Low profile compact tool carriers

  • US 9,975,750 B2
  • Filed: 03/07/2016
  • Issued: 05/22/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/20/2015
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A compact tool carrier configured for standing operator control and having a longitudinal axis and a mass of less than about 1500 kg, the compact tool carrier comprising:

  • a loader having an arm, the loader being adapted to carry a tool;

    a mainframe for supporting the loader, the mainframe having a first side and a second side, the loader being free from direct attachment to the mainframe;

    a first linkage pivotally attached to the first side of the mainframe at a first pivot point and pivotally attached to the loader arm at a second pivot point;

    a second linkage pivotally attached to the first side of the mainframe at a third pivot point and pivotally attached to the loader arm at a fourth pivot point;

    an actuator directly pivotally attached to the first side of the mainframe at a fifth pivot point and directly pivotally attached to the loader arm at a sixth pivot point, the fifth pivot point being distinct from the first pivot point and the third pivot point;

    a control station having operator controls for propelling the compact tool carrier forward and for raising and lowering the loader, the control station being mounted toward the rear of the compact tool carrier;

    an operator platform for standing operation of the operator controls of the control station; and

    an engine disposed forward of the operator platform relative to the longitudinal axis.

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