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1. US20160150713 - Vertical tine tiller

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Claims

1. A vertical tine tiller comprising:
a frame;
an operator control assembly extending from said frame;
a power source for generating a rotational output, said power source operatively connected to said frame;
a transfer casing operatively connected to said frame, said transfer casing being a single member;
a tiller assembly being rotatably driven by said power source, said tiller assembly including a horizontally rotatable driveshaft operatively connected to power source, a pair of vertically-oriented drive rods rotatable about separate vertical axes and operatively connected to said driveshaft, and a vertically-oriented tine assembly operatively connected to each of said drive rods; and
a transmission assembly in direct engagement with said driveshaft within said transfer casing for driving said transmission assembly, wherein said transmission assembly is selectively actuatable;
wherein horizontal rotation of said driveshaft is directly transferred into vertical rotation of said drive rods within said transfer casing; and
wherein a portion of said driveshaft and a portion of each of said pair of drive rods being disposed within said transfer casing, and rotation of said driveshaft is transferred to said drive rods within said transfer casing.
2. The vertical tine tiller of claim 1, wherein said transmission assembly is operatively connected to a plurality of wheels.
3. The vertical tine tiller of claim 1 further comprising a transfer gear coupled to said driveshaft and a drive gear attached to each of said drive rods, wherein said transfer gear is meshingly engaged with said drive gears for transferring rotation from said driveshaft to said drive rods.
4. The vertical tine tiller of claim 3, wherein said transfer gear is a worm gear and said drive gears are pinion gears.
5. The vertical tine tiller of claim 4, wherein each of said transfer gear and said drive gears includes an aperture having splines formed on a surface defining said aperture, said splines engage corresponding splines formed on said driveshaft and said drive rods, respectively, for coupling said transfer gear to said drive shaft and for coupling said drive gears to said drive rods.
6. The vertical tine tiller of claim 1, wherein said tine assembly includes a plurality of vertically-oriented tines.
7. The vertical tine tiller of claim 6, wherein each of said tines includes an upper portion, a lower portion extending from said upper portion, said tine also having a sharpened leading edge.
8. The vertical tine tiller of claim 7, wherein at least a portion of said sharpened leading edge of each tine is scalloped.
9. A vertical tine tiller comprising:
a frame;
an operator control assembly extending rearwardly from said frame;
a power source for generating a rotational output, said power source operatively connected to said frame;
a driveshaft operatively connected to said power source for receiving said rotational output therefrom;
a transfer casing operatively connected to said frame, said transfer casing being a single member;
a tiller assembly operatively connected to said frame wherein said tiller assembly extends rearwardly from said frame, said tiller assembly being rotatably driven by said power source, said tiller assembly including a pair of vertically rotatable drive rods, and a tine assembly operatively connected to each of said drive rods, wherein each of said tine assemblies being rotatable about a substantially vertical axis;
a transmission assembly in continuous and direct engagement with said driveshaft, wherein said transmission assembly is selectively actuatable;
a pair of rotatable wheels operatively connected to said frame, said pair of wheels being selectively driven by said transmission assembly;
wherein a portion of said driveshaft, a portion of each of said pair of drive rods, and a portion of said transmission assembly are positioned within said transfer casing, and rotation of said driveshaft is transferred to said drive rods and said transmission assembly within said transfer casing.
10. The vertical tine tiller of claim 9, wherein rotational output of said power source generates horizontal rotation of said driveshaft which is transferred into vertical rotation of said drive rods.
11. The vertical tine tiller of claim 9, wherein a transfer gear is coupled to said driveshaft and a drive gear is coupled to each of said pair of drive rods, said transfer gear being meshingly engaged with said drive gears to transfer rotation of said driveshaft to said drive rods.
12. The vertical tine tiller of claim 11, wherein said transfer gear is a worm gear and said drive gears are pinion gears.
13. The vertical tine tiller of claim 9, wherein said tine assemblies are located below said operator control assembly.