Hand Forks And Shovels Patents (Class 294/49)
  • Patent number: 9883773
    Abstract: A spatula (1) having a head (5) with channels (11) that automatically turn or flip food, such as cubed meats, ground beef, vegetables and so forth, when the food travels through the channels. As the head passes through the pieces of food, the pieces of food are forced through the C-shaped channels or grooves located on the opposing side surfaces (8) of the head. The channels are preferably curved having an opening (12) located proximate to a wedge (15) of the head, then extending over a rounded projection (13) and terminating at a rear wall (14) of the head where the food is forced to exit the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Adam A. Zuber
  • Patent number: 9875495
    Abstract: Digital media products and methods for making them are disclosed. A digital media product can effectively not have any value until purchased and activated at a point-of-sale. In one embodiment, the digital media product is content specific and provided to allow acquisition of a particular collection of digital media assets upon activation. As one example, the collection can pertain to a playlist, album or set of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Vallance Cole, Glenn Epis
  • Patent number: 9844171
    Abstract: There is provided a steel handle shovel comprising a coupling assembly between the head shovel and the handle, which provides a higher resistance in the structure of the shovel to the force and the weight the shovel undergoes under working conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: TRUPER, S.A. DE C.V.
    Inventor: Arie Jusidman Rubinstein
  • Patent number: 9353493
    Abstract: The shovel with living hinge is an improved manual snow shovel with a feature that adds efficiency when removing loose material from the surface of sidewalks, driveways, or pavements. The shovel with living hinge is made up of both conventional and unconventional parts that in whole provide benefits unlike other manual shovels. Located within the ribs of the shovel is a living hinge that aids in reducing the manual effort put forth by the user when pitching loose material away from a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Donald French
  • Publication number: 20150014002
    Abstract: The asymmetrical head of a shovel incorporates a vertically oriented edge extending upwardly from the tip of the head to a recessed leading edge. The construction of the head permits it to function both as a pivot and as a lever, as well as facilitating the initial penetration of the head in soil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Jon K. Curry
  • Publication number: 20140300120
    Abstract: A shovel device for digging in ground or other material is provided. The shovel device comprises a handle having a first end and a second end. A blade having an attachment end and a digging edge opposite the attachment end is provided with the attachment end secured to the second end of the handle. A plurality of teeth is secured to the digging edge of the blade and extending beyond the digging edge of the blade. During digging operations, the teeth contact the ground or other material prior to the digging edge of the blade contacting the ground or other material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Michael L. McEwen, Dan Stefanik
  • Patent number: 8820806
    Abstract: A portable, collapsible shovel that can be carried within a backpack without becoming caught on the backpack or other items stored in the backpack is provided. The shovel has hollow tubular handle, a spade frame assembly, a t-handle, and a fabric spade sheath that can be assembled to form a shovel suitable for digging. When not being used, the spade frame, the t-handle, and the fabric spade sheath are completely stored within the hollow tubular handle for easy carrying and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: George Seits
  • Patent number: 8720962
    Abstract: A manually operated shovel having a blade and a plurality of tooth members is provided. The tooth members of the shovel provide individual points of contact between the shovel blade and material, such as earth, when the blade of the shovel is pressed into the material. The tooth members provide a mechanical advantage that focuses the pressure applied to the shovel by the operator so as to penetrate material more easily than traditional uniformly bladed shovels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Louis Ceja
  • Patent number: 8708382
    Abstract: A hand-operable excavation apparatus for detecting buried electrical cable. The hand-operable excavation apparatus comprises of a unitary structure having a handle and an electrically conductive portion. At least one electric field sensor is secured to the electrically conductive portion to monitor electrical fields in proximity to the end of the device during ground breaking for activation of an alerting system when the preset value is greater than a predetermined voltage for notifying the excavator of buried electrical cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Rigoberto Hernandez
  • Patent number: 8550513
    Abstract: A gardening apparatus for manipulating soil and/or cutting plants is disclosed, which comprises an implement being made of at least one rigid material, such as steel or plastic, at least one copper rich material coving at least one working surface area of the implement, and a plurality of metal metal alloy buttons containing desired metal elements being fixed on the implement, wherein during an intended use of the gardening apparatus abrasions between the gardening apparatus and the soil and/or plants cause particles of both the at least one copper rich material and plurality of metal metal alloy buttons to be removed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: David Prokop
