Having Boom Pivotable About A Vertical Axis Patents (Class 414/543)
  • Patent number: 10806956
    Abstract: A victim retrieval apparatus for use with a vehicle. In some embodiments, the rescue basket comprises one or more wheels. The articulating head of the boom comprises a rotatable pulley for receiving the rescue line and is able to allow the vehicle to be parked in any position necessary while rescuing the victim. A knot-passing pulley enables a safety line (with emergency brake device) to be coupled to the basket thereby ensuring the safety of the victim in the basket at all times. The rescue basket comprises a remote control for controlling the winch speed that is able to be located at the winch itself, or be of a hand-held nature and attached at the rescue basket instead of at the vehicle if visual contact is problematic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Flaresun Fire Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Shane Donald Burke, Lisa C. Mortimeyer
  • Patent number: 10723550
    Abstract: A lifting device on a heavy goods vehicle is described, for lifting and emptying waste collection containers, having a telescopically extensible boom, which has a coupling tool for coupling to a waste collection container. An extensible support is attached on a rotating platform and has at least one interleaved, telescopically extensible profile, wherein the boom is provided at the upper end of the support with a pivot element between boom and support, so that the boom is pivotable in a vertical plane about a pivot axis. The extensible profile is designed as an internal runner having a fixed tube and runners having a polygonal footprint, and a carrier head is provided at the end of the support, which is formed as L-shaped having an overhanging carrier plate in relation to the support, which carrier plate has the pivot axis of the boom and a support for the pivot element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Villiger Public Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Paul Villiger
  • Patent number: 10654693
    Abstract: A crane support system includes two spaced apart longitudinal members couplable with a vehicle frame. Two spaced apart groups of tubes are coupled with and extend between the longitudinal members and outboard relative to one member to define an outboard subassembly portion. A tower frame is mounted atop the outboard subassembly portion. A first brace extends angularly between the groups of tubes, the brace extending from a one of the groups forward relative to the vehicle frame toward the other group aft relative to the vehicle frame and toward the tower frame. A horizontal arm extends transversely beneath the outboard subassembly portion. A vertical support has a top end coupled with the arm and a bottom end couplable with an outrigger. A second brace extends angularly between the vertical support and the arm for transferring bending moment and/or shear from the cantilever to the outrigger via the vertical support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: PRIDE BODIES LTD.
    Inventor: Geoff Furlong
  • Patent number: 10561065
    Abstract: A mower frame unit is operatively connected with a tractor device and the mower frame is moveable between a generally horizontal first position and a generally vertical second position. The mower frame is moveable from the first position to the second position via a hydraulic cylinder and piston assembly carried by the mower frame to pivot the mower frame about a transverse axis. The mower frame carries a tensioner assembly that is operatively connected to a lock assembly. The tensioner assembly serves at least two purposes. Namely, to tension a belt operatively connected to mower blade and to maintain a portion of the lock assembly in a locked manner when the tensioner assembly is in a state of tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Venture Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Hoffman, Jeff C. Liggett, Roscoe J. Lehman
  • Patent number: 10561064
    Abstract: A mower frame unit is operatively connected with a tractor device and the mower frame is moveable between a generally horizontal first position and a generally vertical second position. The mower frame is moveable from the first position to the second position via a hydraulic cylinder and piston assembly carried by the mower frame to pivot the mower frame about a transverse axis. The mower frame carries a tensioner assembly that is operatively connected to a lock assembly. The tensioner assembly serves at least two purposes. Namely, to tension a belt operatively connected to mower blade and to maintain a portion of the lock assembly in a locked manner when the tensioner assembly is in a state of tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Venture Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Hoffman, Jeff C. Liggett, Roscoe J. Lehman
  • Patent number: 10508006
