Manually Powered Patents (Class 37/265)
  • Patent number: 9863151
    Abstract: A ski device for use in combination with a snow removal device (such as a roof rake). The ski device includes ski portions that may be used to protect a surface (such as a roof surface) from damage by preventing a head of the snow removal device from directly contacting and scraping along the surface from which snow, ice, and/or debris is to be removed. The ski device also allows the amount of clearance between the head of the snow removal device and the surface to be adjusted. This allows a user to position the ski device to provide for a desired amount of clearance, which allows for adjustment of the amount of snow, ice, and/or debris that is to be removed, as well to allow for clearance of other structures (such as rain deflectors, etc.) on the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SNOW JOE, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph S. Cohen
  • Publication number: 20150089846
    Abstract: A wheeled scooper is provided. The wheeled scooper reduces the time and effort needed in collecting, transporting and dumping materials. The scooper provides an elongated handle that may be transversely and forwardly pivotably connected to a collector member. The collector member may provide a front opening to a collection space defined by a front edge. The scooper may provide a set of wheels rotatably mounted near a lower rear portion of the collector member so that a user can control the elongated handle to steer the scooper over a supporting surface and easily scoop, transport and dump material into its collection space by means of the positionable front edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Roy Lee WOOLEY
  • Publication number: 20140338231
    Abstract: A snow shovel blade is provided. The snow shovel blade is a stamped metal body with a generally planar portion, a curved portion, and two opposed lateral, depending sidewalls. The sidewalls are supporting sidewalls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: AMES TRUE TEMPER, INC.
    Inventors: Chun Wai Hung, Barry Albert
  • Patent number: 8832973
    Abstract: A devise which is a blade which is connected to two wheels, one at either end of the blade. A handle is also connected to the blade which is a person uses to pull the device across the surface of material to be moved. The device can be used to move material such as dirt or sand in a manner which allows easy leveling of the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Jefry Stuart Gallacci
  • Patent number: 8347528
    Abstract: The surface rake apparatus provides for use either in forward or rearward motion, by virtue of the first member's forward wings and the second member's rearward wings. Debris such as snow, leaves, and limbs, for example, can thereby be easily channeled toward a desired destination. Snow, for example, can be pushed or pulled off of a roof or other surface. An important feature of the rearward wings of the second member is the upward slant of each. Another important feature is the inclusion of wheels on the first member. The wheels ensure against scraping by elevating the lower edges of the first and second members slightly above the surface to be rid of debris. The telescopic handle provides benefit of length adjustment so that the apparatus may be most conveniently used in reaching distant surfaces and also in reduced length for those areas more proximal to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Richard E. Seltzer
  • Patent number: 8230623
    Abstract: A tool for manually moving snow and other loads includes a curved scoop having a leading edge and a trailing edge and a frame with handles attached to the curved scoop. The tool is balanced approximately midway between the leading edge and trailing edge when the scoop is loaded to facilitate adjustment of depth of cut and unloading. The scoop may also be temporarily deformed in response to manual application of torsional force via the handles in order to help accommodate unbalanced loads. A rope or cable can be connected to the handles. Wheels may be attached to the frame to facilitate movement over dry ground. Various removable edge members disposed on the leading edge of the scoop may be used depending on the material being loaded. Further, side panels attached to the frame may be used to enhance load capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: David Patera
  • Patent number: 8166677
    Abstract: A manual snow plow with ergonomic features comprises a snow scoop, two (2) articulating struts extending upward from the scoop and two (2) hinged rounded braces placed against a user's shoulders during use. The struts are provided with cross bracing which provide size adjustability and stability to the plow. A set of position adjustable hand grips extend from each strut in a rearward fashion to control the device during use. A pair of casters provided on a rear of the snow scoop allows the device to ride over cracks and other uneven surface variations. The snow plow becomes an extension of the user's body and thus enables the user to use the force of their entire body to move snow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas L. Woyak
  • Patent number: 8136268
    Abstract: Various exemplary embodiments are provided of wheeled shovels. In one exemplary embodiment, a wheeled shovel generally includes a wheel assembly having an axle and a wheel. The wheeled shovel also includes a frame having an upper portion and a lower portion. The frame may be disposed relative to the axle such that the axle is operable as a fulcrum about which the frame may pivot. A handle may be disposed at about the upper portion of the frame. A shovel blade may be disposed at about the lower portion of the frame. The wheel assembly, frame, handle, and shovel blade may be cooperatively configured so as to enable the wheeled shovel to throw a load of material generally upwardly and forwardly away from the shovel blade in response to a sufficient force applied to the handle for pivoting the frame relative to the axle with a recoil generated through the fulcrum at the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Snow Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Mark Noonan
