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Apparatus for divot repair

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Curtis N. Taylor

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A divot repair device for transporting a mixture of fill material and dispensing the fill material into divots in order to fill and thereby fix the divots by promoting turf growth in the location of the divots, including a hopper for carrying a predetermined mixture of fill material, the hopper having an inlet and an outlet; a wheeled carrier connected to the hopper for transporting the hopper by an individual across an area from one divot location to a second divot location; a dispensing valve connected to the hopper for selectively dispensing the fill material; and a smoother connected to the hopper.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view illustrating the divot repair apparatus constructed according to one embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is an enlarged rear perspective view of the lower part of the divot repair apparatus shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a different perspective view of the rear portion of the lower part of the divot repair shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is a side view of the lower portion of the device shown in FIG. 1, with kickstand added; and

FIG. 5 is an elevation view of a divot repair apparatus according to a second embodiment of the invention.

Claims

1. A divot repair device for transporting a mixture of fill material and dispensing the fill material into divots in order to fill and thereby fix the divots by promoting turf growth in the location of the divots comprising:

2. The apparatus according to claim 1 including first and second wheels connected on opposite sides of the hopper and a handle connected to the hopper.

3. The apparatus according to claim 1 wherein the outlet is located at the lower end of the hopper.

4. The apparatus according to claim 1 further including a removable cover for the inlet.

5. The apparatus according to claim 1 wherein the dispensing valve includes a gate valve which can be selectively opened and closed.

6. The apparatus according to claim 5 wherein the dispensing valve includes an exit port located immediately adjacent to the divot location.

7. A method for filling divots that have been created in turf grass, the method comprising:

8. The method of claim 7 further including smoothing and compacting the fill material located within the divot by further movement of the hopper.

9. The method of claim 7 wherein dispensing includes selectively controlling a trigger to open a valve to release a variable amount of the fill material from the hopper.

10. The method of claim 9 wherein the trigger is operable by a hand of an operator.

11. A divot repair device for transporting a mixture of granular fill material and dispensing the fill material into divots in order to fill and thereby fix the divots by promoting turf growth in the location of the divots comprising:

12. The apparatus according to claim 11, further including a smoother connected to the hopper in such a manner that the smoother contacts the fill material in the divot after the fill material is dispensed.

13. A divot repair device for transporting a mixture of fill material and dispensing the fill material into divots in order to fill and thereby fix the divots by promoting turf growth in the location of the divots comprising:

14. A divot repair tool for repairing divots on golf courses comprising:

15. An apparatus for fixing divots comprising:

16. A divot repair device comprising: