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Feb. 20, 1962
R. B. GANDY
3,021,860
APPARATUS FOR SETTING IRRIGATION TUBES
Filed June 17, 1960
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
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INVENTOR.
2° BERT B. GANDY
BY
Feb. 20, 1962
R. B. GANDY
3,021,860
APPARATUS FOR SETTING IRRIGATION TUBES
Filed June 17, 1960
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with are a pair of legs 16 to the outer ends of which
APPARATUS FOR SETTING IRRIGATIGN TUBES
is attached, by any suitable means, a ?oat member 17.
Robert B. Gandy, Idaiou, Tex.
As shown, the ?oat is a closed hollow cylinder of any
Filed dune 17, 1960, Ser. No. 36,913
suitable material such as metal or plastic, but which may
9 Claims. (Cl. 137-424)
have other forms and may comprise a solid mass of
This invention relates to portable siphons for irrigation
light or porous material.
ditch systems. In the usual practice the water is led
As seen in FIGURE 5 the intake arm 8 of each siphon
from the main supply ditch or canal into the planted
tube has a telescoping end piece 18 with opening 19
area by siphoning over the ditch bank, as for instance by 10 which houses a gate valve 21} hingedly carried within and
means of aluminum or plastic tubes two to three inches
positioned to close the opening 19 when the tube arm 8
in diameter and three to ?ve feet in length, one being
is in a non-Working position as in FIGURE 4.
used for each crop row in an area to be watered. To
In operation, the apparatus is spotted at the desired
start the process "the operator immerses a tube in the ditch
location along the ditch 21, and with the parts in the
completely ?lling it with water, then closes one end, as 15 position shown in FIGURE 4, in which valve 20 is closed,
with the open hand, hangs the tube over the ditch bank
the siphon tubes are ?lled with water by pouring into the
and removes his hand from the discharge end, whereupon
end of the discharge arm 22.. The tubes are then quickly
lowered by movement of lever 9 to a position encom~
?ow commences, and continues until the tube is removed
or the siphon otherwise broken.
passing the bank 23 of the ditch and with the discharge
It is an object of the present invention to ‘avoid the
ends of the tubes beneath the level of the water in ditch
need for repeated ?lling of the siphon tube. Other ob
21. In this position normal siphon flow commences,
jects are to provide a siphon system of plural feed which
with gate valve 20 yielding to the ?ow. If desired the
is unitary in construction and readily portable from one
gate valve may have a slight spring bias to ensure its
location of use to another.
closing action but this bias must be considerably less
These and other objects which will be apparent to 25 than the pressure of the water head in the siphon.
those skilled in the art are attained by the present in
In the working position of the apparatus the forward
vention which may be brie?y described as a ?oatable
side of the main frame 1 may dwell on the side of the
frame having a linkage system for manipulating the tubes
ditch, with the ?oat serving to hold up the rear end and
into and out of working position, and which includes
keep the intake end 18 of the tubes above the muck
valve means for maintaining the siphon tube ?lled when 30 of the ditch bottom.
out of working position.
When it is desired to terminate water flow it is only
For a more detailed description of the invention refer
necessary to pull back on the lever 9 which results in
ence is made to the following speci?cation, as illustrated
lifting the tubes and lowering the ?oat to the positions
in the drawings, in which:
shown in ‘FIGURE 4, the water remaining in the tubes
FIGURE 1 is a top plan view of the siphon-carrying 35 due to actionlof valve 29. In this position the system
may be ?oated to a new location with little effort, and
frame,
FIGURE 2 is a perspective view of the frame shown
in FIGURE 4 the apparatus is shown balanced on the
?oat 17 for this purpose. When it is out of service and
in FEGURE l, on reduced scale,
FIGURE 3 is a sectional view taken on the line 3-3
not being moved the forward end of the frame 1 will rest
of FIGURE 1 with parts of the system appearing in side 40 against the ditch bank.
While a certain preferred embodiment has been shown
elevation,
FIGURE 4 is a view similar to FIGURE 3, showing
and described, the invention is not limited thereby since
the parts in an adjusted position with the siphon tubes
various modi?cations and substitution of equivalents will
raised from working position, and
suggest themselves to those skilled in the art, and the in
FIGURE 5 is a fragmentary view in section and en 45 vention should not, therefore, be deemed as limited
larged showing the gate valve in the intake end of a tube,
except as shall appear from the spirit and scope of the
as seen along the line 5—5 of FIGURE 3.
appended claims.