  • Publication number: 20120055049
    Abstract: A snow removal device has a body, a shovel connected to the body and positioned at a lower end of the body, a snow catcher connected to the body, and one or more motive elements. The snow catcher is positioned behind the shovel such that when the shovel is tilted back, loose material in the shovel falls into the snow catcher. When the body is tilted back, the shovel also tilts back. The body acts as a lever arm on the shovel, allowing heavy loads to be tilted back with minimal force. A foot pedal facilitates pushing the shovel into loose material. The angle between the body and shovel is 120 degrees. The body is collapsible. The snow catcher has an outer lip and the shovel has sidewalls for retaining loose material. One or more of the motive elements serves as a pivot point for the snow removal device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventor: Richard Yancheski
  • Publication number: 20110296718
    Abstract: A tool for manually moving snow and other loads includes a curved scoop having a leading edge and a trailing edge and a frame with handles attached to the curved scoop. The tool is balanced approximately midway between the leading edge and trailing edge when the scoop is loaded to facilitate adjustment of depth of cut and unloading. The scoop may also be temporarily deformed in response to manual application of torsional force via the handles in order to help accommodate unbalanced loads. A rope or cable can be connected to the handles. Wheels may be attached to the frame to facilitate movement over dry ground. Various removable edge members disposed on the leading edge of the scoop may be used depending on the material being loaded. Further, side panels attached to the frame may be used to enhance load capacity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventor: David Patera
  • Patent number: 8001707
    Abstract: Various exemplary embodiments are provided of wheeled shovels. In one exemplary embodiment, a wheeled shovel generally includes a frame, a wheel, a handle, and a pivotable or steerable shovel blade. A pivot couples the shovel blade to the lower portion of the frame, such that the shovel blade is pivotable or steerable relative to the frame about a pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Colesworks, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Coles
  • Patent number: 7937859
    Abstract: A wheeled load transfer device has a load carrying member, a handle assembly and a pair of wheels optionally connected to a distal end of the handles and preferably offset below the plane of the handles. The load carrying member includes opposing side portions, a bottom portion. The load carrying member is rotatable between a first loading position which is preferably parallel to the ground and a second load transporting position which is inclined to the ground to better retain the load. The load carrying member can be rotated to different positions to scoop, transport and dump the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Inventor: George R. Downes
  • Publication number: 20100192423
    Abstract: Various exemplary embodiments are provided of wheeled shovels. In one exemplary embodiment, a wheeled shovel generally includes a wheel assembly having an axle and a wheel. The wheeled shovel also includes a frame having an upper portion and a lower portion. The frame may be disposed relative to the axle such that the axle is operable as a fulcrum about which the frame may pivot. A handle may be disposed at about the upper portion of the frame. A shovel blade may be disposed at about the lower portion of the frame. The wheel assembly, frame, handle, and shovel blade may be cooperatively configured so as to enable the wheeled shovel to throw a load of material generally upwardly and forwardly away from the shovel blade in response to a sufficient force applied to the handle for pivoting the frame relative to the axle with a recoil generated through the fulcrum at the axle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: Snow Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Mark Noonan
  • Patent number: 7681932
    Abstract: A shoveling and throwing device for moving a snow from a surface comprising a frame having a first and second ends, the frame comprising at least one frame extension extending generally upwardly and at least one wheel disposed on said first end of said frame, a manually operable lever which is pivotally attached proximate to the first end of said frame, a first member having a first end being pivotally attached to the frame extension, a second member having a first end being pivotally attached proximate to a second end of the manually operable lever, a third member having a first end being pivotally attached to a second end of the second member, and a shovel blade pivotally attached to a second end of the third member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventor: Wesley G. Chang
  • Patent number: 7681336
