Including Driven Conveyor Or Follower Feeding Material Horizontally Towards Scatterer Patents (Class 239/672)
  • Patent number: 11266065
    Abstract: An orchard fertilizer spreader has rearwardly positioned conveyors that are independently laterally extendable between a minimum width transport position and a maximum width operating position to deliver fertilizer from a supply tank to the orchard trees. The conveyors are mounted in a longitudinally spaced configuration to permit a diverter box to supply fertilizer to either conveyor or to both conveyors simultaneously through manipulation of diverter panels. The conveyors are mounted on a support pan formed with a plurality of rollers to facilitate the lateral extension of the conveyors. The support pan is pivotally mounted on a frame to forma a breakaway that enables the conveyors to rotate in the event of impact between a conveyor and an object. The reset of the conveyors into the laterally extended position is accomplished with a hydraulic cylinder. The conveyors can be laterally extended manually, or via a hydraulic cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Pequea Machine, Inc.
    Inventors: Isaac Glick, Ethan Hunt
  • Patent number: 10785915
    Abstract: The invention provides a transportable agricultural bin for storing and dispersing an agricultural material. The invention also provides a trailer or a vehicle including the transportable agricultural bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Coolamon Steelworks Pty Ltd
    Inventors: George Bruce Hutcheon, Heath John Hutcheon
  • Patent number: 10526754
    Abstract: A material spreader for a heavy duty vehicle is provided having a hopper capable of carrying and distributing a particulate material, a longitudinally extending conveyor to move material within the hopper, a pivotably attached discharge chute and optionally, one or more liquid storage tanks secured to the exterior of the hopper by a securement system comprise a series of one or more straps connected on each end to a c-shaped cross member affixed to the vehicle or hopper body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Swenson Spreader, LLC
    Inventors: Troy Fox, Tom Rasmussen, Bill Hintzsche, Bob Schaefer
  • Patent number: 9556568
    Abstract: A hopper spreader for installation on a vehicle has a flow regulator configured to regulate flow of particulate material from the container. The spreader has a conveyor mechanism for conveying particulate material to a spinner that distributes the particulate material to the surface over which the vehicle moves. The spreader also includes a flow regulation mechanism located between the particulate material in the hopper and the conveyor mechanism which is configured to regulate flow of material from the hopper to the conveyor mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Sno-Way International, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry C. Wendorff, Robert N. Gamble, II
  • Patent number: 8991732
    Abstract: A particulate material conveyor uses an endless loop that has a feed path arranged near a bottom of a load of material to be fed and a return path arranged above the feed path and within the load where the return path is protected by a cover. Material can flow under the cover onto the feed path without filling the return path under the cover. A spinner can be combined with a conveyor to form a spreader, and the conveyor and the spinner can be driven by a single motor through reduction drives. The spreader components are mounted on a sprocket drive shaft to pivot between deployed and stowed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Wayne F. Smith
  • Patent number: 8925839
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Innovation Danago Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Gosselin
  • Patent number: 8857745
    Abstract: A spreader control system digitally filters noisy load cell measurements and inaccurate flow rate measurements to form an optimal estimate of material weight in a spreader bin. This estimate may be combined with spreader swath width and vehicle speed to determine application rate. When actuators for parameters such as apron speed or gate size are available, spreading rates may be controlled with active feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Gurcan Aral
  • Publication number: 20130341437
    Abstract: A material spreader is adapted, to dispense granular material from a vehicle. The material spreader includes a feed chute having a discharge opening and a discharge disc assembly disposed below the feed chute. The discharge disc assembly includes a spinner disc adapted to receive granular material from the feed chute, a shroud disposed in at least partial covering relation to the spinner disc, and a rotational drive operatively connected to the spinner disc such that the spinner disc is rotatable within the shroud about a rotational axis. The shroud includes a pass-through opening disposed in substantially aligned relation with the discharge opening of the feed chute at a position radially removed from the central rotational axis. The discharge disc assembly is rotatably mounted in pivoting relation about a pivot axis extending through the pass-through opening and the discharge opening of the feed chute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Henderson Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Shannon B. Richardson, Mark S. Hollinrake, Mart E. Ward, Glenn L. Ungerer
  • Patent number: 8511588
