Tilting Patents (Class 298/17R)
  • Patent number: 6008890
    Abstract: The present invention is related to an improvement in the positioning system for the arm of ore transport car turning equipment which comprises a laser emitter device and a laser detection device, the first one placed on the arm of the car turning equipment, and comprising a collimator, a laser diode, a laser control circuit chip and power cable, while the detector is attached to the appropriate base at an adequate distance from the aforementioned arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Companhia Vale Do Rio Doce
    Inventors: Fernando Ramos Peres, Claudio Iorio Tessari
  • Patent number: 5975642
    Abstract: A system for transporting and unloading dry chemicals in a container including a removable bulk head and a liner. The bulk head has a top and a bottom. The bulk head is tilted when installed in the container such that the top of the bulk head is at the back of the container and the bottom of the bulk head is recessed into the container. The bulk head has an opening at a bottom center portion thereof. The liner has an opening and fits within the container. The liner has a funnel extension fitting through the opening in the bulk head. The funnel extension has a diameter which decreases toward the opening in the liner, with increasing distance from the bulk head. The funnel extension extends across substantially the entire width of the container. The container has a height, and the removable bulk head has a length extending between the top and the bottom, which length is greater than the height of the container. The system also has an adapter which attaches to the liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Merton L. Dibble, Walter P. Panek
  • Patent number: 5797657
    Abstract: A truck includes a chassis with a body movably mounted to the chassis behind a cab. The body is movable between a first position generally parallel to the chassis and a second generally upright position with respect to the chassis. A canopy is movably mounted to the body. The canopy is movable between an extended position and a retracted position. In the extended position, the canopy extends outwardly from the body to cover the cab when said body is in the first position. The canopy is retractable to decrease the overall height of the truck when the body is in the generally upright second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: Western Technology Services International, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. D'Amico, Ted M. Atchley
  • Patent number: 5671979
    Abstract: A self-unloading vehicle having a pivotable material containment vessel and an auger discharge device structurally coupled to the vessel to discharge the contents of the vessel. The material containment vessel includes a convex rear wall with an opening therein. The auger discharge device includes an auger and a tubular shell structurally coupled to the material containment vessel. The tubular shell encases the auger on both sides of the vessel opening and includes first and second longitudinal ends, and an opening between the first and second ends. The opening in the tubular support is in fluid communication with the opening in the material containment vessel. The auger extends partially through the opening in the rear wall of the material containment vessel and into the interior of the material containment vessel in a manner which eliminates all inaccessible regions inside the material containment vessel such that all of the material in the vessel can be discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Inventor: Gary A. Poborsky
  • Patent number: 5520442
    Abstract: A protective device for a front of a large-size dump truck, in which a driver's cab (13) is secured on a front side of a truck body (10) and a vessel (15) is, liftably from its front side, secured on a rear side of the truck body, is characterized in that a front protective guard (20) protruding forward from a position of the driver's cab is attached on a front end portion of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Komatsu Seisakusho
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Kisami, Kyoji Uranaka, Satoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 5482356
    Abstract: A trailer (10) has a shell (12) of a semicircular shape with U-shaped reinforcing ribs (50) spaced longitudinally along the length of the shell (12). The reinforcing ribs (50) are of an increasing depth from the upper ends thereof to the bottoms thereof at the bottom (55) of the shell (12). A hoist (86) is mounted in inverted relation about trunnions (94) adjacent the bottom of front end wall (90) of shell (12) to minimize stress concentrations and is easily removed by removal of brackets (120) secured to opposed support members (88) on front end wall (90).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Assignee: Goodson Building Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Albert A. Goodson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5454620
