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Publication numberUS3168260 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 2, 1965
Filing dateNov 13, 1962
Priority dateNov 13, 1962
Publication numberUS 3168260 A, US 3168260A, US-A-3168260, US3168260 A, US3168260A
InventorsArthur L Kittelson
Original AssigneeArthur L Kittelson
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Device for rolling up canvas hose
US 3168260 A
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ATTORNEY United States Patent 3,168,260 DEVIQE FOR RDLLING UP CANVAS HOSE Arthur L. Kittelson, Rte. 2, Box 491, Roseburg, Oreg. Filed Nov. 13, 1962, Ser. No. 236,906 1 Claim. (Cl. 242-86) This invention relates to the handling of canvas or similar collapsible hose which, when not in use, will assume substantially flat cross sectional form.

More particularly the invention is concerned with the placing of fire hose and similar cotton or canvas hoses, such as are used in the forests and parks for example, into compact coils for storage or transportation when the use of the hose is being discontinued for a period.

Since large amounts of such hose are required by fire departments, and by workers in the national and state forests where water often must be led by hose for considerable distance, it is customary to have the hose composed of sections of a hundred or more feet in length, with metal couplings at each end of each section, in order that several sections may be joined together consecutively if necessary. When extra sections of such hose are not in use, or when the use of any section is discontinued, it is customary to have each section rolled into a compact coil and tied in this position for convenient transportation by truck, or for storage purposes. Heretofore the rolling up of each section of hose into a coil, after use, after the water has been drained out of the section, and the section has assumed in flat condition, has generally been done by hand. When several sections of hose have to be rolled up in this way by hand considerable time and labor are involved. Accordingly the object of the present invention is to provide simple practical means which will eliminate a considerable portion of the time and labor required for this purpose.

A related and specific object is to provide an improved reel by which each section of such hose can be picked up, flattened and rolled into a compact roll, and then, after being tied, can be quickly discharged from the reel.

An additional object is to provide an improved reel for winding a length of hose into coil formation and to provide a guide bar attachment for such reel to position and maintain the convolutions of the coil all in the same plane during the coiling operation.

Another object of the invention is to provide an improved reel and. guide bar which can be adjusted for the handling of hoses of diiferent diameters or widths.

A still further object is to provide an improved hose winding reel with an optionally substitute hose-gripping means at the hub capable of engaging the hose at the center of the section of the hose instead of at an end of a section if it should be desired to have the coil convolutions formed of double instead of single thicknesses of hose. I

The manner in which these objects are attained with the improved reel of the present invention will be readily understood from the following brief description with reference to the accompanying drawings.

In the drawings:

FIG. 1 is a front elevation of the device with a portion of the same shown in section for the sake of clarity, and with the position of a hose coil on the reel indicated in broken lines;

FIG. 2 is a side elevation taken on the line indicated at 22 of FIG. 1, showing the hose completely coiled and tied and ready for removal from the reel, but indicating in broken line the path along which the hose is drawn to the reel in the coiling operation;

FIG. 3 is a sectional elevation of a modified substitute attachment or hose-gripping. means for coiling and supporting the hose on the reel; and

FIG. 4 is a fragmentary side elevation, drawn to a larger scale, indicating how the substitute attachment of FIG. 3 is employed with the reel assembly, this figure including an end elevation of the attachment of FIG. 3, taken on the line indicated at 4-4 in FIG. 3.

Referring first to FIG. 1, the reel includes an open wheel 50 having a rim 10 connected by spokes 11 to a hub 12. The hub 12 is formed with a co-axial cylindrical recess 13 extending in from the outside face of the hub and the cylindrical wall of this recess is threaded.

At the opposite side from the recess 13 the hub 12 is provided with an integral co-axial extension 14, formed so as to serve as the mounting shaft for the wheel. A crank handle 15 is secured to the end of this wheel shaft 14.

The wheel shaft 14, and with it the wheel, are rotatably mounted in a horizontal tubular bearing 16 which is formed at the top of a vertical post 17. The bottom end of this post 17 is removably secured in a socket 18 attached to a base plate 19 which is adapted to rest on the top rim of a side wall 20 of a truck, or any other suitable convenient base support. The socket 18 is also formed with a downwardly extending pair of spaced arms 21 and 21, one of which is intended to rest against one face of the truck wall 24 or other support and the other of which carries suitable clamping means 22 for engaging the opposite face of the truck wall or other support in order to hold the socket 18, and therewith the post 17 rigidly in position.

The Wheel shaft 14 is considerably longer than the supporting bearing 16 and a pair of collars 23 and 24 are adjustably positioned on the wheel shaft 14 adjacent opposite ends of the bearing 16 respectively, and are adjustably secured to the shaft 14 by means of suitable set screws. These collars hold the wheel shaft 14 in desired axially or longitudinally adjusted position with respect to the stationary tubular bearing 16 and thus cause the wheel to be spaced at a desired distance from the bearing 16 and post 17, the reason for which will be apparent later. Also the mounting bearing 16 is provided with a clamping screw 25 for engaging the shaft 14 in order to prevent inadvertent rotation of the shaft and wheel if desired.

A tubular hose-supporting member 26 has a threaded extension 27 at one end which is of the proper size to be received into the hub recess 13. This member 26 has a longitudinal slot 28 which extends from the approximate longitudinal center of the member 26 to the outer end. A hinged arm 29, having a width or diameter less than the width of the slot 28, has its inner end pivotally mounted on a pin 30 extending transversely across the member 26 and intersecting the axis of the member. The length of this hinged arm 29 exceeds the distance from the pin 36 to the outer end of the member 26, and a round knob 31 is mounted on the outer end of the arm 29. Thus, as

apparent from FIG. 1, the arm 29 may be placed either in the vertical position, as shown in full lines in FIG. 1 (and in FIG. 2), or in the horizontal position indicated in broken lines in FIG. 1.

