Including Discrete, Separately Usable Inserted Portions Patents (Class 81/439)
  • Patent number: 10675009
    Abstract: Devices and methods for organizing a plurality of end effectors and selectively delivering them through surgical trocars are described herein. In one embodiment, a surgical end effector loading device is provided that includes at least one mating element to interface with a surgical trocar, a deployment lumen positioned to align with a working channel of a surgical trocar, an end effector repository having a plurality of end effector lumens formed therein to receive end effectors, the repository being configured to selectively align any of the plurality of end effector lumens with the deployment lumen, and an advancer coupled to the repository and configured to advance an end effector from the repository through the deployment lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Hess, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Ryan A. Bledsoe, Jeffrey L. Savage, Craig T. Gates, Douglas E. Withers
  • Patent number: 10328554
    Abstract: A cleanable reversible socket and driver for a hex head fastener having a driver shank with a hex shaped shaft, or otherwise splined, having a tool mounting end and a socket mounting end and a collar therebetween. A cleanable reversible socket is provided having a hex, or otherwise splined, passage therethrough rotationally lockable with the similarly shaped driver shank shaft. The socket is removably, nonrotatably mountable onto the driver shank shaft at the socket mounting end up to the collar having two different sized hex socket ends. A magnet on the socket mounting end of the driver shank is to be located at a bottom of one of the two hex socket ends when the socket is mounted on the driver shank to hold the hex head fastener in one of the socket ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Malco Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Thomas Todd, Dennis Glenn Geurts, Lucas Daniel Runke
  • Patent number: 10076835
    Abstract: A storage device includes at least one cartridge defining a cavity for receiving at least one storage item. A receiver defines at least one cell for receiving the at least one cartridge, and a passageway extends longitudinally along the center of the receiver to an opening defined in an external surface of the receiver. Magnets are secured to the receiver and at least one cartridge for magnetically biasing the at least one cartridge in a first position in the at least one cell wherein the cavity is not aligned with the passageway, and in a second position in the at least one cell wherein the cavity is aligned with the passageway. In one application, the storage device is adapted for storing bits in a multi-bit screwdriver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Wheelfloat, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Snook, Thomas G. Fulbright
  • Patent number: 9242326
    Abstract: A tool change magazine for a motor-driven machine tool, in particular a handheld machine tool with a tool which is to be driven in rotation, has an annular or drum-shaped housing. The housing is rotatable about its longitudinal axis. The tool change magazine also includes tool chambers arranged within the housing and each configured to slidably receive a tool. The housing includes regions formed from a transparent material. The tool chambers are arranged in the housing at the regions formed from the transparent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Attila Nagy, Hendrik Hesse
  • Patent number: 9221167
    Abstract: A screw bit holder includes a handle. The handle has a chamber at an upper part thereof. The handle includes a first fixing rod fixed at a lower end thereof for mounting a screw bit. A fixing shaft is provided in the chamber of the handle for fixing a plurality of screw bits. The fixing shaft comprises a second fixing rod at one end thereof. The second fixing rod is adapted to fix the screw bit for timepiece. The screw bit holder further comprises a fixing disc. The fixing disc has a central through hole. The fixing disc is fitted on the outside of the fixing shaft through the through hole. The fixing disc has a plurality of fixing troughs around an outer side thereof. The screw bits are secured through the fixing troughs. The screw bits can be stored in the handle to prevent them from losing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: SHANGHAI EASY-USE TOOLS ENTERPRISE CO., LTD
    Inventor: Shiyu Sun
  • Patent number: 9090136
    Abstract: A hitch pin for use in a hitch assembly is provided. The hitch pin includes a first end portion, a second end portion, and a transition portion. The size of the first end portion is different relative to the size of the second end portion. The two end portions are configured to fit different size apertures defined by a hitch assembly component. In further examples, the hitch pin can include a first end portion, a second end portion, a third end portion, and a transition portion. The first end portion is of a different size relative to both the second end portion and the third end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Winston Products LLC
    Inventors: Winston Breeden, Robert Johnson
  • Patent number: 9084646
