Dumping Catcher Patents (Class 56/166)
  • Patent number: 6155034
    Abstract: A grass catcher for attachment to a power mower. In certain embodiments, the grass catcher is mounted to a self-propelled power mower so that the catcher is pivotable about two substantially perpendicular axes simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Wright Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Velke, William D. Patton
  • Patent number: 6105350
    Abstract: A grass catcher assembly 10 includes a hopper 15 has as inlet 16a for receiving a stream of air and grass clippings and an outlet 16b for venting air. A manifold 30 is operatively connected to the hopper 15. The manifold has an entrance for receiving the vented air and an exit for venting the air. The exit has a first orifice 33b and a second orifice 34b for venting air to the right and left side of the hopper. A baffle 40 selectively channels the vented air to the first or second orifices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: The Toro Company
    Inventors: Bertrand Vachon, Jay J. Kakuk
  • Patent number: 6050072
    Abstract: A riding mower (1) comprising a cutting device (6) which moves cut grass through a rearwardly extending connection conduit (6) into a rear collector (7) for cut grass, and wherein for emptying, the collector (7) is pivotally mounted and adapted to be detached from the connection conduit (6). A movable flap (8) is disposed in the region of the connection conduit (6) and in one embodiment is mounted on the collector (7) and upon disengagement of the collector (7) from the connection conduit (6) and pivoting the collector (7), the flap (8) can be moved into a position closing the collector (7). In another embodiment, the flap (8) is mounted on the connection conduit (6) and at least the portion of the connection conduit (6) on which the flap is mounted follows the movement of the collector (7) during emptying of the collector (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: ETESIA (Societe a Responsabilite Limitee)
    Inventors: Adrien Chabrier, Alfred Schmitt
  • Patent number: 6050073
    Abstract: A harvester is disclosed for harvesting leafy vegetables, lettuce and the like which are very delicate and which are grown in precisely configured beds of either a regular or single width (40 inches or 42 inches) or a double width (80 inches). A conveyer/cutter assembly is located on one side of the harvester centerline and has a width somewhat exceeding the width of a single width bed. The wheels on each side are separated by somewhat more than the width of a double bed. The driver and engine is located on the other side of the centerline. Such a harvester can cut single width beds, or can cut double width beds by making a first pass in one direction and a second pass in the other direction. An improved single conveyer/cutter assembly is disclosed along with a method of harvesting and processing leafy vegetables to reduce the amount of debris and unwanted material in the harvested leafy vegetables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignees: Griffin Produce Inc., Enrique Nevarez, Leroy Heile
    Inventor: Enrique Nevarez, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6044634
    Abstract: A grass catcher for attachment to a power mower. In certain embodiments, the grass catcher is mounted to a self-propelled power mower so that the catcher is pivotable about two substantially perpendicular axes simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Wright Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Velke, William D. Patton
  • Patent number: 6012273
    Abstract: A grass/lawn mower vehicle having a mower unit, and mechanism for transporting grass clippings cut by the mower unit through a suitable duct. The vehicle includes a grass catcher for collecting the grass clippings transported through the duct, a lid for opening and closing an opening of the grass catcher, a horizontal axis for connecting the grass catcher and the lid to be pivotable relative to each other, and a control mechanism for raising the grass catcher relative to the vehicle and swinging the grass catcher about the horizontal axis, thereby allowing the grass catcher to dump the grass clippings from an elevated position. The control mechanism includes a parallelogram link mechanism having one side thereof connected to the vehicle, and the other side connected to the lid, and an actuator for moving the link mechanism between a lower position and an upper position, and swinging the grass catcher when the link mechanism is in the upper position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ogasawara, Katsuhiko Uemura, Masaki Hayashi, Nobuyuki Yamashita, Takashi Fujii
  • Patent number: 5983613
