Handle With Angularly Adjustable Component Patents (Class 16/900)
  • Patent number: 8984718
    Abstract: A handle height adjustment device of a handle assembly (2) of a walk-behind power tool (1). The handle height adjustment device (100) comprises a first toothed disk member (200), a second toothed disk member (300), and a disk interconnecting member. The disk interconnecting member (400) is arranged to be connected to the first toothed disk member (200) by means of a first interconnection mechanism (401), which first interconnection mechanism (401) inhibits relative movement between the disk interconnecting member (400) and the first toothed disk member (200) along an axis of rotation (500) of the handle height adjustment device (100), and which first interconnection mechanism (401) allows the disk interconnecting member to rotate relative the first toothed disk member about the axis of rotation (500). The disk interconnecting member (400) is arranged to be threadably connected to the second toothed disk member (300) by means of a second interconnection mechanism (402).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Husqvarna AB
    Inventors: Fredrik Ejdehag, Fredrik Edholm
  • Patent number: 8640295
    Abstract: A paint brush has a handle and a paint brush head. The paint brush head is detachable from the paint brush handle. The paint brush head may be rotatable to a number of positions relative to the paint brush handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Margco International, LLC
    Inventors: Louis B. Schiesz, Christopher E. Haigh, Matthew Scott Graham, Troy Daniel Mason
  • Patent number: 8449682
    Abstract: A broom comprises a head supporting bristles. A handle is connected to the head at a swivel joint where the swivel joint allows the handle to feely rotate relative to the head. A lock is movable to a locked position to fix the position of the handle relative to the head when the head is in a first position relative to the handle and an unlocked position where the head is free to rotate relative to the handle. A method of operating a broom comprises providing a head supporting bristles connected to a handle at a lockable swivel joint; locking the lockable swivel joint to fix the position of the handle relative to the head in a first position; and unlocking the lockable swivel joint to allow the handle to rotate relative to the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Commerical Products, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Perelli, Grant Mason, Matthew Scott Kepner, William Michael Charrier
  • Patent number: 8425526
    Abstract: An adjustable impactor for a tool comprises a handle, a first link, and a second link. The first link is pivotably attached to the handle. The second link is pivotably attached to the first link. The second link has a connector configured to attach to the tool. A method for impacting an orthopaedic component inside a surgical cavity includes a step for pivoting a first link relative to a handle. Another step pivots a second link relative to the first link. The first and second links are locked. A step attaches a tool to the second link. An impacting step impacts the handle such that the handle transmits the force from the impact through the first and second links to the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Waltersdorff, Charles Wayne Allen, Kevin W. Belew, Michael Scott McCaig
  • Patent number: 8276242
    Abstract: The present document describes a pivotable handle assembly for mounting on a support. The assembly comprises a rotation-blocking portion comprising a pivot axis, the rotation-blocking portion for being rotatable about the pivot axis and relative to the support when in an unlocked position, and when in a locked position, the rotation blocking portion for preventing its rotation about the pivot axis; a handle depending from the rotation blocking portion; and a locking mechanism comprising a push-button and a lock release. The locking mechanism is for locking the rotation-blocking portion in the locked position, and for unlocking the rotation-blocking portion in the unlocked position upon a pushing motion being applied to the push-button to actuate the lock release, the unlocked position thereby allowing the handle to be pivoted about the pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventors: Mylène Girard, Charles Vallières
  • Patent number: 8261398
    Abstract: A paint brush has a handle and a paint brush head. The paint brush head is detachable from the paint brush handle. The paint brush head may be rotatable to a number of positions relative to the paint brush handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Margco International, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher E. Haigh, Louis B. Schiesz, Clarence Wesley Headrick, III
  • Patent number: 8209818
    Abstract: A handle unit includes a handle, a connector, a bolt, a latch, a button and a spring. The handle includes two lugs. The connector includes a lug. The lug of the connector is located between the lugs of the handle. The bolt is inserted in the lugs so that the handle is pivotally connected to the connector. The latch is connected to the bolt and located in a non-circular opening of the second lug of the handle. The button is connected to the bolt. The spring is compressed between the button and the first lug of the handle to make the latch partially enter a non-circular opening of the connector to position the connector relative to the handle. The button can be pressed to make the latch leave the non-circular opening of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Yih Cheng Factory Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jack Lin
  • Patent number: 8181436
