Laterally Offset Patents (Class 280/472)
  • Patent number: 10464374
    Abstract: A Zero-turn lawn-mower that selectively restricts movement of front wheels to achieve controlled movement while on slope is disclosed herein. Lawn-mower includes a mower frame, at least one front wheel disposed underneath mower frame, at least one cam, an actuating rod and a dawg. The cam is fixedly connected to mower frame and in the vicinity of front wheel and is further defined with a notch. Actuating rod of said lawn mower is swivelably connected to mower frame and operable by a driver, typically by a rod pedal. Dawg extends from actuating rod to selectively engage with notch to restrict angular movement of front wheel and selectively disengage from notch to enable angular movement of front wheel. This provides the user to control drift of the mower on an angled or inclined surface. Furthermore, A spring is provided at other end of pedal to reduce tension and provide smooth rotation of actuation rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Chapman Jolley
  • Patent number: 8615347
    Abstract: An anti-theft security device for a vehicle coupling, in particular a fifth wheel coupling (1), includes a security apparatus (2) and a control apparatus (3) which are electrically connected to each other. The control device (3) is connected to at least one vehicle-side system (10a, b, c) having an emergency function. Upon the triggering of at least one emergency function of the vehicle-side system, the control apparatus (3) deactivates the control apparatus (2) directly or indirectly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Jost-Werke GmbH
    Inventors: José Manuel Algüera Gallego, Swen Saupe
  • Patent number: 8544574
    Abstract: A grain cart capable of self-propulsion and receiving steering and propulsion inputs from a lateral extendable connector to a tractor for the grain cart so that the grain cart may be deployed close to the central chassis of a combine for unloading of grain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Michael D. Fegley, Alan D. Sheidler, Noel W. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8333400
    Abstract: A towing apparatus connected to a towing vehicle for connecting farm machinery having an off center hitch to be aligned with the towing vehicle having a first member connected to the towing vehicle and a second member connected to the first member and to the hitch on the farm machinery being towed. The first and second members position the farm machinery to be in alignment with the towing vehicle by compensating for the position of the off set hitch on the farm machinery relative to the center of the towing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Louis Foersch
  • Patent number: 8079611
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and method for an adjustable tow bar caddy for stowing a tow bar. The apparatus having a cross member having opposite ends; a tow bar; and a tow bar caddy selectively mounted to the cross member, the longitudinal axis of the tow bar caddy being perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the cross member. The tow bar caddy being adjustable commensurate to the type of tow bar used and obstructions created by the vehicle frame. A method including the steps of providing a trailer hitch assembly comprising a cross member, a tow bar, and a tow bar caddy; mounting the tow bar caddy to the cross member; and selectively adjusting the longitudinal axis of the tow bar caddy to be horizontally perpendicular or vertically perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Vern Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20080303246
    Abstract: A tow behind mower attachment system is provided comprising a push mower having a mower deck with four wheels including a right front wheel having a right front axle, a left front wheel having a left front axle, a right rear wheel having a right rear axle and a left rear wheel having a left rear axle. The push mower has surface features defined by the mower deck, the four wheels, the right front axle and the left front axle, the right rear axle and the left rear axle. An attachment assembly is provided having a caster mount and a caster wheel connected to the caster mount for pivoting relative to the attachment assembly. A push mower connector is provided engaging one or more of the surface features for connecting the attachment assembly to the push mower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventor: Tim PICKLES
  • Patent number: 7400108
    Abstract: Techniques are described for control of a robot system, wherein the robot system includes a plurality of individual wheeled robot modules interconnected by at least one compliant member. The technique includes developing a kinematic control model of the robot system from a combination of the kinematic characteristics of the individual wheeled robot modules and the stiffness properties of the compliant member. Development of the kinematic control model for a reconfigurable robot system is enhanced by the scalable nature of the technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Mark A. Minor, Corey Schwensen
  • Publication number: 20070222182
    Abstract: Apparatus having at least the following components: a) a longitudinal member having a respective longitudinal axis, the longitudinal member being sized and configured for detachable attachment to an item of heavy equipment; and b) a contoured member having a respective longitudinal axis and at least a first region and a second region which are not coplanar, and which first and second regions are in contact and together define an angle from the horizontal, the first region being sized and configured for detachable attachment to a trailer hitch or tow hitch; the longitudinal member and the contoured member being attached to each other such that the respective longitudinal axes of the members are substantially perpendicular to each other. Also provided are a kit comprising the apparatus, and a method for retrieving an item of heavy equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Inventor: Roger L. Brantley