    Abstract: The truck bed cargo hoist is configured for use with a load. The truck bed cargo hoist is configured for use with a pickup truck. The pickup truck is further defined with a bed. The truck bed cargo hoist is mounted in the bed of the pickup truck. The truck bed cargo hoist is configured for use in raising the load in the superior direction. The truck bed cargo hoist comprises a slewing structure, a stanchion, a jib, a plurality of gussets, and a hoist system. The slewing structure, the stanchion, the jib, and the plurality of gussets form the framework that supports the hoist system. The hoist system raises and lowers the load. The stanchion, the jib, and the plurality of gussets are interconnected. The slewing structure attaches the stanchion to the bed of the pickup truck such that the yaw angle of the jib is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Johnny Marianetti
  • Patent number: 10139036
    Abstract: A securement for crawler cranes and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the system, a pair of structural securements are spaced at approximately a track-distance apart with respect to the crawler crane and coupled together by multiple transverse support members. When the crawler crane is driven onto the structural securements and fastened thereto, the tipping fulcrum of the crawler crane is shifted, thereby requiring a greater tipping force to tip and adding stability during high wind events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Jim D. Wiethorn
  • Patent number: 9390952
    Abstract: A loading and unloading device and method for a quartz reaction tube of a semiconductor diffusion equipment are provided; the loading and unloading device is used in combination with a lifting device of the quartz reaction tube; the lifting device has an interface flange that can be connected to the reaction tube. The loading and unloading device includes a translation drive structure, a linear guide rail, a bracket, and an auxiliary support structure to detachably fix the quartz reaction tube. During the loading procedure, the auxiliary support structure is mounted on the bracket; the front end of the translation drive structure is docked with the doorframes of the semiconductor diffusion equipment through a fixing structure, and the quartz reaction tube is docked with the interface flange of the lifting device by horizontally moving the bracket along the linear guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: BEIJING SEVENSTAR ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xinjia Lin, Qi Hao, Jinwei Dong
  • Patent number: 9230844
    Abstract: A carrier transfer facilitating device does not require, for example, renewal (replacement) of an existing load port. Specifically, a carrier transfer facilitating device is provided for a load port on which a FOUP is placed. The carrier transfer facilitating device includes a temporary table on which the FOUP is temporarily placed, a carrier transferring carriage that travels above a carrier table of the load port and the temporary table in the horizontal direction and that lifts and transfers the FOUP between the carrier table and the temporary table, a supporting member that supports the temporary table and the carrier transferring carriage, and a controller that controls the movement of the carrier transferring carriage so as to avoid contact of the carrier transferring carriage with the FOUP while the FOUP is transferred between the hoop supporting table or the temporary table and an OHT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: SINFONIA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takumi Mizokawa, Mitsutoshi Ochiai
  • Publication number: 20140301814
    Abstract: A grapple hoist system for an agricultural vehicle is disclosed that includes a mast-mounted hoist including a boom arrangement and a winch and adapted to receive a main hoist cable and a grapple assembly including a plurality of radially-spaced, converging hook-shaped claws pivotally mounted about a common bulkhead and including a cable link attached to each of the hook-shaped claws, a plurality of cable link pulleys mounted on the common bulkhead, each cable link pulley adapted to carry an associated cable link, wherein the cable links are joined at the main cable beyond the cable link pulleys; and mounting devices for mounting the mast to an associated container or vehicle in a manner that enables it to rotate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Benjamin K. Wenner, Tyler M. Wenner
  • Patent number: 8844738
    Abstract: The present invention is a self-locking folding crane apparatus that can be installed onto any pivot shaft and held in place by small positioning devices such as clamps, slip-rings, bolts, shaft collars, pins, and other mechanical means; a substantial base is not needed to support the hoist as long as the pivot shaft is able to do so. The resulting hoist can be recoverably installed and optionally left on a vehicle or cart while it is in either an operative or stowed state. Unlike all other portable cranes that were found in prior art either singly or in combination, the present invention requires no assembly or disassembly between uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Scott R Thompson
  • Patent number: 8641355