    Abstract: An adjustable multi-purpose yard tool for providing a single tool that has an adjustable handle and performs multiple functions including raking and hoeing includes a pole, a tool head coupled to the pole, and a handle assembly coupled to the pole. The handle assembly is adjustable to a desired position along a length of the pole. The tool head has a connection portion and a tool portion. The tool portion has a hoe portion and a rake portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Robert L. McMillan
  • Patent number: 8167669
    Abstract: An oar includes a retractable shaft with a blade and a grip connected to two ends thereof. A socket is connected to the shaft by a pin and includes a first toothed surface on the end surface of the socket. The grip includes a tubular portion which is mounted to the socket. A spring and a bolt are located in the socket, and the bolt is securely connected with the grip so that the spring is biased between the grip and the head of the bolt. The tubular portion of the grip includes a second toothed surface in an inner end thereof so as to be removably engaged with the first toothed surface of the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventors: Cai-Ling Xie, Andy C. Teng
  • Patent number: 8132283
    Abstract: A push broom that is constructed of a broom head that includes a broom plate for supporting bristles or the like and having a rest surface and a bristle support surface; an elongated handle attached to the broom plate of the broom head and for controlling a sweeping action of the broom head and a pivotal coupling member for mounting the elongated handle with the broom head. The pivotal coupling member has separate positions including a rest position in which the broom head rests on the rest surface of the broom plate so that the handle is substantially upright to maintain the broom free-standing and an action position in which the handle is pivoted relative to the broom head so as to enable the sweeping action of the broom head by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Timothy P. Downes
  • Patent number: 8065774
    Abstract: A paint brush has a handle and a paint brush head. The paint brush head is detachable from the paint brush handle. The paint brush head may be rotatable to a number of positions relative to the paint brush handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Margco International, LLC
    Inventors: Louis B. Schiesz, Christopher E. Haigh, Matthew Scott Graham, Troy Daniel Mason
  • Patent number: 8056185
    Abstract: A grip structure includes two holder bars respectively affixed to two inner tubes in two outer tubes of a retractable handle for travel bag, two locating rings respectively mounted in the holder bars, a grip formed of two symmetrical annular half shells and pivotally coupled between the two locating rings; two control bolts respectively movably supported in the locating rings, and a spring-supported operating member mounted in the grip and operable to move the control bolts between a first position where the inner tubes are locked to the outer tubes and the control bolts are engaged with the locating rings to lock the grip to the inner tubes and a second position where the inner tubes are unlocked from the outer tubes and the control bolts are biasable with the grip relative to the inner tubes of the retractable handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Wei-Hung Lai
  • Patent number: 7987658
    Abstract: A multi-purpose tool includes, in one embodiment, an elongated pole and a head that are pivotally joined by a coupling mechanism. The head is a unitary member that includes a semi-circular edger plate and a comb-like rake. The coupling mechanism includes a pivot screw pivotally connecting the pole to the gardening head, a lock rod extending longitudinally through the elongated pole, and a pull cam mounted within one end of the hollow pole, the pull cam being threadingly coupled to one end of the lock rod. By disposing the gardening head in a variety of fixed positions relative to the pole, a plurality of distinct gardening instruments can be created. Locking the position of the gardening head relative to the elongated pole is achieved through rotation of a handle that is mounted onto the free end of the pole, the handle being connected to the free end the lock rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Frank Fragale
  • Patent number: 7954831
    Abstract: A scooter includes a main frame, a head tube mounted on the main frame, two side plates extending from the head tube and each having a first locking slot and a second locking slot, a handlebar stem mounted on the head tube, a mounting sleeve mounted on the handlebar stem, a locking tube movably mounted on the mounting sleeve and having two locking blocks each locked in the first locking slot or the second locking slot of the respective side plate, and a rotation tube mounted on the mounting sleeve and abutting the locking tube. Thus, the rotation tube can be rotated to move the locking tube relative to the head tube so as to lock or unlock the handlebar stem so that the user only needs to rotate the rotation tube to expand and collapse the handlebar stem easily and quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: Ching-Ho Yeh
  • Patent number: 7866048