I claim:
Referring now to the drawings by characters of refer
ence, there is shown a main supporting frame comprising
1. A siphon system for irrigation ditches comprising
a strip 1 forming an open rectangle, and which may be 50 an open rectangular, supporting frame, means on op
fabricated from any suitable material such as aluminum,
posite ends of the frame journalling a rocker shaft
steel, wood or plastic. A pair of pillow blocks 2 secured
medially of said frame, a rack secured to said shaft for
at the midpoints of respective, opposite ends of the frame
swinging movement upon rotation of said shaft, a
1 serve as bearings for a rocking system of rigid con
plurality of siphon tubes, means on said rack for securing
struction which carries the siphon tubes and the ?oat. 55 said siphon tubes adjacent one of their respective ends
The tube-carrying portion of this system consists of a
at spaced points along the rack, a ?oat unit, means rigidly
rectangular frame 3, conveniently formed from rod of
connecting said ?oat unit to said shaft in spaced rela
round section, one side of which, indicated by the num
tion on the side of said shaft opposite said rack, an arm
eral 4 is journalled in the bearing blocks 2 and serves as
secured to and extending from said shaft, a connecting
the rocker shaft for the system. The outer swinging side 60 link pivoted to said arm, and an operating handle pivoted
5 of frame 3 has a?ixed at spaced intervals along its
to said frame and to said link.
length a series of hose clamps 6 with mounting tabs 7 in
2. A siphon system for irrigation ditches comprising
which clamps the intake arms 8 of the arcuately bent
a supporting platform, means on said platform journalling
siphon tubes are secured.
a rocker shaft medially of said platform, a rack secured
Swinging of the siphon carriage 3 is effected by a hand 65 to said shaft for swinging movement upon rotation of
lever 9 pivoted at It) on an upright arm 11 carried at the
said shaft, a plurality of siphon tubes, means on said
midpoint of one of the sides of frame 1. Movement of
rack for attaching said siphon tubes adjacent one of
the lever 9 is communicated to the frame or tube rack
their respective ends thereto, a ?oat unit, means rigidly
3 by a link 12 pivoted to the lever at 13 above the pivot
connecting said ?oat unit to said shaft in spaced relation
point 10, and pivoted at its inner end at 14 to an up 70 on the side of said shaft opposite said rack, a torque arm
wardly extending leg 15 rigidly secured to the rocker
extending from said shaft, a connecting link pivoted to
shaft 4.
said arm, and an operating handle pivoted to said plat
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form and said link, said platform having an opening pass
siphon tube on the other end, means journalling said
ing passing said ?oat unit.
3. A siphon system for irrigation ditches comprising
rocker frame on said platform along an axis intermediate
said ?oat and said rack, and means connected to said
frame for manually rocking said frame relative to said
a supporting platform, means on said platform journalling
a rocker shaft medially of said platform, a rack secured to
said shaft for swinging movement upon rotation of said
shaft, a plurality of siphon tubes means on said rack
platform, said platform having an opening for passage
of said ?oat,
7. A siphon system for irrigation ditches comprising
a supporting platform, a plurality of siphon tubes, a
for attaching said siphon tubes thereto adjacent one of
rocker frame having a ?oat on one end and an attaching
their respective ends, a float unit, means rigidly connect
ing said ?oat unit to said shaft in spaced relation on the 10 raci: for said siphon tubes on the other end, means
journalling said rocker frame on said platform along an
side of said shaft opposite said rack, a torque arm extend
axis intermediate said float and said rack, and means
ing from said shaft, and means on said platform for
connected to said rack for manually rocking said frame
operating said torque arm, said platform having an open
on said platform.
ing for passage of said ?oat.
4. A siphon system for irrigation ditches comprising
8. A siphon system for irrigation ditches comprising
a supporting frame, means on said frame journalling a
a’ supporting platform, a plurality of siphon tubes, a
rocker shaft medially of said frame, a rack secured to
said shaft for swinging movement upon rotation of said
shaft, a plurality of siphon tubes means on said rack for
attaching said siphon tubes thereto adjacent one of their 20
rocker frame having a float on one end and an attaching
respective ends, a ?oat unit, meansrigidly connecting said
?oat unit to said shaft in spaced relation on the side of
said shaft opposite said rack, and cooperating means be
tween the frame and the shaft for manual rotation of
rack for said siphon tubes on the other end, means
journalling said rocker frame for pivotal movement on
said platform along an axis intermediate said ?oat and
said rack, and means connected to said rack for manually
pivoting the same on said platform.
9. A siphon system for irrigation ditches comprising
a supporting platform, a rocker frame having a ?oat on
the shaft, said frame having an opening for passage of
oneend and a rack on the other end, a bent siphon tube
said ?oat.
attached to said rack, a gate valve in one end of said tube,
5. A siphon system for irrigation ditches comprising a
means journailing said rocker frame for rotation on said
supporting‘ frame, means on said frame journalling a
platform along an axis intermediate said ?oat and said
rocker shaft medially of said frame, means connected
rack, and‘ means connected. to said rocker frame to
to‘ said shaft for manually rotating‘ said shaft, a rack 30 manually rotate the same.
secured to said‘ shaft for swinging movement upon rota
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
tion of said shaft, a siphon tube, means on said» rack for
attaching said siphon tube thereto, a ?oat unit, and means
UNITED STATES PATENTS
connecting said ?oat unit to said’ shaft in spaced relation 35
on the side of said shaft opposite said rack, said frame
having an opening for passage of said ?oat.
V 6. A‘ siphon system for irrigation ditches comprising
a supporting platform, a siphon tube, a rocker frame hav
ing a heat on one end and an attaching rack for said
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