    Abstract: An attachment for a rotary lawn mower or a riding mower having a blower assembly located in an elevated position for effectively vacuuming and collecting debris generated by the operation of the mower. The debris discharged from the mower chute is drawn upwardly through a transfer tube and, via the blower assembly, is directed into a collection storage container. The blower assembly is operatively powered via an extended shaft from the drive system of the mower blade or a drive shaft extending from the top of the mower's engine. The collection container is mounted on the housing of the mower, the handle of the mower, or on a platform to the rear of the mower. A lid covers the open top of the container, and includes a perforated portion that allows air to escape from the container. A side door is provided in the container, to assist in removing the debris or a plastic trash bag used to hold the debris, from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Inventor: Rex Coker Winter
  • Patent number: 5979151
    Abstract: A self-propelled chopper forage harvester has a flap assembly at the discharge end of a pivotable ejector pipe. A hydraulic actuator moves the flap assembly about a generally horizontal axis for directing the projection of the forage. The flap assembly is removably mounted so it can be either at a position at the top of the discharge end of the ejector pipe for filling open-top forage boxes or at a position 180 degrees therefrom and at the bottom of the discharge end for filling closed-top forage boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Claas KGaA
    Inventors: Lambert Sanders, Heinrich Isfort, Karl-Heinz Landwehr
  • Patent number: 5964080
    Abstract: An ensilage harvester is equipped with a blower including a rotor equipped with paddles for conveying crop along a housing wall surrounding the rotor. The paddles include cutting edges that reach close to the wall so as to cut crop that may enter the rotor between a paddle and the wall as the paddle is approaching the wall with the result that the crop captured between the wall and the cutting edges is cut thereby preventing crop from becoming jammed in the intervening gap and causing friction losses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Georg Leeb
  • Patent number: 5960613
    Abstract: A lawn mower comprising a frame, an engine mounted on the frame, a cutting mechanism driven by the engine constructed and arranged to cut grass and to generate grass clippings, a bag for collecting said grass clippings, and a bag-full indicating assembly. The bag-full indicating assembly includes an indicator that indicates to a mower operator that the bag is substantially full in response to a bag-full signal, and a switch which can be activated to generate the bag-full signal. The switch comprises a grass-contacting member extending into the bag. The grass-contacting member is movable from a non-activated state to an activated state by being displaced by grass clipping build-up within the bag. The switch thereby enables the bag-full signal for the indicator so that the indicator indicates to the mower operator that the bag is substantially full.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Murray, Inc.
    Inventors: Laramie Wayne Mixon, Dennis A Alexander
  • Patent number: 5953891
    Abstract: For cleaning a sugarcane harvester, a main blower is provided in a lower region of a cleaning chamber and has a vertical blowing out pipe, the blowing out pipe of the main blower faces both chopper rollers of a comminuting device, and a deviating blower is located above the chopper rollers for deviating a main cleaning air stream exiting the vertical blowing out pipe by substantially 90.degree. to direct the same to a discharge hood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Claas KGaA
    Inventors: Gunter Leigers, Frank Groger, Hillrich Otten
  • Patent number: 5930987
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for picking or harvesting agricultural products from plants on which they were grown. The apparatus is especially useful for harvesting peppers of various types (e.g., chili, bell, etc.). The apparatus includes fingers carried on elongated opposing bars which are inclined relative to the ground and are moved through a circular path such that opposing fingers engage and lift the products and separate them from the plants. A trash removal system removes plant stems, leaves and debris. Preferably a hopper is included for receiving and carrying the harvested products until the operator desires to transfer the products to a truck or other carrier. The apparatus is very efficient in harvesting agricultural products and does not crush or damage fragile products or the plants on which the products are grown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Multi-Picker International, Inc.
