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US5309654: Snow and ice broom

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Johnny L. Mathis ·
Assignee(s) MATHIS JOHNNY L ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Bender; S. Michael ·
Primary Examiner Stephen F. Gerrity ·
Assistant Examiner Mark Spisich ·
Application Number US8045883
Filing date 04/15/1993
Issue date 05/10/1994
Predicted expiration date 04/15/2013
U.S. Classifications /372.84  · /372.7  ·
International Classifications E01H 512  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 15105;111;143.1 ·
4 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

A new and improved combined snow pusher, ice chopper, and broom apparatus for clearing a surface includes a handle which is supported by a support and which projects upward from the top of the support at a first acute angle with respect to the support. Bristles are supported by the support, and the bristles project downward from the bottom of the support by a first distance. A panel element is supported by the support at the front of the support. The panel element is connected directly to the support, and the bottom end of the panel element projects downward past the bottom of the support by a second distance. The second distance is less than the first distance, whereby the portion of the panel element which extends below the support element protects the interface between the bristles and the support, whereby the panel element does not contact the surface to be cleared. The bottom end of the panel element includes a sharp lower edge. In a first mode of operation, the bristles are placed on the surface to be cleared, the panel element is used to push material out of a path on the surface, and the bristles are used to sweep material out of the path on the surface. In a second mode of operation, the apparatus is rotated 180 degrees, and the sharp edge of the panel element is placed on the surface to be cleared. In this mode, the apparatus can be used for chopping ice.

Independent Claims | See all claims (4)

  1. 1. A new and improved snow pusher, ice chopper, and broom apparatus for clearing a surface, comprising:a support element which includes a front, a back, a top, and a bottom,a handle, supported by said support element, which projects upward from said top of said support element at a first acute angle with respect to said top of said support element,a plurality of bristles, supported by said support element, which project downward from said bottom of said support element by a first distance,a substantially flat plate panel element, supported by said support element at the front of said support element, said panel element including a bottom end and a top end, wherein said bottom end is connected directly to said support element and projects downward past said bottom of said support element by a second distance, wherein said second distance is less than said first distance, wherein said bottom end includes a sharp lower edge, andbracing assembly means, connected between said panel element and said support element, for bracing said panel element against said support element, said bracing assembly means including a first bracing element and a second bracing element, a portion of said first bracing element being connected to said panel element substantially perpendicular to said panel element, a portion of said first bracing element being connected to a portion of said second bracing element substantially perpendicular to said second bracing element, and a portion of said second bracing element being connected to said support element,wherein, in a first mode of operation, said panel element is used to push material out of a path on the surface, and said bristles are used to sweep material out of the path on the surface, when said bristles are placed on the surface, and said handle is pushed by a user toward said front of said support element in a direction substantially parallel to the surface, andwherein, in a second mode of operation, said sharp edge of said panel element is moved toward the surface by a user who pushes said handle in a direction at a second acute angle with respect to the surface.

References Cited

U.S. Patent Documents

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US950012 Bender Feb 1910
US1922998 JACOB WILLIAMS Williams Aug 1933
US2163979 Judson Jun 1939
US2290178 HAYFORD CHESTER F Hayford Jul 1942
US2867827 EMPIRE BRUSHES INC Gantz Jan 1959
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Foreign Patent Documents

Document NumberAssigneesInventorsIssue/Pub Date
CH241590WEDEVAGS BRUKS AKTIEBOLAGAug 1946
GB561688ARTHUR DOUGLAS MERRIMANMay 1944
GB2150015DYMOTT DAVID MORETONJun 1985

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