    Abstract: A ground-driven spreader device featuring a frame with two wheels each enaged in a portion of a split axle; a hopper disposed atop the frame; a belt drive disposed on the frame with a cleated belt, the belt drive is operatively connected to the first axle of the first wheel wherein the belt drive causes the cleated belt to rotate causing material having fallen from the hopper to be propelled forwardly; a pair of spinner heads disposed in the frame; and a spinner head drive disposed on the frame, the spinner head drive is operatively connected to the second axle of the second wheel, the spinner head drive functions to cause the pair of spinner heads to propel material from the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Benjamin D. Eckroth
  • Patent number: 8511589
    Abstract: A material spreader is adapted to dispense granular material from a vehicle. The material spreader includes a feed chute having a discharge opening and a discharge disc assembly disposed below the feed chute. The discharge disc assembly includes a spinner disc adapted to receive granular material from the feed chute, a shroud disposed in at least partial covering relation to the spinner disc, and a rotational drive operatively connected to the spinner disc such that the spinner disc is rotatable within the shroud about a rotational axis. The shroud includes a pass-through opening disposed in substantially aligned relation with the discharge opening of the feed chute at a position radially removed from the central rotational axis. The discharge disc assembly is rotatably mounted in pivoting relation about a pivot axis extending through the pass-through opening and the discharge opening of the feed chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Henderson Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Shannon B. Richardson, Mark S. Hollinrake, Mart E. Ward, Glenn L. Ungerer
  • Patent number: 8505838
    Abstract: A material spreader may include an electric interlock mechanism that is adjustable between: (1) a first condition where an electric supply line can supply electricity to operate a material transfer member and a door cannot be moved into an open position; and, (2) a second condition where the electric supply line cannot supply electricity to operate the material transfer member and the door can be moved into an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Louis Berkman Company
    Inventors: Bob Schaefer, Eric Larsen, Roland Hagemeyer
  • Patent number: 8505837
    Abstract: A spreader assembly may include a hopper, an auger mechanism, a torque sensor that provides a signal based on a condition of the auger mechanism and, a controller that receives the signal from the torque sensor and determines a fill status of the hopper based on the signal from the torque sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Meyer Products, LLC
    Inventor: Marty Warchola
  • Publication number: 20130186988
    Abstract: The bedding spreader has an impeller rotatable inside a housing, the impeller having a plurality of vanes rotatable around a horizontal axis, in a vertical impeller plane; the housing having an inlet opening on one side of the impeller plane and being aligned with the impeller for the impeller to receive bedding through the inlet opening during use, and an outlet opening on the other side of the impeller plane, the outlet opening being spaced from the impeller, the housing forming a bedding path in which the bedding is thrusted tangentially by the impeller against a deflector arrangement made integral to the housing, the deflector arrangement thence redirecting the tangential movement of the bedding imparted by the impeller to a movement more parallel to the axis, through the outlet opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: Roger Dubé
  • 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: 20120126023
    Abstract: A spreader assembly comprising: a frame having a longitudinal axis; at least two bins mounted to the frame, two of the at least two bins being disposed sequentially along the longitudinal axis and each including a movement imparting assembly oriented substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the frame and being configured to advance material lengthwise in opposed directions toward adjacent ends of the two bins; and at least one discharge movement imparting assembly mounted to the frame, oriented substantially perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis of the frame and being configured to receive material conveyed by at least one of the two bin movement imparting assemblies and advance the material towards a lateral end of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventors: Hugues CANTIN, Guy Deschenes
  • Publication number: 20120067985
    Abstract: A particulate material conveyor uses an endless loop that has a feed path arranged near a bottom of a load of material to be fed and a return path arranged above the feed path and within the load where the return path is protected by a cover. Material can flow under the cover onto the feed path without filling the return path under the cover. A spinner can be combined with a conveyor to form a spreader, and the conveyor and the spinner can be driven by a single motor through reduction drives. The spreader components are mounted on a sprocket drive shaft to pivot between deployed and stowed positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: WAYNE F. SMITH
  • Publication number: 20110303769
