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Dokumentenidentifikation EP0895712 22.02.2001
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0895712
Titel Baumschere
Anmelder Fiskars Consumer Oy AB, Billnäs, FI
Erfinder Linden, Erkki Olavi, 10330 Billnäs, FI
Vertreter derzeit kein Vertreter bestellt
DE-Aktenzeichen 69800491
Vertragsstaaten DE, DK, FR, IT
Sprache des Dokument EN
EP-Anmeldetag 03.08.1998
EP-Aktenzeichen 982502775
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 10.02.1999
EP date of grant 17.01.2001
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 22.02.2001
IPC-Hauptklasse A01G 3/025

Beschreibung[en]
Field of the Invention

The present invention relates generally to the art of cutting tools, and particularly to shearing devices such as loppers.

Background of the Invention

Lopping shears having a pair of elongated members disposed for cooperative engagement about a pivotable joint are widely used. Each of such members generally comprises a jaw, typically made of stamped or forged metal or other suitable material, having an opposed force-applying end connected to a handle. In anvil-type loppers, one of the jaws is formed as a blade while the other jaw is configured as an anvil.

Shearing heavy growth such as tree limbs on the order of two inches in diameter requires considerable force. To provide additional leverage, lopping shears are often provided with extra long handles. Such configuration gives the user the extra leverage required to perform the desired cutting operation, and the extended reach to trim distant tree branches and the like. Although these handles have often been made of wood, to reduce forearm fatigue, more recent prior art loppers have included hollow handles made of fiberglass or other suitable material, as disclosed in U.S. Patent No. 5,570,510 naming the present inventor.

However, in certain cases some of these prior art loppers may still be relatively awkward to manipulate, particularly in areas heavily congested by branches of trees or plants to reach a limb to be trimmed. This is because this congestion typically prevents the user from opening the handles as needed to place the blades (or the blade and anvil) about the heavy growth to be severed. In addition, the various components of these prior art loppers, which are typically exposed, are also prone to getting caught in dense foliage areas.

Some of these constraints have already been recognized and addressed by those skilled in the art. U.S. patent no. 5,020,222 to Gosselin discloses a compound action lopper in which an additional lever member connected to one of the jaws increases the cutting force transmitted to the jaws, thereby facilitating the cutting operation. Additional leverage is also provided by a device conceived by the present inventor and disclosed in pending U.S. Patent Application No. 08/702,122 filed August 20, 1996.

As illustrated in Figure 1A, those skilled in the tree trimming art have recognized that the resistance to cutting designated as F presented by a generally round, fibrous growth, such as for example a tree limb L, is not uniform but varies as a function of the penetration of the cutting blade B into the growth. The maximum resistance is typically reached at a point P approximately sixty percent through the cutting stroke. This is because, up to that point, the penetrating action of blade B into limb L results in the compression of an increasing number of fibers as blade B penetrates further into limb L, thereby increasing the density of limb L. As shown in Figure 1, C represents the region of compression of the fibers of limb L, while Fr represents the friction forces opposing the cutting force applied by a user. Beyond point P which is the point of maximum compression of the fibers, the resistance to the cutting action decreases as the blade begins cutting the fibers (illustrated as region S, where the growth begins being severed and, as a result, the resistance to the cutting action subsides until limb L is entirely severed). It therefore becomes advantageous for a cutting tool to be provided with a variable force mechanism that provides maximum leverage at the point in the cutting stroke corresponding to the maximum resistance to cutting.

While loppers of the type described in the foregoing suitably provide the additional leverage desired to perform the desired cutting function, it can be readily appreciated that in certain cases their use may still be rendered difficult by the heavy foliage surrounding a limb to be trimmed. Accordingly, it appears desirable to provide a lopper that can alleviate the problems associated with conventional items of that kind, i.e., which is more compact in use so as to facilitate certain trimming operations.

Summary of the Invention

The present invention provides a particularly advantageous variable force cutting mechanism which is constructed to generate maximum mechanical advantage (i.e., maximum leverage) at the most desirable point through the cutting stroke, without, however, unduly augmenting the overall weight of the shears. As a result, the lopper in accordance with the present invention is designed to facilitate the caring of trees, plants, and the like, particularly in areas congested by heavy foliage.