    Abstract: Various exemplary embodiments are provided of wheeled shovels. In one exemplary embodiment, a wheeled shovel generally includes a wheel assembly having an axle and a wheel. The wheeled shovel also includes a frame having an upper portion and a lower portion. The frame may be disposed relative to the axle such that the axle is operable as a fulcrum about which the frame may pivot. A handle may be disposed at about the upper portion of the frame. A shovel blade may be disposed at about the lower portion of the frame. The wheel assembly, frame, handle, and shovel blade may be cooperatively configured so as to enable the wheeled shovel to throw a load of material generally upwardly and forwardly away from the shovel blade in response to a sufficient force applied to the handle for pivoting the frame relative to the axle with a recoil generated through the fulcrum at the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Snow Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Mark Noonan, Robert H. Humphries, Jr., Stephen C. Fog
  • Patent number: 7673401
    Abstract: The snow removal apparatus has a tubular handle having a first end spaced apart from a second end, a threaded cap selectively fitted to the second end. A cavity within the handle is extended from the second end to proximal to the first end. The scoop has a scoop front spaced apart from a scoop back, a first side spaced apart from a second side, the scoop back affixed to the first end of the handle. An outlet exits the handle first end and is joined to the scoop back. The scoop has a floor extended from the scoop back to the scoop front and from the first side to the second side. A button is disposed on the handle for selectively releasing a material from the cavity into the scoop, such materials useful in snow melt and in aiding auto traction, for example. The bristles disposed on the scoop front are especially useful in snow removal from auto glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Inventors: Joseph J. Muti, Anthony R. Muti
  • Patent number: 7654592
    Abstract: a) A frame having a handle, an upright post extending therefrom having a slide stop on an upper portion, a lower and upper slide on a central portion, a lever having a central portion hinged to the frame having a rearwardly extending end, and a forwardly extending slide lift end, attached and configured through a slide lift to lift the lower slide when the rearwardly extending end is depressed; b) a shovel having a bottom snow carrying portion and an upright back portion; c) a lower shovel arm having one end hinged to a lower portion of the upright back portion of the shovel, and the other opposite end hingably connected to the upper slide; d) an upper shovel portion projecting/dumping linkage, having an upper shovel arm having one end hinged to an upper portion of the upright back portion of the shovel and having the other end hingably connected to an upper end of a pivoting arm, the other end hingably connected to the lower slide and a central portion pivotably pinned to a central portion of the lower shove
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: Kent J. Stenzel
  • Publication number: 20090320331
    Abstract: The manually powered wheeled-levered shovel/launcher device for the purpose of snow removal, which has a handle, and shovel shaft pivoted to the handle at one end and a snow shovel head at the other end of the shovel shaft. A collapsible foldable wheel assembly acts as a fulcrum is attached to the device for easy handling a snow load. The shovel head is able to tilt downward against a spring-loaded mechanism for the purpose of altering the launch direction from upward direction due to centrifugal force around the wheel resting on the ground to forward direction when a sudden force downward is applied on the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventor: Yohans S. Adinata
  • Patent number: 7631443
    Abstract: Various exemplary embodiments are provided of hinge apparatus, which may be used, for example, to hingedly connect upper and lower frame members of a device or tool. In one embodiment of a hinge apparatus, first and second linking members each include a base portion, sidewalls, and flange portions. The flange portions define sets of openings configured to receive a portion of a first connector, for selectively adjusting the angular orientation of the upper frame member relative to the lower frame member in an open, ready-for-use configuration. The linking members include connector openings configured to receive a portion of a second connector. When the first connector is not engaged with any set of openings, the upper frame member is pivotably movable relative to the lower frame member about the second connector to a closed, collapsed configuration in which the upper frame member is alongside the lower frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Snow Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Mark Noonan, Stephen C. Fog
  • Patent number: 7607244
    Abstract: A snow-plowing apparatus provided with a snow-removing member detachably attached to an end of a holding rod of a hand-pushed mower, in which an engine and a wheel are attached to a frame, having a detachable rotation transmitting portion, to which a mowing blade is attached and rotational driving force of an engine is transmitted, on the end of the holding rod extending from the engine forward and downward. The snow-removing member is provided with a snowplow rotating body rotated around a horizontal axis through the rotation transmitting portion to plow and shoot the snow. The snowplow rotating body is composed of three short rotating bodies. Each of the short rotating bodies has four snow-plowing blades disposed in peripheral direction with a predetermined pitch. And, the snowplow rotating body is composed of the three short rotating bodies mounted on a shaft body as the snow-plowing blades are dislocated one another in the peripheral direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: VIV Engineering Inc.