    Abstract: A rotatable rear hand grip (3) is releasably locked at a desired rotational position by operation of a control lever member (4). The power hand tool includes: a tool body (1) including an engine for generating driving power used for performing work; a front hand grip (2) fixed to the tool body; a rear hand grip including: a control lever member coupled to the engine for controlling an output of the engine; a supporting mechanism for supporting the rear hand grip rotationally about an axis (AX) between the tool body and the rear hand grip; a locking mechanism for locking the rear hand grip at one rotational position about the axis in response to the control lever member; and a controlling mechanism (4d) for allowing the control lever member to control the output of the engine after the locking mechanism locks the rear hand grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Yamabiko Corporation
    Inventors: Hisao Kodama, Syuuji Satou
  • Patent number: 7827649
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus includes an elongate rod defined by a proximal end portion having a first linkage member and an opposed distal end portion. The first linkage member is pivotally coupled to a second linkage member of a cleaning head. There is a biasing assembly that is coupled to the elongate rod and to the cleaning head, which tensions the cleaning head to a maximum pivotal excursion relative to the cleaning rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventor: James G. Horian
  • Patent number: 7761949
    Abstract: The brush and handle assembly described herein are specifically designed to scrub and clean all interior surfaces of a bathtub. The elongated handle and brush-head are designed and constructed to permit pivoting the brush-head relative to the handle, but the pivoting movement is confined to a range of 0° to less than 180°. In the preferred embodiment of the disclosed brush, the range of pivoting movement is about 135°. Limiting the pivotal movement of the brush-head relative to the handle enables the user of the disclosed bathtub brush to scrub and clean, easily and efficiently, all interior surfaces, including the interior far-side, the interior near-side, the interior ends and the bottom surface of the typical bathtub without uncomfortable body contortions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Inventor: Taylor Hughes, IV
  • Patent number: 7721377
    Abstract: An extendable handle for a drywall tool having a pair of telescoping tubes that are reversibly locked in place relative to each other by a locking assembly comprising a lever, a pin and a yoke that are mounted on a base positioned on a first tube. The pin is actuated by the lever and engages an opening on the second tube to lock the tubes in place. The pin and lever are spaced apart circumferentially on the handle and are connected by the yoke. The yoke is received in a slot in the base and does not extend beyond the surface of base during operation of the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Axia Acquisition Corporation
    Inventors: Matt Jungklaus, David J. Castagnetta, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7587781
    Abstract: A paintbrush comprising of a tubular handle (11), forged male slip/snap locking wheel (10) at top of handle (11), and a brush head (3) with two embedded forged female slip/snap locking wheels, with one female at bottom of brush head (3) marked (6) and the other marked (4) on face of brush head (3). These slip/snap locking wheels allow the user to adjust the paintbrush to paint various angles through rotation extending one-hundred and eighty degrees (180°). The tubular handle (11) also has a bottom/rear female thread (12) to accept a standard universal male-threaded pole/device to reach various heights. Also, female thread (12) will accept a male thread (16) as part of finishing cap (13) with a hanging hole (14) to give the paintbrush a classic, finished appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Inventor: Robert Raymond Vales
  • Patent number: 7481135
    Abstract: A hand tool includes a head that is adjustable to a plurality of positions. The head is pivotally mounted to a tool body at a pivot axis. A bearing structure is attached at the pivot axis by a hub or fastener, about which the head may be adjusted. An actuator is positioned between the body and the head and acts to lock the head in a predetermined position with respect to the tool body. A plurality of radial slots are provided on a cavity or a bearing structure and receive the actuator in order to lock the tool head in a predetermined position relative to the tool body. The adjustable head allows for the tool to be manipulated to engage fasteners in hard to reach areas and also allow an operator to apply extra torque to the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael D. Schoenbeck, David T. Ross, Christopher D. Thompson, Jeffery H. Hoff
  • Patent number: 7472447
    Abstract: A paintbrush having an adjustable brush head which allows for various positioning of the head with respect to the handle. The paintbrush comprises a wedge-shaped tilt element (30) positioned between the head (20) and the handle (10). The body and the wedge-shaped tilt element can rotate with respect to one another. The wedge-shaped tilt element and the handle can rotate with respect to one another. The handle, the wedge-shaped tilt element and the body are removably secured against one another by a connecting member, such as a nut and bolt assembly passing through apertures which extend through the handle, the wedge-shaped tilt element and the body. Interlocking protrusions may be provided to assist in the handle, the wedge-shaped tilt element and the body being removably secured against one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Inventor: Frederick M. Lougheed
  • Patent number: 7464441
