US 1700843 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Feb 5, 3929..
c. D. HAYWARD BEAN AND GRAIN BED Filed Sept. 25. 1926 V INVENTOR.
Patented F ebt 5, 1929.
PATENT oi-"rlc onmncn n. HAYWARD, oFALMonT, moment.
BEAN AND GRAIN BED.
Application filed September 25 1928. Serial No. 137,704.
My invention relates to a new and useful improvement in a drying bed adapted for use particularly for protecting, and preserving from damage by the elements, beans, gram, alfalfa, and the like while the same is 1n the field curing or while thesame is in the held during a rainy spell.
It is an object of the invention to provide a bed upon which beans, grain, alfalfa and the like may be stacked for curing or wlnlo awaiting its successive operations in such a nmnner that ventilation of the article stacked on the bed may be had and the article may be elevated above the ground or a damp surface. so that. moulding or rocking of the lowerportion of the stack is prevented.
Another object of the invention is the provision of a bed of this class which will be simple in structure, economical of manufacture and highly efficient in use.
Another object of the invention is the provision of a bed having supporting legs which may be folded into alignment with a main body when not in use so that the bed may be packed or stored away in a minimum amount of space. I
Other objects will appear hereinafter.
The invention consists in the combination and arrangement of parts hereinafter described and claimed.
The invention will be best understood by a reference to the accompanying drawings which form a part of this specification and in which,
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of the invention.
Fig. 2 is a top plan View of the invention with a part broken away.
Fig. 3 is a fragmentary side elevational view of the invention with a part broken away and a part shown in section.
As shown in the drawings, the invention comprises a frame made up of side rails 9 and 10 which are formed preferably from angle iron faced inwardly toward each other, and attached at their opposite ends to end rails 11 and 12 which are also preferably made from angle iron and faced inwardly, and end and side rails projecting upwardly at their outer surfaces to provide a sort of flange projecting upwardly from the bed proper. The bed proper consists of a Wire supporting member 13, which in this specification may be termed a perforated supporting bed, which is secured to the inwardly projecting portion of the end rails 11 and 12 being on its narrow side or edge when'the and the side rails andlO. U shaped supports are provided for the bed, the legs 14 andl5 of these U shaped supports eing pivotally connected to the side rails 9'and 10 respectively.- The point of pivoting with the legs 14 and 15 on the side rails-9 and 10 is inwardly fromthe ends of the side rails adj acent which the pivotal mounting is effected a distance slightly less than the length of the legs 14, so that wlien the U shaped members are-moved to bring the legs 14 and 15 into parallelrelation when side rails 9 and 10 respectively, the bight 16, and the U shaped members will lie in engagement with its respective end rail 12 or 11 extending parallel thereto. Connecting the legs 14 and 15 and each U shaped member is a bar 17 having its ends angularly turned as at 18 and riveted or otherwise secured to the leg 14 and the leg 15 adjacent the point of connection of these. logs with the side rails 9 and 10, so that when the U shaped supporting members are moved to operative position the bar 17 will engage against the end surface of the side rails 9 and 10, and limit inward movement of the U shaped members toward each other. On account of the method of attaching the bar 17 to the legs 14 and 15 a single rivet or bolt may be used as this bar is prevented from rocking on its pivot because of its engagement with the legs 14 and 15. When it is desired to move the U shaped supporting members to inoperative position, they are swung on their pivot to bring the legs 14 and 15 into parallel relation with the side rails 9 and 10, thus bringing the bight 16 into parallel relation with the end rails 12 and 11, the bight resting in engagement with the end rails. When moved to this position the. bar 17 again serves as an abutment for limiting-the pivotal movement engaging on its broad side against the end surface of the side rails 9 and 10, the engagement of this bar 17 with r the end surface of the side rails Q'and 10 U shaped supporting members are in operative position. As shown in Fig. 1 the supporting members are of sufficient size to retain the bed elevated a considerable distance from the supporting surface so that beans, grain, alfalfa, and the like stacked upon the bed will be retained well above the ground or other damp surface, and permits a space between the bed and the supporting surface for the circulation of air therethrough. I The use of such a bed upon which to stack Ill) grain, beans, etc., has proven very salutary in the harvesting of these crops, saving the crops from deterioration from the elements, and preventing moulding, rusting, rotting. etc. Afurther advantage of the bed in its use is the fact that these beds may be spread upon the ground and the freshly sown seed on the ground permitted to sprout and grow, the use of the beds proving particularly advantageous where it is desired to make a winter sowing prior to the removal of the previous crops to sheds, granaries, and the like.
It is believed evident that the beds, when the supporting members are folded to inoperative position, may be stacked upon each other or placed edge to edge against each other, the bed occupying but a very small amount of space.
While I have illustrated and described the preferred form of invention, I do not Wish to limit myself to the precise form of structure shown, but desire to avail myself of such variations and modifications as may come within the scope of the appended claim.
Having thus described my invention what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
A bed of the class described comprising a frame having side rails and end rails; a perforated supporting bed mounted on said side rails and saidend rails; U-shaped supporting men'lbcrs pivotally mounted at the ends of their legs on the outer surface of said side rails inwardly from the ends thereof a distance slightly less than the length of said legs, said supporting members bein swingable for moving said legs into parallel relation to said side rails and the bight thereof into parallel relation tothe end rails in close relation thereto; a bar; an angularly turned portion at each end of-said bar, each of said angularly turned portions being attached to the outer surface of one of said legs adjacent its point of attachment to the side rails, said bar engaging the end surface of said side rails and limiting movement of said supporting members in either direction.
In testimony whereof I have signed the foregoing.
CLARENCE D. HAYWARD.