    Inventors: Oren D. Urich, Daryl W. Urich
  • Patent number: 5921073
    Abstract: A new grass catcher for mounting to a riding mower to collect mowed grass. The inventive device includes a container member having a front opening of the container member into the interior space of the container member. A front cover panel mountable to a riding lawn mower is provided for substantially covering the front opening of the container member. A support frame assembly pivotally couples the top panel of the container member to the top edge of the front cover panel. The front cover panel has a passage hole therethrough designed for extending one end of a grass chute of a lawn mower therein to permit passage of lawn clipping from the cutting blades of the lawn mover to the interior space of the container member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Tony R. Cash
  • Patent number: 5921071
    Abstract: An agricultural harvesting machine, such as a forage harvester, comprises a feeder means for feeding crop material to crop processing means and a feeder arrest means for immediately arresting at least a portion of said feeder means upon detection of a foreign object. Said arrest means comprises a ratchet wheel mounted onto the drive line of said feeder means and an electrical actuator means for loading a pawl into engagement with said ratchet wheel.The harvesting machine comprises a means for automatically monitoring the good operative condition of the electrical actuator means and the means for generating an alarm signal upon detection of a bad operative condition by said monitoring means. The monitoring means checks the condition of the electrical actuator and its circuitry by applying a voltage thereto during a short interval and monitoring the response during or immediately after said interval. The length of this short interval is chosen to preclude actual engagement of the pawl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: New Holland North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Bert J.F. Paquet, Patrick F. Geladi
  • Patent number: 5875620
    Abstract: A blower apparatus, which is used with a lawnmower which has an engine and a cutting blade housing, includes a blower assembly supported by the lawnmower. The blower assembly is located distal to the cutting blade housing and is powered by the lawnmower engine. A transport conduit has a transport-conduit input end and a transport-conduit output end which is connected to the cutting blade housing. A pressurized blower conduit has a blower-conduit input end and a blower-conduit output end which is connected to the blower assembly. The blower-conduit output end is connected to the transport conduit at an intermediate position between the transport-conduit input end and the transport-conduit output end. A top loading container assembly is supported by the lawnmower, and the top loading container assembly is connected to the transport-conduit output end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Inventors: William John Goeke, Tammy Marie Van Landeghem
  • Patent number: 5845473
    Abstract: A bagger with a pair of doors at its opening is provided for a walk-behind lawn mower. The bagger opening is provided with a rectangular metal framework with one door being swingably attached to each spaced-apart vertical leg of the framework. The bagger includes a rear handle for supporting its rear portion from the mower push handle and a front handle integrally formed as part of the framework. The front handle is slidably and removably receivable on a hook secured to the mower discharge chute for quick and easy installation and removal. The dual doors, which swing away from one another, facilitate easy insertion of the bagger opening and doors into or out of a refuse can or bag to permit disposal of clippings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: John William Hopkins, Jeremy Douglas Leasure
  • Patent number: 5832708
    Abstract: A lawn mower having a chute disposed within a hopper for receiving clippings from a cutter assembly and a motor for oscillating the chute to distribute the clippings. A sensor is connected to the motor energizing circuit for measuring the current flowing to the motor as a measurement of the resistance to chute oscillation resulting from the accumulation of clippings. The sensor is operative to actuate an alarm and disable a clutch which couples the mower's engine to its cutter assembly when the motor energizing current reaches a predetermined level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Scag Power Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Sugden
  • Patent number: 5794425
    Abstract: A lawn mower has a grass bag assembly and a chute assembly. The grass bag assembly has a grass bag for holding lawn debris, a grass bag door for releasing stored lawn debris from the grass bag, a support rod connected to the handle bar of the mower, and support pins connected to the body of the mower. The chute assembly has a chute which is used to transport the lawn debris from the body of the mower to the grass bag, and a chute door. As the grass bag is lifted off the apparatus body, it causes the chute door to pivot about the chute. The pivoting chute door moves the extended pull rope of the mower out of the way of the grass bag. The grass bag can then be fully removed from the apparatus body and emptied of its lawn debris. Finally, the chute door is raised so that the empty grass bag can be repositioned onto the apparatus body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: MTD Products Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Thomason, Daniel J. Martens