    Abstract: A spreader assembly for spreading sand or salt comprised of a molded, double-walled hopper having a bin portion and leg portions. The hopper has an inner wall and an outer wall, wherein the inner wall has a front end section and opposing side sections. The end sections and the side sections define a media-holding chamber within the bin portion of the hopper. The chamber has a generally rectangular upper portion, a funnel-shaped lower portion and a bottom having an opening extending through the bin portion. The funnel-shaped lower portion of the chamber slopes toward the opening. The outer wall of the hopper defines the leg portions, and the leg portions are dimensioned to extend below the opening in the bin portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventors: Philip Sandler, Michael J. Cowett, Timothy Bunsey, Mathew Philpott
  • Publication number: 20110278381
    Abstract: A spreader control system digitally filters noisy load cell measurements and inaccurate flow rate measurements to form an optimal estimate of material weight in a spreader bin. This estimate may be combined with spreader swath width and vehicle speed to determine application rate. When actuators for parameters such as apron speed or gate size are available, spreading rates may be controlled with active feedback.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: TRIMBLE NAVIGATION LIMITED
    Inventor: Gurcan Aral
  • Patent number: 8028938
    Abstract: A plastic tailgate mounted spreader adapted to replace the tailgate of a vehicle. The tailgate mounted spreader has a plastic hopper having a width and height generally equal to the width and height of the vehicle tailgate. A frame having at least a top member and a bottom member supports the hopper. In the disclosed embodiment, the frame also includes side members. The top member has first and second arms extending from the top member that are adapted to be connected to the vehicle. The bottom member has first and second rods extending from the bottom member that are adapted to be connected to the vehicle and in particular to the clamps on the vehicle that control the release of the bucket. An auger is mounted within the plastic hopper to auger material to a discharge opening. The auger is mounted between the side members in the preferred embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Trynex, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Truan, Paul Mandrik, James Truan
  • 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.
  • Patent number: 8025245
    Abstract: A material spreader having a hopper for containing material and a liquid tank containing liquid adjacent the hopper. The liquid tank has a passage extending from the hopper through the tank with a discharge opening. An auger extends through the hopper and passage for conveying material to the outlet for delivery to a spinner for distributing the material. At least one nozzle is mounted in the passage for spraying liquid onto the material as it is being conveyed through the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Trynex, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J. Truan, James Truan, Joshua Scott, Paul Mandrik
  • Patent number: 7980484
    Abstract: An anti-slabbing device pivotally coupled above a material conveyor and configured to drop down onto material conveyed and further configured so as to vibrate the leading edge of the material as it reaches the end of the conveyor to create a more consistent flow of material from the end of the conveyor down onto a spinner for distributing the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Highway Equipment Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Podoll, Bruce Penning, David P. Beck
  • Publication number: 20110031269
    Abstract: A system for applying mushroom growing materials includes a hopper for the materials. A blower unit creates an air stream which acts as a carrier for blowing the material fed by the hopper through a transport hose wrapped partially around a reel. The hose communicates with and feeds the material to an applicating head which is mounted on a mushroom bed. The material is conveyed through the applicating head by being spread in a transverse direction by a distributor. The material is then fed to an applicating member which is preferably a conveyor belt. The conveyor belt deposits the material onto the mushroom bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventors: James E. Davidson, Marshall Thompson, Steven L. Fidanza
  • 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: 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: 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: 7191965
    Abstract: A material spreader includes a belt/chain assembly. The belt is mounted within the chamber of the material spreader and the chain remains out of contact with the material during the operation of the device. A sliding barrier is mounted at the rear of the belt, and moves from a forward position adjacent the front of the spreader to a rear position adjacent the rear of the spreader. One form of the hydraulic system utilizes a sensor for built up pressure within independently driven augers. In response to this pressure build up the sliding barrier speed is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Roto-Mix, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin R. Neier, Rodney R. Neier, Gregory R. Reimer, David J. Brouwer, Luke D. Prouty, Elizabeth B. Rheingans, Jeff A. Schultz, Jason M. Schwiderski, Barbara M. Springman, Jeremy J. Waltz, David J. Gelhar, Kevin R. Wald, Todd E. Osman, James E. Shafer, Ross M. Groening
  • Patent number: 7172137
    Abstract: A material spreader includes a belt/chain assembly. The belt is mounted within the chamber of the material spreader and the chain remains out of contact with the material during the operation of the device. A sliding barrier is mounted at the rear of the belt, and moves from a forward position adjacent the front of the spreader to a rear position adjacent the rear of the spreader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Roto-Mix, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin R. Neier, Rodney R. Neier, Gregory R. Reimer, David J. Brouwer, Luke D. Prouty, Elizabeth B. Rheingans, Jeff A. Schultz, Jason M. Schwiderski, Barbara M. Springman, Jeremy J. Waltz, David J. Gelhar, Kevin R. Wald, Todd E. Osman, James E. Shafer
