US 2881007 A
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April 7, 1959. A. F. KA-RWATT ET AL 2,881,007 ROLLING GARBAGE ,CAN
Filed Dec. 16, 1957 United States Patent ROLLING GARBAGE CAN Alvin F. Karwatt and Nina Karwatt, Sayreville, NJ.
Application December 16, 1957, Serial No. 702,970
1 Claim. (Cl. 28047.17)
This invention relates to storage equipment and more particularly, to a portable garbage can.
Ordinarily, the moving of heavily loaded garbage storage cans requires a great effort and can often injure the workmen or person attempting to move the same. Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide a portable garbage can which is mounted upon wheels so as to overcome the aforementioned difiiculties, and which is of extremely simple and efficient construction.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a rolling garbage can having self-contained handle means for steering and propelling the can which is particularly useful for turning sharp corners, rolling up and down inclines, and for storage in a minimum amount of space.
All of theforegoing and still further objects and advantages of this invention will become apparent from a study of the following specification, taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, wherein:
Figure 1 is a front elevational view of a rolling garbage can made in accordance with one form of the present invention;
Figure 2 is a side elevational view of the device shown in Figure 1;
Figure 3 is a view similar to Figure 2, with certain parts thereof in an adjusted position for rolling the unit along a supporting surface;
Figure 3a is a bottom plan view of the T-shaped frame forming a part of the assembly shown in Figures 1 to 3;
Figure 4 is a view similar to Figure 2, showing a modified form of construction; and
Figure 5 is a front elevational view of the unit shown in Figure 4.
Referring now to the drawing, and more particularly to Figures 1 to 3 thereof, arolling garbage can made in accordance with one form of the present invention is shown to include a container portion having a cylindrical side wall 12, handles 13 disposed at diametrically opposite sides of the container portion adjacent to the upper end thereof provide means for carrying and moving the unit from place to place. The upper open end of the container is provided with a removable closure lid 15 having a single central handle 16. A platform assembly is secured to the flange of the base 18 of the container and has a T-shaped frame 20 extending diametrically across the base 18 along a line parallel to the common diameter of the handles 13. The transverse section at one end of the frame 20 is provided with a pair of depending arms 22 which rotatably support a transverse axle 23 upon which wheels 24 are also rotatably supported. The end of the frame 20 opposite the arms 22 is provided with a slot 25 for slidably receiving either end of an angle bar 27.
With the angle bar in the position 27a shown in Figure 2, with the long leg thereof slidably engaged with the slot 25, the opposite shorter leg thereof extends downwardly into engagement with the supporting surface so as to maintain the container on a level plane. When in the reversed position 27b, the angle bar may be used as a handle, as shown in Figure 3, through the shorter leg slidably received within the slot 25 and the longer leg used to direct the unit along the supporting surface, when desired.
In Figures 4 and 5 of the drawing, a modified form of supporting platform 30 is shown to include a pair of angle brackets 32 which extend downwardly from the flanged base 18 of the container 12. These brackets 32 rotatably support an axle 33 which also rotatably supports spaced wheels 35. A U-shaped leg 38 having a forwardly turned out base 39 is integrally secured to the front end of the unit. In order to move this particular embodiment of the present invention, the forward 'handle 13 may be raised slightly so as to disengage the prop 38 in order to wheel the unit upon the wheels 35. On the other hand, the unit may be tilted rearwardly by pulling downwardly upon the rear handle 13 in order to raise the prop 38 and thus pull the unit with the wheel side thereof leading.
In either embodiment, a portable and rollable garbage can is provided which is readily transported from place to place with a minimum amount of effort and which can be readily turned about sharp corners because of the two wheel support structure.
While this invention has been described with particular reference to the construction shown in the drawing,
it is to be understood that such is not to be construed as imparting limitations uponthe invention, which is best defined by the claim appended hereto.
What we claim as new and desire to protect by Letters Patent of the United States is:
A rolling garbage can comprising, in combination, a cylindrical main body portion having a base at the lower end and an upper end, a closure removably carried by said upper end of said main body portion, handle means secured to said main body portion, platform means including a pair of wheels rotatably carried by said base for rollably supporting said main body portion upon a surface, said platform means comprising a T-shaped frame secured to said base having a longitudinal arm and a transverse arm, said pair of wheels being rotatably carried by said transverse arm, and support means carried by said longitudinal arm, said longitudinal arm defining a slot, said support means comprising an angle bar selectively engageable at either end with said slot, said angle bar having a long leg and an angularly related short leg, said long leg being operative as a handle to propel said can with said short leg engaged within said slot, and said short leg being operative as a prop to support said can with said long leg engaged within said slot.
References Cited in the file of this patent Emery Dec. 6, 1955