With Means To Raise Load Above Load-receiving Portion For Deposit Thereon Or Therein Patents (Class 414/486)
  • Patent number: 11034282
    Abstract: A vehicle attachable cargo rack assembly for transporting firewood includes a frame comprising a base that is rectangularly shaped. A pair of end rails is coupled singly to and extends from opposing end members of the base. A front rail is coupled to a front member of the base and extends between the pair of end rails so that the frame is configured to stack pieces of wood. A hitch attachment that is coupled to the front rail is three point type and thus configured to couple to a three point hitch that is coupled to a first type of vehicle, positioning a user to lift and transport the frame. A shank that is coupled to the base and extends from the front member is configured to couple to a hitch receiver that is coupled to a second type vehicle, positioning the user to transport the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventor: Carroll Barlow
  • Patent number: 9926134
    Abstract: A cradle and guide system for a refuse vehicle has at least one track member mounted on a bumper of a refuse vehicle. The at least one track member is able to deflect horizontally to compensate for misalignment. At least one guide member is mounted to a front loading fork of the refuse vehicle. The at least one guide member contacts the at least one track member to limit horizontal movement of the front loading fork with respect to the refuse vehicle during misalignment. The at least one track member returns to its original position to align the front loading forks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Curotto-Can, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Ford
  • Patent number: 9809383
    Abstract: A track and guide system for a refuse vehicle has at least one track member mounted on a bumper of the refuse vehicle. The track member has a desired length extending transverse to the ground. At least one guide member is mounted on a front loading fork of the refuse vehicle. The at least one guide member contacts the at least one track member to prohibit horizontal movement of the front loading fork with respect to the refuse vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: The Heil Co.
    Inventor: Richard Ford
  • Patent number: 8752662
    Abstract: A multifunction bin utility apparatus comprises a mobile base, a plurality of wheels rotatably mounted on the mobile base with each of the wheels being rotatable independently of each other to steer movement of the mobile base, a tool mount movable with respect to the mobile base, an arm assembly mounted on the mobile base and configured to move the tool mount with respect to the mobile base, at least one tool attachment mounted on the tool mount, and a control apparatus configured to control movement of the plurality of wheels and the arm assembly with the control apparatus being remotely controllable by a remote control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Jerome Mack
  • Patent number: 8632292
    Abstract: A hybrid trailer with a built in retractable hydraulic crane to handle different configurations of platform surface bodies. It will raise the platform surface body vertically away from the chassis frame placing the platform surface body in the desired location. Two telescoping arms extend out to lift and retract into a recessed area in the bed of the trailer for storage. It is operated by remote voice control. A solar collector enables operation in remote locations and use of the crane for external lifting operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald Lynn Brown
  • Patent number: 8585342
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for stacking hay bales. The hay bale stacker includes a trailer having chassis and a platform, a hay clamping assembly (J) positioned at a longitudinal edge of the platform, the clamping assembly is pivotally coupled to the hay bale platform to selectively move between a horizontal bale clamping position and a vertical bale unloading position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Ashmore Engineering Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Adrian Smith
  • Patent number: 8534977
    Abstract: An adapter to allow a sideloading refuse collection body to empty a rear loading container having trunnions. The adapter has a pair of spaced apart trunnion pockets to receive opposing trunnions of the container. A pair of lock arms on the adapter can be lowered against the tops of opposing sides of the container to lock the container in the trunnion pockets and against a stabilizer which engages the front wall of the container. The adapter includes a guide plate aligned with and extending from the front wall of the container. Lift arms on the collection body are joined to opposing sides of the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Kann Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Jared L. Rowland, Kenneth D. Goedken, Roger Taake, Marlin L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8365898
    Abstract: A pick-up assembly for moving an object off a surface. The pick-up assembly includes a conveyor subassembly extending between lower and upper ends thereof. The conveyor subassembly includes a conveying means extending between the lower and upper ends, for moving the object to the upper end. The pick-up assembly also includes two or more engagement devices positioned proximal to the lower end of the conveyor subassembly for engaging opposite sides of the object respectively, to move the object onto the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Marcrest Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Horst