    Abstract: An anchoring device and method for attaching an object to a bone comprises an anchoring member having proximal and distal ends, with the proximal end being adapted to hold the object to the bone while the distal end is in the bone, and a locking member having proximal and distal ends, with the proximal end adapted to secure the anchoring member into the bone and oppose its pull-out or loosening by stopping its backing or preventing its unscrewing while the distal end is in the bone. Also provided are first and second fasteners, with the first fastener adapted to fit to the proximal end of the anchoring member, and the second fastener adapted to fit to the proximal end of the locking member. The end of the second fastener can have an angle that matches an angle of the locking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Lionel C. Sevrain
  • Patent number: 9061401
    Abstract: A hex wrench includes a handle with a first twist portion having a substantially helical profile through an entire length thereof, a head with a second twist portion having a substantially helical profile through an entire length thereof, and a curved transition portion connected between the handle and the head. A first mounting portion which is a regular hexagonal prism and non-twisted extends integrally from the handle, and a second mounting portion which is a regular hexagonal prism and non-twisted extends integrally from the head. As such, the hex wrench has greater strength and stiffness without reducing its malleability so as to prevent the hex wrench from being cracked or broken due to an excessive applying force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Liang-Hui Lin
  • Publication number: 20150075333
    Abstract: A wrench tool for screwdriver bits contains a body, a biasing member, and an elastic element. The body includes a tool seat received in an end portion thereof, the tool seat includes a fitting groove defined on a first end thereof and fitting with screwdriver bits, the fitting groove has a locking structure for retaining the screwdriver bits, and the tool seat further includes a second end communicating with the fitting groove. The biasing member is secured on the second end of the tool seat, the biasing member has a pushing portion fixed on a first end thereof and extending out of the fitting groove and has a pressing portion disposed on a second end thereof and pressed to push the screwdriver bits. The elastic element is mounted on the second end of the tool seat and used to push the biasing member to move back to an original position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Wei-Lin Chen
  • Publication number: 20150052686
    Abstract: The tool includes a body having an aperture disposed transversely there-through and tool bits disposed at either end. In use two tools are mated together by disposing the end of one tool through the aperture of another, thereby forming a tool having an operative portion and a torque handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Brian Williams Davis
  • Publication number: 20140352501
    Abstract: An anti-slip fastener driver includes a body portion and a driving portion formed at one terminal end of the body portion. The driving portion includes at least one peripheral face. At least one contact face is formed at one distal end of the driving portion opposite to the body portion. The contact face is beveled and at an inner included angle less than 90 degrees to the peripheral face. The contact face is adapted to abut against a terminal section of a bottom surface of a socket formed in a fastener to increase contact area between the socket and the anti-slip fastener driver for providing enough friction to turn the fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: New Way Tools Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ping-Wen Huang
  • Patent number: 8869657
    Abstract: A driver handle includes stored bits and passages to retain the bits during a transition from storage to use. A rod extends from the rear of each bit and an enlarged bulb is formed on the end of each rod. The passages provide passage of the bulb and a narrow slot reaching from the passage to the exterior of the driver handle allowing passage of the rod. The bits are thus movably retained in the driver handle and may be withdrawn while leaving the bulb in the handle. The bit is then moved to a shaft extending from the handle for use and the bulb slides through the passage without escaping from the driver handle preventing the bit from being separated from the driver handle and being misplaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Mohamad Matar
  • Patent number: 8856994
    Abstract: A hand tool with a handle with an inner cavity, a tool bit holder removably secured within the inner cavity and having a first end adapted for receiving a first reversible tool bit and a second end adapted for receiving a second reversible tool bit, wherein a first reversible tool bit may be removably secured within an inner cavity positioned within the first end of the tool bit holder using a circular spring clip extending around an outer surface of the first end of the tool bit holder, wherein a second reversible tool bit may be removably secured within an inner cavity positioned within the second end of the tool bit holder, wherein the first reversible tool bit has a first punch down blade and a second punch down blade, and wherein the outer diameter of the first end of the tool bit holder is 0.532 inches or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Klein Tools, Inc.