  • Patent number: 7011328
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for applying temporary raised pavement markers (TRPM) to roadway surfaces comprises a conveyor upon a wheeled vehicle wherein an upstream end portion of the conveyor is able to extend, for example, over the rear bed portion of a roadwork vehicle so as to permit an operator, stationed upon the bed portion of the roadwork vehicle, to deposit pavement markers upon the conveyor. A pair of wheel applicators are used for applying the temporary raised pavement markers (TRPMs) onto the roadway surface. A hitch mechanism is also used to provide hinged movement between the tow bar of the towed wheeled vehicle and the mounting bar of the towing roadwork vehicle so as to permit independent elevational movement of the towed wheeled vehicle relative to the towing roadwork vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Rogers, Brad Anderson, Chad Orthaus, Jeffrey Arnold Wilkens
  • Patent number: 6739612
    Abstract: An offset tow arm apparatus for towing an implement supported by at least one wheel having a rotational axis perpendicular to the operating travel direction comprises a tow arm having an inner end and an outer end. A pivot arm has a rear end pivotally attached to an inner portion of the tow arm and a front end adapted for pivotal attachment to a towing vehicle hitch. A lock is operative to lock the pivot arm in a fixed position with respect to the tow arm. An outer castor wheel is pivotally attached to the apparatus to support the outer end of the lateral, and an inner castor wheel is pivotally attached to support the inner end of the tow arm. An implement hitch is attached to an outer portion of the tow arm between the outer and inner castor wheels and is adapted for attachment of an implement to be towed behind the tow arm. The apparatus is adapted to prevent lateral movement of the implement with respect to the tow arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Schulte Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Vincent Colistro
  • Publication number: 20040070172
    Abstract: An offset tow arm apparatus for towing an implement supported by at least one wheel having a rotational axis perpendicular to the operating travel direction comprises a tow arm having an inner end and an outer end. A pivot arm has a rear end pivotally attached to an inner portion of the tow arm and a front end adapted for pivotal attachment to a towing vehicle hitch. A lock is operative to lock the pivot arm in a fixed position with respect to the tow arm. An outer castor wheel is pivotally attached to the apparatus to support the outer end of the lateral, and an inner castor wheel is pivotally attached to support the inner end of the tow arm. An implement hitch is attached to an outer portion of the tow arm between the outer and inner castor wheels and is adapted for attachment of an implement to be towed behind the tow arm. The apparatus is adapted to prevent lateral movement of the implement with respect to the tow arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Applicant: Schulte Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Vincent Colistro
  • Patent number: 6631916
    Abstract: An improved equipment guidance system and assembly is described comprising a top plate in releasable engagement with a drawbar of a towing vehicle, a supplemental or ancillary drawbar pivotable about a forward location and movable to an offset position left or right of center by a pair of pistons, and a bottom plate for attachment to the ancillary drawbar and the top plate. The pistons are controlled by a control box that dictates in concert the extension and retraction of the left and right pistons. A signal from the control box is generated from a plurality of sources. One example of a signal source is a tilt sensor that measures inclination relative to gravity. Another example of a signal source is an automatic “whiskers” crop row sensing wand system. Yet another example of a signal source can be generated manually from an operator of the towing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Inventor: Merle E. Miller
  • Patent number: 6158749
    Abstract: A step stool having a front frame member having a bottom end and a rear frame member having a bottom end coupled to the front frame member for pivotable movement about a frame pivot axis between an opened position in which the bottom end of the front frame member is spaced apart from the bottom end of the rear frame member and a collapsed position in which the bottom ends of the front and rear frame members are positioned to lie adjacent to one another and a leg cap including a flange and a flange support fixture coupled to the bottom end of the front frame member to support the flange in a predetermined position relative to the front frame member. A wheel coupled to the flange to rotate about a wheel axis and a floor pad coupled to the leg cap and adapted to rest on a floor underlying the frame and support the wheel in an elevated position above the floor upon movement of the front and rear frame members to the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventor: H. Richard Roudebush
  • Patent number: 6158762
    Abstract: A collapsible golf cart that is capable of carrying a fully-loaded golf bag includes an A-frame formed by telescoping members pivotally connected at their upper ends and having removable wheels at their lower ends. The cart includes a swinging V-shaped support stand that is attached at its upper ends to the telescoping frame members. The swinging lower end of the stand includes a spike extending downward from its front side and includes an auxiliary wheel at its rear side. When the cart is parked, the stand is in its rearmost position and the spike digs into the ground. When the cart is in motion, the stand is swung to a forward position in which the auxiliary wheel rolls on the ground. The spike also provides good electrical grounding for the cart. The cart also includes a telescoping lightning rod, the effectiveness of which is enhanced by the grounding provided by the spike.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Jaesent Inc.
