US 9,807,928 B1
Limb and branch trimming apparatus
Joseph W. Stout, Benton, AR (US)
Filed by Joseph W. Stout, Benton, AR (US)
Filed on Apr. 27, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/499,624.
Int. Cl. A01G 3/00 (2006.01); A01D 34/44 (2006.01); A01D 34/56 (2006.01); A01D 34/52 (2006.01); A01D 34/835 (2006.01); A01G 3/053 (2006.01); A01D 101/00 (2006.01)
CPC A01D 34/44 (2013.01) [A01D 34/52 (2013.01); A01D 34/56 (2013.01); A01D 34/835 (2013.01); A01G 3/053 (2013.01); A01D 2101/00 (2013.01)] 5 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A limb and branch trimming apparatus removably mountable to a vehicle selected from the group consisting of an all-terrain vehicle, a utility vehicle, a golf cart, and combinations thereof, the trimming apparatus comprising:
a. a cutting assembly having a plurality of cutting members, a plurality of fastening mechanisms, and a pulley system, with each of the cutting members defining a hole for engaging with one of the fastening mechanisms, and with the pulley system having a plurality of groove pulleys and a plurality of belts traveling within the groove pulleys wherein the pulley system operatively rotates each of the cutting members;
b. a frame having
i. a support platform having a base, an upstanding brace, two shoulders, an angled corner plate, and an upstanding shaft support plate defining a bore, with the brace, the two shoulders, the corner plate, and the shaft support plate each being affixed to the base of the support platform; and
ii. an upstanding mast member having a first outer side wall and a second inner side wall, a rear wall, and a top plate, with the top plate abutting a top of both of the two side walls and a top of the rear wall, with each of the two side walls defining a plurality of bores for receiving the fastening mechanism of each of the cutting members, and with the mast member abutting against an end of the support platform;
c. an internal combustion engine of the apparatus for powering both a drive assembly sand the cutting assembly independently from a vehicle's power source;
d. the drive assembly having a main drive shaft member and a plurality of slave shaft members,
i. the main drive shaft member having a proximal first end and a distal second end, with the proximal first end of the main drive shaft member being insertable through each of the shaft support plate bore, one of the mast member two side wall bores, and one of the cutting members holes, with the main drive shaft member being rotatably engageable with the pulley system for driving all of the cutting members of the apparatus, and with the distal second end of the main drive shaft member coupled to the internal combustion engine of the apparatus; and
ii. one of each of the plurality of slave shaft members being coupled to one of each of the cutting members and to the pulley system;
e. wherein the support platform supports the internal combustion engine and the mast member, with the base of the support platform being removably mountable onto a front portion of the vehicle or onto a front hood or a rack portion of the vehicle;
f. wherein the first and second side walls of the mast member form a channel, with at least a first of the first side wall plurality of bores being aligned with at least a first of the second side wall plurality of bores to support one of the cutting members and one of the plurality of slave shaft members, with a second bore of the first side wall being aligned with a second bore of the second side wall to support one of the cutting members and the main drive shaft member, and wherein the plurality of cutting members being positioned at the outer side wall and secured with the fastening mechanism; and
g. wherein the first outer side wall being offset from the rear wall, and with the rear wall and the upstanding brace of the support platform being used as a shield to protect a driver of the vehicle from debris.