Wheel Scrapers And Cleaners Patents (Class 280/855)
  • Patent number: 9670628
    Abstract: A ground preparation machine, in particular a compactor, comprises at least one roller (16) rotatable around an axis of rotation of the roller (A) and, attached to the at least one roller (16), at least one scraper device (36, 38) for scraping off material adhering to the outer peripheral region (26) of the roller (16), wherein the scraper device (36, 38) comprises a scraper bar (40) extending along the roller (16), the scraper bar (40) being designed to provide a first scraper region (58) for scraping off material from a roller having an essentially untextured outer peripheral region (26) and to provide a second scraper region (66) for scraping off material from a roller having a textured outer peripheral region (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Hamm AG
    Inventors: Thomas Bletscher, Gerd Koestler
  • Patent number: 9434358
    Abstract: A debris removal device for dual wheels on a vehicle provides an elongated flat member of adjustable length, which pivots 180° about a pivot pin atop a flat base. A slender cradle is provided on the upper end of the flat member. The base is placed on the ground and the flat member is rotated upward between the dual tires. The cradle then engages a foreign object wedged between the tires, and urges the object down and outward from the wedged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Robert Montgomery
  • Patent number: 9067570
    Abstract: The cleaning apparatus is essentially an adjustable bar having an adapter on one end and a cleaner head on the opposing end. The adjustable bar includes a main cylinder head pivotably attached at a first pivot to the adapter, the main cylinder head having an opening configured to receive a main cylinder rod slideable within the main cylinder head's opening and can be locked in place using a lock to form a suitable length. The free end of the main cylinder rod is pivotably connected to a bracket at a second pivot. The cleaner head is in turn connected to the bracket at a third pivot. The cleaner head includes a cleaner housing configured to slidingly cooperate with a complementary cleaner housing such that the width of the cleaner head is adjustable to accommodate wheelchair tires of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey Kueppers
  • Publication number: 20150102594
    Abstract: Device to avoid the aquaplaning problem on a vehicle (10), the device being applicable at least on the drive wheels (28) of the vehicle and including a tank (12) of fluid under pressure that is connected to a plurality of fluid ejectors (26) associated with the respective wheels and suitable to shoot jets of pressurized fluid onto the road surface, and sensors (18) suitable to detect the conditions of the road surface to actuate the fluid ejectors. The fluid ejectors (26) are injector nozzles controlled by a central processing unit (CPU), which receives the signals from the sensors (18), and are operated in a manner coordinated with the physical position of the respective wheel so as to be continually oriented in the direction of travel of the same wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Giovanni Amos Blandina
  • Publication number: 20140284911
    Abstract: The cleaning apparatus is essentially an adjustable bar having an adapter on one end and a cleaner head on the opposing end. The adjustable bar includes a main cylinder head pivotably attached at a first pivot to the adapter, the main cylinder head having an opening configured to receive a main cylinder rod slideable within the main cylinder head's opening and can be locked in place using a lock to form a suitable length. The free end of the main cylinder rod is pivotably connected to a bracket at a second pivot. The cleaner head is in turn connected to the bracket at a third pivot. The cleaner head includes a cleaner housing configured to slidingly cooperate with a complementary cleaner housing such that the width of the cleaner head is adjustable to accommodate wheelchair tires of different sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey Kueppers
  • Publication number: 20140265293
    Abstract: A scraper assembly includes a first scraping member configured to be positioned below a horizontal centerline of a rotating assembly and rearward of a vertical centerline of the rotating assembly. The first scraping member is configured to remove debris from the rotating assembly at least while the rotating assembly is rotating in a first direction. The scraper assembly also includes a second scraping member configured to be positioned above the horizontal centerline of the rotating assembly and forward of the vertical centerline of the rotating assembly. The second scraping member is configured to remove debris from the rotating assembly at least while the rotating assembly is rotating in a second direction, opposite the first direction. In addition, the scraper assembly includes a support structure configured to couple to a frame of an off-road vehicle, and the first and second scraping members are coupled to the support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Randy Allan Lindemeier
