Patents Examined by Steven C. Bishop
  • Patent number: 6746187
    Abstract: A circular hole saw blade is provided with a removable edge protector. The edge protector is in the form of a cylindrical loop of stiff elastic polymer material inserted coaxially into the blade alongside an inner cylindrical surface thereof. The loop has an inner axial end situated inside of the blade and an outer axial end disposed axially outwardly of the cutting teeth of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Kapman AB
    Inventor: Sture Alm
  • Patent number: 6746024
    Abstract: The chuck comprises jaws which, in addition to their radial movement, can each swivel around an axis essentially parallel to the axis of the chuck, and where this axis glides in a radial slideway of the chuck in order to allow said radial movement. This swivelling action ensures that the working surfaces of the jaws or of shoes sitting on them which are adapted to the outer shape of the workpiece will sit evenly on the workpiece even when the latter is mounted between centers and as a consequence its rotation axis does not coincide exactly with that of the chuck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Forkardt Schweiz AG
    Inventor: Erwin Bohler
  • Patent number: 6739600
    Abstract: A push-type expandable fixture provided to secure a work-piece to a rotatable machine. An expandable sleeve is inserted within a bore of a hollow work-piece. The work-piece together with the expandable sleeve is disposed about a pair of wedge members which are in turn secured to a first rotatable portion of the machine. The wedge members engage a corresponding tapered internal surface of the expandable sleeve. The second wedge member is longitudinally displaceable relative to the first wedge member and together extends through the work-piece to engage a second rotatable portion of the machine. As the first and second rotatable portions of the machine are brought toward one another, the wedge members act on the tapered surfaces of the sleeve forcing the sleeve to radially expand and firmly grip the work-piece. The arrangement provides the ability to firmly secure a work-piece to a rotatable machine tool by a simple push-type action without the need to induce compression forces on the work-piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Spicer Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Roderick Brent Dillon, Scott Allen Stucker, Trevor O'Bryan McKinney
  • Patent number: 6695321
    Abstract: A holder having a quick-connect mechanism actuated by inserting a single- or double-ended tool bit, the tool bit engaging means to force deflection of retaining means, where the retaining means actuate means for engaging the tool bit, and released by manual operation of the retaining means, whereby the tool bit is pushed out from the holder so that the user can operate the tool bit holder using one hand only.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Maxtech Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventors: Sanjeev Bedi, Kailash C. Vasudeva
  • Patent number: 6688610
    Abstract: A chuck includes a generally cylindrical body and a plurality of jaws reciprocally disposed in the body in communication with a central bore in the body. A first detent extends radially into the central bore and is releasable in a radially outward direction. Upon insertion of an elongated tool shaft having a polygonal cross section into the bore so that a groove in the tool shaft is aligned with the first detent, the first detent engages the groove and axially retains the tool shaft. Upon movement of the jaws so that the jaw faces engage flat sides of the tool shaft, the jaws rotationally retain the tool shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Power Tool Holders Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark S. Huggins, Stephen W. Steadings, James L. Weinhold, William C. Buck
  • Patent number: 6669206
    Abstract: A tool holder for a rotary hammer or chisel hammer, comprising at least one locking element, a supporting ring axially movable between a position supporting the locking element in the locked position and a second position defining a first release position of the locking element and wherein the locking element comprising a shaped element which, on its radially outer side, has a single projection lying between a first recess formed at a front edge of the locking element and a second recess formed at a rear edge of the locking element and the supporting ring has on a radially inner side a single projection lying between a first recess formed at a front edge of the supporting ring and a second recess formed at a rear edge of the supporting ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: Andreas Hanke
  • Patent number: 6666461
    Abstract: A clamping chuck has a chuck body made of a dimensionally stable material, on which is provided a clamping sleeve that forms a central receptacle for a workpiece or tool that is to be clamped, and has a clamping mechanism for immobilizing in the receptacle the component that is to be clamped, while elastically deforming the clamping sleeve. There is configured in the chuck body an annular groove which surrounds the receptacle to form the clamping sleeve and is open toward the end face of the chuck body. The clamping mechanism includes a wedge ring that has a ring body and multiple clamping tongues arranged thereon, spaced apart from one another in the circumferential direction, and projecting substantially axially. The wedge ring possesses a cross section tapering in a wedge shape toward the free end, and it can be pressed axially into the annular groove while radially deforming the clamping sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Schunk GmbH & Co. KG Fabrik fur Spann-und Graifwerkzeuge
    Inventor: Thomas Retzbach
  • Patent number: 6659473
