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Title:
TRANSPORTABLE MACHINE INCLUDING A TRACK SYSTEM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2020/251970
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A transportable machine including an elongated frame having a top end and a bottom end, a handle disposed on the top end of the frame, a base disposed on the bottom end of the frame, where the base and the frame together define a space configured to receive and support a load, and a wheel disposed on the bottom end of the frame. A track is coupled to the frame, where the track includes a roller and an endless belt configured to rotate about the roller. A motor is coupled to the roller, where the motor is operable to drive the endless belt, and a power supply provides power to the motor.

Inventors:
DERKSEN CHRISTOPHER J (US)
HILGER TIMOTHY J (US)
WOLF MATT R (US)
SCOTT JOHN S (US)
REEDER KYLE (US)
SPAULDING CHRISTOPHER S (US)
Application Number:
US2020/036914
Publication Date:
December 17, 2020
Filing Date:
June 10, 2020
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORP (US)
DERKSEN CHRISTOPHER J (US)
HILGER TIMOTHY J (US)
WOLF MATT R (US)
SCOTT JOHN S (US)
REEDER KYLE J (US)
SPAULDING CHRISTOPHER S (US)
International Classes:
E03F9/00; B08B9/045
Foreign References:
US20140271095A12014-09-18
US3747153A1973-07-24
US20110035883A12011-02-17
US20010038786A12001-11-08
US20130192907A12013-08-01
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
SAHAR, Serene R. et al. (US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

What is claimed is

1. A transportable machine, comprising:

an elongated frame having a top end and a bottom end;

a handle disposed on the top end of the frame;

a base disposed on the bottom end of the frame, the base and the frame together defining a space configured to receive and support a load;

a wheel disposed on the bottom end of the frame;

a track coupled to the frame, the track including

a roller,

an endless belt configured to rotate about the roller, and

a belt tensioning assembly configured to tension the endless belt, the belt tensioning assembly including a bracket supporting the roller, a mount coupled to the frame, and an adjustment member configured to adjust the position of the bracket relative to the mount; and

a motor coupled to the roller, the motor operable to drive the endless belt.

2. The transportable machine of claim 1, wherein the endless belt includes a recess extending along an inside surface, the recess receiving a rib on the frame to align the endless belt relative to the frame.

3. The transportable machine of claim 1, wherein the track further includes a second roller and a second endless belt configured to rotate about the second roller.

4. The transportable machine of claim 1, further comprising a sewer cleaning machine supported by the base, the sewer cleaning machine including a drum, a cable positioned at least partially within the drum, and a second motor driving rotation of the drum.

5. The transportable machine of claim 1, wherein the handle is movable relative to the elongated frame between an angled position, in which the handle extends generally downward from the top end of the frame, and an extended position, in which the handle extends generally upward from the top end of the frame.

6. The transportable machine of claim 1, wherein the track is movable relative to the elongated frame between a stored position and an extended position, wherein the track is positioned farther away from the frame when in the extended position than in the stored position.

7. A transportable machine, comprising:

an elongated frame having a top end and a bottom end;

a handle disposed on the top end of the frame;

a base disposed on the bottom end of the frame, the base and the frame together defining a space configured to receive and support a load;

a wheel disposed on the bottom end of the frame;

a track coupled to the frame, the track including a roller and an endless belt configured to rotate about the roller;

a motor coupled to the roller, the motor operable to drive the endless belt;

a power supply providing power to the motor; and

a controller coupled to the power supply and the motor, the controller configured to monitor the power supply,

determine when the power supply is insufficient to climb a set of stairs, and in response to determining that the power supply is insufficient to climb the set of stairs, send a signal to alert a user, to shutoff the motor, or both.

8. The transportable machine of claim 7, wherein the motor is a variable speed motor configured to drive the endless belt at a plurality of different speeds.

9. The transportable machine of claim 8, wherein the controller is further configured to send a signal to the motor to operate at a first speed when the endless belt is driven in a first direction, and

send a signal to the motor to operate at a second speed when the endless belt is driven in a second direction, the second speed being slower than the first speed.

10. The transportable machine of claim 7, further comprising a sewer cleaning machine supported by the base, the sewer cleaning machine including a drum and a cable positioned at least partially within the drum.

11. The transportable machine of claim 7, wherein the track is movable relative to the elongated frame between a stored position and an extended position, wherein the track is positioned farther away from the frame when in the extended position than in the stored position.

12. The transportable machine of claim 7, further comprising a lifting assembly configured to tilt the base relative to a support surface.

13. A transportable machine, comprising:

an elongated frame having a top end and a bottom end;

a handle disposed on the top end of the frame;

a base disposed on the bottom end of the frame, the base and the frame together defining a space configured to receive and support a load;

a wheel disposed on the bottom end of the frame;

a track coupled to the frame, the track including a roller and an endless belt configured to rotate about the roller; and

a motor coupled to the roller, the motor operable to drive the endless belt in a first direction at a first speed and in a second direction at a second speed, wherein the second speed is slower than the first speed.

14. The transportable machine of claim 13, further comprising a controller coupled to the motor, the controller configured to control operation of the motor.

15. The transportable machine of claim 14, wherein the controller is further configured send a signal to the motor to drive the endless belt in the first direction at the first speed when the transportable machine travels up a set of stairs, and

send a signal to the motor to drive the endless belt in the second direction at the second speed when the transportable machine travels down the set of stairs.

16. The transportable machine of claim 13, wherein the track is movable relative to the elongated frame between a stored position and an extended position, wherein the track is positioned farther away from the frame when in the extended position than in the stored position.

17. The transportable machine of claim 13, wherein the track further includes a second roller and a second endless belt configured to rotate about the second roller.

18. The transportable machine of claim 13, further comprising a lifting assembly configured to tilt the base relative to a support surface.

19. The transportable machine of claim 13, further comprising a sewer cleaning machine supported by the base, the sewer cleaning machine including a drum, a cable positioned at least partially within the drum, and a second motor driving rotation of the drum.

20. The transportable machine of claim 19, wherein operation of one of the first motor and the second motor prevents operation of the other of the first motor and the second motor.

21. A transportable machine, comprising:

an elongated frame having a top end and a bottom end;

a handle disposed on the top end of the frame;

a base disposed on the bottom end of the frame, the base and the frame together defining a space configured to receive and support a load;

a wheel disposed on the bottom end of the frame;

a track coupled to the frame, the track including a roller and an endless belt configured to rotate about the roller, the endless belt having a recess extending along an inside surface, the recess receiving a rib on the frame to align the endless belt relative to the frame;

a motor coupled to the roller, the motor operable to drive the endless belt.

22. The transportable machine of claim 21, wherein the track further includes a bracket positioned adjacent the endless belt and configured to inhibit the endless belt from slipping off of the frame.

23. The transportable machine of claim 21, wherein the track further includes a second roller and a second endless belt configured to rotate about the second roller.

24. The transportable machine of claim 21, further comprising a belt tensioning assembly configured to tension the endless belt.

