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April 30, 1963
P. E. KNUTH ETAL
3,087,585
COVER FOR LAWN MOWERS
_ Filed June 30. 1961
, ‘,INVEbiTORSi
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PAULl-LKNUTH
EA'RL1F.‘-COLLI_NS
HERMAN J. ‘SMITH
ATTORNEYS
‘
United States Patent O?icc
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3,087,585
Patented Apr. 30, 1963
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M includesawheeled bodyorchassis 5 having mounted
thereonamotor‘fordrivingthecuttersnotshowmaud
3,087,585
COVER FOR LAWN MOWERS
Paul E. Knuth, Rte. 2, Wat Bend, W‘
amanipulatinghandle'l. Themowercanbeofthetype
inwhichtheeuttersaredrivenalonefromthemotor‘,
orofthetypeinwhichthecuttersandthewheeisnre
CommN.0akhnd,!ndHenmn .Slnith,752l
Wis.
Filedlune38,l96l,Ser.No. 121,213
ZCIaims. (0.189-2)
N. Mohawk Road, both of
powerdriven.
'l‘hecoverorcasingcispreferablyofasizetoaeeom
modatemowersofdi?erentaizesandchatacters. Asil
lustrataedtheeoveroreasingchmludesacurvedtopwall
This invention appertains to the protection of outdoor
appliances, such as power lawn mowers, iron the weather, 10 8,.sidewalls9andanendwall10. Theend
whcnsuchappliancesamnotinnse.
edgesofthetopandsidewaHsSandQremote?-Omthe
Owing to the size of power lawn mowers, much di?i
cultyisexperiencedbyhouseholdersintheproperstoriug
thereof for protectionagainsttheelcments. Usually,the
garageisthelogicalplaceforstoraggbutduetothe
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area required for such storage, the mower interferes with
the parking of the automobile in a normal sized garage.
The weight of a power lawn mower prohibits the easy
picking up thereof for carrying back and forth from a
basement or cellar. Thus, a serious problem exists in
toe?cctivelyshedminandthelike. Thewalls’and
10 are also preferably ?ared, outwardly and downwardly,
theproper protectionof anexpensive piece of equipment
fromtheelements.
It is, therefore, one of the primary objects of the in
vention to provide a portable cover for power lawn
mowers,whichcanbeeasilyplacedonandremoved?om
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the lawn mower and which when placed on the mower
andallworkingparts,inclndingthemotor,fromtheele
?exible apronnisprovided withoneormoreslits 14
extending fromtheextremeloweredgethereoftoapoint
ments, so as to insure a long life to the mower.
Another salient object of the invention is to provide
short of the upper edge thereof. The slits preferably
terminate intoopeningsls ofasize to receive andsnugly
embrace the handles 7 of the lawn mowm'. By having
a portable cover for power lawn mowers which will be
light in weight for handling and one in which there are
no moving parts, thereby rendering the same simple to
thesIitsMthecoverorcasingcanbebodilyliftedo?of
manipulate to place on and of the mower.
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vision of a cover, casing or housing, for a lawn mower
embodyingatop walLsidewallsandoneendwalLall
rigidly connected together and preferably molded, case
orstampedfromadesiredmaterialtoformauintegral
In actual practice, the ?exible apron 12 can be sold
without the slits thereimandpurehasersofthecovers
canthenmaketheslitsandopcningsintheaprontosuit
theparticulartypeofhandleouthemowerpurehased.
TofacilitatethehandlingofthecoverorasingQthe
Astillfurtherobiectoftheinventionistoshapethe
wallsofthecasingsothatthesamewillblendtogether
tofmrnaappearauceandtoe?ectivelyshed
theelementsandtopermitapluralityofthecasmgsor
topwall8thereofcanbeprovidedwithabalehandlel6.
Whenthecoversorcan'ngsarenestedforshippingor
storingthehandleslicanbeswungdown?atagainst
coverstobenestedtogethertosavespacedm'ingship
pingandwarehonsestoring.
theupperfacesofthetopwalls.
with these and other objects in view, the invention
From the foregoing description, it can be seen that we
haveprovidedacoverormsingforthebodyportionsof
conskts in the novel constructitm, an‘azgement and for
mationofparmaswillbehereinaftermorespeci?cally
lawnmowersandthatthecoverorcasingwilleliectively
housethemowerandthoronghlyprotectthesameagainst
descn'bedandclaimedandillusttatedintheaccom
panying drawinginwhich drawing,
the elements. As the cover completely envelopes the
bodyportionofthemower,itcanbeseenthatthecover
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of the improved
alsoactsasaguardtopreventpersonsfromcominginm
cover associated with a power lawn mower,
FIGURBZisalonsectionalviewthroughthe
contactwiththehotmotorofthemowerafterause
cover taken on the line 2-2 of FIGURE 1, looking in
ofthemower. Obviously, due tothelight weight ofthe
thedirectionofthearrowsthemowerbeingshownin
cover,thesamecanbeeasilyhandledbyapersonirre
spectiveoftheageofsuchperson.
