HAND GRIP AND UPPER HANDLE
ASSEMBLY FOR A SELF-PROPELLED
UPRIGHT VACUUM CLEANER
 Inventors: Lynn A. Frederick, Brady Lake;
Jeffery A. Morgan, Cuyahoga Falls;
Daniel R. Miller, Canton; John A.
Leonatti, Uniontown; Nick M. Bosyj,
North Canton, all of Ohio
 Assignee: The Hoover Company, North Canton, Ohio
 Appl. No.: 09/074,845  Filed: May 8, 1998
 Int. CI.7 A47L 9/28
 U.S. CI 15/340.2; 15/410; 180/19.3
 Field of Search 15/340.2, 410;
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A self propelled upright vacuum cleaner is provided that has at least one drive wheel, a transmission for selectively driving the drive wheel in forward and reverse and propelling the cleaner in forward and reverse over a floor. A bag housing pivotally connected to the floor engaging portion. An electric power switch located adjacent to a top of the bag housing. A control link extending from the transmission and up the bag housing, with a top end of the control link being located adjacent to the top of the bag housing. An upper handle assembly having a hand grip reciprocally mounted thereon and a power switch button mounted thereon. The lower end of the upper handle assembly is adapted for connection to the top of the bag housing, such that the upper end of the control link and the hand grip are automatically interconnected when the upper handle assembly is attached to the bag housing. Furthermore, the power switch the power button are operatively interconnected when the upper handle assembly is attached to the bag housing.
25 Claims, 7 Drawing Sheets