Attachment, Or Including Adjunct Or Replaceable Portion Patents (Class 81/180.1)
  • Patent number: 9879416
    Abstract: Cavity walls include fasteners that provide a thermal break. A cavity wall assembly includes a support structure, insulation, and an outer wythe. The insulation is mounted on the support structure. The outer wythe is spaced apart from the insulation, such that a cavity is formed between the insulation and the outer wythe. A tie is attached to the outer wythe. A fastener extends through a portion of the tie, through the insulation, and into the support structure to attach the tie to the support structure. The fastener provides a thermal break between the support structure and the tie. At least a portion of the thermal break is disposed within a width of the insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin J. Spoo, Neil Robert Hettler, Herbert Ray Slone, William Anthony Kunkler, Matthew Gawryla, William James Ramsey
  • Patent number: 9289887
    Abstract: The disclosed technology is a wrench or other tool with a top side, bottom side, left side, and right side. A working end of the tool has a clamp open or openable on the top, left, and right sides. A handle region defined by an elongated shape is adapted for gripping. A mid-region of unitary construction is attached to the handle region and a head region, wherein the head region is a separate piece fastened to the mid-region, such as by threads or bolts. A base with a flat side is formed of unitary construction, such as forged in the same metallurgy process, as the mid-region. The flat bottom side of the base may be angled to entirely rest on a surface when a corresponding bottom side of the handle region rests on the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Harry Papazian
  • Patent number: 9138882
    Abstract: An integrated tool system that includes various interchangeable implements and attachments to provide functionality of pliers, wrenches, hammers, ratchets and screwdrivers. Many of the attachments are secured to rectangular jaws at the upper portion of the device. The lower portion of the device includes an ratcheting gear for accepting sockets, socket adaptors, ratchet extensions and so forth. The upper and lower portions are separable to reveal a receiver for hexes that is stored within the handle, thereby facilitating screwdriving and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventor: Marvin Carroll Martin, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9086132
    Abstract: A vehicle transmission wherein a single shift spindle is provided with a master arm to operate the transmission via an accumulation mechanism and a clutch lever to operate a clutch, capable of more reliably realizing disconnection of the clutch after the completion of accumulation necessary for a shift operation. A vehicle transmission includes a master arm provided on a shift spindle for transmitting a rotational force to a shift drum of a transmission to rotate and operate the shift drum with a clutch lever provided on the shift spindle, to operate the clutch. An accumulation mechanism is capable of accumulating the rotational force transmitted from the shift spindle to the master arm. The master arm and the clutch lever are interlocked with each other. A delay mechanism is provided that delays the clutch disconnection operation with the clutch lever before accumulation is completed between the shift spindle and the clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Adachi, Jun Miyazaki, Masaki Nakagawara, Yoshiaki Tsukada, Takashi Ozeki, Hiroshi Takamoto
  • Publication number: 20150135498
    Abstract: An interchangeable tool for use with a hexagonal key having at least a first male end with six facets which form a hexagonal profile includes a first interchangeable tip comprising a body and a head extending from the body. The body includes a female receptacle having an opening open to an exterior of the first interchangeable tip, with the female receptacle having six facets that form a hexagonal profile. The hexagonal profile is sized and dimensioned to matingly receive the first male end of the hexagonal key, with the head having at least one tool element. Related interchangeable tool sets are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Tanuki Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Archer Gillikin
  • Patent number: 9003893
    Abstract: A chain link tester and method of use is disclosed herein. The chain link tester may contain a tapered lever and may be adapted to operatively connect to a torque metering device. The chain link tester may be used to test chain links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventor: Timothy Tilley
  • Patent number: 8978521
    Abstract: A torque transmittal tool has an input socket to receive a drive input from a drive tool. The input socket causes a first link to rotate through a range of rotation upon rotation of the input socket. The first link is fixed to rotate with an extension link. The extension link is fixed to rotate with an output link. The output link includes an output ratchet for transmitting rotation, and has a torque reversal button which may be actuated to change the direction of rotation of the output ratchet. An actuator has an unactuated position where a contact surface is spaced away from the torque reversal button, and an actuated position at which it actuates the torque reversal button. A method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Bruce H. Layton
  • Publication number: 20150037111