  • Patent number: 8550516
    Abstract: Disclosed is a shovel tool implement having an imbedded illumination means and a means for storing an auxiliary light source in its handle. The tool comprises an elongated shaft having a proximal handle end and distal working end, the distal end preferably connecting to a shovel implement, the proximal handle end preferably having a slot in which to store a removable flashlight. At a location along the shaft length is provided an outward projection for housing a light source, power supply and on/off switch. The projection extends outward from the shaft and directs light towards the shovel working end, while the backside of the projection includes a removable cover for replacement of batteries and light source elements. The projection is situated such that normal handling of the shovel is not impeded, while the directed light allows a user to visualize a given work area in a low light environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Jason Best
  • Patent number: 8544910
    Abstract: A rechargeable drilling shovel assembly drills downwardly, provides interchangeable spades, and charges a battery. The assembly includes a handle and a plurality of spade assemblies selectively couplable to the handle. A release lever, motor, trigger, gear, plunger, and charging port are coupled to the handle. The release lever is operationally coupled to the spade assembly when the spade assembly is coupled to the handle wherein manipulation of the release lever detaches the spade assembly from the handle. The trigger is operationally coupled to the motor wherein manipulation of the trigger actuates the motor. The gear is operationally coupled to the motor wherein actuation of the motor engages the gear. The plunger is operationally coupled to the gear wherein engaging the gear creates pressure on the spade assembly when the spade assembly is coupled to the handle. A battery powers the motor. A charging port is electrically coupled to the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Dennis Weist
  • Patent number: 8388031
    Abstract: Shovels and trowels are formed from metal and plastic for enhanced soil and sand penetration, and for cutting into roots. The shovels and trowels can each have one or more narrow tip teeth edges extending outward from the front end of the blade, the teeth edges each having embossed surface portions for strengthening the blade and disbursing stress during digging applications. The embossed portions can be indented. The embossed portions can be raised. A shovel version can also have foot brakes on both side of the handle above the rear end of the blade, to allow for a stable and safe foot placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Richard Zang
  • Patent number: 8337372
    Abstract: The invention relates to an exercise device for use by a user on a selected surface material comprising a grasping member having a first end and a second end, a first tool head mounted to the first end of the grasping member and a second tool head mounted to the second end of the grasping member. Each of the first tool head and the second tool head has sufficient structural rigidity to be interacted with the surface material without significant deformation whereby a user can perform exercises upon the selected surface material by physically interacting the first tool head and second tool head with the surface material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: BeachFit, LLC
    Inventor: Brenda Boterenbrood
  • Patent number: 8297670
    Abstract: An implement comprises a first member, at least a second member secured at one end of the first member; and at least one piece of material overlapping a junction between the first member and the second member. The implement is made by securing the second member at one end of the first member; and overlapping the junction between the first member and the second member with a piece of material smoothing a surface at the junction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Garant GP
    Inventor: David Boies
  • Patent number: 8287014
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a shovel for excavating material within a utility location includes a blade made from a non-metal material. The blade has an overall thickness and a leading edge with a blunt surface and a beveled surface. The overall thickness of the blade includes a combined thickness of the blunt and beveled surfaces. The thickness of the blunt surface is between about 25% and about 75% of the overall thickness of the blade. The shovel also includes a neck coupled to the blade, as well as a handle coupled to the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel Combe
  • Publication number: 20120256432
    Abstract: Disclosed is a shovel tool implement having an imbedded illumination means and a means for storing an auxiliary light source in its handle. The tool comprises an elongated shaft having a proximal handle end and distal working end, the distal end preferably connecting to a shovel implement, the proximal handle end preferably having a slot in which to store a removable flashlight. At a location along the shaft length is provided an outward projection for housing a light source, power supply and on/off switch. The projection extends outward from the shaft and directs light towards the shovel working end, while the backside of the projection includes a removable cover for replacement of batteries and light source elements. The projection is situated such that normal handling of the shovel is not impeded, while the directed light allows a user to visualize a given work area in a low light environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: Jason Best
