Title:
TREE STUMP SPLITTING ASSEMBLY
United States Patent 3842871


Abstract:
A stump splitting blade with laterally spaced apart ears, each ear respectively formed with a respective hole, with said holes being in alignment; said ears being predeterminedly spaced to receive the terminal end portion of a tool carrier mounted on a powered vehicle, such as a tractor, or the like. Said tool carrier being formed with a hole which may be registered with said aligned holes to receive a connecting pin to operably mount the stump splitting assembly on the carrier. Said blade being formed with a downwardly extending notch, with opposed, upwardly divergent edge surfaces defining said notch, and receiving between said surfaces the terminal end portion of said tool carrier; stop plates extending between said ears, and being spaced forwardly and rearwardly of said connecting pin, said stop plates occupying upwardly divergent planes to present opposed and upwardly divergent surfaces to said terminal end portion of said tool carrier. The angle of said divergency being such as to cause the engagement of the tool carrier with one or the other of said stop plates to limit otherwise permissible angular travel of the blade about the axis of said connecting pin. The terminal end portion of said tool carrier is formed with an arcuate surface concentric with the hole formed therein, whereby insertion of said terminal end portion between said inclined stop plates, will cause engagement of said arcuate surface with said opposed inclined surfaces of said stop plate, and result in registration of the hole formed in said tool carrier with said aligned holes in said ears to facilitate insertion of said connecting pin.



Inventors:
JUREIWICZ A
Application Number:
05/385079
Publication Date:
10/22/1974
Filing Date:
08/02/1973
Assignee:
JUREIWICZ A,US
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
144/195.1, 414/680
International Classes:
A01G23/06; B27L7/00; (IPC1-7): B27C9/00; A47J49/02
Field of Search:
144/2R,2N,39AC,39R,193R,193A,193B,193D 214
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US Patent References:
3620271METHOD OF AND APPARATUS FOR REMOVING STUMPSNovember 1971Loyer
3461927STUMP SPLITTERAugust 1969Funari
2966180Tree stump cutting and splitting apparatusDecember 1960Bles



Primary Examiner:
Juhasz, Andrew R.
Assistant Examiner:
Bray W. D.
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Murray, Allan J.
Claims:
What I claim is

1. The combination with a vehicle having a power source, and a tool carrier carried by said vehicle for at least up and down travel thereon, and a power transmission from said power source to said carrier to effect such travel, of a tree stump splitting assembly, including,

2. The combination as set forth in claim 1,

3. The combination as set forth in claim 2,

4. The combination as set forth in claim 3,

5. The combination as set forth in claim 1,

6. The combination as set forth in claim 5,

7. The combination as set forth in claim 5,

8. The combination as set forth in claim 7,

Description:
FIELD OF INVENTION

The field of invention lies in the area of improved stump splitting devices and mounting means for mounting said devices on a pre-existing powered vehicles for use.

BACKGROUND OF INVENTION

Cutting blades have long been used with powered vehicles to split stumps, logs, and the like, and one of the most recent such devices is disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 3,620,271, issued to Laverne L. Loyer. In said patent, there is disclosed a plate 22 designated to be mounted upon a specific Caterpillar tractor. The tractor is provided with a pivotally, mounted, hydraulically powered tool operating assembly. Constructed for use with said tool operating assembly is a tool carrier which has a double connection to the tool operating assembly to be carried by said operating assembly but which arm is not disclosed in said patent. Rather, a tree stump removing blade is disclosed with an identical two-point provision for mounting in place of said carrier upon said assembly.

SUMMARY AND OBJECT OF THE INVENTION

Invention resides in, and the object of this invention is, to provide a tree stump splitting assembly which utilizes the aforesaid carrier on the aforesaid tractor, and provides a blade equipped to be mounted upon the said carrier with only a single connection thereto.

A further object of the invention is to adapt said blade to be mounted upon the terminal end portion of said carrier by a single connecting pin, to have limited angular travel about the longitudinal axis of said connecting pin.

A further object of the invention is to adapt said blade to limit said arcuate travel in either direction, so that forces applied to said blade will be directed to drive said blade to effect the purpose of said blade.

Still another object of the invention is to provide a mounting means on said blade to mount said blade upon said terminal end portion of the tool carrier, and to utilize the contour of said terminal end portion in engagement with said mounting means to register the mounting hole in said terminal end portion with one or more holes in said mounting means.