    Inventor: Jacob Y. Wong
  • Patent number: 6126182
    Abstract: A wheel holder assembly and main shaft arrangement includes a main shaft made of a triangular section bar and having an upper bag cradle and a lower bag cradle for holding a golf bag, and a wheel holder assembly mounted on the main shaft to hold a pair of wheels, the wheel holder assembly including a mounting frame fastened to the main shaft, two wheel frames each holding a wheel, two pairs of legs respectively coupled between the mounting frame and the wheel frames at two opposite sides of the main shaft, and two links respectively pivotably connected between the legs and the upper bag cradle, the mounting frame having a hollow frame base with a triangular inner diameter sleeved onto the main shaft and fixedly secured thereto by fastening means and two substantially U-shaped coupling plates integral with the hollow frame base at two opposite sides, the main shaft having a first sloping side wall and a second sloping side wall joined at the top and a bottom side wall connected between the first sloping side w
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventor: David Wu
  • Patent number: 6086310
    Abstract: A four-wheeled multipurpose handtruck is especially adapted to transport a cylindrical object such as a beer keg. A cradle-like frame nests the beer keg and a metal collar secures the keg to the frame. The handtruck employs a curved frame construction which enhances leverage when loading or unloading a keg. Movable rear wheels allow the handtruck to assume a four-wheeled horizontal transport position or the rear wheels may be collapsed for standard two-wheeled transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Inventors: Jesus Lujan, III, Jesus Lujan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6059300
    Abstract: An auxiliary wheel holder includes a base frame secured to the main rod member of a golf cart at the bottom to hold a wheel axle and a pair of auxiliary wheels at two opposite ends of the wheel axle, enabling the golf cart to be moved on the ground when the golf cart is extended out, a locating plate fastened to two upright screw rods of the base frame by lock nuts and closely attached to the main rod member of the golf cart at the top to secure the base frame to the main rod member of the golf cart, and two beveled packing blocks respectively mounted on the upright screw rods of the base frame and engaged between the base frame and the bottom side wall of the main rod member of the golf cart to fix base frame in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Inventor: David Wu
  • Patent number: 6027128
    Abstract: A multi-purpose, movable apparatus (henceforth dolly-truck) for conveying objects, such as, for example, a five-gallon cylindrical industrial bucket is described. The dolly-truck includes a one-piece, molded plastic base having caster wheels and truck wheels. The caster wheels are mounted on a lower surface of the base and provide short distance rolling movement capability in the upright position. Connected to the base are two truck support arms which support an axle with two truck wheels. The truck wheels provide a hand truck capability for negotiating stairs, bypassing obstacles and an omnidirectional capability in conveyance of objects. Centered on the base is a retaining wall for receiving and holding objects. Connected to, and integrated into the retaining wall is an adjustable handle for conveying the dolly-truck by hand. The handle can be used to move the dolly-truck on the caster wheels as a conventional dolly, or alternatively on the truck wheels as a conventional hand truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Premier Drywall Tool Co.