  • Patent number: 8733796
    Abstract: A robot cleaner includes wheels mounted at a lower side of a main body of the robot cleaner to allow for traveling of the main body, and wire winding prevention members mounted at the lower side of the main body, each wire winding prevention member having one end extending to be contactable with a rim of the corresponding wheel. The wire winding prevention member is preferably a torsion spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jeihun Lee, Jeongsuk Yoon, Jongwon Park, Yunkeun Kwak, Jichul Kim, Donghoon Yi, Seungmin Baek
  • Patent number: 8590937
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle equipped with air-filled tires, wherein heating of the air-filled tires during driving is minimized, and the durability of said tires is increased. Either many dimples are formed on the outside surface of at least one sidewall of the air-filled tires, or at least part of the outside surface of the sidewalls is formed using a good-thermal-conductivity rubber having a thermal conductivity of at least 0.40 W/(m·K). The vehicle is also provided with a cooling device that blows a gas that cools the air-filled tires from the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hidehiko Hino
  • Patent number: 8562023
    Abstract: The first invention relates to a vehicle with pneumatic tires characterized in that the vehicle comprises a cooling unit which expels a fluid to cool the pneumatic tire from the outside thereof at least when the air pressure of the pneumatic tire decreases. And, the second invention relates to a tire cooling method in the vehicle with pneumatic tires comprising: a step of monitoring the air pressure of the pneumatic tire during running, and a step of expelling a fluid toward the pneumatic tire so as to cool the pneumatic tire from its outside when the air pressure falls below a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hidehiko Hino
  • Patent number: 8365883
    Abstract: A splash guard mechanism for preventing the entry of grass, in addition to mud and gravel, in a vehicle such as a an ATV (All Terrain Vehicle). A disc-shaped splash guard mechanism covers a brake disc stored in a concave portion of a wheel to thereby prevent the entry of dirt such as mud, gravel, and grass into the brake disc. If the dirt enters the brake disc, the dirt is ejected from a first cutout portion provided on a lower portion of the splash guard mechanism. Additionally, a grass removal portion substantially triangle-shaped in plan view is provided on a lower portion of the splash guard mechanism. The grass removal portion protrudes toward a vehicle center to push grass on the ground outward and away from the first cutout portion. Since the grass is only pushed out, the grass is prevented from being cut and entering the brake disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikimasa Matsubayashi, Chihiro Iida
  • Patent number: 8074776
    Abstract: An all-terrain straddle type vehicle includes, inside a wheel, a disc rotor that rotates as the wheel rotates, a caliper for clamping the disc rotor to brake the rotation of the wheel, and a scraper for scraping out dirt, mud, sand, snow and other debris deposited on a rim of the wheel. An edge of a scraping surface of the scraper extends obliquely from upstream toward downstream of a rotation direction of the wheel with respect to a rotation plane of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuhisa Shimizu, Takeshi Kinugasa
  • Patent number: 7708316
    Abstract: A scraper structure for a vehicle includes a scraper for scraping material accumulated inside a disk wheel of a wheel. The scraper is detachably attached to a lower surface of a knuckle which rotatably supports the wheel. The scraper includes an extending portion and a bent portion. The extending portion extends inwardly in terms of a vehicle body and downwardly from the lower surface of the knuckle. The bent portion is formed by bending a lower end of the extending portion toward a front in terms of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bunzo Sekii, Yoshihiro Kimura, Makoto Hotozuka
  • Patent number: 7591515
    Abstract: This invention relates to a device to deflect debris and to reduce the accumulation thereof in the guide lug receiving space defined between the inner and outer portions of a wheel of a tracked vehicle. The device generally comprises a resilient band structure having a loop or collar portion partially disposed around the wheel of the vehicle and inside the guide lug receiving space thereof, a connecting portion adapted to be mounted into a support element fixed to the tracked vehicle and located about the wheel, and a deflecting portion extending between the loop portion and the connecting portion. The loop portion at least partially embraces the wheel and generally remains in a slipping contact therewith in order to support the deflecting portion. The deflecting portion effectively deflects debris away from the guide lug receiving space of the wheel and also prevents excessive accumulation of debris therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Soucy International Inc.