  • Patent number: 8322964
    Abstract: The present application provides an all terrain vehicle for load hauling. The all terrain vehicle may include a cargo box and a winch assembly positioned about the cargo box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: George M. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 8079799
    Abstract: A lifting apparatus is adapted for use in lifting a container having a pair of channels, each of the channels having a pair of open ends. The lifting apparatus includes an elongated support bar and a hook assembly mounted on each end of the support bar. Each of the hook assemblies includes a pair of hooks and a hydraulic cylinder and piston for rotating the hooks between open and closed positions. The container is lifted by lowering the support bar with the hooks in the open position until the hooks can be rotated into the open ends of the two channels. The hooks are then rotated to the closed position so that the hooks extend into the channels. The lifting apparatus is then raised to lift the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Petersen Industries, Inc
    Inventors: Lee F. Rathbun, David H. Osburn
  • Patent number: 7695236
    Abstract: A versatile mobile utility cart or vehicle using either tracks, wheels or both for suspension and steering with propulsion coming from but not limited to an internal combustion engine or an electric motor. The vehicle is meant to be a utility workhorse with the ability to load and unload itself as well as drag or carry materials. The vehicle can be configured in many ways to do many tasks with the main feature being labor savings. One of the unique features of the vehicle is a loading system called a fork and foot system. For transport the forks and feet system can be raised or detached individually or as a system, this is beneficial when unloading. The foot may remain attached and used for stability. Detaching the fork and foot system as a system allows the vehicle to be used for other tasks including but not limited to: a dump vehicle; a skidder; a reel carrier; a fork lift/carrier; and a prime mover or base for brush chippers, stump cutters, tree spades and more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Inventor: Kevin J. Green
  • Publication number: 20090095866
    Abstract: A locking system for locking a container to a vehicle includes a locking assembly mounted to a hoist frame and a striker assembly mounted to the vehicle chassis. The locking assembly has at least one hook for hooking over a frame member of the container. The hook has a center of mass that biases the hook to an unlocked position. The striker assembly strikes the hook at a location to move the hook against the bias of the hook's center of mass into a locked position in which the hook is hooked over the frame member of the container. As the hoist frame supporting the container is lowered, the striker assembly contacts the hook and rotates the hook against the bias of the hook's center of mass into the locked position. As the hoist frame is raised, the hook rises as well and loses contact with the striker assembly, thereby falling away from the hoist frame and unlocking the container. A positive or mechanical unlocking mechanism prevents the hooks from binding to the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventor: Leonard Brescia
  • Patent number: 7090456
    Abstract: An apparatus to load, transport, stack, retrieve and feed bales of hay can be run by a single operator. A vehicle frame supports an operator cab forward of a tiltable bed. A track begins near the ground in front of the cab and proceeds back toward to bed to above the cab. Bales are picked up at the front of the cab and transported to above the cab along the track. Loaded bales are then released onto the bed which is inclined to meet the end of the track. Loaded bales are stacked on the ground by tilting the bed to a near vertical position and driving the apparatus away from the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Inventors: Rick Ost, Duane Sibley
  • Patent number: 6811367
    Abstract: A device and method for one-person loading of a multi-bale hay trailer. A bale flipping frame is temporarily attached to a side rail of the hay trailer where it is guided along the side rail in order to position a bale in each bale holding location on the trailer. The mechanism includes a chassis, wheels, and an engine to power a hydraulic system for squeezing the bale from the ends, lifting the bale, flipping the bale above the bale holding location, and releasing the bale. After loading the trailer, the frame automatically disengages to be left in the field or used by another trailer while the full hay trailer is emptied and brought back to repeat the cycle to load additional bales. The mechanism may be transported by pulling it behind the trailer or a truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventor: Danny Joe Ellis
  • Patent number: 6737980