    Inventors: Richard G. Stich, Mathew C. Pratton, Jesus J. Pena
  • Patent number: 6015254
    Abstract: A snowmobile dolly comprising a first elongated member; a plurality of wheels disposed along the first elongated member; a second elongated member; a mount for securing the second elongated member relative to the first elongated member so that a longitudinal axis of the first elongated member and the second elongated member are substantially parallel to each other, the second elongated member being sized so as to support a front end of the snowmobile; a third elongated member having a first end portion which is attached to an end of the first elongated member; and a hook for securing a back end of the snowmobile to the third elongated member so as to substantially balance the snowmobile on the second elongated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Inventor: Michael E. Keeler
  • Patent number: 5984326
    Abstract: A suitcase has first rollers mounted thereon to at least partially support the suitcase when in an upright position and to enable rolling movement of the suitcase across a surface. The first end of an arm is pivotally mounted to a rigid body portion of the suitcase. Second rollers are mounted about adjacent to the second end of the arm to enable rolling movement of the suitcase across the surface. A first link is pivotally mounted to the rigid body portion, and a second link is pivotally mounted to the first link and the arm. The arm is alternately retractable to a retracted position about adjacent to a rear panel of the suitcase, and deployable to a deployed position spaced outwardly from the rear panel. The first and second rollers cooperate to fully support the suitcase when the second rollers are deployed and the suitcase is in a rolling position. A push/pull handle is mounted on the suitcase to enable a user to roll the suitcase across the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: 500 Group, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Richard Abraham, Paolo M. B. Tiramani, John A. Bozak
  • Patent number: 5947491
    Abstract: Hand truck or dolly apparatus includes a main frame and a pair of main tires and brake elements secured to the main frame, including a pair of plates movable against the tires. The brake plates are actuable either by a foot operation or by hand operation. The brake plates may be set only by foot operation, while the hand operation of the brakes moves the brake plates against the wheels for a "feathering" brake action. The dolly apparatus also includes a pair of rear stabilizer wheels disposed on a frame pivotally secured to the main frame of the dolly or hand truck. The stabilizer wheels are movable between a down and use position and an up and storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventor: James W. Meier
  • Patent number: 5931483
    Abstract: A foldable-unfoldable bowling caddy has two spaced apart, parallel, generally vertically extending support legs mounted on wheels. A series of spaced apart flat forward racks rotatable to and from a folded position aligned with the two parallel legs to and from an unfolded horizontal position are attached to the two parallel legs. A third leg is pivotally connected to the two parallel legs and is movable to and from a folded position adjacent the two parallel legs to and from an angular position that forms a tripod with the two parallel legs. A rear rack is also connected to the two parallel legs and is rotatable to and from a folded position extending along the plane of the two parallel legs to and from an unfolded horizontally extending position. The third leg is releasably pinned to the rear rack when both are in their unfolded positions. A swivel ball is attached to the lower end of the third leg. Each rack contains seat openings for seating bowling balls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Inventor: David Lee Haynes
  • Patent number: 5868413
    Abstract: An improved unicycle is disclosed. The unicycle has a forked stem with a pair of tines. A wheel is rotatable mounted on the tines and a seat is connected to the stem. The stem has a first rod extending rearwardly from the stem and a second rod at the end of the first rod opposite the stem. The second rod extends in a direction transverse to the wheel direction of travel and generally parallel to the axle of the unicycle. The second rod has handle at each of the first and second ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Inventor: Carlos Parra Cabrera
  • Patent number: 5865449
    Abstract: A cart designed to carry small to intermediate volumes of products, to be easier to maneuver than existing, full-scale shopping carts, to consume less space, both during use and when in a storage configuration, and, due to convenience and ease of use, to encourage use by customers who would otherwise avoid using any shopping cart at all. The cart provides upper and lower baskets which, as coordinated through linkage rods, move in concert between a lowered, useable configuration and a raised, storage configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Inventor: Robert Castaneda
  • Patent number: 5810373
