Convertible Or Combined Patents (Class 239/663)
  • Patent number: 10721876
    Abstract: A conversion is provided to adapt a salt truck spreading apparatus to a mulch blowing delivery system by replacing a centrifugal spreader with an air lock and blower while providing means to address clogs in the feeding of mulch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: David Schmutz
  • Patent number: 10028441
    Abstract: A method of automating unloading for a mobile farm implement is presented. The method includes determining whether the speed of the mobile farm implement is below a first threshold. In response to a determination that the speed of the mobile farm implement is below the first threshold, a conveyor is moved to an operating position, where it is used to unload agricultural material from the mobile farm implement. Upon termination of the unloading of the agricultural material, the controller folds the conveyor to a storage or transport position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Unverferth Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Van Mill, Shawn W. Gerdeman, Ronald J. Schlimgen
  • Patent number: 9949443
    Abstract: A bale processor has a bale chamber mounted on a frame and a disintegrator shreds material from a bale and discharges shredded material laterally. A fan receives the shredded material through a fan inlet and blows the material out through a fan discharge. A conveyor receives the shredded material from the disintegrator along an inner side thereof. A side opening extends along an outer side of the conveyor and a side door is movable from a closed position, where the side opening is closed and the conveyor is enclosed and moves the shredded material along the conveyor and into the fan inlet, to an open position where the outer side of the conveyor is open and the conveyor moves the shredded material laterally out through the side opening. An auger conveyor mounted only on an end opposite the fan inlet leaves the fan inlet unobstructed, increasing capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Highline Manufacturing Ltd.
    Inventors: Blake Neudorf, Montgomerie Summach
  • Patent number: 9596809
    Abstract: A method of automating unloading for a mobile farm implement is presented. The method includes determining whether the speed of the mobile farm implement is below a first threshold. In response to a determination that the speed of the mobile farm implement is below the first threshold, a conveyor is moved to an operating position, where it is used to unload agricultural material from the mobile farm implement. Upon termination of the unloading of the agricultural material, the controller folds the conveyor to a storage or transport position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Unverferth Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Van Mill, Shawn W. Gerdeman, Ronald J. Schlimgen
  • Patent number: 9055714
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self-propelled outdoor power equipment unit, an attachment for use with such a unit and associated methods. The unit may be in the form of a mower having a mower deck. The attachment includes a hopper and conveyor assembly for discharging particulate material from the hopper. The conveyor assembly has operational and stored positions, the latter of which provides a narrower profile of the attachment and unit. The attachment and mower deck may be mounted on the frame of the unit together or separately. The attachment is configured for rapid mounting and dismounting on the frame of the unit, and provides additional functionality to a mower or other unit on which the attachment is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Green Industry Innovators, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Steffon Hoppel
  • Patent number: 8960574
    Abstract: The hitch bar with swivel has a proximal portion that attaches removably to the conventional receiver hitch receptacle of a supporting vehicle and a distal portion for supporting an apparatus, e.g., spreader for distributing animal feed, etc., thereon. The distal bar portion is positioned to overlay the proximal portion and to place the supported apparatus close to the rear of the supporting vehicle during operations in order to reduce the lever arm and corresponding bending loads on the hitch receptacle. The distal portion of the bar may be swiveled clear of the rear of the vehicle to allow the rear door (tailgate, rear hatch, etc.) of the vehicle to be opened when the vehicle is stopped. The distal bar portion and apparatus supported thereon have a combined length preferably less than half the width of the vehicle, permitting the bar to be swiveled freely without extending laterally beyond the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Harvey Hernandez
  • Patent number: 8919572
    Abstract: A filter basket apparatus that filters a slurry stream as the slurry stream is being pumped into a slurry tank. The filter basket apparatus includes a filter basket pivotably coupled to the tank so that the basket can be selectively inserted into an inlet in the slurry tank and extracted from the inlet and dumped to remove collected foreign material. The filter basket includes one or more portions of a lower wall that includes one set of substantially parallel grate members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Jesse Westaby