In accordance with one aspect of the invention, the lopper includes a lopping head provided with a spring-biased blade cooperating with a jaw, a drive mechanism, and an elongate housing. The drive mechanism includes first and second wheels rotatable relative thereto about a first axis. A head line couples the first wheel to the blade at a connecting point. The first wheel is eccentric relative to the second wheel so as to increase leverage at a predetermined point of blade travel across the bight.

In accordance with another aspect of the invention, the blade includes an arm extending away from the pivot point, the arm being configured so as to further increase the mechanical advantage provided by the eccentric at the predetermined point of blade travel across the bight.

In accordance with a further aspect of the invention, the lopper is provided with a pair of handles selectively actuatable to displace the blade relative to the jaw.

In accordance with yet another aspect of the invention, the drive mechanism includes a pair of mating portions and an indexing means for relatively positioning the blade with respect to the elongate housing.

Other advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the detailed description given hereinafter. It should be understood, however, that the detailed description and specific embodiments are given by way of illustration only since, from this detailed description, various changes and modifications within the spirit and scope of the invention will become apparent to those skilled in the art.

Brief Description of the Drawings

The preferred exemplary embodiment of the present invention will hereinafter be described in conjunction with the appended drawings, wherein like numerals denote like elements and:

  • Figure 1A shows, in schematic form, the penetration of a cutting blade into a growth, illustrating the point at which maximum resistance to the cutting action is typically reached;
  • Figure 1 is an elevational view of the Lopper of the present invention, the blade of the Lopper being shown open relative to the jaw;
  • Figure 2 is a right side elevational view of the Lopper of Figure 1;
  • Figure 3 is a partial cross-sectional view of the lopping head and drive mechanism of the Lopper of the present invention, shown in the blade open position;
  • Figure 4 is a partial front elevational view of the lopping head and drive mechanism of the Lopper of the present invention, as shown in Figure 3;
  • Figure 5 is a partial cross-sectional view of the lopping head and drive mechanism of the Lopper of the present invention, shown with the blade engaging a workpiece;
  • Figure 6 is a partial front elevational view of the lopping head and drive mechanism of the Lopper of the present invention, as shown in Figure 5;
  • Figure 7 is a partial cross-sectional view of the lopping head and drive mechanism of the Lopper of the present invention, shown with the blade in about mid-way through its travel across the bight;
  • Figure 8 is a partial front elevational view of the lopping head and drive mechanism of the Lopper of the present invention, as shown in Figure 7;
  • Figure 9 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 9-9 shown in Figure 3;
  • Figure 10 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 10-10 shown in Figure 3;
  • Figure 11 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 11-11 shown in Figure 5;
  • Figure 12 is a partial cross-sectional view of the drive mechanism of the Lopper of the present invention, shown with the blade at the end of its travel across the bight;
  • Figure 13 is a front elevational view of a portion of the elongate housing of the Lopper of the present invention, the housing being associated with intermediate and lower handles;
  • Figure 14 is a front elevational view of a portion of the elongate housing of Figure 13, shown with the intermediate handle being actuated;
  • Figure 15 is a front elevational view of a portion of the elongate housing of Figure 13, shown with the lower handle being actuated;
  • Figure 16 is a partial cross-sectional view of the lopping head and drive mechanism of the Lopper of the present invention, shown with the lopping head rotated relative to the elongate housing;
  • Figure 17 is a partial cross-sectional view of the drive mechanism of the Lopper of the present invention, showing the two mating portions of the drive mechanism;
  • Figure 18 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 18-18 shown in Figure 17, illustrating a portion of an intermeshing region;
  • Figure 19 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 19-19 shown in Figure 17, illustrating a portion of the other intermeshing region; and
  • Figure 20 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 20-20 shown in Figure 17, illustrating the intermeshing regions of the two mating portions of the drive mechanism.

Detailed Description of a Preferred Exemplary Embodiment

The present invention relates to cutting tools such as loppers. However, while the invention as described herein will often be referred to a lopper, those skilled in the art will appreciate that the mechanism described herein and their principles of operation can be broadly applied to a wide variety of other cutting implements generally.

Referring to the Figures, a tool or lopper generally designated as 10 for performing lopping, trimming and pruning operations includes a lopping head 12, an elongate housing 14 and a drive mechanism 16 disposed intermediate head 12 and housing 14. Lopping head 12 includes a blade 18 pivotable about pivot point 19, and cooperating with a jaw 20 forming a bight 22 configured to receive a workpiece 24 to be severed by blade 18. A spring 26 biases blade 18 to the open position relative to jaw 20.