    Inventor: Konrad Powers
  • Patent number: 8813614
    Abstract: A multi-bit tool (1) including a housing (2) and a drive input shaft (3). The housing incorporates at least two storage recesses (5) accessible from outside the housing. The housing may include a first (6) and a second (7) socket, each axially aligned with the drive input shaft, the first socket being smaller than the second socket and positioned intermediate the second socket and the drive input shaft such that tool bits (4) driven by the first socket pass through the second socket to drivably engage with the first socket. It is preferable that the storage recesses communicate with a central bore to permit the active bit to be internally interchanged. To this end the housing may further incorporate a bore axially aligned with the drive input shaft and the first and second sockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Crewe-Tech Pty Ltd
    Inventor: William Crewe
  • Patent number: 8806991
    Abstract: A multi-bit tool comprises a housing having a bit chuck with a bit-receiving opening. A substantially rigid main frame member defines a plurality of longitudinal channels and is disposed within the housing such that each of the plurality of longitudinal channels is generally aligned along the longitudinal axis of the multi-bit tool. A plurality of spring loaded actuator mechanisms are mounted in rigidly retained relation within one channel of the frame member. Each spring loaded actuator mechanism has a carriage member movable between a rearward position and a forward position, and a trigger member movable between a rest position, a forward triggering position and a rearward triggering position. The carriage member is moved to its rearward position by movement of the trigger member to its rearward triggering position and the carriage member is moved to its forward position by movement of the trigger member to its forward triggering position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Gerard Grand
  • Patent number: 8783138
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to tool bit holders that generally include a tool bit cartridge defined by side walls located opposite and facing away from each other, and at least one end wall that defines a curved, angled or staggered geometry. The exemplary tool bit holders generally include a pivot point located on the side walls of the tool bit cartridge. The tool bit cartridge includes tool bit storage holes in the at least one end wall. The tool bit cartridge generally rotates about the pivot point within a cavity of a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Robyn Marie Johnson
  • Patent number: 8752456
    Abstract: Device for deployment of alternate tool heads having a tool bar, bias element, tool bar case, tool bar case removable cap, and tool bar locking pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: William Andrew Turnbo
  • Publication number: 20140144299
    Abstract: A dual-head tool has a handle with a longitudinal bore extending longitudinally its entire length. A shaft is housed within the bore and may be slid longitudinally to expose either of its two tool heads, but not both simultaneously. A lock arm is pushed down so that it is flush with the shaft and handle and a cam on the lock arm engages a recess in the shaft so that the shaft is firmly held extending out of one side of the handle to allow use of one of the tool heads. The head of the lock arm covers the open end of the bore not in use. A piston biased by a spring engages a keyway in the shaft to prevent the shaft from being removed from the bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: GRX INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Douglas Palmisano
  • Patent number: 8733216
    Abstract: A depth setter bit holder formed in accordance with the present disclosure includes a main bit holder body having a first receptacle, a drive bit removably receivable within the first receptacle of the main bit holder, and a depth setter body removably securable on the main bit holder body such that the depth setter body partially encloses the drive bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Jore Corporation
    Inventor: Nathan C. Cantlon
  • Patent number: 8640574
    Abstract: A device includes a body having a first end, a second end, and four faces. The device is configured to stand upright on the second end. A plurality of tools is stored against the four faces in a closed position. A first face and a second face each includes a bit storage that holds at least one socket. A third face includes a drive, a can opener, and a blade. The drive and the can opener rotate about a first rotatable mechanism coupled to the second end. The blade rotates about an insert coupled to the first end. A fourth face includes a first set of tool drivers that rotates about a second rotatable mechanism coupled to the second end and a second set of tool drivers that rotates about a third rotatable mechanism coupled to the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Wagic, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Johnson, Robert J. Gallegos, Steven Simas Escobar, Idriss Mansouri-Chafik Ruiz, Yugen Patrick Lockhart
  • Patent number: 8616096
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a hand-held tool that may be held in the palm of a hand, the hand-held tool being of adequate length and size to allow users to comfortably transfer the tool from a palm grip to a pen grip to maintain the use of the fingers and the thumb when the hand tool is stored in the palm. The hand tool is also equipped with a retractable or nonretractable torque drive shaft designed to allow the fingers and thumb of a user to be rotated freely when the tool is in palm grip and capable of transmitting torque through the housing when an axial pressure force is placed along the drive shaft to engage the tool head with the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Loggerhead Tools LLC
    Inventor: Daniel P. Brown
  • Patent number: 8601916
