US 2440014 A
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Apnl 20, 1948. .1. H. LUDWICK 40,014-
POLISHING IMPLEMENT WITH WORK FACE CONSISTING OF REPLACEABLE FABRIU SHEETS Filed April 7, 1945 Z'mnentor Josej/rblludw/ck 8g V M w (Ittorneg Patented Apr. 20, 1948 consrsrme SHEETS WITH WORK FACE OF REPLACEABLE FABRIC Joseph- H. Ludwick, Spokane, Wash. Application April 27", 1945; SerialNo: 590,552
This-invention relates; to antiorwaxer audit is the obiectpf the" invention to provide a waxes w hich-i's han'd operated and ahead so formed that a: cloth: may be readily appliedto it and firmly: s'e'o applying wax to a floor and-also-a's a polishing cloth.-
Kriother' obj'ect of'tlie' invention is to provide the waxer with ahead-so iorme'd. that when the waxen'is use-and pu'shedacross afloor it may rideover rough-places, the opposite edge portion of the head being so-fofmed thatit willfit close to the junction ofa floor with a-Wall and cause all portions-cr me floor to be covered with wax.
l hi'otlier object; of theinventionis to provide imprhved clamping meansfor securing a-cloth to the" head; the clamp being so formed and so mounted that While it may have tight gripping engagement with acloth it may be loosened very easily when loosenedbe entirely freedfrom the thand ermit read-y removal of a cloth and iibs'tituti'dn of another cloth.
Knother' objeet of' the-invention is to provide the'waifer having a wax' co'ntainer so mounted upeii its'han'dle-that when a valve carried by the handle is moved opened position liquid wax may now from the container and onto afloor where it will be spread by the cloth carried by the head of the waxer.
Another object'of the invention is to provide a: wa er having valve means for controlling the flow of wax from a container so 'formed that the valvewill be normally held closed and may be opened by pull-upon a rod extending along the handle of the waxer.
The inveri-tiom is illustrated in the accompanying drawings wherein:
Figure 1 is a side view'of the improved waxer.
Figure 2 is a perspective view of the waxer, the handli jbeing broken off close't'd'its lower end".
figures is a view'sh'owing the head and lower portion of" the handlein elevation, the clamping meansfor'" the cloth'being indicated in released position. by dotted lines;
This-impr-Wedfioorwaxer has a head lformed of sheet metal. The" metal plate from which the headlisforrned'has its forward portion bent to form-an upwardly curving lip 2 and its rear poruea bent to form an upstanding flange 3v which is disposedperpendicular t'o the plane" of the head'at' right angles" thereto. Since the" lip2 is curved the head may ride easily over rough places in a floor as it is pushed forwardly and since the flange is disposed at right angles to the head it will fit close to the base board of a wall position for use as means for 2; and thus allow Wax to be applied along edge ortions of afloor close to the walls of a room.
Theamidportion of the head is bent to provide abridge 4 having sloping front and rear portions and'rhidway the width of the head the bridgehas tongues struck from it which are bent upwardly to formears; 5 through which openings 6 are formed to receive outstanding fingers Tat lower ends of the forks 8 carried by a handle 9'. The
forks 8*are formed from portions of a metal rod which is passed through the handle and then bentdbwnwardly to form the forks and since a ferrule Hi isapplied to the lower" end of the handlethe' forks will be held close to the opposite side portions of the handle and the handle prevented from splitting.
The cloth Fl fits against the under face of the head I" and" has portions l2 and lt'fol'ded' over the'lip 2 and the flange 3 where they are'held' by clamps and [5, These clamps are formed of strong wire" strands" which are bent to provide bridge portions use and [5a and side arms I and l5bter'minating in loops or eyes I40 and Hic. A bar 16 formed of strong wire extends longitudinally of the bridge 4 for engagement with the un'd'erface' thereof and this bar has its end portions bent to form upstanding arms IT terminating in. inwardlyv extending fingers constituting pins which engage through the eyes I40 and H andihingedly mount the clamps l4 and I5 for vertical swinging" movement from the lowered clamping position shown in full lines in Figure 3 to the raised position indicated by dotted lines" in this figure. I
When the clamp's'are in the raised position the bar I' E drops out of contact with the under face of'th'e' bridge 4 and the cloth may then be applied to the under face of the head and front and rear portions folded over the lip l2 and the flange I3, arid when the clamps are returned to the clamping position they will be rocked upon the upper f-aceof the bridge by engagement of the bends 14d and I50"! of the armsofthe clamps with the bridge, as shown in Figure 3, and the bar l6 drawn upwardly as the clamps are forced into tight binding engagement with the portions of the cloth folded inwardly over the lip and the fiange;.. Therefore the cloth Will be held firmly and smoothly against the under face of the head and prevented from slipping loose. When the cloth becomes worn to such an extent that it must be replaced the clamps are swung up wardly to the releasing position and the bar drops to the dotted line position, thus releasing the cloth and permitting easy removal thereof.