Turning now to drive mechanism 16, advantageously drive mechanism 16 is connected to lopping head 12 by having a portion 28 of mechanism 16 merging into jaw 20. Mechanism 16 includes a first wheel 30 rotatable relative to mechanism 16 about a first axis 32. First wheel 30 is coupled to blade 18 by a head line 34 (for example by means of a pin 35). As represented in the Figures, head line 34 is preferably a chain. Those skilled in the art will nevertheless readily appreciate that a rope, cable or strap could also suitably be used for head line 34. One end 36 of head line 34 is connected to first wheel 30 at a connecting point 38. The other end 40 of head line 34 is connected to a region 42 of an arm 44 of blade 18 extending away from pivot 19.

As more particularly shown in Figures 9 and 17, drive mechanism 16 also includes a second wheel 46 which is rotatable with first wheel 30. Second wheel 46 is coupled to a driving line 48. As shown in Figures 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 16, and 17, first wheel 30 is eccentric relative to second wheel 46, thereby causing an increase in the force applied to workpiece 24 at a predetermined point of the travel of blade 18, as will be explained below.

To increase the flexibility of Lopper 10, drive mechanism 16 is formed of two mating portions 50, 52 selectively rotatable with respect to one another about first axis 32. This permits positioning of lopping head 12 relative to elongate housing 14. However, to increase retention of the position of lopping head 12 selected by the user, mating portions 50, 52 include an indexing means generally designated as 54. As shown in Figures 18-20, indexing means 54 includes intermeshing regions 56, 58, formed on oppositely facing surfaces 57, 59 of mating portions 50, 52. Intermeshing regions preferably include a plurality of teeth 60 which can be grouped in discrete segments. Alternatively, teeth 60 can be cincturing portions 50, 52. Also, other inter-engaging structures such as for example indexing fingers or the like could be used instead. Accordingly, when the user desires to reposition lopping head 12 relative to elongate housing 14, the user will simply loosen nut 62 sufficiently to disengage intermeshing regions 56, 58, and then rotate mating portions 50, 52 relative to one another. Upon reaching the desired position of head 12, the user will bring mating portions 50, 52 closer together so that regions 56, 58 re-engage. This new position of head 12 will be maintained by tightening nut 62 on head bolt 64.

Turning now to elongate housing 14, housing 14 is preferably hollow and tear-dropped shaped as shown in Figures 10 and 11. A slide block 66 is slidably received within an interior region 68 of housing 14. Slide block 66, which is coupled to second wheel 46 by driving line 48, is engaged by actuating line 70 passing over a pulley 72. Actuating line 70 is connected to an intermediate handle 74 which is slidable relative to housing 14. A distal end 76 of actuating line 70 is preferably connected to a lower handle 78 which is engageable with a lower end 80 of housing 14. It should be noted that rotation of lopping head 12 relative to housing 14 will slightly displace the location of intermediate handle 74 along housing 14. However, intermediate handle 74 can be easily repositioned along housing 14 by adjusting the location of handle 74 on actuating line 70.

Housing 14 also includes a stop 82 formed thereon so that so a pulling force exerted on head line 34 by spring-biased blade 18 causing tensioning of actuating line 70 and also causes intermediate handle 74 to abut against stop 82. It can therefore be understood that a user may alternatively actuate intermediate handle 74 or lower handle 78 to cause blade 18 to travel across bight 22. In particular, when intermediate handle 74 is pulled down by the user, lower handle 78 engages lower end 80 of housing 14 and sliding block 66 is pulled down within region 68. Conversely, when lower handle 78 is pulled down, intermediate handle 74 engages stop 82 and sliding block 66 is pulled down within region 68.

The function of the eccentric configuration of first wheel 30 relative to second wheel 46 will now be explained by referring more particularly to Figures 7, 9, and 17. First wheel 30 includes a guiding surface 82 about which head line 34 is wound as first wheel 30 rotates about first axis 32. Similarly, second wheel 46 includes a second guiding surface 84 about which driving line 48 is wound as second wheel 46 rotates with first wheel 30. Because first wheel 30 is eccentric on first axis, 32, guiding surface 82 is also eccentric relative to first axis 32 and relative to second guiding surface 84.

