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No. 6|3,9l0. Patented Nov. 8, I898. M. A. HIGH. STREET FLUSHING MACHINE.
(Application filed June 3, 1897.)
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MARTIN A. RICH, OF KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI.
mealtimes forming part of Letters Patent No. 613,910, dated. November s, 185%. Application filed June 3, 1897. Serial no; 639.216. (its model.)
To all whom it may concern/: Be it known that I, MARTIN A. RIOH, a citizen of theUnited States, residing at Kansas City, in the county of Jackson and State of- Missouri, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Street Flushing Machines; and I do declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the inimprovement in street-flushing wagons; and
it consists in the construction and arrangement of parts hereinafter described, and definitely pointed out in the claims.
The aim and purpose of this invention are to construct a flushing-wagon which is of sufficient length to dispense with a long line of hose and thereby obviate the labor and expense of moving this line of hose.
A further object is to provide the wagon with suitable turning mechanism, so that it can readily turn corners, and with suitable inlet-valves and outlet-nozzle and a valve for turning off the discharge or turning the flow rearward out of the way of a'passing vehicle.
These and other objects not hereinbefore mentioned are accomplished by the construction illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein like figures of reference indicate corresponding parts in the several views, and in which- Figure 1 is a side elevation of my improved flushing-wagon. Fig. 2 is a top plan view of the frame detached from the supporting wheels and axles. Fig. 3 is a detail sectional view of the discharge-nozzle, three-way valve, and rear outlet-pipe; of one of the inlet-ports and cut-01f valve, part of. the frame and platform being in elevation; and Fig. 5 is a detail view of the turning mechanism.
In the drawings, 1 designates the frame of the flushing-wagon, which consists of the central connecting portion 2, formed of a single piece of tubing, and the end portions 3 and 4:, which are connected to the opposite ends of the tubing 2. The end portions 3 and 1 con- Fig. 4: is a detail view .sist of four pieces of tubing so arranged as to form a substantially square structure. The portions 2, '3, and 4 consist of tubing so joined together that water entering at one end can flow to the opposite end, as hereinafter described. The'frame is supported on the wheels 5 and 6 and is braced by the trussrods 7. Both of the wheels 5 and 6 are independently moved in relation to the frame by mechanism which can be operated by a person seated on the frame. Secured to the axle of the rear wheel 5 is a platform 5, which has fastened to its forward portion a notched segment 8. Meshing with this segment is a gearwheel 9, all as shown in Fig. 5. This gearwheel 9 is supported by a shaft 10, which extends up above the frame and has a handwheel 11 on its upper end, which is in operative proximity with an operator who rides on the frame and sits on the seat 12. It will readily be seen from this construction that when the operator turns the hand-wheel 11 the Wheels 5 will be turned, thereby guiding the rear portion of the frame and Wagon. The front wheel 6 can also be guided by an operator on the frame. Secured to the axle of the front wheels is a plate 6, which has secured to its rear portion a notched segment 12. Meshing with this segment is a gearwheel 13. This wheel is supported by a rod 14, which has on its upper end a pulley 15. On the central portion 2 of the frame is sup- .ported a seat 19, upon which the driver is.
seated. Directly in front of this seat is a rod 17, which has a hand-wheel 18 on its upper end and on its lower end a-pulley 15.
16 is a cable connecting the pulleys 15 and 15. It will thus be seen that when the rod 17 is turned by the operator on the seat the pulley 15, rod 14:, and gear-wheel 13 will be turned, thereby turning the segment 12 and front supporting-wheels 6.
