BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates generally to the field of tool toting. More particularly, the present invention relates to a plastic bucket used for carrying tools that may or may not be equipped with a liner or apron. By securement of a lazy susan turntable, equipped with cushioned feet, to the bottom of the bucket, said bucket will now revolve a continuous 360 degrees in either direction, allowing for easier access of any tool or item contained.
2. The Prior Art
Presently, many tradespeople, homeowners, and sportsmen carry tools, garden supplies, hunting gear, cleaner agents and the like using a standard plastic bucket. While there has been development in the way of various liners & holders to help organize the transportation of these items, there remains no provision for easily accessing an item on the opposite side of the bucket. This is important, when one finds themselves working in a kneeling position, with the bucket merely close by, in terms of reachability, but the tool or item needed is on the other side of said bucket.
3. Expressive Need
Buckets continue to emerge as a common tool carrier, together with becoming the inevitable “catch all” for all items during use, they tend to become weighted, and unable to be turned smoothly for access to the side opposite the one the user inevitably finds themselves on.
4. Fulfillment of Need
With the ability to revolve a bucket smoothly, regardless of weight, and by mere fingertip touch, all items contained, are now easily reached. Any operation being performed while using an omni directional revolving bucket, is simplified, and less physical than ones requiring constant up and down.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
It is an objective of the present invention to provide an item-carrying bucket that is more user friendly. As buckets become more popular to the tradesmen, homeowner, hunter, angler, and public alike, for transportation of any desired item by user, the ease of accessibility to the buckets contents has become an obstacle. This obstacle becomes more apparent as the bucket becomes weighted, congested, or simply within arm's length of the user. This obstacle is simply overcome by the unique lazy susan turntable secured to the bottom of the bucket.
Basically the invention is a standard bucket, having a turntable attached to the outside bottom, allowing for controlled continuous turning of the bucket in either direction.
In one embodiment of the present invention, the lazy susan turntable is constructed of steel and is equipped with ball type bearings, which assure a smooth operation. This type of turntable would be able to support the most weighted bucket, even one filled with solid concrete. In one embodiment of the present invention, the lazy susan turntable would have a minimum of four cushioned feet attached to protect whatever surface the user may sit the bucket upon. As the cushioned feet are attached to the lazy susan turntable through the use of standard hardware known in the art, so to is the turntable attached to the bottom of the bucket through the use of this same hardware known in the art.
Another embodiment of the current invention would be caster type legs to be used instead of cushioned bumpers, this would allow for roll-about purposes. Any embodiment featuring a revolving bucket, either stationary or able to be rolled about freely, provides a wonderful ease for the user, at a low cost, to a wide variety of operations that are assisted daily through the use of standard five gallon buckets.
The use of standard hardware for securing, allows for user serviceability, such as replacement, should the need ever arise.
In another embodiment, the lazy susan turntable can be molded either as a unitary article, or in part of a bucket container. This embodiment could produce a lightweight, water-resistant version that may be more suitable for gardening, hunting, fishing, cleaning or the like uses, whereas water may come in contact with said bucket. In this embodiment, the protecting supporting legs could be made as an inclusive part of the casting of the turntable. This type of casting manufacturing of the turntable could also be applied to drop in containers that are presently available for use inside the bucket, making them able to rotate in either direction as well.
The novel features which are believed to be characteristic of this invention, both as structure and method of operation, together with further objects and advantages thereof, will be better understood from the enclosed description considered in connection with the accompanying drawing in which the preferred embodiment of the invention has been described. Upon review, it should be expressly understood however, that the drawing submitted is for the purpose of illustration and description only, and is not intended as a definition of the limit to the invention or its application.