  • Publication number: 20140131485
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling an air cart to deliver custom blends of fertilizer to a field is disclosed. A farmer purchases base nutrients which are mixed together during delivery to the field. An air cart having multiple compartments is selected according to the number of base nutrients and/or seed to be delivered. Metering units associated with each compartment control the rate at which product is delivered. An operator defines a desired blend of fertilizer and identifies each of the base nutrients loaded into the air cart. The controller generates control signals output to each metering unit to control the rate at which product is delivered according to the desired blend of fertilizer. Thus, a farmer may purchase and store base nutrients rather than various blends of fertilizer and create multiple customized blends as needed according to the area and the type of seed to be planted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: CNH Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: Trevor Kowalchuk
  • Publication number: 20140103148
    Abstract: A rotary feed dispensing apparatus includes a reservoir configured to hold feed. The apparatus includes a rotary dispenser having an inlet operatively coupled to the reservoir and a rotary dispenser outlet, the rotary dispenser defining a rotary dispenser interior area configured to selectively receive the feed from the reservoir through the rotary housing inlet. An impellor assembly is rotatably mounted in the rotary dispenser, the impellor assembly having an impellor body portion and at least one impellor end portion pivotally coupled to the impellor body portion. The impellor end portion is movable between an extended configuration and a folded configuration. A motor is operatively coupled to the impellor assembly and configured to rotate the impellor assembly when energized. The impellor end portion is configured to eject the feed from the rotary dispenser through the outlet when the motor is energized and the impellor end portion is at the extended configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Todd Wisecarver
  • Patent number: 8668154
    Abstract: A riding lawn mower mounted drop spreader apparatus is used for spreading a granular material while mowing. The spreader includes a hopper for holding a quantity of a granular material to be dispensed with a control gate which controls the amount of material distributed while mowing. An auger located in the hopper has a drive motor which can also be controlled by an operator of the mower. The hopper has a mounting frame for mounting the hopper and agitator mechanism on a rear chassis region of the lawn mower. An operator can visually observe the amount of material distributed by observing the mowed path behind the mower during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Harold O'Daniel
  • Patent number: 8657208
    Abstract: A flow gate includes first and second body members, first and second flow control members, and first and second locking mechanisms. The first and second body members operatively attach to and detach from each other. The first and second flow control members adjust between an open position, a closed position, and a plurality of partially opened positions. The first and second locking mechanisms selectively prevent and allow adjustment of the first and second flow control members. The first and second flow control members prevent the flow of material from an associated spreader when both the first and second flow control members are in the closed position, and allow the flow of material from the associated spreader when either the first or the second flow control member is in the opened position or in one of the plurality of partially opened positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Meyer Products, LLC
    Inventors: James A Kost, Andrew L Outcalt
  • Publication number: 20130284832
    Abstract: The hitch bar with swivel has a proximal portion that attaches removably to the conventional receiver hitch receptacle of a supporting vehicle and a distal portion for supporting an apparatus, e.g., spreader for distributing animal feed, etc., thereon. The distal bar portion is positioned to overlay the proximal portion and to place the supported apparatus close to the rear of the supporting vehicle during operations in order to reduce the lever arm and corresponding bending loads on the hitch receptacle. The distal portion of the bar may be swiveled clear of the rear of the vehicle to allow the rear door (tailgate, rear hatch, etc.) of the vehicle to be opened when the vehicle is stopped. The distal bar portion and apparatus supported thereon have a combined length preferably less than half the width of the vehicle, permitting the bar to be swiveled freely without extending laterally beyond the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: HARVEY HERNANDEZ
  • Patent number: 8540167
    Abstract: A rotary tool and method for spreading mulch outwardly from a mound of the same. The tool has an elongated shaft with a rotatable body mounted proximate a first end thereof. The body has a peripheral edge with a plurality of flexible fingers radiating outwardly and downwardly therefrom. The fingers may be individually securable to the body. In a second embodiment, a ring is detachably mounted to the body and the fingers are on the ring. When the tool is activated, the fingers engage the mulch mound and cause pieces of mulch to be flicked outwardly away from the body. The tool may also be used as a shovel-type device when the motor is not activated and the mulch can then be carried on the upper surface of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Green Industry Innovators, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Todd E. Pugh