  • Patent number: 5784871
    Abstract: The invention herein provides an improved machine for mobile harvesting vegetables comprising a frame adapted to be connected to a tractor, and a collection bin mounted to the frame for collecting vegetables as they are harvested. The improvement comprises an automated control system for moving the vegetables relative to the frame in accordance with the position and amount of vegetables collected and for controlling the speed of such movement. Movement of the vegetables may be accomplished in a variety of ways, including moving a movably mounted collection bin or by moving an internal conveyor located in a collection bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: University of Delaware
    Inventors: James Glancey, Keith Carlilse, Michael Dukes
  • Patent number: 5778648
    Abstract: A mower clipping collection system for a riding mower comprises a collector housing having an interior collection chamber and having an interior cylindrical wall forming a cylindrical separation chamber positioned above and in communication with the collection chamber. A clipping transfer conduit extends from the mower deck and is mounted tangentially with respect to the cylindrical wall of the collector housing such that mower clippings, entrained in a stream of air exiting the mower, are blown tangentially into the separation chamber through an opening in the cylindrical wall. The collector housing includes a floor which slopes downward to a clipping dump opening extending across a rear side of the housing. A door is pivotally mounted to the collector housing across the clipping dump opening and moveable in and out of covering relationship therewith by a door operating assembly engageable by an operator while seated on the mower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Shivvers, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald H. Parkes, Scott A. Schick
  • Patent number: 5746045
    Abstract: A lawn mower is provided having a chassis, a mower deck dependent from the chassis, having a chute for discharging clippings generally in a first direction onto the ground; and a blower assembly mounted to the chassis on the same side as the chute, and having an outlet oriented such that a stream of air from the blower extends along a second direction and intersects the clippings discharged from the chute in the first direction and redisperses the clippings over an area greater than that achieved by the mower deck alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Inventor: James Haney
  • Patent number: 5685134
    Abstract: An apparatus towed behind a conventional farm tractor has a vacuum section ahead of a conventional mowing section so that litter and other debris are vacuumed into a rear hopper before entering into the mowing section. A conventional power take-off unit on the tractor distributes power via a transmission unit to a pair of centrifugal fans for the vacuuming stage and power to three mower blades. The apparatus may optionally have a sorting section in the discharge tube from the centrifugal fans to separate heavier recyclable debris from lighter debris such as grass clippings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Assignee: The Burg Corporation
    Inventor: Cecil Jackson Thornburg
  • Patent number: 5678399
    Abstract: A cutting and mulching housing for a riding or lawn tractor accommodating a rotary cutter therein, said cutter having a grass clipping recirculating chute and a separate grass clipping discharge chute with is elevated relative to said recirculating chute. The bifurcated chute assembly separates and repeatedly recuts larger clippings and thereafter discharges them through said elevated chute. The rapid motion of the rotary cutting blade over the exit of the lower recycling chute provides a radial flow of air thereacross which circulates and directs larger, heavier clippings back into the cutting blade to be finely mulched. The elevated discharge chute may be directed into a collection device connected thereto or downwardly back into the lawn. The mulching housing may be factory installed or retrofitted onto existing lawn mowers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Inventor: Kyle L. Baron
  • Patent number: 5669211
    Abstract: A detachable and swingable blower is provided for use with rotary mower decks. The blower is slidably and pivotally mountable on the deck, allowing it to quickly be swung open. A hand activated quick release latch mechanism serves to secure the blower with the mower deck and facilitates quick and easy access to the blower inlet for cleanout and/or service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Curtis Reinhard Bening, Harlin James Trefz
  • Patent number: 5657621
    Abstract: A device which takes cut alfalfa laying in a field and turns it into a plurality of pressed cubes. A water spray conditions the cut alfalfa to have the right moisture content for subsequent processing. A pick up station delivers the alfalfa off of the ground and feeds it to an auger and paddle area for subsequent conveyance to a chopping station where the alfalfa is comminuted to the appropriate length. Thereafter, the chopped alfalfa is conveyed into a press where the cubes of alfalfa are formed by extrusion. Conveyors allow the formed cubes to be placed in a trailer hitched to the vehicle. By providing a vehicle which processes the alfalfa in the field, enhanced quality of the alfalfa cubes and efficiency results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Assignee: Triple "M" Ranch
    Inventors: Joseph L. Mendes, Edward J. Mendes, Michael A. Mendes
  • Patent number: 5616077
