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Publication numberUS3568963 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 9, 1971
Filing dateSep 11, 1969
Priority dateSep 11, 1969
Publication numberUS 3568963 A, US 3568963A, US-A-3568963, US3568963 A, US3568963A
InventorsKoskinen Arthur A
Original AssigneeKoskinen Arthur A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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United States Patent [72] Inventor Arthur A. Koskinen 4458 Soquel Drive, Soquel, Calif. 95073 [21] Appl. No. 857,157 [22] Filed Sept. 11, 1969 [45] Patented Mar. 9, 1971 [54] MOUNTING 8 Claims, 9 Drawing Figs. [52] U.S. Cl 248/42, 287/12, 287/21 [51] Int. Cl. A451) 25/00 [50] Field 01' Search 248/38- [56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,167,599 1/1916 Sanford 287/l2x 2,694,538 11/1954 Consolo et a]. 248/42 3,145,005 8/1964 Wester 248/40 3,204,898 9/1965 Manning Primary Examiner-Edward C. Allen Assistant Examiner-William H. Schultz Att0rney-Alexander B. Blair ABSTRACT: A mount holding a vertical rod with a ball at its top positioned in a ball joint opening of a housing having an umbrella holder within a bore extending from the ball joint opening at the top of the housing. When the umbrella holder is slightly raised so that the ball is no longer being forced against the ball joint opening, the housing may be pivoted about the ball. A nut on the vertical rod supports the housing which has a conical bottom extending below the ball so that the housing is tilted by adjusting the height of the nut. In another embodiment a slot at the housing bottom allows the housing to be tilted past the vertical rod to a horizontal position. In another embodiment the ball is locked into position by means of a cam and plunger.

MOUNTING This invention relates to devices for mounting and adjusting by means 'of tilting and pivotal movements the angular posi tions of umbrellas, flag poles, fishing poles, antennas, and the like. I

The primary object of this invention is tojprovide facilitation of the desired positioning of a pole by means of an ad justable ball joint mounting for tilting and pivotal movements with a minimum number of moving parts and manual adjust ments.

The above and other objects of the invention will become apparent to those skilled in the art after. acorisideration of the following'detaileddescription of the preferred embodiments of this invention taken together with the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. I is a side view of an umbrella attached to the adjustable ball housing and mounting plate; I

FIG. 2'is a sectional view taken on line .2-2 of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a sectional view of a stationary mounting plate taken on line3-3of FIG.- 1;

FIG. 4 is a cross-sectional view of a cam locking device;

FIG. 5 is a cutaway view of a center postmounting sleeve; FIG. 6 is a side view ofa boat seat clamp mount;

FIG. 7 is a sectional view taken on line 7-7 ofFIG. 6;

FIG. 8 is across-sectional side view of theadjustable ball jointconnection and; housing tilted 90.for 360 pivoting ina horizontal plane; and

FIG. 9 is a'sectional'view taken on line 9-9of FIG. 8.

Referring in detail to the drawings, in FIGS; land 2 an umbrella post rests within a lockingsleeve 22iwhich at its lower end is threadedly engagedwithin a ballhousing'sleeve 24. A ball joint 26-is positioned at the'lower end of housing sleeve 24 which increases diameter at its bottom forming a' conical extension 28. A ball 30, which is positioned withinfball joint 26,.is secured to the top of a threaded'rod 32 whichis threadedlytengaged at its lower end within stationary mount ing plate 34securely mounted to ahorizontal surface 36 by 'means of bolts 38 within apertures 40, as is clearly shown in FIGS. 1-3. Threaded upon rod 32 is an angleadjusting nut 42, which serves as a platform for the outermost perimeter of conical extension 28 at the point where it rests on nut 42, and lock nut 44.

Umbrella post 20, which is in a vertical position whenthe outermost perimeter of conical extension 28 rests flat upon. angle adjusting nut 42, maybe set at a d'esiredangle-by raising locking sleeve 22 so thatit no longer forces ball against ball joint 26 thereby preventihgmovement' and by lowering nut 42 so thatumbrella post20 and. ball housing sleeve 24 tilt atan angle'as point 28a, along the outermost perimeter of conical extension 28, rests upon nut 42, while point 28b 180 away from point 28a is raisedinthe air. Umbrella post 20 maybe tilted until point 28c along the innermost perimeter of the inner surface of conicalextension 28 makesphysical contact with rod 32 which prevents further tilting. Umbrella post. 20 and ball housing sleeve 24while tilted may be pivoted 360 merely. by rotating them about ball 30*and an axis running through the center of rod32, the outermost perimeter of com cal extension 28 forming a circular path along angle adjusting nut 42 during rotation. After umbrella post'20 hasbeentilted and pivoted to thedesired angle, it may be locked into posi tion merely by lowering locking sleeve 22 forcing ball 30 against ball joint 26'; I

FIGS. 8 and 9 show another embodimentof thisinvention whereby umbrella post 20 may be tilted- 90 to a horizontal of the conical section removed by slot 50 at point 280 which when notremoved moves against rod32. preventing further tilting-as shown in FIG. 2.