    Abstract: An apparatus that automatically monitors speed and operating time of a semiconductor fabricating equipment lift that lifts a wafer cassette up/down. The apparatus automatically indicates operational state of the lift including lift speed time, use time after motor replacement and overhaul, and number of wafers processed, for confirmation by a worker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: In-Pyo Lee
  • Patent number: 6733227
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an elevating lift for raising and lowering a load (such as a sensor suite) onboard a vehicle, such as a Humvee, which can allow for the transport of the vehicle in a standard transport without removal of the sensor suite from the vehicle, and can provide for a more stable support for the load than is available from a traditional mast. The elevating lift may also able to maintain the load in a parallel position as it is raised, and may be able to lock in a intermediate position where the sensor suite can be used while the vehicle is in motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Engineered Support Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Fitzgerald, Edward V. Carter
  • Publication number: 20030156932
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an elevating lift for raising and lowering a load (such as a sensor suite) onboard a vehicle, such as a Humvee, which can allow for the transport of the vehicle in a standard transport without removal of the sensor suite from the vehicle, and can provide for a more stable support for the load than is available from a traditional mast. The elevating lift may also able to maintain the load in a parallel position as it is raised, and may be able to lock in a intermediate position where the sensor suite can be used while the vehicle is in motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2002
    Publication date: August 21, 2003
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Fitzgerald, Edward V. Carter
  • Publication number: 20010005688
    Abstract: A seed package handling system is provided for a test plot combine. A seed packaging assembly in the combine packages the seeds and deposits the packages onto a conveyor, which transports the packages to a first hopper. After the first hopper has received a predetermined quantity or weight of seed, the first hopper is raised on an elevator and then tilted so as to dump the seed packages into a larger second hopper. After the second hopper has received a predetermined quantity or weight of seed, the second hopper is tilted to discharge the seed packages into a wagon separate from the combine, which transports the seed packages to a processing facility. The movement of the conveyor and first hopper is controlled by a PLC.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2001
    Publication date: June 28, 2001
    Inventors: Brian W. Carr, Donald F. Handford, Nick Merfeld, Ryan D. Jensen, Scott A. Sporrer
  • Patent number: 6085811
    Abstract: A timber harvesting machine including a chassis supported by endless tracks. A platform is mounted on the chassis. A platform is rotatable on the turntable in an annular bearing race on the turntable. A boom is mounted on the platform and includes a main boom mounting pin which is pivoted on one side of the axis of rotation of the platform. A boom actuating cylinder has a mounting pin which is mounted on the other side of the axis of rotation and directly over the annular bearing race regardless of the rotational position of said platform relative to said turntable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Blount, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald W. Wiemeri, Neil R. Engel
  • Patent number: 6019562
    Abstract: A bale loading system comprising a bale carrier and a method for loading, transporting, and unloading large bales of agricultural material. The bales can be either round or rectangular bales. The bale carrier is towed to a bale in a field. The bale is positioned in a bale loading mechanism and securely clamped. The bale is lifted, rotated, and placed on the bale carrier such that a flat surface of the bale rests on the bale carrier. A plurality of bales can be loaded onto the bale carrier. After the bale carrier is loaded, the bale loader is transported to a bale storage location where the bales are unloaded. The bales are unloaded such that a bound surface of an unloaded bale faces skyward, and such that an unbound surface of a bale faces an unbound surface of a previously unloaded bale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Inventor: Albert William Cheatham
  • Patent number: 5921738
    Abstract: A bale transporting and stacking method and apparatus are disclosed. The bales are picked up from the field and placed bottom side down on the bed of the bale transporter. When the transporter is full, the bed, or part of the bed, is tipped upright to form a stack of bales. The process is repeated with the bales being located adjacent one another. With this system, the outer side of each column of bales is the original bottom side of the bale. This side is denser and structurally less prone to collapse than the less dense top side of the bale. Consequently, the stack is more stable than prior art stacks with the reverse arrangement. The apparatus includes a lift arm for lifting the bales, a pivoting bale clamp for rotating the bales over the bale bed and a pusher mechanism for advancing the bales along the bed towards the back end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Inland Industries Inc.