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing and installing a truck cap, the apparatus is formed by a box member having an opening, the box member being adapted at one end to a truck hitch and the other to a sleeve. A mast is rotatably disposed in the sleeve. A boom having a first end and a second end is fixedly attached at a right angle at the first end to the mast. A first slideable member is slideably coupled to the boom at the second end of the boom. A spread arm is fixedly attached at a right angle to the first slideable member. At least two bumpers are disposed on the spread arm and one bumper on the boom. In use, the rod of a jack disposed within the box member engages the mast through the opening of the box member to raise or lower the mast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Gary Pawlak
  • Publication number: 20130309054
    Abstract: The invention provides an assistive device specially designed to convey heavy logs of wood from the ground into a bed of a pickup truck. The Wood Hauler specifically is configured to mount into a tow hitch and provides multiple embodiments of lever arms, pulleys, winch and cable to attach, lift and maneuver logs into the bed of a pick up truck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Raul Lazos
  • Publication number: 20130280020
    Abstract: A hard top removal/placement device permits one person to safely and easily remove or place a hard top off/on a vehicle anywhere the vehicle is located and without requiring additional people for its operation. The device is portable, so it can be carried with the user, in the vehicle, and used anywhere—in a parking lot, at a campsite, at the beach, at the user's home, or the like. The device is compact and lightweight and does not need a structure to be mounted to in order for it to be used. The device can simply attach to their trailer hitch receiver and be ready to use in minutes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Michael O'Brien, Steve Michael, Gregory O'Brien
  • Patent number: 8479933
    Abstract: A truck-mounted crane is disclosed. The truck-mounted crane may include an elongated pole member, a pivoting arm pivotally attached to the elongated pole member, a support member secured to the elongated pole member, an extension member secured to the support member, an elongated securing member, and an anchoring member. When secured to a truck, the support member may rest on the rim of a truck bed with the secured extension member being positioned within a socket of the truck bed rim. In such configuration, one end of elongated pole member may be pivotally attached to the pivoting arm and the other end of the elongated pole member may be secured to a cargo loop of a truck using the elongated securing member and an anchoring member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Moises C. Vaquera
  • Patent number: 8366373
    Abstract: A fully collapsible lightweight mount to support a cargo loading apparatus. The mount has releasably attached horizontal and vertical arms, with a bracket to adjustably attach a cargo loading device on the vertical arm. In one embodiment, the horizontal arms have brackets configured to attach to “stake holes” in the standard side walls of a pickup truck cargo bed. The vertical arm of the device may be further supported against for example, a cargo bed forward wall or floor by a floor brace. Alternatively horizontal arm may attach to a pickup truck trailer hitch by additional mounts and connecting arm components suitable for attachment to a class 3 trailer hitch. The component parts can be readily assembled and disassembled, are lightweight, and occupy little space. The disassembled device can be stored in a carrying bag in the cab or other compartment of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Steven Wood
  • Patent number: 8348588
    Abstract: An article transport facility includes an article transporting mobile body configured to move along a path and having an article holder; an article support for storing an article, the article support is configured to be moved between an article transfer position and an article storage position; a lock device provided on the article support to be switchable between a locking state for locking the article support in the article storage position, and an unlocking position for releasing the locking state; and an operating device provided on the mobile body for moving the article support and switching the lock device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuru Yoshida, Yoshitaka Inui
  • Patent number: 8267447
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a lifting hook assembly comprises an elongated body, an adjustable arm, a joint assembly, and a lifting arm. The elongated body acts as a frame and skeleton for the lifting hook assembly. The adjustable arm is in communication with a first end of the elongated body, and is engageable to the lifting apparatus. The joint assembly is adapted to fix the adjustable arm at two or more predetermined angles with respect to the elongated body. The adjustability of the joint assembly can enable the adjustable arm to engage the lifting apparatus directly above the center of mass of the wheel weight, thereby balancing the wheel weight. The lifting arm extends from a second end of the elongated body, and is engageable to the wheel weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventor: Matt Shaw
  • Patent number: 8231325
