each include an intermediate tube, a pair of intermediate bushings, a pair of outboard tubes, two pair of outboard bushings, a pair of intermediate friction washers, a tube, two pair of outboard washers, a rod, first and second knobs, a thrust bearing, and a pair of arms. The tree-attaching portion further includes a tree mount and a seat for sitting upon by the bow hunter while leaning on the tree and waiting for the game to appear. The bow hunter-attaching portion further includes a cross arm, a block, a shaft, a nut, a washer, a sleeve, a cable, and a belt. The belt includes all pair of sleeves, a pair of rubber tubes, a pair of throughbores, and eyelets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Inventor: Joseph Rizza
  • Patent number: 6510922
    Abstract: A stand for hunting or photography comprising: (a) a seat structure adapted to be removably positionable on a tree trunk and (b) a cover removably supportable by the seat structure in a manner effective for at least partially concealing a user when seated in the seat structure from front view, side view, back view, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Inventor: John Hodnett
  • Patent number: 6345690
    Abstract: A climbing tree stand. In one embodiment, the tree stand includes a first platform and a second platform. The first and second platforms include a base frame, a first arm and a second arm, a support arm, first and second illumination assemblies, and a blade attached to an upper bracket of the base frame. The first and second arms are pivotally attached to the base frame and are releasably engageable with the support arm. The support arm includes curved portions at opposed distal ends thereof. The first illumination assembly is attached to a distal end of the first arm and the second illumination assembly is attached to a distal end of the second arm of each platform. The second platform includes a foot support lifting bracket attached to its base frame. The foot support lifting bracket is comprised of a rigid, non-flexible structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Inventor: Phillip E. Morris
  • Patent number: 6328131
    Abstract: A roll-up tree seat consisting of a tree strap for anchoring the back end of the seat, a snap on metallic link to connect the seat back to the tree strap, the seat itself, and an adjustable telescopic front support pole which hooks into the front of the seat at one end, the opposite end of the pole resting against the tree trunk. The seat can be adjusted not only for height but also for tautness by extending or retracting the pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Inventor: Bradly L Backus
  • Patent number: 6250427
    Abstract: A deer stand includes a foot platform, a seat platform, and stanchions which join the foot platform to the seat platform. The foot platform, the seat platform and the stanchions are preferably formed primarily from welded metal tubes to provide the deer stand with a rugged, durable unitary welded construction. To fasten the deer stand to a tree, the seat platform has an eye bolt and a J bolt attached to opposite sides of the seat platform. A chain is attached to the eye bolt. Two pairs of spikes extend from the seat and foot platforms, respectively, for engagement with a tree. The deer stand is attached to a tree by tilting the deer stand so that the spikes of the seat platform engage with the tree at an angle with respect to the tree. The chain is then wrapped about the trunk of the tree and linked to the J bolt so that the chain encircles and is as taut as possible about the tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Inventors: Jerry Woodrow Williams, Jr., Jerry Woodrow Williams, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6102158
    Abstract: A portable tree stand capable of being erected and levelled within a leaning tree is provided. The stand comprises a tree engaging support member which is pivotally connected to the frame of the stand. This arrangement allows the seat and platform of the stand to be adjusted to a level position when erected in a leaning tree where the direction of the lean of the tree is sideways with respect to the erected stand. A back rest is also provided to give support to the hunter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventor: Herb G. Winschel
  • Patent number: 6079517
    Abstract: A power driven tree stand including an elevator assembly having a pair of parallel primary rails and a pair of parallel secondary rails. A primary axle couples the primary rails and a secondary axle couples the secondary rails. A pair of primary tires are rotatably received on the primary axle. A pair of secondary tires are rotatably received on the secondary axle. A pair of parallel support rails have free first ends and second ends pivotably coupled by pins to the exterior ends of the primary rails and a plurality of tubular cross bars there between for receiving a wheelchair thereupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Inventor: Robert W. Payne
  • Patent number: 5979602
    Abstract: A hoist is provided that aids in construction and/or maintenance tasks at elevated heights. The hoist is equipped with a centrally located stabilizer through which a steel cable connected to an electrically operated winch is routed. The hoist is raised and lowered through the use of a control station located within reach of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: Melvin Grout
  • Patent number: 5971104
    Abstract: A climbing tree stand includes a detachable, reversible seat assembly suspended from the body support structural frame. The seat assembly itself has a seat bottom portion and a back support portion connected to the seat and operable to bear against a transverse portion of the structural frame. A pair of straps attached to the bottom of the seat bottom portion carry hooks at their ends which hooks engage sides of the frame assembly so as to suspend the seat assembly below the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Summit Specialties, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald R. Woller
  • Patent number: 5899295
