Apparatus and method for a material collection fill indicator

  • US 6,622,465 B2
  • Filed: 07/10/2001
  • Issued: 09/23/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/10/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A combination of a tractor having a lower mower deck enclosure with a grass clipping outlet;

  • an auxiliary blower located adjacent the outlet, an operator'"'"'s seat, a closed grass clipping container mounted on the rearward end of the tractor, a closed housing over the grass clipping outlet and the blower, and an elongated conduit extending upwardly and rearwardly from the closed housing to a top portion of the grass clipping container and extending laterally past the operator'"'"'s seat, the invention comprising;

    a pressure gauge associated with the conduit and communicating with the interior of the conduit through an air inlet to measure the air pressure in the conduit; and

    a visible indicia means on the gauge in full view of a person sitting on the operator'"'"'s seat to indicate progressive levels of pressure in the conduit as sensed by the pressure gauge, whereby the operator can observe an increased level of air pressure in the conduit when the grass clipping container becomes increasingly full of clippings to create back pressure within the conduit to thereby visually communicate to the operator the degree to which the grass clipping container is being filled with grass clippings.

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