    Abstract: A deer loader includes a motor and winch plate attached to a mounting plate, which is preferably attached to a vehicle bed. A vertical stand is pivotally attached to motor and winch plate, with a pivoting arm attached to the top of the vertical stand. A winch is attached to the motor and winch plate, with a motor attached to the winch. A cable is wound around the winch and runs through a series of pulleys on the motor and winch plate, vertical stand, and pivoting arm, with an end mounted hook being attached to the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas E. Walton
  • Patent number: 8118532
    Abstract: A container transportation system that includes a dolly system that can be mounted underneath the container and then used, optionally in cooperation with a boom or lift, to navigate a container to a desired location. The dolly includes a motor mounted in a swivel bracket that facilitates movement of the dolly for storage. The dolly includes a locking mechanism to clamp in on a load. The dolly can be navigated through the use of a wireless remote control unit that is either held by an operator or by a device that is integrated into the electronics of a road tractor and/or dolly system. The system may include a mounting system for mounting the dolly to a road tractor and a boom for lifting the dolly from a deployed state to a loaded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Versa-Dol Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Herbert J Phillips
  • Publication number: 20110268545
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for lifting and transferring a physically incapacitated person into and out of a vehicle, bed, bathtub, and the like. The apparatus comprises a mounting bracket, a vehicle mounting adaptor, a universal mounting adaptor, which are configured to removably couple to the hinges of a vehicle, a bathroom wall, or a bed frame, a lifting member removably and pivotally coupled to the mounting bracket, configured to pivot vertically and horizontally, pivotally and removably coupled at a proximal end to an extension arm and configured to lift, move and support a disabled person by means of a sling receiving member which is removably and pivotally disposed at a distal end of the lifting member, a jack actuating the lifting member, and a controller whereby the jack is controlled. The provided mounting adaptors expand and facilitate the broad use of the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Mohammad Fakhrizadeh
  • Patent number: 7740190
    Abstract: A boom breakaway assembly for a spray boom used by a vehicle. The boom breakaway assembly includes a reciprocating system having a first position and a second position, a retention system, and a bias system. In the first position, the bias system applies a maximum effective bias rate to the reciprocating system and the retention system applies a holding force upon the spray boom to maintain the spray boom in a desired outward position. In the second position, the bias system applies a minimal effective bias rate to the reciprocating system and the retention system reduces or disengages the holding force upon the spray boom, thereby allowing the spray boom to move from the outward position to a breakaway position when the spray boom encounters an obstacle. The bias system returns the reciprocating system to the first position once the spray boom clears the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: John Peterson, Steve Seubert, Dave Friesner
  • Patent number: 7726497
    Abstract: A slewing crane is assembled and installed at the end of a shipping and stowage container having block-shaped corner fittings. Left and right rotatable mounts engage top corner fittings on the container, and a cross piece section engages the rotatable mounts. A boom section has upper and lower hinges rotatably mounting it on the cross piece section via the hinges' axially aligned pins to extend outwardly from the cross piece section. A hoist on the boom section lifts and moves loads, and first and second displacement mechanisms connected to the boom section linearly displace the hoist and angularly displace the hoist and boom section in a slewing motion around the axis of the axially aligned pins. An element connected between the cross piece section and a corner fitting is tensioned by a turnbuckle to securely engage both rotatable mounts and hold the slewing crane on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Darryl Updegrove, Garrett W. Leavitt, James Ellington Sovel
  • Patent number: 7726930
    Abstract: An adjustable height jib is disclosed for an arm of a hook-lift hoist for loading of equipment, containers or the like onto a truck for transport. The jib has an elongate body with a hook located on each of its opposing end portions. The jib is mounted on the arm for pivotal movement between a first position for loading containers of a first height and a second position for loading containers of a second height. A lock secures the jib in either position. A feature of the adjustable height jib is that, upon release of the lock, it will pivot between a longer position as the hook-lift hoist is operated toward the loading position and a shorter position as the hook lift hoist is operated toward the transport position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Swaploader U.S.A., Ltd.