    Abstract: An apparatus that is engageable with a wheelbarrow for assisting a user in pushing such wheelbarrow. The apparatus comprises at least one mounting plate formed of a first predetermined material and having a first predetermined shape engageable with a predetermined portion of such wheelbarrow. A pivotally adjustable telescoping arm member is formed of a predetermined material and is engageable on a first end thereof with the at least one mounting plate. A sleeve member is engageable intermediate a first end and a second end thereof with a second end of the arm member. The sleeve member is formed as a unitary part of the arm member and is disposed at a predetermined angle thereof. An elongated rod member is rotatingly and adjustably engageable with an inner portion of the sleeve member and extends outwardly toward such user. A bicep cup member having a predetermined shape is engageable on a first side thereof with an end of the elongated rod member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventor: Clifton Peach
  • Patent number: 7392568
    Abstract: A hand-held power tool, such as an angular grinder, includes a housing having a main handle, and a support member for supporting a side handle in different positions relative thereto and pivotable relative to the housing about two support points, which may be on opposite side surfaces of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Hilt Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Christian Koschel, Rolf Spangenberg
  • Patent number: 7343638
    Abstract: The structure of the present invention provides pivotable coupling of a head to a handle. The head may assume various pitch angles relative to the handle. Once place at a particular pitch angle the head is releasably fixed-in-place and opposes pitching of the head relative to the handle to assume a new pitch angle. With the application of sufficient force on the head, the head is released from the fixed-in-place pitch angle and a new pitch angle is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: Michael Mitchell, German R. Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 7287331
    Abstract: A power working machine has a machine body, a drive source mounted on the machine body for driving a work implement connected to the machine body, and an operating handle mounted on the machine body for undergoing rotation relative to the machine body. A throttle lever is mounted on the operating handle for undergoing pivotal movement to adjust an output of the drive source. A lock mechanism is mounted on the operating handle for locking the operating handle at a preselected rotational angular position relative to the machine body. A lock cancellation lever is mounted on the operating handle for unlocking the lock mechanism to thereby permit rotational movement of the operating handle relative to the machine body. A stopper section is mounted on the operating handle for permitting operation of the lock mechanism while preventing pivotal movement of the throttle lever and for preventing operation of the lock mechanism while permitting pivotal movement of the throttle lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideshi Sasaki, Kenjiro Hiratsuna
  • Patent number: 7281288
    Abstract: An improved cleaning tool is provided with a flexible connection between the head or spindle and the handle. The improved tool broadly includes a spindle or head, a handle and a flexible connection between the head and handle to permit relative pivotal movement therebetween and rubber bumpers to protect against scratching furniture. The flexible connection regulates relative movement between the spindle head in such a way that lateral movement is greater than the up and down movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: The Hartz Mountain Corporation
    Inventor: William D. McKay
  • Patent number: 7231684
    Abstract: A window cleaning apparatus includes a handle, a paddle and a cleaning element. The paddle is removably attachable to the handle. The handle includes oppositely extending end pins which are pivotally received in receivers carried on the paddle. At least one of the receivers has a bore which receives on of the handle end pins. At least one of the receivers is formed with separable members for forming a snap-connection with one of the handle end pins. The cleaning element has side edges with elastic to draw the ends of the side edges of the body inward to form an opening smaller than the outer diameter of the paddle to releasably attach the cleaning element about the paddle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignees: Consumer Solutions, Inc., K & R Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Post
  • Patent number: 7213292
    Abstract: Apparatus for grooming and body care has a handle at a first, an elongate shaft, and a connector at a second end for removably attaching a selection of grooming and body care devices. The shaft is bendable in one mode of operation to enable the user to configure the apparatus for reaching certain parts of the body. In a second mode of operation, the shaft is rigid and remains in the position to which it was bent in the first mode. The apparatus can then be used without having it bend while in use. The selection and use may all be done with one hand. The grooming and body care devices may include sponges, brushes, combs, and shoehorns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Inventor: Stuart L. Tucker
  • Patent number: 7207512
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a food triturating device with a first extension, a second extension and a hinge device therebetween. The hinge device is located within a housing, and comprises a hinge bar, a rotating drum mounted on a hinge bar. The rotating drum is slidable between a first position and a second position and rotatable between any one of three rotating positions. The hinge also comprises a engagement wall positioned within the housing and having a shelf and at least one locking slots. A locking member is formed on the rotating drum and cooperates with the engagement wall to lock the rotating drum into any one of the three rotating positions with the rotating drum is in the first sliding position. A biasing spring, located within the housing, biases the rotating drum toward the first sliding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Columbia Insurance Company
