US 1443004 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
'FILED DE Jan. 23, 1923.
Patented dan. 23, 19223.
SHELBYGHATTERTON, OF NEWARK, OHIO.
.Application le December 10, 1921.
To LZ whom it may concern:
lle it known that l, SHELBY Crnirrnnron, a citizen of the United States, and resident of Newark, iny the county of Licking and State of hiO, have invented certain new and useful improvements in Clothesline Reels, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description.
My invention relates to new and useful improvements in combined clothes-line reels and housings therefor, and one of the objects of the invention is to provide a device of this character which will greatly facilitate the putting up and taking down of a clothes-line, and which will also thoroughly protect the clothes-line when the same is reeled.
Another object of my invention is to provide two speeds for operating the reel whereby the high speed mayv be employed for reeling in the line, or for raising the line when it is comparatively light; while; the low speed is for raising the line when it is full of wet clothes, and also for drawing the line taut so Ithat a long line full of clothes may be drawn sufficiently tight to avoid the necessity of using props on the line.
Still another object of the invention is to provide means whereby the reel will be held against rotation after the line has been drawn taut.
Other and further objects of the invention will appear as the description proceeds.
For a more complete description of the. invention reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings; in which.
Figure l is a front view of the housing and operating mechanism, the door being `partly broken away to show the reel.
Figure 2 is a vertical transverse sectional view takenl on line 2--2 of Figure 1, and looking in the direction of the arrows; and,
Figure 3 is an end elevation of the housing and operating mechanism.
Referring' to the drawings more in detail, numeral 1 indicates generally a housing in which is rotatably mounted the reel 2. The housing is provided with a front door 3, and a hingedly mounted cover 4. A latch 5 secures the front door in its closed position.
Une end of the clothesline 6 is `secured to to the reel, and the line then reeves through Serial No. 521,440.
a block 7, from which the line leads to the point of use.' l Y The reel has a stub shaft 8 on the end thereof, and this stub shaft is provided with a transverse pin 9. The operating crank 10 is suitably slotted to receive the ends of the transverse pin when the crank is applied to the shaft.
With the crank applied to the stub shaft 8 the reel is rotated at low speed, and the device is to be used in this manner when the line is full of wet clothes and it is desired to draw it taut so that no props are necessary.
A pawl 11 is pivotally mounted at 12, and this pawl carries a. pin 18 which passes through a slot in the guide bracket 14. A coil spring 15 carried by the pin between the pawl and the bracket normally holds the pawl in engagement with gear 16 carried bv the stub shaft 8. A hook 17 mounted on the front of the housing is adapted to engage the outer end of the pawl through the aperture 18, and thus holdthe pawl out of engagement with the gear when desired.
A stub shaft 19 carries a high speed gear 20, and this stub shaft carries a transverse pin 21 similar to pin 9, and also adapted to engage slots in the operating crank 10. Gear Q2 operatively connects gears 1G and 20. The reel is to be operated by the high speed gear when reeling 'in the line or when the line is very light.
ln operation, assuming the line to be reeled in as shown, when it is desired to put the line u it is only necessary to engage the hook l in the aperture 18, thus throw ing the pawl 11 out of engagement, and then run out the desired amount of line. The pawl is then thrown into engagement with thel gear 16, and the clothes hung.
If only a few clothes are hung on the line, then the crank may be apnlied to the stub shaft 19 and the line I will then be drawn taut at high speed. But if the line is a longV` and heavy one it will require too much power to lift it and draw it taut at high speed, and in that event the crank is merely shifted to the stub shaft 8, and the rcel is thus operated at low speed.. Or in some cases the line may be partly lifted at high speed with the crank on stub shaft 19, and
when greater power is needed to draw the line taut then the crank is shifted to Stub shaft S. Of course the pawl ll prevents the unreeling of the line duringthe operation.
Then the Clothes are taken down the line is reeled up at high Speed with the Crank on stub shaft 19, and thus much time is saved.
While I have Shown and described the preferred eonstruetioninnd arrangement ot the several elemente` employed, it is obvious that the invention. is susceptible to considrable niodiieation therein, and I therefore reserve the right to resort to all such legitimate changes as may be fairly embodied Within the spirit and scope of the invention as claimed.
Having fully described my invention. wlmi I ola-im as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
In a Clothes-line reel7 a housing;`r a reel iuelosed in said housing, a stub shaft carried by the reel and projecting` thi'oilgih one wall ot' the housing, a gear wheel carried by said stub Sha-ft, a second gear wheel meshing with aid irst mentioned gear wheel, a second stub shaft mounted in the wall ol" the housing', a third gear wheel Carried by said Second Stub shaft, and meshing` with the second mentioned `gear wheel, and a n operai ing crank adapted to be applied to either oi Said stub shafts.