Bag-full indicator mechanism

  • US 6,073,432 A
  • Filed: 04/30/1999
  • Issued: 06/13/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/25/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method of indicating that a bag is full, comprising the steps of:

  • providing a mower having a mower deck with cutting blades for cutting associated vegetation, a bag for collecting cut vegetation, and a chute communicating the mower deck with the bag;

    providing a bag-full indicator mechanism including a vacuum actuator having a first side, a vacuum means, sensing means, activating means, indicating means having a connector link with first and second ends, a first vacuum line that communicates air between the activating means and the vacuum means, and a second vacuum line that communicates air between the activating means and the vacuum actuator;

    connecting the first end of the connector link to the first side of the vacuum actuator;

    filling the bag with cut vegetation;

    sensing that the bag is full with the sensing means;

    activating the vacuum actuator with the activating means;

    moving the first side of the vacuum actuator in a first direction;

    moving the connector link in the first direction; and

    ,indicating that the bag is full with the indicating means.

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