The invention relates to the maintenance of earth moving equipment, particularly those with buckets.
A common issue with earth moving equipment involves the removal of soil and other accumulations in the bucket. In many soil types, the soil and other debris accumulates slowly over time, reducing the production of the equipment by decreasing the available volume to move additional soil.
A common method to reduce accumulation in a bucket is to wash the bucket interior, typically under pressure. This method requires a pressure washer, manual labor, and an adequate water supply which is not always be available at a work site. Another method involves using a local fixed object like a tree stump as a pick. With a fixed object in the area, the vehicle will position itself next to the object and orient the bucket to where the bucket interior interacts with the object. However, these objects might not be the optimum shape to clean the bucket interior, requiring additional operations.
These solutions to the accumulation problem are not ideal, leading to a need for a better way to accomplish this goal.
The invention is a cleaning device used to remove deposits from earth moving equipment. The invention in an exemplary embodiment comprises a pipe with adaptors at both ends of the pipe. The weight of the vehicle positions the cleaning device so the scraper adaptor can interact with the bucket interior. By keeping the cleaning device stationary and moving the bucket into position, the accumulation in the bucket can be removed with minimal time and without the use of any liquids or leaving the location.
The cleaning device 100 consists of a pipe 105 with an load adaptor 110 on the first end and a scraper adaptor 120 on the second end. In the exemplary embodiment, the load adaptor 110 and scraper adaptor 120 are identical, but may be different in alternative embodiments. The load adaptor 110 comprises a load cap 112 and a load plate 114. The scraper adaptor 120 comprises a scraper cap 122 and a scraper plate 124. The load adaptor 110 and the scraper adaptor 120 in the exemplary embodiment are rectangular plates of metal that extend away from the pipe 105.
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The cleaning device 100 may now work with the bucket 210 as it is now fixed with respect to the vehicle 205. The scraper adaptor 120 is now above the ground 220 with the scraper adaptor 120 parallel to the orientation of the bucket 210, which is also parallel to the ground 220. The vehicle 205 then positions the bucket 210 so that the scraper adaptor 120 will enter the bucket 210. The bucket 210 acts on the scraper adaptor 120, pushing the scraper adaptor 120 against the bucket interior 212. As the bucket 210 moves, the scraper plate 124 moves with respect to the bucket interior 212, pushing the debris loose and out of the bucket 210.
With the debris removal completed, the bucket 210 moves away from the scraper adaptor 120, freeing the cleaning device 100 to lower as needed. The vehicle 205 then moves off the load adaptor 110, causing the cleaning device 100 to return to the level of the ground 220.
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One of skill in the art will appreciate that embodiments of the invention provide an improved device for the cleaning of excavation and earth moving equipment. Although specific embodiments are illustrated and described herein, it will be appreciated by those of ordinary skill in the art that any arrangement which is calculated to achieve the same purpose can be substituted for the specific embodiments shown. This specification is intended to cover any adaptations or variations of embodiments. In particular, one of skill in the art will appreciate that the names and terminology are not intended to limit embodiments. Furthermore, additional apparatus can be added to the components, functions can be rearranged among components, and new components corresponding to future enhancements and future physical devices used in embodiments can be introduced without departing from the scope of the invention. The terminology used in this application is intended to include all embodiments and alternatives which provide the same functionality as described herein.
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