    Inventor: William Rempel
  • Patent number: 5762464
    Abstract: A car for loading and unloading elongated rails comprises a frame supported on a track by undercarriages, the frame defining at least one clearance between the undercarriages for permitting the elongated rails to be guided therethrough, a guiding roller arrangement arranged to guide a respective one of the elongated rails through the clearance between the track plane and a loading plane above the frame, the guiding roller arrangement being positioned in the clearance, and two rails for supporting a crane, the rails being affixed to the frame and extending in the longitudinal direction, the rails being spaced from each other in a direction extending transversely to the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Georg Robel GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Josef Hertelendi
  • Patent number: 5730572
    Abstract: A carrier adapted to be drawn over the ground for handling and transporting bales of hay comprises a rigid framework assembly adapted to be connected to a towing vehicle for transporting a series of bales in side-to-side relationship substantially along the entire length thereof. A bale engaging structure is pivotally attached to the framework assembly about a first horizontal axis for lifting the bales from the ground to the framework assembly. The bale engaging structure is also slidably mounted to the framework assembly along a second horizontal axis substantially parallel to the first horizontal axis for engaging the ends of the bales. An alignment arrangement is constructed and arranged to shift the framework assembly without moving the towing vehicle so as to align the bale engaging structure with the ends of the bale before the bale engaging structure engages the bales on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Inventor: Duane L. Scheuren
  • Patent number: 5725348
    Abstract: The present invention provides a dumpster and a lifting arm for lifting the dumpster and dumping the contents of the dumpster into a storage box. The dumpster includes an open top and is for storing garbage or some other material and is supported on the ground. The articulated lifting arm is usually mounted beneath a vehicle or other transportation apparatus having an open topped storage box. The articulated lifting arm is arranged for lifting the dumpster from the supporting surface to a position above the storage box for dumping any material stored in the dumpster into the storage box. The articulated lifting arm comprises hydraulic devices, a base member, and arm member, first positioning means, an attachment member, lifting devices, and dumping.backslash.positioning devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Inventor: William K. Drake
  • Patent number: 5599157
    Abstract: The invention provides a center-line loading harvester that can: 1) drive up to a filled fruit picker's tub; 2) lift the tub and transfer its contents to a hopper from whence a conveyor moves the fruit to a larger dump bin; 3) place the tub back on the ground; and 4) drive over the tub without damaging it or moving it appreciably from a desired location at which it was "spotted". The apparatus of the invention also provides a tub-holding magazine on the harvester that can both: 1) pick empty tubs off the ground and store them in a stack; and 2) take empty tubs from a stack and spot them on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Inventor: Robert Ellington
  • Patent number: 5599071
    Abstract: A multiple compartment storage body for a refuse collection vehicle includes a floor, a roof, a plurality of walls and a partition. The plurality of walls extend between the floor and the roof and include a front wall, a rear wall, and side walls between the front wall and the rear wall. The roof, floor and walls define an interior storage space. The walls define a discharge opening. The partition extends from the front wall towards the rear wall and is positioned between the floor and the roof to divide the interior storage space into an upper compartment having a volume and a lower compartment having a volume. The partition is vertically movable so as to increase the volume of one of the upper and lower compartments in communication with the discharge opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Assignee: Kann Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Dirk C. Kann, Virgil L. Collins
  • Patent number: 5501567
    Abstract: This invention pertains to a combined refuse vehicle and refuse side loaded and recycling curbside collector vehicle. Recycled materials may be placed either in (i) a hopper which is elevated and tilted to discharge into the upper, open end of a recycling bin or (ii) to elevate roller cart vehicles into an upper loading position. In either event, the bins are side tilted and displaced transversely of the vehicle axis for roll-off clearance. Refuse is loaded at curbside level and forced into a packer body from the body up whereby previously charged refuse acts to compress subsequently charged refuse. A tag axle-drive axle system is disclosed which, by means of a proportioning valve, causes the legal loads on the tag axle-drive axle combination to be reached simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1996
    Assignee: Oshkosh Truck Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel J. Lanzdorf, Thomas H. Betters, Eric E. Braun, Chad O. Konop, James L. Steiner
  • Patent number: 5391039
    Abstract: The bin grabbing nipper (22) of a refuse loader arm is held at a constant angle to limb (15) by a parallelogram linkage having pivots (26, 17, 19, 25). Thus, pivoting of limb (15) leads directly to inversion of the raised bin and no separate operation of a special bin tilting ram is required to bring a bin to dumping position. The nipper consists of two opposed, jointed fingers which are separately pivoted to a wrist member (21). All finger joints and wrist joints of the nipper are pivoted by separate hydraulic cylinders supplied by a common source. By sensing back-pressure in each cylinder they can be made to exert equal force. Pivoting at limb joints (17) and (19) is by opposed hydraulic cylinders acting on a rack meshing with a gear wheel. Both these joints may be controlled by a single joystick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Assignee: Matrik Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Stephen W. Holtom
  • Patent number: 5320472
    Abstract: A machine for loading, transporting and unloading large bales is capable of operating in a non-stop mode across a field and between the field and an unloading site. The non-stop machine includes a fore-and-aft extending mobile chassis movable over the field, an operator's station mounted at a front end of the mobile chassis, an elongated bale load bed, and a bracing structure supporting the bale load bed in an inclined relation above the mobile chassis with an upper front end of the bed overlying the operator's station at the front end of the mobile chassis and a lower rear end of the bed disposed adjacent to the field at the rear end of the mobile chassis. The non-stop machine also includes a front bale loader and a rear bale gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Inventors: Larry W. Matlack, William L. Matlack
  • Patent number: 5122025
    Abstract: A multiple compartment body comprises a housing having walls defining an interior storage area. An interior wall extends within the interior storage area for defining at least two compartments within the interior storage area. The interior wall is attached for movement between a position opening communication between the compartments and a position closing communication between the compartments. The interior wall is also movable within the interior storage area to selectively alter the respective sizes of the compartments. Movement of the interior wall is accomplished in response to fluid pressure from a location outside the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1992
    Assignee: The Heil Co.