    Abstract: A positioning sleeve assembly adapted for engaging with drill bit holder or screwdriver bit is provided with a sleeve and an engaging device. The engaging device includes a drive shaft at one end and an inserting hole at another end. The engaging device is inserted in the sleeve with the drive shaft located one end of the sleeve, and the inserting hole at the other end of the sleeve. The inserting hole at one end of the engaging device is suitable for both engaging with a drill bit holder and a screwdriver bit, so that a single positioning sleeve assembly of the present invention is capable of selectively connecting drill bit and screwdriver bit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Chi-Hsiung CHANG
  • Patent number: 8931377
    Abstract: A fitting structure for tools contains: a fitting end of a fitting tool and a fitted end of a fitted tool. The fitting end includes a toothed retaining area formed on an inner wall thereof, a concaved portion defined on an upper end thereof, a peripheral groove arranged around the concaved portion, and a ring disposed in the peripheral groove. The fitted tool includes a working portion arranged on a lower end thereof, a polygonal engaging portion defined over the working portion, an annular locking portion formed over the polygonal engaging portion. The annular locking portion has an annular lock trough defined thereon, and the annular lock trough has a color marking element fixed therein for identifying the fitted tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Yao-Hung Wang
  • Publication number: 20150007699
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a tool including one or more shock absorption components disposed in the tool and adapted to protect various components of the tool in the event the tool is dropped or otherwise sustains an impact force. In an embodiment, the tool includes shock absorption foam disposed above and below an electronic display. The tool may also include a shock absorption component disposed under an end cap of the tool to absorb a shock or impact force to the tool when the tool is dropped on the end cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Nathan J Lee, Jonathan J. Olson, Daniel A. Phipps, Gregory E. Reinecker, Peter A. Kaltenbach
  • Patent number: 8839698
    Abstract: A wrench includes a generally elongate shaft defining an axis and having a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The wrench also includes a handle assembly that is attached to the shaft. The handle assembly terminates in a magnetic mount that is configured to magnetically engage a working surface. The magnetic mount has a passage for receiving the shaft therethrough. The passage is sized and dimensioned to allow the shaft to pivot within the passage and with respect to the magnetic mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Melesio Sidón Hernández
  • Publication number: 20140224082
    Abstract: A removable hand guard is provided for installation on drilling rig hand tongs and used to protect the hands of workers from being accidentally crushed when gripping the tong handle. The hand guard can include resilient body and tabs, which allow the guard to be positioned on the tong handle. The hand guard can be locked into place using locks and fasteners. The hand guard can include a slot, which can form a secondary handle to be used by a second worker to manoeuvre the tongs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: KATCH KAN HOLDINGS LTD.
    Inventor: Quinn A. J. Holtby
  • Patent number: 8776644
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments and a corresponding method for an adapter configured to attach an electronic identification device to an inventory item having a universal attachment fitting. A first end of the adapter body is configured to permanently attach to the universal attachment fitting. A second end of the adapter body is configured to attach to a tool configured to attach to the universal attachment fitting. An electronic identification device is attached to the adapter body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence E. Harper, Jeffrey M. Thrift, Randall C. Shabram, Christopher J. Pauly, Christopher J. Ruf, Nicholas E. Achterberg, Bruno Le Gal
  • Publication number: 20140174264
    Abstract: A fitting structure for tools contains: a fitting end of a fitting tool and a fitted end of a fitted tool. The fitting end includes a toothed retaining area formed on an inner wall thereof, a concaved portion defined on an upper end thereof, a peripheral groove arranged around the concaved portion, and a ring disposed in the peripheral groove. The fitted tool includes a working portion arranged on a lower end thereof, a polygonal engaging portion defined over the working portion, an annular locking portion formed over the polygonal engaging portion. The annular locking portion has an annular lock trough defined thereon, and the annular lock trough has a color marking element fixed therein for identifying the fitted tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Yao-Hung Wang
  • Publication number: 20140165792
    Abstract: An auxiliary device includes a base, two rotatable arms, and an elastic member. The two arms are rotatably connected to the base and each includes a mating surface that defines a recess. The recesses of the two arms cooperatively form a through hole when the mating surface is in contact with each other. The through hole includes, from top to bottom, a first tapered hole portion, an annular groove, a second tapered hole portion, and a round hole portion. The annular groove is used to receive a head of a screw, and the round hole portion has a lateral surface is used to contact a shank of the screw to keep the screw upright. The elastic member is arranged between the two rotatable arms and applies a pushing force to the two rotatable arms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., FU TAI HUA INDUSTRY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: LI-CHIN LU, JIAN-HUA XIANG
