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Publication numberUS3336703 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 22, 1967
Filing dateMar 2, 1965
Priority dateMar 2, 1965
Publication numberUS 3336703 A, US 3336703A, US-A-3336703, US3336703 A, US3336703A
InventorsMulter Howard C
Original AssigneeStauley Works
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Portable power tool
US 3336703 A
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1967 I H. c. MULTER 3,336,703

PORTABLE POWER TOOL Filed March 2, 1965 INVENTOR. HOWARD C. MULTER BWWM? ATTORNEYS United States Patent 3,336,703 PORTABLE POWER TQOL Howard C. Muiter, West Hartford, Conn, assignor to The Stanley Works, New Britain, Conn., a corporation of Connecticut Filed Mar. 2, 1965, Ser. No. 436,481 4 Claims. (Cl. 51-47(1) This invention relates to portable power tools and more particularly concerns the handles by which such tools are grasped and manipulated during use.

One of the objects of the present invention is to provide a portable power tool having an adjustable handle which may be secured in any one of a plurality of positions so as to facilitate use of the tool under various circumstances.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a portable power tool having an adjustable auxiliary handle which may be positioned so as to lie entirely within the peripheral boundaries of the housing of the tool.

Still another object of the present invention is to provide a portable power tool having a main handle and an angularly adjustable, forwardly projecting auxiliary handle which may be mounted so as to permit the tool to be operated with two hands in close quarters.

Other objects will be in part obvious and in part pointed out more in detail hereinafter.

The invention accordingly consists in the features of construction, combination of elements and arrangement of parts which will be exemplified in the construction hereafter set forth and the scope of the application which will be indicated in the appended claims.

In the drawing:

FIG. 1 is a side elevation view of a portable power tool embodying the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a sectional view taken along the line 22 in FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a sectional view taken along the line 3-3 in FIG. 2; and

FIG. 4 is a cross sectional view taken along the line 4-4 in FIG. 2.

The present invention is useful in conjunction with various types of portable power tools having an auxiliary handle as well as a main handle to permit the tool to be grasped by both hands of the operator. By way of eX- ample, there is illustrated in FIG. 1 an orbital pad sander comprising a horizontally disposed transmission housing 12, an upright electric motor housing 14 mounted on the housing 12 and a rearwardly extending main handle 16 secured to the upper portion of the motor housing 14. Underlying the transmission housing 12 and generally coextensive therewith is a sanding pad 18 which is secured to the transmission housing 12 by suitable means permitting it to move in an orbital path in the plane of its bottom surface. Portable sanders of the orbital pad type are well known in the art and since the components which drive the sanding pad 18 may be of any suitable form they are not disclosed herein.

At the forward end of the transmission housing 12 there is provided a mounting boss 29 forwardly inclined away from the motor housing 14 and arranged to support an arm 22 to which is secured an auxiliary handle 24. The arm 22 includes an angularly projecting mounting portion 26 having a central aperture 28 through which extends a mounting screw 30 threaded in a tapped hole 32 in the mounting boss 20. Preferably, the head of the screw 30 is partially concealed by a countersunk washer 34 interposed between the head of the screw 30 and the mounting portion 26 of the arm 22.

It will be observed that the angle of inclination of the mounting boss 20 and the angle at which the mounting portion 26 is inclined with respect to the arm 22 are such 3,33,7'3 Patented Aug. 22, 1967 that the handle 24 may be shifted along a forwardly tilted circular path about the axis of the hole 32. Thus the handle 24 may be mounted in a rearrnost position in which it does not extend outside the peripheral boundaries of the housing 12, as well as positions extending forwardly or to either side of the housing 12. When the sander It] is operated on an unobstructed surface the auxiliary handle 24 may be mounted in its forward position. However, when edge portions of surfaces bounded by obstructions such as upright walls are to be sanded, placement of the handle 24 in its rearmost position or one of the side positions permits the operator to guide the sanding pad over such surfaces while continuing to grip the sander 10 with both hands.

In order to permit the handle 24 to be firmly secured to the mounting boss 20 in various angular positions, a

group of semi-spherical depressions 36 are formed in the surface of the mounting boss 20 and are arranged in a circle concentric with the axis of the tapped hole 32 so as to cooperate with a similarly arranged group of semi-spherical detents 38 formed on the lower surface of the mounting portion 26 of the arm 22. Thus, in the illustrated embodiment of the invention the handle 24 may be mounted in any one of eight different angular positions disposed about the axis of the tapped hole 32.

