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Publication numberUS2587779 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 4, 1952
Filing dateMar 8, 1946
Priority dateMar 8, 1946
Publication numberUS 2587779 A, US 2587779A, US-A-2587779, US2587779 A, US2587779A
InventorsFred Smith Mike
Original AssigneeFred Smith Mike
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Oil can drain rack
US 2587779 A
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March 4, 1952 M. F. SMITH OIL CAN DRAIN RACK Filed March 8, 1946 Patented Mar. 4, 1952 UNITED STATES OFFICE 1 Claim.

This invention relates to drain racks for receptacles and more particularly to drain racks for oil cans and the like to support the oil cans while they are draining the last few drips of oil.

In the use of oil cans in gas stations, garages and other service stations, it is customary to dispense oil to the consumer from small cans of from one quart up to five quart capacities. The oil is delivered to the engine crank case by piercing the oil cans and draining the oil directly into the crank case. The oil being quite thick adheres to the walls of the cans and complete drainage would take up very much time. The customers are generally unwilling to wait for the complete drainage since the wait only is rewarded by a very small amount of extra oil. Therefore when the oil cans are set aside after servicing an engine, a small amount of oil will drain to the bottom after a time while the discarded cans are lying about the service station. Since a large number of such cans are used about service stations the accumulation of the drippings of these cans amounts to a sizable amount and it has been found economically feasible to collect these drippings.

It is an object of this invention to provide a rack or support for such oil cans so that the oil remaining in the oil cans may be drained into a receptacle.

Another object of this invention is to provide an oil can drain rack which is of a simple construction and may readily be adopted to drain various sized oil cans into any one of a variety of collecting receptacles.

To the foregoing objects, and others which may hereinafter more fully appear, the invention consists of the, novel construction, combination and arrangement of parts, as will be more specifically referred to and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, but it is to be understood that changes, variations, and modifications may be resorted to which fall within the scope of the invention as claimed.

In the drawings:

Figure 1 is a front elevation of an oil can drain rack constructed according to an embodiment of my invention.

Figure 2 is a vertical section taken on the line 2-2 of Figure 1. v

Figure 3 is a vertical section taken on the line 33 of Figure 2.

Figure 4 is a fragmentary section of a modified support for the drain rack.

Figure 5 is a horizontal section taken on the line 5-5 of Figure 4.

Figure 6 is a vertical section taken on the line 6-6 of Figure 4.

Referring to the drawings the numeral I0 designates generally an oil can drain rack constructed according to an embodiment of my invention. The drain rack I0 comprises a trough II and support or standard I2 to hold an oil can I4 while it is being drained of the last few remaining drops of oil.

The trough I I is formed of a pair of walls I5 and I6 joined at their lower ends to form a V-shaped trough II. An end wall I1 is fixed to the ends of, the side walls I5 and I6 to close the end of the trough II, and the other ends of the trough II are held together by an elongated fiat metal strip or brace I8 fixed to the sides I5 and I6 at their upper edges in such a manner to form a V-shaped opening I9 at this end of the trough I I.

Other flat elongated strips as 20 and 2| are provided across the trough II intermediate the length thereof to form supporting bars or members for supporting an oil can I4 in the rack III.

A pair of apertured ears 22 are fixed to the sides I5 and [6 of the trough II midway between the ends thereof to fasten the trough II to a supporting member I2. The supporting member I2 is formed of an elongated flat strip of metal formed at one end with an apertured lug 23 to engage between the ears 22 and a bolt, as 24, fastens the lug 23 and ears 22 together so that the trough II may be positioned at any selected vertical angle to the support I2. The support I2 is formed with vertically spaced apart openings 25 in order that the support I2 may be fastened by bolts, or other suitable fastening devices to a standard, as 26, or other suitable means for supporting the rack I0.

As a means for fixing the rack I0 to a vertical support I have shown a support l2 in Figures 1 and 2. In Figures 4 to 6 I have shown a support 21 with the lug 23 bent at right angles thereto for supporting the rack to a support horizontally. A U-bolt 28 having wing-nuts 29 may be used to fix the support 21 to a standard as 26.

The exact configuration illustrated is regarded as the optimum, but some of the desirable results inherent in this disclosure may be obtained by various slight modifications including some departure from the exact configuration shown, and it is therefore requested that the scope of the invention should be regarded as limited only by the terms of the claim.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim is:

A drain rack comprising a V-shaped trough open at one end thereof, a pair of transverse fiat elongated receptacle supporting strips intermediate the length thereof spaced from the apex of said trough, a pair of downwardly extending apertured spaced apart ears fixed below said trough midway of the length thereof, an elongated L-shaped drain rack supporting bar, means pivotally connecting one leg of said L-shaped supporting bar between said ears for adjusting the angular disposition of the length of said trough relative to said supporting bar, and looking means associated with the pivotal connection for locking said trough in a selected angularly adjusted position.


REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 1,342,659 Wright June 8, 1920 1,368,687 Bennetts Feb. 15, 1921 1,481,085 Duchatelet Jan. 15, 1924 1,748,235 MacDonald Feb. 25, 1930 1,892,992 Moran et a1. Jan. 3, 1933 2,051,931 Errett Aug. 25, 1936 2 ,071,944 Hoffman Feb. 23, 1937 2,365,533 Elsebusch Dec. 19, 1944 2,366,529 Hoff Jan. 2, 1945

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U.S. Classification141/106, 248/149, 141/332, 248/291.1, 141/376
International ClassificationF16N33/00
Cooperative ClassificationF16N33/00
European ClassificationF16N33/00