These and various other objects are attained by the construction hereinafter described and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein:

FIG. 1 is a plan view of the stump splitting assembly, with the carrier omitted for clarity.

FIG. 2 is a side elevational view of the device taken on line 2--2 of FIG. 1, and showing the terminal portion of said carrier.

FIG. 3 is a vertical, sectional, elevational view taken on line 3--3 of FIG. 2, also showing a portion of said carrier.

FIG. 4 is a side elevational view on a substantially smaller scale showing a tractor body drawn in phantom line, with a mounting bracket, tool operating lever, hydraulic cylinder, and the carrier shown thereon, with the stump splitting assembly secured to the terminal end portion of said arm.

FIG. 5 is a rear elevational view taken on line 5--5 of FIG. 4.

In these views the reference character 1 indicates a centrally disposed blade having a forward portion 2 and a rearward portion 3. Much of the periphery of said blade is sharpened to form a bottom cutting edge 4 and a rear cutting edge 5, 5a. The forward section 2 of the blade 1 is formed with a sharpened cutting edge 6 which downwardly terminates in a protruding toe-like cutting edge 7.

Centrally, the blade is formed with a downwardly extending V-shaped notch 8, defined by a front face 9 and a rear face 10. Said faces are upwardly divergent, and at their lower ends are contiguously conjoined by a bottom surface 11.

As may readily be seen in FIGS. 1 and 2, a pair of ears 12 flank the blade 1, and may be so formed as to approximately be in alignment with the edges of the notch 8. Each ear is formed with a respective hole 13, with said holes being in alignment, one with the other.

Extending between the ears 12, are respective forward and rearward stop plates 14, which stop plates also are disposed in upwardly divergent planes as may be seen in FIG. 2. The stop plates 14 and ears 12 may be secured as by welding or any other convenient means to the blade 1. If desired, reinforcing members 15 and 16 may be employed to interconnect the ears 12 to the respective front and rear portions of the blade 1.

Reference character 19 designates the terminal end portion of the carrier 18 which is mounted as hereinafter described upon a powered vehicle. Said end portion terminates in an arcuate contour 19c concentric with a hole 20 formed in said end section. As will be clear from the foregoing description and from the drawings, the hole 20 must be in alignment with the holes 13 so that three holes may receive a connecting pin 21.

Some limited angular travel about the longitudinal axis of said connecting pin may be afforded. It should be observed that the terminal end portion of the tool carrier has front and rear edge surfaces 19a and 19b, which, absent the stop plates 14, would engage the respective faces 9 and 10 of the notch 8 to limit the aforesaid angular travel about the longitudinal axis of the connecting pin 21. When, however, the stop plates 14 are used, the opposing surfaces of such plates engage said edge faces 19a and 19b.

The stump splitting assembly is designed for use on an existing convential, powered vehicle, which may take the form of a caterpillar tractor A, shown in phantom line. Shown in solid lines, and mounted on the rear of the tractor are brackets 22, which respectively mount respective hydraulic cylinders 23. The upper end of each hydraulic cylinder is pivotally mounted as at 23a on a bracket, and the lower end of each piston rod is pivotally secured as at 23b to a lever assembly 24.

The lever assembly is pivotally mounted as at 25 to the lower end portions of the aforesaid brackets 22. It is to be noted that the upper portion 24a of the lever assembly is provided with a plurality of holes to effect an interconnection with a pin, as at 26. Spaced downwardly from said holes 26 is a second hole to afford a second hole and pin connection as at 27.

As stated earlier herein, this invention affords the use of the tool carrier 18, which is conventionally available for use with the caterpillar tractor A. The carrier 18, as is clearly seen from the drawing, tapers to a relatively small protuberance 19, which is terminally formed with an arcuate surface 19c concentric with the hole 20. The angle of upward divergency of the respective stop plates 14 may be predetermined so that insertion therebetween of the terminal end portion 19 will cause said arcuate surface 19c to engage the opposing inclined faces of said stop plates, with the effect that as long as said arcuate surface is in such engagement, the hole 20 will automatically be in registration with the aligned holes 13 for insertion of the connecting pin 21.

It is understood, of course, that the tractor A is provided with a power source (not shown) effective upon the hydraulic cylinder 23 to operate the lever assembly 24 in the use of the stump splitting assembly, and indeed, of any other tool attached to said tool carrying member.