    Abstract: A multifunctional hand tool includes a first vertical handle and a second handle transversely connected with an upper end of the first handle. A sleeve extends from a lower end of the first handle for inserting various screwdriver bits therein. The second handle has a long grip section and a short grip section at two ends. A hammering body is disposed on an end face of the long grip section. A fitting member is disposed on an end face of the short grip section for inserting various tool accessories therein. The multifunctional hand tool can be conveniently used as various tools with different functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Chieh-Lung Chen
  • Patent number: 8534166
    Abstract: A screwdriver for an inherent tool bit set includes a screwdriver device, a cover member and at least one control set. The screwdriver device has an accommodating portion at one end. A plurality of accommodating rooms is formed on the accommodating portion for receiving a tool bit set. At least one spring room is deposited on the accommodating portion. The screwdriver device has a working shaft at another end. The cover member has a receiving space. At least one through hole is opened on the cover member. The through hole corresponds to the spring room. The control set is assembled between the spring room and the through hole. Thus, a user presses the control set into the spring rooms for separating the cover member from the screwdriver device and takes a tool bit to assemble to the working shaft for screwing or loosing bolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Shao-Hsien Hsu
  • Publication number: 20130199343
    Abstract: A multi-bit tool (1) including a housing (2) and a drive input shaft (3). The housing incorporates at least two storage recesses (5) accessible from outside the housing. The housing may include a first (6) and a second (7) socket, each axially aligned with the drive input shaft, the first socket being smaller than the second socket and positioned intermediate the second socket and the drive input shaft such that tool bits (4) driven by the first socket pass through the second socket to drivably engage with the first socket. It is preferable that the storage recesses communicate with a central bore to permit the active bit to be internally interchanged. To this end the housing may further incorporate a bore axially aligned with the drive input shaft and the first and second sockets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Crewe-Tech Pty Ltd
    Inventor: William Crewe
  • Patent number: 8490523
    Abstract: A locking folding tool is disclosed. The folding tool comprises a housing having a pair of sidewalls in spaced relation to each other, and a support extending transversely between the pair of sidewalls. The folding tool may further have a plurality of work tools pivotally supported by the support. As such, the support may define a pivot axis for the work tools. Each work tool may further have an associated lock engaging member. The folding tool may also include a lock member movable between a first position and a second position. When the lock member is in the first position, it may engage the lock engaging members so that each of the work tools is inhibited from pivoting about the support. When the lock member is in the second position, it may disengage the lock engaging member so that the work tools are pivotable about the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Tsai, Thomas Pelletier
  • Patent number: 8468915
    Abstract: A tool box includes a body having a front end spaced from a force-receiving portion. The body includes first and second sides and two lateral walls. The lateral walls, the front end, and the force-receiving portion are integrally formed as a single and inseparable component of the same material. The front end includes a compartment. A receiving space is defined between the lateral walls and has an opening in the second side or the force-receiving portion. A ratcheting mechanism includes a main body mounted in the body and a ratchet wheel rotatably received in the main body. The ratchet wheel is located in a quarter corner of the body adjacent to the front end and the first side. A driving groove is defined in the ratchet wheel for engaging and driving a shank to rotate. A bit-receiving rack is removably received in the receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Bobby Hu
  • Patent number: 8443508
    Abstract: A punch down tool, a receiver for a punch down tool, and a work end adapter for a punch down tool, for terminating electrical conductors and turning fasteners, are disclosed. The work end adapter is adapted to receive standard tool bits and standard finned shaft tips. The punch down tool is adapted to receive standard blades and to receive the work end adapter. When installed in the punch down tool, the work end adapter rotates only with the punch down tool, and will not rotate independently of the punch down tool. The punch down tool has an impact mechanism and a lock-out button to prevent the tool's impact mechanism from operating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: T3 Innovation LLC
    Inventors: Ron Vogel, Garrick Sillers
  • Patent number: 8413549
    Abstract: A revolving screwdriver with ratchet structure includes a handle, a pushing rod, and a sliding member. The sliding member has a receiving space and a holding chamber defined therein. A revolving cylinder is received in the holding chamber. The receiving space receives at least one ratchet wheel, two rotators, a limiting member, a base, and an adjuster. The at least one ratchet wheel engages with a driving shaft. The rotators selectively engage with the at least one ratchet wheel. The limiting member locates between the rotators and has a protrusion formed thereon. A base has a first guiding slot defined therein. The adjuster has a driving hole defined therein. The protrusion passes through the first guiding slot and the driving hole for being driven by the adjuster and moving along the first guiding slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Yi Jhen Chen
