Patent Number: 7,762,050

Title: Bail-free machine control devices and methods

Abstract: The present subject matter discloses devices and methods for controlling the operation of a lawnmower or other walk-behind power machines without the use of a bail or operator presence control. A control device for a walk-behind machine can include a handle for a walk-behind machine, a sliding cam movable within the handle, a cable connected to the sliding cam and to a machine control component of the walk-behind machine, and an actuator movably attached to the handle. Movement of the actuator against a cam surface of the sliding cam can move the sliding cam within the handle to move the cable and operate the machine control component.

Inventors: Kaskawitz; Scott (Burlington, NC)

Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

International Classification: A01D 69/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/27/12018