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March 1, 1955 HAlNEs 2,703,081
PORTABLE WATER OPERATED VIBRATOR Filed June 22. 1953 INVENTOR WITNESSES: J; M
United States Patent 2,703,081 Patented Mar. 1, 1955 PGRTABLE WATER OPERATED VIBRATOR Edward F. Haines, Philadelphia, Pa.
Application June 22, 1953, Serial No. 363,320
4 flairns. (Cl. 128-37) My improved hydrovibrator is especially designed by me for massaging the body by means of transferring the vibrations from the vibrator to the hand wherein they are further transmitted to the body, whereby, such body member acting as a non-chafing medium surpasses artificial means.
This invention is further designed to provide a vibrator of the above type which is vibrated by an adjustable weight attached to a rotating shaft, such weight being sufliciently enclosed to prevent injury by means of a cap, and such shaft rotatably mounted to an impeller whereby the impeller is rotated by a stream of water striking a series of vanes.
The invention also contemplates a construction of such nature that water is not supplied directly to the body so that it is possible to massage the head Without wetting the hair, such being made possible by the velocity of the water leaving the impeller through an unrestricted discharge extension.
The object of this invention is to provide an unrestricted discharge opening in an otherwise sufficiently enclosed housing whereby the device will work under considerable depth of water which makes it ideal for massaging the body when the body is immersed in water, thereby, providing the best therapeutic results.
Another object is to provide means to attach a resilient pad to the underside or top of the housing, such pad acting as a means to enable the entire housing to vibrate without injuring the hand and providing best results.
Another object of the invention is to provide means for attaching a flexible grip to the housing, such grip being reversible.
I A further object is to provide a hydrovibrator of simple design, lightness, and of relatively small unique construction which is not elaborate and also too costly for domestic and particularly for bathroom use.
With these and other objects and advantages in view, the invention consists of the new and novel combination, construction, and arrangement of parts as hereinafter more fully described, set forth in the claims appended hereto, and disclosed in the accompanying drawings forming part hereof, wherein:
Figure 1 is a plan view of the vibrator unit with the end of the water supply tube broken away.
Figure 2 is a view showing a side elevation of the vibrator unit.
Figure 3 is a longitudinal sectional view through the vibrator head showing the housing broken away and illustrating the impeller and vital parts in section taken on line 3--3 of Figure 1.
Referring now to the drawing wherein like reference characters denote corresponding parts, this water driven vibrator includes an adjustable weight 1 carried by a shaft 2 that is rotatably mounted in a housing 3 and the housing is carried by a resilient pad 4 and a flexible grip 5.
The weight 1 is provided with a bolt 6 that is adapted to be screwed into one of a series of openings 7 and into a socket 8 in the end of shaft 2.
The shaft 2 is provided with an impeller 9 and the upper end is rotatably mounted through a bearing 10 in a socket 11 of the cover plate 12 and the lower end is pivotally mounted in a bearing 13 of the housing 3.
The housing is provided with a cylindrical casing 14 forming an integral part of the cover plate 12. The casing is positioned around the weight 1 providing a shield therefor.
The supply extension 15 of the housing is connected to a water supply tube 16 by means of a nipple 17, the threaded end being screwed into the supply extension 15.
The flexible grips 5, composed in this instance of two members attached to the cover plate bolts 18 are brought around the resilient pad 4. It is to be understood that the gripping medium is not to be limited to springs only.
The resilient pad 4 carried by the housing may be reversed along with the springs and in this case the top of the housing becomes the bottom, and the pad will provide further protection in the form of a cap about the rotating Weight.
With the parts arranged in this manner and with the tube 16 connected to a water tap or faucet the water flowing through the tube will rotate the impeller 9 and then return through the return extension 19 to the drain. The impeller will rotate the shaft and the weight carried thereby so that the weight may be easily adjusted from a light to a heavy vibration caused by centrifugal force.
It will be understood that modifications may be made in the design and arrangement of the parts without departing from the spirit of the invention.
What is claimed is:
1. In a device of the character described, means rotatably mounting an off-center weight to a shaft, said weight permitting adjustment by threaded means, a housing, an impeller carried by said shaft, said shaft and said impeller positioned in said housing, a resilient pad supported by the housing, gripping means communicating with the housing and adapted to be flexibly positioned about the hand, and suitable water supply and discharge extensions communicating with the aforesaid housing.
2. In a device of the character described, means rotatably mounting an adjustable off-center weight to a shaft, said weight being slotted to permit adjustment by threaded means, a housing in which the adjustable ofl-center Weight is positioned, an impeller positioned in the housing and carried by said shaft, a resilient pad supported by the housing, a flexible grip attached to the housing, and suitable Water supply and discharge extensions communicating With the aforesaid housing wherein the flow of water through the said housing influences the impeller.
33. in a device of the character described, the combination, which comprises, means rotatably mounting an adjustable off-center weight to a shaft, said weight having a series of openings to permit adjustment by threaded means, a housing in which the adjustable off-center weight is positioned, an impeller positioned in the housing and carried by said shaft, a casing surrounding the weight and acting as a shield therefor, a shaft having a threaded socket in the end thereof rotatably mounted in the housing, a resilient pad carried by the housing and adapted to be positioned over the back of the hand, flexible grips attached to the housing and adapted to be positioned about the hand, and suitable water supply and discharge extensions communicating with the said housing wherein the flow of water therethrough actuates the impeller.
4. In a device of the character described, a housing having a substantially enclosed compartment therein, a shaft having an impeller on one end and a threaded socket in the other, means rotatably mounting the shaft in the housing with the impeller positioned in the said compartment and Wtih the end carrying the threaded socket projecting therefrom, means rotatably mounting an adjustable off-center weight, said weight having a series of longitudinal openings to permit adjustment by threaded means, a housing in which the off-center weight is positioned, said impeller positioned in the housing, a cap surrounding the weight and acting as a shield therefor, a pad carried by the housing and adapted to be posi tioned over the back of the hand, flexible grips secured to the housing and adapted to be positioned about the hand, and suitable water supply and discharge extensions communicating with the said housing wherein the flow of water therethrough actuates the impeller.
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