Another embodiment of this invention isshown in FIG. 4

disclbsing a cam locking device. An umbrella post 22. is secured within an unthreaded ball housing sleeve 24' by 30 against the bottom of ball housing sleeve 24' thereby preventing'further movementof ball 30. Because of the pressure fit, cam33will notloosen or rotate out of the locking position duertovibration orthe weight of handle 37. Also, handle.37 cannot be accidentally pushed loose because itcan only be pulled from its locking position.

Another embodimentof this invention is shown in FIG. 5 disclosing a center post mount which can be used on earth moving equipment and the like. Rod 32is threadedly engaged with a mounting sleeve 50. and lock nut 44. Sleeve 60 is.

secured to a centerpost62 meansof rivet 64.

Another embodiment of-this invention is shown in FIGS. 6': and 7 disclosing a boat seat mounting clamp for small pleasure and fishing boats for allowing the umbrella to be quicklypivoted out of the way when playing and landing a fish. Rod 32 is threadedly engaged with lock nut and. a clamp 70 which is secured. to a horizontal surface, such. as boat seat 72 by. means of clamp screws 74.

While the preferred embodiments of this invention have been illustrated and described, itwill be understood by those skilled in the art that modifications and changes may be resorted to without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.

lclairn:

1. An adjustable ball joint pole mounting, comprising:

a first sleevehaving a bore in the upper end thereof for holding a pole andthreaded at the lower end thereof; a housing having a threaded sleeve at the upper endthereof for threadedly engaging the lower end of said firstsleeve, a ball joint opening extendingfrom the threaded sleeve at the lower end of 'saidhousing, and aconical shaped bottom;

a ball positioned withinthe ball joint opening of said housing for pivoting and tilting said housing, said housing becoming locked at the desired angle when the lower end of saidfirst sleeve isscrewed into said'ball jointopening for preventingmovement between said'housingpand said ball;

a threaded rod having said ball secured to the top thereof;

a mount having a vertical threaded bore for holding said threaded rod in a vertical position; and

a nut on said threaded rod'supporting the conical shaped."

bottom of said housing, the conicalshapedbottom of said housing extending below said ball for tilting said. housing at a-desired angle by adjusting the height of said nut;

2. An adjustable ball joint pole mountingas recitedin claim 8, wherein: i i

said mount includes a stationary plate including a raise cylindrical portionin the center thereof containing said. vertical threadedbore and a flat base for securing said mount to a horizontal'surface.

3. An adjustable ball'jointpole mounting as recited in claim 8, wherein: i

said mount includes a sleeve fitted over and secured toavertical post; saidsleeve having a top horizontal surface: containing said'vertical threaded bore.

4. An adjustable ball joint pole mounting as recited inclaim 8,.wherein:

said mount includes a U-shaped clamp comprising-alowers horizontal leg' threadedly holding a clamp screw for: manual adjustment, clamping and securing said mount to a horizontal surface, and an upper horizontal leg contain; ing said vertical threaded bore.

5'. An adjustable ball joint pole mounting as recited'incl'aim 8, whereim said housing has a slot extending upwards from the conical shaped bottom and terminating above the lower end of the ball joint opening, the width of the slot being greater than that of said threaded rod for tilting said housing past said threaded rod to a horizontal position.

6. An adjustable ball joint pole mounting, comprising:

a housing having a sleeve at the upper end thereof for holding a pole, a ball joint opening at the lower end of said housing, and a conical-shaped shaped bottom;

a ball positioned within the ball joint opening of said housing for pivoting and tilting said housing;

locking means within said housing;

a threaded rod having said ball secured to the top thereof;

a mount having a vertical threaded bore for holding said threaded rod in a vertical position; and

a nut on said threaded rod supporting the conical shaped bottom of said housing, the conical shaped bottom of said housing extending below said ball for tilting said housing at a desired angle by adjusting the height of said nut.

7. The adjustable ball joint pole mounting of claim 6,

wherein said locking means includes a first sleeve having a bore in the upper end thereof for holding a pole and threaded at the lower end thereof for threaded engagement with said housing sleeve, said housing becoming locked at the desired angle when the lower end of said first sleeve is screwed into said ball joint opening for preventing movement between said housing and said ball. 7

8. The adjustable ball joint pole mounting of claim 6, wherein said locking means includes:

a plunger within the sleeve of said housing resting on the top surface of said ball; a cam positioned within the sleeve of said housing above said plunger; and a handle pivotally mounted in the sleeve of said housing and secured to said cam for rotation of said cam which presses down said plunger on the top surface of said ball forcing said ball against the side of the ball joint opening of said housing for preventing movement between said housing and said ball.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification248/516, 248/539, 403/68, 403/77, 248/534, 403/69, 403/90
International ClassificationA45B17/00
Cooperative ClassificationA45B17/00
European ClassificationA45B17/00