    Abstract: A cotton harvester receptacle including a lower basket portion and upper basket portion arranged for elevational movement relative to the lower basket portion the cotton receiving receptacle further includes a hood assembly mounted for generally linear movement along a generally horizontal path of travel between a retracted position and an extended position. In an extended position, the hood assembly is positioned to guide harvested materials exhausted from a discharge end of a cotton conveying duct structure into the receptacle. To facilitate elevational movements of the upper basket portion of the receptacle, a control system moves the upper basket portion of the receptacle and the hood assembly in timed sequential relation relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Assignee: Case Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Covington, David M. Brandt, James W. Robinson
  • Patent number: 5605033
    Abstract: A fullness detector for the grass collector of a lawnmower includes a pressure actuated switch which is responsive to a pressure condition in an air flow passage for conveying grass cuttings between the lawnmower and the collector. Preferably the condition is the static pressure within the passage, which is sensed in a sensing zone shielded by a baffle. The baffle serves to increase the difference in static pressure measured in the zone between any two conditions of fullness of the collector, and to reduce grass build-up in the zone. The signal for the detector may be used to control a function of the lawnmower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Inventor: Jaroslav J. Olmr
  • Patent number: 5598688
    Abstract: An apparatus for clearing water creepers, including a base, a crashing machine fixed on the base and a conveyor having a conveying belt surrounding a head shaft, a tail shaft and multiple intermediate shafts. The base is adapted to be located on a boat or a truck and the crashing machine includes a housing, a head portion formed with an entrance and a neck portion 180 degrees rotatably supporting the head portion. A set of twisting rollers and a set of mashing rollers are disposed in the housing for mashing the creepers. An exhausting funnel is disposed under the housing for discharging mashed creepers. A pair of fixing seats are disposed in front of the entrance for rotatably supporting the head shaft of the conveying belt. The conveying belt is disposed with multiple mesh-like taking spoons on a surface thereof and two propeller-like knife means are respectively disposed on two sides of the tail shaft of the conveying belt for previously cutting tangling creepers into small pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Assignee: San Hsiung Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Hsiung Hsu
  • Patent number: 5584762
    Abstract: A cotton compacting assembly arranged in combination with a basket or receptacle that receives and holds cotton materials harvested by a cotton harvester. The cotton compacting assembly compacts the relatively light and fluffy cotton materials in the basket to increase the maximum capacity of the basket without increasing the size of the receptacle or basket. The cotton compacting assembly includes a frame mounted for movement in the basket. A powered rotatable member is mounted on and movable with the frame for imparting movements to the cotton materials in the basket. A control circuit automatically moves the frame to compact cotton materials in the basket in response to a predetermined increase in the power requirements of the rotatable member. The control circuit further includes an apparatus for indicating the level of harvested cotton materials in the basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1996
    Assignee: Case Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy D. Buhler, Dale W. Panoushek, Lindy M. Tribbett, Michael J. Covington
  • Patent number: 5560188
    Abstract: A lawn tractor has an engine with a vertical output shaft, front wheels and rear wheels, a body frame extending longitudinally of the tractor, a mower unit supported by the body frame, a grass catcher supported the by body frame, a blower unit supported by the body frame, and a duct for transporting grass clippings cut by the mower unit into the grass catcher. The duct includes a first duct portion extending between the mower unit and the blower unit, and a second duct portion extending between the blower unit and the grass catcher. The mower unit has a vertical mower drive shaft for receiving engine power. The blower unit has a vertical blower input shaft for receiving engine power. An intermediate shaft is disposed between the mower unit and blower unit. The intermediate shaft has a first, a second and a third pulleys mounted thereon. The first pulley is drivably connected to the engine output shaft. The second pulley is drivably connected to the mower drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Masatake Murakawa, Eriya Harada, Katsuhiko Uemura, Kazuaki Kurohara
  • Patent number: 5546738
    Abstract: A leaf clipping collector including a bottom wall made of rigid plastic and having an out edge defining a generally circular periphery, a generally vertically extending sidewall rigidly fixed relative to the bottom wall, the sidewall having a lower edge integrally formed with the outer edge of the bottom wall and having an upper edge an opening, the sidewall having extending therethrough a pair of slots, and a strap extending through the pair of slots and having opposite ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1996
    Inventor: Bruce A. Turner
  • Patent number: 5542242
