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Publication numberUS2267238 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 23, 1941
Filing dateJun 23, 1939
Priority dateJun 23, 1939
Publication numberUS 2267238 A, US 2267238A, US-A-2267238, US2267238 A, US2267238A
InventorsIrwin George W
Original AssigneeToledo General Mfg Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Drill press driving mechanism
US 2267238 A
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Dec, 23, 3941. G. w, IRWIN 2,267,238


Filed June 23, 1939 I 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Patented Dec. 23, 1941 DRILL PRESS DRIVING MECHANISM George W. Irwin, Holland, Ohio, assignor to The Toledo General Manufacturing Company, To-

ledo, Ohio, a corporation of Ohio Application June 23, 1939, Serial No. 280,824

2 Claims.

This invention relates to drill presses, but more particularly to a variable speed drive for a drill press, and an object is to produce a simple and efilcient drive of the above character which has almost infinitely variable speed, which is manually controllable in accordance with the demands of service.

Another object is to produce a new and improved controlling device for a variable speed drive of the above character.

A further object is to produce a variable speed drive having the new and improved features of construction, arrangement and operation hereinafter more fully described, and which is shown by way of illustration, but not of limitation, on the accompanying drawings, in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective view of a side of a drill press embodying the invention;

.Figure 2 is an enlarged sectional view substantially on the line 2-2 of Figure 1;

Figure 3 is a composite perspective view of the sheave assembly through which power is transmitted, showing the parts in perspective; and

Figure 4 is a transverse sectional View on the line 4-4 of Figure 2.

The illustrated embodiment of the invention comprises a drill press of the usual type having an upright frame In provided with a work-supporting platten I l and a vertically disposed quill l2, which is adapted to be moved toward and away from the platten Ii by a handle 13. Operably associated with the quill is an operating shaft 14. The shaft I4 is rotatable and also mounted for longitudinal movement, as will hereinafter appear. Mounted on the shaft i4 is a sheave having a peripheral groove shaped to receive the usual V-belt. Th hub of the sheave l5 has a suitable splined connection [6 with the tool operating shaft l4. Enclosing the s'heave I5 is a yoke H, which forms a part of the machine frame I0, and carried by opposite arms of the yoke are anti-friction thrust bearings l8 and I8. A V-belt I9 is trained about the sheave l5 at one end, and the opposite end operatively engages a sheave assembly or unit 20. Also operatively engaging the sheave unit is one end of a second V-belt 2|, the opposite end of which is trained about a sheave 22 also having a V- shaped peripheral groove. The sheave 22 is connected to be driven by an electric motor 23, which is adapted to operate at substantially uniform speed.

The sheave assembly 20 comprises a pair of axially spaced discs or sheave members 24 and 25, Each sheave member has a relatively flat outer face 26, but the inner face of the member 24 is formed with an upwardly extending frustoconical surface 2'I, and the sheave member 25 has on its under face a downwardly extending frusto-conical surface 28. Each of the sheave members 24 and 25 is formed on its inner face with a plurality of radially extending grooves 29 to receive outwardly extending portions 30 of an intermediate or floating sheave part 3|. The sheave part 3| is formed on its upper and lower faces with oppositely extending frusto-conical surfaces 32, the angularity of the under face corresponding substantially to that of the under face 28 of the sheave part 25, and the upper face of the member 3| corresponding in angularity substantially to that of the upper face 21 of the sheave part 24.

Each of the sheave parts 24, 25 and 3| is formed with an aperture adapted to align with each other to receive a tubular upright 33, which is shouldered at the lower end as indicated at 34,

and against the outer surface of the shoulder 34 rests the lower sheave member 24. The parts are held in assembled relation by a coiled spring 35, which bears against the outer face of the upper sheave member 25. A nut 36 is in screw-threaded engagement with the tube 33 and forms an abutment for the opposite end of the spring 35.

Projecting inside of the tubular upright 33 is a post 31, the upper end of which is reduced to receive an anti-friction ball bearing unit 38, which is held in place by a nut 39. Disposed within the shouldered portion 34 at the lower end of the tube 33 is an anti-friction ball bearing unit 40.

