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Sept. 17, 1946.
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‘2,407,803
FRUIT CLIPPER
Filed Feb. 2, 1944
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Sept, 17, 1946.
W. O. THOMAS
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FRUIT CLIPPER
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2,407,803
Patented Sept. 17,1946
UNITED‘ ‘STATES PATENT OFFICE
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“ ApplieationEebruary 2,1944, Serial No. 520,789 ’ p p
' ; 4 Claims.“ (01. 56—336)
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l. The ‘fruit: being harvested
This invention, relates to a fruit clipper or
adapted, to, have
itsrstem cut through ,thegcoaction of a'fixed cutter
blade l8 and a‘ movable cutter bladets pivoted
picker.
It is particularly aimed to provide a novel.con-_
struction which will supplant and avoid vtheex
‘Editor such, ?xed cutter ‘blades . Thelatter is
pense and trouble incident to' theuse of, ladders
and which will at. the same time. prove ,_more
fastened eslh'y meansiof ‘screws. Zl to .thellppe'r. ‘7
expeditious and enableop'erat'ion with less fatigue
end o’f?staif ‘l0 and it extends upwar'dlyand'for
' ‘ wardly with respect theretoe "Thegcutter blade
lBJis shapedisimli’arly to that. ‘at l8‘anfd‘ as both »
are, arcuate, .as shown, "they extend 'over the ring
and particularly troubles of the arches of the feet
experienced by standing on ladder rungs. ' .
A particular object is to provide the novel struc
ture wherein the entrance to the chute employed
will be moved relatively close to the fruit during
the act ofpicking or cutting the fruitjto minimize
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i2 and .entranclewto‘the chute‘ I‘LfThe meeting
‘edges of {the blades ‘l8 and I9 are preferably
I sharpened as at,,_22. ‘
A ‘cross‘lever 23' is pivoted at 24 to‘ the rear
danger of loss .or failure ‘ to passt'nrough the
surface of the staff Ill and arm l3'h‘as anexten
chute.
sion or crank 25 which passes through‘an open
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In addition it is aimed to provide ainovelcon:
struction manually operable through leversfiaind
linkage, which is simple, inexpensive and durable.
ing 26 in thfefcros's lever“. ‘A relativelyjshort link
embodiment.
securedto'the ‘staff LID,‘ _
2'! is pivotally'connected at 28 to the blade l9 and
at 29 to the cross 1ever‘23. The parts are nor
mally held in the position shown in Figure 1,"
The more speci?c objects and advantages will
become apparent from a consideration of the de 20 with the cutting edges of the blades slightly’ sepa
rated, through the action of a .coil spring _ 29a
scription following taken in connection with ac;
fastened tqjthe bolt or pivot 29, and to a staple ‘3t
companying drawings‘ illustrating an‘ operative
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Figure 1 is a View of the picker in rear elevation;
Figure 2 is a view of the picker in side elevation;
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. or link 3!, slidable through a guide 3lb, is Divot
Figure 3 is a View of the picker in side elevation,
fragmentarily showing the use of an extension for
the handle of the picker, certain parts being
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shown in section to dis-close details;
Figure 4 is a cross-sectional view taken on the
line ll—4 of Figure 2;
Figure 5 is a cross-sectional View taken on the
line 5—5 of Figure 1; and
Figure 6 is a vertical section taken on the line
6—6 of Figure~2.
Referring speci?cally to the drawings, numeral
ii! denotes a handle or staff of any desired length,
adapted to support a tubular chute l l, which may
he of canvas or other suitable material.
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In order to manually‘ ‘:perate'the parts, a rod
In said drawings: ‘
This
chute is preferably open at its top and bottom
ends so that picked fruit will fall therethrough
and due to friction against the inside of the chute,
the fruit will be retarded in its descent and thus
not become damaged when it strikes into a re
ceptacle or other fruit at the discharge end of
the chute.
At the upper edge, chute H is fastened to a
ally connected at its ends to the cross lever 23
and an operating lever 32, the latter being piv
oted at 33 to the staff l0 and urged into a-but
ment with a stop 34 on the latter, through they
contractile action of spring 29. A handle 35 is
preferably provided on the lever 32.
In operation, the parts in the position shown
in Figure 1, are arranged so that the stem of the
fruit to be picked or harvested is between the
blades l8 and I9 and in line with the ring l2.
Handle 35' is thereupon moved away from the
chute ll, causing link 3! to tilt the cross lever
23 and such cross lever 23 due to its connection
with the crank 25, and with the cutter l9, simul
taneously moves the ring closer to the cutters I3
and I9 and moves the cutter I 9 toward the cutter
l3 to sever the fruit.
