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Publication numberUS2723130 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 8, 1955
Filing dateOct 27, 1952
Priority dateOct 27, 1952
Publication numberUS 2723130 A, US 2723130A, US-A-2723130, US2723130 A, US2723130A
InventorsIrving J Andrews
Original AssigneeIrving J Andrews
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Wheeled support for outboard motors
US 2723130 A
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Nov. 8, 1955 1. J. ANDREWS 2,723,130

WHEELED SUPPORT FOR OUTBOARD MOTORS Filed Oct- 2 1 2 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 frz/z'zzg J Andre W5 BY Nov. 8, 1955 l. J. ANDREWS 2,723,130

WHEELED SUPPORT FOR OUTBOARD MOTORS Filed Oct. 27, 1952 2 SheetsSheet 2 [n Van for United States Patent 2,723,130 I WHEELED SUPPORT FOR OUTBOARD MOTORS Irving J. Andrews, Derby, Conn.

Application October 27, 1952, Serial No. 317,127

3 Claims. (Cl. 280-4719) The present invention relates to a support foroutboard motors, and more particularly to a support for the type of outboard motor having a gasoline container separate from the motor unit itself.

Supports, stands, and handtrucks for outboard motors usually have been fashioned similar to the well known utility trucks. With the advent of heavy duty outoard motors however, having a separate gasoline supply 'container, handtrucks which cannot accommodate the outboard motor and the gasoline can as well, could not transport the whole outboard motor equipment as a unit. Furthermore, the weight of these heavy duty outboard motors made the upright type of truck or carrier difiicult to use and cumbersome to handle over rough or bumpy surfaces; and considerable physical effort on part of the user of the device was necessary to keep the motorin balance.

It is an object of the present invention to provide an outboard motor support which can accommodate the motor as well as a separate gasoline supply container.

It is a further object of the invention to provide an outboard motor support which, when fitted with Wheels,

becomes a hand truck on which the outboard motor and the gasoline supply container can be pulled, rather than carried, thereby decreasing the effort necessary to use the hand truck. I

It is still another object to provide a handtruck for outboard motors which permits the motor to be mounted in such a position that the center of gravity is relatively low, thereby improving the balance of loaded truck, so that the motor can be pulled over ruts and bumps with a minimum of effort and no danger of tipping.

According to the present invention I provide a support for use with outboard motors, which comprises a substantially horizontal base, which may be provided with one or more wheels to make the supportreadily movable. Generally upwardly extending support means are secured to the base, preferably in the form of a pair of frame members. A motor mounting block is then secured to the upwardly extending support means, located substantially centrally of the base and extending thereacross. Preferably it is mounted adjacent its ends on the pair of frame members, spanning the space between them. i

The support is preferably provided with an elongated handle so that its movements may be easily controlled. The frame may be formed of tubular steel, and be substantially rectangular in shape. The wheels are then mounted along the sides of the frame, a single pair at opposed corners being sufiicient.

A further stiffening member may be provided to interconnect the pair of frame members of the upwardly extending support means. This stiffening member may be of tubular steel and it is preferably removable to permit free access to the upper side of the support sothat a gasoline supply container may be placed thereon. This stiffening member may be provided with a connection means to connect to a boat trailer, as is well known in the art and the outboard motor truck can then be used as a dolly. The truck thereby becomes both a dolly for a boat, and a moving unit for an outboard motor, or both together.

The novel features which are considered as characteristic for the invention are set forth in particular in the appended claims. The invention itself, however, both as to its construction and its method of operation, together with additional features, objects, and advantages thereof, will best be understood from the following description of specific embodiments, when read in connection with the accompanying drawings, in whichi' Fig. 1 is a perspective view of the outboard motor carrier equipped with wheels to form a hand truck;

Fig. 2 is a side view of the carrier with an outboard motor and gasoline can placed thereon, lifted for movement;

Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the carrier in use as a dolly, assembled to a boat trailer;

Fig. 4 is an enlarged view of the carrier, in perspective, showing the stilfening member and the dolly connection;

Fig. 5 is a fragmentary rear end view of the carrier; and

Fig. 6 is a sectional view taken along line VI-VI of Fig. 5.