    Abstract: A retrofittable wheeled support for a dolly in which adjusting the length of the upper and lower frames adjusts the tilt angle at which the dolly is supported. Dolly ends of support tubes are detachably attachable to receivers that are mounted to the dolly frame so that the device can be easily removed or folded for storage. Dual wheel assemblies are provided for stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Inventor: Eduardo E. Miranda
  • Patent number: 5788260
    Abstract: A luggage carrier including two wheel-supported sleeves fastened to a back side of a luggage, a retractable handle coupled to the sleeves, two wheel-supported back support bars respectively pivoted to the top ends of the sleeves, and two links coupled between the back support bars and the two opposite ends of the handle to extend out the back support bars when the handle is pulled out of the sleeves, or to pull back the back support bars when the handle is collapsed, each link having one end pivoted to one back support bar, and an opposite end pivoted to one end of the handle and moved along a longitudinal slot in one sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Inventor: Shih-Lung Huang
  • Patent number: 5779251
    Abstract: Hand truck or dolly apparatus includes a main frame and a pair of main tires and brake elements secured to the main frame, including a pair of plates movable against the tires. The brake plates are actuable either by a foot operation or by hand operation. The brake plates may be set only by foot operation, while the hand operation of the brakes moves the brake plates against the wheels for a "feathering" brake action. The dolly apparatus also includes a pair of rear stabilizer wheels disposed on a frame pivotally secured to the main frame of the dolly or hand truck. The stabilizer wheels are movable between a down and use position and an up and storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Inventor: James W. Meier
  • Patent number: 5775865
    Abstract: A support arm device is taught for the loading and unloading of equipment on and off a truck bed. The support arm functions like a lever and has wheels at one end and connectors at the other end for coupling to the equipment or to a carrier for the equipment. The support arm is easily mechanically adjustable from vertical to horizontal and vice versa. The wheel end of the support arm is lifted onto a truck tailgate, thus creating a desired axis of balance for the equipment to be loaded. A person acting alone and manually loading the equipment onto the truck bed then only has to apply a less vigorous and less awkward lifting force to the opposite end of the equipment to successfully load it into or onto the truck bed. The invention includes combinations of the support arm with a carrier used with the support arm and also a combination with a support member situated vertically atop the rear end of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Inventor: Mario J. Capilupi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5765843
    Abstract: A hand truck for moving sheet material has a laterally extending shelf and a generally upright frame, which extends upwardly from the shelf. The frame may be formed by tubular metal of generally inverted U-shape and together with the frame support a load. The hand truck has a pair of inline primary wheels, mounted on fixed parallel axes, near the two ends of the shelf and the lower ends of the two sides of the frame. The two primary wheels lie in a common plane. A turning wheel, also mounted for rotation about a fixed axis, is situated midway between the two primary wheels but slightly out of line therewith. The turning wheel is of smaller diameter than the two primary wheels, and the plane in which it is mounted forms a small acute angle with the plane of the primary wheels. The turning wheel is out of contact with a supporting surface when both primary wheels touch the supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Inventor: Wayne A. Miller
  • Patent number: 5658118
    Abstract: A transporter for elongated compressed gas cylinders comprising an elongated load bearing beam supported in an upright inclining position by a pair of rotatably attached wheels and a supplemental support, the support also mounting a wheel which pivots about a vertical axis to facilitate a steering function. The transporter further having hook device for engaging a hook receiving aperture on a compressed gas cylinder, the hook device movably attached to the beam via a device for elevating and lowering the hook relative to the beam. Handle devices attached to the transporter provide for manual actuation of the elevating and lowering device as well as for tilting motion and movement of the transporter. The beam having a cylinder support yoke fixedly attached for cradling a compressed gas cylinder carried by the transporter, the yoke having a strap connectably mounted which encircles and secures a compressed gas cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Inventor: Battista Luca
  • Patent number: 5647720
    Abstract: A hand cart for carrying sheets and other stacked objects has a motorized self-leveling platform, so the things being carried are kept at a constant elevation convenient to a worker, whether things are being added or removed from the platform. For carrying sheets, such as moving sheets of paper in document processing operations, the cart upright and platform are tilted, and the upright has opposing wings extending at 90 degree. Thus, sheets tend to move against the wings and their alignment is either obtained or maintained. When the cart is tilted to move it about, the cart design and load positioning system desirably keep the upward force which a worker must apply to the cart handle at low levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Assignee: Documotion, Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan G. Golicz, Roman M. Golicz
