US 3637158 A
The specification discloses a reeling apparatus for army cable, comprising a reel rotatably mounted in a U-shaped frame, the yoke or bend of which carries a depending journal. The apparatus also comprises a supporting bracket rigidly carrying a sleeve and a supporting plate pivotally carrying a similar sleeve. The journal can be inserted into either sleeve, whereby the frame can be fastened alternatively to said bracket comprises fastening means for attachment to a vehicle, whereas the supporting plate is adapted to be fastened on the front of a person. Straps secured on the person are provided for suspending the frame when supported by the pivotally mounted sleeve on the supporting plate fastened on the front of the person.
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.1 acobsen 51  REELHNG A TU FUR ARMY 1,663,766 3/1928 Landis ..242/96 CAME 1,720,982 7/1929 VanBrunt ..248/38 X 2,271,136 1/1942 Geiger ..248/38 X  Inventor: Anrulv Moe Jacobson, Lillehammer, Nor- 3,258,220 6/1966 Munger ..242/96 way P E l N. th 73 Assignee: A/S Norsk Kabelfabrik, Drammen, Nor- S2753 il's:
way Attorney-Johnson, Dienner, Emrich, Verbeck & Wagner  Filed: Sept. 15, 11969  ABSTRACT The specification discloses a reeling apparatus for army cable, comprising a reel rotatably mounted in a U-shaped frame, the
 Appl. No.: 857,704
 Foreign Application Priority Dam yoke or bend of which carries a depending journal. The ap Sept. 19, 1968 Norway ..3701/68 Paratus also comprises a supporting bracket rigidly carrying a sleeve and a supporting plate pivotally carrying a similar 52 us. C1 ..242/96, 248/38 sleeve- Theiouma' be inserted either Sleeve whereby  L C] A I I I I I l hBfish 75/40 the frame can be fastened alternatively to said bracket com- 58 1mm of Search ..24?/86.5, 96, 85; 248/38; Prises fastening means attachment a vehicle Whereas 224/5 the supporting plate is adapted to be fastened on the front ofa person. Straps secured on the person are provided for 5 References Cited suspending the frame when supported by the pivotally mounted sleeve on the supporting plate fastened on the front UNITED STATES PATENTS of the person.
498,307 5/1893 A1116 ..242/86.5 X 3 Claims, 7 Drawing Figures PATENTED JANZSlSYZ 353x15 mygmoR Fr/2111a M06 awake/2 ATTORNEYS REELING APPARATUS IFOR ARMY CABLE BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION There exists a demand for permitting a cable, especially a telephone cable laid in the field, to be reeled for subsequent use. Previously, such cable has been reeled on reels or spools, but there is also a demand for inserting laid cables in dispensers, which present substantial advantages, especially for the laying of the cable.
Previously, different reeling have been used according to whether the reeling is effected from a vehicle or on foot. Therefore, when changing from a reeling from a vehicle to a reeling on foot the cable must usually be severed.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION An object of the present invention is to provide a reeling apparatus for reeling army cable on spools or into coils for incorporation in dispensers, which apparatus can be used both when reeling from a vehicle and when reeling on foot.
The apparatus according to the invention comprises a reel that is rotatably mounted in a frame. What primarily characterizes the invention is that the frame is U-shaped with two upright arms and a yoke, and that the yoke is shaped for being fastened alternatively to a supporting bracket for attachment on a vehicle, or to a supporting plate that by means of a belt and supporting straps can be fastened on the front of a person for carrying the apparatus. According to a further feature of the invention the yoke carries a depending journal that can be inserted into a sleeve on the supporting bracket or the supporting plate.
Further features of the invention will appear from the subsequent description of a preferred embodiment, reference being had to the accompanying drawing.
IN THE DRAWING FIG. I is a perspective view of the U-shaped frame with the journal;
FIGS. 2 and 3 are a side view and a plan view, respectively, of the supporting bracket for attachment of the frame to a vehicle;
FIGS. A and are a front view and a plan view, respectively, of a supporting plate for fastening the apparatus on the front of a person;
FIG. 6 is a section on the line VI-VI in FIG. 1;
FIG. 7 is a perspective view of the reeling apparatus strapped on a person for reeling on foot.
