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20090194300Brush Grubber - In some embodiments a brush grubber may include one or more of the following features: (a) an elongated frame, (b) an operator's station located at an end of the elongated frame, (c) scissor gear located at an opposite end of the elongated frame, (d) an actuation lever coupled to the frame, (e) a cable operably coupled to the actuation lever and to the scissor gear, (f) a support leg coupled to the opposite end of the elongated frame adjacent to the scissor gear, (g) a pincher operably coupled to the scissor gear, (h) a tine located on a pinching surface of the pincher, and (i) a spring operably coupled to the scissor gear.08-06-2009
20100101810Pump Support Coupler System - A pump support coupler assembly for connecting a large displacement hydraulic pump to a tractor power take off device is provided. The pump support coupler assembly includes a coupler housing with front and back walls, and sidewalls. The high displacement hydraulic pump attaches directly or indirectly to the coupler housing back wall. A shaft extends longitudinally through the coupler housing. The shaft is coupled to an input shaft of the hydraulic pump at its first end and a power take off output shaft at its second end. A torque restraint strap extends between the coupler housing and a tractor drawbar, and prevents the coupler housing from rotating about its longitudinal axis. In this configuration, the power take off output shaft supports the pump support coupler assembly and the hydraulic pump, and since the pump is attached to the coupler housing, the pump input shaft is not subjected to bending-type loads.04-29-2010
20110192618Tillage system - A tillage system has a first set of deep tilling tines and a second set of shallow tilling coulter tines present in a number more than twice that of the deep tilling tines. The deep tilling tines till the field to a depth of about 5 to 12 inches at row planting locations, loosening the soil for easy plant growth. This deep grooving action builds mounds of soil at both sides of the deep groove which are cleared by a second set of shallow tilling curved coulter tines followed by a third set of plurality of rows of shallow tilling toothed coulters that till the space between grooves to a depth of about 1 to 4 inches, providing a water reservoir space and clearing plant debris. A last row of shallow tilling ruffled coulters are provided to mix and incorporate into soil plant debris and plant stocks, anchoring tilled soil.08-11-2011
20130081830Method And Apparatus For Implement Control Of Tractor Hydraulics Via Isobus Connection - A method and apparatus for automating some of the tasks that heretofore required operator action at headland turns or similar events are provided. The present invention automates operation of lift assist wheels and/or gull wings, such as those found on a stack-fold implement, based on the position of the tractor hitch to which the implement is coupled. An operator may control the position of the implement, such as at a headland turn, by raising and lowering the tractor hitch using a remote control. The invention enables the planter to compare the tractor hitch position relative to an implement position and control operation of the implement accordingly without additional user inputs.04-04-2013
20130081829Method And Apparatus For Automatic Positioning Of Gull Wings Of Stackerbar Planter Based On Tractor Hitch Position - A method and apparatus for automating some of the tasks that heretofore required operator action at headland turns or similar events are provided. The present invention automates operation of lift assist wheels and/or gull wings, such as those found on a stack-fold implement, based on the position of the tractor hitch to which the implement is coupled. An operator may control the position of the implement, such as at a headland turn, by raising and lowering the tractor hitch using a remote control. The invention enables the planter to compare the tractor hitch position relative to an implement position and control operation of the implement accordingly without additional user inputs.04-04-2013
20130081828Method And Apparatus For Auto-Leveling Of Bulk Fill Hopper Frame - A method and apparatus for automating some of the tasks that heretofore required operator action at headland turns or similar events are provided. The present invention automates operation of lift assist wheels and/or gull wings, such as those found on a stack-fold implement, based on the position of the tractor hitch to which the implement is coupled. An operator may control the position of the implement, such as at a headland turn, by raising and lowering the tractor hitch using a remote control. The invention enables the planter to compare the tractor hitch position relative to an implement position and control operation of the implement accordingly without additional user inputs.04-04-2013
20130032362SUPPLEMENTAL DOWN FORCE SYSTEM FOR A GROUND WORKING IMPLEMENT WITH VARIABLE ROW UNIT GROUPING AND IMPLEMENT WITH SAME - A supplemental down force system for a ground working implement is provided where the supplemental downforce system groups the row units into at least two groups and provides a different supplemental down force to the row units in each group. This enables the row unit to have a supplemental down force closer to the desired down force recognizing that the row units do not all operate in the same conditions. The controller periodically regroups the row units into the at least two groups and readjusts the down force.02-07-2013
20130048320Method and apparatus to collect cores from golf green - A method to collect soil cores from a green comprises the steps of providing a soil core collector, extracting soil cores from a green, allowing the cores to dry for at least fifteen minutes, and utilizing the core collector to gather the cores from the green.02-28-2013
20100006309Chain Reel for Tillage Implement and Method - In lieu of rigid bars, a tillage reel utilizes a number of elongated flexible elements such as lengths of link chain that are spaced circumferentially around the reel and extend axially thereof. The flexible elements bow outwardly by centrifugal force as the reel rolls along the ground during tillage operations to impact and fracture clods encountered at the lower front extremity of the reel. When the reel is used in connection with strip till operations, the flexible elements bow upwardly and inwardly along the lower periphery of the reel as they engage and conform to the transverse cross-section of the strip till berm, thereby avoiding destruction of the berm notwithstanding the clod-pulverizing action provided by the flexible elements.01-14-2010
20100006308Apparatus and a system for providing guidance control for pull type tongued implements - Embodiments are directed to apparatus for positioning a pull type farm implement which has an elongated tongue being drawn by a motor vehicle having a vehicle hitch on the rear end thereof configured for attachment to the tongue, the apparatus comprising a hydraulic hitch mechanism configured to have one end portion attached to the vehicle hitch and an opposite end portion configured to be attached to the tongue of the implement in a non-pivoting manner, the hitch mechanism having at least one hydraulic cylinder for selectively adjusting the lateral position of the front end of the tongue, a GPS operable to detect the position of the tool bar relative to the desired path and repeatedly generate position signals and means for controlling the hydraulic hitch mechanism to adjust the lateral position of the tongue so that the implement follows the desired path of movement in response to the GPS signals.01-14-2010
20120103640Weed Stomping Tool - The invention is a method and apparatus for weed elimination using a manually operable weed stomping tool that is comprised of a handle, an elongated shaft, a footrest, and a weed stomping bit that has a cutting edge. When the weed stomping bit is positioned on the ground over the centre of a weed and downward pressure is applied, either by pushing on the handle or stepping on the footrest, the weed stomping bit is forced into the ground while simultaneously the cutting edge of the weed stomping bit severs the weed's foliage from the stem and the weed stomping bit crushes the weed stalk and attendant root structure to a depth below grade.05-03-2012
20130161032DIVOT REPAIR TOOL AND DEVICE - Devices to repair divots made a golf course include embodiments mounted on a golf cart for transport, and a hand-held embodiment that can fit a golf cart cup holder. Both embodiments comprise a container with a seed/fill mixture, a rake to prepare the divot for repair, and a dispenser mechanism. The cart embodiment includes a cable-operated dispensing mechanism, one embodiment using movement of the rake, the other a cable-operated rotating nozzle to dispense seed. The hand-held embodiment comprises a canister containing the seed/fill mixture and an attached rake. To repair a divot, the hand-held device is positioned proximate the divot, the rake is used to prepare the area, and the device is rotated to cause the seed to be dispensed into the prepared area, thereby repairing the divot and providing for the growth of fresh grass.06-27-2013