Referring now to the drawings, and in particular to Fig. l; the outboard motor support is built on a base 1, which preferably is made of tubular steel, the members of which are welded together. However, the base may also be made as a solid platform, a grille, or other suitable shape, or arrangement. As shown, the base consists of a substantially U-shaped frame member 2, to which a hollow cross piece 3 is welded, which serves as a journal for the axle for wheels 4 and 5. A further cross piece 6 is placed across the legs of the U to provide additional rigidity, and a support point for a handle 7, which is shown secured to cross piece 6 by means of a bolt and wing nut connection 8. A similar bolt and wing nut assembly holds the handle secured to the U-frame member 2.

Centrally between the wheels, an upstanding pin 10 is located (here shown secured to the handle, for example by welding). This pin 10 is designed to fit a recess in the gasoline supply can for the motor, as shown at 11 (Fig. 2). The gasoline can, forming no part of the invention, is not further described. It is kept from sliding olf the base by the engagement of pin 10 and recess 11.

The handle is further provided with a downwardly projecting leg 12, which serves as a stop to keep the base both level and above ground. Leg 12 is equipped with a rubber bumper 13, oralternatively, a small wheel, skids, or the like may be used. This leg may also be secured to the U frame member 2 directly.

The outboard motor, generally indicated by 14, is mounted on the support by means of a mounting block 15, against which it is clamped. The mounting block 15 is secured to a pair of frame support members 16, 18, which are secured to the U frame member 2, for example by welding. These support members 16, 18, likewise may be made of tubular steel and are generally of the shape of an inverted U. Alternatively they may be solid panels, corrugated strip metal or the like. The mounting block 15 is fastened securely to the support members 16, 18, and thereby gives the whole motor support assembly the necessary rigidity. The inclination of the mounting block with respect to the base (referring especially to Fig. 2) is not critical since most outboard motors are equipped with adjustable clamps to vary the inclination of their support clamps with respect to the longitudinal axis of the motor thereby making it possible to mount the motor in such a manner that it is in substantially horizontal position when the truck is in use. However, it should be observed that the mounting block is placed rearwardly of the wheels. When the handtruck is picked up-wheelbarrow fashionthe motor will then be in substantial balance over the wheels, and only a small force will be necessary to hold it steady and to keep the carrier from tipping lengthwise. The block 15 may also be mounted slidably on members 16 and 18, for example by means of U bolts, if desired. By making handle 7 relatively long with respect to the distance between the mounting block and the wheels-taken over a horizontal projection-rand shown as d in Fig. 2, the leverage thereby obtained will further aid the operator in using the device with a minimum of effort. A modified form of handle, designed to fit easily into an automobile, is shown at 7a, Figs. 3 and 4.

A single support for the mounting block 15 bridging the frame lengthwise, or crosswise, may also be used, if care is taken to provide a rigid attachment to the frame. However, since assembling the gasoline supply can to the support will then be difiicult in view of the wheels, an arrangement wherein the mounting block is secured to support members and forms a bridge-like member over the gasoline supply container is preferred.

Figs. 3 to 6 illustrate a modification of the outboard motor support. A stiffening bar 20, preferably formed of tubular steel, extends across the support members 16, 18, near the lower, forward ends thereof. The stiffening bar 20, is preferably removably mounted, for example by welding a pair of short pipe stubs, or sockets 22, 24 to the support members 16, 18, into which the stiffening member 20 may be inserted. (See Figs. and 6.) This stiffening bar 20 may be equipped with a connector for use with a boat trailer (as shown in Fig. 3), when it is desired to use the hand truck as a boat dolly. The boat trailers, as presently manufactured, are usually equipped with a socket, to connect to a dolly, in order to provide universal pivoting and tilting movement. A trailer of this type is shown at 25, provided with a ball socket 26. A short stub plate is welded on the stiffening member, as at 27, and provided with a connector ball 28, to fit into the socket 26. Stitfening bar 20 also serves as a stop for the gasoline can, and in such a construction, pin 10 may be omitted.