The eccentric construction as described in the foregoing causes a distance separating first axis 32 from a region 86 of guiding surface 82 where head line 34 ceases to engage guiding surface 32 to be smallest at a predetermined point of the travel of blade 18 across bight 22. As is well known in the art, work is required to sever workpiece 24 received in bight 22. It is also known that work applied to the work piece is equal to the work applied by a user less losses through the transmission mechanism. Neglecting transmission losses, the work applied by the user by downward movement of intermediate handle 74 or lower handle 78 is transmitted from second wheel 46 to first wheel 30 as the two wheel rotate together. Consistent with well known principles, the work at first wheel 30 (which is then applied to head line 34) is equal to the product of the distance separating first axis 32 from head line 34 by the force Ft transmitted to head line 34 in the direction of head line 34. As can be readily appreciated (and again neglecting losses) since work is constant, at the point where the distance separating first axis 32 from head line 34 reaches a minimum, force Ft reaches a maximum. In other words, because of the eccentricity of wheels 30 relative to wheel 46, in region 86 of guiding surface 82 where head line 34 ceases to engage guiding surface 32, force Ft reaches a maximum due to the fact that the distance separating first axis 32 from head line 34 is smallest. According to the present invention, the configuration of first and second wheels 30, 46 relative to the travel of blade 18 minimizes such distance at predetermined point P falling at approximately sixty percent of the cutting stroke, thereby allowing lopper 10 to generate maximum leverage at that point, which is the point of the cutting stroke where the density of workpiece 24 is highest.

Drawing from the same principles, to further increase the force applied to workpiece 24 at point P, arm 44 of blade 18 is constructed relative to the cutting edge 88 of blade 18 so that at point P, as more particularly shown on Figure 8, arm 44 will be substantially perpendicular to head line 34. As a result, all of Ft, (as opposed to only a portion thereof when head line 34 forms and angle with arm 44) will be transmitted to workpiece 24.

It is understood that the above description is of a preferred exemplary embodiment of the present invention, and that the invention is not limited to the specific forms described. For example, while the invention has been described in association with a device taking the form of a lopper, it can be used with other items as well. In addition, elongate housing and the slide block can take other shapes so long as they can be associated, and that the housing is configured to support the drive mechanism. Also, the first and second wheel can have other configurations while preserving their essential function that is described above. Nevertheless, it should be understood that these and other substitutions, modifications, changes and omissions may be made in the design and arrangement of the elements disclosed herein without departing from the scope of the appended claims.