  • Patent number: 5642898
    Abstract: A tool cart designed and configured to receive a number of diverse accessories. The steel frame of the tool cart is fully machined and has a powder coating. Numerous pre-existing holes in the frame allow the consumer to select a wide number of accessories for the cart. This permits the consumer to adapt the cart to fit his specialized needs. The tool cart also includes a bolted on tool box for storing and securing tools and a power strip for providing electricity to the various accessories. Wing extensions increase the ease of use (eg. in cutting work pieces) and by securing the accessories in the cart or locking the tools in the tool box, the tool cart of the present invention will eliminate tool loss, wasted time and increase efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Inventor: Robert W. Wise
  • Patent number: 5630602
    Abstract: A beach carry-all cart device is provided with a cloth bag extending upwardly from a base member which rides on a cylindrical wheel. The bag is unsupported except for a sleeve around a handle member which extends vertically to a handle grip into which a vertical slot is cut to receive cloth handles extending from the upper edge of the bag. Vertical zippers are provided along opposite side walls to expose the interior contents which typically are one or more beach chairs and other items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Inventors: Claudia F. Vanderslice, John W. Fox
  • Patent number: 5607174
    Abstract: A folding wheelbarrow which is durable and also easy to store. The legs fold up against the frame and the wheel is suspended below the frame. This construction allows the topside of the frame to rest flush against a wall for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Inventor: Patrick Ambrogio
  • Patent number: 5573089
    Abstract: An article of luggage exhibits improved mobility characteristics by mounting two sets of wheels to its bottom surface and a slidable and pivotable handle to its top surface. A first set of wheels projects from the bottom surface to a height greater than the projection of a second set of wheels so that the article is highly maneuverable when the article is in its upright orientation supported by the first set of wheels. The second wheels project from the bottom surface at a location more closely proximate a transverse edge of the bottom surface than the first wheels so that when the article is tilted about the second wheels, it may be stably maneuvered by a user during fast-paced movement or cornering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Inventor: Joseph Liang
  • Patent number: 5568848
    Abstract: An article of wheeled luggage having improved mobility characteristics employs a wheeled pivotable leg operatively coupled to a retractable and extendable handle. The article becomes self-supported in a forwardly-tilted configuration when the user tilts the article and causes the wheeled pivotable leg to swing outwardly from the forward surface of the article. Stable support in the tilted position is provided by at least one rolling member on the bottom surface of the article proximate a forward surface thereof and by at least one rolling member on the base of the pivotable leg. In the tilted configuration, the article has a lower center of gravity and a larger wheelbase or footprint than when the article is standing upright, and is better able to counteract overturning forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1996
    Inventor: Joseph Liang
  • Patent number: 5531463
    Abstract: An attachment for a wheelbarrow adapted to facilitate ease of tilting and manipulating the wheelbarrow while tilted on its sides. The attachment comprises a U-shaped bracket with the bottom portion of the U being positioned orthogonal to the front portion of a wheel of the wheelbarrow and the legs of the bracket extending along and attached to handles of the wheelbarrow. A wheel is attached to each leg of the U-shaped bracket closely adjacent the junction of the legs and the bottom of the U-shaped bracket and adapted to support the weight of the wheelbarrow when the tank of the wheelbarrow is tilted on either side by an operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Inventor: Willie Givens
  • Patent number: 5519919
    Abstract: A handle includes two rods slidably engaged in two tubes each having two openings formed in the upper and lower portions. A earth is engaged in the lower portion of one of the rods and has a projection engaging through the orifice for engaging with either of the openings. A pawl is pivotally coupled to the rod for disengaging the projection from the openings. A button has a column for engaging with the pawl and for moving the catch in order to disengage the projection from the openings. A frame is pivotally coupled to the tubes and movable out of the tubes for carrying objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Inventor: Rui-Ming Lee
  • Patent number: 5511806