Wheels 4 and 5 are not strictly necessary, and may be replaced by skids, or left off altogether, if a stand only is desired, for example for display purposes.

The use of the device is as follows: with the leg 12 and the bumper 13 resting on the ground, the motor 14 is clamped to the mounting block. The gasoline supply container is then slipped between the support members 16, 18. stiffening member may then be placed in sockets 22 and 24 (the gasoline can then being prevented from sliding off), and a trailer 25 connected to the ball 28. The handle 7 is then picked up. This will bring the mounting block closer over the wheels 4 and 5. The only effort to hold the motor support in balance will then be reduced by the leverage of the relatively long handle, as determined by the ratio of the distance from the wheels to the extremity of the handle, to the distance d in Fig. 2. This latter distance being small, the force is small as well. Further, since the center of gravity of the loaded truck is comparatively low, any unbalance can be corrected by applying only a small force to the handle (reduced by the leverage). Addition of the trailer will not seriously disturb this relationship; on the contrary, the additional weight, placed low and close'to the wheels, will tend to increase the stability of the assembly as a whole.

Since the center of gravity is comparatively low and not too far removed from the wheels 4 and 5, the stability against sidewise tipping of the loaded carrier will be good. If the weight of a full gasoline can is added, the carrier can be tipped sideways for over 30 degrees without tipping over.

It will be understood that each of the elements described above, or two or more together, may also find a useful application in other types of carriers for various articles, difiering from the types described above. While the invention has been illustrated and described as embodied in a support, or hand truck for outboard motors, it is not intended to be limited to the details shown, since various modifications and structural changes may be made. By applying current knowledge the invention, including the features that fairly constitute essential characteristics of the generic or specific aspects thereof, may be adapted to various applications; and such adaptations should and are intended to be comprehended within the meaning and range of equivalence of the following claims.

I claim:

1. A support for use with outboard motors, comprising a base; a pair of spaced unitary support members secured to said base, each located in a plane extending generally perpendicularly with respect to said base, each unitary support member being formed with a generally upwardly extending portion, a portion inclined with respect to the plane of the base, and a downwardly extending portion; and a motor mounting block of lesser width than the length of the inclined portion, extending across the space between said unitary support members and secured to said support members at said portion inclined with respect to the base.

2. A hand truck for outboard motors comprising a base; a pair of spaced support members secured to said base, each located in a plane extending generally perpendicularly with respect to said base, each support member having a generally upwardly extending portion, a portion inclined with respect to the plane of the base, and a downwardly extending portion; an elongated motor mounting block secured to said support members at the portion inclined with respect to the base to span the space between'said support members and interconnect the same; a pair of wheels located at opposed corners along the base, each of the generally upwardly extending portions of the support members being secured to the base adjacent said opposed corners; a pair of sockets, each secured to an upwardly extending portion of the support members, and a stiffening member having projecting portions removably fitting into said sockets and connecting said upwardly extending portions together.

3. A hand truck according to claim 2, for additional use with gasoline supply cans, of commercial manufacture, located on the base, wherein the sockets are secured to the upwardly extending portion adjacent the ends of said portions and the stiffening member removably connects said portions together above the plane of the base and at a height which is less than the height of the gasoline supply can, whereby the stiffening member will form a removable gate preventing accidental removal of the gasoline supply can from the base.

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U.S. Classification280/47.19, 280/47.33, 280/15, 280/415.1, 280/DIG.200, 280/414.1, 280/476.1, 280/47.24
International ClassificationB62B1/18
Cooperative ClassificationB62B2202/408, B62B1/18, Y10S280/02
European ClassificationB62B1/18