25. The transportable machine of claim 21, further comprising a sewer cleaning machine supported by the base, the sewer cleaning machine including a drum, a cable positioned at least partially within the drum, and a second motor driving rotation of the drum.

26. The transportable machine of claim 25, wherein operation of one of the first motor and the second motor prevents operation of the other of the first motor and the second motor.

27. A transportable machine, comprising:

an elongated frame having a top end and a bottom end;

a handle disposed on the top end of the frame;

a base disposed on the bottom end of the frame, the base and the frame together defining a space configured to receive and support a load;

a wheel disposed on the bottom end of the frame;

a track coupled to the frame, the track including a roller and an endless belt configured to rotate about the roller;

a motor coupled to the roller, the motor operable to drive the endless belt;

a sewer cleaning machine supported by the base, the sewer cleaning machine including a drum and a cable positioned at least partially within the drum; and

a support system configured to support the transportable machine on a surface and inhibit the transportable machine from tipping, the support system including one or more supports positioned below the base.

28. The transportable machine of claim 27, wherein the support system includes a fist stationary kickstand and a second stationary kickstand.

29. The transportable machine of claim 28, wherein the first stationary kickstand is positioned in front of the drum, and wherein the second stationary kickstand is positioned behind the drum.

30. The transportable machine of claim 27, wherein the support system includes a tilt block positioned behind the drum.

31. The transportable machine of claim 30, wherein the tilt block is weighted to inhibit the transportable machine from tipping when the cable is extended out of the drum.

32. The transportable machine of claim 27, wherein the motor is a first motor and wherein the transportable machine further comprises a second motor configured to drive rotation of the drum.

33. The transportable machine of claim 32, wherein operation of one of the first motor and the second motor prevents operation of the other of the first motor and the second motor.

34. The transportable machine of claim 27, further comprising a controller coupled to the motor and the power supply, the controller configured to monitor the power supply,

determine whether the power supply is insufficient to climb a set of stairs, and in response to determining that the power supply is insufficient to climb the set of stairs, send a signal to alert to a user, to shutoff the motor, or both.

35. The transportable machine of claim 27, wherein the track is movable relative to the elongated frame between a stored position and an extended position, wherein the track is positioned farther away from the frame when in the extended position than in the stored position.

36. The transportable machine of claim 27, wherein the motor is a variable speed motor configured to drive the endless belt at a plurality of different speeds.

37. A transportable machine, comprising:

an elongated frame having a top end and a bottom end;

a handle disposed on the top end of the frame;

a base disposed on the bottom end of the frame, the base and the frame together defining a space configured to receive and support a load;

a wheel disposed on the bottom end of the frame;

a track coupled to the frame, the track including a roller and an endless belt configured to rotate about the roller, the track being movable relative to the elongated frame between a stored position and an extended position, wherein the track is positioned farther away from the frame when in the extended position than in the stored position; and

a motor coupled to the roller, the motor operable to drive the endless belt.

38. The transportable machine of claim 37, wherein the track is pivotable relative to the frame to move between the stored position and the extended position.

39. The transportable machine of claim 37, wherein the motor is a variable speed motor configured to drive the endless belt at a plurality of different speeds.

40. The transportable machine of claim 37, further comprising a lifting system configured to tilt the base relative to a support surface.

41. The transportable machine of claim 37, further comprising a sewer cleaning machine supported by the base, the sewer cleaning machine including a drum, a cable positioned at least partially within the drum, and a second motor driving rotation of the drum.

42. A transportable machine, comprising:

an elongated frame having a top end and a bottom end;

a handle disposed on the top end of the frame;

a base disposed on the bottom end of the frame, the base and the frame together defining a space configured to receive and support a load;

a wheel disposed on the bottom end of the frame;

a track coupled to the frame, the track including a roller and an endless belt configured to rotate about the roller;

a motor coupled to the roller, the motor operable to drive the endless belt; and a lifting system configured to tilt the base relative to a support surface.

43. The transportable machine of claim 20, wherein the lifting system includes a lifting plate member rotatable relative to a loading plate member.

44. The transportable machine of claim 42, wherein the lifting system further includes an air bag member and a pump.

45. The transportable machine of claim 42, further comprising a power supply and wherein the lifting system is electrically coupled to the power supply to receive power.

46. The transportable machine of claim 42, further comprising a support system configured to support the transportable machine on a surface and inhibit the transportable machine from tipping.

47. The transportable machine of claim 46, further comprising a sewer cleaning machine supported by the base, the sewer cleaning machine including a drum and a cable positioned at least partially within the drum, and wherein the support system includes a fist stationary kickstand positioned in front of the drum and a second stationary kickstand positioned behind the drum.

48. The transportable machine of claim 47, further comprising a sewer cleaning machine supported by the base, the sewer cleaning machine including a drum and a cable positioned at least partially within the drum, and wherein the support system includes a tilt block positioned behind the drum, wherein the tilt block is weighted to inhibit the transportable machine from tipping when the cable is extended out of the drum.

49. The transportable machine of claim 42, wherein the handle is movable relative to the elongated frame between an angled position, in which the handle extends generally downward from the top end, and an extended position, in which the handle extends generally upward from the top end.

50. The transportable machine of claim 42, further comprising a sewer cleaning machine supported by the base, the sewer cleaning machine including a drum, a cable positioned at least partially within the drum, and a second motor driving rotation of the drum.

Description:
TRANSPORTABLE MACHINE INCLUDING A TRACK SYSTEM

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] This application claims priority to U.S. Provisional Patent Application No.

62/859,330 filed June 10, 2019, U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 62/924,533 filed October 22, 2019, and U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 62/987,383 filed March 10, 2020, the entire contents of which are incorporated by reference herein.

FIELD OF INVENTION

[0002] The present disclosure relates to a dolly or hand truck for transporting a load. Furthermore, the present disclosure relates to sewer cleaning machines used to remove or dislodge debris caught in a drain or pipe.

BACKGROUND

[0003] Sewer cleaning machines are used to clean clogs and debris out of drains, sewers, and the like. Smaller handheld drain cleaners may be used to clean household drains from sinks or shower drains. However, larger and heavier cleaning machines are often used to clean sewers and industrial drains. A sewer cleaning machine may have as much as 200-300 feet of cable and a weight of 200-300 lbs. Accordingly, some sewer cleaning machines may be cumbersome to transport.

[0004] Hand trucks are used to transport a load from a first location to a second location. Hand trucks may be able to transport relatively large loads. Accordingly, some hand trucks may be helpful in transporting large machines or tools, such as a sewer cleaning machine. However, hand trucks also have limitations. For example, hand trucks are primarily helpful when transporting a load on a relatively flat or a smooth surface, or when the load does not get overly heavy. However, a hand truck may be cumbersome to transport when the load becomes too large, or when the hand truck must be used to transport a load up a set of stairs.

