US 3799595 A
A gate tightener comprises a shaft which is rotatably mounted within a tube or sleeve. The tube or sleeve is welded to a vertical plate which in turn is adapted to be secured to a gatepost. The shaft has handles on its opposite ends so that it may be rotated within the sleeve. A cable element has its opposite ends secured to the shaft so as to form a loop for the reception of a vertical member of a gate, and locking means are provided for selectively locking the shaft against rotation within the sleeve.
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United States Patent 91 Wahlert Mar. 26, 1974 1 GATE TIGHTENER  Inventor: Franklyn G. Wahlert, R.R. No. 3,
Exira, Iowa 50076  Filed: Dec. 13, 1972 211 App]. No.: 314,823
 U.S. Cl. 292/246, 160/328  Int. Cl. E05c 19/10  Field of Search 160/328; 256/39, 40, 41;
 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 4/1909 Edwards 160/328 11/1897 Stauffer et a1. 160/328 397,814 2/1889 Nicolai 256/40 UX 598,494 2/1898 Bennett et a1. 256/40 2,575,947 11/1951 Etnyre 292/247 2,827,265 3/1958 McKillop 160/328 X FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 617,120 2/1949 Great Britain 256/40 Primary Examiner-Dennis L. Taylor Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Zarley, McKee & Thomte [5 7] ABSTRACT A gate tightener comprises a shaft which is rotatably mounted within a tube or sleeve. The tube or sleeve is welded to a vertical plate which in turn is adapted to be secured to a gatepost. The shaft has handles on its opposite ends so that it may be rotated within the sleeve. A cable element has its opposite ends secured to the shaft so as to form a loop for the reception of a vertical member of a gate, and locking means are provided for selectively locking the shaft against rotation within the sleeve.
10 Claims, 4 Drawing Figures GATE TIGHTENER This invention relates to a gate tightener.
One problem commonly encountered on farms is the problem of securely fastening gates so that livestock cannot escape from pastures or other areas in which they are fenced. Often the gates in such pastures are fastioned from vertical posts which are interconnected by horizontal strands of barbed wire. Consequently, when these gates are fastened they must be tightly drawn toward the stationary gate post of the gate so as to prevent the gate from yielding when the animals attempt to get out of the fenced-in area.
The present invention contemplates means for tightly drawing such a gate toward the gatepost so that the gate will be securely fastened.
Therefore a primary object of the present invention is the provision of means which will tightly draw a gate toward a gatepost.
A further object of the present invention is the provision of a device which permits the application of leverage for tightening a gate.
A further object of the present invention is the provision of a device which is easy to mount on any conventional gate.
A further object of the present invention is the provision of a gate tightener which may be locked so as to maintain the gate in a tightened condition after it has been drawn tightly against a gatepost.
A further object of the present invention is the provision of a device which is economical to manufacture, durable in use, and simple in construction.
This invention consists in the construction, arrangements and combination of the various parts of the device, whereby the objects contemplates are attained as hereinafter more fully set forth, specifically pointed out in the claims, and illustrated in the accompanying drawings in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the gate fastener.
FIG. 2 is a front elevational view of the gate fastener.
FIG. 3 is a sectional view taken along lines 3 -3 of FIG. 2.
FIG. 4 is a partial perspective view of a modified form of the gate fastener.
Referring now to the drawings, a gate fastener or tightener is shown rigidly mounted to a stationary gate post 12. A vertical member 14 forms the end of a flexible gate (not shown) having a plurality of horizontal barbed wire members 16. A U-shaped metal strap 18 is rigidly secured to the lower end of gatepost 12 by means of screws or nails 20 and is adapted to receive the lower end of vertical member 14 of the gate.
Gate tightener 10 comprises a bracket member 22, a shaft 24, and a looped cable 26. Bracket 22 includes a vertical plate 28 and a horizontal sleeve or tube 30 which is welded or otherwise fixed to vertical plate 28. Plate 28 is rigidly secured to gatepost 12 by means of screws or nails 32. Tube 36 includes a pair of vertically aligned apertures 34.
Shaft 24 is shown in the drawings to be of tubular construction, but it may equally as well be solid in construction. Shaft 24 rotatably extends through tube 30 of bracket 22, and includes a plurality of holes 36 therein which are adapted to move into registered alignment with holes 34 of tube 30 when shaft 24 rotates within tube 30. At opposite ends of tube 30 are two spaced apart pairs of annular flanges 38, 40 which abut against the opposite ends of tube 30 and limit axial movement of shaft 24 within tube30. Pairs of flanges 38, 40 provide reel portions 42, 44 along shaft 24 for receiving the opposite ends of looped cable 26. Thus upon rotation of shaft 24 the opposite ends of cable 26 wind upon reel portions 42, 44.
At the opposite ends of shaft 24 is a pair of crank handles 46, each of which comprises a horizontal member 48 and a vertical member 50. Vertical members 50 are operatively secured to the opposite ends of shaft 24 by nuts 52 or other conventional means.