20090008108AERATION DEVICE - A soil aeration device may include a plurality of arcuate blades mounted to an assembly adapted to rotate and translate the blades proximate a ground surface, thereby forming aeration pockets in the soil. In certain embodiments, the arcuate tines penetrate and fracture the soil while minimizing the amount of soil lifted from the pocket deposited on the top of the soil. In various embodiments, a planetary gear assembly imparts to the tine a translational and rotational movement which creates a fractured pocket in the soil while minimizing the amount of soil lifted from the pocket and deposited on the surface of the soil. In still other embodiments, the arcuate tine may have mounted thereon a coring tube that cuts and removes a plug from the pocket formed in the soil.01-08-2009
20120111585METHOD AND IMPLEMENT FOR CULTIVATING SOIL - A manually operated hand-held implement used for cutting into and through soil and soil barriers, facilitating the loosening and cultivating of soil in preparation of planting or seeding. An embodiment of the implement is comprised of an elongated vertical shaft with transverse handle at one end, a foot-pedal further down the shaft and a cultivating head comprised of a plurality of circumferential-spaced triangular blades formed in an arrowhead shape at the other lower end of the implement, terminating in a pointed tip. The arrowhead blade shape facilitates penetration of the implement into the soil, with the blade edges simultaneously severing soil barriers during penetration of soil. The operator may use the implement in a standing, kneeling or seated position and with a downward rocking, twisting and agitation motion of the implement, causing the arrowhead to penetrate, cultivate and prepare a soil hole for planting.05-10-2012
20130133903Hole Digging Tiller Or Cultivator - A hole digger having an anchor inserted into the ground so tines rotate in place discharging loose material from a hole being dug. The anchor includes an elongate stake carried by the transmission carrying the tines that is inserted to a depth greater than tine depth limiting tine travel to an arc about the stake. The digger can include one or more digger tines of increased axial surface area provided by an axial deflector extending radially along part of a tine facing toward the outer edge of the hole increasing the volume discharged from the hole during each tine rotation. Such a digger can be produced by modifying a garden tiller or cultivator to include an anchor mounted to its transmission and can further include one or more digger tines if desired. The anchor and deflectors can form a kit for retrofitting a tiller or cultivator into a hole digger.05-30-2013
20090114406HARROW FRAME AND HARROW FORMED THEREWITH - A harrow frame may be operable to permit pivoting of its ground working tool support arms between a first relative angle and a second relative angle. Pivoting may be achieved through a drive system and a lock controllable remotely such that the tool support arms can be pivoted about their fulcrums “on-the-fly” while the harrow frame is being moved along a ground surface. In addition or alternately, a harrow frame may also be folded to have a width less than 8.5 feet to facilitate transport.05-07-2009
20090236105TRIP MECHANISM FOR A GROUND WORKING TOOL - A system and method for operating a ground working tool having attached thereto an implement includes a trip mechanism. The trip mechanism includes a generally horizontally oriented hydraulic cylinder configured to be biased into an extended position to engage the implement in a work position engaged to work the ground. Specifically, a link rod connects the hydraulic cylinder to a carrier to which the implement is attached. The link rod can be adjusted in length and has a generally small diameter, such that, upon extending into hydraulic cylinder when the implement impacts an obstruction, the link rod does not contact the hydraulic cylinder.09-24-2009
20130206431FURROW CLOSING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD - Agricultural planter row units feature soil finishing assemblies for closing a seed groove after seed is placed in the soil. An adjustable furrow closing assembly enhances upper seed groove coverage and closure with soil resulting in sustained relative humidity levels and optimum seed-to-soil contact for faster seed germination. The furrow closing assembly includes a closing wheel assembly having at least one closing wheel and a press wheel assembly having a press wheel following behind the closing wheels. The closing wheels and press wheel are attached to the planter row unit in a manner allowing the press wheel to move vertically relative to the closing wheels. Adjustable down-force systems are provided to vary the down force applied to the closing wheels and the press wheel to maintain optimum soil contact in irregular terrain and in varying soil densities and conditions to provide optimum soil coverage and compaction of the seed bed.08-15-2013
20110278030WEEDING METHOD AND APPARATUS - In orchards or fields of grape vines, weeding in inter-plant spaces may be performed with a mechanical weeder. The weeder may include a frame configured to be propelled by a motorized vehicle. A rotatable weeder unit may be pivotally connected to a pivot arm attached to the frame and a spring may be connected to hold the rotatable weeder unit in a nominal pivotal position relative to the frame responsively to a force exerted by the spring. When encountering a producing plant, the weeder unit may deflect away from the plant thereby precluding damage to the plant.11-17-2011
20090101370Soil transport surface with anti-adhesion biomimetic features and machine using same - A soil transport machine, such as a track type tractor equipped with a bulldozer blade, includes a soil transport interaction surface (blade) with an array of anti-adhesion biomimetic protrusions that project out of a base surface. The biomimetic protrusions may have a smooth convex shape sized and distributed in a manner that reduces soil adhesion and the associated carryback, especially in adhesive soils such as heavy clay. The biomimetic protrusions may be incorporated directly into the surface of the bulldozer blade, or maybe part of a replaceable liner that is attached to the blade body in a conventional manner.04-23-2009
20130161031DOZING BLADE ASSEMBLY, CUTTER AND DOZING METHOD - A dozing blade assembly includes a dozing blade, and a cutter mounted to the dozing blade. The cutter includes a compound digging face extending between a proximal edge and a distal edge. The compound digging face has a steeply oriented center segment, and shallowly oriented outer segments, for balancing downward penetration with forward pushability during moving the dozing blade assembly through material of a substrate.06-27-2013
20090071666Method for gradually relieving pressure in a hydraulic system utilizing reverse fluid flow through a pump of the system - A method of gradually relieving pressure in a hydraulic system of a work machine, wherein a pump in fluid communication with the hydraulic system and a fluid reservoir, is operable for pressurizing fluid from the reservoir and pumping the pressurized fluid into the hydraulic system, wherein the pump is restrictive to fluid flow therethrough when not operating, and the hydraulic system includes at least one valve in fluid communication with the work element configured for receiving the pressurized fluid. The valve is controllably operable in at least two operating modes, including a first mode wherein the pressurized fluid can pass therethrough between the pump and the work element or elements, and a second mode wherein the fluid is prevented from passing between the pump and the work element. The method includes operating the valve or valves in the first mode for at least a predetermined time period while the pump is not operating, to allow at least some of any of, the pressurized fluid in the work element to flow through the hydraulic system and gradually drain through the pump to the reservoir so as to reduce any pressure in the hydraulic system and the work element.03-19-2009
20100263887SOIL AERATION DEVICE - A soil aeration apparatus may include aeration tines that are actuated by a relatively compact gear system that reduces the size and weight of the apparatus. In addition, a soil aeration apparatus may operate without a centrally disposed support shaft, thus enabling the tine-holder shafts to be positioned closer to one another and reducing the size of the apparatus.10-21-2010
