US 1751841 A
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' March 25, 1930. c. A. PICKENS CLOTHES DRIER Filed Feb. 23, 1929 'INVENTOR.
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My invention relates to clothes driers and certain objects of the invention are to provide a clothes drier of simple construction and comprising a rotary basket mounted within 5 a housing and which is electrically driven by a motor that also supplies power for a rotary fan" and current for a heating element whereby the air, driven from the fan through a acasing wherein the heating element is in- M) stalled and thence to the clothes within the basket, supplies forced and heated air in addition to the centrifugal force of" the basket for rapidly and efiectively drying theclothes therein. Further objects are to provide novel damper arrangements whereby the device may be used for heating the room or other place where it is used.
-With the above and other objects in view which will appear as the description procceds, the invention consists of the novel construction,' adaptation, combination and arrangement of parts hereinafter described and which like reference numerals designate likeparts, the numeral 5 indicates the housing of the device that may be mounted on castors 6 and provided with a door 7 for entry of the hands in attending to the'mechanisin therein. The numeral. 8 designates the top that is hinged'to saidhousing at 9 and which may be opened for the purpose 'of placing the clothes therein as more fully hereinafter set forth.
The bottom of the housing 5 is open as shown at 10 with the exception of cross members 11 that serve as supports for a motor 12 and afan 13 fixed to the shaft of said motor. Said fan is of the usual rotary type and is enclosed by a casing 14 which extends upwardly to form a chamber 15 wherein a heating element 16 is installed. Said heatin element is of the well known construction an comprises resistance coils that are in circuit with the motor conduits which thus sup 1y current for said element as will be un erstood.
Fromthe chamber 15 the casing 1d extends upwardly and is ex anded to form anothercompartment 17 a apted to receive a rotary basket 18. Said compartment envelops thelower half of the basket whose bearings 19 rest on its upper edges as shown in Fig. 3. Said basket is made of wire or other mesh and is provided with a slidable door 20 which is opened together with the top 8 when placing clothes therein. A pulley 21 is fixed to one of the bearings 19 and a belt 22 extends downwardly therefrom to another pulle 23 fixed to the shaft of the motor 12 there y furnishing ineans for rotary motion of the basket.
As a means for regulatin the draft of air through the casing 14 to the basket 18, I have provided a damper 24 that is slidably' mounted in the top of the chamber 15 and is provided with a handle 25 extending exteriorly of the housing 5 whereby said damper may be moved back and forth to control the passage of air through said casing as will be understood. As a means for supplying hot air to the room in which the device is used I have provided a conduit 26 extending from the chamber 15 through a wall of the housing 5. Another damper 27 slidably mounted in one side of the chamber 15 and provided with a handle 28 extending exteriorly of the housing provides means whereby said conduit may be opened and closed as desired.
In the use of my device the clothes, after going through a wringer, are ced in the l'askcii l8 and the motor 12 i .n motion. The motor performs the fo a threefold function; first in rotatin baslret whereby the centrifugal fOICr, rue-i} up will dry the clothes; second in rotating the fan 13 whereby forced air is provided for additionally dry- 2 I w I 1,751,841
- ing the clothes; and third in supplyin current for the heatin element 16 where y the forced air is heate and thus serves as a still further means for dryin the clothes. It
' will now be obvious that have provided a device that isvery' efiective in operation and simple in construction. In drying clothes the damper 24 is usually wide open and the damper 27 is entirely closed. For usin the deviceas a heaterysaid dampers are p aced in the reverse positions as will'be understood.
Havin thus described my invention, it being understood that minor changes may be resorted to in its structural details without departin from its scope and spirit, whet I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent p of the United States is:,-=
v A clothes drier comprising a housing having an open bottom, a bin ed top, a rotary basket within top portion 0 the housin having a door, a motor in the bottom of the ous- .ing arranged to rotatethe basket, a fan actuated by said motor disposed vertically below the basket, a casing extending from said fen to envelop a portion of thegasket, a heating elementwithm said casing actuated b the current for said motor, a damper for sai cesing, a conduit extending from said through said housing, and a damper for sai o conduit,
In testimony whereof I aifix my ei atnre. CLAUDE A. PI E NS.