  • Patent number: 8490897
    Abstract: A granular spreader having a V-shaped hopper for distribution of oil absorbing granules can be used on race track spills. The granular spreader is towed by a vehicle such as a pickup truck during racing intervals. A rotatable scrubber is affixed to the hopper which can be lowered by an electric winch to contact the race track to urge the deposited granules into the spilled liquid. A pair of flexible flaps are affixed to the bottom of the hopper to assist in distribution and to prevent the fine granule particles from being blown away before contacting the spilled liquids. A cart is also provided for storing the granular spreader during periods of non-use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: Loren C. Magnus
  • Patent number: 8342772
    Abstract: A civil engineering machine for spreading material for spreading on soils or base materials, and in particular a civil engineering machine for spreading binders for soil or base material stabilization, has a container for material for spreading to receive the material for spreading and a spreading arrangement having one or more outlet openings for the discharge of the material for spreading. An anti-dust arrangement is arranged below the outlet openings, and is characterized in that there is created below the outlet openings a spreading compartment which is bounded by one or more first anti-dust members and in that there is created an anti-dust space which is bounded by one or more second anti-dust members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Wirtgen GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Menzenbach, Heiko Bohme, Cyrus Barlmanl, Gunter Hahn
  • Publication number: 20120273598
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self-propelled outdoor power equipment unit, an attachment for use with such a unit and associated methods. The unit may be in the form of a mower having a mower deck. The attachment includes a hopper and conveyor assembly for discharging particulate material from the hopper. The conveyor assembly has operational and stored positions, the latter of which provides a narrower profile of the attachment and unit. The attachment and mower deck may be mounted on the frame of the unit together or separately. The attachment is configured for rapid mounting and dismounting on the frame of the unit, and provides additional functionality to a mower or other unit on which the attachment is mounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: GREEN INDUSTRY INNOVATORS, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Steffon Hoppel
  • Publication number: 20120193457
    Abstract: The spreader has a movable container and at least one elongated tube, and can thus be moved along a path in the forest, and the tube successively deployed to blow the soil conditioner between the trees, away from the path. Satisfactory efficiency can be achieved using an eductor device to transfer the powdery soil conditioner into the air flow in the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel Gosselin
  • Publication number: 20120168539
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a double feed spreader having two dispensing holes, constituted by forming two dispensing holes in a large-capacity feed spreader for dispensing granular feed and organic compost, and consequently by providing a dual shutter and a dual spreader fan to enable the quick and effective spreading of feed over a wide area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventor: Wan Soo Kim
  • Publication number: 20120090287
    Abstract: A riding lawn mower mounted drop spreader apparatus is used for spreading a granular material while mowing. The spreader includes a hopper for holding a quantity of a granular material to be dispensed with a control gate which controls the amount of material distributed while mowing. An auger located in the hopper has a drive motor which can also be controlled by an operator of the mower. The hopper has a mounting frame for mounting the hopper and agitator mechanism on a rear chassis region of the lawn mower. An operator can visually observe the amount of material distributed by observing the mowed path behind the mower during use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventor: Harold O'Daniel
  • Publication number: 20120048956
    Abstract: A material spreader attached to and towed by an agricultural vehicle for spreading material such as organic material and fertilizers over a ground surface. The material spreader having a containment box and a material expeller, the expeller having rotating flails positioned along a substantially vertical axis with one or more sets of paddles swingably connected to the flails and the paddles are axially spaced apart along the flail above and below the material spreader floor a desired distance to enhance flow-through of rocks, manure and other organic material and fertilizers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: Degelman Industries LTD.