20090301743METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING THE DEPTH OF AN AGRICULTURAL WORK UNIT MOUNTED TO A FRAME THAT CAN BE RAISED AND LOWERED BY A CYLINDER ASSEMBLY - An agricultural implement has a depth control system in which a position sensor directly measures linear translation of a hydraulic cylinder that lifts and lowers the implement frame to set and adjust the depth of the implement frame. The position sensor may be positioned adjacent to or integrally formed with the hydraulic cylinder, and provides a voltage to a controller remote from the implement. The controller automatically adjusts the flow of hydraulic fluid to and from the hydraulic cylinder to maintain the depth of the implement frame at an operator-selected level.12-10-2009
20100084147Automatic Control of Passive, Towed Implements - An automatic control system for passive, towed implements is described. The system provides a strategy for optimal control of a towed implement using a nudge input to an autopilot-controlled tractor. Implement path-tracking error, as measured by a GNSS receiver, is consistently corrected to zero.04-08-2010
20080210445Bracket for golf green plow - A bracket for a greens mower plow.09-04-2008
20090294142Earth-working apparatus and method for working encrusted earth - An earth-working apparatus (12-03-2009
20100101811Agricultural implement having folding draft links - An agricultural implement includes a hitch boom to which a pair of wing booms is pivotably connected. The wing booms are designed to fold forward from an extended position to a transport position. The wing booms are supported above a surface by wheels that provide the aforementioned support when the wing booms are in an extended position as well as the transport position. Maintaining surface contact of the wheels in both positions reduces the load placed on the hitch to which the hitch boom is coupled as well as the hitch boom itself. Multi-link draft links are connected between the hitch boom and the wing booms to provide support for the wing booms when the wing booms are in the extended position. The relative length of the draft links dictates how far the hitch telescopes when the wing booms are folded to the stowed or transport position.04-29-2010
20110180281TILLER WITH REMOVABLE BATTERY - A tiller can include a frame supported by at least one wheel. An upright assembly can extend from the frame. A drive mechanism can be supported by the frame and include a motor having an output member. A tilling implement can have a drive shaft that is driven by the output member. The tilling implement can comprise at least one tine plate. A slider assembly can communicate with the wheel and be movably coupled along the upright assembly. The slider assembly can be configured to securably locate in at least a first position wherein the wheel is located at a first elevation relative to the frame and a second position wherein the wheel is located at a second elevation relative to the frame. The first and second elevations can be distinct.07-28-2011
20110203815WEEDER - A weeding hand tool, comprising a generally longitudinal member joining a handle grip at a first end thereof and a pedal at a second opposite end thereof, a finger head comprising coiled fingers arranged in a helix and an ejector rod mobile inside the helix, and an ejector arm, wherein, when the tool is positioned generally vertically with free end tips of the coiled fingers on the ground, pushing down on the handle grip and/or on the pedal causes the coiled fingers to rotated down into the soil, entrapping a weed beneath the soil as they penetrate the soil, and wherein when, by pulling up on the longitudinal member, the coiled fingers are pulled out from the soil, with the weed entrapped in the helix they form, and the weed is ejected from the helix pulling down on the ejector arm.08-25-2011
20090090521Hydraulic disc/harrow apparatus, system and method for using the same - A method for dividing soil is disclosed. The method includes towing a frame via a hitch at a first end of the frame. The method also includes supporting the frame on the soil via an axle extending transversely of the frame, the axle connected to the frame between the first end of the frame and a second end of the frame. The method further includes dividing the soil with a plurality of rotatable discs attached to the frame between the frame and the soil, a first portion of the plurality of discs located between the first end of the frame and the axle, and a second portion of the plurality of discs located between the axle and the second end of the frame, wherein the first portion is aligned non-parallel with respect to the second portion. The method further includes moving the frame relative to the hitch to pivot about the axle.04-09-2009
20090071667METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR OPTIMISING LAND LEVELLING DESIGNS - A method and system for creating a levelling surface for use in levelling a substantially uneven ground surface, optimised for a single plane, row cropping, or dryland cropping with no rows (a surface for row cropping will typically optimise the surface with a defined water flow direction and a surface for dryland cropping will typically optimise the surface to allow water flow in any direction). Terrain data is collected, at least one constraint corresponding to desired surface characteristics is inputted, and a data transformation engine is operated, wherein the data transformation engine optimises the terrain data for at least one terrain variable, generates an optimised terrain model that substantially complies with the at least one constraint, and outputs a levelling surface. The levelling surface may be outputted to a three-dimensional controller for land-levelling machinery which could then shift the soil from the existing terrain to match the levelling surface.03-19-2009
20090025944Agricultural Tillage Device - An agricultural implement for tilling at least a strip of soil to be planted includes a tillage device for penetrating and tilling a strip of soil and displacing soil and residue upwardly, and a depth control device laterally offset from the centerline of the strip of soil and mounted for rotation about an axis of rotation located rearwardly of the tillage device and positioned to intercept soil and residue displaced upwardly by the tillage device. Multiple tines mounted on the depth control device extend laterally away from the depth control device toward the centerline to intercept a portion of the soil and residue displaced upwardly by the tillage device. The tines are attached to the depth control device only at one end of each tine, and the free ends of the tines terminate laterally short of the centerline and vertically between the elevations of the upper and lower edges of the depth control device.01-29-2009
20090200048Modified box scraper system and apparatus with implement for fine grading - A modified box scraper system that is fitted with a first, second third and fourth plurality of attachment means located on the rearward end and both sides of the box scraper allowing for the attachment of fine grade box extensions thereto. The fine grade box extensions are mirror images of each other and each attaches to one side of the box scraper. The fine grade box extensions are substantially similar in shape to the box scraper main body. Included on the box scraper's main frame are a visual level and a laser for greater accuracy in grading.08-13-2009
20090200049Soil Conditioning Device - The instant invention is of a soil conditioning device having a series of peripheral ridge members having a leading and trailing prow shaped surface circumscribing a disc, wheel or drum. Optionally the prow shaped peripheral ridge members are joined by sub-ridge members forming a single ridge of varying heights circumscribing the disc, wheel or drum. The invention is also of a method for creating a permeable soil surface using the apparatus herein.08-13-2009
20090101369BIFOLD TRANSPORT LOCK - An apparatus includes a tongue, a pivotable beam linked to the tongue, a cylinder configured to move the pivotable beam from an operating position to a transport position, which is narrower than the operating position, and a latchable member connected to the pivotable beam. A locking assembly includes first and second dogs which can receive the latchable member. The second dog can move relative to the first dog from an open position to a closed position in response to movement of the latchable member such that movement of the latchable member out of the second dog opening is blocked by the first dog while the second dog is in the closed position. The apparatus includes a locking member that moves in response to movement of the cylinder from an unlocked to a locked position to lock the dogs in the closed position.04-23-2009
20110139470Land Management - A method and apparatus are disclosed for forming a plurality of impressions (06-16-2011