SUMMARY

[0005] In one embodiment, the present disclosure provides a transportable machine including an elongated frame having a top end and a bottom end, a handle disposed on the top end of the frame, a base disposed on the bottom end of the frame, where the base and the frame together define a space configured to receive and support a load, and a wheel disposed on the bottom end of the frame. A track is coupled to the frame, where the track includes a roller, an endless belt configured to rotate about the roller, and a belt tensioning assembly configured to tension the endless belt. The belt tensioning assembly includes a bracket supporting the roller, a mount coupled to the frame, and an adjustment member configured to adjust the position of the bracket relative to the mount. A motor is coupled to the roller, where the motor is operable to drive the endless belt.

[0006] In another embodiment, the present disclosure provides a transportable machine including an elongated frame having a top end and a bottom end, a handle disposed on the top end of the frame, a base disposed on the bottom end of the frame, where the base and the frame together define a space configured to receive and support a load, and a wheel disposed on the bottom end of the frame. A track is coupled to the frame, where the track includes a roller and an endless belt configured to rotate about the roller. A motor is coupled to the roller, where the motor is operable to drive the endless belt, a power supply provides power to the motor, and a controller is coupled to the power supply and the motor. The controller is configured to monitor the power supply, determine when the power supply is insufficient to climb a set of stairs, and in response to determining that the power supply is insufficient to climb the set of stairs, send a signal to alert a user, to shutoff the motor, or both.

[0007] In another embodiment, the present disclosure provides a transportable machine including an elongated frame having a top end and a bottom end, a handle disposed on the top end of the frame, a base disposed on the bottom end of the frame, where the base and the frame together define a space configured to receive and support a load, a wheel disposed on the bottom end of the frame, a track coupled to the frame, where the track includes a roller and an endless belt configured to rotate about the roller, and a motor coupled to the roller.

The motor is operable to drive the endless belt in a first direction at a first speed and in a second direction at a second speed, where the second speed is slower than the first speed.

[0008] In another embodiment, the present disclosure provides a transportable machine including an elongated frame having a top end and a bottom end, a handle disposed on the top end of the frame, a base disposed on the bottom end of the frame, where the base and the frame together define a space configured to receive and support a load, a wheel disposed on the bottom end of the frame, and a track coupled to the frame. The track includes a roller and an endless belt configured to rotate about the roller, where the endless belt has a recess extending along an inside surface, and the recess receives a rib on the frame to align the endless belt relative to the frame. A motor is coupled to the roller, where the motor is operable to drive the endless belt.

[0009] In another embodiment, the present disclosure provides a transportable machine including an elongated frame having a top end and a bottom end, a handle disposed on the top end of the frame, a base disposed on the bottom end of the frame, where the base and the frame together define a space configured to receive and support a load, and a wheel disposed on the bottom end of the frame. A track is coupled to the frame, where the track includes a roller and an endless belt configured to rotate about the roller. A motor is coupled to the roller, where the motor is operable to drive the endless belt. A sewer cleaning machine is supported by the base, where the sewer cleaning machine includes a drum and a cable positioned at least partially within the drum. A support system is configured to support the transportable machine on a surface and inhibits the transportable machine from tipping, where the support system includes one or more supports positioned below the base.

[0010] In another embodiment, the present disclosure provides a transportable machine including an elongated frame having a top end and a bottom end, a handle disposed on the top end of the frame, a base disposed on the bottom end of the frame, where the base and the frame together define a space configured to receive and support a load, and a wheel disposed on the bottom end of the frame. A track is coupled to the frame, where the track includes a roller and an endless belt configured to rotate about the roller. The track is movable relative to the elongated frame between a stored position and an extended position, where the track is positioned farther away from the frame when in the extended position than in the stored position. A motor is coupled to the roller, where the motor is operable to drive the endless belt.

[0011] In another embodiment, the present disclosure provides a transportable machine including an elongated frame having a top end and a bottom end, a handle disposed on the top end of the frame, a base disposed on the bottom end of the frame, where the base and the frame together define a space configured to receive and support a load, and a wheel disposed on the bottom end of the frame. A track is coupled to the frame, where the track includes a roller and an endless belt configured to rotate about the roller. A motor is coupled to the roller, where the motor is operable to drive the endless belt. A lifting system is configured to tilt the base relative to a support surface.

[0012] The above aspects may be implemented in different combinations and not necessarily in the ordered presented. Other aspects of the disclosure will become apparent by consideration of the detailed description and accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0013] FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of a sewer cleaning machine.

[0014] FIG. 2 is a side view of the transportable machine of FIG. 1.

[0015] FIG. 3 is a rear perspective view of the transportable machine of FIG. 1 with a motor housing removed.

[0016] FIG. 4 is a cross-sectional view of the transportable machine of FIG. 1.

[0017] FIG. 5 is a side view of a frame of the transportable machine of FIG. 1.

[0018] FIG. 6 is a flow chart of a stair-drive check.

[0019] FIG. 7 is a perspective view of a transportable machine with a belt tensioning mechanism according to one embodiment.

[0020] FIG. 8 is a perspective view of the belt tensioning mechanism of FIG. 7.

[0021] FIG. 9 is a side view of the belt tensioning mechanism of FIG. 7.

[0022] FIG. 10 is an enlarged perspective view of the belt tensioning mechanism.

[0023] FIG. 11 is an enlarged side view of the belt tensioning mechanism of FIG. 10.

[0024] FIG. 12 is an exploded view of the belt tensioning mechanism of FIG. 10.

[0025] FIG. 13 is a front perspective view of a transportable machine according to another embodiment of the disclosure.

[0026] FIG. 14 is a rear perspective view of the transportable machine of FIG. 13 with belts removed. [0027] FIG. 15 is an enlarged view of the transportable machine of FIG. 14.

[0028] FIG. 16 is a cross-sectional view of the transportable machine of FIG. 15 taken along lines 16-16.

[0029] FIG. 17 is a perspective view of a portion of the transportable machine of FIG. 13.

[0030] FIG. 18 is a side view of a portion of the transportable machine of FIG. 13.

[0031] FIG. 19 is a perspective view of a transportable machine, illustrating a track of the transportable machine in a stored position.

[0032] FIG. 20 is another perspective view of the transportable machine of FIG. 19, illustrating the track of the transportable machine in an extended position.

[0033] FIG. 21 is another perspective view of the transportable machine of FIG. 19.

[0034] FIG. 22 is a rear perspective view of the transportable machine of FIG. 19, illustrating an air bag member.

[0035] FIG. 23 is a partial perspective view of a base of the transportable machine of FIG. 21.

[0036] FIG. 24 is a perceptive view of the transportable machine of FIG. 19, illustrating movement of the transportable machine by a user relative to stairs.

[0037] FIG. 25 is a perspective view of another transportable machine embodying the disclosure, illustrating a handle of the transportable machine in a first position.

[0038] FIG. 26 is another perspective view of the transportable machine of FIG. 25, illustrating the handle in a second position.