    Inventors: Rémi Breton, Louis James Verville
  • Publication number: 20090152857
    Abstract: A cleaning device for use with a wheeled apparatus, the device utilizing the rotational motion of at least one of the wheels to clean a portion of an implement, such as a golf club. The device is removably attachable to at least one of the wheels of a golf cart and rotates therewith when the golf cart is in motion. The device may include bristles that rotate with the wheel of the golf cart to remove at least some amount of debris from the golf club when the golf club is held in contact with the rotating bristles. The device, or subcomponents thereof, may be removed from the wheel for storage, security, maintenance, replacement, cleaning, or other purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventor: David A. Easley
  • Publication number: 20080258451
    Abstract: A cleaning unit (2, 102) for cleaning a tyre (4) on a vehicle, preferably a wheelchair, including at least one brush (6, 106), where the cleaning unit (2) is movably connected to the chassis (10) of the vehicle via at least one connecting member (8), so that the cleaning unit (2, 102) may be brought into an active position for establishing physical contact between the brush (6, 106) and the tyre (6, 106) as well as into a passive position where there is no physical contact between the brush (6, 106) and the tyre (4), where the cleaning unit (2, 102) is brought from the passive to the active position by means of an actuator, where the cleaning unit (2, 102) includes a motor (12) which is mechanically connected to the brush so that the rotation of the brush (6, 106) is substantially independent of the rotation of the tyre (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2005
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Applicant: MTECH V/MIKAEL THYGESEN
    Inventor: Mikael Thygesen
  • Publication number: 20080238078
    Abstract: A scraper structure for a vehicle includes a scraper for scraping material accumulated inside a disk wheel of a wheel. The scraper is detachably attached to a lower surface of a knuckle which rotatably supports the wheel. The scraper includes an extending portion and a bent portion. The extending portion extends inwardly in terms of a vehicle body and downwardly from the lower surface of the knuckle. The bent portion is formed by bending a lower end of the extending portion toward a front in terms of the vehicle body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bunzo SEKI, Yoshihiro Kimura, Makoto Hotozuka
  • Patent number: 7278910
    Abstract: A wheel scraper for a floor sander attaches to the swivel support wheel of a floor sander and scraper debris from the support wheel in order to prevent debris accumulation on the support wheel. The device includes a frame that attaches to the floor sander and that positions a scraper arm that contacts the rolling surface of the support wheel. A spring biases the scraper arm against the support wheel. The scraper arm has a generally U-shaped opening that receives the support wheel and that also scrapes debris from the side walls of the support wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Inventor: George A. Jernigan
  • Patent number: 7131670
    Abstract: A foreign matter removing device which is capable of reliably removing foreign matter from between a double tire includes at least one foreign matter removing member interposed in a space of at least one double tire. A dimension in a width direction of the foreign matter removing member in a vicinity of a tip end portion thereof is larger than a dimension in a diameter direction from an outer peripheral portion of a hub, on which the double tire is fitted, to an outer peripheral portion of a rim of at least the one double tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoichi Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 6776698
    Abstract: A wheel cleaning device for cleaning and/or polishing a rim or any other exposed part of the wheel during traveling of the vehicle. The device includes a mounting support for securing the device to the wheel axle so as to be in a stationary relationship relative to the wheel and a cleaner having a shaft and a brush. The shaft has a first end rotatably connected to the support for continuous rotation relative thereto about the rotation axis of the wheel and a second end extending radially from the first end. The brush mounting on the second end of the shaft is positioned, configured and sized to contact the wheel. The brush depends downwardly from the support under gravity to continuously rub against the wheel to clean the wheel under rotation during traveling of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Inventors: Daniel Pepin, Pierre Jutras
  • Patent number: 6578934