' The supporting-wheels are of a sufficient height to allow the draft-animals to be hitched to the wagon beneath the frame and between the wheels. The draft-animals are adapted to be secured to the frame a short distance in front of the seat 19, so that the driver can both drive the animals and steer the front wheels. The animals are attached by means of a suitable tree 22, which is secured to the ally secured to one of the truss-rods 7 at 21. The front end of the rod 21 is vertically adjustable and is held in its adjusted position by means of a pin 20' passing through apertures 20 in the depending curved rod 20, which is supported by the frame. Secured to the rear portion of the portion 3 and the front portion of the portion 4 are the elbows 23, as shown in Fig. 2 and in detail in Fig. 4. Secured to these elbows are the short pipeseetions 24, which are provided with the turning plugs 25, for a purpose hereinafter described. 26 designates the inlet-couplings, which are secured to the pipe-sections 24 by means of a universal joint 2'7. There are four of these inlet-couplin s, located at the opposite ends of the frame and at the front and rear corners, as plainly shown in Fig. 2.
Extending up from the front end of the portion 4 is a coupling 29, as shown in Fig. 3. Secured to this coupling is a pipe-section 28. 3O designates the outlet-nozzle, which is secured to the pipe-section 28 by means of the universal joint 31.
31 designates a cap-nut for the joint. The outlet-nozzle 30 is turned in either direction by means of the handle 32, which is secured to the rear portion of the nozzle.
33 designates a pipe extending from the section 28 and in a rearward direction.
34 designates a three-way valve in the section 28, operated by the lever 29'. It will be seen by referring to Fig. 3 that the three-way valve is shown in a position to allow the water to escape through the outlet-nozzle 30. If it is desired to entirely stop the flow of water, the valve is given a quarter-turn, entirely stopping the fiow of water. When the flushing-wagon is passing a vehicle or is likely to frighten passing teams, the valve is given a quarter-turn in the opposite direction, allowing the water to escape rearward through the pipe 33.
3G designates escape-valves for draining the frame when the wagon is not in use.
35 designates a platform on which stands the operator for handling the outlet-nozzle.
In operation a line of hose is attached to a .hydrant and to the front of the frame at one of the inlet-couplings 26. The water is then turned on and the wagon moved forward past the hydrant until the line of pipe is drawn tight,when the hose is detached from the front nozzle 26 and attached to the rear nozzle 26 and the wagon again moved forward until the hose again becomes tight, when the front nozzle is near enough to be attached to a line of pipe connected to the next hydrant on the street. It will thus be seen that by constructing the frame of this great length the long line of hose is dispensed with, thereby obviatin g the labor of carrying a long line of hose and avoiding the expense of employing extra help. When one of the inlet-couplings is in use, the other inlet-couplings are closed by means of the turning plugs 25.
I am aware that many minor changes can be made in the construction and arrangement of parts without in the least departing from the nature and principle of my invention.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-
1. A street-flushing wagon consisting of a frame formed of piping and having end portions consisting of piping forming the sides, a central connecting portion consisting of a single pipe, inlet-couplings for the frame and an outlet-coupling,substantially as described.
2. A street-flushing wagon consisting of a frame formed of piping, inlet-nozzles at both ends of the frame and on opposite sides thereof, joints connecting the inlet-nozzles to the frame and an outlet-nozzle swiveled at one end of the frame, substantially as described.
3. A street-flushing wagon consisting of a frame formed of piping, inlet-couplings on the frame, an outlet-coupling, a connectingpipe connecting the outlet nozzle to the frame, an escape-pipe leading from the connecting-pipe and a three-way valve in the connecting-pipe adapted to allow the escape of water through the nozzle, or through the escape-pipe or entirely shutting off the flow of water, substantially as described.
4.. A street-flushing wagon consisting of a frame formed of piping, inlet-couplings at both ends of the frame and on opposite sides thereof, joints connecting the inlet-couplings to the frame, turning plugs for each inletcoupling, an outlet-coupling swiveled at one end of the frame and a controlling-valve for the outlet coupling, substantially as described.
5. A street-flushing wagon consisting of a frame formed of piping, inlet-couplings at both ends of the frame and on opposite sides thereof, universal joints connecting the inletcouplings to the frame, turning plugs for each inlet-coupling, an outlet-coupling swiveled at one end of the frame, a controlling-valve for the outlet-nozzle, and an operating-handle connected to the outlet-nozzle.
In testimony whereof I ailix my signature in presence of two witnesses.
MARTIN A. RICH.
ELLEN Runs, KITTIE