    Abstract: A tree stand extension device has a rectangular, hollow base frame. The base frame has a center beam connected centrally, along a long axis, to the base frame. A plurality of engagement arms are attached to the base frame and the center beam to hold a tree stand. The plurality of engagement arms are parallel to each other along a short axis of the base frame and are a predetermined distance apart. The device further includes a pair of top attachment arms and a pair of corresponding bottom attachment arms. The pair of top attachment arms are coupled to the pair of corresponding bottom attachment arms, wherein a tree stand positioned on the remaining end of the plurality of engagement arms is encased therein by the pair of front attachment arms and the pair of corresponding rear attachment arms. In one embodiment, the coupling is accomplished by having a plurality of apertures in each of the pair of front attachment arms and the corresponding rear attachment arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Inventor: Philip A. Arena
  • Patent number: 5819874
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a foot platform device which is adapted to support a hunter within a tree. In use, the foot platform is first strapped to a tree. The hunter then supports himself with the aid of both a chest strap and the foot platform. In the preferred embodiment, the foot platform includes an upper foot rest and a lower larger footrest. Furthermore, each of these foot rests are angled relative to the other components of the foot platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: Bradley A. Kuhnert
  • Patent number: 5518083
    Abstract: A swing arm tree stand comprises a base that is held to a tree by chains or the like. The chains are guided within rails on the base. A pair of lugs secured to the base pivotally support an arm between them. A seat is fastened to the distal end of the arm. The base has pointed tabs that dig into the tree to prevent the base from tilting when a hunter seated on the seat swings the arm from side to side. In a modified embodiment, a second arm is pivotally supported on the distal end of the first arm, and the seat is fastened to the distal end of the second arm. Arcuate strips may be substituted on the base for the pointed tabs. The strips partially encircle the tree to prevent tilting of the base on the tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1996
    Inventor: George Blennert
  • Patent number: 5462135
    Abstract: A tree stand comprising a foot rest; a back leg having a base end and a tip end with the base end coupled with the foot rest in an operable configuration and decoupled therefrom in a stowed configuration; a front leg having a base end pivotally coupled to the foot rest at a location offset from the coupling of the foot rest with the back leg and a tip end pivotally coupled to the back leg, the front leg and the back leg upwardly orientable from the foot rest in an operational configuration and proximately orientable therewith in a stowed configuration; a seat pivotally coupled to the rear leg and generally perpendicularly orientable therefrom in an operational configuration and upwardly orientable therefrom in a stowed configuration; a seat back pivotally coupled to the rear leg and generally upwardly orientable therefrom in an operational configuration and proximately orientable with the seat in a stowed configuration; and a coupling mechanism for coupling the back leg to a tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1995
    Inventors: Robert D. Ambler, Rick L. Green
  • Patent number: 5458215
    Abstract: A tree stand leveler comprising a sleeve having a base end and a tip end; at least one adjustable mounting bracket coupled across the sleeve and adapted for securing a tree stand thereupon; a T-shaped extension rail having a cross leg with an base leg extended therefrom and adjustably coupled to the sleeve; and a coupling mechanism for adjustably coupling the cross leg of the extension rail to a tree; whereby adjustment of the mounting bracket, sleeve, and coupling means enable a tree stand to be leveled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Inventor: Robert C. Burgin
  • Patent number: 5450927
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a new and improved portable seat for use in the outdoors comprising an elongated lower support member having a first end, a second end, a top surface, and a bottom surface. A triangular securement member has an upper portion, a lower portion, a base end and an apex end, the apex end of the securement member being integral with the first end of the lower support member. The upper portion of the securement member includes a first leg and a second leg, and a slot formed within the base end of the securement member. An elongated upper support has a first end and a second end, a top surface and a bottom surface. A back rest has a first end, a second end, a top surface and a bottom surface, the top surface of the back rest being secured to the second end bottom surface of upper support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1995
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Harton, Kathryn B. Harton
  • Patent number: 5435412
    Abstract: An apparatus for installing communications cable and splices in the cable. The apparatus is used when suspending the cable from poles so that a cable to be spliced terminates adjacent a desired pole in a loop of a length insufficient to reach the ground. The apparatus includes a work platform assembly, having a planar work surface slidably mounted for movement in two directions. This assembly can be installed on the pole in a position where the pole is spaced from the platform. A worker can be suspended adjacent to the work platform on a support independent of the work platform. From the independent support a splicing device can be mounted on the work platform. The work platform assembly is collapsible, light in weight and adapted to support equipment but not workers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Assignee: Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Franklin, III, John H. Samolyk
  • Patent number: 5413192
    Abstract: A tree stand includes a platform attachable to a tree so as to be substantially horizontal and a pivotally connected seat structure. The seat structure includes a first U-shaped member attachable to the tree, and a V-shaped member with its splayed arms pivotally connected to the U-shaped member. A flexible seat material is suspended between the apex of the V-shaped member and the transverse portion of the U-shaped member so as to make a seat conformable to the posterior of the outdoorsman, when seated. The seat element is pleated so as to be bowl-shaped to more naturally conform to the outdoorsman's posterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Inventors: Ronald R. Woller, John A. Woller