    Inventors: Terri Webb, Louis Chalfant
  • Patent number: 7201085
    Abstract: A hand tool includes a head and a pin with toothed outer periphery securely extends through two plates extending from the head. A handle has an insertion which includes an elongate slot and a plurality of teeth are defined in a first inner end of the elongate slot. The insertion is pivotably connected between the two plates of the head by the pin. A pushing member is located in the elongate slot and pushes the pin toward the first inner end of the elongate slot so that the toothed outer periphery of the pin is engaged with the teeth in the first inner end of the elongate slot to position the head. When pulling the head toward the handle, the toothed outer periphery of the pin is disengaged from the teeth in the first inner end of the elongate slot, and the head can be pivoted relative to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Inventor: Chih-Ching Hsieh
  • Patent number: 7195232
    Abstract: A handrail and bracket assembly includes a pair of brackets having two off-set channels that permit the hand rail to be positioned in an expanded or in-use position or a collapsed or stowed position. At least one mounting opening is provided in each bracket for securing it to a wall or other surface. The channels and openings are positioned such that the brackets can be attached to the handrail prior to attaching the brackets to a wall or other surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Marson International LLC
    Inventors: Michael B Marshall, Jason J Newburn
  • Patent number: 7191494
    Abstract: The stabilizer apparatus for a power head attachment for rotationally powered tools in which a housing supports a stabilizer apparatus including a stabilizer collar rotatable to selected positions relative to the input shaft of the head attachment and a stabilizer arm pivotally mounted on the collar for movement to selected angular positions relative to the axis of the input shaft between a plurality of locked positions and a single unlocked position. In the unlocked position of the arm, the collar can be rotated to various circumferential positions and in each one of the positions the stabilizer arm can be located at a selected one of multiple angular positions which also lock the arm and collar in a fixed position making possible many combinations of positions of the stabilizer arm relative to the power head of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Inventor: John A. Badiali
  • Patent number: 7150076
    Abstract: A handlebar fixing device of a motorized cart including a head tube formed on the upper section and a seat formed on the lower section, a connection tube formed with a shifter structure, a handlebar having a fan-shaped connection plate formed on the lower section with holes, a holder formed above the seat of the head tube, a spring formed inside the hollow of the holder, and a rod having a section extending inside the spring, a stopper formed on the lateral, and a bolt hole formed on the lower section connecting to the base of the connection tube. By pressing down the handlebar, the stopper presses the rod down to the head tube, restraining the handlebar from moving right or left. With the stopper pressing the rod and a locking rod of the shifter structure being pushed, the handlebar being prevented from moving up or down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Chien Ti Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ferretti Chang
  • Patent number: 7147256
    Abstract: A fold down operator (10) is provided for a rotatable spindle (224) of casement window assembly (200). The operator (10) comprises a hub (12) and a handle (48). The hub (12) has a receiver (22) and an arm (32) extending from the receiver (22). The receiver (22) is adapted to connect to the spindle (224). The handle (48) has a cavity (112). The handle (48) is pivotally connected to the arm (32) such that the handle (48) is pivotable between a closed position wherein a portion of the receiver (22) is positioned within the cavity (112), and an open position, wherein the receiver (22) is outboard of the cavity (112).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Newell Operating Company
    Inventor: David B. Gill
  • Patent number: 7121565
    Abstract: A wheelbarrow handle accessory has a tube member that slides over the end of a wheelbarrow handle, and a hand grip assembly including a partial sleeve that normally rests upon the tube member in aligned relationship, the hand grip assembly being rotatably supported from the tube member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Inventor: Melvin F. Lulay
  • Patent number: 7108593
    Abstract: A power tool is provided with an adjustable handle assembly. The assembly has a housing and a handle connected to the housing. The handle may be movable between a plurality of positions and has a gripping portion. There may be a lock member associated with either of the movable handle or the housing. The other of the handle and the housing would have a mating member that cooperates with the lock member to lock the handle in position. The assembly may be provided with an actuator movable between a lock position to lock the handle and an unlock position to allow the handle to be moved. The handle may extend from a rear portion of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: WMH Tool Group, Inc.