When the reel is to be used for the coiling of a section of hose, the arm 29 is set in vertical position and the coupling 32 (FIG. 2) at one end of the hose H is placed over the raised arm 29. Then, when the wheel assembly, and therewith the member 26 and arm 29, are rotated by means of the crank 15, the hose H will be wound or coiled as illustrated in FIG. 2. When the coiling of the hose section has been completed it may be tied by a cord, as indicated at 33, or the layers of the coil may be held together by any other suitable or clamping means. During the tying or fastening of the coil it will be convenient to have the reel temporarily held against rotation, and this is easily done by tightening the clamping screw 25 (FIG. 1).

To facilitate the guiding of'the hose as it passes on to the reel, and to aid inkeeping the 'convolutions of the coil exactly in the same vertical plane during the winding up of the hose section, a guide bar 34 is removably mounted on the asse'mblyi This guide bar is shaped substantially as indicated in FIGS. 1 and 2. The guide bar has a vertical inner end portion 35 which is adapt ed to' be inserted into a'sock'et 36 secured on the outside of the post 17; An integralcross arin 37 on this portionof the guide bar engages thetop of the socket and also bears against the side of the bearing'16 and thus holds the guide bar against rotation in its support socket. The' guide bar extends obliquely upwardly andoutwa'rdly from the end portion 35, then extends substantially horizon tally outwardly witha slight clearance over the top of the wheel rim 10, and finally terminates in a' hose guiding portion 38' which extends downwardly in a substantially vertical plane but extends obliquely downwardly towards thedirection from which the hose is being pulle'donto the reel. Preferably the bottom end of thisp'o'rtion 38' is curved'outwardly, as indicated at in FIG. 1, so as to boom of'the way of any possible engagement with the hose. 7

When the winding of the'hose into the coil hasbeen completed and the coil has been tied or'otherwise secured together, the guide bar 34- is lifted out of its socket 36 and temporarily'removed in orderto allow the coil of hose to. be slid ofifrorntheire'el' assembly. The coil islth'en slid' outwardly offthe hose-supporting member 2s, thehinged' arm 29 swinging outwardly into' horizontal position as the coil is movedou'tivardly with'respect to the member 26. Should the arm 29 have become tightly engaged by the innersock'et 32 ofthe'hos'e coil, a slight partial rotation of the wheeland sh'aft'in reverse direction willbesufli'cient to'fre'e the arrn'29 and'enable it to drop in FIG. 3. This substitute member comprises a main partially tubular portion 4%, open at the outer end, having a slot 41 extending longitudinally the entire length, and having an integral threaded extension 42 on the inner end of exactly the same size as the inner threaded extension 27 on the member 26 (FIG. 1). When this substitute hose-supporting member 39'is to be used the member 26 1 is removed by being unscrewed from the hub recess lii down to horizontal position freely as the coil is pulled out wardly.

The fact that theposition'of the wheelshaft l4 can'be adjusted in an axial direction with rcspectto the station' ary bearin'g'lo, and thusw'ith respect to the guide bar 34 enables'the reelto accommodate hoses of different width or diameter. Thus, referring to FIG. 1, if a wider hose than that indicated'at H is required to be wound, the shiftingof the shaft 14 and therewith the shifting of the" Wheel and ho'se sup'por'ting member 26 to the right as viewed in FIG. 1, With respect to the stationary bearing 16, post 17 and guide bar socket 36, will result in a larger spacingbetween' the wheel and the outer portion 38 of the guide bar'and'thus enablea wider hose tobe accommo'dat'ed in this space; Such shifting of the shaft 14 is easily accomplished by adjusting thelcollars 23 and 24.

In some instances and under some conditions it may be desired to start at the approximate Icenter'of ,a hose section for forming "the hose into the desired coil instead of starting at an end of the section. To enable this to be accomplished by the reel assembly I provide a substitute hose-supporting and gripping member 39 shown;

and the member 39 is mounted in its place;

The manner in which the center portion of the hose section H' is then held by this substitutememb'er 39'is illustrated in FIG. 4. The slot 41 or the member 39' enables a transverse fold of the hose to be insertedin the slot, whereupon the turning of the reel causes the hose to 'be woun'd'into a coil having convolutions formed of double thicknesses instead of a single thickness of the hose. The'coil of hose is then easily slid'off from the member 39." The 'tran'sverse'hose fold at the center ordi-' In a device of the character described for forming collapsed hose into a roll, a wheel, a wheel shaft, said Wheelsecured tocne end of said shaft, 'a crank handle at the other end of saidshaft for rotating said shaft and wheel, a'b'ea'ring mounting for said shaft, a rigid support for said bearingmounting, and ahose-supportin'g member" secured in the hub of said wheel and extending from said hub and wheel oppositely from said shaft an d'co-axial with saidhub and shaft, said hosesupporting member provided with a longitudinal slot extending longitudinally along" said member and through the outer end'o f said member, a hose-engaging'arm having one-end hingedly mounted in said slot, said "arm extending beyond the end ofsaid 'mei'nber when" positioned co-axially in said slot but adapted to be swung'into a'p'osi tion"substantially normal to the'a'xis'of said member fortemporarily engaging an' end of the hose-when the'hose is beingrolled-up on said member, whereby said arm will be swung towards co-axial position in said slot-when the rolled-up hose is manually slid ofi from said member, thereby releasing the 'hose end.

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U.S. Classification242/532.4, 242/539, 242/548.3, 242/584.1, 242/404.2, 242/546.1
International ClassificationB65H54/58, B65H75/38
Cooperative ClassificationB65H54/585, B65H75/446
European ClassificationB65H75/44F2, B65H54/58B