  • Patent number: 8262145
    Abstract: A rake having a handle, and a rake head. The rake head includes a frame having a neck dimensioned to receive one end of the handle; a plurality of tines, the plurality of tines comprising: a movable inner tine section, the movable inner tine section having a first movable inner tine section, a second movable inner tine section and at least one fixed inner tine between the first movable inner tine section and the second inner tine section; and a fixed outer tine section on each side of the inner section; a support member extending across the plurality of tines, the support member comprising a plurality of supports positioned between the tines; and at screening material, which separates a wanted material from an unwanted material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph Berto
  • Patent number: 8256809
    Abstract: A tool for manipulating a material, such as snow, ice, sand, salt, dirt, gravel, concrete, vegetation, grains, debris and the like, resting on a surface has an elongated handle, an elongated shaft, and a compound blade head. The handle is attached to a proximal end of the elongated shaft and the compound blade is fixed to a distal end of the elongated shaft. The tool is capable of pushing and pulling materials when operating either the first tool section or the second tool section. The compound blade head has a first tool section adapted generally for shoveling and digging and a second tool section adapted for chopping and scraping. Tamping, compressing, and leveling is achieved when using the tools in the shoveling/digging position. The structure of the tool is designed to endure the stresses and forces of aggressive and repeated operating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: Timothy M. Coutu
  • Publication number: 20120133161
    Abstract: A hand shovel having a handgrip shaft and shovel blade wherein the handgrip can rotate relative to the longitudinal axis of the shaft. The shaft may be non-round in order to provide the user with a better grip on the shaft while rotating the shaft and blade relative to the handgrip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventor: Raymond L. Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20120098282
    Abstract: A multi-purpose bar for use with interchangeable tool attachments is described. The bar includes a high strength-to-weight ratio design, providing a tool ideal for military, first-responder emergency scenarios, mountaineering, aerospace, and the like. The bar includes a hole for attaching a carabiner and universal connectors, such as snap joint fasteners, for quick interchangeability of tool attachments. A kit including the multi-purpose bar and at least two tool attachments is also described. The two tool attachments are preferably configured to removeably couple to one another, thus providing a third tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: SHRIKE INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Timothy Langan
  • Patent number: 8061745
    Abstract: A multi-purpose spade includes a central plate, first and second edge plates, and a retreating crescent blade. The central plate is generally concave. The retreating crescent blade is formed along the tip portions of the central plate and the first and second plates. The inner edge portions of the first and second plates are connected to corresponding side portions of the central plate with a predetermined angle so as to form two crest portions on the front surfaces along the side portions of the central plate. The multi-purpose spade may further comprise an extending blade configured to be connected to the retreating crescent blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Hyun C. Park
  • Publication number: 20110140467
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a shovel for excavating material within a utility location includes a blade made from a non-metal material. The blade has an overall thickness and a leading edge with a blunt surface and a beveled surface. The overall thickness of the blade includes a combined thickness of the blunt and beveled surfaces. The thickness of the blunt surface is between about 25% and about 75% of the overall thickness of the blade. The shovel also includes a neck coupled to the blade, as well as a handle coupled to the neck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel Combe
  • Patent number: 7946638
    Abstract: A motion assisted manure fork having a handle, a fork head having a plurality of tines, a leverage assembly and a motor assembly that imparts a sinusoidal motion to the plurality of tines. The fork head includes a frame having a neck dimensioned to receive one end of a handle and a plurality of tines. The plurality of tines has an inner tine section, and an outer tine section on each side of the inner section with a hinge positioned between the inner tine section and each of the outer tine sections. The fork head also has an angle of inclination, which divides the plurality of tines into an upper portion of tines at a first angle to the handle and a lower portion of tines at a second angle to the handle. A support member extends across the plurality of tines, which includes a plurality of supports positioned between the tines to provide strength to the fork head during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventor: Joseph Berto