    Abstract: A chuck for a percussion hand-held power tool including a coupling sleeve (3) for receiving a working tool and having two diametrically opposite, slot-shaped, radial openings (4, 4′) in which two locking members (5) radially and axially displace a locking sleeve 6 surrounding the coupling sleeve (3) and the locking members (5), and a spring-biased push-sleeve (8) formlockingly cooperating with the locking members (5), with the locking members (5) being supported against the inner surface (7) of the locking sleeve (6), extending into an interior of the coupling sleeve (3), and having each a radial dimension greater than a thickness of the coupling sleeve wall and a width decreasing toward a chuck axis (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Armin Below, Uto Plank, Erwin Manschitz, Josef Anzinger, Harald Geiger
  • Patent number: 6659474
    Abstract: A chuck device is provide with an annular ratchet tooth wheel in a body, an annular nut member that engages with claws nd rotates together with a rotary sleeve, and a retainer spring member for engaging the ratchet tooth wheel. The retainer spring member is rotated around the ratchet wheel in accordance with rotation of a retainer spring receiving sleeve within the retainer spring receiving sleeve t at rotates together with a nut member and that is fitted around the nut member and made of metal. The retainer spring member is mounted on the retainer spring receiving sleeve by a convex/concave engagement means. A retainer working portion is provided in a working sleeve, for rotating with the retainer spring receiving sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Yukiwa Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuo Sakamaki, Akira Sakamaki, Chokichi Sato, Tadashi Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 6655882
    Abstract: There is now provided a twist drill having an elongate body at a first end, a shank at a second and opposite end, the elongate body and the shank sharing a common axis, at least one face on the elongate body at an end opposite the shank, wherein the at least one face defines a corresponding flute extending along the elongate body toward the shank, at least one flank on an end of the elongate body at an end opposite the shank, and a cutting edge at a juncture of the at least one face and the at least one flank, and the like tools, having a sintered cemented carbide body, and the use thereof in material removing and dislodging tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Kennametal Inc.
    Inventors: Hans-Wilm Heinrich, Manfred Wolf, Dieter Schmidt
  • Patent number: 6655699
    Abstract: An equalizing chuck assembly for heavy duty application includes a chucking assembly having a plurality of rocker arms operably connected to an actuator by a plurality of toggle links. Jaw members are disposed on one end of the rocker arms and a counterweight is disposed on an opposite end of the rocker arms. The equalizing chuck assembly utilizes a plurality of equalizing plates interconnected between the actuator and the rocker arm to provide a degree of adjustment to accommodate eccentricities within the workpiece to be held by the chucking assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Michael Grobbel
  • Patent number: 6651990
    Abstract: A tool holder, for mounting a bit formed with a groove onto a power tool, includes a tool-holding tool, an engagement member, and a resilient member. The tool-holding tube defines a bit insertion hole that extends in an axial direction. The tool-holding tube is formed with an elongated hole that is in connection with the bit insertion hole and that extends in the axial direction. The engagement member is disposed in the elongated hole and partially protrudes into the bit insertion hole. The engagement member is movable, by abutment with and pressing force from the bit being inserted into the bit insertion hole, in the axial direction and, when located at a retraction position in the axial direction, also outward in a radial direction of the tool-holding tube. The resilient member is disposed to an outer periphery of the tool-holding tube at the retraction position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Ryobi Ltd.
    Inventors: Takehito Higasi, Yasuo Wada
  • Patent number: 6648341
    Abstract: A chuck for use with a manual or powered driver having a rotatable drive shaft includes a generally cylindrical body having a nose section and a tail section. The tail section is configured to rotate with the drive shaft and the nose section has an axial bore formed therein. A plurality of jaws are movably disposed with respect to the body toward and away from the axial bore. Each jaw includes a back surface and a tool engaging surface opposite the back surface. The tool engaging surfaces are disposed facing generally parallel to the axis of the axial bore and a plurality of grinds are defined across each tool engaging surfaces to form a helical pattern on the tool engaging jaw surfaces when the tool engaging surfaces are disposed at a predetermined position with respect to the axis of the axial bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Power Tool Holders Incorporated
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Gaddis, Phillip A. King
  • Patent number: 6648342
    Abstract: A chuck includes a generally cylindrical body having a nose section and a tail section. A plurality of jaws are movably disposed with respect to the body to and away from the chuck's axial bore. A generally cylindrical sleeve is in driving communication with the jaws. The sleeve engages the body or the jaws by a first set of interengaged threads so that relative rotation between the first threads drives the jaws toward or away from the chuck axis. The sleeve engages the body or the jaws by a second set of interengaged threads so that relative rotation between the second threads drives the jaws toward or away from the chuck axis. The first thread set defines a first pitch so that when the jaws close, the first threads rotationally lock in the closing direction. The second thread set defines a second pitch that is higher than the first pitch so that when the jaws close, the second threads are relatively rotatable in the closing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Power Tool Holders Incorporated