    Inventor: Tadashi Hishida
  • Publication number: 20090139116
    Abstract: Various exemplary embodiments are provided of wheel assemblies and tires. In one exemplary embodiment, a wheel assembly generally includes first and second wheel pieces attachable to each other. The first and second wheel pieces may include respective first and second rim portions. Each of the first and second rim portions may include an arced portion that defines only a portion of a circumference of a rim, such that the arced portions collectively define the circumference of the rim when the first and second wheel pieces are attached. The first and second wheel pieces may be slidably engagable in a first axial direction that is substantially parallel to a rotational axis of the wheel assembly. The first and second wheel pieces may be slidably disengagable in a second axial direction that is generally opposite the first axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: SNOW SOLUTIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mark Noonan, Stephen C. Fog
  • Publication number: 20090139115
    Abstract: Various exemplary embodiments are provided of hinge apparatus, which may be used, for example, to hingedly connect upper and lower frame members of a device or tool. In one embodiment of a hinge apparatus, first and second linking members each include a base portion, sidewalls, and flange portions. The flange portions define sets of openings configured to receive a portion of a first connector, for selectively adjusting the angular orientation of the upper frame member relative to the lower frame member in an open, ready-for-use configuration. The linking members include connector openings configured to receive a portion of a second connector. When the first connector is not engaged with any set of openings, the upper frame member is pivotably movable relative to the lower frame member about the second connector to a closed, collapsed configuration in which the upper frame member is alongside the lower frame member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: SNOW SOLUTIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mark Noonan, Stephen C. Fog
  • Publication number: 20080216364
    Abstract: A handrail article containing integral nodes continuously spaced along the axis of the rail at approximate hand spacing to reduce muscle torque strain and fatigue (Isokinetics) resulting from strength applied to overcome sliding of hand grip while sustaining balance during travel on stairways. A non-obvious application of the article is to mobile hand railings as may be found on boats, public transportation, ladders and physical rehabilitation equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventor: Addison Woodbury Learned
  • Patent number: 7305779
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a shaft that has proximal and distal end portions. The shaft includes spaced grip covers conjoined about an outer surface thereof and is provided with a centrally registered sleeve formed therein. An arcuately shaped plow section is affixed to the distal end portion and includes a heel support that has an arcuately shaped top surface for assisting to maintain the plow section registered along a horizontal plane. The plow section further includes fastening members spaced along the bottom edge for removing the bottom edge to be sharpened or replaced. The apparatus further includes a mechanism for pivoting the plow section between alternate radial paths during operating conditions. A mechanism is included for automatically biasing the plow section to an equilibrium position after the plow section is biased to a pivoted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Inventor: Richard A. Purvis
  • Patent number: 7296368
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an elongated pole that has a longitudinal axis and further has axial proximal and distal ends. A central anchor includes brackets equidistantly and radially spaced about a perimeter thereof. The anchor threadably receives the proximal end. Coextensive paddles are pivotally connected to the brackets that articulate along a unique pivot axis between extended and retracted positions, and are radially extended from and equidistantly juxtaposed along an outer perimeter of the anchor when a user exerts a linear force towards the proximal end of the pole, fanning the paddles to an extended position. A flexible canvas is connected to the paddles for collecting snow therein when the paddles are fanned to an open position. The canvas is foldable to a compact position when the paddles are at a closed position, and further has an outer edge provided with a radius equal to a longitudinal length of the paddles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Inventor: Louis Rigo
  • Patent number: 7111418
