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J. BABITZKY. LIFTING DEVICE. APPLICATION FILED JAN. 31, 1914.
Patented July 21. 1914.
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JOSEIS BABITZKY, OF CLEVELAND, OHIO.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Application filed January 31, 1914. Serial No. 815,707.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, J OSEF BABITZKY, citizen of the United States, residing at Cleveland in the county of Cuyahoga and State of Ohio, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Lifting Devices, of which the following is a specification.
This invention is a lifting device particu larly adapted for lifting or picking up small articles such as store goods, cans, spittoons, trash or the like, and embodies a pair of pivoted jaws carried at the front end of a rod provided at the other end with a handle, and with improved means for operating the jaws to grasp an article.
The invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings in which- Figure 1 is a side elevation of the device. Fig. 2 is a front end view. Fig. 3 is an end view of the jaws. Fig. 4: is a detail in section.
Referring specifically to the'drawings, 6 indicates a rod provided at its rear end with a handle 7 At its front end the rod is provided with a pair of jaws or arms 8 which may be properly shaped to grip the articles to be'grasped. Each of these jaws preferably consists of a piece of sheet metal bent to channel form and provided at its inner end with ears 9 through which extends the pivot pin 10 which connects said jaws to the flattened end of the rod 6. A spring 11 lies in the channels of the arms and is coiled around the pin 10 and serves to normally hold the jaws in open position.
A tube 12 is slidable upon the rod 6 and incloses the same. At its front end this tube is provided with a fork 13, the branches of which are flattened transversely and fit at their ends within slots or notches 1 f formed in the adjacent angle or corner of the arms or jaws 8, the branches of the fork pressing against said jaws, within the notches. At the rear end, the tube 12 has a projection 15 which is pressed by an adjusting screw 16 carried at the end of a bent or bell crank lever 17 which is fulcrumed at 18 on a bracket 19 projecting from the rod 6. The
lever is formed of pressed or channeled sheet metal, with the projection 15 fitting between the flanges adjacent the adjusting screw. The opposite end of the lever extends toward the handle in convenient position to be operated by the thumb of the hand grasping the handle.
In operation, when the hand lever is pressedit acts to slide the tube forwardly on the rod, and the fork at the end thereof presses against the jaws and swings the same closed, the jaws turning on the pivot by which they are attached. to the rod. When the pressure on the thumb lever is released the spring opens the jaws and restores the parts to original position.
The device will be found very convenient for reaching and lifting articles from shelves or from the ground, or other inconvenient locations.
What I claim as new is:
1. A lifter comprising a rod, a pair of jaws pivoted to one end thereof, a spring tending to open the jaws a tube slidable on the rod and having a fork at its front end the branches of which press against the jaws to close the same when the tube is advanced, and a lever operating between the tube and the rod, to advance the former.
2. A lifter comprising a rod, apair of jaws pivoted toone end thereof, said jaws having notches in the rear side thereof, a spring tending to open the jaws, and a tube slidable on the rod and having a fork at its front end the branches of which fit in said notches and act to close the jaws when the tube is advanced.
In testimony whereof, I do affix my signature in presence of two witnesses.
J OHN A. BOMMHARDT, D. C. REED.
Copies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents,
Washington, D. G.
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