    Inventors: David Simpson, Thomas Waldschmitt
  • Publication number: 20100111661
    Abstract: A lift for loading and unloading a personal mobility vehicle into and out of a motor vehicle includes a base assembly configured for mounting the base assembly to a motor vehicle storage space support surface. A mast assembly is coupled to the base assembly and has a generally vertical post coupled to the base assembly. An offset arm is secured to the upper end of the post. A head assembly having a generally horizontal boom is coupled to the mast assembly and encloses a belt for raising and lowering cargo. Embodiments of the invention can include a multi-configuration positioning apparatus can use a reversible head mount coupled to the vertical post and/or a multi-positional base unit as part of the base assembly. A direct drive apparatus using a mast motor can be used to rotate the mast in some embodiments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: John J. Svanda
  • Patent number: 7686175
    Abstract: A container crane includes a container including first and second side walls spaced apart and generally parallel, a bridge adapted to travel in a substantially longitudinal direction along the first and second side walls, a trolley adapted to travel in a substantially longitudinal direction along the bridge, a jib coupled to a bottom surface of the trolley, and a hoist mounted to the jib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: MHE Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven K. Waisanen
  • Publication number: 20100072158
    Abstract: A mobile lift crane includes a carbody having moveable ground engaging members; a rotating bed rotatably connected to the carbody such that the rotating bed can swing with respect to the ground engaging members; a boom pivotally mounted on the rotating bed; a first hoist drum mounted in a first frame connected to the rotating bed; a second hoist drum mounted in a second frame connected to the rotating bed; and a third hoist drum mounted in a third frame indirectly connected to the rotating bed by being connected to at least one of the first and second hoist drum frames. Preferably load hoist drum frames are connected to the rotating bed by removable pins, the hoist drum and frame thus being detachable from the rotating bed as a combined unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventor: Michael J. Wanek
  • Publication number: 20090304483
    Abstract: A lift apparatus for a motor home or recreational vehicle is provided having a generally vertical slide rail attached to the cabin floor and interior wall adjacent the doorway to the motor home or recreational vehicle. A trolley is slidably engaged with the slide rail and is configured for vertical movement through the selectively motorized rotation of a screw about which is engaged a support coupling at the lower end of the trolley A riser is hingedly connected to the trolley, and a swing arm is hingedly connected to the riser. The distal end of the swing arm is configured to have a chair removably mounted to it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventor: Garlin Cheatham, JR.
  • Patent number: 7594641
    Abstract: A portable hoist assembly is provided for lifting a hitch to be installed on the underside of a vehicle platform. The hitch has a hitch ball hole and the vehicle platform has a hole to be aligned with the hitch ball hole when the hitch is installed. The hoist assembly includes a hoist frame and a winch for paying out and drawing in a cable. The winch is supported by the frame above the vehicle platform hole. An elongated member is attached to the cable. The elongated member can be oriented in a first position wherein it can pass through the vehicle platform hole and the hitch ball hole. Also, the elongated member can be oriented in a second position wherein it cannot pass through the hitch ball hole. The elongated member can be lowered through the vehicle platform hole and the hitch ball hole in the first orientation and can secure the cable to the hitch in the second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: U-Haul International, Inc.
