US Patent No. 10,322,422

DISENGAGING ARC ADJUSTING GEAR FOR AN IRRIGATION SPRINKLER WITH AN ADJUSTABLE REVERSING GEAR DRIVE


Patent No. 10,322,422
Issue Date June 18, 2019
Title Disengaging Arc Adjusting Gear For An Irrigation Sprinkler With An Adjustable Reversing Gear Drive
Inventorship Zachary B. Simmons, Escondido, CA (US)
Assignee Hunter Industries, Inc., San Marcos, CA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,322,422

1. An irrigation sprinkler comprising:a turbine;
a nozzle;
a gear drive;
a reversing mechanism operatively connected to the gear drive and rotatably coupling the turbine and the nozzle, the reversing mechanism including a shift arm and a first adjustment gear having an axis of rotation;
a first stop tab connected to the first adjustment gear;
a second adjustment gear configured to selectively mesh with and unmesh from the first adjustment gear;
a user interface cap configured to interface with a tool or with a hand of a user, the user interface cap having:
a cam wall extending between a top cam wall end and a bottom cam wall end; and
a driving wall connected to the cam wall; and
an adjustment shaft connected to the second adjustment gear and positioned at least partially within the user interface cap, the adjustment shaft having:
a longitudinal axis; and
at least one protrusion extending from the adjustment shaft in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis;
wherein:
the cam wall is configured to drive the at least one protrusion in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the adjustment shaft when the user interface cap is rotated; and
the user interface cap is configured to transition the second adjustment gear between a meshed position and an unmeshed position with respect to the first adjustment gear without requiring application of force onto or movement of the user interface cap in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the adjustment shaft.