  • 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: 7045167
    Abstract: A device for the application of solid particulate material to a target surface includes one or more containers for storing the solid particulate material and one or more transfer devices for transferring the solid particulate material from the containers to the target surface. Each container includes one or more gates positioned substantially at the container's outlet. Mechanisms are provided for controlling the extent to which each individual gate opens, while the device is in use; and for controlling the rate at which the transfer devices transfer the solid particulate material from the containers while the device for the application of solid particulate material to a target surface is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: J&K Development LLC
    Inventors: James Nelson Maytum, Simon Charles Peter Jennings, Philip Kearne
  • 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: 6945482
    Abstract: A vehicle is disclosed which includes a chassis and a combination body for selectively dumping and spreading materials. A hoist is provided which extends between the body and the chassis for pivoting the body. A conveyor assembly for selectively conveying materials from the body is also included. A tailgate is pivotally connected to the body and has an opening therein to permit material to be transported therethrough. A rear feed gate assembly for selectively covering the opening of the tailgate is provided. The vehicle includes a rear diverter chute that is operably arranged with the conveyor assembly to direct the materials to a rear spreader. A front feed gate assembly for selectively covering an opening of a front end of the body is provided. First and second side chutes are operably arranged with the conveyor assembly to direct materials to a side spreader and a surface, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Henderson Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Mark S. Hollinrake, Mart E. Ward, Wade J. Burken, Glenn Ungerer
  • Patent number: 6905077
    Abstract: An agricultural spreader (100) includes material storage means (1) for storing agricultural material (2), at least one material spreading means (4) to spread the agricultural material (2) onto a surface (20) below the agricultural spreader (100) and variable speed material conveying means (3) for conveying the agricultural material (2) from the material storage means (1) to the material spreading means (4). The spreader (100) further includes an inclinometer means (7) for measuring a pitch of the agricultural spreader (100) relative to a horizontal plane and control means (6) adapted to vary the speed of the variable speed material conveyor means (3) in response to at least one input, at least one of which is an output (8) from the inclinometer means (7), in order to provide a required supply rate of agricultural material (2) to the material spreading means (4). In an alternative embodiment the control means (6) controls the area of an aperture (11) of a metering means (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Inventor: David Stanley Hoyle
  • Patent number: 6817552
    Abstract: A broadcast spreading top dresser (10) includes a diverter (200) which can be positioned in an upper position for light applications and a lower position for heavy applications, with the diverter (200) extending through a slot (210) in an upper sheet (58) of the spinner assembly (40) and beyond and below the upper sheet (58) in the lower position. The leading edges (204) of the diverter (200) are spaced from the circular disks (154) of the spinners (54) intermediate the radial position that the material is dispensed unto the spinners (54) and the maximum rearward extent of the circular disks (154). The lower edges of the diverter (200) extend at differing distances into the thickness of the propelled top dressing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Turfco Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Kinkead, Thomas E. Isaman, Donavon D. Kotula, Steven Ferguson
  • Patent number: 6786435
    Abstract: A twin discharge conveyor mounted on a spreader truck is shown including two parallel mounted conveying mechanisms such as augers, belt conveyors and chain conveyors contained within a conveyor trough that is mounted laterally on a truck chassis adjacent the front end of a frame mounted material storage container. The conveying mechanisms are independently controlled by separate hydraulic motors so that material can be discharged to the left and to the right of the truck simultaneously and in varying amounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Cives Corporation
    Inventor: Amiya Kumar Mishra
  • Patent number: 6715696
    Abstract: The invention comprises a towable trailer having a first frame and a bin, conveyor, and spinners mounted on a second frame. The bin carries materials which are conveyed by the conveyor to the spinners at the rear of the bin which spin and spread the material on the ground as the trailer is towed along the ground. The trailer is towed by a powered vehicle. A remote control device has an electrical connection to the mechanism on the trailer for operating the conveyor and spinners. The remote control device can be mounted on the trailer and operated or by cable from equipment or mechanism on the trailer to the remote control device, the remote control device may be operated on the control panel of the powered vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Inventor: Kevin J. Pierce
  • Patent number: 6698997
    Abstract: The dump body of a dump truck includes an opening in the bottom of the dump body through which material in the receptacle can be deposited onto an endless conveyor below the dump body. A spreader is removably mounted on the conveyor whereby material moved by the conveyor onto the spreader is discharged rearwardly of the dump truck. The conveyor and spreader unit can be extended and retracted relative to the dump body and can be completely removed from the dump body and the opening in the bottom of the dump body covered when using the dump truck in a dumping mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: The Louise Berkman Company
    Inventors: John R. Arne, George M. Bailey
  • Patent number: 6659376
    Abstract: A spreading device for confined application of grain type materials along a well-defined path on a road from a conveyor of a storing tank mounted on a moving vehicle includes a chute member mounted thereon that receives the materials from the conveyor and substantially drops them generally vertically under gravity on the road along the path in proximity and in front of a roller. The latter stops the materials relative to the road and confines, or packs, them on the road. The spreading device is adapted to be mounted on either side of the vehicle, in line with its wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Inventor: Normand Savard
  • Patent number: 6648250
    Abstract: A machine for spreading bedding material, comprises a hopper for receiving a bulk supply of the material. The hopper has sides, ends and a base, conveying means in the hopper for displacing the bulk supply in the hopper towards the ends, and discharge apertures in the base and located towards or at the ends, whereby material displaced by the conveying means falls through the discharge apertures, and including two distribution spinners which are adapted to be driven about upright axes and are located to receive the material which falls through the respective apertures, and to propel it horizontally away from the respective hopper ends onto the area to be layered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Inventor: Andrew Garnett
  • Publication number: 20030168535
    Abstract: A vehicle is disclosed which includes a chassis and a combination body for selectively dumping and spreading materials. A hoist is provided which extends between the body and the chassis for pivoting the body. A conveyor assembly for selectively conveying materials from the body is also included. A tailgate is pivotally connected to the body and has an opening therein to permit material to be transported therethrough. A rear feed gate assembly for selectively covering the opening of the tailgate is provided. The vehicle includes a rear diverter chute that is operably arranged with the conveyor assembly to direct the materials to a rear spreader. A front feed gate assembly for selectively covering an opening of a front end of the body is provided. First and second side chutes are operably arranged with the conveyor assembly to direct materials to a side spreader and a surface, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2002
    Publication date: September 11, 2003
    Applicant: Henderson Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Mark S. Hollinrake, Mart E. Ward, Wade J. Burken, Glenn Ungerer
  • Publication number: 20030146309
    Abstract: A distribution plate for particulate material comprises a circular horizontal plate comprised of nylon. Spaced radial slots are cut in the plate and extend completely therethrough. A substantially rectangular fin is placed in each slot and is radially positioned in the slot for slidable movement to interconnect with interlocking surfaces between the slot and the bottom edge of the fin. The slots extend from an inner position to an outer radial position short of the outer periphery of the plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2002
    Publication date: August 7, 2003
    Inventors: Douglas B. Berner, John E. Thiel
  • Patent number: 6598812
    Abstract: A crop residue spreader for an agricultural combine including a unique support element which is an elongate tube, including a center portion and a pair of legs extending outwardly in opposite directions from the center portion, each of the legs including an end portion opposite the center portion and an intermediate portion. The end portions include pivot elements coaxially aligned about a pivotal axis for pivotal connection to a rear end of the combine for movement between spreading and non-spreading positions. The intermediate portions include mounting elements for supporting rotatable crop accelerators in side-by-side relation, and the center portion includes at least one mount for mounting a pair of crop residue deflectors in cantilever relation to the tube and extending partially around the crop residue accelerators, respectively. The tube can also include mounts or supports for holding a shield in desired relation to the crop residue accelerators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Case Corporation
    Inventors: Robert A. Matousek, Joshua J. Wolters, Jason M. Benes
  • Patent number: 6572035