    Abstract: A combination self-propelled lawn mower and wheeled cart for receiving and storing mower clippings. The mower is connected to the cart by an arm which turns a vertical drive shaft centrally located within the cart. This drive shaft is, in turn, geared to an axle attached to two wheels. As the mower moves, it circles the cart, and simultaneously rotates the drive shaft, and hence the axle. The cart is thus propelled forwardly, the mower simultaneously circling or orbiting about the cart. A chute attached to the mower receives clippings, and discharges the same into a receptacle located on the cart. One manual control located on the cart disengages the motive power to the cart wheels. A second manual control disengages motive power to the mower wheels. The mower and cart each have a combination of fixed and caster wheels, to stably and smoothly negotiate terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Inventor: Philip Poulos
  • Patent number: 5542243
    Abstract: A lawn tractor has an engine, front wheels and rear wheels, a body frame extending longitudinally of the tractor, a mower unit supported by the body frame, a grass catcher supported by the body frame, a blower unit supported by the body frame, and a duct for transporting grass clippings cut by the mower unit into the grass catcher. The duct includes a first duct portion extending between the mower unit and the blower unit, and a second duct portion extending between the blower unit and the grass catcher. An output shaft of the engine, an input shaft of the mower unit and an input shaft of the blower unit all extend vertically. The engine output shaft, mower input shaft and blower input shaft are arranged inwardly of the rear wheels in the transverse direction of the body frame and substantially linearly in the longitudinal direction thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Mikio Yuki, Kazuaki Kurohara, Akio Matsui, Katsuhiko Uemura
  • Patent number: 5537809
    Abstract: An infeed conveyor feeds seed cotton modules successively to a feeder head having disperser drums which reduce the modules to clumps of cotton. Incorporated into the conveyor are fluted rollers and beater rollers which cooperate to agitate the bottom portion of the modules and work the fibers on the bottom of each module so as to stretch and relax these fibers, thereby causing the sand, dirt, mud, trash and other debris accumulated along the bottom of the modules to be released. A conveyor feeds this debris to a hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Assignee: Harrell Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Billy J. Blalock
  • Patent number: 5528890
    Abstract: A sprig harvester apparatus for harvesting sprigs of grass, such as Bermuda grass, from a ground surface and conveying the grass sprigs to an awaiting receptacle. The apparatus includes a harvesting portion mounted on a rolling chassis. The harvesting portion includes blades for cutting the grass sprigs from the ground surface and a first elevator chain for moving the grass sprigs upwardly, while providing sufficient vibration to shake soil therefrom. The grass sprigs are discharged from the harvesting portion into a hopper section of a hopper/elevator portion. The hopper/elevator portion is mounted on a pivot assembly attached to the chassis. The hopper/elevator portion also includes an upper elevator section pivotally connected to the hopper section so that it can be raised and lowered by a hydraulic cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Assignee: Bermuda King, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jimmy D. Gray, Louis F. Klingsick, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5513484
    Abstract: A transfer station for collecting and transferring harvested material to large transport vehicles includes a hopper, in which harvested material accumulates, supported on a rigid frame. The hopper may be elevated from a lower "collection" height to an upper "transfer" height that facilitates release of harvested material into the transport vehicle. In one embodiment, the contents of the hopper are poured into a collection vehicle by tilting the entire transfer-station frame. In a second embodiment of the invention, the transfer-station frame does not tilt. Instead, the hopper is equipped with a sloped floor member. When lifted vertically and positioned over a collection vehicle, the hopper discharges by gravity as soon as an opening is established at the base of the slope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1996
    Inventors: Eitan Zehavi, Matti Laserson, Steven Frank
  • Patent number: 5473871
    Abstract: A machine for cutting grass and the like of the type comprising a frame (1a) to which are made integral an operating engine (2), a driving seat (3), means (4) for steering the machine and a front grass-cutting plate (60), characterized in that such grass-cutting plate (60) comprises at least one or more pairs of cutting blades (61) made to rotate via means (2a, 63, 66, 67, 61a) of transmission of the drive from engine (2) and a guard (62) for protecting such cutting blades, which is extended toward the middle part of the machine by a duct (63) capable of engaging a cut-grass collecting container (9) located centrally with respect to the axes of rotation of front wheels (7) and rear wheel (8) of the machine and located in the lower position grazing the ground as shown in FIG. 3 , the action of pushing the cut grass toward such container being exerted by the pressure generated by the rotation of cutting blades (61 ).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1995
    Assignee: Officine Bieffebi S.R.L.