    Inventor: John Clayton Janson
  • Patent number: 7055220
    Abstract: Adjustable handle (1), of the type comprising an operating lever (2) ending into a cylindrical or prismatic body (3) inside which there is slidably mounted a tightening member (4) carrying a bushing or a stud (5), the cylindrical or prismatic body (3) and the tightening member (4) comprising fellow toothings (6) kept in reciprocal engagement by a spring (7), and a check element (8) onto which is imparted a pressure to overcome the action of the spring (7) and remove the engagement between said toothings (6). In said handle (1), said check element is in the form of a control push button (8), in one piece with the tightening member (4), said push button (8) incorporating a seat (9) accessible from its operating surface (10) to insert therein a mounting/removal tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: ELESA S.p.A.
    Inventor: Alberto Bertani
  • Patent number: 7047846
    Abstract: A hand tool includes a handle having at its one end provided with a chamber containing a through hole to accommodate a locking unit and at another end disposed with pivoting sections to pivot a stem for the stem to be bent into a specific angle in relation with the handle; a holder being secured in position in the chamber of the handle; a push rod in the holder pushing against the locking unit for a locking bit to be restricted in one of internal teeth of a gear of the stem to hold the hand tool in position to facilitate its use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Gong Fong Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hung-Ming Hu
  • Patent number: 6921102
    Abstract: A foldable stroller, incorporating with a one-hand operational control device includes a turn switch rotatably mounted on the stroller. A locking unit includes a locking latch slidably disposed a pusher cavity of the turn switch to lock up a rotational movement of the turn switch and a finger trigger arranged to push the locking latch inwardly into the pusher cavity to unlock the turn switch. In order to fold up the stroller, a user's fingers must grip the finger trigger inwardly to push the locking latch inward, so that the turn switch is unblocked and free to rotate with respect to pivot arms of the stroller to disengage an engagement unit of the stroller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Inventor: Ben Ming Hsia
  • Patent number: 6877186
    Abstract: A swingable handle for a hand tool includes a rear handle body with two spaced apart walls that confine a replacement bit receiving space for receiving replacement tool bits, a front handle body having a mount end portion for connection with a tool shaft, and a coupling end portion pivoted to and turnable relative to the front end of the rear handle body between normal and torque enhancing positions, and a lid member having a front end coaxially pivoted to the front end of the rear handle body and the coupling end portion so as to be turnable between open and closed positions, and a cover portion that covers the receiving space in the closed position and that permits access to the receiving space in the open position. A retaining member is disposed to arrest the coupling end portion in one of the normal and torque enhancing positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventor: Hsuan-Sen Shiao
  • Patent number: 6865777
    Abstract: A universally rotatable pivotal integral luggage handle for use with a piece of luggage having a retractable handle frame is provided. The handle includes a grasping portion and a luggage attachment portion. The grasping portion has a hand contacting portion and a base portion, with the base portion having a center section. The center section has a sidewall and a bottom surface. It has a vertical channel which exits at least from the bottom surface. The luggage attachment portion has an upper portion and a lower portion, with the upper portion having a sidewall and a top surface. The luggage attachment portion has a vertical channel which exits at least from the top surface. The grasping portion and the luggage attachment portion are rotatably connected by fastening means extending vertically through the respective channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Inventor: Troy C. Comstock
  • Patent number: 6863479
    Abstract: A supplemental handle for a hand-held machining tool (18), has at least one grip element (10, 12, 14, 16) that is connectable with a housing (26) of the hand-held machine (18) by means of an insulating device (20, 22, 24) for insulating oscillations. The insulating device (20, 22, 24) includes at least one bearing unit (28, 30, 32, 34), and the grip element (10, 12, 14, 16) is guided in at least one direction by means of the bearing unit (28, 30, 32, 34). The bearing unit (28) has at least one bearing bolt (26), about which the grip element (10, 12) is pivotable. The insulating device may include at least one torsion spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Karl Frauhammer, Gerhard Meixner, Andreas Strasser
  • Patent number: 6581245
    Abstract: A foldable handle assembly includes a handle, two connecting devices, two resilience devices, two balls and two shafts. Each of the connecting devices includes a base and a projecting post wherein the projecting post has a first ball receptacle and a second ball receptacle and the base has a screwed recess. When the handle is operated such that the ball is inserted into the first ball receptacle, the handle is securely held in a first position, and when the handle is operated such that the ball is inserted into the second ball receptacle, the handle is securely held in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Yuchi Jen
  • Patent number: 6581492