[0039] FIG. 27 is a perspective view of yet another transportable machine embodying the disclosure, illustrating a securing mechanism.

[0040] FIG. 28 is a partial side view of the transportable machine of FIG. 27. DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0041] Before any embodiments of the disclosure are explained in detail, it is to be understood that the disclosure is not limited in its application to the details of construction and the arrangement of components set forth in the following description or illustrated in the following drawings. The disclosure is capable of other embodiments and of being practiced or of being carried out in various ways.

[0042] FIGS. 1-4 illustrate a transportable machine according to one embodiment. The transportable machine illustrated in FIGS. 1-4 is a sewer cleaning machine 1200. As will be understood, the features shown and described herein with respect to the other embodiments of a transportable machine may be used in combination with the features shown and described with respect to the sewer cleaning machine 1200.

[0043] The sewer cleaning machine 1200 includes a frame 1210, a handle 1230, a base 1234, and a track 1226. The frame 1210 defines an elongated body extending between the handle 1230 and the base 1234. Specifically, the handle 1230 is positioned on a top end of the frame 1210 to enable a user to grip and control movement of the sewer cleaning machine 1200. The base 1234 is positioned on a bottom end of the frame 1210 and is configured to support a load, such as a machine or other load, that may be desirable to be able to transport. For example, the base 1234 may be configured to support many of the components of the sewer cleaning machine 1200. In the embodiment illustrated in FIGS. 1-4, the base 1234 supports a drum housing 1214, a motor housing 1218, and a power supply 1222. The track 1226 is supported by the frame 1210 to help facility transport of the sewer cleaning machine 1200. In the illustrated embodiment, the track 1226 is positioned on a rear side of the frame 1210 between the handle 1230 and the base 1234. Additionally, the illustrated sewer cleaning machine 1200 includes wheels 1238 rotatably coupled to the frame 1210 to also assist with transport of the sewer cleaning machine 1200.

[0044] In the illustrated embodiment, a drum 1242 is rotatably supported within the drum housing 1214 and includes a cable (not shown in FIGS. 1-4) that is extendable out of an opening 1246 on the drum 1242. In some embodiments, the drum 1242 is a cage-style drum that when the drum housing 1214 is opened allows easy access to the cable so a user can inspect the cable. The cable is extendable out of the drum with a cable feed device 1250. A first motor 1254 is supported within the motor housing 1218 and is coupled to the drum 1242. The first motor 1254 is operable to rotate the drum 1242. Rotation of the drum 1242 creates friction between an inner surface of the drum 1242 and the cable, which causes the cable to spin to facilitate clearing debris from a drain pipe or another conduit.

[0045] The track 1226 is configured to engage a surface, such as stairs or a ramp to help a user maneuver the sewer cleaning machine 1200. In the illustrated embodiment, the track 1226 is positioned on the opposite side of the frame 1210 as the drum 1242. For example, the drum 1242 is positioned on a front side of the frame 1210, and the track 1226 is positioned on a back side of the frame 1210. In other embodiments the track 1226 can be positioned on either the left or right side of the frame 1210.

[0046] The track 1226 includes a substantially horizontal drive shaft 1258 with a first drive roller 1262 at one end and a second drive roller 1266 at another end. A first endless belt 1270 extends around the first drive roller 1262 and a first idler roller 1274, and a second endless belt 1278 extends around the second drive roller 1266 and a second idler roller 1282. The endless belts 1270, 1278 extend substantially vertically along a length of the frame 1210. In some embodiments, the track 1226 may only include a first endless belt 1270 and respective rollers 1262, 1274 rather than including first and second endless belts 1270, 1278. In some embodiments, the endless belts 1270, 1278 include traction elements that assists in gripping a surface, ledge, or other object. For example, in the illustrated embodiment, the endless belts 1270, 1278 include castellations 1276, or projections, that help grip various surfaces. In further embodiments, the endless belts 1270, 1278 include replaceable cleats that can be replaced when worn down instead of replacing the entire track 1226. In other embodiments, the track 1226 can articulate or expand and retract to better climb stairs.

[0047] As shown in FIG. 3, a second motor 1286 is supported by the frame 1210 and is coupled to the drive shaft 1258 of the track 1226. The second motor 1286 is operable to rotate the drive shaft 1258 and thus the drive rollers 1262, 1266 to facilitate rotation of the endless belts 1270, 1278. In other embodiments, the track 1226 is passively driven rather than motor driven. For example, the endless belts 1270, 1278 of the track 1226 may be rotated by engagement with a surface, such as stairs or a ramp, as a user pulls the sewer cleaning machine 1200. Regardless of whether the track 1226 is motor driven or passively driven, the track 1226 is decoupled from the drum 1242 in that the track 1226 is

independently rotated without affecting the rotation of the drum 1242. [0048] In the illustrated embodiment, both the first and second motors 1254, 1286 are powered by the power supply 1222 that is supported on the frame 1210. The first and second motors 1254, 1286 are, for example, brushless motors. In additional embodiments, the first and second motors 1254, 1286 are variable two speed motors. In the illustrated embodiment, the power supply 1222 includes a battery receptacle that receives a battery pack to provide D/C power to the sewer cleaning machine 1200. For example, the battery receptacle may removably receive a rechargeable power tool battery pack. In further embodiments, the power supply 1222 may receive more than one battery pack to power the sewer cleaning machine 1200. In alternative embodiments, the power supply 1222 may be coupled to a power outlet to provide A/C power to the sewer cleaning machine 1200.

[0049] The power supply 1222 is electrically coupled to a controller 1284 that may control operation of the first and second motors 1254, 1286. In some embodiments, the controller 1284 ensures that when one motor is operating the other motor is locked out and cannot be run. As previously mentioned, the track 1226 is decoupled from the drum 1242 such that rotation of one is independent of the other. In some embodiments, the controller 1284 actively decouples the track 1226 from the drum 1242 so that they cannot operate at the same time. In other embodiments, the track 1226 is decoupled from the drum 1242 only by lack of mechanical connection to the drum 1242. Additionally, the sewer cleaning machine 1200 may include switches, buttons, a user interface, or other control features that allow a user to selectively control the sewer cleaning machine 1200.

[0050] Further, the power supply 1222 or the battery may include a battery fuel gauge to indicate to a user how much longer the battery will last. Additionally, the sewer cleaning machine 1200 may include battery detection that indicates to a user if the sewer cleaning machine 1200 has enough power to climb a standard set of stairs and, if not, lock out the tracks 1226 from being operated. This inhibits a user from initiating a stair climb and then running out of power in the middle of the stairs where it is difficult to manually maneuver the sewer cleaning machine 1200.