  • Patent number: 8408098
    Abstract: A ratchet device includes a body having a compartment extending along a first axis. A ratchet member is rotatably received in the compartment about the first axis. The body includes first and second sides each having a receptacle in communication with the compartment. A ratchet block is received in each receptacle. A control member is received in a groove in a top side of the body. The groove is in communication with the compartment via an opening. The control member is movable between three positions along an axis perpendicular to but spaced from the first axis to disengage a toothed portion of either of the ratchet blocks from teeth on the ratchet member so as to control the driving direction of the ratchet device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Bobby Hu
  • Patent number: 8359954
    Abstract: A device includes a body having a first end, a second end, and four faces. The device is configured to stand upright on the second end. A plurality of tools is stored against the four faces in a closed position. A first face and a second face each includes a bit storage that holds at least one socket. A third face includes a drive, a can opener, and a blade. The drive and the can opener rotate about a first rotatable mechanism coupled to the second end. The blade rotates about an insert coupled to the first end. A fourth face includes a first set of tool drivers that rotates about a second rotatable mechanism coupled to the second end and a second set of tool drivers that rotates about a third rotatable mechanism coupled to the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Wagic, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Johnson, Robert J. Gallegos, Steven Simas Escobar, Idriss Mansouri-Chafik Ruiz, Yugen Patrick Lockhart
  • Patent number: 8342065
    Abstract: A six-in-one multi bit screwdriver that is the size of a pen with a pocket clip to fit the tool in the pocket. Furthermore, the pocket clip pivots 90 to become a handle and contents the traditional screwdriver to a mini ratcheting screwdriver that provides the leverage to turn the most stubborn screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Mike Shaulov
  • Patent number: 8250950
    Abstract: The hand tool (1) has a body (7), and a chuck (4) with an axial opening (3) on an axis of the tool. A tool element (2) is movable between a retracted position generally within the body, and an extended operative position wherein the tool element extends through the axial opening and chuck, the chuck having a stop (15) for blocking further extension of the tool element once in its operative position. A movable means (16) blocks the tool element against retraction when in the operative position, the movable means being dislodgeable when retraction is desired, to a position where the movable means no longer blocks the tool element against retraction. In the preferred embodiment, the hand tool has multiple tool elements (six for example), spaced around the axis of the tool. Each tool element, when extended, has a proximal end which abuts the distal end (14) of an axial post in the handle of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Duron Plastics Limited
    Inventor: Gary P. Cluthe
  • Patent number: 8220368
    Abstract: A screwdriver is convenient for changing various heads. The heads can be easily detached from the screwdriver, and mounted to the screwdriver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yun-Jing Chen
  • Patent number: 8220135
    Abstract: There is disclosed an impact termination tool, a receiver for an impact termination tool, and a work end adapter for an impact termination tool. The work end adapter is adapted to receive standard tool bits and standard finned shaft tips. The impact termination tool is adapted to receive standard impact termination blades and to receive the work end adapter. When installed in the impact termination tool, the work end adapter rotates only with the impact termination tool, and will not rotate independently of the impact termination tool. The impact termination tool has a spring-loaded impact mechanism and a lock-out button to prevent the tool's impact mechanism from operating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: T3 Innovation LLC
    Inventors: Ron Vogel, Garrick Sillers
  • Publication number: 20120111158
    Abstract: A six-in-one multi bit screwdriver that is the size of a pen with a pocket clip to fit the tool in the pocket. Furthermore, the pocket clip pivots 90 to become a handle and converts the traditional screwdriver to a mini ratcheting screwdriver that provides the leverage to turn the most stubborn screw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventor: Mike Shaulov
  • Patent number: 8136430
    Abstract: A retractable screwdriver includes a handle, a positioning member, an operation ring, a shank, a sleeve and a drive socket. The positioning member includes a first opening and a second opening respectively defined through a wall thereof and communicating with the passage. The length of the first opening is shorter than that of the second opening. A first wall is formed at the first opening and a second wall is formed at the second opening. The first and second walls are located on different radial planes and have a distance defined therebetween in a radial direction. The opening ring is obliquely located in the passage and biased by the second spring to keep an inclination of the operation ring. The operation ring has its contact edge to contact the shank so as to achieve the purpose of adjustment of the shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Chung-Te Hu
  • Publication number: 20120060656
    Abstract: A dual drive bit is formed as an integral body which includes a drive end which is shaped and configured for engagement with a fastener and an opposite driven end. The driven end includes an internal socket and an external, shaped surface enabling the drive bit to be driven by engaging the internal socket by a socket drive or externally by a wrench. Intermediate the drive end and the driven end is an intermediate or medial section of the body which includes a flange that extends at least in part radially beyond the circumference of the driven end to enable a user to positively engage the driven end and force it axially into engagement with a fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: Lisle Corporation
