Patent Number: 6,168,367

Title: Shopping cart collection vehicle and method

Abstract: A new and improved shopping cart collection vehicle, system, adapter, or device is disclosed for use in collecting, transporting, and storing various types of carts, carriers, or the like. The vehicle may additionally include hydraulic lifters, lights, a slip clutch, an extendable carrying arm, carrying boom, a carrying ram, secondary support rods, rear cart retrieval, holding pins, holding bumps, holding numbs, rollbars, a windshield, an operator weather cover, removable cover, doors, side windows, and back window, and/or the like. In another embodiment of the invention, a cart trailer includes a floor, side rails, loading ramp, holding pin, trailer hitch, and chain lock connector. An improved method of collecting shopping carts is disclosed wherein a shopping cart collection vehicle is used to pickup the shopping carts and return them to the store. A further embodiment of the present invention is an interchangeable forklift system to allow a standard forktruck or forklift to be used with a shopping cart collection system, device or adapter and serve as a shopping cart collection vehicle. An additional embodiment of the present invention is an extendable and/or articulated shopping cart collection arm to allow for the efficient collection of a number of shopping carts, while being easily driven with a shorter length and/or raised arm when carts are not being carried. A further embodiment of the present invention is a convertible shopping cart collection and forklift vehicle.

Inventors: Robinson; Coy J. (Damascus, AR)

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International Classification: B62B 3/14 (20060101); B66F 9/18 (20060101); B66F 9/12 (20060101); B60P 003/06 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018