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a shovel disposed on a relatively large wheel and a method of using the apparatus for handling a load of material. The apparatus involves a shovel having a handle formed at the end of an elongate yoke, the yoke being mounted, at its middle portion, onto the axle of a relatively large wheel for the purpose of picking up of a load, transporting it to a location, and propelling the load overboard with a quick arm/body motion on the part of a person operating the handle. The substantially waist-high wheel is adapted to receive the body force of an operator as an effective leverage through the handle and cause a recoil action from the wheel to enhance the throwing power of the apparatus of the invention, comprising the shovel, the wheel and the yoke as the driving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Snow Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Mark Noonan
  • Patent number: 7100313
    Abstract: A mechanical digging device with a handle-like support is provided with a digging part near its bottom end and two grip arms on its upper end, a support part embodied on the bottom end of the support and a rotating device mounted on the support and connected to the digging part for laterally tilting the material on the digging part. The rotating device penetrates the support and the longitudinal axis of the rotating device extends parallel to the longitudinal axis of the digging part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Inventor: Franz Josef Scherer
  • Patent number: 6944907
    Abstract: A cleaning system for facilitating cleaning of a desired surface. The cleaning system comprising a base framework supporting a dust pan comprising a ramp area located adjacent a temporary collection receptacle, and the including a pivotal door to facilitate transfer of collected debris. The base framework also supporting a storage bin located adjacent the temporary collection receptacle. An actuation lever is connected to the base framework and operatively coupled to the dust pan to facilitate movement of the dust pan and transfer of any debris, temporarily stored in the temporary collection receptacle, to the storage bin once the pivotal door of the temporary collection receptacle opens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Inventor: William R. Lynn
  • Patent number: 6922920
    Abstract: A snow removal apparatus in the form of a shovel in which a leveraged arrangement is used to lift snow gathered on the shovel blade by lateral movement of such blade while supported by a handle adjustably secured upon the blade and the shovel handle is rested upon an underlying surface while snow is being lifted and moved to a dumping area by leveraged foot movement upon a pivot arm pivoted upon the handle and attached to the blade thus avoiding strain on a shovelers arms and spine while shoveling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Inventor: Anthony Stratz
  • Publication number: 20040003518
    Abstract: A device for manually loading, moving and discharging material such as snow, sand or the like. The device (10) has a carriage (12) and a bucket (22). The carriage has a yoke (14), defined by a pair of forwardly-extending yoke arms (20) and a pair of rearwardly-extending handle arms (16), as well as a pair of wheels (18). The bucket is rotatably positioned between the yoke arms on a pivot axis. The bucket is selectively rotatable about the pivot axis between a first position, in which rotation of the bucket is prevented, and a second position, in which rotation of the bucket is also prevented. The first position is used for loading the bucket and the second position is used for discharging the bucket contents. Some embodiments have a third position, which is used to secure the load in the bucket during transport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2003
    Publication date: January 8, 2004
    Inventor: Steven E. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 6643958
    Abstract: A snow throwing shovel device for easily removing snow from narrow sidewalks and from steps where a conventional snow blower cannot be used. The snow throwing shovel device includes a scoop assembly including a housing having top, bottom, side, and back walls, and also having an open front; and also includes an elongate chute being attached to the scoop member and through which snow is moved; and also includes a discharge spout being rotatably mounted to the elongate chute; and further includes handle members being attached to the elongate chute; and also includes an assembly of picking up snow and moving snow through the elongate chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Inventor: Raymond E. Krejci
  • Publication number: 20030136029
    Abstract: A snow removal knife includes a knife assembly operably, disengagably connectable to a handle assembly and having a pole interface disposed on a knife assembly upper margin, the knife assembly presenting a substantially planar knife assembly lower margin and having a distal cutting edge, the cutting edge being non-coplanar with the knife assembly lower margin, the cutting edge being upwardly directed relative to the knife assembly lower margin to define a roof engaging surface proximate an intersection of the knife assembly lower margin and the distal cutting edge. A method of forming the knife is further included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Applicant: Logico, LLC.