    Abstract: An ultralight yet extremely strong vessel without a circumferential support suitable for full-length, end-dumpable trailers, for railroad tank cars, highway tank trailer, refuse transportation vehicles and the like. High strength and minimum weight are achieved by arcuately stressing but light materials, by provision of longitudinal support members which may become an integral part of the vessel and, in open-top embodiments, by provision of a reinforcing member along an extended open edge of adequate horizontal moment of inertia and which may readily be pre-tensioned if desired. In the pre-tensioned embodiment, such to reinforcing member may cause the open-top vessel to bow inwardly before loading so as to compensate for the outward-tendency of such vessels constructed of elastic materials when loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Assignee: Ultra Lite Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale R. Hill, Donald G. Heden
  • Patent number: 5435627
    Abstract: The invention is a multipurpose adaptor box for a dump truck designed to fit into the dump truck box of a dump truck. The adaptor box has an exterior surface that surrounds an interior chamber so that the box defines essentially a bottom and four sides with an open top. The rear side of the adaptor box (i.e. the tailgate) includes a door means for providing access to the interior chamber. The door is swing mounted on hinges to the exterior surface of the adaptor box and has an opening passing through it that is designed to allow a leaf blower system to be attached to the adaptor box so that lawn refuse can easily be loaded into the adaptor box when desired. A removable opening cover, capable of being mounted to the door, is provided for covering the opening when it is not needed. The open top of the adaptor box is defined by the top edges of the side walls. A grate is used to cover the top opening to the adaptor box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Inventor: Patrick M. Fleming
  • Patent number: 5423386
    Abstract: A turf collecting apparatus has a pan for collecting turf plugs discharged from an aerator. The pan is rotatably mounted on a frame so that the pan is freely rotatable within the frame. The connector is located on the frame at a point so that when the aerator is moved to a raised position, the pan is freely rotatable under the force of gravity to dump the turf plugs from the pan. The pan also has a counterweight connected thereto to cause the pan to rotate back to a collecting position after the turf plugs are dumped from the pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1995
    Assignee: Turf Hopper, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry R. Lapearous
  • Patent number: 5411284
    Abstract: A new and improved tilt trailer stabilizer apparatus includes a first bracket assembly which is connected to a first edge of a tiltable bed assembly of a tilt trailer. A second bracket assembly is connected to a frame assembly of the tilt trailer. A brake assembly is connected between the first bracket assembly and the second bracket assembly for slowing relative motion between the tiltable bed assembly and the frame assembly when the tiltable bed assembly is moved from a horizontal orientation to a tilted orientation and vice versa. The first bracket assembly includes a first hinge assembly for connecting to a first end of the brake assembly, and the second bracket assembly includes a second hinge assembly for connecting to a second end of the brake assembly. The brake assembly includes a fluid-based, motion damping assembly. A lock assembly is provided for locking the tiltable bed assembly to the frame assembly when the tiltable bed assembly is in a horizontal orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Harbin
  • Patent number: 5385391
    Abstract: A large truck with compliant longitudinal frame members is disclosed. The truck has a pair of rear wheel hubs which are independently mounted on the frame members so that the hubs and their tires will rotate about the longitudinal axis of the frame members to accommodate uneven terrain and minimize the forces applied to the individual tires. This also minimizes bending loads on the main frame, rear axles and rear wheel support systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Assignee: Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited, of BHP House
    Inventor: Alan W. Dickerson
  • Patent number: 5383714
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided with a dump bed which can be pivoted from a horizontal orientation to a fully upright position to facilitate loading of material onto the dump bed and unloading material therefrom. A hydraulic or other type cylinder is used to raise and lower the dump bed. The cylinder is oriented at an acute angle from the horizontal and is attached at one end to a rear portion of the dump bed. The other end of the cylinder is attached to a crossbeam at a forward location. The dump bed includes downward extending arms and extensions that carry pivot pins about which the dump bed rotates. The location of the pivot axis in this manner creates a crank arm that provides the cylinder with the leverage necessary to raise the dump bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1995
    Inventor: H. Victor Hunter
  • Patent number: 5378047
