US 9,809,337 B2
Standing tree compression ring
Douglas Herrmann, Doylestown, PA (US)
Filed by Douglas Herrmann, Doylestown, PA (US)
Filed on Jul. 26, 2013, as Appl. No. 13/951,917.
Application 13/951,917 is a division of application No. 13/658,888, filed on Oct. 24, 2012, granted, now 8,516,955.
Application 13/658,888 is a division of application No. 12/730,816, filed on Mar. 24, 2010, granted, now 8,347,784.
Prior Publication US 2013/0312374 A1, Nov. 28, 2013
Int. Cl. B65B 11/02 (2006.01); A01G 23/04 (2006.01); B65B 25/02 (2006.01)
CPC B65B 11/025 (2013.01) [A01G 23/04 (2013.01); B65B 25/02 (2013.01)] 16 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A standing tree branch compression apparatus, comprising:
a compression ring adapted to encircle a trunk of the tree and to forceably move branches of the tree inwardly as it is raised vertically by lifting means; and
a ring liner affixed to a external operative outer surface of said ring wherein said ring is polygonal comprising a series of interconnected straight sides, said liner having a coefficient of friction substantially less than said ring,
wherein a portion of said ring is a removeable ring segment to provide open and closed conditions of the ring permitting lateral passage of the tree trunk into the center of the ring when open and to provide a 360-degree tree branch compression surface when closed,
wherein said ring segment is attachable to said ring at one end by latch means, and
wherein said ring segment is attachable to said ring at a second end by a mating tongue and slot joint.