    Inventors: Donald Stevenson, Miles Evans, Scott R. Degelman
  • Publication number: 20110315797
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a conventional pickup truck is equipped with a tailgate spreader and a salt wetting apparatus. In another embodiment, a conventional pickup truck is equipped with a tailgate spreader and a brine dispensing apparatus. In yet another embodiment, a conventional pickup truck is equipped with a tailgate spreader, a salt wetting apparatus, and a brine dispensing apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventor: Marty Warchola
  • Patent number: 8046981
    Abstract: A rotary tool for spreading mulch outwardly from a mound of the same. The tool has an elongated shaft with a rotatable body mounted proximate a first end thereof. The body has a peripheral edge with a plurality of flexible fingers radiating outwardly and downwardly therefrom. The fingers may be individually securable to the body. In a second embodiment, a ring is detachably mounted to the body and the fingers are on the ring. When the tool is activated, the fingers engage the mulch mound and cause pieces of mulch to be flicked outwardly away from the body. The tool may also be used as a shovel-type device when the motor is not activated and the mulch can then be carried on the upper surface of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Green Industry Innovators, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Todd E. Pugh
  • Patent number: 8028928
    Abstract: The present inventions relate to top dressing vehicles for coating, mixing, and dispensing compositions of top dressing materials comprising agriculturally active ingredients (A.I.s). More particularly, these inventions relate to apparatus for spraying liquid formulations comprising active ingredients A.I.s onto top dressing materials prior to and during delivering top dressing applications. Further, these inventions relate to applying liquids comprising A.I.s to top dressing materials at a point-of-application. Even further, these inventions relate to delivering treated top dressing, specifically, to broadcast spreading of top dressing comprising sand and agriculturally active ingredients as moist and dry compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: A. Ronald Detweiler, Nancy M. Dykema, Joseph M. Vargas, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110192785
    Abstract: A hydration pack (10) includes a bladder (11) attached to a pump (12) via a feed tube (13) and to a bite valve mouthpiece (14) via a drinking tube (15). The bladder (11) incorporates a filter cartridge (16) which is capable of ultra-filtration and thereby effective to remove viruses as well as bacteria from water. The filter cartridge (16) is coupled to the drinking tube (15) such that any water that passes from the bladder (11) to the mouthpiece (14) must pass through the filter cartridge (16). The pump (12) is able to act both to transfer water into the bladder and also to pressurize the bladder with air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: PRITCHARD IP LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael Pritchard, Sally Ann Pritchard
  • Publication number: 20110186656
    Abstract: A mobile terminal with perfume emission includes a perfume generator to store perfume; and a motor coupled to the perfume generator to emit the perfume to outside of the mobile terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: PANTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung Bum CHO, Dong Hyun YI, Joo Hee LEE, Jae Hwan CHOI, Hyung Hoon PARK, Goang Yel LYU, Sung Whan LEE, Su Min JUN
  • Patent number: 7850101
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying paint and reflective glass beads to a surface that comprises an airless paint sprayer system, a bead dispensing system, a chassis, a power source, and a user-activated control switch. The airless paint sprayer system comprises a paint reservoir, one or more airless spray heads for spraying paint onto the surface, and a pump for pumping paint from the reservoir to the spray heads. The bead dispensing system comprises a bead reservoir, one or more bead dispensing nozzles for dispensing beads onto the paint sprayed onto the surface by the spray heads, an air reservoir for holding pressurized air, one or more pneumatic cylinders configured for opening and closing a corresponding dispensing nozzle, and one or more flow control regulators for controlling air into and out of a corresponding pneumatic cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Sightline, LC
    Inventor: Thomas Walmer
  • Patent number: 7827772
    Abstract: A marking assembly for attachment to a vehicle for distributing a marking agent on a substantially grass-covered field to mark one or more lines in one or more predetermined areas thereof. The marking assembly includes a deck having a grass-cutting subassembly for mowing the grass and removing the cuttings thereof to provide freshly-mown grass in the predetermined area, the deck being attachable to the vehicle. The marking assembly also includes one or more nozzle subassemblies positionable downstream relative to the grass-cutting subassembly when the vehicle travels in a forward direction. The nozzle subassembly includes one or more nozzles for releasing the marking agent to mark the line on the predetermined area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Simplistic Lines Inc.