    Inventors: James J. Nieckula, Larry G. Bergman
  • Patent number: 6457757
    Abstract: A snow shoveling apparatus includes a handle mounted to an intermediate portion of a base of a mobile frame such that the handle can undergo pivotal movement between selected vertical angles relative to the base, a tool mounted to a front end of the base such that the tool can undergo pivotal movement between selected horizontal angles relative to the base, a handle angle adjustment mechanism adapted to undergo relative reciprocal movement between latched and unlatched positions so as to allow changing of the vertical angle of the handle relative to the base when the mechanism is in the unlatched position and to hold the handle at a selected one of the vertical angles relative to the base when the mechanism is in the latched position, and a tool angle adjustment mechanism adapted to undergo relative pivotal movement between latched and unlatched positions as to allow changing of the horizontal angle of the tool relative to the base when the mechanism is in the unlatched position and to hold the tool at a sele
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Inventor: John D. Hendrick
  • Publication number: 20020014025
    Abstract: A filtering gutter or trench cleaning device with directional fluid exit is advantageous in the cleaning process. The invention includes an open scoop like structure with two sides that are connected by a bottom portion and a rear portion. At least one of these portions includes a directional vent that allows water to exit as the debris stays within the structure. The directional capacity of the vent includes a void angle that directs the flow of water. If the water is desired to be removed in this manner as well as the solid debris, while the device is empty, a liner can be inserted into the exposed cavity, thus enabling a water tight seal within the cavity. The bottom portion in the front of the invention can also include a plurality of teeth extending from the bottom portion, away from the rear portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2001
    Publication date: February 7, 2002
    Inventor: Charles Silva
  • Publication number: 20020007574
    Abstract: An easy portable snow sweeper for the movement of snow and of a type having a scooper (1) which communicates at its front with a scooper piece (14,15) and is joined by a beam (10,11). The beam is connected to the perch (22) by screws at the lower end of the beam for scooper screw and suspenders (20) with crooks (21) are used to hold all parts together to provide for moving snow and is made of sturdy light material so that it can be used repeatedly with ease and without fracture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2001
    Publication date: January 24, 2002
    Inventor: Matilda E. Williams
  • Patent number: 6334640
    Abstract: A snow shovel system for easily removing snow from a surface without requiring significant physical effort by a user. The snow shovel system includes a blade member having a first edge and a second edge, a frame attached to a rear surface of the blade member, a handle pivotally attached to the frame, and a wheel rotatably attached to the frame for maintaining the blade member in a substantially horizontal position. The handle may be rotated approximately 180 degrees with respect to the blade member for allowing the user to select which edge of the blade member will be utilized to engage the surface to be cleaned of snow which determines whether the snow is pushed to the left side or right side of the user during a forward movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Inventors: August A. Werner, Robert J. Jahner, Donald M. Jahner
  • Publication number: 20010045029
    Abstract: This invention is in the field of snow removal. More particularly, the invention provides a snowplow blade and an attachment apparatus to be secured to the front of a contractors type wheelbarrow and operated manually. Snow removal is facilitated by the ability to add ballast to the wheelbarrow, which preserves momentum, and by the unique design.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Publication date: November 29, 2001
    Inventor: Richard Eustis Fulton
  • Patent number: 6219944
    Abstract: A manual dozer comprising a frame having a front and a rear and wheels for supporting the frame and allowing the frame to roll, The frame includes a handle extending upwardly from the frame for pushing pulling and steering the frame. A container is mounted on the frame, the container having a closed rear end and an open front end. A scoop is pivoted on the frame adjacent the front end thereof and extending in front of the open front end of the container. The scoop normally assumes a down position wherein a front edge of the scope is proximate the surface over which the manual dozer rolls. An arrangement is provided for pivoting the scoop from the down position to a raised position in which the front edge of the scoop tilts back toward the opening in the container to move scooped material into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Inventor: Dannie R. Byers
  • Patent number: 6209235