  • Publication number: 20140165789
    Abstract: A tensioning device for treaded bolts has a supporting tube and a cylinder with a hydraulic supply connected thereto. The supporting tube surrounds the threaded end section of the bolt. A piston is moveable in the cylinder longitudinally. An exchange socket is connected to the piston and driven axially by it. The exchange socket has a first end with internal thread to be screwed onto the threaded end section and a second end with an external polygon member. A tool attachable to the external polygon member enables turning of the exchange socket. The tool has a cup-shaped section having a first open end and an inner side with tool faces that engage the external polygon member. The tool has a drive section that is slimmer than the cup-shaped section and connected to a second end of the cup-shaped section. The drive section extends away from the cup-shaped section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Jörg Hohmann, Frank Hohmann
  • Patent number: 8746114
    Abstract: An isolative torque-exerting apparatus includes a wrench and two isolating elements. The wrench includes a head, a handle extending from the head, a switch placed on the head, an insert partially inserted in the head, a ring placed against the insert, a first ring connected to the head for keeping the ring in the head, and a second clip connected to the ring for keeping the insert partially in the head. The first isolating element includes a cap for wrapping the head, a skirt extending from the cap, and a sheath for wrapping the handle. The second isolating element includes a first drum placed in the skirt, a second drum for wrapping the insert, and an annular membrane extending from the first drum to the second drum for covering the ring and the clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Matatakitoyo Tool Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jih Chun Wu
  • Patent number: 8667868
    Abstract: A water heater wrench adapter that comprises a rotating adapter and receiver. The rotating adapter is disposed within a receiver in light interference fit, wherein the rotating adapter is frictionally engaged by the receiver to permit rotation of the rotating adapter within the receiver. The water heater wrench adapter is utilized by frictionally engaging the insulator profile with the rotating adapter, thereby securing the water heater element within the rotating adapter. The hex nut of the water heater element and the hex extension of the receiver are aligned and the hex end of a water heater wrench is disposed to engage the combined hex nut and hex extension. Thus, the water heater wrench can then be utilized to either hold the water heater element in position for installation in a water heater or remove and retain the water heater element from the water heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Hoa Mai
  • Patent number: 8627750
    Abstract: A vacuum shroud is provided for receiving nuts separated from frangible collar fasteners by use of a powered offset ratchet head. The shroud comprises of an offset ratchet head receiving portion and a nut receiving portion. The offset ratchet head receiving portion defines an aperture formed to receive and engage the offset ratchet head. The nut receiving portion defines a nut receiving aperture and a nut discharge port. The nut receiving aperture is disposed adjacent to the offset ratchet head receiving aperture, to receive nuts discharged from the offset ratchet head when the ratchet head is disposed in the ratchet head receiving aperture. The shroud may further define a conduit extending from the nut receiving portion to the nut discharge port. The nut discharge port is engageable to a vacuum source to draw nuts received in the nut receiving portion out of the nut discharge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Steven A. Ortiz
  • Publication number: 20140007744
    Abstract: This disclosure is related to an adjustable wrench for engaging work objects. The adjustable wrench has a handle having a handle end and a flat serrated jaw surface. The adjustable wrench also has an L-shaped movable jaw having a lever arm and a serrated jaw, the lever arm having a terminal end. The adjustable wrench further comprises a projection extending from the handle having a tunnel therein for accepting the lever arm of the L-shaped movable jaw and a grip enhancing apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: Thru Tubing Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Brock Watson, Roger Schultz
  • Publication number: 20130333529
    Abstract: An isolative torque-exerting apparatus includes a wrench and two isolating elements. The wrench includes a head, a handle extending from the head, a switch placed on the head, an insert partially inserted in the head, a ring placed against the insert, a first ring connected to the head for keeping the ring in the head, and a second clip connected to the ring for keeping the insert partially in the head; The first isolating element includes a cap for wrapping the head, a skirt extending from the cap, and a sheath for wrapping the handle. The second isolating element includes a first drum placed in the skirt, a second drum for wrapping the insert, and an annular membrane extending from the first drum to the second drum for covering the ring and the clips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Jih Chun WU