    Inventor: Norman J. Glomski
  • Patent number: 5059081
    Abstract: Apparatus for attachment to a refuse truck for moving a refuse container platform from a ground loading station to elevated, inverted dumping and/or washing stations above the truck bed includes a pair of elevating assemblies connected to the sides of the truck body and to the container platform that act substantially in unison to move the container platform relative to the truck bed. Each elevating assembly includes an arm assembly connected to the container platform and pivoted by a hydraulic cylinder. Each arm assembly has first and second arms pivotally connected to one another. In operation, the second arm is pivoted relative to the first arm into a vertical position to move the container platform from ground level to a position above the truck bed, then both arms pivot together to move the container platform horizontally forwardly over the truck bed but not substantially higher off the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Assignee: Brown Welding Shop Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Brown, Laverne F. Bown
  • Patent number: 5035269
    Abstract: A safety gas and liquid containment unit is provided with sealing for retaining the hazardous gas therein until treated. The containment unit can be placed on a transport carrier and rotated from a vertical position to a horizontal position thereon. The gas cylinder may be brought to the containment unit by placing it on a wheeled cart. By aligning the cart with the horizontally positioned containment unit, the container is then transferred from the cart to the containment unit, which can in turn be transported to an appropriate area for treatment. Upon removal of the toxic or other gases, the container can be withdrawn from the containment unit by a winch mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1991
    Assignee: Emergency Containment Systems
    Inventors: Frank G. Pytryga, Martin Prince
  • Patent number: 5033930
    Abstract: A garbage collecting truck comprises a pouring unit, which has an open-topped pouring opening disposed between the driver's cab and the collecting container of the truck and also comprises a lifting and tipping apparatus consisting of at least one lifting arm, which is pivoted to the pouring unit or to the chassis of the vehicle on a transverse axis and which at its free end carries a transverse arm, which is parallel to said transverse axis and is pivotally movable between a pick-up region disposed in front of the driver's cab and a pouring region disposed above and behind the driver's cab. The transverse arm is provided with a claw for entering a receiving pocket of a garbage can and for picking up the can. A carrier which is provided with a drive and which is displaceable transversely to the longitudinal axis of the garbage collecting truck is provided on the truck below the lifting arm thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1991
    Assignee: Edelhoff Polytechnik GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Johann Kraus
  • Patent number: 5007786
    Abstract: An improved loader apparatus for a refuse collection truck or vehicle which includes a vertical rail assembly, a carriage apparatus mounted for vertical up and down movement along the rail assembly, a single length of drive chain for lifting and lowering the carriage apparatus between a home or down position and a dump or up position, a hydraulic motor system for driving the drive chain such that the refuse container-engaging apparatus carried by the carriage assembly can be position laterally outwardly therefrom for operatively engaging a refuse container to be emptied. The system includes a feedback system for controlling the speed, acceleration and deacceleration of the pick-up, transporting, emptying, lowering, and releasing cycle for minimizing cycle time while simultaneously maximizing the dumping efficiency of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Assignee: Sunbelt Automated Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Bingman
  • Patent number: 4979865
    Abstract: Apparatus for loading and unloading materials onto and from a truck bed includes a corner-mounted swivel hoist mechanism which is releasably clamped to the walls of the truck bed and includes an upper swivel boom member and a lower winch assembly having a cable which can be passed either upwardly over the boom member or rearwardly along the truck bed; and a dump body can be placed on the truck bed and lifted at its front end by the hoist in dumping materials contained in the body. The dump body has an open frame and an inner flexible liner with a rear flap portion of the liner being releasable to an open or lowered position to facilitate removeal of the contents from the body when tilted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Inventor: Jerome R. Strickland
  • Patent number: 4952111
