Oct 22, 1946; ' ' _ c; L. MCCAFFREY ' YARD REFUSE COLLECTOR ' Filed July 13, 1945 2,409,778 ’ I 2,409,778 Patented Oct. 22, 1946 UNITED ‘STATES PATENT GFFICE YARD REFUSE COLLECTOR _, n , ‘H‘Charles L. McCaffrey, Nashville; Tenn, ‘assignor ‘ ' of one-half Tenn. to Arthur J. Kuhn-“Nashville, ‘l > ‘Application July 13, 1945, Serial No. 694,963 3 Claims. (01. 214-‘—65.4) ' , This invention ‘relates to a collector by means of which yard refuse or other trash may be col lected and transported to a place where it is to be burned or otherwise disposed of, it being un derstood that while the device is particularly , 2 the frame of each section is provided at the top of the open side thereof with a socket 4 located substantially midway the width of the section. The two ‘sockets are in side-by-side relation to each other and through these sockets is passed ' a pin 5’ which pivotally connects the‘ sockets and’ also serves "as means for'holding lower ends of wooden handles 8 in the sockets. ‘Since the material and transporting it to a place where it handles are disposed in side-by-side relation to is to be used or disposed of. One object of the invention is to provide a 10 each other, they may be readily swung to open or close the two sections of the body or receptacle gatherer or collector including companion sec and when the sections 1 and 2 are in closed po ' tions which cooperate with each other to form sition, the two handles may be grasped and tilted the receptacle, the sections being mounted for rearwardly to bring the wheels 1 into engage opening and closing movement and having han ment with the ground. The wheels ‘I are carried dles by means of which they may be opened and by axles 8 at rear corners of the section 2 and closed and by means of which the device may be since the axles project rearwardly from this sec tilted to a position disposing wheels carried by tion, rearward tilting of the ?lled receptacle or one section in position to rest upon the ground body will cause the receptacle to be spaced from and thus allow the device to be readily pushed 20 the ground and the collector may then be easily from one place to another. pushed from one place to another. Another object of the invention is to provide When this improved collector is in use, the two a collector or gatherer so constructed that its handles 6 are grasped and swung apart so that companion sections may be very easily disposed the sections l and 2 will be moved to the open over a pile of trash or refuse and then swung toward each other to a position in which they 25 position shown in Figure 3. The collector may then be disposed over a pile of trash 9 which it will enclose refuse which will be held in the is desired to dispose of and the handles then closed receptacle while the receptacle is being swung toward each other with lower edges of pushed to a place where the gathered material the open inner ends of the two sections resting is to be disposed of. upon the ground. As the two sections move to 30 A further object of the invention is to provide ward each other, they will have scraping engage a device of this character which is of light weight ment with the ground and material in the pile and capable of being very easily operated. The between the two sections will be enclosed as the invention is illustrated in the accompanying two sections move toward each other to the posi drawing wherein—— , Figure l is a perspective view of the improved , tion shown in Figure 1. As soon as the two sec tions have been moved to a closed position in gatherer, which the handles are in side-by-side relation to Figure 2 is a side elevation showing the each other, the two handles will be grasped and gatherer being pushed from one place to another, the receptacle tilted rearwardly to bring the Figure 3 is a side elevation showing the gath wheels 1 into contact with the ground. The ?lled erer open and disposed in position for taking receptacle will thus be supported upon the wheels up material from a pile of material on the as shown in Figure 2 and the receptacle or ga ground, therer may be easily pushed to a place where the Figure 4 is a fragmentary sectional view upon material is to be dumped for burning. The han an enlarged scale taken along the line 4-4 of dles will then be swung apart to open the re Figure 1, and ceptacle and the material enclosed therein Figure 5 is a view similar to Figure 4 showing shaken out of the opened receptacle. the sections of the gatherer moved to an open While it has been stated that garden refuse position. i and trash is to be transported from one place This improved gatherer has a body or recepta to another for burning, it will be understood that cle formed. of companion sections I and 2. The the receptacle or gatherer may be used for pick sections are open across their inner ends, and ing up any loose material over which the open each has its open inner end bordered by a frame receptacle may be disposed and then moved to 3 formed of metal. These sections forming the a closed position, and the enclosed material body may be formed of any suitable material 55 transported to a place of disposal or use. adapted for gathering and transporting yard refuse, it may be used for picking up any loose such as wire, fabric, sheet metal, or the like, and 3 2,409,778 4 It is thought that persons skilled in the art to which the invention relates will be able to obtain 2. A gatherer comprising a wheeled receptacle having companion sections open at their inner a clear understanding of the invention after con sides, a socket secured to each section adjacent its central portion and extending upwardly there from in side by side relation to each other, han dles extending into said sockets, a hinge pin Minor changes in the shape, size and arrange extending through the lower ends of said handles ment of details coming within the ?eld of inven-' and said sockets forming opening means for said tion claimed may be resorted to in actual prac sections when said handles are moved to crossed tice, if desired. 10 position. What is claimed is: 3. A gatherer comprising a receptacle having 1. A gatherer comprising a receptacle having companion sections open at their inner sides, a companion sections open at their inner sides, socket secured to each section adjacent its cen frames about the open inner ‘sides oi said sec tral portion and extending upwardly therefrom tions, sockets extending upwardly from said 15 in side by side relation to each other, handles frames in side-by-side relation to each other, extending into said sockets, a hinge pin extend handles having lower ends ?tting into said sock ing through the lower ends of said handles and ets, a pin passing through the sockets and lower said sockets forming opening means for said ends of said handles to pivotally mount the sec sections when said handles are moved to crossed tions and secure the handles in the sockets, axles 20 position, outwardly and rearwardly extending carried by “opposite sides ‘of ‘one section at the axles secured to one of said sections, and wheels rear'enfd thereof and'projecting rearwardly from on said axles adapted when in engagement with the said section, and wheels carried by said axles the ground to underlie said handles for pushing imposition to make contact with the ground when said receptacle from one place to another. sidering the description in connection with the drawing. Therefore, a more lengthy description is regarded as unnecessary. the receptacle is ‘tilted rearwardly and allow the closed receptacle to be pushed from one place to another. 25 CHARLES L. MCCAFFREY.