20090229841IMPLEMENT TRANSPORT - An implement apparatus includes a hitch frame, center frame section, and right and left wing sections pivotally attached to the center section. An actuator pivots the center frame section upward about the hitch frame axis at the rear of the hitch frame to raise the frame sections upward and rearward from a horizontal aligned operating position, where front ends of the frame sections are forward of the hitch frame axis, to a raised position where the frame sections are oriented vertically. Working members mounted to the frame sections forward of the hitch frame support the apparatus on the ground in the operating position, move upward off the ground in the raised position. Transport wheels rearward of the hitch frame axis are above the ground in the operating position, and move down to support the apparatus in the raised position, where wing sections can pivot rearward to the transport position.09-17-2009
20090260840METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISTRIBUTING PARTICULATE MATTER - Embodiments of the present invention provide a method and apparatus for distributing particulate matter over a surface by spreading. The apparatus for distributing particulate matter over a surface is adapted to be fitted to a prime mover. The apparatus includes a mounting frame for attaching the apparatus to the prime mover, at least one grading blade carried by the mounting frame and mounted moveable laterally sideways relative to the prime mover and an actuator to controllably move the grading blade to move the grading blade substantially sideways relative to the prime mover. The lateral sideways movement of the apparatus relative to prime mover enables particulate matter to be moved independent of the direction of travel of the prime mover.10-22-2009
20090078436Box scraper - A box scraper for use with a pulling or a pushing vehicle, having a continuous box-form main frame above, with a lower portion of the rear wall, the moldboard, hinged to the side wall at one end and held to the opposite side wall by a lock mechanism such that one end of the moldboard can be released backwards from that sidewall; when thus released allowing for a smooth and continuous lateral release of scraped materials outside the confines of the scraper box.03-26-2009
20090078435METHOD AND DEVICE FOR IMPROVING A FIELD, SUCH AS A FIELD OF GRASS - A method for filling ducts which open onto the surface of the ground, such as drainage ducts and/or aeration ducts in a field of grass, with a granular material, such as sand, comprising the steps of: 03-26-2009
20100018727WHEEL TRACTOR SCRAPER REAR WHEEL DRIVE ASSIST AND METHOD OF OPERATION - A wheel tractor scraper having a rear wheel drive assist, the wheel tractor scraper includes a tractor portion pivotally coupled to a rear scraper portion, the rear scraper portion having a bowl for hauling material and a fluid powered work tool configured to assist in loading the bowl, the work tool powered by a fluid pump connected to a fluid operated work tool motor. The rear wheel drive assist includes a fluid operated drive motor coupled to the rear wheels of the machine, a diverter valve having a first position at which fluid flow is delivered from the pump to the work tool motor and a second position at which fluid flow is delivered from the pump to the drive motor, and a controller being configured to control the diverter valve to engage the rear wheel drive assist. The machine may be operated by engaging the pump and work tool motor, and then actuating the diverter valve to the second position to divert flow from the work tool motor to the drive motor.01-28-2010
20100252285LAWN PERFORATING TOOL AND METHOD OF USING SAME - Disclosed herein is a lawn perforating tool and method of using same to prepare new lawn or garden areas or distressed regions of existing lawns or gardens for the planting of seed, example of which include, but are not limited to, grass seed, clover seed, wildflower seed, and the like. The lawn perforating tool of the present invention is particularly configured to provide in the soil and dead grass holes or indentations of a size, shape, and depth that is optimal for receiving and germinating new grass seed and of a density and distribution suitable to provide the resulting grass with a visually desirable pattern, rendering new growth indistinguishable from old growth.10-07-2010
20110056712CONSERVATION TILLAGE IMPLEMENT, SYSTEM AND METHOD - A conservation tillage implement having three or more rows of individual coulter wheel assemblies laterally spaced apart and removably mounted on a cultivator frame, a coulter wheel assembly in a given row being staggered with respect to the coulter wheel assemblies in a longitudinally adjacent row. The coulter wheel assemblies may be laterally adjustable and may be mounted to the cultivator frame using a mounting means that permits rotation about a vertical axis. The coulter wheel assemblies may comprise a coil spring having a horizontal spring axis to permit upward deflection in response to impact with an obstacle. Leveling attachments may optionally be mounted to the cultivator frame, along with additional field working tools. The implement is used in the management of crop residue as part of a minimum tillage strategy. The implement is particularly resistant to plugging and can be operated at high speeds without undue damage upon impact with obstacles. Advantageously, the implement can be operated in standing water, as found in the growing of rice.03-10-2011
20100200252Marker Assembly Having Breakaway Feature - An agricultural implement has a marker assembly that is pivotable in a generally rearward direction when the marker assembly collides with a relatively massive field obstruction. The interconnection of the marker assembly to a central frame of the implement allows the aforementioned pivoting to reduce damage to the central frame and/or the marker assembly during such collisions.08-12-2010
20100018726System and Method for Machine Guidance Control - System and method for providing guidance control for machines. In one embodiment, a method includes detecting an implement, by a guidance controller, coupled to a machine. The method may further include determining a characteristic of the implement which affects a control setting of the machine, configuring the control setting of the machine by the guidance controller based, at least in part, on the characteristic of the implement and controlling operation of the machine based on the control setting.01-28-2010
20090272550THREE POINT HITCH - A three point hitch for a work vehicle is provided with one draft link of fixed length and another draft link of variable length. The variable length draft link includes a linear double action hydraulic cylinder assembly, a first attachment plate fixedly connected with one of the arm and the cylinder of the assembly and having a pivot connector configured for pivotal attachment with the vehicle, and a second attachment plate fixedly connected with a remaining one of the arm and the cylinder and having a first pivot connector configured for pivotal attachment with a tilt link and a second pivot connector configured for pivotal attachment with the implement to be supported from the vehicle. The variable length draft link permits lateral adjustment of the angle of the implement with respect to the vehicle center line.11-05-2009
20110108294Variable Wheelbase Motor Grader - A motor grader with an adjustable wheel base is disclosed. The motor grader may include front and rear wheels supporting a chassis and a main frame. A working blade may downwardly depend from the main frame between the front wheels and rear wheels to perform work on the ground below. The motor grader may also provide an adjustable wheel base to allow the center of gravity of the motor grader to better match the work load being addressed. The adjustable wheel base may also provide more swing clearance for the blade relative to the rear wheels, allow for an adjustable articulation angle, and minimize structural loads on the motor grader, particularly during ripping operation. The wheel base may be adjustable by providing structure through which the relative positions of the rear wheels can be altered automatically, manually, and dynamically.05-12-2011
20090107688Suspension system for a floating header on an agricultural implement - A suspension system for fixed-frame, towed agricultural implements having at least one floating head. A hydraulic cylinder is used for both lift and suspension of the floating head. A hydraulic accumulator provides expansion room for hydraulic fluid to move in and out of the hydraulic cylinder during suspension.04-30-2009