[0051] Referring to FIG. 6, a user can adjust the sewer cleaning machine 1200 from a drain cleaning mode, in which the drum 1242 is operable, to a stair climbing mode, in which the track 1226 is operable. When the user adjusts the sewer cleaning machine to the stair climbing mode, the control system of the sewer cleaning machine 1200 initiates a stair-drive check to determine whether the power supply 1222 has sufficient power to climb a set of stairs. When the remaining capacity of the power supply 1222 is sufficient to climb an entire set of stairs, the system will allow the second motor 1286 to power the track 1226 and enable the sewer cleaning machine 1200 to climb a set of stairs. Specifically, when the capacity of the power supply 1222 is above a predetermined threshold, the track 1226 is operable to climb the stairs. When the remaining capacity of the power supply 1222 is insufficient to climb an entire set of stairs, the system enters a lock out mode and prevents the second motor 1286 from powering the track 1226. Specifically, when the capacity of the power supply 1222 is below a predetermined threshold, the track 1226 is locked out. Alternatively, when the remaining power supply 1222 is insufficient to climb an entire set of stairs, the system provides an alert to the user indicating that the battery power is insufficient to client the entire set of stairs. In this embodiment, the user may have the option to continue to utilize the track 1226 in a driven mode until the power supply 1222 is completely depleted and then may climb the remaining stairs using the track 1226 in an idle mode.

[0052] The predetermined threshold can be determined based on a standard height of a set of stairs. In some embodiments, the predetermined threshold can be determined based on a variety of different sized stair sets, such as a half stair well or an extra long stair well.

When the sewer cleaning machine 1200 enters the lock out mode, an indicator informs the user that there is insufficient battery to complete the stair climb. The indicator may include, for example, a light on the sewer cleaning machine 1200 and/or an audible alert. The user may then charge the power supply 1222 or swap battery packs so that the capacity exceeds the predetermined threshold. When the sewer cleaning machine 1200 is in the locked out mode, a user has the option to adjust the sewer cleaning machine back to a drain cleaning mode. Although the power supply may not be sufficient to initiate a stair climb, the drum 1242 may still be operated when the capacity of the power supply 1222 is below the predetermined threshold.

[0053] Referring back to FIGS. 2-4, the sewer cleaning machine 1200 is shown in a first operational position. In this position, the drum housing 1214 of the sewer cleaning machine 1200 is supported on a surface to facilitate the clearing of debris from a conduit. In operation, the power supply 1222 supplies power to the first motor 1254 to spin the drum 1242. The cable feed device 1250 draws cable from inside the drum 1242 so that a user may extend the cable into a drain. Rotation of the drum 1242 causes the cable to spin, assisting in the removal of debris from the drain. [0054] With reference to FIGS. 1 and 5, the sewer cleaning machine 1200 is shown in a second transport position. A user may tilt the frame 1210, lifting the housing 1214 off of a surface and allowing the wheels 1238 to transport the sewer cleaning machine 1200 along the surface. However, due to the weight, the sewer cleaning machine 1200 may be difficult to lift. Specifically, a user may have difficulty transporting the sewer cleaning machine 1200 on stairs. During transportation, the track 1226 may assist in lifting the sewer cleaning machine 1200 both up and down stairs. A user may first position the sewer cleaning device 1200 so that the track 1226 engages the stairs, for example as shown in FIG. 5. Once the track 1226 engages the stairs, the user can control the power supply 1222 to operate the second motor 1286. The second motor 1286 rotates the drive shaft 1258, thereby rotating the endless belts 1270, 1278. As the endless belts rotate 1270, 1278, the traction on the belts 1270, 1278 assist in pulling the sewer cleaning machine 1200 up the stairs. Meanwhile, the user can also assist by pulling on the handle 1230 of the sewer cleaning device 1200. To transport the sewer cleaning device 1200 down stairs, a user can control the second motor 1286 to rotate the track 1226 in the opposite direction.

[0055] With continued reference to FIG. 5, the center of gravity X c of the sewer cleaning machine 1200 is positioned on the track 1226 while the sewer cleaning machine 1200 is at an angle relative to the ground (i.e., horizontal). In some embodiments, the angle of the sewer cleaning machine 1200 is between approximately 30 and 35 degrees with the horizontal. In other embodiments, the angle of the sewer cleaning machine 1200 is between approximately 32 and 33 degrees with the horizontal. In further embodiments, the angle of the sewer cleaning machine 1200 is 32.47 degrees with the horizontal, which correlates with the standard US code for the angle of stairs. Positioning the center of gravity X c on the treads reduces the possibility of the sewer cleaning machine 1200 tipping if a user were to release the sewer cleaning machine 1200 while climbing or descending stairs. In some

embodiments, when the sewer cleaning machine 1200 is tilted at an angle less than 35 degrees relative to the horizontal, the center of gravity X c of the sewer cleaning machine may be above the tracks in a vertical direction. In a further embodiment, when the sewer cleaning machine 1200 is tilted at an angle of less than 33 degrees, the center of gravity X c is above the treads in a vertical direction.

[0056] In some embodiments, the sewer cleaning machine 1200 includes a variable speed control that allows for stair climbing at a user selectable speed. For example, the sewer cleaning machine 1200 may travel up a set of stairs at a different speed than traveling down a set of stairs. In some embodiments, the sewer cleaning machine 1200 may travel up the set of stairs faster than the machine 1200 travels down the set of stairs. The user may adjust the speed of the track 1226 to travel up or down a set of stairs at a desired speed. In some embodiments, the controller 1284 is able to automatically control the speed of the track 1226 based on a direction of travel of the sewer cleaning machine 1200. For example, the controller 1284 may determine whether the sewer cleaning machine 1200 is traveling up or down a set of stairs and automatically determine and adjust the desired speed of the track 1226. In some embodiments, the controller 1284 may determine when the track 1226 is rotating a first direction (e.g., clockwise) correlated with traveling up a set of stairs, and thereby increase the speed of the track 1226. Likewise, the controller 1284 may determine when the track 1226 is rotating in a second direction (e.g., counterclockwise) correlated with traveling down a set of stairs, and thereby decrease the speed of the track 1226. In some embodiments, the user may control or may override the speed of the track 1226 designated by the controller 1284.

[0057] With reference to FIGS. 7-12, the track 1226 may include a belt tensioning assembly 1290. In the illustrated embodiment, the track 1226 includes two belt tensioning assemblies 1290, one of each endless belt 1270, 1278. In other embodiments, the track 1226 may include fewer or more belt tensioning assemblies 1290 (depending on the number of belts), or a single belt tensioning assembly may be used for multiple belts. The belt tensioning assemblies 1290 can increase or decrease the tensions of the first endless belt 1270 and the second endless belt 1278. For example, increasing the tension of the belts 1270, 1278 may reduce the possibility of the belts 1270, 1278 slipping during rotation. Increasing the tension of the belts 1270, 1278 may also reduce the possibility of the belts 1270, 1278 derailing from the pulley system. In addition, when the belts 1270, 1278 become worn and need to be replaced, the tension of the belts 1270, 1278 may be decreased in order to more easily remove the old belt and reattach a new belt. One of the belt tensioning assemblies 1290 is described in more detail below. The other belt tensioning assembly 1290 is substantially the same.