    Inventor: Brent Baker
  • Patent number: 7753293
    Abstract: A spreader accessory mountable below the extension rack of an ATV. In another aspect, an improved spreader mechanism that automatically starts and stops the feed of material from a storage container in conjunction with the distribution of material therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas E. Farmer
  • Publication number: 20100133365
    Abstract: A spreader assembly with surface-clearing blower includes a rotary or broadcast spreader mounted on a frame for distribution and deposition of granular material in an area proximate the spreader assembly, a blower also mounted on the frame and with one or more ducts or hoses for conveying forced air to a surface proximate the spreader assembly to be cleared of deposited material. Granular material may include seed, ice-melt compound or salt, or fertilizer or other lawn or garden amendment or additive. The frame is mounted on the powered drive unit of a walk-behind mower to replace the mower deck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: MASTER MANUFACTURING LLC
    Inventors: Mark Glenn Bailey, Cole Daniel Bailey
  • Patent number: 7717353
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing and mixing flowable materials that includes at least one hopper connected to a mixing chamber. The apparatus further includes at least one valve associated with the hopper. The valve operates to regulate the flow of material from the hopper to the mixing chamber. The apparatus also includes a controller that communicates with the at least one valve wherein the controller selectively controls the operation of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph J. Matulis
  • Patent number: 7699240
    Abstract: A multiple liquid and solids dispenser apparatus and method includes a solids dispenser for holding and dispensing solids. A liquid dispenser is connected to the solids dispenser and the liquid dispenser contains more than one liquid and is positioned so as to dispense the more than one liquid on the solid or not on the solid as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Inventor: Mark Eaton
  • Publication number: 20100019072
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention, there is provided a land application vehicle for a semi-solid material, such as bio-solids. The vehicle includes a hopper and a distributor. The distributor includes a housing having a distributor inlet and at least one distributor outlet, a first distributor auger in the housing configured for transferring semi-solid material away from the distributor inlet towards the at least one distributor outlet and a second distributor auger in the housing configured for transferring semi-solid material back towards the distributor inlet. This creates re-circulation of the semi-solid material within the distributor, which inhibits packing of the semi-solid material at the ends of the distributor and generally aids in uniform distribution of the material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2009
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventor: Dennis Nuhn
  • Patent number: 7607595
    Abstract: An accessory mountable to an ATV includes an extension rack that provides a substantially flat storage bed. A spreader assembly for storing and distributing granular material therefrom is supported in a position below the extension rack. In the preferred embodiment, the extension rack is mounted to the carrier rack of the ATV, and the spreader is mounted to the extension rack such that it is positioned under the extension rack. The extension rack preferably includes a door that provides a passageway to the spreader assembly and also includes side walls that are vertically disposed with respect to the substantially flat storage bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas E. Farmer
  • Patent number: 7543765
    Abstract: An improved self-unloading spreader has a front end, a back end, and sides defining walls of a container for holding material. The container has at least one opening in one of the walls through which material can move. Inside of the container, longitudinally disposed between the front end and the rear end, is an auger that can move material in the container to and through the opening. Also inside of the container, adjustably positioned above the auger, is an adjustable height baffle to control the amount of material the auger has available to move. Outside of the container, adjacent to the opening, is a transversely mounted conveyer belt for spreading material that flows through the opening. An hydraulic system powers the auger and allows the hydraulically powered auger to either move material towards the opening or away from the opening. The auger, in combination with the adjustable height baffle, controls the rate at which material is provided to the conveyer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Inventor: Brad Elling
  • Patent number: 7540436
    Abstract: A spreader assembly for spreading a material and for mounting in a bed of a truck is disclosed. The assembly includes a hopper and a frame for supporting the hopper in the bed of the truck. The hopper has a length extending between a front end and a rear end sized for placing in the bed of the truck to hold material for spreading and has an outlet spout with an opening for discharging material therefrom. The hopper and the frame are each formed from a thermoplastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventors: Charles J Truan, James Truan, Joshua Scott, Paul Mandrik
  • Patent number: 7481384
    Abstract: A spreader assembly for spreading a material and for mounting to a bed of a truck is disclosed. The assembly includes a hopper and a frame having an upper rail for supporting the hopper in the bed of the truck. The frame includes a pair of front and rear posts extending downwardly from the upper rail and an upper rail extending in a cantilevered fashion from the rear posts to support the outlet spout outside the bed of the truck. A quick-release connector releasably engages the frame for preventing longitudinal movement within the bed of the truck. A spinner is rotatably attached and is moveable between an operating position and a storage position. The hopper includes a lower portion having a bottom with a first slanted portion having a first slope and a second slanted portion having a second slope with the first slope being different than the second slope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Trynex Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles J Truan, James Truan, Joshua Scott, Paul Mandrik