    Abstract: Rotary accelerating apparatus for a crop residue spreader of an agricultural combine, including blades mounted to a rotatable hub for rotation therewith, each of the blades having a surface oriented to face in the direction of rotation, the surface having opposite, spaced axial edges, and a mounting portion disposed intermediate the edges, and arms connected to and extending between the blades and the hub, each of the blades having first and second surface portions disposed primarily for contacting different flows of crop residue emanating from different locations for integrating, accelerating and discharging the flows for dispersal over an agricultural field, the mounting location of the blades, and the relative shapes and sizes of the portions thereof providing advantageous load distribution and transfer characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Case Corporation
    Inventor: Dohn Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 6557944
    Abstract: An apparatus capable of adapting a vehicle for use in either of a dump truck mode or a spreader truck mode includes a dump body unit and a removable hopper. The dump body unit has a main frame pivotally interconnected with a dump body. The main frame attaches to the vehicle and supports the dump body. The dump body has a substantially flat bed with a lengthwise channel containing an embedded conveyor. In dump truck mode, the conveyor is covered and materials may be loaded into and dumped from the dump body. In spreader truck mode, the conveyor is uncovered and the hopper is attached to the dump body so that an aperture at the hopper's base is aligned over the conveyor. Gravity-fed materials may then be conveyed along the body to an attached spreader for dispersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Connor Industries
    Inventor: William T. Connor
  • Patent number: 6540164
    Abstract: Apparatus for spreading a granular material comprises a conveyor designed to move the material from a hopper to a distributor. The conveyor comprises two endless cables mounted in parallel and each passing around two end pulleys, parallel transverse bars each attached to the cables at regular intervals and designed to move the material on a transport surface, and a driving device designed to move the cables in synchronism. The granular materials may be for the winter treatment of roads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Inventor: René Pradines
  • Patent number: 6508419
    Abstract: A top dresser (10) includes a spinner assembly (40) removably connected by clips (44) to a cross beam (20) of the frame (12) mounting a hopper (30). The first and second sides (36) of the hopper (30) slope downwardly and inwardly to a conveyor (140) formed by sheeting (70) in the form of an endless belt having a relatively smooth outer surface. The valve (84) for the hydraulic motor (164) of the conveyor (140) is in series downstream of the valve (78) for the hydraulic motors (56) for the spinners (54) of the spinner assembly (40). Thus, it is not possible to mistakenly run the conveyor (140) without the spinners (54) operating. Therefore, the top dresser (10) is able to spread extremely minimal amounts of material evenly and without clumping or bunching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Turfco Manufacturing, Incorporated
    Inventors: George Kinkead, Matthew A. Donner
  • Publication number: 20030006319
    Abstract: A thrower system includes a container for storing a projectile to be thrown, a centrifugal thrower for propelling the object a distance away from the thrower system through centrifugal force, and conveying means for transporting the projectile between the container and the centrifugal thrower. The thrower system may throw baseballs, softballs, golf balls, or similar objects, and in particular, may be a cryogenic projectile thrower system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2002
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Inventors: Leonard A. Silverstein, Jurgen Baumgart
  • Publication number: 20030006320
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a granular material transport mechanism for a sand truck. The material mechanism is arranged in granular material flow communication with a granular material hopper, and is disposed on its lower side thereof, for distribution of said granular material from a spreader on the truck. The mechanism comprises an elongated containment housing for enclosing a rotary feed shaft. The rotary feed shaft has longitudinal ends that extend beyond the housing. A plurality of spaced-apart semicircular plates are disposed on the shaft. A bearing support for the feed shaft is arranged adjacent each longitudinal end of the feed shaft and outside of the containment housing. An opening on a rear lower side of the containment housing for permits the communication the granular material to the spreader arranged therebeneath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2000
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Inventors: Charles D. Swift, Christopher Rider
  • Publication number: 20020172582
    Abstract: A combined dump truck and spreader apparatus is disclosed for selectively dumping and spreading materials. The apparatus includes a truck chassis and a body for receiving and dispensing the materials. The body has a first and a second end and a first and second curved side wall. The body is secured to the chassis and a tailgate is secured to the first end of the body. An auger arrangement is disposed within the body and extends between the first and second ends thereof for transporting the materials along the body. The tailgate defines an opening which co-operates with the auger arrangement for permitting the flow therethrough of the materials. The arrangement is such that selective spreading and dumping of the materials from the opening is permitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2002
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Inventor: Richard L. Feller