    Abstract: A self-propelled vehicle for picking up and stacking large hay bales of a one-ton size is disclosed. The vehicle has a pivotally mounted stacking bed that receives bales in a horizontally arrayed matrix and pivots to deposit the arrayed matrix in a vertical orientation for storage. Forward pick up mechanism provides a pivotally mounted mast carrying paired spaced squeeze arms in its outer portion to cooperatively pick up a bale forwardly of the vehicle and pivotally move that bale upwardly and rearwardly to the stacking bed for deposition thereon. Bale moving mechanism positions bales on the stacking bed in proper matrix position. Hydraulic powering and control circuits provide automatic and semi-automatic operation of the various mechanisms of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1990
    Inventor: Dean Callahan
  • Patent number: 4943203
    Abstract: A vehicle having a flat bed for transporting a waste product container by placing the container fully on the bed. A groove in the bed is provided for a carriage which is winch operated down the length of the vehicle. A vertically movable member is mounted on the carriage which can drop below the level of the bed when the carriage is at the rear of the vehicle. Forks extending from the vertically movable member engage the container and raise it so that it can be moved over the bed and placed there for secure transporation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1990
    Inventor: John Bohata
  • Patent number: 4880346
    Abstract: A remote controlled self-loading truck having a tilt bed equipped with a bed mounted hoist and having fold-down sides, and for mounting on standard truck chassis. An elevated hoist is supported on the tiltable bed adjacent to its forward end for movement with the bed. The hoist includes an elongated generally horizontal rearwardly extending rotatably supported boom. A tail roller is journaled for rotation at the rearward edge of the flat bed. Hinged side gates are provided on opposite sides of the flat bed. Remotely manually controlled hydraulic actuators are provided for raising and lowering the bed relative to the vehicle frame, for rotating the hoist boom, and for operating the hoist winch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1989
    Inventor: Duane J. Brassette
  • Patent number: 4674942
    Abstract: Load-hauling tandem combination formed of a motor driven truck releasably hitched to a wheel-mounted trailer which is self-propelled and self-steerable when unhitched from the truck. A lifting mechanism is provided on the trailer for mounting and removing a container or the like load box on and from its chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1987
    Inventors: Daniel Assh, Saul Assh
  • Patent number: 4613274
    Abstract: A self-loading dump body truck comprising a vehicle having a frame, first and second cross members mounted on the frame, the first cross member being positioned near the rear of the vehicle and the second cross member being positioned forwardly of the first cross member, a cargo box pivotally connected to the first cross member and being supported by the second cross member in a lowered positioned, and inverted U-shaped boom member pivotally connected to the first cross member, the cargo box and the boom member having a common pivot axis, a hydraulic cylinder for pivoting the boom member with respect to the frame, a slide connected to the boom member and slidably engaging the cargo box for movement with respect to the cargo box as the boom member is pivoted, and a connecting arrangement for selectively connecting the slide to the cargo box for pivoting the cargo box as the boom member is pivoted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1986
    Inventor: Bruce E. Stapleton
  • Patent number: 4552501
    Abstract: A machine for lifting, rotating and transporting crops in the form of bales. The machine includes a motorized chassis with a cab for an operator. A tilt table is located on the back of the chassis for holding and unloading the bales. A boom is positioned adjacent the table on the chassis for loading bales onto the system or for transferring bales between locations. A fork is connected to the distal end of the boom for grabbing the bales and includes mechanism for rotating the bales about a vertical axis and a horizontal axis so that the bales can be aligned in any orientation for stacking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1985
    Inventors: Raymond W. Clark, Rudolf Limpert
  • Patent number: 4540032
    Abstract: A tree harvesting machine is disclosed which is of the type having a wheel-mounted frame, a tree harvesting mechanism at the front and a berth at the rear for accumulated felled trees. An inverted tree grapple is provided forwardly of the berth and is mounted to the berth so that it can be slid to and from the berth whereby the grapple may be held close to the berth during accumulation of felled trees and moved away from the berth when loaded. In this last position, the center of gravity of the load has thus been shifted forwardly. The berth itself is pivoted to the frame to allow loading to take place in rearwardly inclined position. Once loaded, the berth may then be uprighted easily since the center of gravity of the load has shifted forwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1985
    Assignee: Industries Tanguay Inc.