  • Patent number: 7325755
    Abstract: The rotary tool for spreading particulate materials from a mound of the same. The tool has an elongated shaft with a rotatable body mounted proximate a first end thereof. The body has a peripheral edge with a plurality of flexible fingers radiating outwardly therefrom. The rotatable body has an upper surface and a center axis in the upper surface. The tool includes a motor which, when activated, causes the rotatable body to rotate about its center axis. As the rotatable body rotates, the fingers engage the particulate materials and cause the pieces to be flicked outwardly away from the rotating body. The tool may also be used as a shovel-type device when the motor is not activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Green Industry Innovators, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Todd E. Pugh
  • Patent number: 7318557
    Abstract: A rotary distributor is for use in spreading solid particles and/or liquid from an agricultural machine. The rotary distributor comprises a round distributor having outlet holes arranged peripherally in the horizontal bottom of the housing and connected to outlet pipes 3, a first supply pipe 4 arranged centrally in the bottom of the distributor housing 1 for the supply of liquid under pressure and connected to a vertical, rotatably supported hollow rotor shaft 5 in flow communication with a first transverse hollow rotor arm 6 which has at least one angled, and downward-directed nozzle 7 that is level with the outlet holes 2. The distributor housing further comprises a means 10, 11 for introducing and distributing solid particles such as seed corn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Agromiljo AS
    Inventor: Kjell Vastveit
  • Patent number: 7306175
    Abstract: A spreader accessory mountable below the extension rack of an ATV. In another aspect, an improved spreader mechanism that automatically starts and stops the feed of material from a storage container in conjunction with the distribution of material therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Inventor: Thomas E. Farmer
  • Patent number: 7306174
    Abstract: A work vehicle having a fluent material spreader comprising two counter-rotating variable speed impellers adapted to receive and broadcast fluent material. A right-side impeller broadcasts out to a right-side material broadcast width, and left-side impeller broadcasts out to a left-side material broadcast width. Rotational speed of the right-side impeller is commanded to achieve a desired a right-side material broadcast width, and rotational speed of the left-side impeller is commanded to achieve a desired a left-side material broadcast width. Command of the right-side and left-side impellers is achieved either manually by and operator, or automatically by a control system based on sensor input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Mark Leonard Pearson, Ryan Patrick Mackin
  • Patent number: 7293723
    Abstract: A material handling device for a vehicle includes a receiving portion for receiving material, a material moving system operable to move material along the receiving portion, a material processing device attachable at a rear of the receiving portion, and a power source. The receiving portion is configured to fit at a vehicle bed, and is removably positioned at a vehicle bed. The material handling device may be movably supported at a support surface to ease installation and removal of said material handling device at the vehicle. The material processing device is operable to dispense material from within the receiving portion to a location external the receiving portion and/or collect material from a location external the receiving portion and dispense the collected material into the receiving portion. The power source may provide power to the material processing device and/or the material moving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Rockit Corp.
    Inventors: Cal G Niemela, Philip J Quenzi
  • Patent number: 7281675
    Abstract: A portable, user shoulder supported spreader/blower unit includes an ergonomically configured housing which includes a section defining a storage bin for holding a quantity of salt or like chemical particulate material for spreading onto ground surfaces to prevent icing thereon in winter. A centrifugal distributor disk is located in a housing space section below the bin and, a bin discharge aperture aligns over a peripheral area of the distributor disk. A user controllable closure member selectively alters bin discharge aperture size and, hence, outflow quantity from the bin onto the distributor disk, the distributor disk rotating at high speed propelling particulate material out of the housing through a discharge nozzle thereon at a high speed. e.g., 60 m/sec when the unit is user in a spreader mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Inventors: Marcos Elrod, Michael Glater
  • Patent number: 7275700
    Abstract: A self-propelled chemical delivery vehicle and dispenser generally for agricultural use includes a frame including first and second vertically spaced support members; a rider support member mounted to the frame; an apparatus for providing motive power mounted to the frame; at least two wheel and tire assemblies, with one of the at least two wheels being a drive wheel, the drive wheel being in communication with the apparatus for providing motive power for application of motive power through the ground contact for vehicle movement with the at least two wheel and tire assemblies being spaced apart in generally longitudinal alignment; and an assembly for directional control of the self-propelled chemical delivery vehicle and dispenser mounted to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventor: D. Wayne Miles, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7137214
