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1. (WO1998049470) MULTI- RANGE HYDROMECHANICAL TRANSMISSION
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I CLAIM:
1. A multi-range hydromechanical transmission for transmitting power from a prime mover to a load, comprising:
a continuously variable hydrostatic transmission unit having an input and an output;
a speed reduction unit for coupling an output of the prime mover to the hydrostatic transmission output, such as to drive the hydrostatic input at input speeds lower than output speeds of the prime mover;
a first gear set drawn by the hydrostatic transmission unit output to produce a hydrostatic input shiftable between first and second continuously variable hydrostatic output speed ranges, the second hydrostatic output speed range being wider than the first hydrostatic speed range;
a gear system including at least second and third gear sets having gear elements connected to receive the hydrostatic output of the first gear set and connectable to receive mechanical inputs from the prime mover at first and second speed ratios; and
shift means for selectively clutching and/or braking the gear elements of the first, second, and third gear sets to shift the hydromechanical transmission between the output speed range, that is continuous variable by stroking the hydrostatic transmission unit through the first hydrostatic output speed range and another higher speed range that is continuously variable by stroking the hydrostatic transmission unit through the second hydrostatic output speed range.
2. The multi-range hydromechanical transmission of claim 1 , wherein the gear system includes a fourth gear set, and the shift means includes plural brakes and clutches for selectively braking and clutching gear elements of the first through fourth gear sets to shift the hydromechanical transmission into any one of at least four forward speed ranges and one reverse speed range, the one output speed range being a second forward speed range, and the other output speed range being a third forward speed range.

3. The multi-range hydromechanical transmission of claim 2, wherein the brakes and clutches of the shift means are selectively released and engaged in timed relation to achieve synchronous shifting of the hydromechanical transmission between the four speed forward ranges and one reverse speed range.
4. The multi-range hydromechanical transmission of claim 1 , wherein the first gear set is a first planetary gear set having a sun gear, a planet gear carrier, and a ring gear connected to be driven by the hydrostatic transmission unit output, and the shift means includes a first brake and a first clutch, the first clutch selectively interconnects the ring gear and planet gear carrier, such that the sun gear is driven in the first hydrostatic output speed range, and the first brake selectively grounds the planet gear carrier, such that sun gear is driven in the second hydrostatic output speed range.
5. The multi-range hydromechanical transmission of claim 4, wherein the second and third gear sets are second and third planetary gear sets.
6. The multi-range hydromechanical transmission of claim 5, wherein the second planetary gear set includes a sun gear drivingly connected to the sun gear of the first planetary gear set, a planet gear carrier on which the hydromechanical transmission output is produced, and a ring gear; and the third planetary gear set includes a sun gear connected to the sun gear of the first planetary gear set, a planet gear carrier connected to the ring gear of the second planetary gear set, and a ring gear; and the shift means further includes a second brake that is selectively grounds the ring gear of the second planetary gear set and the planet gear carrier of the third planetary gear set while the first clutch is engaged, such as to produce a hydromechanical transmission output on the planet gear carrier of the second planetary gear set in a first forward speed range.
7. The multi-range hydromechanical transmission of claim 6, wherein the shift means further includes a third brake that is selectively engaged to ground the ring gear of the third planetary gear set while the first clutch is engaged, such as to produce a hydromechanical transmission output on the planet gar carrier of the second planetary gear set in a reverse speed ranges.
8. The multi-range hydromechanical transmission of claim 7, wherein the gear system further includes a fourth planetary gear set having a sun gear connected to be driven at the first mechanical input speed ratio, a planet gear carrier connected to the ring gear of the third planetary gear set, and a ring gear; and the means elements further includes a fourth brake that is selectively braked to ground the ring gear of the fourth planetary gear set which the first clutch is engaged, such as to produce a hydromechanical transmission output on the planet gear carrier of the second planetary gear set in the one output speed range, which is a second forward speed range.
9. The multi-range hydromechanical transmission of claim 8, wherein the shift means further includes a second clutch for selectively connecting the planet gear carrier of the third planetary gear set to be driven at the second mechanical input speed ratio while the first brake is engaged, such as to produce a hydromechanical transmission output on the planet gear carrier of the second planetary gear set in the other output speed range, which is a third forward speed range.
10. The multi-range hydromechanical transmission of claim 9, wherein the shift means further includes a third clutch for selectively connecting the ring gear of the fourth planetary gear set to be driven at the first mechanical input speed ratio while the first brake is engaged, such as to produce a hydromechanical transmission output on the planet gear carrier of the second planetary gear set in a fourth forward speed range.