  • Patent number: 8601915
    Abstract: A wrench stop on a wrench having opposite ends that include respective engagement apertures for fitting with a head member to be engaged by the engagement aperture. A slide member constructed and arranged for mounting adjacent to the engagement aperture and including an end catch. The slide member has retracted and extended positions. The slide member, in the retracted position thereof, has the end catch disposed away from the engagement aperture, and in the extended position thereof, has the end catch disposed over the engagement aperture so that the wrench piece does not disengage from the head member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Philip M. Garvey
  • Patent number: 8596168
    Abstract: The invention comprises a ratchet style open end wrench which incorporates an assembly to provide a torqueing function and ratchet effect. The assembly includes a wrench body capable of providing torque delivery through two or more rotating cylindrical cams which contact the nut. The cylindrical cams then rotate when reversing the direction of the wrench assembly so that a cutout portion of the cylindrical cams allows the nut points to pass by. In one embodiment, the direction of the ratchet effect is reversible by a reversing arc wire which is activated by use of a lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Chi Sung Row
  • Publication number: 20130312576
    Abstract: A hammer wrench securing apparatus includes a collar having an elongate portion with a length and a first external perimeter as well as a base portion with a second external perimeter greater than the first external perimeter. A washer has a first internal perimeter extending around the elongate portion distal from the base portion and a spring extends around the elongate portion of the threaded collar between the base portion and the washer. In a method for removing at least one degree of freedom of a wrench, an internally threaded member is applied to an externally threaded member, a tool end of a wrench is applied to the internally threaded member, a threaded sleeve is applied to the externally threaded member adjacent to the internally threaded member and a washer is biased towards the tool end of the wrench.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Hammer Tight, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip B. Poindexter, Bruce A. Smith
  • Patent number: 8573322
    Abstract: A hook for electric power tools is disclosed. The hook is used with an electric power tool comprising a handle and a battery pack detachably mounted to a lower end portion of the handle. The hook is designed to be attached to the electric power tool in the proximity of the lower end portion of the handle and includes a ring-shaped slip-off preventing portion having an opening into which, when the battery pack is not attached to the handle, the handle can be inserted into the opening of the slip-off preventing portion, and when the battery pack is attached to the handle, the slip-off preventing portion can be prevented from being pulled out from the handle by the battery pack attached to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Makita Corporation
    Inventors: Hidenori Nagasaka, Ryunosuke Kumagai
  • Patent number: 8567291
    Abstract: A retrofit system for tethering a hand tool includes a tool collar having a collar body, a first body end, a second body end, a skirt at the second body end having an outer diameter larger than an outer diameter of the collar body, and a bore extending longitudinally therethrough, and a tethering tab having a first tab opening and a second tab opening transverse to the longitudinal axis of the tethering tab. The tool collar is made of a material having a Shore A hardness in the range of about 20 to about 50. The second tab opening of the tethering tab being spaced from the first tab opening and the first tab opening having a cross-sectional area larger than the cross-sectional area of the first tool portion providing for free rotation of the tethering tab around the first tool portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventors: Darrell A. Moreau, Andre W. Moreau
  • Patent number: 8567290
    Abstract: A retrofit system for tethering a hand tool includes a tool collar having a collar body, a first body end, a second body end, and a bore extending longitudinally therethrough, and a tethering tab having a first tab opening and a second tab opening transverse to the longitudinal axis of the tethering tab. The bore of the tool collar has a cross-sectional area that is less than the cross-sectional area of a first tool portion of the hand tool providing a snug fit of the tool collar on the first tool portion. The second tab opening of the tethering tab being spaced from the first tab opening and the first tab opening having a cross-sectional area larger than the cross-sectional area of the first tool portion providing for free rotation of the tethering tab around the first tool portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventors: Darrell A. Moreau, Andre W. Moreau
  • Patent number: 8561505