    Abstract: A snow removal machine propelled by crawler belts trained around drive wheels and driven wheels is provided. The snow removal machine has a scraper confronting the outer periphery of the driven wheel so as to remove snow adhering to and accumulating on the outer periphery during snow removing operation. It prevents increase in tension of the crawler belt due to the increased diameter of the driven wheel in appearance that might otherwise be caused by snow adhering to the outer periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoki Ito, Takahiro Yamamoto, Norikazu Shimizu, Masakatsu Kono
  • Patent number: 6434781
    Abstract: A new-wheel cleaner for cleaning the wheels of a golf bag cart. The inventive device includes a mounting bracket adapted for mounting to the leg of a golf bag hand cart. The first end of a primary arm is coupled to the mounting bracket. The second end of the primary arm is coupled to the first end of a secondary arm. A top brush is coupled to the second end of the secondary arm. A pair of spaced apart side brushes are coupled to the top brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Inventor: Eligio Guerra
  • Patent number: 6334630
    Abstract: A scraper device is disclosed for preventing irregular release of grass clippings from a wheel of a lawnmower. The scraper device has a scraper with a concave or angled inner surface. The lateral edges of the scraper are separated from the wheel surface by a uniform scraper distance. The length of the scraper is approximately equal to the width of the wheel. The width of the scraper is about ⅙ to ¼ of the diameter of the wheel. An arm attaches the scraper to the housing of the lawnmower adjacent to the wheel. The scraper and the arm are composed of a rigid material such as metal or plastic. As the wheel turns in either the forward or reverse direction, excess grass clippings are removed from the wheel, preventing the formation of clumps. The invention also includes a lawnmower having four attached scraper devices, and a method for improving lawn appearance using the scraper device to remove grass clippings from the wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Inventor: Randall C. Barros, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6045295
    Abstract: In the operation of a landfill compactor, it is a common problem for the wheels to pick up debris, especially wire and cable, and carry it around with the wheels as they rotate. When the debris falls from the wheels in the direction toward the frame and the axles, it becomes packed between the frame and the axle hampering machine operation and requiring hours of corrective maintenance. The apparatus of the subject invention for inhibiting the wrapping of debris about the axle assembly provides a hook member to ensnare debris. As the wheel rotates, the debris picked up by the hook member is dragged across a serrated blade portion mounted on the axle assembly to pull apart the debris and thus prevent the debris from wrapping around the axle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: John E. Puchosic
  • Patent number: 5884941
    Abstract: A mud flap extender for mounting on the rear quarter panel behind each rear wheel or wheels of a truck or other vehicle and suspending a mud flap a sufficient distance rearwardly of the wheel(s) to prevent the wheel(s) from engaging the mud flap and tearing the mud flap from the vehicle frame when the vehicle is operated in reverse. Each mud flap extender is characterized by a fender module that matches the curvature of the vehicle rear quarter panel and typically mounts on the wheel well plate of the rear quarter panel and an angle-iron mount plate having a top flange for engaging the fender module and a bottom flange for mounting a mud flap which is suspended downwardly from the fender module in spaced relationship with respect to the rear wheel or wheels of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Inventor: Louis R. Bolin
  • Patent number: 5566420
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for cleaning the surface of a tire. In its broadest context, the present invention includes a housing which is adapted to be secured to the wheel well of a vehicle. A motor with an associated positioning system is secured within the housing. The positioning system takes the form of a threaded screw with an associated coupling nut. A brush with corresponding bristles is secured to the lower extent of the coupling nut. Thus, the positioning system can be employed to position the bristles of the brush upon the surface of a tire tread to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Inventor: Mary Specht
  • Patent number: 5542690
    Abstract: A wheelchair for controlled environments includes a pair of tubular sideframes interconnected by a seat and a backrest. Sockets are welded to the sideframes for receiving pins on the underside of the seat. The position of the backrest is adjustable and the backrest is separated from the seat by a gap to avoid trapping contaminants. All metal components of the wheelchair have in integral outer surface. Tacky rollers clean the wheels as the wheelchair rolls and mechanically couple a power unit to the rear wheels. The power unit is controlled from a keyboard attached to a tubular armrest on the wheelchair. Control and signal cables from the keyboard are located within the armrest. A protective garment is provided with the wheelchair to contain contaminants in the clothing of the user and to protect the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Assignee: Forth Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael N. Kozicki