    Inventor: Wen-lung Chang
  • Patent number: 8096213
    Abstract: A body having one or more apertures to receive a variety of detachable utility inserts. The body being shaped with a spherical ball retainer member and/or a torsion bar for engaging a corresponding spherical indentation and notch formed on the utility insert. The body further including a lever for locking and unlocking the utility insert from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventor: Neil Miers
  • Publication number: 20110252928
    Abstract: A bit holder and an interchangeable bit that can pivot or articulate relative to the bit holder. The bit holder includes a multi-depth socket for receiving the interchangeable bit. The different depths of the socket determine whether the interchangeable bit operates as a straight-on bit or an off-angle bit. An outer sleeve can slide along a longitudinal axis of a shaft to change the depth of the socket. Alternatively, opposite ends of the bit holder have different depth sockets for receiving the interchangeable bit and/or a shank portion. By flipping over the bit holder, the interchangeable bit can operate as either a straight-on bit or an off-angle bit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: Bondhus Corporation
    Inventors: Mike Blackston, Mark Petroske
  • Patent number: 8037789
    Abstract: A drywall anchor installation device comprising, inter alia, a main driver member configured to engage a Philips head screw top, a plunger member configured to engage a Philips head screw top, and a plunger member guiding mechanism including a compression spring and a guide pin. In operation, the main driver member engages a drywall anchor at the Philips head indentation and the plunger member extends inside the axial bore of the anchor until contacting the interior surface of the axial bore or the closed end of the anchor. Once contact is made with the closed end of the anchor, the compression spring of the plunger guiding mechanism is engaged, stabilizing the anchor as the anchor is driven into the wall. Once the anchor is driven into the wall, the plunger member is used to drive the anchor screw without having to adjust the driving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Inventor: Jonathan Paul Tanger
  • Publication number: 20110232425
    Abstract: A folding tool includes two support plates, a ratchet driver pivotally mounted between the two support plates, a rotation seat rotatably mounted between the two support plates, and a plurality of tips each removably mounted on the rotation seat and each detachably mounted on the ratchet driver. The ratchet driver drives each of the tips to rotate in the operation direction only and idles in the opposite direction so that each of the tips can rotate the screw member in the operation direction successively so as to screw or unscrew the screw member easily and quickly. Thus, when the folding tool is used in a smaller space, each of the tips is driven by the ratchet driver to rotate the screw member in the operation direction successively and to screw or unscrew the screw member easily and quickly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventors: Maan-Jyi Chang, Paul Chang
  • Publication number: 20110214539
    Abstract: A multi-bit tool comprises a housing having a bit chuck with a bit-receiving opening. A substantially rigid main frame member defines a plurality of longitudinal channels and is disposed within the housing such that each of the plurality of longitudinal channels is generally aligned along the longitudinal axis of the multi-bit tool. A plurality of spring loaded actuator mechanisms are mounted in rigidly retained relation within one channel of the frame member. Each spring loaded actuator mechanism has a carriage member movable between a rearward position and a forward position, and a trigger member movable between a rest position, a forward triggering position and a rearward triggering position. The carriage member is moved to its rearward position by movement of the trigger member to its rearward triggering position and the carriage member is moved to its forward position by movement of the trigger member to its forward triggering position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2009
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventor: Gerard Grand
  • Patent number: 7950311
    Abstract: A screwdriver kit includes a main body which has a first end adapted for connecting to a tool and a second end. A column projects from the second end and has an opening formed therein longitudinally. A linkage has a first end and a second end, with the second end of the linkage slideably received in the opening. A cap member, which has the second end of the linkage installed therein, is movable between a first position and a second position. The cap member is coupled to the main body when the cap member is in the first position. The cap member is detached from the main body along the linkage when the cap member is moved toward the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventor: Tsai-Ching Chen
  • Patent number: 7946203
    Abstract: A circular, cylindrically shaped tool handle holds multiple sizes of tools. The handle includes one or more holding slots each positioned on the outer surface into which tools are inserted and held. Each holding slot includes one or more contoured compartments in which tools rest when engaged with the handle. Each contoured compartment is of a size and dimension which corresponds to one or more tool sizes. Each contoured compartment is formed about a corresponding receiving hole. A lock is positioned over the contoured compartment to irremovably confine the short leg of the hexagonal wrench within the contoured compartment. Hexagonal shaped tools other than wrenches are able to be used with the handle of the present invention such as screwdrivers and socket wrenches. A tool container stores the tools and the tool handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Wagic, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Johnson, Robert J. Gallegos, Steven Simas Escobar, Anders Scot Hudson, Idriss Mansouri-Chafik Ruiz, Yugen Patrick Lockhart, Howard Allen Wilson, Eric M. Colton