Asthecovercanberaisedstraightolfthemoweror
dottedlinesand
FIGURE3isatmnsversesectionalviewthroughthe
covamcasingtakenonthelineS-CiofFIGUREZ,
lookinginthedirectionofthearrows.
Refa'ringtothedrawingindetalwhereinshnilar
straightdownoverthemowen?lemanipulationofthe
eoverisaneasyoneandtherearenomovingpartsto
handle.
parts
presmtinven?omandthesamecanbeofanytypeor
themowerbymovingthecoverorcasingdownwardover
andintotheopeningls. 'I‘heslitswilltendtoautomati
amower,wherebyentranceofrainorthelikeintothe
casingisprevented.
charaeternowingeneralnse. Asillustratedthemower
slits“. Ijkewisetheeovercanbebodilyplacedon
callycloseafterthepassage ofthehandlestherethrongh
soastoeifectivelypreventtheentranceofrainandthe
likeintothecasing.
thecasiug remote fromtherigid end wallandhavingslots
therein for receiving and snugly engaging the handle of
throughouttheseveralviewstheletter-Cgenerallyindi
catestheimprovedcoverorcasingforthebodyportion
ofapowerlawnmowerM.
Tlmpowerdrivmmoweruformsnopartofthe
thelawnmowerandthehandlswillslidethroughthe
the mower with the handles sliding through the slits l4
one-piece unit, with a ?exible apron closing the end of
reference characters designate
andthisalsoaidsiuthesheddiugoftheelememsand
permitsthecoversorcasingstobenestedonewithinthe
otherduringshippingorwarehousestoring.
securedtothe?angellisa?en'bleapronlz. The
aproncanbesccuredatitsouteredgestothe?angell
in any preferred manner, such as by rivets 13. The
aproncanbeformed from rubberorlike material. The
will etfectively house and protectthe bodyof the mower
Afunherimportant object ofthe inventionisthepro
ead'walllehaveformedthereonanmwardlyextending
?angell. 'l‘hecovercanbemadefmmanydesired
materiaLsuchassheetmetaLplasticorthelikgand-it
canbenzoldedcastorstamped?'omthismateriah'l‘hus
thecover,withtheexceptionofoneendformsanintegral
unit. Thecurvedwpwallmergesintothesidewalls9
audendwalllitoformastreamlinedappeannceand
Changesindetails maybemade without departing
fromthespintortheseopeofthisinvenuo‘nbutwhat
weclaimasnewis:
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LAportable cover for power lawn mowers ofthe
typeembodyingawheeledchass'sandating
mainbodyportionincludingatop
anendwalLtheedgesofthetop
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3,087,585
and side walls remote from the end wall being provided
with an inwardly directed ?ange, all of said walls and
said ?ange being rigidly connected together to form an
integral unit, a manipulating handle for said unit, said
top wall being curved transversely and said side walls
?aring downwardly and outwardly from the curved top
wall, said end wall being ?ared downwardly and out:.
wardly, and a ?exible apron closing the end of the casing
remote from the end wall having its top and side edges
rigidly secured to the ?ange, said casing being shaped to
conform to the mower chassis to completely enclose said
chassis and said ?exible apron having at least one slit
opening out through the lower edge of the apron and
terminating short of the upper edge of the apron. said slit
being adapted to receive the handle of the mower, and
said apron also having an opening communicating with
the upper end of the slit for snugly embracing the handle
when the cover is placed over the chassis of the mower.
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Y 2. A. portable cover for power lawn mowers of the
type embodying a wheeled chassis and a handle compris
ing a body portion shaped to completely house the chassis
of the mower and including a top wall, depending side
walls and end walls, one of said end walls being provided
with at least one slit extending upwardly from the lower
edge thereof to snugly receive the handle of the lawn
mower as the body is placed on the lawn mower.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
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419,942
Holladay .._ _________ __ Aug. 2, 1892
1,021,689
Lyon -_______-________ Mar. 26, 1912
2,490,250
Boehner _____________ __ Dec. 6, 1949
2,708,927
2,190,414
Dixon et a1. ________ __ May 24, 1955
Rossow ___________ _._ Apr. 30, 1951
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