  • Publication number: 20110042980
    Abstract: A shovel apparatus having a handle assembly at one end, a blade at the other opposed end, and a shaft therebetween connecting the blade to the handle assembly. The blade, in turn, comprises a substantially flat, somewhat trapezoid-shaped base portion and an integral, continuous wall portion upstanding from the edge of the base portion on three sides thereof to form generally a scoop. The fourth edge of the base member defines an opening for the scoop and also defines a substantially straight leading edge of the blade. A pattern of openings, preferably in form of groups of elongated slots, is provided in the body member and in at least a portion of the upstanding continuous wall portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventor: William W. Wiseman, II
  • Publication number: 20110037281
    Abstract: A trench shovel with a tempered steel blade having a width narrower than its length, and typically has a rounded or pointed front edge for penetrating into the earth, and a transition portion that has extending there from a tubular member for attachment of a handle of rectilinear cross section. The tubular member extends from the transition portion at an angle selected to provide a pre-selected function for the trench shovel. An angle of about 90 degrees or more allows the shovel to be forced with the toes or ball of the foot in the direction of the front edge, while an angle of about 120-150 degrees allows the shovel to be forced with the toes or ball of the foot in a manner similar of conventional shovels, typically against a pair of toe pegs secured to the rear portion of the tubular member or transition portion of the trench shovel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventor: James E. COX
  • Patent number: 7850216
    Abstract: A garden tool wherein the leading edge of the tool head has a leading edge coated with a hardness enhancing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Ames True Temper, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Randolph, James M. Gross
  • Publication number: 20100263133
    Abstract: The invention is a multi-purpose tool that may provide the utility of a plurality of tools at a reduced weight and volume through the interchangeability of distinct tool attachments. A multi-purpose tool may comprise an elongated member including a handle and a plurality of universal connectors, wherein each universal connector is adapted to securely attach to a plurality of distinct tools, a first distinct tool including a first universal connector securely mated to one of the universal connectors of the elongated member, and a second distinct tool including a second universal connector securely mated to another of the universal connectors of the elongated member. A plurality of tool attachments may be attached to and removed from the elongated member in order to provide a specific utility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventor: Timothy Langan
  • Patent number: 7753421
    Abstract: A long-handled shovel includes a head having a blade and a socket and an elongate handle member partially extending into the socket of the head. The handle member is a tube. A rod partially extends into the handle member and partially extends into the socket to provide resilient flexing between the head and the handle member when prying forces are applied thereto. A collar encircles the socket to limit outward expansion of the socket. A continuous outer layer of plastic material is molded over the entire length of the handle member and at least partially molded over the socket and the collar. The outer layer provides added strength by extending over the joint between the handle member and the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Ames True Temper, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Conaway, Thomas W. Parker, Charles B. Wilson
  • Patent number: 7712805
    Abstract: A sifting shovel for sifting particulate matter from a volume of material comprising a shovel head and a handle with an end fixed to the shovel head. The shovel head has a base plate, a sifting plate disposed in spaced relation relative to the base plate, a first side wall, a second side wall, and a proximal end wall. The sifting plate has a plurality of apertures therein, and the base plate, the sifting plate, and the first and second side walls have distal ends that together define an open mouth of the shovel head. The open mouth can have a minimum opening height greater than a maximum aperture dimension, and the shovel head can have a truncated wedge shape. At least a portion of the handle can be disposed below a longitudinal center of gravity of the sifting shovel, such as by forming a bend in the handle, to enable the sifting shovel to tip automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventor: Charles Klangos
  • Patent number: 7677621