    Abstract: A container unloading assembly for gravity unloading of particulate material from the rear end of a container (10) removably mounted on a trailer (11) upon the tilting of the front end of the container. A rear support frame (50) is removably secured to opposed sides (12) of the container (10) and has a lower opening (64) removably receiving a lading discharge outlet (84) connected to the frame (50) for controlling the flow of particulate material from the container (10) during the unloading operation. Particulate material is loaded within a flexible bag (26) adjacent a rear end bulkhead (42) and rear support frame (50) supports rear end bulkhead (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Assignee: Intermodal Container Systems
    Inventors: Ronald G. Merrett, Oscar Eakin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5338101
    Abstract: A grain or silage box is mounted on a trailer frame and kept low to the ground through the addition of a step frame at the forward end of the trailer side frame members. The step frame includes a fifth wheel king pin for engagement with the fifth wheel plate of a semi-tractor. The step frame is hidden between the downwardly extending elongated box frame members when the box is in a lowered position. The box frame members are laterally stabilized by the step frame with the box in its lowered position on top of the trailer side frame members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Inventor: Merlynn Colip
  • Patent number: 5090773
    Abstract: A new mode of construction for vehicles having a dump body comprises a container (6) which rests on a fixed cradle (5) that serves as a chassis (1). The lower portion of the container (6) is adapted to be interfitted in the cradle due to the fact that the section of the cradle corresponds to the section of the lower portion (10) of the container of smaller dimensions, so as to permit the interfitting of the container in the cradle. The container and the cradle are constituted by volumes having substantially concentric transverse sections such that the lower portion (10) of the container precisely interfits in the cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1992
    Inventor: Bernard Guillaume
  • Patent number: 5078567
    Abstract: A truck for separately storing and discharging recyclable materials has a container housing with at least one door in its rear wall. Partitioning members divide the interior space of the container housing into at least two pairs of transversely disposed compartments, one pair being disposed rearwardly of the other pair, and the rearward pair being spaced from said rear wall of the housing to define a fifth compartment. The partitioning members have gates therein, and a multiplicity of openings are provided in one side wall of the container housing for feeding different types of materials into the several compartments in which they may be separately stored and from which they may be separately discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Inventor: Santo J. Lombardo
  • Patent number: 5018924
    Abstract: A farm utility wagon for carrying round or cylindrical bales with a wagon frame, wheels and axles and a superstructure, the superstructure running from the front to the rear of the wagon and centered on the center longitudinal axis of the wagon frame. The superstructure has two parallel channels running from front to rear which are formed by a center raised portion or A-frame structure and adjacent wedge shaped structures fixedly attached to the A-frame structure. The superstructure is pivotally attached to the rear of the wagon and can be raised or lowered by a hydraulic element attached to the top front of the wagon frame and the front bottom of the superstructure. When the superstructure is in a lowered position, two parallel rows of round or cylindrical bales can be loaded onto two parallel channels. When the superstructure is raised, the bales are ejected off to the rear of the wagon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1991
    Inventor: Karl Palmer
  • Patent number: 4969690
    Abstract: A conversion apparatus suitable for mounting a truck bed onto the chassis of a tractor equipped with a fifth wheel and primarily intended for hauling trailers. In one embodiment the conversion apparatus includes a pair of rails mounted on opposing sides of the trailer chassis in front of the fifth wheel and a frame, attached to the underside of the truck bed, which is configured to rest upon the rails, the fifth wheel and a portion of the tractor chassis behind the fifth wheel. The frame is also provided with a kingpin to engage the locking mechanism of the fifth wheel. Latching devices are provided at a forward end of the rails and a rearward end of the frame to secure the front of the frame to the rails and the rear of the frame to the rearward end of the tractor chassis, thus restricting relative motion between the truck bed and the trailer. In an alternative embodiment a dump-type truck bed may be mounted on a conventional tractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1990
    Inventor: James E. Smith
  • Patent number: 4877293
    Abstract: A cargo dump trailer including a trailer frame having a fifth wheel connecting pin at the front end and an axle assembly extension slideably mounted in the other end, a cargo box pivotally mounted on the rear end of the trailer frame, the axle assembly extension being moveable from a position with the axle assembly located beneath the cargo box to an extended position with axle assembly located a distance from the back of cargo box equal to the distance of the front of the cargo box from the fifth wheel pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1989