    Abstract: A snow removal machine including a housing with a forward opening through which snow enters the snow removal machine. At least one rotatable member is positioned and rotatably secured within the housing for engaging and eliminating the snow from within said housing. The snow removal machine also includes a surface treatment application system with a treatment material dispensing system connected to the housing for dispensing a liquid or solid deicer and/or anti-icing treatment material over an area from which snow has been removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Cargill, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Hoerle, Elizabeth Earley, Lawrence Micek, James Schmitz
  • Patent number: 7104478
    Abstract: A material spreading device for spreading material over a targeted area includes a receiving portion for receiving a plurality of bags of material, a hopper assembly and a material moving device. The material spreading device is configured for use on a vehicle. The hopper assembly has a bag holding portion and a material dispensing bin. The bag holding portion receives at least some of the bags and retains the bags at or near the material dispensing bin. The hopper assembly includes at least one opening device for opening the bags such that material within the opened bags is deposited into the material dispensing bin. The material dispensing bin is operable to dispense or broadcast the material over the targeted area. The material moving device is operable to move the bags of material along the receiving portion and toward the hopper assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Rockit Corporation
    Inventors: Cal G Niemela, Philip J Quenzi
  • Patent number: 7040556
    Abstract: A broadcast type fertilizer spreader includes a hopper having ground engaging wheels mounted on the hopper frame and operating the broadcast rotor which broadcast the fertilizer. The spreader includes a handle for guiding and pushing the spreader and an actuator handle for opening and closing the dispensing openings in the hopper. A tow bar is readily connectable to the spreader and a tractor to convert the spreader to a towable mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventor: Michael T Jones
  • Patent number: 6953163
    Abstract: A spreader assembly for spreading a material and for mounting to a bed of a truck is disclosed. The assembly includes a hopper and a frame having an upper rail for supporting the hopper in the bed of the truck. The frame includes a pair of front and rear posts extending downwardly from the upper rail and an upper rail extending in a cantilevered fashion from the rear posts to support the outlet spout outside the bed of the truck. A quick-release connector releasably engages the frame for preventing longitudinal movement within the bed of the truck. A spinner is rotatably attached and is moveable between an operating position and a storage position. The hopper includes a lower portion having a bottom with a first slanted portion having a first slope and a second slanted portion having a second slope with the first slope being different than the second slope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Trynex, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J Truan, James Truan, Joshua Scott, Paul Mandrick
  • Patent number: 6945481
    Abstract: A dual mode spreader for broadcast spreading and drop spreading material comprising a hopper to hold a supply of spreadable material, first and second discharge openings located within the hopper for which spreadable material can flow therethrough, an impeller mounted in a position below the hopper for rotational movement about an upright axis, wherein the first discharge opening leads to impeller to enable the spreadable material in the hopper to exit therefrom onto the impeller to be distributed in a path outwardly therefrom onto the surface to be treated; and a diffuser defining an inlet opening and an outlet opening, wherein the second discharge opening is in communication with the inlet opening to enable the spreadable material in the hopper to enter the diffuser and exit therefrom through the outlet opening to be distributed in a path downwardly therefrom onto the surface to be treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Lesco Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Peter G. Thompson, Kirk A. Hurto, Mark G. Prinster
  • Patent number: 6932287
    Abstract: An improved spreader assembly adapted to be mounted on a vehicle having a tailgate and a bumper. The improved spreader assembly includes a hopper and a retaining arrangement. The hopper has an upper section and a bottom section. The bottom section has a base surface adapted to at least partially rest on a top surface of the bumper. The retaining arrangement includes a band that fits at least about a portion of a front face of the upper section of the hopper. One end of the band is adapted to connect to the vehicle to maintain at least a portion of a back face of the upper section at least closely adjacent to the tailgate of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: The Louis Berkman Company
    Inventors: James A. Kost, Josh Vyrostek
  • Patent number: RE41267
    Abstract: A device and method for dispensing precise amounts of dry particulate matter, such as agricultural chemicals, directly into a liquid carrier stream, such as a flow of water, and a method of employing such a device to distribute chemicals. The device includes a bin for holding a quantity of particulate matter, a conduit for transporting a stream of liquid carrier, and a meter at the bottom of the bin for controllably releasing a desired amount of the particulate matter from the bin into the conduit while disallowing entry of the liquid carrier to the bin. The bin, conduit and meter are all mounted upon a portable structure for transportation with particulate matter in the bin. The meter includes a multi-vaned rotor turned by a controlled motor, and defines discrete pockets of known volume. The operator simply connects the device to a flow of water and keys into the controller an amount of material to be released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Rosen's Inc.
    Inventors: Frank G. Reinsch, John A. Latting