    Inventors: Nedo Fava, Claudio Ferrari
  • Patent number: 5467585
    Abstract: A brushwood clearing machine comprises two mutually adjacent brushwood cutting units rotating in opposite directions about respective parallel axes lying in a generally horizontal plane. The cutting units are elongate and comprise cylindrical surfaces centered on the axes of rotation, and longitudinal brushwood cutting blades mounted on the cylindrical surfaces. In the region between the cylindrical surfaces of the two cutting units, the cutting blades of one cutting unit imbricate the cutting blades of the other cutting unit. In operation, rotation of the cutting units in opposite directions force the brushwood between the cylindrical surfaces where the blades cut the brushwood and throw the cut brushwood material upwardly. A funnel-like channel has a wide lower opening surrounding the cutting units to efficiently receive the cut brushwood material directed toward a discharge opening of this channel. The latter opening can be provided with a spout to discharge the cut brushwood material into a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1995
    Inventor: Maurice Gagnon
  • Patent number: 5457946
    Abstract: A grass catching attachment for use with a rotary lawn mower is disclosed. The attachment includes a flexible bag which has been adapted to expand the capacity of a rigid, grass catching receptacle frequently employed by commercial landscapers during mowing operations. The bag is fabricated from a number of specially shaped panels of durable fabric sewn together to form an elongated envelope having a generally curved configuration. The top and bottom panels of the bag include a narrowed and rearwardmost terminus positioned outside a rearward projection of either of the top or bottom panel's front edge thus allowing the distal end of the bag to be suspended directly beneath at least one of the mower handlebars. A rigid frame having a peripheral channel for engagement with brackets extending from the grass catching receptacle as well as for the receipt of a drawstring sewn into the flexible bag is provided for joining the bag and the rigid receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Inventor: Ned Deitrick
  • Patent number: 5427572
    Abstract: A cotton harvester basket structure includes a closure section connected to a rigid basket by a flexible material such as canvas above and rearwardly of the cotton compacting structure. As the basket is filled, the pressure from the cotton pushes the closure section up to provide only as much volume as necessary to accommodate the added volume of cotton after the basket fills to its normal capacity. Hinged side brackets help guide the lid section during the basket expansion and provide lid section stability, both in the lateral and fore-and-aft directions. After the cotton in the basket is unloaded, the lid automatically returns under the influence of gravity to its lowermost position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1995
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Timothy A. Deutsch, Wesley G. Carney, Jeffrey R. Fox
  • Patent number: 5408813
    Abstract: An improved ground-driven dethatching apparatus having at least two sets of independently rotating sets of dethatching tines. Each tine set is positioned along an independently rotating tine shaft which is rotated by a separate drive linkage and ground-engaging wheel. This arrangement ensures adequate torque to rotate the shafts and uniform dethatching when changing directions. The dethatcher automatically adjusts tine height, for example, in response to obstructions or variations in ground conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Assignee: Haban Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Joseph Haban, Donald R. Wittkowski, Alan Delfs
  • Patent number: 5359838
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling the direction of a crop discharge spout on an agricultural machine with respect to an associated collector vehicle. The discharge spout has a stationary first section, a second section rotatable relative to the first section and a third section rotatable relative to the second section. The first section and the second section are rotatably connected at a lower joint; the second section and the third section are rotatably connected at an upper joint. A telescopic member extends between a drawbar on a collector vehicle and the second section. The second section of the discharge spout rotates about the lower joint in unison with the drawbar to maintain spout positioning relative to the collector vehicle. The third section moves with the second section. The telescopic member telescopically extends and retracts in response to downward and upward deflections of the drawbar. A drive motor is provided between the second section and the third section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Inventor: William H. Madsen
  • Patent number: 5343679
    Abstract: Apparatus for picking up leaves and other loose material from a lawn or other surface and compacting such material in a bag for disposal. As in prior art apparatus of this type, the material is propelled by a rotating paddle wheel into the forward section of a housing, and from a rear housing section to an auger compactor which feeds the material into a bag positioned upon and against side and end support walls. In the present apparatus, better compaction is achieved by inhibiting rotation of the material within the bag due to rotation imparted by the auger. This action is provided by protrusions on the end and side walls of the support walls which indent the flexible bag as it is filled. As a further safety feature, a skirt carrying pivoted obstruction members prevents objects from being propelled forwardly of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Inventor: Hermann K. Cymara
  • Patent number: 5338140
    Abstract: A boll buggy includes a basket upon a wheeled frame. The basket is translationally elevated to a height so that the bottom of the basket is higher than the top of a module maker. Seed cotton is transferred from the basket into the module maker by chains running along the bottom of the basket and extended panel. Cotton is loaded into the basket on the boll buggy by moving the boll buggy alongside a cotton harvester and extending a load door from the basket to receive cotton from the cotton harvester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Assignee: Scott Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Royce L. Ekdahl, C. Minuard Jordan