20100300710AGRICULTURAL TILLAGE DEVICE - An agricultural implement for tilling at least a strip of soil to be planted includes a tillage device for penetrating and tilling a strip of soil and displacing soil and residue upwardly, and a depth control device laterally offset from the centerline of the strip of soil and mounted for rotation about an axis of rotation located rearwardly of the tillage device and positioned to intercept soil and residue displaced upwardly by the tillage device. Multiple tines mounted on the depth control device extend laterally away from the depth control device toward the centerline to intercept a portion of the soil and residue displaced upwardly by the tillage device. The tines are attached to the depth control device only at one end of each tine, and the free ends of the tines terminate laterally short of the centerline and vertically between the elevations of the upper and lower edges of the depth control device.12-02-2010
20110017481CHAIN REEL FOR TILLAGE IMPLEMENT AND METHOD - In lieu of rigid bars, a tillage reel utilizes a number of elongated flexible elements such as lengths of link chain that are spaced circumferentially around the reel and extend axially thereof. The flexible elements bow outwardly by centrifugal force as the reel rolls along the ground during tillage operations to impact and fracture clods encountered at the lower front extremity of the reel. When the reel is used in connection with strip till operations, the flexible elements bow upwardly and inwardly along the lower periphery of the reel as they engage and conform to the transverse cross-section of the strip till berm, thereby avoiding destruction of the berm notwithstanding the clod-pulverizing action provided by the flexible elements.01-27-2011
20090065221TILLING MACHINE TRANSPORT AND STORAGE APPARATUSES AND METHODS - Apparatuses and methods are provided to facilitate the transport and storage of tilling machines and specifically mini-tillers. A wheel apparatus can attach to a tilling machine, such as by attachment to a drag bar, in a transport position or a storage position. In the transport position, the wheel apparatus can maintain tiller tines of the tilling machine above the ground surface with the weight of the tilling machine supported on the wheel apparatus, thereby allowing the tilling machine to be rolled for transport. In the storage position, the wheel apparatus can be attached to the drag bar, whereby both the tiller tines and the wheel apparatus rest on the ground surface to provide stability to the tilling machine. During operation the wheel apparatus can be removed from the tilling machine.03-12-2009
20090218112Semi-autonomous excavation control system - An excavation control system for a machine is disclosed. The excavation control system may have a tool, at least one operator input device configured to provide manual control over movement of the tool, and a controller in communication with the at least one operator input device. The controller may be configured to receive an input related to an operator desired tool location, and determine that an operator is manually controlling movement of the tool toward the operator desired tool location. The controller may be further configured to automatically assume control over movement of the tool toward the operator desired tool location based on the determination.09-03-2009
20100038102Crust Fracturing Implement - An apparatus for fracturing a crust on an agricultural field includes a tool bar and a support attached to the tool bar. A plurality of discs are non-rotatably attached to an axle that is rotatably supported by the support. Each of the plurality of discs include a plurality of spaced apart teeth about the perimeter of each disc. The teeth comprise convex surfaces and concave surfaces that converge at distal ends where the plurality of discs rotate about the support such that the convex surfaces penetrate and fracture the crust and that any debris or trash picked up by the teeth is ejected by the angles of the teeth and angles of the support brackets preventing plugging and destruction of the rowed crop.02-18-2010
20100059238ROW UNIT SOIL FINISHING APPARATUS - The present invention provides a novel configuration for agricultural row units that feature soil finishing assemblies. This configuration of the finishing assembly provides a simple adjustment of the height of the finishing assembly to enhance usability and flexibility of the row unit. The improved adjustment mechanism enhances user control over the vertical distance between the finishing wheels/discs and the ground opening assembly. In an exemplary embodiment, soil finishing assembly is pivotally coupled to the row unit frame via a height adjustment assembly. The height adjustment assembly may feature a biasing member and other components to allow adjustment of one end of the pivotal coupling of the adjustment assembly within the row unit assembly.03-11-2010
20100059239SUPPORTED CHANGEABLE FRAME FOR SOIL WORKING IMPLEMENTS03-11-2010
20100065290Sensors on a Degradation Machine - In one aspect of the invention, a machine for degrading a natural and/or man-made formation has picks connected to a drum of the machine and at least one accelerometer mounted to the machine adapted to measure forces acting on the machine. Electronic equipment is in communication with the at least one accelerometer and the electronic equipment has a processor adapted to determine a change in the formation based off of input from the at least one accelerometer. The electronic equipment also is in communication with a mechanism adapted to control, at least in part, a location of the drum.03-18-2010
20110073332SOIL CONDITIONING DISC AND CONFIGURABLE DISC ASSEMBLY - A soil-conditioning disc and variable disc assembly system is presented wherein each disc has a series of radially extending geometrically shaped protrusions with intermittent cutting edges and consolidation surfaces, all circumscribing a central hub portion. The disc can be used individually or in multiplicity in a variety of configurations as appropriate for the soil conditions and soil-conditioning task at hand. When the soil-conditioning disc is rolled across the soil surface, a series of consolidated perforations and/or geometric-shaped hollows and restricting channels (depending on the particular disc configuration utilized) are created in the soil. This soil-conditioning disc and assembly simultaneously cuts and incorporates organic material into the soil to increase soil oxygenation for improved soil health, to create depressional water storage, to enhance soil permeability, to reduce evaporation, and to improve surface water distribution by reducing runoff.03-31-2011
20110061880SOIL AERATING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PUSHING PENETRATION TOOLS INTO SOIL - A mobile soil aerating device including a machine frame, a drive, at least one penetration tool hingedly coupled with the machine frame, said penetration tool being adapted to be driven into the soil and to be pulled out again, said penetration tool being pivotable with respect to the machine frame during a penetration phase in which the penetration tool, prior to penetration, being in an initial position at a predetermined penetration angle, and wherein, at least after having pulled the penetration tool from the ground, at least one element engaging the penetration tool and coupled to the machine frame exerts a restoring moment on the penetration tool in order to pivot the penetration tool back to the initial position.03-17-2011
20110036602AGRICULTURAL TILLAGE DEVICE - An agricultural implement for tilling at least a strip of soil to be planted includes a tillage device for penetrating and tilling a strip of soil and displacing soil and residue upwardly, the tillage device including at least one coulter wheel mounted for rotation about a first axis of rotation and positioned at least in part below the soil, when tilling the strip of soil, such that the coulter wheel is able to cut a slit in the soil, and a depth control device laterally offset from the centerline of the strip of soil and mounted for rotation about a second axis of rotation located rearwardly of the trailing end of the tillage device. The depth control device is positioned to intercept soil and residue displaced upwardly by the tillage device. Multiple tines made of a polymeric material are mounted on the depth control device, extending laterally away from only one side of the depth control device toward the centerline to intercept a portion of the soil and residue displaced upwardly by the tillage device.02-17-2011
20090126953System for Co-Ordinated Ground Processing - The invention relates to a system for co-ordinated soil cultivation, said system comprising a plurality of soil compacting devices (W05-21-2009
20110005783AERATOR MECHANISM WITH VERTICALLY RECIPROCATING TINE - A turf aerator (01-13-2011
20110162855CORE REMOVAL SYSTEM AND METHOD - A hollow coring tine with an extension that may be used on several types of reciprocating aerifiers provides core collection and removal from turf. In one embodiment, the extension ensures that the cores are expelled in a pre-determined position with the predetermined position adjustable between about zero and about 90 degrees to the vertical plane, the cores thereby ending up in a collecting bag, a conveyor belt, a core processor, etc. Moreover, because the cores are “caught” in a device that is off the ground, the cores do not touch the turf, directly or indirectly. When the extension is a hose, it is possible to suck the cores through the hose, directly into a collecting container. The hollow coring tine with extension may therefore prevent the turf from being damaged by other core collecting devices, like core collectors.07-07-2011
