Patent Number: 6,170,118

Title: Collection apparatus for use with blower/vacuum units

Abstract: A mobile, lightweight, universal collection apparatus for use with blower/vacuum units for quickly and easily collecting and storing large amounts of bulky debris or materials which is readily disassembled for conveniently storing and shipping the apparatus. The collection apparatus includes a large container, a removable lid, a disposable or reusable liner, an intake hose attachment and a base with rollers for movably supporting the container. The preferred container is comprised of one or more transparent, flat panels adapted to be readily secured together to form a cylindrical-shaped container for holding large amounts of debris or materials. The removable lid is transparent and is mounted on the container and includes a power unit connection for attaching the blower/vacuum unit, an inlet connection for attaching various intake hose attachments and an integral filter. The power unit connection and inlet connection are universally adapted to be connected to different power units and to different accessories, respectively. In use, debris is drawn into the inlet connection through the intake hose attachment by a blower/vacuum unit and deposited in the liner within the container. The collection apparatus also includes a mobile base for supporting the container and easily maneuvering the container over a large area. The base may include a platform for carrying a gasoline or propane powered generator and a storage component for storing various attachments and extra liners for the container.

Inventors: McIntyre; Paul Curtis (Charlotte, NC), Robinson; Michael A. (Charlotte, NC)

Assignee: Upkeeper Corporation

International Classification: A47L 9/00 (20060101); A47L 5/36 (20060101); A47L 5/22 (20060101); A47L 9/14 (20060101); A47L 009/12 ()

Expiration Date: 01/09/2018