Abstract: The present invention is a self-unloading garden utility cart. A conveyor belt is located on the bottom of the cart and the tailgate is spring-loaded. A lever opens the tailgate and a crank turns the conveyor belt, which runs on pulleys. The hitch is attached via a trailer hitch to any lawn tractor or truck.
Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for grass collectors and the like that allows the trailer boxes of such collectors to be easily emptied. The invention includes a liner disposed within the trailer box of a collector cart. The liner is pulled out of the trailer box to remove the material accumulated in the collector. The preferred apparatus is easily manufactured as it includes only a rod and cloth including clips. The rod is attached near the rear of the trailer box and the liner is rotatably attached to it. The opposite end of the liner is suspended to a frame in the front of the collector by clips. In between, the liner lies in the bottom of the trailer box and the grass clippings, leaves, etc. are allowed to fall on it during operation of the collector.
Abstract: A collector cart includes a body having an open rear end closed by a canopy pivotally connected to the body adjacent their front ends. A tow bar, which has the body pivotally connected thereto, has a support, which has caster wheels connected thereto for support, for the body. The tow bar has a quick hook-up requiring no tools at its forward end for connection to a hitch on a riding lawn mower. When the cart is to be dumped, a first handle is rotated by an operator, who remains on the mower, to initially cause pivoting of a rear portion of a frame of the canopy, which includes a cover on the frame, relative to the body and the remainder of the canopy frame to unlock the rear portion of the canopy from the rear of the body. After unlocking is accomplished, a second handle, which is pivotally mounted on the body and has a portion engaging the tow bar to prevent pivoting of the body, is rotated by the operator to disengage its engaging portion from the tow bar.
Abstract: A hands-free dump wagon includes a harness with a universal hitch attached directly to the tongue of the wagon, permitting the user complete freedom of movement while the wagon is attached. A handle is positioned near the universal hitch and includes an actuator mechanism for locking and unlocking the wagon bin relative to the tongue to permit both a tilting and dumping action. A linkage assembly is connected to the tongue and pivotably secured to an end gate, automatically opening the gate for dumping the contents of the wagon when the wagon bin is moved from the locked position to the unlocked, tilted position.
Abstract: A collector cart includes a body having an open rear end, which is closed by a canopy pivotally mounted adjacent its front end on the body adjacent its front end. The body has a support pivotally connected to caster wheel supports and a tow bar attached to a riding lawn mower hitch plate. Telescoping chutes connect the mower outlet with a canopy port to fill the cart with debris. When the cart is to be dumped, a first handle is rotated by an operator, who remains on the mower, to initially cause pivoting of a rear portion of a frame of the canopy, which includes a cover on the frame, relative to the body and the remainder of the canopy frame to release a locking connection of the rear portion of the canopy frame to the rear of the body.
Abstract: The grass collector venting cover assembly of the present invention includes a cover constructed of both porous and non-porous sections. The top of the venting cover assembly consists of two layers; the lower one being porous and the upper one being non-porous. The two layers are connected to allow the cover to vent dirt and debris from the grass chute away from the tractor operator. The cover support frame work supports the cover and allows emptying of the cart without interference from the cover. The grass collector/bagger of the present invention includes a collector support frame work with a rigid hitch for attachment to a tractor; two removable bins each containing two or more reusable, flexible insert containers; and a cover support assembly for supporting a cover above the rigid bins. The cover of the grass collector/bagger can also be of the venting type described above.
Abstract: A cargo-receiving bed is pivotally mounted upon a wheeled undercarriage. An elongated actuator is telescopically and slidably mounted in the undercarriage and is hitched at its free end to a tractor. A lifting mechanism is connected to a portion of the actuator extending into the undercarriage to raise and lower the cargo bed. In one embodiment, the lifting mechanism comprises a pair of jointed arms each connected at one end to the cargo bed and at the other to the actuator. Suitable stop and guide members are provided to urge the arms into elevated positions as the actuator moves into the undercarriage and lowered positions as the actuator moves out of the undercarriage. An alternative lifting mechanism includes a lifting cam and a series of pivotally connected rods. Inward movement of the actuator causes the cam lifting surface to rotate upwardly against the underside of the cargo bed.
Abstract: An improved cart to be towed behind a riding lawn mower for collecting grass clippings, etc. therefrom and also which can be used for strict utility purposes. The cart has a tub-like open-top bed to which is secured a forward upward-extending wall having attached thereto a retractable canopy engagable with the rim of the bed to cover the same and which wall and canopy are readily detachable from the bed. The bed is pivotally mounted on a wheeled chassis for backward tilting for dumping its contents and return to normal position under the control of the operator of the mower while seated on the mower seat. The cart has a pair of ground engaging castor wheels and is detachably hitched to the mower by a construction which permits limited pivotal movement relative to the mower about a horizontal transverse axis and limited pivotal movement about a horizontal axis extending in the fore and aft direction but which prevents pivotal movement about a vertical axis.
January 19, 1989
Date of Patent:
May 8, 1990
The Murray Ohio Manufacturing Company
Stephen R. Burns, Timothy J. Boesch, Matthew D. Rao, Stuart A. Cook, Jack M. Curtis, Jack M. Boone
Abstract: A collector cart includes a body having an open rear end, which is closed by a canopy pivotally mounted adjacent its front end on the body adjacent its front end. The body has a support pivotally connected to caster wheel supports and a tow bar attached to a riding lawn mower hitch bar. Telescoping chutes connect the mower outlet with a canopy port to fill the cart with debris. When the cart is to be dumped, a linkage mechanism is activated by an operator, who remains on the mower, raising a lift handle to initially cause rearward shifting of the canopy relative to the body to release a locking connection of the rear of the canopy to the rear of the body. The body is released from its tow bar at the same time so that continued raising of the lift handle by the operator causes the body to pivot to a dumping position while the canopy pivots away from the body due to a rope of a fixed length connecting the front of the canopy to the mower.
January 15, 1988
Date of Patent:
June 6, 1989
Brinly-Hardy Co., Inc.
Charles W. Doering, Garland E. Caudill, Henry L. Johnson, Bruce A. Thomas
Abstract: A dumpable utility trailer comprising a frame assembly, a container assembly rotatably connected to the frame assembly so as to permit rotation of the container from an upright position to an inverted position, and a latch assembly adapted to limit the rotation of the container assembly relative to the frame assembly.
Abstract: A high capacity wagon for silage and the like has a gravity-assisted rear inclined dumping wall with high ground clearance in both the full open and all intermediate positions. A simplified positive latch mechanism for the dumping wall is biased in the latching position and easily released by the operator of a towing tractor. The necessity for tilting the entire body of the wagon to completely dump its contents is eliminated.