|Publication number||US2183680 A|
|Publication date||Dec 19, 1939|
|Filing date||Apr 12, 1938|
|Priority date||Apr 12, 1938|
|Publication number||US 2183680 A, US 2183680A, US-A-2183680, US2183680 A, US2183680A|
|Inventors||Kahliff William T|
|Original Assignee||Kahliff William T|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Referenced by (12), Classifications (17)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
Dec. 19, 1939.
w. KAHLIFF CLAMP FOR GROUNDING ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT Fiied Aiaril 12, 1938 WI; Eaklz'ff IN V EN TOR.
UNlTED s'r Patented Dec. 19, 1939s ra s - I CLAMP FOR GROUNDING ELECTRICAL 1..- EQUIPMENT William T. Kahlifl, Elyria, Ohio 'ApplicationApril 12, 1938, SerialNo. 201,614
One object of this invention is to provide novel means for actuating the jaws of a clamp used for grounding electrical equipment. Another object of the invention is to provide a device of the class "described, characterized by novel means for controlling and regulating the operation of a screw, by which the jaws of the grip are actuated.
Other objects will appear as the description proceeds. 1
10 In the accompanying drawing which forms a part of my application,
Figure 11s a longitudinal sectional view through my improved clamp and cooperating socket wrench employed for operating the clamp; and
16 Figure 2 is a rear elevation; partly in section of the clamp and socket wrench, showing the spring pressed ball clutch connection between the clamp and wrench.
, Like characters of reference are used through- 20 out the following specification and the accompanying drawing to designate corresponding parts.
In carrying out my invention, 1 provide a clamp including a U-shaped head having a base 2, op-
' 25 positely disposed sides Sand 4 and a transverse I 35 in position by a connecting device or cotter pin [2. The lower end of the screw 9 extends through the base 2 of the head 'I and is provided with an elongated hexagonal foot l3, the inner end of the foot bearing upon a washer M located in a recess in the lower surface of the base 2 of the head i.
Mounted in a laterally extending portion E5 or" the head l, is a depending pin 56 formed on its lower end with cam surfaces ll which define a V. A transverse bore l8 is formed through the foot 45 I3, and receives a locking ball I9 and -a coiled compression spring 2! the spring serving to iorce a portion of the ball outwardly with respect to the foot [3 through a reduced opening at the end of the bore. 50 A hexagonal socket wrench 2! is supported upon the'upper end of an insulated pole 22, and is fixed thereon by a cross pin 23 extending through the socket wrench and through the pole.
Formed in the upper edge of the socket wrench 2! 55 is a V-notch 24 adapted to receivethe V-shaped element ll of the pin I6, when the socket wrench is placed over the foot l3 until the upper end of the wrench engages the lower surface of the base 2 of the head l. Vertically spaced seats 25 and itareiorrned in the cuff of the socket wrench :5. 2 l, and when the wrench is placed over the foot is, until it engages the lower surface of the base portion 2 of the head I, the locking ball it will be received within one of the seats 26,.and the V-shaped part ll of the pin it will be received in 10 the V-notch 24 in the upper surface of the socket wrench Hi. When the several parts are in this position, the clamp can be moved 'to a position in which it will receive a buss as shown in Fig. 1, and by rotating the insulated pole 22 and the socket wrench 2 l, the cam pin will ride out of the notch '24, the locking ball l9 will be forced out of the seat 26, and the socket wrench 2 will be forced downwardly away from the bottom of the base portion 2 of the head l until the ball 59 engages the upper seat 25, whereupon continued rotation of the insulated pole and socket wrench will cause the screw to rotate.
A circumferentially-groovcd nut 2! is threaded upon the screw 9. Bell crank levers 28 and 29 are mounted upon pivot pins 38 and 3i carried by the sides 3 and 4" of the head I. The bellcrank levers 28 and 29 have lower inwardly directed bearing portions 32 and 33, which ride in the groove of the nut 27. Clamping jaws 34 and 35 30 are pivotally mounted at the upper ends of the bellcrank levers 28 and 29 on pins and 31 and are adapted to engage the buss to which the clamp is to be secured. The jaws 3i and 35 may be of any desired shape. 35
By rotating the socket wrench 2| and the screw 9, the traveling nut 21 will be caused to move downwardly upon the screw, and the bell cranks 28 and 29 will cause the jaws 34 and 35 to clamp firmly upon the buss. 4 of the head I hold the nut 27 against rotation.
It will be apparent that by turning the insulated pole 22 and hexagonal socket wrench Z! in the opposite direction, the clamp will be loosened from the buss or hook switch.
Having thus described my invention what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States is:
i. A device for grounding electrical equipment, comprising a head, means for attaching The sides 3 and 40 v below the head, a socket wrench shaped to receive the foot, the Wrench and the foot including elements which connect them for rotation together, the head and the wrench having vertically-acting cam parts which connect the wrench releasably to the head and temporarily prevent the rotatable member from being turned, and the gripping mechanism actuated, whilst the device is being raised to working position, the cam parts coacting, when the wrench is turned forcibly, to move the wrench downwardly to a position in which the cam parts will not interfere with a free turning of the rotatable member, by means of the wrench, and an operation of the gripping mechanism, and an automatically-acting latch carried by the foot, the wrench having longitudinally-spaced upper and lower seats, the latch engaging the lower seat whilst the cam parts are interengaged, the latch engaging the upper seat, after the cam parts have been disengaged, to hold the cam parts out of engagement and to permit a free rotation of the wrench and the rotatable member.
2. A device for grounding electrical equipment, comprising a head, means for attaching a conductor to a part of the device, gripping mechanism carried by the head, a rotatable member journaled in the head and constituting means for operating the gripping mechanism, the rotatable member including a foot disposed below the head, a socket wrench shaped to receive the foot, the wrench and the foot including elements which connect them for rotation together, the head and the wrench having vertically-acting cam parts which connect the wrench releasably to the head and temporarily prevent the rotatable member from being turned, and the gripping mechanism actuated, whilst the device is being raised to working position, the cam parts coacting, when the wrench is turned forcibly, to move the wrench downwardly to a position in which the cam parts will not interfere with a free turning of the rotatable member, by means of the wrench, and an operation of the gripping mechanism, the foot and the wrench constituting cooperating members, and'an automaticallyacting latch carried by one of said cooperating members, the other of said cooperating members having longitudinally spaced upper and lower seats, the latch engaging the lower seat whilst the cam parts are interengaged, the latch engaging the upper seat, after the cam parts have been disengaged, to hold the cam parts out of engagement and to permit a free rotation of the wrench and the rotatable member.
WILLIAM T. KAI-IIJFF.
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|U.S. Classification||439/479, 269/90, 294/106, 269/45, 269/238, 81/112, 269/50|
|International Classification||H01R11/24, H01R11/15, H01R11/11, H01R4/64|
|Cooperative Classification||H01R4/64, H01R11/15, H01R11/24|
|European Classification||H01R11/24, H01R4/64, H01R11/15|