  • Patent number: 5325650
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling the traveling of a mower comprising means for detecting the conveying state of cut grass in a shooter, and means for decelerating the traveling speed of the working machine while continuing the mowing work by the cutter and the feeding of an air flow to the shooter if the conveying state is more degraded than a jam prevention judgment criterion on the basis of the detection signal of the conveying state detector means. The conveying state of grass in the shooter is detected based on the density or amount of cut grass passing through the shooter per unit time, and the mower is decelerated while maintaining the rotation of the cutter blade for mowing and/or the feeding of the air flow into the shooter if the density exceeds a predetermined threshold value. A threshold value can be adjusted according to the condition of the grass to be cut; for example, high, degree of overgrowth, degree of dry or wet of the grass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1994
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinya Fuse, Hironori Kato, Naoki Kinoshita, Akio Noji, Tadashi Shimada, Toshikazu Nakamura
  • Patent number: 5323594
    Abstract: A grain harvester for propulsion by a tractor over a field of grain growing on upwardly extending plant stems, the harvester having a housing supported and movable in a direction of travel over a field of grain by a tractor, an elongated cylindrical brush supported by the housing and rotating about a horizontal axis that is transverse to the housing direction of travel, the brush having bristles extending generally radially therefrom, shield members supported by the housing in planes parallel the brush rotational axis, the shield members providing an elongated air and grain intake opening, an air discharge opening and a grain discharge opening, the openings being spaced apart from each other, a grain bin supported by the harvester housing and connected with the grain discharge opening, the brush being rotated as the harvester is moved to draw air and grain into the housing through the air and grain intake opening and to dispel grain through the grain discharge opening into the grain bin, and to dispel air out
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1994
    Assignee: Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College acting for & on behalf of Oklahoma State University
    Inventor: Richard W. Whitney
  • Patent number: 5321939
    Abstract: A transmission type light sensor is disposed in the vicinity of the exit of a shooter, which has the exit thereof positioned above a grass-bag opening, and the fullness of the grass-bag is detected when the light blocking state of the sensor continues longer than a predetermined time. A light emitting portion and a light receiving portion of the light sensor are positioned opposite to each other so that their optical axes are in coincidence, and they are firmly attached to both ends of a light sensor mounting member. The light sensor consists of a light sensor main body which is placed at one side of a cover, and a retroreflective board placed at the side of the cover opposite to the light sensor main body for reflecting incident light from the light emitting portion in the direction of incidence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1994
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinya Fuse, Tadashi Shimada, Akio Noji, Naoki Kinoshita, Toshikazu Nakamura, Hironori Kato
  • Patent number: 5313771
    Abstract: Structure for stripping cotton bolls from cotton stalks comprising a rubber batt having a rounded head and a toed foot; said foot being formed so that it may be installed into a lipped channel strip for connection to a rotatable shaft. The rounded head of the batt provides a buffering contact area between the batt and a cotton stalk thereby preventing excessive chipping of bark from the cotton stalk during harvesting operations. This results in production of a more pure cotton product by minimizing a cotton stripper's collection of foreign matter together with the desired cotton bolls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Inventors: L. D. France, deceased, by Mrs. L. D. France, legal representative
  • Patent number: 5307613
    Abstract: Device for cutting, picking up, and for temporarily storing grass or similar products with a view to transporting the stored product to a site for further processing. The device is integrally mounted to a vehicle so that it may be moved over an area of grass to be cut. The device includes a cutting head to cut and to take-up the lawn clippings. The cutting head is connected to first and second transfer pipes utilized to direct the cut grass to the interior of a storage enclosure. A turbine is horizontally mounted under the storage enclosure between the first and second transfer pipes and is dissociated from the cutting head. The turbine provides suction inside the first pipe so that cut grass may be moved from the cutting head toward the turbine. A turbine wheel with blades moves the cut grass tangentially into the second pipe which is integrated with the storage enclosure so as to direct the flow of cut grass into the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Assignee: Creations Delery
    Inventor: Marc Delery
  • Patent number: 5297745
    Abstract: A more even distribution of manure during spreading, a more efficient pickup of loose and gummy material, a more efficient pickup of manure in irregular feedlots, and avoidance of spillage of manure during transport are accomplished by employing a method of handling manure from a feedlot including providing a tank with a rear pickup mechanism. The tank and attached rear pickup mechanism rotate fore and aft by means of a pintle attached to a frame. The tank is so placed relative to the pintle that, as the frame is raised relative to the wheels, the tank first tilts backward and then forward, preventing overspills. The tank is partially filled with water and then the tank and pickup mechanism rotate to keep the mechanism in contact with the area to be cleaned. The mechanism then deposits manure from the area in the tank. A pump mixes the manure with the water to form a slurry and discharges the slurry from the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1994
    Inventor: Owen Vinyard