Combined dump truck and spreader apparatus

  • US 5,772,389 A
  • Filed: 09/20/1996
  • Issued: 06/30/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/20/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A combined dump truck and spreader apparatus for selectively dumping and spreading materials, said apparatus comprising:

  • a truck chassis;

    a dump body for receiving and dispensing the materials, said body having, a first and a second end and a first and a second side wall, said body being pivotally secured to said chassis about a pivotal axis;

    hoist means extending between said body and said chassis for selectively pivoting said body about said pivotal axis;

    a tailgate pivotally secured to said first end of said body about a further pivotal axis for selectively permitting dumping of the materials therethrough when said body is pivoted about said pivotal axis;

    endless conveyor means trained over drive means, said conveyor means being disposed at a bottom of said walls and within said body and extending between said first and second ends thereof for conveying the materials along said body;

    spreader means cooperating with said conveyor means for spreading the materials;

    said tailgate defining an opening which co-operates with said conveyor means for permitting the flow therethrough of the materials, the arrangement being such that selective spreading and dumping of the materials from said opening is permitted; and

    said side walls curving downwardly and inwardly towards said conveyor means such that said dump body defines a substantially semi-circular cross sectional configuration for guiding and evenly deflecting all of the materials within said body towards said conveyor means along the entire length of said conveyor means.

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