Anspruch[de]
  1. Baumschere, mit:
    • einem Schneidkopf mit einer unter Federspannung stehenden Schneidklinge, die mit einer Backe um einen Schwenkpunkt schwenkbar verbunden ist, wobei die Backe mit der Schneidklinge zusammenwirkt, um ein Werkstück zu zerschneiden, das in einer durch die Backe gebildeten Bucht aufgenommen ist;
    • einem Antriebsmechanismus, der mit dem Schneidkopf verbunden ist, wobei der Antriebsmechanismus ein erstes Rad aufweist, das relativ dazu um eine erste Achse drehbar ist und durch eine Kopf-Leitung mit der Schneidklinge gekoppelt ist, wobei die Kopf-Leitung mit dem ersten Rad an einem Verbindungspunkt verbunden ist, so daß die Kopf-Leitung um eine Führungsfläche des ersten Rades gewickelt wird, wenn sich das erste Rad um die erste Achse dreht, wobei der Antriebsmechanismus außerdem ein zweites Rad aufweist, das mit dem ersten Rad drehbar ist, wobei das zweite Rad mit einer Antriebs-Leitung gekoppelt ist, und
    • einem länglichen Gehäuse, das mit dem Antriebsmechanismus verbunden ist,
    • wobei das erste Rad exzentrisch relativ zum zweiten Rad ist, so daß ein Abstand, der die erste Achse von einer Stelle der Führungsfläche trennt, an der die Kopf-Leitung aufhört, mit der Führungsfläche einzugreifen, an einem bestimmten Punkt der Verlagerung der Schneidklinge entlang der Bucht am kleinsten ist.
  2. Baumschere nach Anspruch 1, bei der die Schneidklinge einen Schenkel hat, der sich weg von dem Schwenkpunkt erstreckt, wobei der Schenkel so ausgestaltet ist, daß der Schenkel und die Kopf-Leitung an einem bestimmten Punkt im wesentlichen senkrecht zueinander sind.
  3. Baumschere nach Anspruch 1, bei der die Kopf-Leitung und die Antriebs-Leitung aus einer Gruppe ausgewählt sind, die eine Kette, ein Kabel, ein Seil und einen Riemen enthält.
  4. Baumschere nach Anspruch 1, bei der das erste Rad so ausgestaltet ist, daß der vorbestimmte Punkt bei etwa 60% der Verlagerung der Schneidklinge entlang der Bucht liegt.
  5. Baumschere nach Anspruch 1, bei der der Antriebsmechanismus wahlweise relativ zu dem länglichen Gehäuse um die erste Achse drehbar ist.
  6. Baumschere nach Anspruch 5, bei der der Antriebsmechanismus außerdem ein Paar von zusammenpassenden Abschnitten und eine Einrast-Einrichtung aufweist, um die Schneidklinge bezüglich des länglichen Gehäuses relativ zu positionieren.
  7. Baumschere nach Anspruch 6, bei der die Einrast-Einrichtung ineinandergreifende Bereiche aufweist, die an gegenüberliegend einander zugewandten Flächen der zusammenpassenden Abschnitte gebildet sind.
  8. Baumschere nach Anspruch 7, bei der die ineinandergreifenden Bereiche die zusammenpassenden Abschnitte umgeben.
  9. Baumschere nach Anspruch 1, bei der das Gehäuse tropfenförmig ist.
  10. Baumschere nach Anspruch 1, bei der das längliche Gehäuse im wesentlichen hohl ist und die Baumschere außerdem einen Gleitblock, der verschiebbar in einem inneren Bereich des Gehäuses aufgenommen ist, und eine Betätigungs-Leitung aufweist, die im wesentlichen in dem Gehäuse aufgenommen und daran befestigt ist, wobei der Gleitblock durch die Antriebs-Leitung mit dem zweiten Rad verbunden ist und der Gleitblock mit der Betätigungs-Leitung eingreift, so daß eine Betätigung der Betätigungs-Leitung eine Schwenkbewegung der Schneidklinge relativ zu der Backe bewirkt.
  11. Baumschere nach Anspruch 10, bei der der Gleitblock eine Rolle aufweist, über die die Betätigungs-Leitung geführt ist.
  12. Baumschere nach Anspruch 10, bei der die Betätigungs-Leitung aus der Gruppe ausgewählt ist, die einen Riemen, ein Seil und ein Kabel enthält.
  13. Baumschere nach Anspruch 10, bei der die Betätigungs-Leitung an einem äußeren Bereich des Gehäuses angebracht ist.
  14. Baumschere nach Anspruch 1, bei der das längliche Gehäuse im wesentlichen hohl ist und die Baumschere außerdem einen Gleitblock aufweist, der durch die Antriebs-Leitung mit dem zweiten Rad gekoppelt ist, wobei der Gleitblock verschiebbar in einem inneren Bereich des Gehäuses aufgenommen ist und mit einer Betätigungs-Leitung eingreift, die mit einem Zwischen-Handgriff verbunden ist, der relativ zu dem Gehäuse verschiebbar ist, wobei die Betätigungs-Leitung durch eine Kraft unter Zugspannung gehalten ist, die durch die unter Federspannung stehende Schneidklinge auf die Kopf-Leitung aufgebracht ist.
  15. Baumschere nach Anspruch 14, außerdem mit einem Anschlag, der an dem länglichen Gehäuse gebildet ist, wobei durch die Kraft bewirkt wird, daß der Zwischen-Handgriff gegen den Anschlag stößt, wenn die Schneidklinge relativ zu der Backe geöffnet ist.
  16. Baumschere nach Anspruch 15, außerdem mit einem unteren Handgriff, der an einem distalen Ende der Betätigungs-Leitung angebracht ist, wobei der untere Handgriff mit dem unteren Ende des länglichen Gehäuses so eingreifbar ist, daß die Schneidklinge relativ zu der Backe geschwenkt werden kann, indem entweder der Zwischen-Handgriff oder der untere Handgriff betätigt wird.