[0058] The illustrated belt tensioning assembly 1290 includes a bracket 1294, a mount 1298, and an adjustment member 1300. The bracket 1294 is movable relative to the mount 1298. The mount 1298 supports the adjustment member 1300, which helps to position the bracket 1294 relative to the mount 1298. The belt tensioning assembly 1290 is capable of adjusting the position of an idler roller, such as the first idler roller 1274 and the second idler roller 1282 relative to the first endless belt 1270 and the second endless belt 1278, respectively. As described herein, the belt tensioning assembly 1290 will be described with respect to the first idler roller 1274 and first endless belt 1270, however, it should be understood that the same construction can be applied to the second idler roller 1282 and the second endless belt 1278.

[0059] The bracket 1294 supports the first idler roller 1274. In particular, the bracket 1294 rotatably supports the first idler roller 1274 such that the first idler roller 1274 is rotatable relative to the bracket 1294. However, the bracket 1294 and the first idler roller 1274 translate together relative to the first endless belt 1270. As such, the bracket 1294 and the first idler roller 1274 can be translated in a first direction 1310 to increase the tension of the first endless belt 1270, and can be translated in a second direction 1312 to decrease the tension of the first endless belt 1270.

[0060] The mount 1298 is fixed to a portion of the frame 1210. The bracket 1294, and thus the first idler roller 1274, can translate relative to the mount 1298 in order to tension the first endless belt 1270. Specifically, the adjustment member 1300 is configured to adjust the position of the bracket 1294 and the first idler roller 1274 relative to the mount 1298. In the illustrated embodiment, the adjustment member 1300 is a threaded bolt 1304 and a nut 1308; however, in other embodiments, different types of adjustment members may be used. The nut 1308 can be threaded along the length of the bolt 1304 to adjust the position of the bracket 1294. For example, the bolt 1304 can be threaded in the first direction 1310 along the bolt 1304 to move the bracket 1294 in the first direction 1310 to increase tension in the first idler belt 1270. Similarly, the bolt 1304 can be threaded in the second direction 1312 along the bolt 1304 to move the bracket 1294 in the second direction 1312 to decrease tension in the first idler belt 1270. In addition, in the illustrated embodiment, the mount 1298 includes a pair of posts 1313 that extend through slots 1314 in the bracket 1294 to help align and guide the bracket 1294 as it moves relative to the mount 1298.

[0061] In the illustrated embodiment, the nut 1308 can be accessed from both sides of the first endless belt 1270 through a window 1318 formed by the mount 1298. This allows a user to user a wrench to thread the nut 1308 and adjust the tension of the first endless belt 1270, thus reducing the amount 1298 of force input by the user. [0062] FIG. 13 illustrates a transportable machine according to another embodiment. The transportable machine illustrated in FIG. 13 is a sewer cleaning machine 1400. The sewer cleaning machine 1400 is similar to the sewer cleaning machine 1200 with like features being represented by like reference numerals. As will be understood, the features shown and described herein with respect to the other embodiments of a transportable machine may be used in combination with the features shown and described with respect to the sewer cleaning machine 1400.

[0063] The sewer cleaning machine 1400 includes the frame 1410, a handle 1430, a base 1434, and a track 1426. The frame 1410 defines an elongated body extending between the handle 1430 and the base 1434. Specifically, the handle 1430 is positioned on a top end of the frame 1410 to enable a user to grip and control movement of the sewer cleaning machine 1400. The base 1434 is positioned on a bottom end of the frame 1410 and is configured to support a load, such as a machine or other load, that may be desirable to be able to transport. For example, the base 1434 may be configured to support many of the components of the sewer cleaning machine 1400. In the illustrated embodiment, the base 1434 supports a drum housing 1414, a motor housing 1418, a power supply 1422, and a track 1426 that is similar to the track 1226. The track 1426 is supported by the frame 1410 to help facility transport of the sewer cleaning machine 1400. In the illustrated embodiment, the track 1426 is positioned on a rear side of the frame 1410 between the handle 1430 and the base 1434. Additionally, the illustrated sewer cleaning machine 1400 includes wheels 1438 rotatably coupled to the frame 1410 to assist in transport of the sewer cleaning machine 1400.

[0064] Moving to FIG. 14, the track 1426 includes a first extrusion 1424 coupled to the frame 1410 and a second extrusion 1428 coupled to the frame 1410 on the opposite side of the drive shaft 1458 as the first extrusion 1424. The first and second extrusions 1424, 1428 each respectively support the first and second drive rollers 1462, 1466, the first and second idler rollers 1474, 1482, the first and second endless belts 1470, 1478 (FIG. 16), and the belt tensioning assemblies 1490. Each of the first and second extrusions 1424, 1428 are coupled to frame 1410 with a bracket 1422. The bracket 1422 couples an upper portion of the first and second extrusions 1424, 1428 to the frame 1410. The brackets 1422 are coupled to both the frame 1410 and first and second extrusions 1424, 1428 using fasteners 1426 that extend through fastener slots. [0065] With reference to FIGS. 15 and 16, both the first and second extrusions 1424,

1428 include ribs 1430 that extend the length of the first and second extrusions 1424, 1428 between the idler rollers 1474, 1482 and the drive rollers 1462, 1466. In the illustrated embodiment, a first rib 1430 is on a front side of the first and second extrusions 1424, 1428 facing the frame 1410 and a second rib 1430 is on a back side of the first and second extrusions 1424, 1428 facing away from the frame 1410. The ribs 1430 are generally placed in the center of the first and second extrusions 1424, 1428. The ribs 1430 each correspond to a recess 1434 on the inside of the endless belts 1470, 1478. The ribs 1430 hold the belts 1470, 1478 in place while the belts 1470, 1478 are being rotated. In the illustrated embodiment, each rib 1430 is a continuous projection extending along the length of the corresponding extrusion 1424, 1418. In other embodiments, the ribs 1430 may include discrete projections that only extend along portions of the length of the corresponding extrusion 1424, 1418. In other embodiments, the rib 1430 may only be on one side of the first and second extrusions 1424, 1428. For example, the rib 1430 may only be on a side facing away from the frame 1410 or only on a side facing the frame 1410.

[0066] As seen in FIG. 17, the track 1426 further includes a bracket 1438 coupled to the outside of each of the first and second extrusions 1424, 1428. The bracket 1438 includes a flange portion 1442 and a circular portion 1446. The flange portion 1442 includes fastener holes for fasteners 1450 to extend through and couple the bracket 1438 to the respective extrusion 1424, 1418. The flange portion 1442 extends past the respective extrusion 1424, 1418 towards the frame 1410. The portion of the flange portion 1442 that extends past the first and second extrusions 1424, 1428 keeps the belts 1470, 1478 from slipping or jumping off the first and second extrusions 1424, 1428 during operation of the track 1426. Each circular portion 1446 includes an opening 1454 adjacent the respective drive rollers 1462, 1466 to protect the drive rollers 1462, 1466 and provide support to the drive rollers 1462, 1466 during operation of the track 1426.