    Inventor: Gene Sharp
  • Patent number: 7591626
    Abstract: A self-contained lift truck capable of loading a cargo container by engaging an end of the container, lifting the end of the container, moving the truck toward the container until it contacts the container, pulling the container forward until it is level on the truck, and then locking the container on the truck. During loading, the container never slides along the ground, avoiding damage to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Inventors: Casey L. Curtis, Gordon L. Curtis
  • Publication number: 20090162174
    Abstract: A receiver mounted drum lifter which may be mounted utilizing the receiver pocket of a standard tow bar trailer hitch. The receiver pocket is typically the female member of the hitch platform fitted to the vehicle, where the receive pocket normally receives a male member having a hitch ball attached. The disclosed device lifts a drum or similar container from a first position in which the long axis of the drum is oriented in a generally vertical position, with an inlet/outlet also oriented in an upright vertical position, to a second position in which the long axis of the drum is oriented such that the inlet/outlet is in a sufficiently downwardly facing position to allow the contents of the drum to be emptied through the inlet/outlet. Embodiments of the disclosed apparatus comprise a framework adapted to be mounted in the receiver pocket. The framework comprises a drum cradling section and an inertia overcoming section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventors: Michael Terrell, David Viss
  • Patent number: 7458760
    Abstract: A preferred embodiment of a lifting device for a personal-transportation vehicle includes an arm for lifting the personal transportation vehicle, a column for supporting the arm, and a base for supporting and stabilizing the column. The base includes a bar pivotally coupled to the column and capable of being secured to a mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Cook Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Panzarella, James B. Eldon, III, David D. McClanahan
  • Patent number: 7377740
    Abstract: A preferred embodiment of a lifting device includes a mounting column having a first major portion extending in a first direction, and a second major portion fixedly coupled to the first major portion and extending in a second direction. The lifting device also comprises a lifting arm rotatably mounted on the second major portion of the mounting column and having a first hole formed therein for receiving a pin, a bracket fixedly coupled to the second portion of the mounting column and having a second hole formed therein for receiving the pin so that the pin restrains the lifting arm from substantial rotation about the second major portion of the mounting column, and a retaining member secured to the second major portion of the mounting column so that the bracket and the retaining member restrain the lifting arm from substantial movement in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Cook Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Panzarella, David D. McClanahan
  • Patent number: 7350770
    Abstract: The present invention provides a portable hoist for use by air conditioner mechanics, or others, to lift compressors in and out of HVAC units (or other heavy objects). The hoist has a lifting arm rotatable relative to a base and preferably provides a compact storage configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventor: John N. Boyer
  • Patent number: 7300238
    Abstract: A multi-function winch for interchangeably attaching to either the front of an ATV or the back of the ATV. The multi-function winch includes a front mounting assembly, a back mounting assembly, a column assembly, an elbow assembly, and a winch assembly. The front mounting assembly attaches to the front cargo rack of the ATV. The back mounting assembly attaches to the back cargo rack of the ATV and to the trailer hitch of the ATV. The column assembly is interchangeably attached to either the front mounting assembly or to the back mounting assembly. The elbow assembly is interchangeably attached to the front mounting assembly. The winch assembly is interchangeably attached to either the rear mounting assembly, the column assembly, or the elbow assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Inventor: Scott James
  • Patent number: 7210590
    Abstract: A transportation cart primarily for transporting deceased animals through the alleyways of a barn has a swivelling mast and boom mounted on the front section of a frame driven by powered wheels with a slide panel attached to the mast below the boom over which the object can slide as it is pulled by actuating a winch to be carried. A coupling is provided between the front frame section and a rear frame section with castor wheels for providing side to side movement of the rear frame section relative to the front frame section transverse to a longitudinal center line to provide ballast when the lifting is to one side and to provide manoeuvrability. The boom has an inner end mounted on the mast for pivotal movement about a transverse axis such that an outer end of the boom can be raised and lowered and the slide panel is movable from its inclined slide position below the boom to a raised stored position attached to an underside of the boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Conception Ro-Main Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Labrecque, Ghyslain Labrecque, Germain Labrecque
  • Patent number: 7175380