  • Patent number: 7938045
    Abstract: A driving tool including a guide groove shaped as a long hole receives a driver bit such that a portion thereof excluding its support is projectable outside of the handle body. The base material has the outline shape of the supporter of the driver bit and is formed so that it might project to the inner side in the inside wall of the circumference wall by the side of the central part of the guide groove of the top plate of the cap. The locking piece is formed in the inner wall of the open end of the cap so that it can stop the rotation part which can prevent a plurality of driver bits from entering the guide groove of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Marushin Hong Kong Limited
    Inventor: Takashi Itoh
  • Publication number: 20110088519
    Abstract: A tool box includes a body having a front end and a force-receiving portion spaced from the front end. The body further includes first and second sides and two lateral walls. The lateral walls, the front end, and the force-receiving portion are integrally formed as a single and inseparable component of the same material. The front end includes a compartment. A receiving space is defined between the lateral walls and has an opening in the second side or the force-receiving portion. A ratcheting mechanism includes a main body mounted in the body and a ratchet wheel rotatably received in the main body. The ratchet wheel is located in a quarter corner of the body adjacent to the front end and the first side. A driving groove is defined in the ratchet wheel for engaging and driving a shank to rotate. A bit-receiving rack is removably received in the receiving space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Bobby Hu
  • Publication number: 20110088522
    Abstract: A tool includes a driving member with a protrusion. A shaft is removably connectable to the protrusion. The shaft includes a bit driving segment for retention of a bit therein. A handle includes a first handle portion and a second handle portion, both of which are pivotally connected to the driving member such that the first and second handle portions at least partially encompass the shaft when in a closed position. A bit retention member is disposed in at least one of the handle portions to retain the bit therein. The bit is insertable into the bit driving segment. At least one notch is fashioned into at least one of the handle portions. The notch is in register with the at least one bit retention member, permitting a user to access the at least one bit retained therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Christopher Sean FLOYD
  • Publication number: 20110083536
    Abstract: A screwdriver with a dual headed axial shaft allows for easy alternation between two screwdriver heads while maintaining the traditional screwdriver design. An axial shaft member having two screwdriver heads located at opposite distal ends of the axial shaft member is sized to snuggly slide through a longitudinal channel extending between opposite ends of the screwdriver handle. A locking mechanism on the screwdriver handle serves to lock the axial shaft member within the screwdriver handle, thereby safely exposing one of the two screwdriver heads at a time. A user can then release the locking mechanism and slide the axial shaft member within the screwdriver handle, exposing the second screwdriver head at the opposite end of the axial shaft member. The shaft member is then locked into place by the automatically engaging locking mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventor: Douglas Palmisano
  • Publication number: 20110079116
    Abstract: A retractable screwdriver includes a handle, a positioning member, an operation ring, a shank, a sleeve and a drive socket. The positioning member includes a first opening and a second opening respectively defined through a wall thereof and communicating with the passage. The length of the first opening is shorter than that of the second opening. A first wall is formed at the first opening and a second wall is formed at the second opening. The first and second walls are located on different radial planes and have a distance defined therebetween in a radial direction. The opening ring is obliquely located in the passage and biased by the second spring to keep an inclination of the operation ring. The operation ring has its contact edge to contact the shank so as to achieve the purpose of adjustment of the shank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventor: CHENG-TE HU
  • Publication number: 20110067530
    Abstract: A multi-function tool includes an extendible and retractable portion that becomes offset from a centerline position of the handle when in the offset position. A locking mechanism allows the workman to offset the shaft from a centerline position of the handle, or retract the shaft back into the handle into a centerline position. While the shaft is in the extended and offset position, the shaft rotates freely in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. When the shaft is retracted in the straight centerline position, a ratchet mechanism or gear box restricts shaft rotation in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction, or allows rotation in either direction. The shaft can be extended and offset by means of a spring or other device that allows the locking mechanism to offset automatically or semi-automatically when the locking mechanism is activated. The shaft allows the workman to interchange bits or sockets for multiple applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: Eric Matthew Alvarez