[0067] With continued reference to FIG. 17, an inner support 1458, or guide block, is supported on the inside of each of the first and second extrusions 1424, 1428. The fasteners 1450 used to couple the brackets 1438 to the first and second extrusions 1424, 1428 are also used to support the inner supports 1458 within the first and second extrusions 1424, 1428. Each inner support 1458 includes an outer surface 1462 that extends from within the first and second extrusions 1424, 1428. The outer surface 1462 is generally aligned with or flush with an adjacent outer surface of the corresponding extrusion 1424, 1418. The outer surface 1462 assists the belts 1470, 1478 in transitioning from the first and second extrusions 1424, 1428 to the cleats of the drive rollers 1462, 1466. An inner surface of the inner support 1458 is curved or arcuate to match the curvature of the corresponding drive roller 1462, 1466. As such, the inner support 1458 can be positioned close to, but not interfere with the

corresponding driver roller 1462, 1466.

[0068] With reference to FIGS. 13, 14, and 17, the sewer cleaning machine 1400 further includes a support system 1466. The support system 1466 helps stabilize the sewer cleaning machine 1400 when in the upright position. The support system 1466 includes a fist stationary kickstand 1470, a second stationary kickstand 1474, and a tilt block 1478 (FIG.

14). The first and second kickstands 1470, 1474 and the tilt block 1478 are generally supported beneath the frame 1410 when the sewer cleaning machine 1400 is in the upright position. In some embodiments, the support system 1466 may be considered part of the frame 1410 of the sewer cleaning machine 1400. The first and second kickstands 1470, 1474 are generally tubular and are fixed relative to the frame 1410. The first kickstand 1470 is generally positioned in front of the drum housing 1414 underneath the feed device 1250. The second kickstand 1474 is positioned behind the drum housing 1414. Both the first and second kickstands include rubber ends 1482 to inhibit the sewer cleaning machine 1400 from moving when in the upright position. The tilt block 1478 is positioned behind the second kickstand 1474 relative to the drum housing 1414. The tilt block 1478 may be solid to add weight to the support system 1466. The tilt block 1478 inhibits the sewer cleaning machine 1400 from tipping backwards when a cable is removed from the drum housing 1414 and the sewer cleaning machine 1400 is back heavy.

[0069] In some embodiments, the sewer cleaning machine 1400 may include a pop-up wheel or bracket. The pop-up wheel or bracket may be activated to inhibit the sewer cleaning machine from falling down a flight of stairs if a user were to accidentally lose control or hold of the sewer cleaning machine 1400 while climbing stairs. Additionally, the pop-up wheel or bracket may be extended in between climbing steps of a flight of stairs to help support the sewer cleaning machine and inhibit the sewer cleaning machine from tipping backwards or forward. The pop-up wheel may be activated either manually or with a spring release to extend from under the frame 1410 of the sewer cleaning machine 1400. In this way, when there is a pause in stair climbing the frame 1201 would rest on the pop-up bar or bracket that is supported by the previous step.

[0070] FIGS. 19-24 illustrate a transportable machine according to another embodiment of the disclosure. The transportable machine illustrated in FIGS. 19-24 is a dolly or hand truck 2010. The hand truck 2010 includes structure similar to the sewer cleaning machines 1200, 1400 of the previous embodiments with like features being represented by like reference numerals. As will be understood, the features shown and described herein with respect to the other embodiments of a transportable machine may be used in combination with the features shown and described with respect to the hand truck 2010.

[0071] The hand truck 2010 includes a frame 2210, a handle 2230, a base 2234, and a track 2226. The frame 2210 defines an elongated body extending between the handle 1430 and the base 2234. Specifically, the handle 1430 is positioned on a top end of the frame 2210 to enable a user to grip and control movement of the hand truck 2010. The base 2234 is positioned on a bottom end of the frame 2210 and is configured to support a load, such as a machine or other load, that may be desirable to be able to transport. For example, the base 2234 may be configured to support a machine, tools, cargo, building materials, or other heavy items that may be difficult to transport. In the illustrated embodiment, the base 2234 includes a loading plate member 2040. The loading plate member 2040 and the frame 2210 cooperatively define a space 2044 configured to receive and support a load (e.g., boxes, furniture, appliances, power tools, other goods, and the like) on the hand truck 2010. The track 2226 is supported by the frame 2210 to help facility transport of the hand truck 2010.

In the illustrated embodiment, the track 2226 is positioned on a rear side of the frame 2210 between the handle 2230 and the base 2234. Additionally, the illustrated hand truck 2010 includes wheels 2238 rotatably coupled to the frame 2210 to assist in transport of the hand truck 2010.

[0072] The track 2226 is configured to engage a surface, such as stairs or a ramp to help a user maneuver the hand truck 2010. In the illustrated embodiment, the track 2226 is positioned on the opposite side of the frame 2210 as the space 2044. For example, the space 2044 is defined on a front side of the frame 2210, and the track 2226 is positioned on a back side of the frame 2210. The track 2226 includes a substantially horizontal drive shaft having a first endless belt 2270 that extends around a first drive roller and a first idler roller, and a second endless belt 2278 that extends around the second drive roller and a second idler roller. The endless belts 2270, 2278 extend substantially vertically along a length of the frame 2210. A motor 2286 (FIG. 20) is supported by the frame 2210 and is coupled to the drive shaft of the track 2226. The motor 2286 is operable to rotate the drive shaft and thus the drive rollers to facilitate rotation of the endless belts 2270, 2278. The motor 2286 is powered by a power supply 2222 that is supported on the frame 2210. In some embodiments, the endless belts 2270, 2278 include traction elements that assists in gripping a surface, ledge, or other object.

[0073] A user may tilt the frame 2210, lifting the loading plate member 2040 off of a surface and allowing the wheels 2238 to transport the hand truck 2010 along the surface. However, due to the weight, the hand truck 2010 may be difficult to lift. Specifically, a user may have difficulty transporting the hand truck 2010 on stairs or into a truck bed. During transportation, the track 2226 may assist in lifting the hand truck 2010 both up and down stairs. A user may first position the hand truck 2010 so that the track 2226 engages the stairs, for example as shown in FIG. 24. Once the track 2226 engages the stairs, the user can control the power supply 2222 to operate the motor 2286. The motor 2286 rotates the endless belts 2270, 2278. As the endless belts rotate 2270, 2278, the traction on the belts 2270, 2278 assist in pulling the hand truck 2010 up the stairs. Meanwhile, the user can also assist by pulling on the handle 2230 of the hand truck 2010. To transport the hand truck 2010 down stairs, a user can control the motor 2286 to rotate the track 2226 in the opposite direction.

[0074] In some embodiments, the track 2226 can articulate or expand and retract relative to the frame 2226 to better climb stairs. For example, FIG. 19 illustrates the hand truck 2010 in a first (stored) position. In this position, the loading plate member 2040 of the base 2234 of the hand truck 2010 is supported on a surface to facilitate supporting of the load. FIGS.