20110186313Dirt Hole Closer - A dirt hole closer is attached to the front of a skid steer, or to a tractor, forklift, or the like and consists of a frame, a push blade, a left arm, and a right arm. The frame is removably attached to the lifting mechanism of the vehicle. The push blade, the left arm, and the right arm are attached to the frame and have coplanar lower edges. Both the left arm and the right arm can be manipulated, by means such as hydraulic actuators. The dirt hole closer provides a novel method of planting trees or setting posts or poles and utilizes both linear and angular motion to push excavated dirt into the annulus of hole surrounding the object being planted.08-04-2011
20100025055FURROW CLEARING APPARATUS FOR THE PREPARATION OF SEED BEDS - An apparatus assists in clearing furrows in a plowed field. A plurality of furrow assist members line up with a plurality of plowshares on a furrow roller which is towed around a field. The furrow roller may have one or more cylindrical rollers that may include extension rollers that are foldable for storage. Plowshares are moveably attached to rigid beams and positioned to engage the ground and dig irrigation furrows. The cylindrical rollers smooth and compact seed beds in a uniform manner. Furrow assist members, in accordance with embodiments, are selectively deployed and positioned to be substantially in line with the plowshares to clear and distribute any soil or other materials that may be in the furrows following the passage of the cylindrical rollers.02-04-2010
20100319941Trenching Device And System - A device for trenching and a system of controlling trenching at a constant depth and at a speed of more than 12 miles per hour.12-23-2010
20110315410PLANTER WITH FOUR BAR LINKAGE - An agricultural planter includes a frame and left and right wings pivotally attached to respective ends of the frame, all of which have a plurality of spaced row units. Each wing includes a forward bar pivotally coupled to the frame for forward folding for transport and an aft bar having row units attached thereto. Each aft bar is aligned parallel with and is pivotally coupled to its associated forward bar by at least one pair of first and second non-parallel coupling arms. A hydraulic cylinder coupled to the forward bar and to one of the pivoting arms raises the associated aft bar with row units above the soil to a first elevated position to facilitate turning the planter. Further extension of the hydraulic cylinder causes additional elevation, and substantial rotation of the aft bar and row unit combination to provide a low and narrow planter profile for transport and storage.12-29-2011
20120000681GRADE CONTROL FOR AN EARTHMOVING SYSTEM AT HIGHER MACHINE SPEEDS - An earthmoving system including a bulldozer has a pair of GPS receivers mounted on the cutting blade of the bulldozer. The cutting blade is supported by a blade support extending from the frame. The blade support includes a pair of hydraulic cylinders for raising and lowering the blade in relation to the frame and a blade tilt cylinder for controlling the lateral tilt of the cutting blade. Sensors, including gyroscopic sensors and an accelerometer, sense rotation of the frame about three orthogonal axes and vertical movement of the bulldozer frame that would affect the position of the blade. A control is responsive to the pair of GPS receivers and to the gyroscopic sensors, for controlling the operation of the hydraulic cylinders and thereby the position of the cutting blade. The control monitors the position of the cutting blade with repeated calculations based on the outputs of the GPS receivers and with low-latency feed-forward correction of these repeated calculations, based on the outputs of the gyroscopic sensors and the accelerometer.01-05-2012
20120111586LEVERAGE DEVICE FOR HAND TOOLS - An outboard stabilizing system (OSS) includes a stabilizer bar with first and second outboard extensions each with a wheel mounted thereon; and a hand tool secured to the stabilizer bar, wherein a length of the two outboard extensions is determined based on the hand tool.05-10-2012
20120111584Implement Tongue Locking Mechanism - A tongue-hitch structure for a pull-type implement may comprise a tongue locking mechanism. A work frame for the pull-type implement may comprise a vertically adjustable rear wheel suspension comprising an actuator for moving the work frame between a lowered, working position and a raised, transport position. The tongue-hitch structure may be adapted to allow vertical movement between the tongue-hitch structure and the work frame. A leveling arrangement may be coupled between the work frame and the hitch-tongue structure operable to prevent and/or allow vertical movement between the tongue-hitch structure and the work frame.05-10-2012
20120205130CONSERVATION TILLAGE IMPLEMENT, SYSTEM AND METHOD - A conservation tillage implement having three or more rows of individual coulter wheel assemblies laterally spaced apart and removably mounted on a cultivator frame, a coulter wheel assembly in a given row being staggered with respect to the coulter wheel assemblies in a longitudinally adjacent row. The coulter wheel assemblies may be laterally adjustable and may be mounted to the cultivator frame using a mounting means that permits rotation about a vertical axis. The coulter wheel assemblies may comprise a coil spring having a horizontal spring axis to permit upward deflection in response to impact with an obstacle. Leveling attachments may optionally be mounted to the cultivator frame, along with additional field working tools. The implement is particularly resistant to plugging and can be operated at high speeds without undue damage upon impact with obstacles.08-16-2012
20120012349SOIL TILLING AND PLANTING IMPLEMENT - A mount for a trash whipping implement for connection to a planter is disclosed. A height and force adjustable mounting system is also disclosed for use with a planter that enables the force of such an implement on the soil to be modulated as desired.01-19-2012
20110005782METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INSTALLING A SHANK WITHIN A RIPPER ASSEMBLY OF A TRACTOR/CRAWLER INVOLVING A ROTATING SHANK INSTALLER - An apparatus and method of installing a shank onto a ripper assembly of a tractor or crawler. A rotating shank installer (RSI) is welded onto a front face of a ripper assembly of a tractor, e.g., on the outside surface of a pocket beam. A portion of the RSI is allowed to rotate with respect to the pocket beam. With the shank in a substantially horizontal position with respect to the ground, the shank is secured between two plates of the RSI using pins wherein the plates can rotate with respect to the pocket beam. The shank is locked in place by two pins placed through the plates and the shank's weight is unbalanced with respect to the RSI. The ripper assembly is elevated causing the shank to rotate within the RSI to a substantially vertical position. The crawler is moved forward while lowering the ripper assembly in order to rip a groove into the ground with the bottom portion of the shank where the shank lowers into the ground. The RSI is disconnected from the shank wherein the shank is held in place by the grove. The bottom of the pocket is positioned over the top of the lowered shank and the pocket is lowered so that the shank is installed within the pocket and secured therein.01-13-2011
20120061110MULTICULTIVATOR FOR VERTICAL FARMING - It provides a device called Multicultivator for vertical cultivation which base is made of structural steel an comprising at least three rudders for field work, an important feature is that the device can change the separation between the rudder from been virtually together. The Multicultivator has the ability to perform tasks simultaneously as subsoiling an fallow.03-15-2012
20110079404Digging Tool and Method of Using the Same - A digging tool has a shaft with a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end has at least one beveled surface for engaging with a drill chuck. An eggbeater-shaped digging body is coupled to the shaft. The digging body is formed from a plurality of bands that intersect each other at an intersection region at the distal end of the shaft. The bands are welded to each other and to the shaft at the intersection region and form a plurality of substantially U-shaped digging surfaces. Each U-shaped digging surface has a distal arm coupled to the intersection region and a proximal arm coupled to the shaft between the intersection region and the proximal end of the shaft. A protective cover is welded to the intersection region to cover the intersection region. The protective cover preferably includes a distally extending non-puncturing tip.04-07-2011
