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Title:
A HAND PROPELLED CART
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/023720
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The invention provides a hand propelled cart (10) which includes one or more wheel member (12) mounted on an axle (14) wherein the axle (14) is operatively associated with a pair of handle members (16) which are attached to a support frame ( 18) for a load bearing receptacle or the load bearing receptacle (20) directly, wherein the one or more wheel (12) is located below a central zone (22) of the load bearing receptacle (20) so that, in use, the one or more wheel (12) is below the load bearing receptacle (20) and biased towards the centre (22) of a load in the receptacle (20).

Inventors:
GIANNOPOULOS IORDANIS (ZA)
Application Number:
ZA2018/050041
Publication Date:
January 31, 2019
Filing Date:
July 26, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
GIANNOPOULOS IORDANIS (ZA)
International Classes:
B62B1/10; B62B1/18
Domestic Patent References:
WO1994029157A11994-12-22
Foreign References:
GB794752A1958-05-07
DE202004017963U12005-02-10
US20120181764A12012-07-19
GB1398149A1975-06-18
FR2759963A11998-08-28
DE19544574A11997-06-05
EP2030863A22009-03-04
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
HAHN & HAHN INC. (ZA)
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Claims:
Claims

1 . A hand propelled cart which includes one or more wheel member mounted on an axle wherein the axle is operatively associated with a pair of handle members which are attached to a support frame for a load bearing receptacle or the load bearing receptacle directly, wherein the one or more wheel is located below a central zone of the load bearing receptacle so that, in use, the one or more wheel is below the load bearing receptacle and biased towards the centre of a load in the receptacle.

2. A cart as claimed in claim 1 , wherein the wheel is an enlarged wheel having a rubber or polymeric running surface.

3. A cart as claimed in claim 1 or claim 2, wherein there is more than one wheel mounted adjacent each other on the same axle, as required by the duty.

4. A cart as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the support frame is a tubular steel frame.

5. A cart as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the support frame is a wooden, polymeric, or composite frame.

6. A cart as claimed in claim 5, wherein the frame is tubular or solid beam or rod.

7. A cart as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the load bearing receptacle is in the form of a bucket, or any other shape required for carrying the particular materials to be transported. A cart as claimed in claim 7, wherein the load bearing receptacle is made of metal, plastics, wood, or a combination of the aforesaid materials.

A cart as claimed in claim 8, wherein the load bearing material is made of steel.

Description:
A HAND PROPELLED CART

Field of the Invention

The invention relates to hand propelled carts, also known as a wheelbarrow.

Background to the Invention

As stated in US Patent 4,767, 127, the first major contribution of ancient mankind to todays technology was the discovery of the wheel. This monumental event was no doubt closely followed by the invention of the first crude wheelbarrow. Given the early origins of the wheelbarrow, it should not come as a startling revelation that down through the ages mankind has continually strived to improve upon this ancient and somewhat humble wheeled apparatus.

There have been many attempts over the eons to develop a better wheelbarrow, for example, these prior art constructions may be seen by reference to the following U.S. Pat. Nos. 736,697; 1 ,407,690; 1 ,735,527; and, 2,598,261 .

As can be seen by reference to the aforementioned patents, while all of the prior art wheelbarrows are more than adequate for their intended purpose and function, they certainly do not represent the culmination of the inventive process with respect to this particular area of technology. As a consequence of the foregoing situation, continuing attempts have been undertaken to render improvements to the basic wheelbarrow construction, and the present invention represents the end product of only one of those continuing attempts. l A typical wheelbarrow includes a wheel mounted on an axle wherein the axle is operatively associated with a pair of handle members which are attached to a support frame for a load bearing receptacle and wherein the axle is mounted forward of the load bearing receptacle such that a load in the receptacle is suspended between the axle of the wheel and the handle members.

Summary of the Invention

The present invention provides a hand propelled cart, also known as a wheelbarrow, which includes one or more wheel member mounted on an axle wherein the axle is operatively associated with a pair of handle members which are attached to a support frame for a load bearing receptacle or the load bearing receptacle directly, wherein the one or more wheel is located below a central zone of the load bearing receptacle so that, in use, the one or more wheel is below the load bearing receptacle and biased towards the centre of a load in the receptacle.

The wheel may be an enlarged wheel having a rubber or polymeric running surface.

There may be more than one wheel mounted adjacent each other on the same axle, as required by the duty.

The support frame may be tubular steel frame.

The support frame may be a wooden, polymeric, or composite frame. The frame may be tubular or solid beam or rod. The load bearing receptacle may be in the form of a bucket, or any other shape required for carrying the particular materials to be transported, for example, sand, stone, goods, or the like.

The load bearing receptacle may be made of steel, aluminium, composite material, or any other suitable material.

It is believed to be an advantage of the invention that a major portion or even the entire load is borne by the wheel located below the load bearing receptacle rather than being carried by the arms of the user of the wheelbarrow as is the case in conventional wheelbarrows.

Description of an Embodiment of the Invention

The invention will now be described, by way of non-limiting example only, with reference to the accompanying photographic representations of a prototype.

In the representations,

Figure 1 shows a side view photograph of a prototype of the hand propelled cart of the invention showing the position of the wheel under the load bearing receptacle;

Figure 2 shows a rear view of the hand propelled cart of Figure 1 ; and

Figure 3 shows a front view of the hand propelled cart of Figure 1 In the figures, a hand propelled cart 10 broadly in accordance with the invention, also known as a wheelbarrow, is shown.

The wheelbarrow 10 has a wheel 12 mounted on an axle 14 wherein the axle 14 is operatively associated with a pair of handle members 16 which are attached to a support frame 18 for a load bearing receptacle or the load bearing receptacle 20 directly, wherein the wheel 12 is located below a central zone 22 of the load bearing receptacle 20 so that, in use, the wheel 12 is below the load bearing receptacle 20 and biased towards the centre 22 of a load in the receptacle 20. The support frame 18 is made from a steel tubular frame having a ground engaging portion 24 which allows the wheelbarrow to be placed in a rest position when not being propelled by the user.

The wheel 12 is an enlarged wheel having a rubber running surface.

The load bearing receptacle 20 is in the form of a steel bucket, as shown, as required for carrying the particular materials to be transported, for example, sand, stone, goods, or the like.

Thus, in use, when the receptacle 20 is filled with material such as sand or stone and a worker must transport said materials to the point of use, the weight of the sand or stone rests on the wheel 12, supported by the axle 14 from the support frame 18, and is for the most part not carried by the worker from the handles 16 while he is pushing the wheelbarrow 10. This makes the transportation of such heavy materials much easier than the use of a conventional wheelbarrow wherein the wheel is fore of the receptacle and the load hangs between the axle of the wheel and the arms of the user so that the user effectively carries the weight and pushes the wheelbarrow.

It is believed that the use of the new wheelbarrow will significantly reduce the work load on workers and thus increase productivity where wheelbarrows are used.