    Abstract: A multiple-link tool assembly includes an elongated handle, an exchangeable extension link, and an exchangeable tool link. The exchangeable extension link has a first connecting end removably linked to the handle, and a second connecting end defining a sectioned cavity. The sectioned cavity includes an internally serrated cavity section and a non-serrated cavity section. An adjustable geometric connector having an externally serrated base is received and retained within the sectioned cavity. A spring is located within the non-serrated cavity section, and is adapted for normally urging the externally serrated base of the geometric connector into the internally serrated cavity section. The exchangeable tool link has a proximal end removably joined to the geometric connector of the extension link, and a fastener-engaging distal end adapted for engaging a threaded fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Richardson-Hynes, LLC
    Inventor: Michael D. Richardson
  • Patent number: 8544368
    Abstract: A magnetic device assembled with a square hole of a socket includes a base received in a connecting portion of the square hole, a magnetic element mounted to an end of the base. The magnetic element magnetically attracts a bolt received in a driving hole of the socket, and at least one expansive portion formed at an end of the base disposed opposite to the magnetic element. The expansive portion selectively hinders a connecting portion of the square hole of the socket. The magnetic device is received in the square hole of the socket without departing from the driving hole of the socket in an operating process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Hong Ann Tool Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheng-Wei Su
  • Publication number: 20130239381
    Abstract: A water heater wrench adapter that comprises a rotating adapter and receiver. The rotating adapter is disposed within a receiver in light interference fit, wherein the rotating adapter is frictionally engaged by the receiver to permit rotation of the rotating adapter within the receiver. The water heater wrench adapter is utilized by frictionally engaging the insulator profile with the rotating adapter, thereby securing the water heater element within the rotating adapter. The hex nut of the water heater element and the hex extension of the receiver are aligned and the hex end of a water heater wrench is disposed to engage the combined hex nut and hex extension. Thus, the water heater wrench can then be utilized to either hold the water heater element in position for installation in a water heater or remove and retain the water heater element from the water heater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Hoa Mai
  • Patent number: 8534526
    Abstract: A clip guide apparatus for installation of decking members to an underlying joist structure by means of a clip with a pneumatic screw gun. The clip guide apparatus is comprised of a guide apparatus and a clip installation guide which are attached to the screw gun. The clip installation guide slides in the guide apparatus in response to the operative movement of the screw gun to advance the clip into a decking member. The clip is secured in position with a screw fastener whereby the decking member is secured to the underlying joist structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Brian Keith Orchard
  • Patent number: 8505416
    Abstract: A valve wrench safety system used to prevent a valve wrench from slipping off a valve, having a housing with an opening in the top side where a lock slide bar is sized to fit and slide in and out of a chamber through the opening using a sliding slot on a lever-control-side, wherein the housing is attached to a rod region of a valve wrench using arms attaching to and extending from the housing to a plate by sandwiching the wrench rod region between the front surface of the housing and the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Michael A. Phelps, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130186243
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments and a corresponding method for an adapter configured to attach an electronic identification device to an inventory item having a universal attachment fitting. A first end of the adapter body is configured to permanently attach to the universal attachment fitting. A second end of the adapter body is configured to attach to a tool configured to attach to the universal attachment fitting. An electronic identification device is attached to the adapter body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence E. Harper, Jeffrey M. Thrift, Randall C. Shabram, Christopher J. Pauly, Christopher J. Ruf, Nicholas E. Achterberg, Bruno Le Gal
  • Patent number: 8413555
    Abstract: A pliers fencing tool includes a wedge having a through slot for engagement with the rotatably mounted ratcheted sprocket teeth of a fence wire strainer suspended between the fence wire looped ends. Through slot engaged cause the teeth to rotate from a first to a second ratcheted position and thereby strain the fence wire. A grip having a thumb receiving recess and thumb guard is provided between the wedge and the means for pivotably connecting the handles, and the handles are gripped at the grip portion with the wedge distally disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Channellock, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry C. Farrell
  • Publication number: 20130081522
    Abstract: A protective gear socket assembly includes a gear socket and an insert positioned in the gear socket. The gear socket includes a plurality of teeth projecting radially outward from a perimeter of the gear socket and a u-shaped channel formed through a thickness of the gear socket, a contact surface extending radially outward from an upper edge of the u-shaped channel of the gear socket, and at least one mounting hole formed in the contact surface. The insert includes a u-shaped channel formed through a thickness of the insert, a mating surface extending radially outward from a lower edge of the u-shaped channel of the insert, and at least one mounting post extending from the mating surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Allen Mark Cook