    Abstract: An oil-dispensing asphalt shovel for preventing asphalt from sticking to the blade-like member of the shovel. The shovel includes a blade-like member having a top end to which is attached a tubular oil dispensing member. The blade-like member has a plurality of holes being spaced along and extending through a side wall thereof, and has inlet ports extending through a side wall thereof and being diametrically opposed to the holes. A hollow shaft support member has a top end and a pair of leg portions securely attached to the tubular oil dispensing member. The leg portions have apertures extending through a bottom thereof and aligning with an inlet port of the tubular oil-dispensing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: Romardo L. Guadalupe, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20100051297
    Abstract: A hand-manipulated dirt tool, either a spade, shovel, post hole digger or the like, is driven and guided by the hands and feet of the human user, which tool has at least three (3), operative, outwardly-directed, side edges, preferably continuous, namely, a penetrating chamfer, a slicing edge and a chopping chamfer, preferably at at least two different angles and three sizes, either on one side or on both sides. Thus, at least two, outwardly-directed, side edges are chamfer, which can be parallel, with relatively small, entry surface in beginning edge of the tool and, if spade or a shovel, etc., a foot engaged, top portion is provided. Ideally the three side surfaces, as one progresses up the tool, can make forty-five, seventy-five and forty-five degrees to the rear and ideal “vertical” distances of one, nine and one inches, respectively, and exemplary degree, distance ranges and cross-sectional dimensions are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventor: Daniel Joseph Mathieu
  • Patent number: 7658422
    Abstract: A gardening tool includes a shaft having a first end and a second end. A ground working instrument is positioned at the second end of the shaft. A generally T-shaped bifurcated handle is positioned at the first end of the shaft. The handle has two co-planar branches with extremities which are adapted for gripping to facilitate two handed use. The handle is sloped at an angle relative to the shaft. The handle has a recessed crotch portion where the branches meet the shaft. The crotch portion is adapted for gripping to facilitate one handed use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Inventor: Paul Carr
  • Patent number: 7603740
    Abstract: The spatula of the present invention is designed to effectively clean and remove residual paint from the inside walls and bottom of a cylindrical paint container. The spatula includes a blade with a protrusion with a curved edge extending from the blade. In the preferred embodiment, the protrusion is located adjacent to but set back from the straight distal edge of the blade so that the distal edge of the blade can be effectively used to scrape residual paint from the bottom of a container. The side edges of the blade form a right angle with the distal edge so that the distal corners of the blade may be used to clean paint from the hard to reach circumferential corner at the bottom of a cylindrical container. Finally, the curved edge of the protrusion may be effectively used to scrape residual paint up the sides and out of the cylindrical container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: N-Vent, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Goldsberry
  • Publication number: 20090200813
    Abstract: An implement comprising a first member, at least a second member secured at one end of the first member; and at least one piece of material overlapping a junction between the first member and the second member. The implement is made by securing the second member at one end of the first member; and overlapping the junction between the first member and the second member with a piece of material smoothing a surface at the junction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventor: David BOIES
  • Patent number: 7559591
    Abstract: A snow shovel including a middle portion interposed between, and coupled to, each of a blade portion and a handle portion. Included with the middle portion is a flex control mechanism structured for controlling an amount of downward flexing possible by the blade portion with respect to the handle portion. While collecting a volume of snow the blade portion is maintained and biased in a first normal position. When lifting a volume of collected snow, the blade portion flexes downwardly, possibly assuming a pre-established second fully flexed position. When the collected and lifted snow is tossed, the energy stored in the flexible member by the downward flexing helps assist in tossing the snow. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract, and is submitted with the intention that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope and meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Inventor: Frederick Henry DeSanti
  • Patent number: 7540544
    Abstract: A motion assisted manure fork having a handle, a fork head having a plurality of tines, a leverage assembly and a motor assembly that imparts a sinusoidal motion to the plurality of tines. The fork head includes a frame having a neck dimensioned to receive one end of a handle and a plurality of tines. The plurality of tines has an inner tine section, and an outer tine section on each side of the inner section with a hinge positioned between the inner tine section and each of the outer tine sections. The fork head also has an angle of inclination, which divides the plurality of tines into an upper portion of tines at a first angle to the handle and a lower portion of tines at a second angle to the handle. A support member extends across the plurality of tines, which includes a plurality of supports positioned between the tines to provide strength to the fork head during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventor: Joseph Berto