    Inventors: Paul H. French, Craig P. French
  • Patent number: 4872728
    Abstract: A tilt-bed trailer having a rotating flat bed is described. The trailer includes a hinge member for pivotally connecting the draw bar or tongue of the trailer to the trailer frame. The hinge member includes stabilizer plates mounted in fixed relation to the trailer frame and a bushing to prevent the deformation of the shape of the draw bar in order to enhance the precision of the rotation of the trailer bed with respect to the draw bar. In this manner, the trailer bed may rotate in precise locking engagement on the draw bar. Further, the trailer of the present invention may be provided with a device to increase the resistance in rotation of the trailer bed with respect to the draw bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1989
    Inventor: Kevin T. Adams
  • Patent number: 4711499
    Abstract: The trailer bed plate (3) is tipped by the towing vehicle moving backwards. The tow bar (1) is hinged to a sliding hinge (2) disposed on the underside of the bed plate, and connected via at least one connecting rod (4) to wheel-supporting frame (5) which is hinged to the rear of the bed plate at (11). When the sliding hinge is released to slide rearwardly, the rod-frame-bed triangle changes shape at the same time as the trailer tips. The trailer may then be locked in this position and tilted back about the wheels so that its bed plate occupies a higher horizontal plane than that occupied in the running position. The trailer then constitutes a table, or work bench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1987
    Inventor: Jean-Louis Fortin
  • Patent number: 4603908
    Abstract: A heavy duty tractor drawn lift deck trailer for transporting load holding pallet frame units each having a ground engaging support structure enabling it to be picked up for transport or dropped off for storage without need for additional equipment or personnel. The trailer features an over-center mechanical lock for the lift deck which will be power engaged as the lift deck is elevated into raised transport position and power released as the lift deck is permitted to descend to lowered loading position on the trailer support frame. The lock is connected between a point on the lift deck and a point on one of the trailer hinge panels and remains engaged when the lift deck is tilted for dumping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1986
    Assignee: Eugene A. LeBoeuf
    Inventor: Leslie A. Weaver
  • Patent number: 4492490
    Abstract: The invention comprises a device which automatically spreads road repair material over a pothole or crack in a road. The device has a spreader which is attached to the rear of a moving vehicle, such as a dump truck, which optionally has a quantity of road repair material stored therein. The repair material is deposited on the road surface either in the crack or pothole or immediately behind it. The spreader then passes over the hole and either smoothes the repair or fills the hold by carrying the repair material into the hole and simultaneously smoothes it over. The device has adjustment means whereby the spreader can conform to the contour or grade of the road to aid in the smoothing process. Use of the device eliminates the manual labor involved in making a road repair, and also accomplishes the repair quicker than has heretofore been possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1985
    Inventors: David R. Christine, John F. Terry, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4480871
    Abstract: A pair of elongated arm assemblies are provided each having first and second ends. The first ends of the arm assemblies are pivotally connected for relative swinging of the arm assemblies in a plane paralleling both arms and the second end of one arm assembly is pivotally anchored between the longitudinal frame rails of the main frame of a vehicle while the second end of the other arm assembly is pivotally anchored between the longitudinal stringer rails of a dumping load bed of the pivoted type supported from the vehicle main frame. The second ends of the arm assemblies include transverse tubular members in whose opposite ends pivot shaft members are rotatably and slidably received and the opposing sides of the main frame rails and load bed stiffener rails include opposing socket members supported therefrom in which the outwardly projecting ends of the corresponding pivot shaft members are slidably and rotatably received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1984
    Inventor: Eldred A. Fox
  • Patent number: 4442915
    Abstract: Apparatus for limiting the allowed movement of a vehicle, such as a dump truck, when one of its components (e.g. the tippable truck bed or skip) is positioned out of its rest position. An interlock is provided which permits the vehicle to be driven for only a short distance with this component out of its normal rest position before the brakes of the vehicle are automatically applied. Thus, in the case of a dump truck, the vehicle can be driven forwardly with the bed raised only for a relatively short distance (e.g. so as to be moved clear of the load deposited by the tipped truck bed).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1984
    Assignee: Ogden Electronics Ltd.