    Abstract: A rolling suitcase (10), equipped with a pair of wheels (14) on one edge (18) of its base (26), can be transported by tilting the suitcase (10) so that only wheels (14) are in contact with the surface. A second set of wheels (20) are mounted on an adjacent narrower edge (24) of base (26). When approaching a narrow restriction the user would tilt suitcase (10) so that only wheels (20) are in contact with the surface, and proceed thru the restriction. A second embodiment utilizes a caster (36) near the corner of edge (18) and edge (24) in conjunction with a single wheel (14) or single wheel (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Inventor: Edward P. McNair
  • Patent number: 5470093
    Abstract: A wheelchair attachment for enabling an occupied wheelchair to be pulled or pushed by an attendant which comprises an enclosed frame having a closed end and two sides extendable from the forward end toward a wheelchair, frame mounting connectors for detachably mounting the frame to a wheelchair with said frame projecting outwardly of the wheelchair whereby an attendant facing forward may grip the frame and pull or push the wheelchair, and frame stabilizers connected to the frame and detachably mountable to the wheelchair for positioning the frame in a desired plane projecting outwardly of the wheelchair. The frame and stabilizers are stiff enough that the attendant can lift up on the closed end to elevate the small front wheels of the wheelchair so that the wheelchair can be pulled along with its front wheels elevated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1995
    Assignee: Lovella V. Torp
    Inventor: Charles M. Kiser
  • Patent number: 5464234
    Abstract: A fulcrum and method of use for passage of a hand truck rearward, handles first, over a curb and onto an adjacent raised surface such as a sidewalk. A short pivotable arm attached to rails of the truck is the fulcrum, and is positioned low on the rearward side of the truck to render high leverage. The arm is connected to stop members which limit outward movement of the arm to about a perpendicular angle to the rails. A latch maintains the arm initially outward for the curb climbing process. In use, the truck is first positioned with its rear side facing the curb, the arm in the outward latched position, and with the truck wheels on the lower surface adjacent the curb, and the truck cargo platform facing outward away from the curb. The truck rails are then manually pulled rearward and downward in an arch over the sidewalk to engage the distal end of the arm against the top of the curb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1995
    Inventor: Alan C. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 5456342
    Abstract: An article of luggage having a container body of the fabric-wall type can have a pull handle along its bottom and a wheel assembly by which the article is guided over the ground or floor. The wheel assembly comprises wheel housing members and, if desired, an impact shield member or spacer between the wheel housing members which enables the length of the wheel assembly to be adjusted to suit different widths of the article to which the assembly is to be applied. The handle can be withdrawn from a frame within the article which provides structure for the latter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1995
    Assignee: Royalox International, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Rekuc, James O'Shea
  • Patent number: 5452908
    Abstract: A collapsible work stowage cart is provided, which consists of a storage chest for holding work equipment therein. A tool box is on the storage chest for carrying hand tools. A foldable worktable is on the storage chest at which manual work is done. A structure is for moving the storage chest along a generally flat horizontal surface, when the cart is changed from a working mode into a transporting mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1995
    Inventor: Mirko Bencic
  • Patent number: 5445399
    Abstract: A positive locking arrangement for a retractable leg of a collapsible hand truck. A slide connected to the hand truck front axle is retained within a slot formed in a tab connected to the retractable leg. The slide includes a projection interlocking the tab thereto. To disengage the locked members, the retractable leg must be swung backwardly in a first motion, thus aligning the slot with the projection. In a second motion, the slide is then raised, the projection just passing through the slot, and the slide continues to feed through the tab, coming to a final vertical position parallel to and against the hand truck body. The slide terminates at an angle, thus cooperating with the tab so as to be urged by gravity to a lowermost position, thus favoring engagement. The tab is inclined to extend upwardly from its anchoring point, thus limiting downward movement of the slide. A removable pin or hook is inserted into the slot when it is desired to secure the slide in the deployed, locked condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Inventor: Frank S. Salvucci, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5378004