    Abstract: A snow blocker attachment for a device used to move snow including a snow blocker having a wall member with a hole through central portion and near a bottom edge thereof, a frame to strengthen the wall, and at least one brace member formed about the hole. The snow blocker is pivotally mounted about a horizontal axis and upon a hub member which is securely attached to a bracket member which is securely attached to the snow moving device. A stop member is also securely attached to the bracket member and is used to limit the rotation of the snow blocker. In a second embodiment, the snow blocker attachment includes three plate-like members, two of which are securely attached along one side of the snow moving device and the other of which is attached across the top of the snow moving device. Instead of snow spilling over both sides of the snow moving device, the snow blocker attachment limits the snow spilling to just one side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventor: Boyd D. Schiltz
  • Patent number: 6163986
    Abstract: A manually operated machine, which requires minimal physical effort and does not produce harmful pollution, is provided for throwing snow or other debris. The machine includes a frame supported by at least one wheel that actuates at least one rotating blade or brush when the machine is pushed forward. A handle is provided to facilitate pushing the machine and a shroud is provided to help direct the snow or debris and shield the operator from misdirected material. A pivoting mechanism allows an operator to direct the thrown debris to either side by pivoting the blade or brush. An adjustment lever and a pivot lock are provided to facilitate the pivoting action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Inventor: Walter C. Townsend
  • Patent number: 5956873
    Abstract: The invention is a hand operated snow removal device adjustable for use on both pitched or flat surfaces. It consists of a scooping element supported on an adjustable guide spacer attached to the scooping element adapted to support the scooping element above the snow surface. A handle extends through the scooping element and is adjustably clamped for a flat roof use or a pitched roof use. It is hand operated by a forward and backward motion of the handle which picks up and discharges snow to the side as it is being operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Richard W. Hess
  • Patent number: 5887919
    Abstract: The invention relates to a snow push scoop (2) of plastic comprising a bottom portion, side portions and a rear portion. A tubular hollow (4) is formed inside an upper edge of the rear portion of the scoop (2), i.e. inside the rear edge (2c). The rear edge (2c) of the scoop (2) is then rigid, and no transverse tube is needed for a handle (3) of the snow push (1), for instance. Further, the scoop (2) has a light structure and the snow push (1) as a whole is simple to manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: Motoseal Components Oy
    Inventors: Teuvo Sallinen, Heikki Salo
  • Patent number: 5816632
    Abstract: A tool for removing ice, particularly from paved surfaces, includes a handle, a scoop, and a tine assembly. The tine assembly is joined to the scoop such that a spring-like action is generated in the tine assembly during use to facilitate breaking and removal of ice, by efficiently applying maximum force to the crystalline structure of ice. The tool may by fashioned of two assemblies, scoop and tines, or it may include a spring groove interposed between the scoop and the tine assembly to impart flexibility to the tines, thereby facilitating the spring-like action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Inventor: Thomas G. Baldacci
  • Patent number: 5706592
    Abstract: A snow removal push board and snow barrow. More specifically, the invention is a snow push board made up of a generally rectangular board with handles on one side and a scraping edge directly opposite the handles. The push board is operated by grasping the handles in front of the waist and allowing the board to be on an approximately forty-five degree incline from the user's waist to the ground while pushing the scraping edge along the ground. The snow barrow includes a board having a scraping edge and generally triangular sides. The snow barrow has handles for the user to grasp and push the barrow with two large wheels in the rear and two smaller wheels in the front of the barrow for maneuvering. The snow barrow also has structure for dispensing salt using either a vertical pinwheel or track dispersement axles in between the rear wheels of the barrow. The amount of salt dispensed can be controlled by adjusting a gauge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Inventor: Sylvester Sinclair, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5669163