  17. Baumschere nach Anspruch 1, bei der der Schneidkopf relativ zu dem länglichen Gehäuse einrastbar ist.
  18. Baumschere, mit:
    • einem Schneidkopf mit einer unter Federspannung stehenden Schneidklinge, die mit einer Backe um einen Schwenkpunkt schwenkbar verbunden ist, wobei die Backe mit der Schneidklinge zusammenwirkt, um ein Werkstück zu zerschneiden, das in einer durch die Backe gebildeten Bucht aufgenommen ist,
    • einem Antriebsmechanismus, der mit dem Schneidkopf verbunden ist, wobei der Antriebsmechanismus ein erstes Rad aufweist, das relativ dazu um eine erste Achse drehbar ist und durch eine Kopf-Leitung mit der Schneidklinge gekoppelt ist, wobei die Kopf-Leitung mit dem ersten Rad an einem Verbindungspunkt verbunden ist, wobei der Antriebsmechanismus außerdem ein zweites Rad aufweist, das mit dem ersten Rad drehbar ist, wobei das zweite Rad mit einer Antriebs-Leitung gekoppelt ist,
    • einem länglichen Gehäuse, das mit dem Antriebsmechanismus verbunden ist, und
    • einer Einrichtung, um auf das Werkstück eine variable Schneidkraft aufzubringen, wenn die Schneidklinge entlang der Bucht verlagert wird.
  19. Baumschere nach Anspruch 18, bei der die Aufbringungs-Einrichtung das erste Rad mit einer Führungsfläche aufweist, um die die Kopf-Leitung gewickelt wird, wenn sich das erste Rad um die erste Achse dreht, und das zweite Rad eine zweite Führungsfläche hat, um die die Antriebs-Leitung gewickelt wird, wenn sich das zweite Rad mit dem ersten Rad dreht, wobei die Führungsfläche exzentrisch relativ zu der zweiten Führungsfläche ist, so daß ein Abstand, der die erste Achse von einer Stelle der Führungsfläche trennt, an dem die Kopf-Leitung aufhört, mit der Führungsfläche einzugreifen, an einem bestimmten Punkt der Verlagerung der Schneidklinge entlang der Bucht am kleinsten ist.
  20. Baumschere nach Anspruch 18, bei der der Schneidkopf relativ zu dem länglichen Gehäuse einrastbar ist.
Anspruch[en]
  1. A lopper comprising:
    • a lopping head having a spring-biased blade pivotally connected to a jaw about a pivot point, the jaw cooperating with the blade to sever a workpiece received in a bight formed by the jaw;
    • a drive mechanism connected to the lopping head, the drive mechanism comprising a first wheel rotatable relative thereto about a first axis and coupled to the blade by a head line, the head line being connected to the first wheel at a connecting point so that the head line is wound about a guiding surface of the first wheel as the first wheel rotates about the first axis, the drive mechanism also comprising a second wheel rotatable with the first wheel; the second wheel being coupled to a driving line; and
    • an elongate housing connected to the drive mechanism;
    • wherein the first wheel is eccentric relative to the second wheel so that a distance separating the first axis from a region of the guiding surface where the head line ceases to engage the guiding surface is smallest at a predetermined point of blade travel across the bight.
  2. The lopper of claim 1, wherein the blade includes an arm extending away from the pivot point, the arm being configured so that the arm and the head line are substantially perpendicular at the predetermined point.
  3. The lopper of claim 1, wherein the head line and the driving line are selected from the group consisting of a chain, a cable, a rope, and a strap.
  4. The lopper of claim 1, wherein the first wheel is configured so that the predetermined point is about sixty percent of the travel of the blade across the bight.
  5. The lopper of claim 1, wherein the drive mechanism is selectively rotatable relative to the elongate housing about the first axis.
  6. The lopper of claim 5, wherein the drive mechanism further comprises a pair of mating portions and an indexing means for relatively positioning the blade with respect to the elongate housing.
  7. The lopper of claim 6, wherein the indexing means comprises intermeshing regions formed on oppositely facing surfaces of the mating portions.
  8. The lopper of claim 7, wherein the intermeshing regions cincture the mating portions.
  9. The lopper of claim 1, wherein the housing is teardrop-shaped.
  10. The lopper of claim 1, wherein the elongate housing is substantially, hollow and the lopper further comprises a slide block slidably received within an interior region of the housing and an actuating line substantially received within the housing and attached thereto, the slide block being coupled to the second wheel by the driving line, the slide block being engaged by the actuating line so that actuation of the actuating line causes pivotal movement of the blade relative to the jaw.
  11. The lopper of claim 10, wherein the slide block includes a pulley guiding the actuating line therethrough.
  12. The lopper of claim 10, wherein the actuating line is selected from the group consisting of a strap, a rope, and a cable.