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a horizontal support frame mounted to the vehicle, a first slewing ring bearing moveably mounted on and substantially parallel to the horizontal support frame, an articulating boom having a first end mounted on the first slewing ring bearing and moveable relative to the frame, and a mower deck mounted on a second end of the articulating boom for positioning relative to the frame and the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Alamo Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Wilson, Michael McCormick, Jamey McCurry
  • Patent number: 7111744
    Abstract: A crane mount assembly having a mounting base and tower, the base having a pair of longitudinal members in parallel spaced alignment with transverse members positioned therebetween, and a top and bottom plate secured between the longitudinal members and the transverse members to create a torsion cell. The tower includes a base plate with a plurality of side panels that extend vertically from the base plate, and a mounting plate that is secured to the top of the side panels to create a hollow chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Astroria Industries of Iowa, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack D. Brannan, Robert J. Wolf
  • Patent number: 7070059
    Abstract: An improved hoist is disclosed to reposition a load relative to a vehicle compartment such as a trunk of a vehicle. The hoist comprises a base for location on a generally horizontal lower surface of the vehicle compartment. A horizontal telescoping shaft has a first and second distal end extending from opposed sides of the base for engaging with opposed generally vertical surfaces of the vehicle compartment. A horizontal expander coacts between the first and second distal ends for applying a horizontal engaging force between the opposed generally vertical surfaces of the vehicle compartment for horizontally stabilizing the base within the vehicle compartment. A vertical telescoping shaft having a distal end extends vertically from the improved hoist for engaging with a upper generally horizontal surface of the vehicle compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Electric Mobility Corporation
    Inventors: Jordan M. Flowers, Thomas R. Talalaj, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6997506
    Abstract: Vehicle payload in a service vehicle including a vehicle chassis having two spaced frame members (50) with a generally horizontal deck (16) mounted on the frame members for receiving and carrying a load to be transported and which extends to either side of a vehicle centerline (48) and which is provided with a crane (28) located to one side of the centerline is achieved in a lightweight, torsionally resistant deck structure including a horizontal plate (44) together with at least two spaced, elongated box beams (46) supporting the plate (44) which extend longitudinally of the center line (48) together with a plurality of cross members (64) secured to and extending between the box beams (46).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Iowa Mold Tooling Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Paul C. Hecker
  • Patent number: 6981834
    Abstract: A hoist includes is removably attachable to a vehicle hitch and includes a connector member and a first locking plate for adjustably connecting a base member to the connector member. The locking plate allows the connector portion to be selectively rotated in a first plane. The hoist further includes a boom pivotally connected to the connector member for allowing the boom to be pivoted in a second plane substantially perpendicular to the first plane. The hoist further includes a winch for pivoting the boom along the second plane. Alternately, a piston may pivot the boom along the second plane. A lifting member is removably connectable to the boom and for transporting an object from a first location to a second location. In an alternate embodiment, the hoist may include a manually or hydraulically operated winch for controlling the lifting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Inventor: James Louis Henry
  • Patent number: 6881021
    Abstract: A telescopic boom (1) for a vehicle (25) or a hoist with a storage rack (6) for at least two box girders (2, 3) guided displaceably in one another in the direction of their longitudinal axes, which are mounted to pivot about a horizontal pivot axle (5) in the storage rack (6) and which can be displaced reciprocally by means of a servo-drive (19) is described. In order to create advantageous structural conditions it is proposed that the longitudinal axles of the box girders (2, 3) form an upwards arched arc of a circle (4) which runs concentrically to a common axis parallel to the pivot axis (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Inventors: Udo Winter, Johann Schabelreiter, Werner Martin
  • Patent number: 6860703
    Abstract: An assembly and method is disclosed for moving a load into and out of an enclosure such as the enclosure of a van. The assembly may include an upright shaft rotatably mounted within a side portion of the enclosure. A boom assembly extends from the shaft. The boom assembly includes a beam to which an arm is pivotally mounted. An extension member is also pivotally attached to the arm such that as the shaft rotates the angular orientation of the arm with respect to the beam is controlled by the extension member whereby the load may be moved in a substantially straight direction into or out of the enclosure in response to rotation of the shaft. A length of the extension member may be adjusted to move the line of movement of the load closer or nearer to the shaft. A motorized winch is preferably mounted to the end of the arm to lift the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Inventor: Elmer C. Carroll, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20040234367