    Inventor: James Steel
  • Patent number: 4417765
    Abstract: A dump cart is disclosed having a box removably mounted on an axle support and pulled by a drawbar. A latch is mounted on the drawbar to coact with a latch catch on the side of the box. The latch is biased by biasing means such as a spring located within the drawbar where it is protected from damage. The box can have two mounting positions with respect to the drawbar permitting alternate use of the front and back sides for dumping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1983
    Assignee: J. I. Case Company
    Inventor: James L. Wirsbinski
  • Patent number: 4412699
    Abstract: A modular frame for width-adjustable tipping bodies for dump trucks, comprising a pair of cross members, having at their ends the peripheral tipping joints of the body, and a pair of parallel side members, symmetrical in respect of the longitudinal axis of the vehicle, connected with said cross members, and the base of the telescopic jack, and being provided with means for the adjustment of the center distance of said side members to the transverse dimensions of the original frame of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1983
    Assignee: Officine Romanazzi S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luigi Peruzzi
  • Patent number: 4410207
    Abstract: Bumper structure for a vehicle having a load carrier member which is angularly movable from a horizontal position to an inclined position. The bumper structure is pivotally attached to the frame of the vehicle and to the load carrier member. The bumper structure is in an active obstructive condition when the load carrier member is horizontal and is in an inactive, retracted, unobstructive condition when the load carrier member is angularly inclined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1983
    Assignee: Dempster Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Heino W. Scharf
  • Patent number: 4392688
    Abstract: A trailer is provided in the form of a container having side walls (20, 21, 22) and a movable base (23) which can be raised and lowered within the side walls under control of a ram (25). Thus the height of the base can be adjusted as a crop or product begins to fill the space available above the base in a raised position and by this means the extent of drop of the crop or product into the container can be made as small as possible so that the possibility of damage is significantly reduced. The base can be supported by scissor arms (27, 28) and can also be locked in the lower position to the container walls so that when the ram (25) is operated the walls and base will be tilted together about a pivot (32) for unloading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1983
    Inventor: James A. E. S. McIntyre
  • Patent number: 4318658
    Abstract: The side rails of the chassis of a fixed bed truck are cut at the front end of the rear springs and pivotally interconnected using hinges incorporating hinge pins which are positioned below those side rails. A deck is secured to the rear section of the chassis for movement between a rearwardly inclined position and a lowered position in which it extends over the front section of the chassis. An apron is pivotally mounted on the rear end of the deck for movement between an extended ramp position and a retracted position in which it depends downwardly from the deck. Hydraulic apparatus are provided for tilting the deck, extending the apron and latching the deck in its lowered position. The hinges and the latching systems are constructed so that the truck can still be driven safely even after structural failure of both hinge pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1982
    Inventor: Raeburn C. McIntyre
  • Patent number: 4252373
    Abstract: A collapsible trailer hitch to be used on a truck which has a pivoting platform for dumping, includes a Y-member attached to the chassis of the truck and a support member for the trailer tongue secured to a rotating bar journaled to the pivoting platform of the truck by mounting brackets. The support member is attached to the Y-member by means of connecting links which are pivoted at both ends. The hitch collapses and restores automatically upon pivoting of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1981
    Inventor: Stanley E. Briggs
  • Patent number: 4222186
    Abstract: An improved method and combination facilitating interchanging attachments on an adaptable off-road vehicle characterized by, in addition to the usual vehicle and its controls, prime mover, power source, drive apparatus, steering apparatus and the like, a first portion of attachment apparatus carried by the vehicle including a plurality of mounting stations on respective front pair of elongate substantially horizontal tracks and front and rear pairs of vertical tracks; the tracks being spaced apart a first predetermined distance; each mounting station having a plurality of apertures that are laterally aligned for even mounting of the attachments; a plurality of attachments, each having respective second portion of attachment apparatus, each second portion including a pair of track engaging clevises laterally spaced apart the first predetermined distance and having a plurality of apertures adapted to align with the apertures at the mounting stations; a plurality of pins for inserting through the aligned apertur
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1980
    Inventor: Lloyd A. Molby
  • Patent number: 4211745
    Abstract: Spray nozzles are mounted on a refuse collection truck mechanically equipped to pick up refuse containers and dump the contents into the truck. The spray nozzles spray an insecticide, a deodorant, and a rust preventative lubricant into the container after it has been emptied, but before it is lowered to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1976