    Abstract: A snow removal device including a blade having an increasing radius of curvature between the lateral ends of the blade. A planar lower edge contacts the underlying surface and increases in contact area between the blade ends. The snow blade further has a forwardly extending flange at one end thereof so as to bear against a vertical surface adjacent a path such as a curb, building, wall or the like. The blade design forwardly and laterally moves successively increasing amounts of snow during a straight line movement of the blade along the path as well as diverts snow from the vertical surface. The blade is engageable with various handle devices, including a mobile push-type assembly. The assembly includes a handle and blade brace mounted about a wheel axle. A latch maintains the handle in an operative position during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Inventor: Clem Winter
  • Patent number: 5581915
    Abstract: A snowplow carriage assembly for removal of snow manually by plowing the snow in an area to be cleared of snow. The carriage is a manually propelled wheeled structure made of a plurality of members pivotally connected for collapsing and folding for storage and unfolding for use in supporting and transporting a snowplow in the form of a replaceable conventional snow shovel having a handle straight length portion. The carriage is configured so that the snow shovel handle is removably mounted thereon inclined from the horizontal defining an acute angle relative to a surface on which snow is being plowed. The snow shovel inclination is variable for establishing different acute angles of the shovel relative to the surface for plowing the snow thereon and removal therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Inventor: Emmanuel J. Lobato
  • Patent number: 5511328
    Abstract: A hand-operated snow plow with adjustable blades for plowing snow comprising an elongated housing with a front end and a rear end; a pair of elongated and generally opposed blades each having an end pivotally coupled to the front end of the housing; a blade adjustment mechanism for allowing independent angular positioning and securement of each of the blades with respect to the front end of the housing for thereby enabling the blades to be placed in a plurality of plowing positions; and a rigid handle extended upwards from the housing for allowing a user a firm hold for plowing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Inventors: Joseph C. Fingerer, Ephraim I. Alon
  • Patent number: 5511327
    Abstract: A wheeled snow shoveling device comprising: a cart having a handle formed in a generally A-shaped configuration with a cross bar including a circular ring extending therefrom, the cart including a wheel with an axle positioned at its axis, the wheel including a pair of vertical support bars affixed to the axle, the wheel also including a pair of horizontal braces affixed to its axle, the lowermost extent of the lower segment of the handle being coupled to the braces; and a snow shovel having a scoop formed as a generally rectangular shaped member and molded into a semi circular configuration, the rear surface of the scoop being coupled to the free ends of the horizontal braces of the cart wheel, the scoop having a wooden shaft affixed to its rear surface, the shaft extending through the circular ring on the cross bar of the handle, the free ends of the vertical support bars being coupled to the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Inventors: Marlin G. Jurkowski, Kevin S. Jurkowski
  • Patent number: 5465510
    Abstract: A roof rake includes a generally planar snow moving surface and a handle assembly for manipulating the snow moving surface on the roof. The handle assembly may be gripped by a user who is not located on the roof to pull the snow moving surface from a position on the interior of the roof towards the eaves of the roof to remove a swath of snow. To prevent damage to the roof during this snow removal operation, the lower edge of the snow moving surface is spaced above the surface of the roof by a plurality of rotatable wheels carried on the snow moving surface. One wheel is adjacent each side of the snow moving surface. A plurality of plastic tabs are carried on the lower edge of the snow moving surface. If one of the wheels falls off an edge of the roof, one or more of the plastic tabs will engage the roof to keep the lower edge of the snow moving surface spaced above the surface of the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Inventors: Scott E. Goodnough, Thomas F. Moren
  • Patent number: 5123187
    Abstract: A general purpose handcart having utility as either a snow scoop or a lawn and garden cart includes a trough shaped receptacle having a pair of side walls, a rear wall closing one end of the receptacle and an open end that is provided with a cable controlled, pivotally mounted, shutter for selectively opening and closing frontal access to the receptacle. Attached to the receptacle in a reinforcing relationship, a "U" shaped handle is used for either pushing or pulling the receptacle. A hoop adapted to support a refuse bag is pivotally mounted on the handle adjacent the receptacle. Mounted one on either side of the receptacle, a pair of retractable wheels are positioned forwardly to rollably support the receptacle when used as a cart, or rearwardly at a retracted position to permit using the receptacle as a slidable snow scoop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Inventor: Charles Zamaria