    Abstract: The device attaches to and carries the brake drum and/or hub assembly of a vehicle, especially large vehicles such as commercial trucks and including semi-tractors and trailers. The device includes a hand truck, a jack that is attached to the hand truck, and an assembly attachment unit, operably connected to the jack, for securely attaching the device to the assembly. The jack provides height adjustment capability for the assembly attachment unit along an axis of the hand truck. Angle adjustment means also are provided for adjusting the angle of the assembly attachment unit to accommodate the angle presented by an exterior surface portion of the brake drum and/or hub assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Assignee: The Prodx Company
    Inventors: Danny E. Gunlock, C. Craig Rawlings, Ed J. McGee
  • Patent number: 5364120
    Abstract: A multifunctional mobility device for physically disabled people comprises a L-shaped frame having at its lower end a platform adapted to receive thereon a user in a substantially standing position. Front and rear wheels support the frame and the platform. The front wheels are rotatably mounted to the frame just in front of the platform. The frame includes at its upper end a pair of grips which can be grasped by the user when standing on the platform. Therefore, to operate the mobility device, the user must exert on the frame a sufficient force oriented substantially in a forward direction thereby producing a pivot of the frame and of the platform about the front wheel and a rotation of the front wheel which results in a forward displacement of the mobility device and of the user. A stabilizer terminated by a swivel caster is provided in front of the front wheels for limiting the forward pivot of the mobility device. A retractable seat also transforms the mobility aid into a wheelchair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Inventor: David Shimansky
  • Patent number: 5340136
    Abstract: A hand cart for transporting gas cylinders has a magnetic bed arrangement for securing the steel cylinders to the cart during the pick-up and transportation operation. A cam-operated discharge arrangement, operated by foot-pedal, serves to separate the cylinders from the permanent magnets of the cylinder bed, permitting withdrawal of the cart from the cylinders, when deposited in an upstanding, working orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1994
    Assignee: Canadian Liquid Air Ltd.
    Inventors: Ralph M. MacNeil, Samir F. Coutya, Mohand Abdelli
  • Patent number: 5277439
    Abstract: A hand truck includes a rectangular main frame having a hand grip attached at the upper end of the main frame and a nose attached at the lower end of the main frame. A secondary rectangular frame lies alongside the back side of the main frame, with the secondary frame being pivotally attached at its upper end to the main frame. A pair of primary wheels are attached to the lower end of the secondary frame for rolling the hand truck over a support surface such as the ground or floor. A pair of auxiliary wheels are provided on a swing away frame. The auxiliary wheels can be moved to a position in which the hand truck rests in a stable position on all four wheels. The main frame can then be pivoted about the pivotal connection to the secondary frame to be positioned in a horizontal or near horizontal position elevated from the ground or floor. Heavy objects such as kegs of beer can be rolled directly from a truck, rack or conveyor to the hand truck without requiring the operator to lift the heavy objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Inventors: George R. Pipes, Glen L. Daley
  • Patent number: 5275365
    Abstract: A collapsible table height cart is disclosed for elevating a table top mounted case enclosed machine, such as a voting station for deployment of a direct recording electronic voting machine. The erection of the case on the cart is assisted by a series of pivoting motions over a cart fulcrum for ease of voting station erection by polling place personnel having less than average strength. The collapsed cart is flush to one side of the case. The case and collapsed cart transport on a supporting tracking wheel pair protruding from a lower edge of the case at the collapsed cart. Stowing occurs with the case containing the polling station standing on end in a substantially vertical position. Support of the polling station in the vertical stowed position occurs from both the tracking wheel pair and paired arcuate members extending over the bottom edge of the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Assignee: Unilect Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Gerbel, Donald C. Lewis
  • Patent number: 5244221
    Abstract: A multi-use hand truck or dolly apparatus and more particularly, a hand truck useable in the commercial building construction industry. It is capable of being used in both a vertical mode as well as a horizontal mode. When used in its vertical mode, it is capable of carrying up to five doors or other large objects. When used in its horizontal mode, it serves as a sturdy planar work support surface and permits a workman to perform required tasks thereon. Additonally, the apparatus can be joined with another like apparatus and present a much larger horizontal planar work surface. The apparatus includes telescopic frame members which permit accommodation of various length loads. Further, a plurality of swivel casters are provided which allow full rotational movement of the apparatus when used in its horizontal mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Inventor: John S. Ward