    Abstract: A handle folding structure of a foldable bicycle comprises a joint connected to a head tube below a handle; a clamp inserted to a fork pivoting tube pivoted through a stem; a positioning bit with a conic stop to extend into the fork pivoting tube; the upper section including an upper and a lower sections pivoted to each other; one longitudinal chute being provided on one side of the upper and the lower sections of the joint to allow the conic stop extending into the fork pivoting tube to hold against the chutes; a circumferential groove at the lower end of the chute so to pull out with the joint at the lower end of the head tube for the conic stop to hold against the lower end of the chute; and the joint, the handle and a front wheel being able to execute free rotation to minimize the size of the bicycle when folded up for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: Far Great Plastics Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ting-Hsing Chen
  • Patent number: 6581246
    Abstract: A grass trimmer adjustable handle has a two piece clamp with four bolts and four nuts for mounting and fastening to a grass trimmer main power shaft, and a rod end bearing with a threaded rod and a lock nut. The main handle has threads that match the threaded rod end bearing so that the handle can be adjusted in length to the desired height and reach, limited by the rod threads. The handle can be rotated on its axis and locked into position with the locking nut to fit the angle of the hand of the user, and tilts side to side for a better angle control of the trimmer in relation to the surface of the ground. The handle can move forward and backward in alignment with the main power shaft for better control of the height of the cutting head of the trimmer in relation to the surface of the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Inventor: Robert Reid Polette
  • Patent number: 6530459
    Abstract: A handle structure for adjusting directions of a luggage handle includes a handle located on the top end of the luggage to fasten to the extensible pulling bars of the luggage. The handle consists of a front frame and a rear frame coupling to form a handle section. In the handle section, a depressing member is provided which has a bottom to contact a push stem. The push stem is formed in an inverse T shape. The push stem is housed in an anchor seat which consists of an upper seat and a lower seat. The upper seat has a retain trough to engage with the push stem. The anchor seat also has a depressing plate which has two ends located above two openings of the lower seat to contact control bars of a control element. Depressing the push button of the depressing member, the push stem may be disengaged from the retain trough of the anchor seat to allow the handle turning to an angle or direction desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: Ting Cheng Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lien Ching Lu
  • Patent number: 6508344
    Abstract: A handle structure for turning and adjusting the direction of a luggage handle includes a handle located on the top end of the luggage to fasten to extensible pulling bars of the luggage. The handle includes a handle section which has a bottom rim to fasten to a support section. The support section includes a control section which has a bottom end engaged with a turning section. The turning section has two sides coupled respectively with a left coupling elbow and a right coupling elbow of a coupling section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Ting Cheng Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lien Ching Lu
  • Patent number: 6481913
    Abstract: A device is designed to secure the front tube of the handlebar of a foldable scooter and is formed of a shaft rod, two clamping members, a wrenching rod, a lashing collar, and a stop nut. The device is pivotally fastened between the front tube of the handlebar and the folding mechanism of the foldable scooter. The clamping members are actuated by the wrenching rod to hold and push a press member of the shaft rod to press against the front tube, so as to prevent the handlebar of the scooter from swaying at the time when the scooter is in motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: Melton International L.L.C.
    Inventor: Tsang-Ying Chen
  • Patent number: 6450517
    Abstract: A folding collapsible kick scooter includes a head tube folding structure, which uses a quick-release lock to lock the head tube between an extended position and a collapsed position, and a handlebar folding structure, which uses a quick-release lock to lock the left handlebar and the right handlebar between an extended position and a collapsed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Playmaker Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Guang-Gwo Lee
  • Patent number: 6446988
    Abstract: An easily pulled, rolling cooler for storing refrigerables which can be manually towed by pulling a handle that is designed to resist torsion. The cooler has two wheels that are located directly under the cooler center of gravity to minimize pulling strain for the user. Provision is made for the handle to be folded down and stored on the cooler lid when not being used for towing. The cooler bottom is V-shaped, providing good ground clearance for the back end of the cooler when being towed over uneven ground. The cooler is light weight, compact and easily fitted in a car trunk or in a van for travel to picnics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Inventor: Dick T. Kho
  • Patent number: 4979061
    Abstract: A cassette loading apparatus in which there is provided a clutch member having a resilient member coupling first and second sliding members. The resilient member is adapted to horizontally move along guide members provided on one of a pair of side plates for guiding a cassette holder. The second sliding member has formed therein an elongated hole along which a projection formed on the first sliding member is displaced. The length of the elongated hole is greater than the displacement of the projection corresponding to the moving distance of the cassette holder along a horizontal section of an L-shaped guide groove formed in the one side plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1990
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Kishimoto, Takashi Ando, Harumi Kudo