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US6290099: Portable, removable accessory for a material spreader

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Inventor(s) William S. Melton ·
Assignee(s) None listed in document.
Attorney/Agent(s) Oliff & Berridge, PLC ·
Primary Examiner Kevin Shaver ·
Assistant Examiner Frederick C Nicolas ·
Application Number US9511484
Filing date 02/23/2000
Issue date 09/18/2001
Predicted expiration date 02/23/2020
U.S. Classifications 222/129  · 239/302  · 220/510  · 220/528  ·
International Classifications --
Kind CodeB1
International Classifications 222129 · 222132 · 2221451 · 2221811 · 239302 · 239303 · 239650 · 239553 · 239552 · 2395533 · 2395535 · 239590 · 2395903 · 2395905 · 239591 · 220528 · 220501 · 220510 ·
20 Claims, 5 Drawings


Abstract

An accessory for a material spreader having a hopper. The accessory comprises a removable insert which constitutes a divider when placed in the hopper of the material spreader such that the hopper is divided into at least two compartments. In particular, the accessory may comprise a first removable panel and a second removable panel. In such case, the second removable panel is arranged to engage the first removable panel in a mutually perpendicular manner such that the first and second removable panels constitute a divider which divides the hopper of the material spreader into four compartments when placed in the hopper. The accessory is preferably molded of plastic material and may be provided with handle portion(s) and raised ribs.

Independent Claims | See all claims (20)

  1. 1. An accessory in combination with a material spreader having a hopper, the accessory comprising: a removable insert which constitutes a divider when placed in a hopper of a material spreader such that the hopper is divided into at least two compartments, wherein the removable insert comprises at least one panel having a plurality of raised ribs on at least a portion of at least one surface thereof.
  2. 7. An accessory in combination with a material spreader having a hopper, the accessory comprising: a first removable panel; and a second removable panel, the second removable panel being arranged to engage the first removable panel in a mutually perpendicular manner such that the first and second removable panels constitute a divider which divides the hopper of the material spreader into four compartments when placed in the hopper; wherein at least one of the first and second removable panels has a plurality of raised ribs on at least a portion of at least one surface thereof.
  3. 13. An accessory in combination with a material spreader having a hopper, the accessory comprising: a first removable panel; a first central vertical slot extending from a top edge of the first removable panel, the first central vertical slot being dimensioned to receive a portion of the second removable panel; a second removable panel; a second central vertical slot extending from a bottom edge of the first removable panel, the second central vertical slot being dimensioned to receive a portion of the first removable panel; wherein the portion of at least one of the first removable panel and the second removable panel comprises at least one recessed groove aligned with the respective vertical slot; and wherein the second removable panel is arranged to engage the first removable panel in a mutually perpendicular manner such that the first and second removable panels constitute a divider that divides the hopper of the material spreader into multiple compartments when placed in the hopper.

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Foreign Patent Documents

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