20 and 24 illustrate the hand truck 2010 in a second, extended (operational) position. In the second position, the track 2226 is moved or pivoted away from the frame 2210. In the illustrated embodiment, the track 2226 includes an axle positioned proximate the base 2234, and the track 2226 is movable (e.g., pivotable) between the first position and the second position about the axle. The illustrated hand truck 2010 further includes a lock mechanism 2048 for maintaining the track 2226 in the second position. The illustrated lock mechanism 2048 includes a sub frame 2052 movably coupled to the frame 2210, and a latch 2056 (i.e., handle latch) selectively coupled to the sub frame 2052. The latch 2056 may be operated by a user using one hand. In particular, when the hand track 2010 is in the second, extended position, the wheels 2238 are tilted away from the stairs such that the only the track 2226 is configured to contact the stairs.

[0075] With reference to FIGS. 21-23, the hand truck 2010 further includes a lifting system 2060 to facilitate tilting of the hand truck 2010 toward or away from a surface. In the illustrated embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 21-23, the lifting system 2060 includes an air bag member 2064 supported by the base 2234. More specifically, the illustrated air bag member 2064 is positioned between the loading plate member 2040 and a lifting plate member 2068 of the base 2234. The lifting system 2060 further includes a pump 2072 and a foot pedal member 2076 supported by the frame 2210 and track 2226. The pump 2072 is electrically coupled to the power supply 2222. The illustrated pump 2072 and foot pedal 2076 are positioned proximate the back side of the frame 2210. The air bag member 2064 is configured to be inflated such that the loading plate member 2040 moves or pivots relative to the lifting plate member 2068. The inflation of the air bag member 2064 adjusts the hand truck 2010 from a vertical or loading state to a tilted state (FIG. 23). A release member 2080 is provided proximate the handle 2230 for releasing or deflating the air bag member 2064 from the tilted state to the loading state. The release member 2080 includes an actuator (e.g., lever) operable by a user. In other embodiments, instead of the air bag member 2064, the lifting system 2060 includes a powered actuator such as a gas cylinder, a piston, or other mechanical means, to pivot the loading plate member 2040 relative to the lifting plate member 2068. Still further, in other embodiments, the lifting plate member 2068 may include a wheel coupled thereto to facilitate guiding of the hand truck 2010 on a flat surface. The lifting system 2060 is configured to facilitate tilting of the hand truck 2010 toward the track 2226, thereby reducing the need to manual tilt the hand truck 2010 toward the track 2226.

[0076] The handle 2230 includes a control system having a plurality of switches 2083 positioned on the handle 2230 and a control panel 2084 positioned proximate a top side of the hand truck 2010. The control system includes a controller electrically connected to the motor 2286 for controlling operation of the hand truck 2010. In particular, the plurality of switches 2083 on the handle 2230 includes an actuator (e.g., trigger) for controlling operation of the track 2226. In the illustrated embodiment, the switches 2083 include a first switch for turning on and off the motor 2286. Still further, in other embodiments, the handle 2230 may also contain controls for additional functions of the stair climbing hand truck 2010 (e.g., variable speed). The illustrated control panel 2084 is positioned on the top side of the stair climbing hand truck 2010 to facilitate access of the user to the control panel 2084 for changing settings, features and other functions of the hand truck 2010.

[0077] FIGS. 25-26 illustrate a dolly or hand truck 2110 according to another

embodiment of the disclosure. The hand truck 2110 includes structure similar to the hand truck 2010 with like features being represented by like reference numerals. As will be understood, the features shown and described herein with respect to the other embodiments of a transportable machine may be used in combination with the features shown and described with respect to the hand truck 2230’.

[0078] In this embodiment, the handle 2230’ is movable between a first, angled position (FIG. 25) and a second, extended position (FIG. 26). In the illustrated embodiment, the handle 2230’ is pivotable about a pin 2088. The handle 2230’ further includes an adjustment mechanism for adjusting the handle 2230’ between the first position and the second position. The illustrated adjustment mechanism includes an actuator 2092 (e.g., pad) operatively coupled to the pin 2088. A user may actuate the actuator 2092 (e.g., push) for disengaging the pin 2088 from a detent mechanism, thereby adjusting the handle 2230’ between the first and second positions. The first position may facilitate movement of the hand truck 2110 on a flat surface by a user. The second position may facilitate movement of the hand truck 2210 on stairs by a user.

[0079] FIGS. 27-28 illustrates a dolly or hand truck 2310 according to another embodiment of the disclosure with like features being represented by like reference numerals. As will be understood, the features shown and described herein with respect to the other embodiments of a transportable machine may be used in combination with the features shown and described with respect to the hand truck 2310.

[0080] The hand truck 2310 includes structure similar to the hand truck 2010 with like features being represented by like reference numerals. In this embodiment, the hand truck 2310 includes a securing mechanism 2096 to facilitate securing of a load 3000 received in the space 2044 defined by the hand truck 2310. In the illustrated embodiment, the hand truck 2310 includes a plurality of adjustable straps 2096A-C. In some embodiments, the adjustable straps 2096A-C are ratchet straps. Additionally or alternatively, the adjustable straps 2096A- C may be retractable straps. Each of the straps 2096 A-C is supported by the frame 2210. In particular, each strap 2096 A-C extends from a first frame member 2210A of the frame 2210 to a second frame member 2210B in a lateral direction relative to the space 2044 configured to receive the load 3000. Each strap 2096A-C is adjustable to individually lengthen or shorten each strap 2096A-C. In some embodiments, one or more of the straps 2096A-C is automatically retractable. In the illustrated embodiment, the securing mechanism 2096 includes three straps 2096A-C. In other embodiments, the hand truck 2310 may include one or more straps. As shown in FIG. 28, the ratchet mechanism of each adjustable strap 2096A- C is secured to a support member 3004 (e.g., loop) positioned on the first frame member 2210 A.

[0081] Although the disclosure is described with reference to discrete embodiments, variations of the sewer cleaning machines and hand trucks exist within the spirit and scope of the disclosure. The features shown and described herein with respect to one of the embodiments of a transportable machine may be used in combination with any of the features shown and described with respect to another embodiment of a transportable machine. For example, the following features may be used in any combination with one another, including but not limited to, the belt tensioning assembly (e.g., shown in FIGS. 7-12), the stands (e.g., shown in FIG. 18), the movable track assembly (e.g., shown in FIG. 20), the lifting assembly (e.g., shown in FIG. 21-23), or the movable handle (e.g., shown in FIGS. 25-26).

Additionally, any of the aforementioned features may be used in combination with the various control features, including but not limited to, the lock out system, which prevents a machine motor from being operated simultaneously with the track motor, a power monitoring system, which warns a user or shuts down the track motor when the power is insufficient to climb a full set of stairs, or a variavble speed control system that operates the track at different speeds depending on whether the transportable machine is climbing up or down a set of stairs.