US 2396451 A
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March 12, 1946. T N wARKENTlN v 2,396,451
HO S E REELER Filed Jan. 24, 1945 1NVE NTOR. f TH E IIIDL'IRE N. LUHRRENTIN aiented Mar. 12, 1946 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE HOSE REELER.
Theodore N. Warkentin, San Francisco, Calif. Application January 24, 1945, Serial No. 574,259
This invention relates to improvements in hose reelers, and has particular reference to a device for reeling fire hose, which fire hose is usually of the collapsible type, that is made of a woven fabric, which is circular in cross-section when inflated, but which collapses to a relatively flat ribbon-like form when the pressure is removed.
The principal object of this invention is to provide a device, which will roll this hose into what is commonly termed a doughnut roll, whereby the same may be conveniently stored and handled, as in placing the same on racks or on fire trucks.
A further object is to provide a device which will require less time for rolling the hose than is ordinarily required to do so, and which will eliminate the unpleasant task as it is now performed, it being back-breaking work in very cold weather sometimes and very hard on the hands when the hose is wet, and generally a very disagreeable undertaking.
A further object is to produce a device of this character which may be readily moved from place to place, one which may be quickly operated by an unskilled worker, one which will form a standard size roll and one which is adaptable to hoses of various sizes.
Other objects and advantages will be apparent during the course of the following description.
In the accompanying drawing forming a part of this specification and in which like numerals are employed to designate like parts throughout the same,
Fig. I is a top plan View of my device.
Fig. II is an end elevation ofFig. I.
Fig. 111 is a side elevation of Fig. I with the retainer removed.
Fig. IV is a fragmentary detailed view on an enlarged scale taken On the line 4-4 of Fig. I.
Fig. V is a top plan view of Fig. IV, and
Fig. VI is a fragmentary detailed view showing the way in which the retainer is swung out of position in order to remove the hose from the winding mechanism.
Fire hose, as above referred to, is usually of a fabric construction and must be dried and then rolled for storage. The hose, however, may be rolled while wet, particularly at the scene of the fire, and it has been the usual custom to lay the hose on the ground, to then fold the maleend so that it overlays the female end and to roll the same into a doughnut-like roll by hand. This normally requires two men, one to guide the hose and the other to do the rolling. This resulted in uneven coils, and oftentimes the coil would topple over, necessitating the re-rolling of the same, due to the looseness of the original rolling, or the uneven resulting roll.
I have, therefore, produced a device which is portable and which will accommodate any standard size of hose, one which may be operated by a single person and which will cause the hose to be rolled evenly andwith uniform tightness.
In the accompanying drawing wherein for the purpose of illustration is shown a preferred embodiment of my invention, the numeral 5 designates a rectangular frame upon which is mounted a shaft 6, rotatable through the medium of a handle 1.
On the opposite end of the shaft from the handle 1 is a disc 8, on the face of which is mounted a plate 9 and a pin l I. This shaft passes through the bearings l2 and I3 mounted on the frame, the bearing l3 having a slot M which permits the nose l6 of a lever I! to enter one of severel slots 18 formed in the shaft 6.
The nose of the lever is kept in the slots by a spring l9; therefore, by depressing the end of the lever against the tension of the spring, the nose can be raised and the shaft 6 slid sideways so as to vary the distance between the disc 8 and a retainer disc 2|, which is mounted upon pivoted brackets 22, pivoted to cross supports 23.
In order to prevent retrograde movement of the shaft 6, I provide a ratchet 24, which may be engaged by a pivoted keeper, 26, the purpose of which is obvious.
In order to prevent overbalancing of the frame, a pivoted board 21 is slidably pivoted to the frame 5, and when not in use is held in the position B by a latch 28. When in use the operator stands upon the board, which may be slid along its connecting rod 29, and this prevents any possibility of the device shifting while in use.
It will thus be seen that by fastening the hose around the pin H and wrapping the same over the plate 9, as the shaft 6 is rotated the hose will be reeled between the disc 8 and disc 2| into a fiat, doughnut-like coil, after which the same may be readily removed and stored.
The hose is shown at A.
It is to be understood that the form of my invention herewith shown and described is to be taken as a preferred example of the same and that various changes relative to the material, size, shape and arrangement of parts may be resorted to without departing from the spirit of, the invention or the scope of the subjoined claims.
Having thus described my invention, I claim:
1. In a device of the character described, a support, a shaft rotatable on said support, a disc carried by said shaft, 3, pin and a plate carried by the face of said disc, a second disc pivotally secured to said support and adapted to be positioned parallel to said first mentioned disc, means for moving said shaft longitudinally, means for holding said shaft in longitudinal adjustment, and means for preventing said support from overbalancing.
2. In a device of the character described, a support, a shaft rotatable on said support, a disc carried by said shaft, a pin and a plate carried by the face of said disc, a second disc pivotally secured to said support and adapted to be positioned parallel to said first mentioned disc, means for moving said shaft longitudinally, means for holding said shaft in longitudinal adjustment, means for preventing said support from over-balancing and means for preventing retrograde movement of said shaft.
THEODORE N. WARKENTIN.