20110088920ATTACHMENT SYSTEM AND LEVELER ATTACHMENT FOR A MECHANICAL HOE - A screed assembly for attachment to the boom arm of a mechanical hoe, including a first elongated member, an elongated ground-engaging structural member extending therefrom, a hoe connection interface and a hydraulic boom connection interface on the first elongated member, and a blade-engaging assembly operationally connected to the first elongated member. An elongated blade portion is pivotably connected to the blade-engaging assembly, a first pivot actuator is operationally connected between the first generally elongated portion and to the blade-engaging assembly, and a second pivot actuator operationally connected to the blade-engaging assembly and the elongated blade portion. Energization of the first pivot actuator pivots the blade engaging assembly relative to the first elongated member and energization of the second pivot actuator pivots the blade relative to the blade-engaging assembly.04-21-2011
20120125647SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DRAWBAR SUPPORT - A system and method to selectably control a position of a first end of a drawbar between a locked position and a suspended position with respect to a drawbar support. The drawbar is securable to a work vehicle distal from the first end, the method includes locking a position of the first end in response to a first predetermined condition and placing the first end in a suspended position in response to a second predetermined condition. Position control of the first end is continuously maintainable.05-24-2012
20120132448PLANT PACKING DEVICE AND METHOD - The invention relates to a device for exerting a compressive force on soil around the root ball of a plant for compacting the soil. The device has a substantially planar head having a pair of arms that are configured to extend over at least a portion of the soil above the root ball of the plant for exerting a compressive force on a portion of the soil. The device also has a handle fixedly attached to the head that is configured to transfer force to the head when a user exerts a compressive force to the handle, thereby compacting soil positioned beneath the head.05-31-2012
20100051297Hand-manipulated, dirt tool with at least three, working, outwardly-directed, side edges - A hand-manipulated dirt tool, either a spade, shovel, post hole digger or the like, is driven and guided by the hands and feet of the human user, which tool has at least three (3), operative, outwardly-directed, side edges, preferably continuous, namely, a penetrating chamfer, a slicing edge and a chopping chamfer, preferably at at least two different angles and three sizes, either on one side or on both sides. Thus, at least two, outwardly-directed, side edges are chamfer, which can be parallel, with relatively small, entry surface in beginning edge of the tool and, if spade or a shovel, etc., a foot engaged, top portion is provided. Ideally the three side surfaces, as one progresses up the tool, can make forty-five, seventy-five and forty-five degrees to the rear and ideal “vertical” distances of one, nine and one inches, respectively, and exemplary degree, distance ranges and cross-sectional dimensions are also provided.03-04-2010
20090020298Method And Apparatus For A Folding Marker For An Agricultural Implement - A folding marker for connection to an agricultural implement toolbar with a marker shoulder pivot, an inner arm and a double acting hydraulic cylinder both pivotally connected to the shoulder pivot. A middle arm bracket is pivotally connected to the inner arm and the cylinder. A middle arm is connected to the middle arm bracket, with two beams extending from the bracket and terminating at an outer arm pivot, with a third beam connected between the bracket and a crossbrace. An outer arm pivot bracket is pivotally connected to the outer arm pivot, an outer arm connected thereto and having two legs connected between the outer arm pivot bracket and a plate assembly. The legs define a channel therebetween, and an adjustable arm is slidably connected within the channel. An extension element is insertable within the channel and lockable with the plate assembly, with a marking element connected thereto.01-22-2009
20090020297Methods, Systems, and Computer-Readable Media for Providing Commitments Information Relative to a Turf - Methods, systems, and computer-readable media provide for providing commitments information relative to a turf According to embodiments, a method for providing commitments information relative to a turf is provided. According to the method, a time frame for each of a plurality of turfs is determined. The time frame indicates when a work order of a given category is to be completed. A numeric indicator indicating the time frame in which the work order of the given category is to be completed is displayed.01-22-2009
20120261146LIFT ASSIST WHEEL ASSEMBLY - A wheel attachment assembly (10-18-2012
20120227991SOIL CHOPPING AND LEVELING SYSTEM - A tillage implement equipped with a finishing attachment for chopping and leveling soil. The implement includes at least one soil engaging element (e.g., a shank) operable to form a trench with mounds on either side of the trench. The finishing attachment includes at least one soil chopping and leveling assembly that is operable to chop up clods of soil and crop remnants in the mounds and to level off the mounds by pushing the mounds at least partially into the trench.09-13-2012
20120267127Garden tool for planting starter plants, flower bulbs, ornamentals, shrubs seeds, and seedlings - An improved easy to use lightweight multipurpose hand operated garden tool that allows the user to accomplish the task of planting of seeds, seedlings, bulbs, transplants and remove weeds or other unwanted material efficiently with an elongated, upright T handled shaft having a tubular cutter at the lower extremity thereof. An ejector plate freely passes through the cutter by means of an elongated rod extending upwardly through a guide and attached to a lever. The cutter is positioned over the area to be prepared and twisted back and forth and pushed into the soil define a plug of soil. The tool is then lifted from the soil, carrying with it the plug of soil. The lever is pushed downward causing the ejector plate to push and eject the plug of soil. The above process can be easily done through ground cover and weed barrier due to the beveled sharpen v-grooved edge of the cutter. This tool can also be used to take soil samples up to 3 inches deep per cycle of operation, and should remain sharp enough to cut up to 75 plugs and holes even if occasionally hitting a stone or two.10-25-2012
20100200253Marker Assembly Having Caster Wheel - A marker assembly for use with an agricultural implement includes a marker wheel that may caster as needed to reduce loading of the marker assembly during deployment of the marker assembly, in response to variations in surface contour, and in response to changes in travel direction of the agricultural implement.08-12-2010
20120261145Hydraulic Walking Beam - A hydraulic walking beam method of a pull-type implement, the method comprising: receiving hydraulic fluid at a first hydraulic cylinder associated with a first gauge wheel assembly from a second hydraulic cylinder associated with a second gauge wheel assembly, the first and second gauge wheel assemblies coupled to a frame of a pull-type implement; extending a cylinder rod associated with the first hydraulic cylinder responsive to receiving the hydraulic fluid; and retracting a cylinder rod associated with the second hydraulic cylinder concurrently with the extending.10-18-2012
20110017480Folding Frame for an Agricultural Implement - A folding frame for an agricultural implement such as a wheel rake. The frame includes ground engaging wheels and two toolbars foldable for operation and for transport. The folding frame is provided flexibility to conform to uneven surfaces, yet stability against the torques and forces of operation. A slidable tongue provides folding action between the transport position and the operating position. A spacing between rear ends of the two toolbars may be altered hydraulically for wider or narrower windrows. A novel caster wheel provides support for the toolbars and is located so that the implement's transport position is narrower than the prior art's.01-27-2011
20120267128BULLDOZER - A bulldozer includes a body, a drive unit, a ripper, an operating lever, a steering lever, and a controller. The ripper is attached to a rear part of the body and performs ripping work. The operating lever is for operating the ripper. The steering lever is for controlling a travel operation by the drive unit. The controller executes a first control of pulling the ripper up out of the ground and a second control of tilting back the ripper, when it is detected that the ripping work has been ended by operation of the operating lever and the steering lever.10-25-2012
