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R. N. BRENT.
No.599,694. Patent edFeb.Z2,1898.
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RICHARD N. BRENT, OF WELLINGTON, KANSAS.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 599,594, dated February 22, 18.98.
Application filed June 1, 1897. Serial No. 638,953. (No model.)
T all whom it may concern.-
Be it knownthat I, RIoHARD N. BRENT, of Wellington, in the county of Sumner and State of Kansas, have invented a new and Improved Washing-Machine, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description.
This invention is a washing-machine of that class in which the body of the machine is provided with two plates or disks, between which the clothes are arranged and by which the clothes are rubbed to effect the washing thereof.
This specification is the disclosure of one form of my invention, while the claims define the actual scope of the conception.
Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings, forminga part of this specification, inwhich similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts in all the figures.
Figure 1 is a section taken vertically through the invention. Fig. 2 is a plan view of the invention, with parts broken away.
Fig. 3 is a fragmentary plan illustrating the gearing. Fig. 4 is a detail view illustrating the means for mounting the lower disk or plate; and Fig. 5 is a section .on the line 5 5 of Fig. 2, with the handle omitted.
The body 5 of the washing-machine is a circular tub-like vessel, on the bottom of which are laid two stationary cross-bars 6, carrying a ball-cup 7, coacting with a cup 8, The cups 7 and 8 hold antifriction-balls 10. By these means the disk 9 is mounted to rock freely on the bars 6. The upper side of the disk 9 is pro' vided with a seriesof radial ribs 11, serving to engage and rub the clothes.
Fixed to the center of the disk 9 and standing perpendicular thereon is a shaft 12, the upper end of which is provided with a removable handle 13. The shaft 12 projects above the body 5 and carries an expansive spiral spring 14 on its upper portion. The spring 14 engages and presses downward the hub 15 (see Fig. 3) of the sector 16. The shaft 12 is square and the sector 16 is mounted to slide on the shaft. Mounted to slide and turn on the shaft is the upper disk 17. The disk 17 has the minor part 18 thereof hinged to the major part, so that by lifting said minor part 18 the space between the disks 9 and 17 may be reached to place and displace the clothing. A cross-bar 19 has anopening receiving the hub 15 of the sector 16. The cross-bar 19 runs horizontally over the disk 17 and has tongues 20, respectively, at its ends. The tongues 20 move vertically in grooves 21, respectivelyformed in clamps 22, removably held to the vertical sides of the body 5 and at opposite points thereon.
Embracing the upper portion of the hub 15 of the sector 16 and bearing down upon the cross-bar 19 is a brace 23. One end of the brace 23 is secured by a thumb-nut 24 (shown in Figs. 2 and 3) to the minor portion 18 of the disk 17 The other end of the brace 23 is removably secured by-a thumb-nut 25 (shown in Fig. 1) to the major portion of the disk 17 The brace 23 serves normally to hold the two parts of the disk 17 rigid with each other. When desired, however, the thumb-nuts 24 and 25 may be released and the brace 23 moved from over the minor portion 18 of the disk 17, whereupon said minor portion may be raised on its hinges to allow access to the space between the disks 9 and 17. Mounted to rock on the cross-bar 19 and located between said cross-bar and the disk 17 is a sector 26, with which the sector 16 is meshed. The sector 26 has a shank 27, carrying a pin 28. (See dotted lines in Figs. 2 and 3.) The pin 28 of the sector 26 projects into a metalfaced slot 29. Fig. 2 shows theslot 29 dy dotted lines, and Fig. 3 shows the relative positions of the slot 29 and sector 26 by indicating the metal wear-plate of the slot.
In using the apparatus the body portion 5 is filled with water and the clothes are placed between the disks 9 and 17. The handle 13 is now'swung or oscillated on the shaft 12, which transmits directly to the disk 9 an oscillating movement. The sector 16 also is oscillated in unison with the disk 9 and transmits an oppositely disposed oscillating move-- 22 have vertically-elongated slots therein, in which the tongues 20 slide. This allows the cross-bar 19 to be adjusted freely with the disk 17 under the action of the spring 14.
The disks 9 and 11 are, broadly, rubbers for the clothes.
Having thus described my invention, 1 claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent 1. The combination with a receptacle, of two clamps secured to opposite sides thereof and having Vertical grooves, a cross-bar sliding in the grooves of the clamps, two disks within the receptacle, a shaft fixed to the bottom disk and run loosely through the top disk, means for connecting the cross-bar with the RICHARD N. BRENT.
CHAS. WEDDLE, JAMES BEARD.