  • Publication number: 20080309106
    Abstract: A root cutting shovel (1) having a concave head (2) of a predetermined size and shape having a top (3) and a tip (4) wherein the head (2) has a front face (16) and a rear face (17). The head top (3) has a first end (13) and a second end (14) and a center (12) located between the first and second ends (13 and 14). A first edge (8) extends from the head first end (13) to the tip (4) while a second edge (9) extends from the head second end (14) to the tip (4). A plurality of serrated teeth (15) extend along the first and second edges (8 and 9) wherein each tooth (15) has a first side (27) and a second side (28) which join together at a predetermined angle (29), which is approximately sixty degrees. An elongated handle (6) is secured to the head top center (12) and flanges (10 and 11) are located on either side of the handle (6) and extend away from the head front face (16).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventor: William J. Baker
  • Publication number: 20080309105
    Abstract: A material handling tool adapted for pushing material along a surface, for example, for pushing leaves across a lawn. The tool includes at least one elongated blade having a leading edge adapted to contact material and a bottom adapted to contact the surface and a collection surface mounted to the trailing edge of the blade which is positioned to receive the material from the deflector baffle. The tool also includes a transition between the collection surface and the trailing edge of the blade that positions the bottom of the blade substantially parallel to the surface of the lawn. The blade may be attached to a handle for manual use, or may be attached to automated machinery or to a vehicle. Though uniquely adapted for use as a lawn tool, the invention may also be used for pushing a broad range of materials, including snow, construction materials, and soil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventor: Eric HAYNER
  • Publication number: 20080301879
    Abstract: A gardening apparatus for manipulating soil and/or cutting plants is disclosed, which comprises an implement being made of at least one rigid material, such as steel or plastic, at least one copper rich material coving at least one working surface area of the implement, and a plurality of metal metal alloy buttons containing desired metal elements being fixed on the implement, wherein during an intended use of the gardening apparatus abrasions between the gardening apparatus and the soil and/or plants cause particles of both the at least one copper rich material and plurality of metal metal alloy buttons to be removed therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventor: David Prokop
  • Publication number: 20080143127
    Abstract: A sifting shovel for sifting particulate matter from a volume of material comprising a shovel head and a handle with an end fixed to the shovel head. The shovel head has a base plate, a sifting plate disposed in spaced relation relative to the base plate, a first side wall, a second side wall, and a proximal end wall. The sifting plate has a plurality of apertures therein, and the base plate, the sifting plate, and the first and second side walls have distal ends that together define an open mouth of the shovel head. The open mouth can have a minimum opening height greater than a maximum aperture dimension, and the shovel head can have a truncated wedge shape. At least a portion of the handle can be disposed below a longitudinal center of gravity of the sifting shovel, such as by forming a bend in the handle, to enable the sifting shovel to tip automatically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventor: Charles Klangos
  • Patent number: 7320490
    Abstract: An impact handle for a shovel and other tools to assist the user or laborer in digging and/or moving material such as dirt or snow, or other compacted materials. An impact handle with a shovel attachment would have similar physical features as generic shovels on the market today. However, the impact handle includes an impact generator within the handle. As a user or operator applies his/her foot-pressure on the foot actuator located at the top of the scoop or blade, the impact generator using electro-magnetic principles produces impulses of 1 to 10 hertz of downward blows. These impulses reduce the effort required by the operator to force the tool scoop or blade to penetrate the material being excavated. The impact handle dramatically reduces time required to complete hand excavation projects. The impact handle can also be used, but is not limited to, to reduce the time required for chiseling, scraping, prying, nail pulling and carpet-stretching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Inventor: Ray James Yakimchuk
  • Publication number: 20080012369
    Abstract: The present invention is a demolition shovel that includes a handle, a shovel head, and a leverage attachment. The leverage attachment includes an attachment sleeve and leverage sleeve. A user can use the leverage sleeve to leverage force applied to the shovel handle against the shovel head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Inventor: Don D. HELTON
  • Patent number: 7222900