As a result, the parts are
‘spaced sufliciently for effective engagement with
the fruit and during the act of cutting the fruit
moving into cutting position, the mouth or en
trance of the chute and ring l2 are arranged
closer to the fruit so that passage of the latter
through the chute H is assured.
In some instances, as in picking unusually high
ring l2 which is a lever since it has an arm I3
pivoted by means of a bolt or otherwise at M to 50 fruits, I may provide an extension on the staff Ill
as shown at 40 in Figure 3. This staff may have
the upper end of the staff at Ill.
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a sleeve 4| fastened at the top as at 42 and ex
Below the ring I2, a positioning ring “5 is an
tending slightly beyond it, so as to form a socket
chored by means of a lug l6 to the staff I ll. Chute
for reception of the lower end of the staff 10. It
H passes through ring l5 and has ?exible loops
at I‘! overlapping it.
55 will be noted that the latter has a hole 43 there
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through, to accommodate a detachable bolt 44
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ing the crank arm at one side of the fulcrum point
which secures the holder 4| and staff In together.
The part 3la may be a bolt and a rod or link 45
is detachably fastened to it and to a supplemental
actuating lever 46 as by means of a bolt at 41.
of said rocker, a connection between the distal
end of the rocker and the pivotal blade, a hand
lever on the staff and a connection between the
hand lever and the remaining end of the rocker,
said connection between the rocker and the piv
otal blade-being in the iormof a pivotal link.
‘ Thissupplemental actuating lever 46 and asso
ciated parts function like that at 32, and it is piv
oted at 48 to‘ the extension 40 and urged against
an abutment 49 by the action of the aforesaid
spring 29. Also, a handle 50 may extend from
the supplemental actuating lever 46 to function
like that at 35. It will be understood that in‘
operating these parts, manipulation of the handle,
50 will effect the same result as the manipulation
3; A fruit picker comprising a 'sta?, a fruit re
ceiver supported by the staff and provided with a
pivotal member at its receiving end for holding
said end of the receiver open, said pivotal mem
ber being provided with a'crank arm extending
outwardly from its pivot point, a cutter on the
' fruit opposing end of the staff comprising a sta
of the handle 35.
15 tionary blade and a pivotal blade, a rocker sup
Various changes may be resorted to provided 7 ported by the sta?‘ and formed with an opening
they fall within the spirit and scope of the in
for receiving the crank arm at one side of the
vention.
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fulcrum point of said rocker, a connection be
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tween the distal end of the rocker and the piv-'
1. A fruit pickercomprising a staff, a fruit re 20 otal blade, a. hand lever on the sta? and a con
ceiver supported by the staff and provided with a
nection between the hand lever and the remain
pivotal member at its receiving end'for holding , ing endlof the, rocker, said connection between
said end of the receiver open, said pivotal mem
the rocker and the pivotal blade being in the
ber_‘ being provided‘with a crank arm extending
form of a pivotal link, said blade being curved
outwardly from its pivot point, a cutter on the
inwardly over the adjacent end ofv the receiver.
4. A'fruit picker comprising a staff’, a' fruit re
ceiver supported by the sta? and provided'with a
; fruit-opposing end of IthestaIT comprising a sta
tionary blade ‘and a pivotal blade, a rocker sup
ported by the sta? 'andrformed with an opening '
pivotal member at'its receiving end for holding
forireceiving the‘crank' arm atone side of the
said end of the receiver‘open, said pivotal mem
ber being provided with a crank arm extending
fulcum point of said rocker, a connection between
the distal end of the rocker and the pivotal, blade,
a hand lever on the sta? and a connection be
outwardly Irom its pivot point,~a cutter on the
fruit opposing end of the staff comprising a sta
tween the handlever and the remaining end of
tionary blade and ‘a pivotal blade, a rocker [sup
the rocker.’
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2. A fruit picker comprising a staff, a fruit re
ceiver supported by the staff and provided with a
pivotal member at its receiving end for holding
said end of the receiver open, said pivotal member
being provided with a crank arm extending out
wardly from its pivot point, a cutter on the fruit
opposing end of the staff comprising a'stationary
blade and a pivotal blade, a rocker, supported by
the sta? and formed with an ‘opening for receiv
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ported by the staff and formed with an opening
for receiving the crank armyat one side of the ful
crum point 'of said‘ rocker, a connection between
the distal end of the rocker and the pivotal blade,
a~hand lever‘ on the stall’ and a ‘connection be
tween the hand lever and the remaining end of
the rocker, said crank arm being curved, up
wardly at its free end.
WALTER o. THOMAS.
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