  13. The lopper of claim 10, wherein the actuating line is attached to an outer region of the housing.
  14. The lopper of claim 1, wherein the elongate housing is substantially hollow and the lopper further comprises a slide block coupled to the second wheel by the driving line, the slide block being slidably received within an interior region of the housing and engaged by an actuating line connected to an intermediate handle slidable relative to the housing, the actuating line being tensioned by a force exerted on the head line by the spring-biased blade.
  15. The lopper of claim 14, further including a stop formed on the elongate housing, the force causing the intermediate handle to abut against the stop when the blade is open relative to the jaw.
  16. The lopper of claim 15, further including a lower handle attached to a distal end of the actuating line, the lower handle engageable with a lower end of the elongate housing such that the blade can be pivoted relative to the jaw by actuation of one of the intermediate handle and the lower handle.
  17. The lopper of claim 1, wherein the lopping head is indexable relative to the elongate housing.
  18. A lopper, comprising:
    • a lopping head having a spring-biased blade pivotally connected to a jaw about a pivot point, the jaw cooperating with the blade to sever a workpiece received in a bight formed by the jaw;
    • a drive mechanism connected to the lopping head, the drive mechanism comprising a first wheel rotatable relative thereto about a first axis and coupled to the blade by a head line, the head line being connected to the first wheel at a connecting point, the drive mechanism also comprising a second wheel rotatable with the first wheel; the second wheel being coupled to a driving line;
    • an elongate housing connected to the drive mechanism; and
    • means for imparting a variable cutting force to the workpiece as the blade travels across the bight.
  19. The lopper of claim 20 wherein the imparting means comprises the first wheel having a guiding surface about which the head line is wound as the first wheel rotates about the first axis, and the second wheel having a second guiding surface about which the driving line is wound as the second wheel rotates with the first wheel, the guiding surface being eccentric relative to the second guiding surface so that a distance separating the first axis from a region of the guiding surface where the head line ceases to engage the guiding surface is smallest at a predetermined point of blade travel across the bight.
  20. The lopper of claim 20, wherein the lopping head is indexable relative to the elongate housing.
Anspruch[fr]
  1. Sécateur comprenant :
    • une tête de sécateur ayant une lame sollicitée par un ressort et connectée en pivotement sur une mâchoire autour d'un point de pivotement, la mâchoire coopérant avec la lame pour couper une pièce reçue dans une gueule formée par la mâchoire ;
    • un mécanisme d'entraînement connecté à la tête de sécateur, le mécanisme d'entraînement comprenant une première roue capable de tourner par rapport à celle-ci autour d'un premier axe et accouplée à la lame par une ligne de liaison, ladite ligne de liaison étant connectée à la première roue au niveau d'un point de connexion de telle sorte que la ligne de liaison est enroulée autour d'une surface de guidage de la première roue tandis que la première roue tourne autour du premier axe, le mécanisme d'entraînement comprenant également une deuxième roue capable de tourner avec la première, ladite deuxième roue étant accouplée à une ligne d'entraînement ; et
    • un boîtier allongé connecté au mécanisme d'entraînement ;
    dans lequel la première roue est excentrée par rapport à la deuxième roue de sorte qu'une distance séparant le premier axe depuis une région de la surface de guidage à laquelle la ligne de liaison cesse d'engager la surface de guidage est plus courte à un point prédéterminé du déplacement de la lame à travers la gueule.
  2. Sécateur selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la lame inclut un bras qui s'étend en éloignement du point de pivotement, le bras étant configuré de telle manière que le bras et la ligne de liaison sont sensiblement perpendiculaires au niveau du point prédéterminé.
  3. Sécateur selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la ligne de liaison et la ligne d'entraînement sont choisies parmi le groupe comprenant une chaîne, un câble, un cordage, et une bande.
  4. Sécateur selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la première roue est configurée de telle manière que le point prédéterminé est situé à approximativement 60% du trajet de la lame à travers la gueule.
  5. Sécateur selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le mécanisme d'entraînement est capable de tourner de façon sélective par rapport au boîtier allongé autour du premier axe.