    Abstract: A motion assisted manure fork having a handle, a fork head having a plurality of tines, a leverage assembly and a motor assembly that imparts a sinusoidal motion to the plurality of tines. The fork head includes a frame having a neck dimensioned to receive one end of a handle and a plurality of tines. The plurality of tines has an inner tine section, and an outer tine section on each side of the inner section with a hinge positioned between the inner tine section and each of the outer tine sections. The fork head also has an angle of inclination, which divides the plurality of tines into an upper portion of tines at a first angle to the handle and a lower portion of tines at a second angle to the handle. A support member extends across the plurality of tines, which includes a plurality of supports positioned between the tines to provide strength to the fork head during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Inventor: Joseph Berto
  • Patent number: 7222899
    Abstract: A motion assisted manure fork having a handle, a fork head having a plurality of tines, and a motor assembly that imparts a sinusoidal motion to the plurality of tines. The fork head includes a frame having a neck dimensioned to receive one end of a handle and a plurality of tines. The plurality of tines has an inner tine section, and an outer tine section on each side of the inner section with a hinge positioned between the inner tine section and each of the outer tine sections. The fork head also has an angle of inclination, which divides the plurality of tines into an upper portion of tines at a first angle to the handle and a lower portion of tines at a second angle to the handle. A support member extends across the plurality of tines, which includes a plurality of supports positioned between the tines to provide strength to the fork head during use. The outer tine sections are attached to and extend from the frame, while the inner tine section is not fixedly attached to the frame except by the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Inventor: Joseph Berto
  • Patent number: 7216907
    Abstract: A shovel having a handle connected to an elongated shaft that is connected to a blade. The shaft is connected to the blade by a bracket having a hollow cylinder, a support member, and a support plate. The hollow cylinder is formed to receive one end of the shaft. The support member is connected to the support plate and has a concave arcuate bottom surface formed to receive a curved portion of the blade. The support plate is fixedly connected to the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: R & M Supplies & Mfg.
    Inventors: Richard W. Mussman, Jeffrey W. Mussman
  • Patent number: 7172229
    Abstract: The present invention teaches a shovel having a scoop with a bottom perforated by apertures and a movable sifting plate held in one of a plurality of possible positions by means of a retainer plate. The sifting plate may have apertures which do not overlap the apertures of the scoop in a first position, thus keeping the bottom of the shovel scoop closed for use as a shovel. In a second position, the sifting plate apertures may overlap the apertures of the scoop bottom so as to provide a degree of sifting ability. Either set of apertures may have a screen thereacross. The retaining plate may be biased by a spring so as to hold the sifting plate in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Inventor: Charles Elton Gorbet
  • Patent number: 7070006
    Abstract: A shovel which has a blade and a handle, the blade having first and second side edges and first and second wings extending outwardly and upwardly from respective side edges, each of the wings having a front edge which merges with a respective shovel side edge at a point rearwardly of the shovel front edge. The wings provide an extra cutting edge useful for cutting roots and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Inventor: Emilio M. Villani
  • Patent number: 7044520
    Abstract: A device is used to extract manure from bedding material in a manner that maximizes the amount of manure extracted from the bedding material. The device includes a detachable scoop head having a plurality of apertures, a detachable motor assembly coupled to the scoop head for vibrating the device, and a detachable handle coupled to the motor assembly via a connector. The handle can include a power pack for supplying electrical power to the motor assembly. The apertures are preferably formed between elongated elements. The power pack, which can be housed within the handle, forms a counterweight to the scoop head when the device is lifted. The device can further include a stand having a release mechanism coupled to the device, wherein the release mechanism releases the stand in a fully deployed position to facilitate raising the scoop head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Axiom International Group, LLC
    Inventors: Glenn A. Roberson, Jr., Glenn A. Roberson, III, Paul Domato
  • Patent number: RE47056
    Abstract: Described is a multi-handled tool that is ergonomically designed to maximize the efficiency of the tool by the use of a handle, optionally rotating, affixed to the shaft of the tool. The rotating handle may be rotated and locked into any desired position so the user can adjust the tool to create maximum efficiency. In addition, a footstep is optionally provided above the tool that allows for a greater digging force. A combination of the first, top handle with the ergonomically spaced handle placement that is completely adjustable combined with the footstep above the head of the tool provides for a tool that is much more efficient than the standard tools used today.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventors: Stephen Walden, Ronald Johnson, Steven Escobar