  • Patent number: 5524913
    Abstract: An in-line wheeled roller skate for traversing rough terrain including low-profiled, wide-treaded, high-volumed pneumatic tires each followed by scrapers for discouraging debris from binding the tire against a shielding U-frame. The scrapers may be maintained at a fixed distance away from or in contact with the tread. A brake is provided at the rear of the roller skate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Inventor: Roger O. Kulbeck
  • Patent number: 5443125
    Abstract: A grain drill row unit includes a furrow opening device that opens a furrow into which seeds are deposited as the machine advances, and a combination gauge and press wheel rides along the ground behind the furrow opening device to firm the soil around the seed and to control the depth at which the furrow opening device operates. A paddle type scraping wheel is rotatably mounted on a support above the gauge wheel axis, the scraper wheel having edges at the outer ends of the paddles, generally parallel to the axis of the scraper wheel but angled relative to the axis of the gauge wheel, the scraper wheel edges engaging material on the periphery of the gauge wheel and being rotated by contact with said material so that the scraper wheel edges scrape the periphery of the gauge wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Richard H. Clark, Steven G. Gray, John D. Long
  • Patent number: 5431233
    Abstract: A scraper is provided for use on depth gauge wheels provided on planters for row crops such as corn, soybeans, cotton, beans, peanuts and the like. The scraper includes a scraper blade which is mounted at one end portion of an elongated arm for contacting the outer circumference of the depth gauge wheel and a second scraper blade that is mounted on the elongated arm at a position for preventing the accumulation of debris in the recessed well formed in the face of the depth gauge wheel. The other end of the arm is mounted by a bearing assembly to a hub provided on the depth gauge wheel. The bearing assembly is mounted coaxially with the axis of rotation of the wheel so that the arm remains stationary as the wheel rotates. In addition, the scraper blade remains in contact with the wheel as the wheel is moved in vertical and fore-and-aft directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Assignee: Montezuma Welding & Mfg., Inc.
    Inventor: LaVern D. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 5297497
    Abstract: A scraper is provided for use on depth gauge wheels provided on planters for row crops such as corn, soybeans, cotton, beans, peanuts and the like. The scraper includes a scraper blade which is mounted at one end portion of an elongated arm for contacting the outer circumference of the depth gauge wheel. The other end of the arm is mounted by a bearing assembly to a hub provided on the depth gauge wheel. The bearing assembly is mounted coaxially with the axis of rotation of the wheel so that the arm remains stationary as the wheel rotates. In addition, the scraper blade remains in contact with the wheel as the wheel is moved in vertical and fore-and-aft directions. A support bolt is also received within an elongated opening presented by a U-shaped member mounted at the free end portion of the scraper arm to stabilize and reduce unnecessary movement of the scraper arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1994
    Inventor: LaVern D. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 5100175
    Abstract: An apparatus for enhancing traction for two drive wheels of a self-propelled vehicle, wherein the kit includes a reservoir coupled to a primary conduit through selective actuation of a solenoid valve. The primary conduit is in fluid communication with a secondary conduit, wherein the secondary conduit includes a spray head positioned adjacent each drive wheel of the vehicle. The spray head includes an apertured semi-spherical spray head to disperse fluid to and adjacent the drive wheels to effect melting of snow and ice thereabout. The kit further includes a dispersion brush selectively securable about the nozzle to minimize dirt and debris intrusion into the spray head, and further includes elastomeric cap member to overlie the spray head and enclose the same during periods of non-use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Inventors: Carl L. Swallow, Lorraine Swallow
  • Patent number: 4818040
    Abstract: A wheeled tractor has a debris stripping plate affixed to the body and extending outwardly therefrom at each axle of the tractor to strip debris from accumulating about the inner portion of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1989
    Inventors: Edward J. Mezzancella, Robert E. Kachanis