The reeling apparatus of the embodiment illustrated primarily consists of a U-shaped frame or fork 1 having a yoke 2 and two upright arms 3 and 4. The yoke 2 carries a depending journal 5, which will be described in more detail later. The arm 4 is constituted by a housing 6 for a gear transmission having an input shaft 7 that may be rotated by a crank 8, and an output shaft 9. The output shaft 9 is adapted to be coupled with the shaft of a reel 10 (not illustrated in FIG. 1), which at the other end is mounted in a bearing 11 at the end of the arm 3. The frame I is divided at 12 to permit the reel 10 to be inserted and removed. A locking device 13 keeps the two parts of the frame together. A supporting bracket 14 for attachment of the frame I to a vehicle is illustrated in FIGS. 2 and 3. The supporting bracket comprises two hook-shaped fastening plates 15 and 16, respectively, which may be hooked onto a frame or the like of a vehicle and moved together by means of a screw l7 for attachment to the frame of the vehicle. The fastening plate I5 is connected to a protruding arm 18 that is rigidly attached to a bearing sleeve 19 and a plate 20 coaxial therewith. The journal 5 fits into the bearing sleeve l9. A pin 21, which is tied to the supporting bracket 14 by a string 22 so as not to get lost, can be inserted into a slot 5 in the journal 5 to prevent the frame 1 from being lifted off the plate 20 and the sleeve 19.
Above the plate 20 there is provided an arm 23 which at one end has a portion 24 of channel shape having an aperture 25. When the journal 5 is inserted into the sleeve 19 through the aperture 25 the yoke 2 will fit into the channel portion 24. Thereby the arm 23 may serve as a lever for adjusting the fork or frame l in various positions relatively to the vehicle to which the supporting bracket I4 is attached. The arm 23 may be locked in various positions by means of a locking device 26 cooperating with apertures 27 at the periphery of the plate 20.
A supporting plate 28 for carrying the frame I in case of a reeling on foot is illustrated in FIGS. 4 to 6. In the embodiment illustrated the supporting plate consists of a supporting member 29 of strong, flexible material, for instance leather,
and a thin metal plate 30 provided at the front of the central portion of the supporting member 29 and serving to stiffen this portion. It is also feasible to make the: supporting member 29 and the rigid central portion 36 in one piece from metal plate. The central portion 30, which for instance is fastened to the supporting member 29 by means of rivets 311, carries two lugs 32 serving for mounting a sleeve 33 for receiving the journal 5 on the frame 1 an having a transverse pin M in its lower portion for engaging the slot 5' in the journal 5. The sleeve 33 is mounted for pivoting approximately about an axis 33' from a substantially vertical to a substantially horizontal position.
The supporting plate 28 carries or is constructed with belt loops or keepers 35 and rings 36. The belt loops 35 serve to fasten the supporting plate 28 on the front of a person who is to carry the apparatus, as illustrated in FIG. 7, the belt 37 of the person being threaded through the belt loops 35. The belt 37 and the supporting plate 28 are supported by means of supporting bands or straps 38 extending from the rings 36, under either arm of the person, crossing each other on the back and extending over the shoulder of the person down to the belt.
To the portion of each of the crossing straps 33 extending over the shoulder of the person there is attached a supporting strap 39 having a book 40 at its free end for engaging a loop 41 at the upper end of each arm 3, 4 of the frame ll. The supporting straps 39 are attached to the crossing straps 38 by means of ordinary buckles, so that their lengths may be adjusted.
When changing from a reeling from a vehicle to a reeling on foot the frame I is lifted from its rotatable mounting in the supporting bracket I4 and attached to the supporting plate 28, which has previously been buckled on the person who is to carry the apparatus, by inserting the jloumal 5 into the sleeve 33. Thereupon the hooks 40 are engaged with the respective loops All, whereby the apparatus is maintained in a position permitting the person to operate the crank 8.
It will be understood that various structural changes of the parts of which the apparatus consists, may be effected without departing from the invention. This is especially true of the way in which the supporting bracket and the supporting plate are fastened.
What I claim is:
l. A reeling apparatus for dispensing cable comprising a U- shaped frame having a yoke with two upright arms having means for mounting a winding reel, a journal carried by said yoke for mounting said U-shaped frame, and a supporting bracket for receiving said journal, said supporting bracket comprising a support plate having a central opening, a bearing sleeve mounted in said opening at a transverse angle to said support plate, a lever having a channel-shaped portion at one end, said channel-shaped portion being formed with a central circular opening, said journal extending through said circular opening and rotatably supported by said bearing sleeve such that said yoke is seated in said channel portion, fastening means for removably attaching the reeling apparatus on a vehicle, and locking means for holding said lever in a locked position after said lever is rotated about said one end to orient said U-shaped frame in a desired orientation relative to said support plate.
2. Reeling apparatus as defined in claim l, wherein said fastening means for removably attaching the reeling apparatus on a vehicle comprises a pair of opposing hook members disposed in a perpendicular relation to said support plate, and means for selectively moving said hook members towards and plate in a circular path about said circular opening of said support plate, and a locking device carried by said lever for selectively engaging one of said plurality of apertures to hold said lever in various positions relative to said support plate.
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