20120318539APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR HEIGHT CONTROL FOR A DOZER BLADE - Automatic height control of a dozer blade, the input from the slow absolute height sensor is combined with an input from a gyroscope that measures the instant rotation and recalculates it into a vertical height change using the length of the supporting arms. The combination obtains the accuracy of the absolute height information and an increased speed of measurement resulting in a compensated height estimate that is input to a hydraulic control system of the feedback type. This enables much more aggressive control even though the hydraulic system has an unknown linearity and delay associated with it. The gyroscopic sensor forms an IMU with one degree of freedom to compensate for drawbacks of the absolute height sensor with regard to delay, noise and update rate to obtain a frequent, time-correct height position with a reduced level of noise by means of a calculation based on both types of sensor output.12-20-2012
20130020099COULTER UNIT FOR HIGH SPEED FERTILIZER APPLICATION - A tillage coulter unit (01-24-2013
20120241178METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR TILLING SOIL - A method of soil preparation simultaneously ploughs soil and tills soil ploughed in a previous pass. An apparatus for tilling soil provides tilling members mounted for deployment on either side of a tractor. The tilling members on one side of the tractor may be brought into engagement with the soil while tilling members on the other side of the tractor are lifted away from the soil. The tilling members are located to coincide with an adjacent strip of land ploughed in a previous pass of the tractor.09-27-2012
20080251266Scraping device and a system and a method for collecting materials - A scraping device, a system and a method for collecting a material are provided. The scraping device may have a bowl having a first end and a second end. A lip may be positioned at the first end and may cover an opening at the first end. In an embodiment, direct mounted cylinders may be attached to the lip and may move the lip to completely cover or uncover the opening. The scraping device may have a tongue mounted to the bowl having a triangular-shaped plate mechanism that may be used to raise and to lower a cutting edge attached to the bowl. Cylinders connected to the mechanism may be retracted or extended to raise or to lower the scraping device. A load within the scraping device may be lifted by force exerted from a barrel end of a cylinder, thus utilizing a maximum potential of the cylinder.10-16-2008
20090200047Modified box scraper system and apparatus with trench backfill blade - A modified box scraper system that is fitted with a first, second and third plurality of attachment means located on the rearward end and both sides of the box scraper allowing for the attachment of a variety of modified work implements, said modified work implements including a trench backfill blade that attaches to the box scraper and allows the operator to backfill a trench with increased precision because the trenched row material can be funneled back into the trench.08-13-2009
20130168113MULTI-MODE STEERABLE 3-POINT HITCH - In one embodiment, a multi-mode steerable 3-point hitch comprising: a pivotal hitch frame having a generally vertical pivot axis, the hitch frame coupled to first and second draft arms on each side of the hitch frame; and a hitch support structure affixed to a chassis, the hitch support structure coupled to a pair of opposable steering cylinders that are coupled to the hitch frame, the hitch frame and hitch support operably connected to enable concurrent rotation about the vertical pivot axis with draft arm sway.07-04-2013
20130092405VIBRATORY RIPPER HAVING PRESSURE SENSOR FOR SELECTIVELY CONTROLLING ACTIVATION OF VIBRATION MECHANISM - A vehicle ripping mechanism and method has a support frame mountable to the vehicle and movable between raised and lowered positions. A ripping member has an engagement head that is configured for plowing the ground and is pivotally supported on the support frame about a ripping member pivot axis that is preferably positioned such that pivoting of the ripping member displaces the engagement head largely longitudinally. A vibrator mechanism is mounted to the ripping member. Activation of the vibrator mechanism causes reciprocating pivoting movement of the ripping member. A tilt adjustment cylinder is connected to the support frame that is adjustable in length to alter an orientation of the ripping member. A control system includes a pressure sensor fluidically connected to the tilt adjustment cylinder, wherein the control system is configured to deactivate the vibrator mechanism based at least in part on the pressure sensed by the pressure sensor.04-18-2013
20080202777System and method for preparing a worksite based on soil moisture map data - A soil moisture mapping based method for transferring soil for an earthworks construction project includes outputting signals based on soil moisture data and position data indicative of a location within a cut area or a fill area of the soil. The method further includes selecting a location within a cut area for obtaining fill soil or a location within a fill area for depositing fill soil based on the signals. A system for supplying soil for an earthworks construction project includes at least one machine having a sensor configured to sense soil moisture, and a receiver configured to receive position data corresponding with a location of the soil, and a signaling device configured to output signals based on the position data and soil moisture data. A transfer machine is included in the system and configured to selectively transfer fill soil between the cut area and the fill area based on the signals.08-28-2008
20130146317Tool System For Resisting Abrasive Wear Of A Ground Engaging Tool Of An Agricultural Implement - A tool system is provided for resisting abrasive wear of a ground-engaging tool of an agricultural implement during a crop production procedure. The tool system may include a tool for engaging an agricultural field while performing crop production procedure and that defines a main segment and a cutting segment having a working edge covered by a nanostructure coating. The cutting segment may include multiple wear zones with multiple working edges, respectively, covered by nanostructure coatings which may have different thicknesses.06-13-2013
20100314140Folding Tool Bar Method and Apparatus for Use With Agricultural Implements - A folding tool bar apparatus for an implement such as a rake, the toolbar having a frame with ground engaging wheels. The folding tool bar apparatus is adapted to be operatively attached to a prime mover for towing from place to place. First and second tool bars are pivotally attached to linkage members. A tongue member that sides along its longitudinal axis with respect to the frame pulls front ends of the tool bars toward the tongue member during movement to the transport position thereof and away from the tongue member during movement towards the working position thereof. The rear end of the tongue member is behind the frame in the working position thereof, making the folding tool bar apparatus shorter than conventional folding tool bars in the working position thereof.12-16-2010
20130180741FRAME SECTION PIVOT LIMITING DEVICE - A pivot limiting device for an agricultural implement is disclosed. The agricultural implement includes a first frame section pivotally coupled to second frame section at a pivot location. The device includes a compression structure having a spring compressed to a preset load. The compression structure is coupled to the first frame section. A plunger includes a first portion positioned adjacent the second frame section and a second portion positioned adjacent the compression structure to move relative thereto between a first position placing no additional compression on the spring when the second frame section pivots in a first direction and contacts the plunger with a first force less than or equal to the preset load, and a second position further compressing the spring when the second frame section pivots in the first direction and contacts the plunger with a second force greater than the preset load.07-18-2013
20130186657COMBINATION OF A TRACTOR AND AN IMPLEMENT - A combination is described of a tractor (07-25-2013
20130199807Tillage System with Interchangeable Modules - A reconfigurable farm implement for tilling soil is described. The farm implement may comprise a frame having a plurality of mounting surfaces. A plurality of interchangeable tillage modules may be releasably coupled to the mounting surfaces. The interchangeable tillage modules may be arranged in a predetermined order based on a tillage requirement.08-08-2013

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