  • Publication number: 20130014617
    Abstract: A socket tool can include a socket having a retention device configured to receive and retain a lubricant fitting to simplify removal or installation of the lubricant fitting. In one example, the retention device can be disposed within the socket between the first and second ends of the socket, and the retention device can be configured to receive and retain a nipple portion of the lubricant fitting at a depth inward from the second end of the socket such that a threaded portion of the lubricant fitting extends beyond the second end of the socket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventor: James R. Kafka
  • Patent number: 8286535
    Abstract: A wrench for handling a fastener, involving an elongated member with a proximal end and a distal end, a step pad being disposed proximate the elongated member proximal end and for providing additional torque, and an adapter being disposed proximate the elongated member distal end. The adapter may include an element, such as a socket member and a ratchet member. The elongated member distal end may include a tool member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Andrew McCartney
  • Publication number: 20120240730
    Abstract: A tool for mounting or removing a container of energy that powers an engine or motor that propels a motor vehicle, fixed to the motor vehicle using a lock on which there acts a piston that loads the lock. The tool includes at least one tool attachment device, a device for releasing the load on the lock by acting on the piston, and a device for locking and/or unlocking the battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventors: Bruno Escande, Francois Combe
  • Publication number: 20120240392
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tool which has more than one function. As a first function, the tool is capable of activating a fastening element, either by direct physical contact or by remote activation. As a second function, the tool is capable of detecting an attribute of the fastening element. The attribute can include position or location of the fastening element, status of the fastening element, identity of the fastening element, environmental factors affecting the fastening element, size of the fastening element, sequence in which the fastening element must be activated, history of the fastening element, authorization requirements in relation to the fastening element, or activation requirements of the fastening element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Dickory Rudduck
  • Publication number: 20120227551
    Abstract: An adapter for a socket wrench includes a shaft with two socket drivers disposed along the shaft. Each of the socket drivers can, independent from one another, rotate around the shaft and slide along the shaft in either direction. There are two stops at each end of the shaft to prevent the socket drivers from falling off the shaft. The socket drivers can be attached to a variety of different socket accessories and sockets so that torque applied to one of the socket drivers can be multiplied and exerted at the end of the other socket driver. One particular embodiment includes a shaft and pedal that aids a person in correctly and easily tightening or loosening lug nuts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Anthony Miller
  • Publication number: 20120186405
    Abstract: A vacuum shroud is provided for receiving nuts separated from Frangible collar fasteners by use of a powered offset ratchet head. The shroud comprises of an offset ratchet head receiving portion and a nut receiving portion. The offset ratchet head receiving portion defines an aperture formed to receive and engage the offset ratchet head. The nut receiving portion defines a nut receiving aperture and a nut discharge port. The nut receiving aperture is disposed adjacent to the offset ratchet head receiving aperture, to receive nuts discharged from the offset ratchet head when the ratchet head is disposed in the ratchet head receiving aperture. The shroud may further define a conduit extending from the nut receiving portion to the nut discharge port. The nut discharge port is engagable to a vacuum source to draw nuts received in the nut receiving portion out of the nut discharge port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Steven A. Ortiz
  • Publication number: 20120137839
    Abstract: A wrench may have a cord extending from the wrench to tether the wrench to an adjacent object. The first end of the wrench may be configured to enclose a nut or a bolt. The second end of the wrench may have one or more holes through which the cord may be inserted. The portion of the wrench having the one or more holes may be perpendicular to the rest of the wrench. Each end of the cord may have a hook. The cord and/or the hooks may be used to secure the second end of the wrench to the adjacent object. Cords having different lengths may be provided so that a distance between the second end of the wrench and the adjacent object may be accommodated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventor: Raymond Mullins
  • Publication number: 20120137838