The angle at which the surface of the mounting boss 20 is forwardly inclined from the motor housing 14 and the angle at which the mounting portion 26 of the arm 22 is disposed with respect to the remainder of the arm 22 are chosen so that the arm 22 extends generally vertically and parallel to the motor housing when in its real-most position. When the arm 22 is in this position, the handle 24 lies behind the front edge of the sander 10 and between its side edges, and hence it is possible to operate the sander 10 with 'both hands even though the surface to be sanded is bounded by obstructions rising above its level.

From the foregoing it will be evident that the present invention provides an auxiliary handle for portable power tools which may be mounted in a variety of positions to permit the tool to be used under various conditions, that the handle may be mounted so that it does not extend beyond the boundaries of the main housing of the tool and that the position of the handle may be quickly and easily changed to adapt the tool for various working conditions.

As will be apparent to persons skilled in the art, various modifications and adaptations of the structure above described will become readily apparent without departure from the spirit and scope of the invention, the scope of which is defined in the appended claims.

I claim:

1. In a portable power tool having a housing and a main handle, a mounting boss on said housing between the front edge thereof and said handle, said boss having a mounting surface inclined forwardly away from said main handle, an auxiliary handle including an arm having at one end thereof a mounting portion adapted to be secured to said mounting boss in a plurality of positions angularly displaced about an axis perpendicular to said mounting surface, said mounting portion being angularly disposed with respect to the remainder of said arm whereby said auxiliary handle may be secured on said mounting boss in a plurality of positions including one in which it extends forwardly from said housing and another in which it extends generally vertically above said housing, and means for securing said mounting portion on said mounting boss.

2. In a portable power tool having a housing and a main handle, a mounting boss on said housing between the front edge thereof and said handle, said boss having Q a mounting surface inclined forwardly away from said ma1n handle and a tapped hole therein perpendicular to said mounting surface, an auxiliary handle including an.

arm having at one end thereof a mounting portion adapted to be secured to said mounting boss in a plurality of positions angularly displaced about the axis of said tapped hole, said mounting portion having an aperture therein and being angularly disposed with respect to the remainder of said arm whereby said auxiliary handle may be secured on said mounting boss in a plurality of positions including one in which it extends forwardly from said housing and another in which it extends generally vertically above said housing, a screw extending through said aperture into threaded engagement with said tapped hole, and detent means for securing said mOunting portions on said mounting boss in each of said plurality of positions.

3. In a portable power tool having a normally horizontally extending housing and an upright housing thereon, a mounting boss on said horizontally extending housing adjacent said upright housing for supporting an adjustable auxiliary handle, said boss having a mounting surface inclined forwardly away from said upright housing, an auxiliary handle including an arm having at one end thereof a mounting portion adapted to be secured to said mounting boss in a plurality of positions angularly displaced about an axis perpendicular to said mounting surface, said mounting portion being angularly disposed with respect to the remainder of said arm whereby said auxiliary handle may be secured on said mounting boss in a plurality of positions including one in which it extends forwardly from said horizontally extending housing and another in which it extends generally vertically therefrom, and means for securing said mounting portion on said mounting boss.

4. In a portable power tool having a normally horizontally extending housing and an upright housing thereon,

a mounting boss on said horizontally extending housing adjacent said upright housing for supporting an adjustable auxiliary handle, said boss having a mounting surface inclined forwardly away from said upright housing and a tapped hole therein perpendicular to said mounting surface, an auxiliary handle including an arm having at one end thereof a mounting portion adapted to be secured to said mounting boss in a plurality of positions angularly displaced about the axis of said tapped hole, said mounting having an aperture therein and being angularly disposed with respect to the remainder of said arm whereby said auxiliary handle may be secured on said mounting boss in a plurality of positions including one in which it extends forwardly from said horizontally extending housing and another in which it extends generally vertically therefrom, a screw extending through said aperture into threaded engagement with said tapped hole, and detent means for securing said mounting portion on said mounting boss in each of said plurality of positions.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,818,361 8/1931 SchWabe 51170 2,302,424 11/ 1942 Delnostro 5l170 2,664,678 1/1954 Wickes 51l70 2,683,336 7/1954 Scace 51-170 2,802,230 8/1957 Maddox 15l44 3,045,271 7/1962 Cinotte 15-235 X 3,176,436 4/1965 Anton 5l170 FOREIGN PATENTS 178,012 4/1922 Great Britain.

ROBERT C. RIORDON, Primary Examiner.

I. A. MATHEWS, Assistant Examiner.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification451/344, 15/144.1, D08/62, 16/441
International ClassificationB24B23/04, B24B23/00
Cooperative ClassificationB24B23/04
European ClassificationB24B23/04