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1980
    Inventor: Leroy Boyd
  • Patent number: 4194787
    Abstract: A dump body for handling bulk material in which the tail gate is located inside the body walls sufficiently forward of the rear end to provide a delivery chute. The body is adapted to be mounted with the tail gate essentially over the rear wheels and the discharge chute extending back therefrom. Body configuration may be elliptical or rectangular and the sidewalls continuously diverge from bottom to top. The gate is hinged by overhead relatively close-tolerance bearings and trunnions by which the gate is hung and a space is provided between the gate edge and body wall even when fully closed, the space being filled with a flexible seal mounted on the gate perimeter. Specially shaped stops are located on the inner sidewall against which the gate butts on closing. A remotely actuated latch mounted on the body extends through the body wall extension to engage and lock the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1980
    Assignee: Williamsen Truck Equipment Corporation
    Inventor: Leland C. Williamsen
  • Patent number: 4149751
    Abstract: This invention relates to tip lorries.The dumper is of the type comprising a chassis frame provided with at least four carrying wheels 2, two of which at least being driving wheels, with a tipper articulated on the chassis frame about an axis 30 situated in the vicinity of one end of the chassis frame above and at the rear of the wheel axis corresponding to said end, the bottom of the tipper enveloping while it tipps a cylindrical sector surface with a radius superior to the radius of the wheels 2b situated at said end, wherein a driver's cab 28 is lodged between said wheels 2b inside the volume limited by said cylindrical sector surface.This invention is used in units with a carrying capacity approaching 200 tons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1979
    Assignee: Societe Anonyme Secmafer
    Inventor: Jean-Jacques Boyer
  • Patent number: 4148526
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided for sorting trees in situ in the forest immediately after being cut, the steps of limbing and topping optionally being included prior to the sorting operation. To this end a vehicle is provided having at least four dumping bunks. Trees of different sizes or species are loaded into the different bunks. The inner two bunks dump to the rear of the vehicle, while the outer two bunks dump to the sides of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1979
    Assignee: Koehring Canada Limited
    Inventor: John Kurelek
  • Patent number: 4116486
    Abstract: A retractable rock guard for the dump body of a truck, comprising a protective structure which is normally in the upright position at the front of the dump body. The protective structure is pivotally connected to the dump body but ordinarily is secured in the normal upright position by detachable connectors. However, it can be readily detached and then the protective structure can be retracted by raising the dump body to a dump position in the usual manner. The upright protective structure is constructed and arranged so that its center of mass passes through a vertical plane intersecting its pivotal connection on the dump body under these circumstances and when this occurs the proctective structure moves to a horizontally disposed retracted position on the truck body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1978
    Assignee: Clark Equipment Company
    Inventor: Ralph M. Duttarer
  • Patent number: 4068892
    Abstract: A tail gate apparatus having an offset pivot axis for automatically opening and closing a tail gate mounted at the rear of a tiltable truck bed on a dump truck. The pivot axis positioned horizontally and parallel the width of the truck bed and at a predetermined distance forward the rear of the truck bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1978
    Inventor: Rafael J. Welch
  • Patent number: 4030751
    Abstract: A portable trailer equipped with a rotatable bed plate hinged to the rear of the trailer and normally located within the confines of the trailer sides with a telescopic hydraulic cylinder mounted to the underside of the front of the bed plate and to the trailer frame so as to elevate the bed plate for dumping the contents of the bed. A gasket is mounted along the side and front edges of the bed plate so as to prevent material on the bed plate from falling off the side and front edges of the bed plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1976
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1977
    Assignee: The Raymond Lee Organization, Inc.
    Inventor: George R. Bobka
  • Patent number: 4019781
    Abstract: The specification discloses an attachment for converting a fixed bed truck with a passenger cab and hauling bed supported on a frame to a tilting bed truck. The attachment permits the rotation of the truck bed from a horizontal to a tilt position, such that the truck cab and bed, when the bed is in the horizontal position, assumes the same relative relationship as before the conversion. The attachment includes at least two hinges fixedly attached between the underside of the hauling bed and the rear of the truck frame to permit relative rotation between the hauling bed and frame. A first arm is pivotally connected at one of its ends to the forward portion of the frame and extends forwardly from the frame. A second arm is pivotally connected at one of its ends to the underside of the truck bed adjacent the forward end thereof and extends forwardly from the truck bed. A coupling member is pivotally connected at its opposite ends between the other ends of the first and second arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1975
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1977
    Inventor: Louis M. Ray