US 1161963 A
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R. L. PEBLEY.
APPLICATION FILED MAY 11. 1913.
1,161,963. Patented m. 30, 1915.
awe/whoa IioZe-rt L. lfilezy) 7 ROBERT L. PE LEY, or LA FAYETTE, OREGON.
GO O SEBERRY- CLEANER.
To all whom it may concern: V V. Be it known that 1, ROBERT. L. PEBLEY,*3
citizen of the United States, residingatLa Fayette, in the county of Yamhill and State of Oregon, have inventednew and useful Improvements in Gooseberry -Cleaners, of:
which the following is a specification.
This invention has relation to gooseberry cleaners and it consists in the novel features hereinafter described and claimed. 1 An object of the invention is to provid a cleaner of the character indicated of simple and cheap structure which may be easily operated to efliciently clean gooseberries or simllar berrles to remove grit, leaves, sticks,
- blossoms, etc., therefrom.
With these and other objects in view the device includes a base having standards mounted thereon. A shaft is journaled in the upper portions of the standards and may be readily detached therefrom. Heads are fixed to the shaft and a handle is connected with one end of the shaft. Spaced slats are attached at their ends to the peripheries of the heads and the said heads are provided with peripheral notches. Sections are adapted to fit in these notches and are connected together by spaced slats. Handle grips or cleats are fixed to the outer surfaces of the sections and spring catches are carried by the heads and are adapted to engage the said cleats. The sections are hingedly' connected with the heads and when they are closed in the gaps they are in alinement with the planes of the heads. The heads are provided with diametrically disposed braces to which the said catches are attached and these braces are cut away at their edges in order to provide room for the catches to operate.
In the accompanying drawing, Figure 1 is a perspective view of the gooseberry cleaner. Fig. 2 is a vertical sectional View of the same. 1 Fig. 3 is a transverse sectional view of the same.
The cleaner comprises a base 1 which supports standards 2. The standards 2 are provided at their upper ends with notches 3; A
shaft 4 is journaled in the notches 3 and a crank handle 5 is attachedto one end of the said shaft.
Spaced heads 6 are mounted upon the shaft 1 and are generally circular in side elevation. The heads 6 are connected together by spaced slats 7 which are secured at their ends to the peripheries of the heads 6. The heads are provided with peripheral I Specification of Letters Patent. Patented 30, 1 915.
Application filed May 17,1913. Se'ria1No.7'68,319.
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gaps 8 in which sections 9 are adapted to. fit
snugly. The sections 9 are connected together by spaced slats similar to the slats 7 hereinbeforepmentioned. Hinges 10 connect theylie in the same plane with the'heads so i that the space between the heads and within the slats isunobstructed. The sections 9 are provided uponv their outer sides with handle grips or cleats 11. Braces 12 are secured to the outer sides of the heads 6 and extend diametrically across the same. Resilient catches 13 are secured to the braces 12 and areadapted to engage the cleats 11 and hold the sections 9 in closed position in the gaps 8.
The operation of the cleaner is as follows: The catches 13 are moved away from the cleats 11 and the sections 9 are swung out of the gaps 8 whereby the slats carried by the said sections are moved away from the shaft 1. The uncleaned berries are deposited in the space between the slats 7 which are connected with the heads 6 and between the heads and then the sections 9 are swung back into the gaps As the cleats 11 move along the end portions of the catches 13, they held in the gaps and the slats carried by the cleats are held in circular alinement with the slats 7 mounted upon the heads. The shaft 4 is then rotated by using the crank handle 5 and thus the berries contained within the cleaner are agitated or rolled. This movement will separate the sticks, grit, leaves,
etc., from the berries and the berries will be carried around upon the inner surfaces of the slats 7 while the said sticks, grit, etc., will gravitate through the spaces between the slats and fall upon the base or the ground. After the berrieshave been thoroughly cleaned as above indicated, the sections 9 areswung awayfrom the gaps as above described and the cleaned berries may be removed from the device.
It will be seen that the shaft 1 is the only" member which extends into the space between the heads 6 and between the slats 7, consequently there are no obstructions or projections to injure the berries during the process of cleaning the same.
The cleats 11 stand out from the sides of -the sections 9 and the catches l3 engage the cleats in the vicinity of the free ends of the sections when the said sections are in closed positions upon the head 6. When it is desired to detach the catches from the cleats the cleats are grasped between the palms and fingers of the hands and by pressing the thumbs outwardly against the catches, both catches are simultaneously disengaged from the cleats. At the same time the cleats remain in the-hands of the operator and the head may be held stationary or by using the cleats and the sections 9 the body of the cleaner may be turned to dump its contents.
Having thus described the invention what is cla med 1s: V s
A cleaner comprising a body having heads 7 the planes occupied by the body portions of the heads, cleats mounted upon the outer sides of the sections and standing out from the same, and resilient catches mounted upon the head and engageable with the cleats in the vicinity of the free ends of the sections, said cleats having end portions disposed between the hinges of the sections and the catches when the sections are closed and adapted to be used as grips for moving the catches'and swinging the sections to open position.- x Y v V In testimony whereof I afiix my signature in presence of two witnesses.
' Witnesses J. E. BU'RDETI',
RosINA L. M11.LER.
Copies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents.
- ROBERT L. EBL Y,