It will also be obvious that after wax has been applied to a floor the applying cloth may be removed and a polishing cloth substituted. The pivotal connection between the handle and the ears 5 not only allows the handle to have tiltin movement relative to the head I during use of the waxer but also allows the head to be tilted rearwardly and upwardly to an inactive position where it will be out of the way and allow the waxer to be set in place close against a wall of a closet when not in use.
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed is:
1. A floor waxer comprising a head formed of sheet material and having its forward portion bent to form an upwardly curved lip and its rear portion bent to form an upstanding flange, the intermediate portion of the head being bent upwardly to form a bridge having sloping front and rear portions, tongues struck from said bridge and bent upwardly to form ears spaced from each other longitudinally of the bridge and perforated, a handle having forks at its lower end engaged through perforations of said ears and mounting the head for tilting movement from a substantially horizontal position under the handle for use to a raised substantially vertical inactive position, a bar extending longitudinally of said head under its bridge and having arms at its ends projecting upwardly above ends of the bridge and terminating in inwardly extending pins, a cloth for covering the under face of said head extending between the bar and the'bridge and having front and rear portions folded inwardly over the lip and the flange respectively and resting upon the upper face of the head, and front and rear clamps each having a bridge portion and arms extending from ends thereof and terminating in eyes, said pins passing through said eyes and mounting the clamps for swinging movement from a lowered position in which their bridge portions are disposed close to the lip and the flange of the head and cooperate therewith for gripping contact with the folded portions of the cloth to a raised position for releasing the cloth,
said clamps having rocking engagement with the upper surface of the bridge of the head when swung to a lowered position and causing the bar to be drawn upwardly and hold the cloth tightly against the under face of the head and when raised removing pull upon the bar whereby the bar may then have downward movement away from the under face of the bridge and release the cloth.
2. A floor waxer comprising a. head formed from a plate bent to form an upwardly curved lip along the front of the head and an upstanding flange along the back of the head, the head having an intermediate portion bent and forming a longitudinally extending upstanding bridge, a handle pivotally connected with the bridge and mounting the head for tilting movement relative to the handle, a bar extending longitudinally of said head under the bridge and having arms at its ends projecting upwardly above the ends of the bridge and at their upper ends provided with inwardly extending pins positioned over the bridge, said bar being free from said head, and
clamps for gripping end portions of a cloth and holding the cloth in place under the head with the said end portions folded over the lip and the 4 flange, said clamps having arms formed with eyes received on said pins and mounting the clamps for swinging movement to raised and lowered positions, the arms of the clamps when swung downwardly having rocking engagement with the upper face of the head and thereby exerting upward thrust upon the pins and move the bar into pressing engagement with an intermediate portion of the cloth to hold the cloth firmly against the under face of the head.
3. A floor waxer comprising a head formed of sheet material and having a lip along its front edge and a flange along its rear edge and having a portion bent upwardly and forming a longitudinally extending upstanding bridge spaced from its front and rear edges, a handle secured to said head, abar extending longitudinally of said head under the bridge for holding a cloth against the under face of the head, said bar having arms at its ends extending upwardly above the bridge at the ends thereof and formed with pins extending inwardly over the bridge, and clamps for releasably securing end portions of the said cloth folded over the lip and the flange,
said clamps having portions cooperating with the lip and. the flange for gripping end portions of.
the cloth and arms extending from the cloth engaging portions and pivoted to said pins and adapted to engage the bridge as a fulcrum and draw the bar upwardly under the bridge for tightening the cloth when the clamps are swung downwardly to a securing position.
4. A floor waxer comprising a head formed of sheet material and having a lip along its front edge and a flange along its rear edge and having a portion bent upwardly and forming a longitudinally extending upstanding bridge spaced from its front and rear edges, ahandle secured to said head, a bar extending longitudinally of said head under the bridge and having arms at its ends extending upwardly above the bridge and formed with pins extending inwardly over the bridge, said bar being free from the bridge and shiftable upwardly under the bridge for tightening a cloth against theunder face of the head, and clampsfor. securing end portions of the said cloth folded about the lip and the flange, said clamps being pivoted to said pins and having rocking engagement with the bridge to shift the bar upwardly to its cloth tightening position when the clamps are swung downwardly toa clamping position.
JOSEPH H. LUDWICK.
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