    Abstract: A modified drawbar and specialized hoist. The modified drawbar fits into the receiver on a truck hitch frame. It simultaneously mounts the hoist and a conventional hitch ball. The hitch ball can receive and tow a trailer while the hoist remains in position for use. The hoist is designed to lift cargo within the bed of the truck, swing it over the side walls of the truck, and set it on the ground. It can also lift cargo off the trailer, swing it to one side, and set it on the ground. The hoist can likewise be employed to lift objects from the ground and place them in the truck's bed or on the trailer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventor: Timothy W. Pacini
  • Patent number: 6821075
    Abstract: A hoist kit for vehicles such as pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles is described. The hoist kit engages a standard receiver hitch and when erect allows loading of the vehicle and optionally an attached trailer. The hoist when erect also can be used to lift or winch within all points 180 deg. behind vehicle to which it is engaged. Additionally, when used with a vehicle having a tailgate the hoist does not interfere with the normal operation of the tailgate. The hoist also features structural supports that are deployed to contact the ground thereby reducing the stress on receiver hitch and some structural members of the hoist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventor: Tiemen J. van der Horn
  • Publication number: 20040165977
    Abstract: Vehicle payload in a service vehicle including a vehicle chassis having two spaced frame members (50) with a generally horizontal deck (16) mounted on the frame members for receiving and carrying a load to be transported and which extends to either side of a vehicle centerline (48) and which is provided with a crane (28) located to one side of the centerline is achieved in a lightweight, torsionally resistant deck structure including a horizontal plate (44) together with at least two spaced, elongated box beams (46) supporting the plate (44) which extend longitudinally of the center line (48) together with a plurality of cross members (64) secured to and extending between the box beams (46).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Applicant: Iowa Mold Tooling Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Paul C. Hecker
  • Patent number: 6688836
    Abstract: A power dolly is disclosed having an elongated main frame and load bed with a pair of traction wheels at the front end and a pivot wheel at the rear end with a manual steering handle behind the pivot wheel. The load bed is supported on the dolly frame in an inclined position with the bed sloped downwardly from the rear end to the front end. A crane with a mast and boom is mounted at the front of the dolly. The boom is angularly adjustable through 180 degrees rearwardly of the mast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Inventor: Chris M. Gourand
  • Patent number: 6648584
    Abstract: A heat exchanger bundle extractor apparatus (1), comprises: a supporting base (2, 29, 40), onto which a hoisting column (6) is rotatably mounted; a guide frame (7), mounted onto supports (8) on the hoisting column (6), and controlled hoisting and lowering means (9) for the moving of said supports (8) and said guide frame (7) along said hoisting column (6); a push/pull device (14) suitable for coupling to a respective front flange of a bundle, mounted on said guide frame (7); longidudinal translation means (15) apt to longitudinally moving said guide frame (7) with respect to said supports (8); and transversal translation means (19) mounted at said supports (8) and apt to transversally move said guide frame (7) with respect to said supports (8) and to the hoisting column (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Good Rock S.p.A.
    Inventors: Danilo La Ferla, Franceso Viglianti
  • Patent number: 6595738
    Abstract: A lift gate assembly particularly adapted for use in a vehicle having a side opening. The assembly includes a platform that folds and pivots to the interior of the vehicle when in a stored mode. When deployed, the platform pivots to the exterior of the vehicle and unfolds. A telescoping column allows movement of the unfolded platform between upper and lower levels. Movement of the platform may be accomplished by employing hydraulic means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Waltco Truck Equipment
    Inventors: Ken Rock, Andy Grow
  • Patent number: 6547507
    Abstract: A scooter lift includes a post and boom made from a single piece of curved pipe. The boom further includes an arm that is rotationally adjustable about the pipe to provide small, incremental changes in elevation. Incremental rotational adjustment is achieved by a plate attached to the pipe and having a first set of holes that align with second set holes in the angular portion. The holes are drilled in a pattern that provides a vernier-like adjustment of position. The post is mounted on a base such that at least some of the post overlies a point outside the footprint of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Vantage Mobility International, LLC
    Inventors: William E. Gest, Douglas M. Eaton