    Inventors: Jean Pelletier, Gilles Filion, Clement Potvin
  • Patent number: 4522549
    Abstract: A transport vehicle for a slag pot comprising a vertically movable load surface and two lifting arms for the pot activated by hydraulic cylinders. The lifting arms are connected to a subframe positioned outside the load surface. The lifting arms are connected to the subframe immediately above ground support members. The subframe is pivotally connected to the forward portion of the load surface and rests on the rear portion of the load surface so that when the load surface is lowered, the ground support members are firmly placed against the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1985
    Assignee: Kiruna Truck AB
    Inventor: Karl-Erik Niva
  • Patent number: 4519522
    Abstract: This invention relates to an apparatus and method for storing a plurality of articles, each of a different characteristic or nature, and for selectively retrieving and dispensing from the plurality of stored articles any particular desired article when an identification number or code for that particular article is entered. In the embodiments illustrated, each article is provided with a separate and distinct electronically readable optical identification code which can be read directly from the article or a claim check when the article is loaded into the machine or retrieved from the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1985
    Assignee: Photo Vending Corporation
    Inventor: J. Russell McElwee
  • Patent number: 4519189
    Abstract: A cotton harvester basket for accumulating picked cotton comprises four walls, a floor with a conveyor and a detachable roof section. The basket is vertically moveable between its raised and lowered positions by hydraulic cylinders disposed at the opposite ends of the basket. The same cylinders can be used for telescopically bringing the roof section into and out of the space encompassed by the basket walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1985
    Assignee: J. I. Case Company
    Inventors: Robert M. Fachini, Jesse H. Orsborn, Monroe C. Barrett
  • Patent number: 4487007
    Abstract: A storage box for the clippings of a lawnmower consisting of a normally covered box adapted to be mounted on the mower vehicle and to receive grass cuttings and the like of the mower until it is full, and a power mechanism operable when actuated to first raise the box until its pouring lip is higher than the receiving box of a disposal vehicle, such as the bed of a pick-up truck, and transport it horizontally until its pouring lip is over the truck bed, and then to uncover the box and tilt it to pour its contents over its lip into the truck bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1984
    Assignee: Excel Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Mullet, Raymond J. Rilling, Elmer D. Voth
  • Patent number: 4373856
    Abstract: The self-propelled load carrying vehicle includes a vehicle framework supported by road wheels, and railroad wheels are mounted on the framework and are movable up and down with respect to the framework for supporting the vehicle from the railroad track. The rear road wheels propel the vehicle along the track. A sub-frame is rotatably mounted on the vehicle framework about an upwardly extending axis, and dump body is pivotally mounted on the sub-frame about an approximately horizontal axis. A conveyor is mounted to the rear end of the sub-frame and rotates with the sub-frame and dump body and receives the load from the dump body when the dump body is tilted and progressively urges the load on beyond the rear opening of the dump body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1983
    Inventor: Glenn E. Taylor
  • Patent number: 4261676
    Abstract: The bale carrier functions as a bale loading, transporting and unloading apparatus. It comprises an elongated base framework mounted on wheels, an elongated bale supporting bed aligned over and supported by the base framework, a power operated bale loader mounted on one side of the base framework as a satellite assembly near one end of the bale supporting bed, a power operated bale mounted upon the base framework at a longitudinal location proximate to the end of the bale supporting bed at which the bale loader is located, and selectively operable device for tilting the bale supporting bed to dump loaded bales therefrom over the lateral side of the base framework opposite the bale loader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1981
    Inventor: Bernard L. Balling, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4259034
    Abstract: Bale handling apparatus is disclosed which in one embodiment is capable of self-loading a plurality of, for example, four large round hay bales, transporting the hay bales, stacking the hay bales, loading a stack of hay bales for transporting to another area, and unrolling a hay bale. The apparatus comprising a frame, a chassis for movably supporting the frame over the ground, and a bale engaging assembly for releasably engaging a bale at the ends thereof and for loading the engaged bale onto the frame at one side of one end thereof. A transversely movable carriage can move such a bale to the other side of the frame to make room for a further bale on the one side. The frame is pivotably mounted to the chassis at the other end thereof and can be tilted with respect thereto so that bales which have been loaded onto one end of the frame can be displaced rearwardly so as to make room for loading of additional bales. In addition, the frame can be rotated by position of approximately 90.degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1981
    Inventors: Kent G. McB. Ward, Francis L. Smith