It will be observed that the belt 2| leading from the motor driven sheave 22 engages between the lower face of the sheave member 25 and the upper face of the intermediate member 3|. The endless belt l9, which is connected to the sheave l5, engages the under face of the intermediate sheave member 3| and the upper face of the lower sheave member 25. It will thus be apparent that the drive from the motor 23 is through the sheave assembly 20, and thence to the tool operating shaft l4.

By moving the sheave assembly 20 to the right or to the left of Figure 2, it will be apparent to those skilled in this art that the V-belts assume smaller or larger operating pitch diameters through the action of the sheave faces on the assembly 20.

As will hereinafter appear, adjustment of the sheave assembly 20 causes the V-belts to assume smaller or larger operating pitch diameters through the action of the variable sheave faces. Inasmuch as the sheave assembly 20 is under spring tension imposed by the coil spring 35 when the assembly is moved in one direction or the other toward or away from the motor driven sheave 22, the v-belts I9 and 2| are caused antomatically to move in one case closer to the axis of the sheave assembly, and in the other case farther from the axis of the sheave assembly. This results in enabling the tool operating shaft It to b rotated at any desired speed, although the motor 23 operates continuously at uniform speed.

As shown, the post 3! is integral with the carriage 4!, which slides in guideways 42. The guide Ways 42 ar inclined, and, as shown, the carriage 4! form with the axis of the post 3'! an acute angle. Thus, the sheave assembly 20 is moved angularly in a downward direction when moved toward the motor driven sheave 22, and upwardly in an inclined direction when moved away from the motor driven sheave 22. Movement of the sheave assembly in an inclined direction, as above mentioned, compensates for the angularity of the sheave faces in the assembly 20, thereby to maintain the belts l9 and 2| in a substantially horizontal plane and militates against the ends thereof being moved downwardly or upwardly with relation to the sheaves i5 and 22. so chosen that such angularity is compensated for.

The carriage 4| is formed with a lug 43, which is in screw-threaded engagement with a rod 44 having a universal joint connection 45 with an operating shaft 46. On the outside of the machine and secured to the rod 46 is a hand wheel or crank 41, which may be rotated in one direction or the other to effect the desired adjustment of the sheave assembly 20 to the right or to the left for the above described purposes. Fitting over the driving mechanism is a cover 48 formed with an elongate opening 49, into which extends the upper end of the tubular upright 33, and also an-opening 50 through which the tool operating shaft 14 extends.

Thu the inclination of the guideway 42 is Numerous changes in details of construction, arrangement and choice of materials may be effected without departing from the spirit of the invention, especially as defined in the appended claims.

What I claim is:

1. A driving mechanism for a drill press having a frame, and a sheave carrying tool shaft carried by the frame, said driving mechanism comprising a motor carried by the frame and having a sheave, a vertical tubular member interposed between the said sheaves and having a shoulder, a sheave unit mounted on said tubular member and seated at its bottom on said shoulder, a spring surrounding the vertical tubular member and seated against the top of the unit, abutment means carried by the vertical tubular member and engaged with the outer end of the spring, a post having its upper portion disposed within the vertical tubular member and having a rigid lug connected to its lower end, said lug being provided with a threaded bore disposed at an incline to .the longitudinal axis of the Post, a rod threaded through the bore of the lug, an operating shaft having means for manually rotating same, a universal joint connection between the rod and the shaft, endless belts trained over the sheaves and over the sheave unit, a pair of oppositely disposed spaced inclined guideways carried by the frame and between which the lug is movable, and laterally extending flanges carried by the post and having an inclination parallel to that of the axis of the bore of the lug and engaged with the respective guideways.

2. A driving mechanism for a drill press in accordance with claim 1, wherein the frame of the press has a cover plate extending over the top of the frame,'wherein the cover plate is formed with a longitudinal opening receiving therein the upper end of the vertical tubular member and wherein the manual means of the operating shaft is disposed exteriorly of the cover and adjacent v the front of the latter.


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U.S. Classification474/27
International ClassificationB23B47/00, B23B47/16, B23Q5/00, B23Q5/16
Cooperative ClassificationB23Q5/16
European ClassificationB23Q5/16