    Abstract: A wrench may have a cord extending from the wrench to tether the wrench to an adjacent object. The first end of the wrench may be configured to enclose a nut or a bolt. The second end of the wrench may have one or more holes through which the cord may be inserted. Each end of the cord may have a hook. The cord and/or the hooks may be used to secure the second end of the wrench to the adjacent object. Cords having different lengths may be provided so that a distance between the second end of the wrench and the adjacent object may be accommodated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventor: Raymond Mullins
  • Publication number: 20120132039
    Abstract: a magnetic device is assembled with a square hole of a socket includes a base received in a connecting portion of the square hole, a magnetic element mounted to an end of the base. The magnetic element magnetically attracts a bolt received in a driving hole of the socket, and at least one expansive portion formed at an end of the base disposed opposite to the magnetic element. The expansive portion selectively hinders a connecting portion of the square hole of the socket. The magnetic device is received in the square hole of the socket without departing from the driving hole of the socket in an operating process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventor: Cheng-Wei SU
  • Patent number: 8176818
    Abstract: A rotary tool includes a tool body having a driving end formed thereon and an annular groove defined therein. An indicating coiled spring is received in the annular groove. The indicating coiled spring has a colored indicating mark formed thereon for easily identifying a standard of the rotary tool. The indicating coiled spring is made of metal, wherein the indicating coiled spring is hard to be broken and a lifetime of the indicating coiled spring is lengthened. The indicating coiled spring is able to elastically expand to be easily and co-axially sleeved on the annular groove of the tool body, such that the indicating coiled spring being replaceable and re-useable. When operating, the indicating coiled spring is rotatable relative to the tool body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Ji-Fen Meng
  • Patent number: 8167056
    Abstract: A rechargeable electric tool includes a housing having a lower end, to which a battery is attached, and a fastener tool configured to be attached to a lower side surface of the housing. The fastener tool includes a plate-like base portion, and an engagement portion joined to the base portion. The engagement portion protrudes rearward of the housing when the fastener tool is attached to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Makita Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Ito, Koji Takahagi
  • Patent number: 8141462
    Abstract: A multiple-link tool assembly includes an elongated handle, an exchangeable extension link, and an exchangeable tool link. The exchangeable extension link has a first connecting end removably linked to the handle, and a second connecting end defining a sectioned cavity. The sectioned cavity includes a reduced-diameter internally serrated cavity section and an enlarged-diameter non-serrated cavity section. An adjustable geometric fitting having an externally serrated base is received and retained within the sectioned cavity. A spring is located within the non-serrated cavity section, and is adapted for normally urging the externally serrated base of the geometric fitting into the internally serrated cavity section. The exchangeable tool link has a proximal end removably joined to the geometric fitting of the extension link, and a fastener-engaging distal end adapted for engaging a threaded fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Richardson-Hynes, LLC
    Inventor: Michael D. Richardson
  • Patent number: 8132486
    Abstract: A pneumatic power screw gun with a reinforced hammer head, has a reinforced base end above the handle with a cradle mounted thereon, the cradle being adapted to receive and secure a hammer head in place as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Norman D. Calvert
  • Publication number: 20120042754
    Abstract: A socket assembly includes an insulating outer layer, a workpiece connector mounted in a first end of the insulating outer layer, and a tool connector mounted in a second end of the insulating outer layer and spaced from the workpiece connector. Thus, the separation wall of the insulating outer layer between the workpiece connector and the tool connector can isolate the workpiece connector from the tool connector so that when an electric current is electrically conducted to the workpiece connector through the workpiece, the electric current will not be delivered from the workpiece connector to the tool connector, thereby preventing an operator from directly contacting with the electric current so as to protect the operator's safety.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventor: Timmy Chen
  • Publication number: 20120023732
    Abstract: An automated driver for tightening a fastener bolt includes a housing body including a handle. A chuck is rotatably connected to the housing body. An actuation system is operatively connected to the chuck for rotating the chuck. A tool element is held by the chuck, the tool element configured to engage the fastener bolt. An alignment tool is connected to the chuck. The alignment tool includes a chuck receiving portion having an opening extending therethrough in which the chuck is located and a bit receiving portion having an opening extending therethrough in which the tool element is located. An end of the tool element extends beyond an end of the bit receiving portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Ivor McGuire, Juan Manuel Molina