  6. Sécateur selon la revendication 5, dans lequel le mécanisme d'entraînement comprend encore une paire de partie appariées et des organes d'indexation afin de positionner de manière relative la lame par rapport au boîtier allongé.
  7. Sécateur selon la revendication 6, dans lequel les organes d'indexation comprennent des régions en engrènement formées sur des surfaces opposées en vis-à-vis des parties appariées.
  8. Sécateur selon la revendication 7, dans lequel les régions en engrènement ceinturent les parties appariées
  9. Sécateur selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le boîtier présente une forme en goutte.
  10. Sécateur selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le boîtier allongé est sensiblement creux, et le sécateur comprend encore un bloc coulissant, reçu en coulissement à l'intérieur d'une région intérieure du boîtier, et une ligne d'actionnement sensiblement reçue à l'intérieur du boîtier et attachée à celui-ci, le bloc coulissant étant accouplé à la deuxième roue par la ligne d'entraînement, et ledit bloc coulissant étant engagé par la ligne d'actionnement de telle façon que l'actionnement de la ligne d'actionnement provoque un mouvement de pivotement de la lame par rapport à la mâchoire.
  11. Sécateur selon la revendication 10, dans lequel le bloc coulissant inclut une poulie guidant la ligne d'actionnement à travers celui-ci.
  12. Sécateur selon la revendication 10, dans lequel la ligne d'actionnement est choisie parmi le groupe comprenant une bande, un câble et un cordage.
  13. Sécateur selon la revendication 10, dans lequel la ligne d'actionnement est attachée à une région extérieure du boîtier.
  14. Sécateur selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le boîtier allongé est sensiblement creux, et le sécateur comprend encore un bloc coulissant accouplé à la deuxième roue par la ligne d'entraînement, le bloc coulissant étant reçu en coulissement à l'intérieur d'une région intérieure du boîtier et engagé par une ligne d'actionnement connectée à une poignée intermédiaire capable de coulisser par rapport au boîtier, la ligne d'actionnement étant mise sous tension par une force exercée sur la ligne de liaison par la lame sollicitée par un ressort.
  15. Sécateur selon la revendication 14, comprenant en outre un arrêt formé sur le boîtier allongé, la force amenant la poignée intermédiaire à venir en butée contre l'arrêt lorsque la lame est ouverte par rapport à la mâchoire.
  16. Sécateur selon la revendication 15, comprenant en outre une poignée inférieure attachée à une extrémité distale de la ligne d'actionnement, la poignée inférieure étant susceptible de s'engager avec une extrémité inférieure du boîtier allongé de manière que la lame peut être pivotée par rapport à la mâchoire par actionnement de l'une des poignées parmi la poignée intermédiaire et la poignée inférieure.
  17. Sécateur selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la tête de sécateur est susceptible d'être indexée par rapport au boîtier allongé.
  18. Sécateur, comprenant :
    • une tête de sécateur ayant une lame sollicitée par un ressort et connectée en pivotement à une mâchoire autour d'un point de pivotement, ladite mâchoire coopérant avec la lame pour couper une pièce reçue dans une gueule formée par la mâchoire ;
    • un mécanisme d'entraînement connecté à la tête de sécateur, le mécanisme d'entraînement comprenant une première roue capable de tourner par rapport à celle-ci autour d'un premier axe et accouplée à la lame par une ligne de liaison, ladite ligne de liaison étant connectée à la première roue au niveau d'un point de connexion, le mécanisme d'entraînement comprenant également une deuxième roue capable de tourner avec la première, et ladite deuxième roue étant accouplée à une ligne d'entraînement ;
    • un boîtier allongé connecté au mécanisme d'entraînement ; et
    • des moyens pour appliquer une force de coupe variable à la pièce tandis que la lame se déplace à travers la gueule.
  19. Sécateur selon la revendication 18, dans lequel les moyens d'application de force comprennent la première roue qui possède une surface de guidage autour de laquelle la ligne de liaison est enroulée tandis que la première roue tourne autour du premier axe, et la deuxième roue qui possède une deuxième surface de guidage autour de laquelle la ligne d'entraînement est enroulée tandis que la deuxième roue tourne avec la première roue, la surface de guidage étant excentrée par rapport à la deuxième surface de guidage de sorte qu'une distance séparant le premier axe depuis une région de la surface de guidage à laquelle la ligne de liaison cesse d'engager la surface de guidage est plus courte à un point prédéterminé du déplacement de la lame à travers la gueule.
  20. Sécateur selon la revendication 18, dans lequel la tête de sécateur est susceptible d'être indexée par rapport au boîtier allongé.






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