    Inventors: William H. Aultman, Robert A. Grogan
  • Patent number: 6648562
    Abstract: Apparatus for tapping a hole in a pipeline adapted to be attached to a support assembly having sealed communication with the exterior of a pipeline and having a tapping machine body with a boring bar rotatably supported therein with a circular cutter at the lower end thereof, a feed screw rotatably supported by the tapping machine body for axially positioning the boring bar, a hydraulically powered boring bar drive assembly within the tapping machine body driving the boring bar, a hydraulically powered feed screw drive assembly within the tapping machine body driving the feed screw and an auxiliary drive shaft affixed to rotate the feed screw drive assembly extending exteriorly of the tapping machine body and adapted to receive supplementary mechanical rotary energy for rotation of the feed screw so the boring bar can be retracted if hydraulic power is lost. A pressure compensation system permits the apparatus to be operated in a subsea environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Inventors: Charles D. Calkins, Jerry L. Dunn, David W. Albertson, Jr., Richard L. Goswick, Matthew W. James
  • Patent number: 6648563
    Abstract: A drive spindle is formed with an axially forwardly open socket of noncircular section and with at least one radially throughgoing passage open radially inward into the socket. A chuck body has a stem of noncircular section complementary to that of the socket and formed with a radially outwardly open recess. A locking element is radially displaceable in the passage between an inner position projecting radially inward into the socket and an outer position clear of the socket and projecting radially outward from the spindle. The stem is fittable to the socket with its recess aligned with the passage. A collar is formed with an inner surface closely juxtaposed with an outside surface of the spindle and with a radially inwardly open recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Rohm GmbH
    Inventor: Günter Horst Röhm
  • Patent number: 6644899
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drill, especially a Forstner bit or a multi-spur machine bit having a drill shaft and a cutter head and provided with a central mandrel, a first and second spur cutter radially extending towards the outside from said mandrel and in opposite tool approach directions; a respective hollow cylinder segment wall has a circumference cutter defining the circumference of the cutter head and is joined to the ends of the first and second spur cutter, said ends facing the circumference, wherein the wall defines a chip space facing away from the spur cutter and opening to the respective remaining spur cutter and leading to the drill head, and wherein the two cutters are provided with wave-shaped cavities and elevations at least partially along the sides thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Johann Eberhard Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventor: Helmut Ebehard
  • Patent number: 6641145
    Abstract: A miniature drill chuck has a drill chuck housing and a thrust member positioned in the interior for moving clamping jaws into their clamping position during a threading movement of the drill chuck housing onto a machine spindle. The thrust member is longitudinally moveable in a guide bore of the drill chuck housing while being centered circumferentially about its entire stroke. A pair of truncated cone surfaces is provided between the machine spindle and the thrust member, wherein the machine spindle centers the thrust member via the pair of truncated cone surfaces when loading the thrust member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Robert Schröder GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gerd Nebe, Herbert Casel
  • Patent number: 6641338
    Abstract: A plug ejecting hole saw (20) includes an arbor holder (21) removably attachable to saw cups (22A), (22B) having small and large non-circular attachment bores (41A), (41B), lockingly engageable by front and rear bosses (61), (63) of a nose-piece (54) which protrudes from a locking body (50) longitudinally slidably held in a collar (45). Bosses (61), (63) have transverse grooves (68), (68B) intersected by a longitudinal groove (53) slidably holding a lug (81) biased forward in groove (53) by a spring (90) to block grooves (68), (68B) with front and rear locking tabs (110), (120); grooves (68) (68B) are unblocked to rotatably engage wall segments of a saw cup bore (41A), (41B), by pushing a saw cup (22A) (22B) rearward against tabs (110), (120). Grooves (68), (68B) are unblocked to enable rotatable disengagement of a saw cup from nose-piece (54) by pulling collar (45) rearward relative to a saw cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Inventor: Roger J. Despres
  • Patent number: 6640849
    Abstract: A wood lathe includes an axial moving unit with a movable seat, which is sleeved movably on a driving rod and a guide rod that are parallel to each other. A driving gear is disposed rotatably on the movable seat, and engages a gear-engaging member of the driving rod. When an actuator member is rotated, the gear rotates synchronously therewith so as to move the movable seat on the driving rod. A sample bar and a bar blank are held on a bed of the lathe. A blade is carried on the movable seat for cutting the bar blank. A tracing unit is disposed on the movable seat so that a groove pattern on the sample bar is traced mechanically and is duplicated on the bar blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Inventor: Juei-Seng Liao