A locking means is provided in the modification shown in FIGS. 1 3, and which comprises a vertically disposed pin or bolt 54 having a head 56 on the upper end thereof. Bolt 54 slidably extends through apertures 34, 36 of sleeve 30 and shaft 24 so as to prevent rotation of shaft 24 within sleeve 30.
In order to operate gate fastener 10, one must place the lower end of vertical member 14 within U-shaped metal strap 18 so as to prevent movement of the lower end of member 14 away from the post 12. Looped cable 26 is then placed over the upper end of vertical member 14, and pin 54 is removed from apertures 34, 36 so as to permit rotation of shaft 24 within sleeve 30. Shaft 24 is rotated by virtue of handles 46, and the L- shaped configuration of handles 46 permits the application of considerable leverage during the rotation of shaft 24. As shaft 24 is rotated, the opposite ends of looped cable 26 are rotatably wound around reel portions 42, 44 of shaft 24. This winding of cable 26 about reel portions 42, 44 causes the upper end of vertical member 14 to be drawn toward stationary gatepost 12. When the desired tightness of the gate has been achieved, the operator again inserts pin 54 into apertures 34, 36 of sleeve 30 and shaft 24. Because of the plurality of openings 36 in shaft 24, shaft 24 may be locked in any of a plurality of rotational positions within sleeve 30.
Referring to FIG. 4, a modified form of the invention is shown. All of the components of the gate tightener are the same as shown in FIGS. 1 3 with the exception that a padlock 58 is used in the place of pin 54. Padlock 58 includes a U-shaped bar 60 which has its opposite ends joined and retentively engaged by a body member 62. One of the legs of U-shaped bar 60 slidably extends through apertures 34, 36 of sleeve 30 and shaft 24 in the same fashion as did pin 54. Thus, padlock 58 may be used to provide security measures to prevent the opening of the gate once it has been tightly secured. In view of the foregoing it can be seen that the device accomplishes at least all of its stated objectives.
1. A device for mounting on a gatepost to tighten a flexible wire gate having a vertical member, said device comprising:
a shaft having opposite ends;
a bracket support having bearing means thereof for rotatably receiving said shaft said bearing means comprising an elongated tube having opposite ends;
means for mounting said bracket on said gatepost;
said shaft rotatably extending through said bearing means;
a cable element having its ends secured to said shaft one end of said cable being secured to said shaft in spaced-apart relationship to one end of said bearing means and the other end of said cable being secured to said shaft in a similar spaced-apart relationship to the opposite end of said bearing means, and thereby forming a loop for the reception of said vertical member of said gate;
handle means for rotating said shaft whereby said cable element will be wound around said shaft and said vertical member will be drawn toward said gatepost; and
locking means for selectively locking said shaft against rotation.
2. A device according to claim 1 wherein said bearing means comprises an elongated tube having a cylindrical wall and at least one hole in said cylindrical wall, said shaft having at least one hole therein adapted to move into registered alignment at times with said hole of said bearing means during rotation of said shaft.
3. A device according to claim 2 wherein said locking means comprises a pin protruding through said holes when they are in registered alignment.
4. A device according to claim 2 wherein said holes in said shaft extends entirely through the thickness thereof, said tube having a pair of holes therein adapted to register with the opposite ends of said hole in said shaft at times during rotation of said shaft.
5. A device according to claim 4 wherein said locking means comprises a padlock having a U-shaped bar and a body member retentively engaging the opposite ends of said U-shaped member, said U-shaped member extending through said pair of holes in said tube and said hole in said shaft.
6. A device according to claim 2 wherein said shaft includes'a plurality of holes adapted to move into registered alignment with said hole of said tube during rotation of said shaft.
7. A device according to claim 1 wherein said bracket comprises a vertical plate adapted to abut against a vertical surface of said gatepost, said bearing means comprises a horizontal tube fixed to said vertical plate, said tube having a pair of vertically aligned holes extending therethrough, said shaft having a hole extending therethrough transversely to the longitudinal axis of said shaft, said hole of said shaft being adapted to move into registered alignment with said holes of said tube, said locking means comprising a pin extending through said holes of said shaft and said tube when said holes are in registered alignment.
8. A device according to claim 7 wherein said handle means comprise two L-shaped crank handles rigidly secured adjacent the opposite ends of said shaft, said handles each having a vertically disposed member and a horizontally disposed member.
9. A device according to claim 8 wherein a pair of first flanges are rigidly secured to said shaft adjacent the opposite ends of said tube; said flanges extending radially outwardly from the longitudinal axis of said shaft and rotatably bearing against said opposite ends of said tube during rotation of said shaft so as to limit axial movement of said shaft within said tube.
10. The device of claim 9 wherein spaced apart outwardly from each of said first flanges, nearer said handles, second flanges are secured to said shaft, said second flanges and said first flanges defining reel portions for receiving the opposite ends of said looped cable.