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March 1, 1938.
Filed April 24, 1935
2 Sheets-Sheet _1
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March 1, 1938..
Filed April 24, 1935
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
Patented Mar. 1, 1938
Henry W. Altorfer, Peoria; Ill.
Application April 24, 1935, Serial No. 17,907
1 Claim. (Cl. 74-11)
This invention has reference to ironer-washer
Positioned alongside the washing machine is a
attachment mechanism and has for its principal conventional ironing machine mechanism ll,
object to provide means for separably connecting the same including a table l5, and ironing roll I‘,
the driving elements of a washing machine and
an ironer, wherebyv an ironer may be driven by
power originating in the power plant of a washing
machine or conversely a washing machine mech
anism may be driven by power derived from the
The above devices are shown to be connected by a
a structure It which will now be described.
Referring to Figs. 3 and 4 it will be noted that
driving means of an ironer.
the wringer post structure l2 has positioned
A further object is to provide means whereby
driving connection between the mechanisms may
therein a vertical shaft I! which is assumed to be 10
the means of transmitting power from the motor
be quickly and conveniently accomplished.
An additional object is to provide separable
means of connection as aforesaid, one element of
which is associated with an ironing machine and
a complemental element associated with the
washing machine whereby upon placing one ma
chine in proper position with respect‘to the other
and a housing II which is assumed to contain the
driving mechanism of the ironer.
of ‘the washing machine to the wringer mecha
Disposed, in keyed relation, upon shaft I9 is a
bevel gear 20 which is journalled in the post sup- 15
port structure as shown, and meshing with this
gear is a complementary bevel gear 2| which is
driving connection is conveniently effected.
supported by means of its hub being journalled in
a support structure 22 and suitably retained
A still further object lies in the provision of a
washing machine mechanism provided with a
therein by means of a screw 23 engaged in an an
power take-off mechanism and an ironing ma
chine mechanism similarly equipped, the take
off mechanisms being so designed as to be readily
joined, whereby power from one mechanism may
be transmitted to the other.
nular slot 24 in the hub.
Secured within the hub is the shank portion of
a clutch member 25, the outer face of which
is provided with dentures 26.
On the outer face of structure 22 there is dis- s5
posed a cover 21 which is pivotally supported for “
Another object is to provide means whereby the movement over or away from the opening in
power plant of a washing machine may be utilized member 22 by means of a pin 28 resiliently sup
for driving other equipment to thus avoid the ported in structure 22 by means of a spring 29.
30 necessity of equipping ironing machines and the ‘ The latter described cover mechanism is shown in 30
like with individual power plants, whereby iron
somewhat more detail in Fig. 2.
ing machines, adapted for use as described, may
The foregoing will indicate that, with the motor
be placed on the market at a more reasonable of the washing machine in operation, the shaft l3
will be continuously rotated whereby the gears 20
Additional objects will appear in‘the following and 2|, together with clutch 25, will be continu
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description and accompanying drawings in
Fig. 1 is a side elevational view showing a wash
ing machine and an ironing machine in position
40 to utilize my invention as will be described; _
Fig. 2 is a fragmental elevational view showing
ously rotated.
Referring now to the ironing machine mocha-.
nism, it will be noted that a shaft 30, Fig. 4, which
is assumed to be connected with a rotating ele
ment of the ironing machine, extends a short dis- 40
tance outside of housing l1. To the outer end of
a detail of structure to be referred to;
this shaft is attached one end of a collar member
Fig. 3 is an elevational, partly sectionated view
showing co-operative parts of the apparatus in
3|, and to the opposite end of the collar is at
tached the shank portion 32 of a. clutch member
33 which is similar in form to the above noted 45
separated relation;
Fig. 4 is a view showing parts disclosed in Fig, 3
in working position; and
Fig. 5 is a fractional plan view showing details
of structure to be described.
Referring to the drawings, Fig. 1 discloses a
conventional washing machine III which includes
a tub ll, a wringer support post l2, and a wring
er mechanism l3.
The above apparatus is assumed to be provided
with means for driving the moving parts thereof.
clutch 25.
The collar 3| may be attached to shaft 30 and
shank 32 in any desired manner, and the attach
ment may be somewhat loose so as to provide a
?exible coupling.
Reference to Fig. 4 will make apparent that,
when the washing and ironing machines are suit
ably disposed, as in Fig. 1, the clutches 25 and II
are placed in driving relationship wherebythe/
described rotative movement of gear 2| brings
about similar rotation of shaft 33 to drive the
ironing machine mechanism. It will further be
noted that the described driving connection may
I be readily established or broken by simple move
when it is desired to use the ironing machine
in connection with the washing machine mech
anism. it is but necessary to position the machines
substantially as shown in Figs. 1 and 4, where
ment of either the washing machine or ironing
upon the latching devices will automatically lock
machine toward or away from the other.
to retain the machines and clutching members in
In order to facilitate coupling between the two
structures noted, I provide a mechanism includ
ing a lip portion 34 formed in structure 22, as
10 shown, and alatch member 35 which has an in
wardly directed end portion 36 adapted to en
gage lip 34. Latch member 35 is pivotally sup
ported at 31 upon the ironer housing structure
If, as shown, and has enlarged top and side por
tions of suitable proportions to form a cover for
the clutch 33 and associated mechanism.
Fig. 5 illustrates that the latch structure 35 has
outwardly directed portions 38, and that the outer
walls of structure 22 are contracted, the arrange
ment being adapted to facilitate positioning the
ironing machine and washing machine in suitable
alignment to provide suitable clutching engage
ment and operation of members 25 and 33.
It will be noted that the portion of member
33 which forms the hook 36, is made somewhat
narrower than the body of the member, and that
member 35 carries an abutment member or por
tion 39 disposed transversely thereof.
The member 39 just mentioned, is positioned to
abut the outer face of member 22, and the parts
are so proportioned that when hook 36 is en
gaged behind lip 34, the opposite face of the lip
lies in abutment with member 39.
It will be
clear that, with the parts thus arranged, the hook
- 36 not only serves to-retain the washing and iron
ing machine structures in cooperative relation
ship, but also retains the outer edge of lip 34 in
abutment with member 39 whereby the possibility
of misalignment of the structures, in the. hori
zontal plane, is minimized.
Operation of the device is thought to be sum
‘ciently apparent to obviate detail description.
when the ironing machine is not being used the
latch member 33 is obviously elevated upon pivot
v31 so as to disengage hook 33 from lip 34, where
‘ upon the machines may be separated, with re
sultant disengagement of the driving means. Af
Yter separation of the machines, the cover 21 may
be'rotated to cover the opening in structure 22 to
avoid the possibility of manual contact with the
rotating clutch 2|.
proper relationship.
When using the ironing machine in the above
described manner, operation of the roll it thereof
may obviously be controlled in the usual manner 10
by means of conventional control devices such as
40 and ll.
The foregoing has described an embodiment of
my invention. Modification of the structure and
function ' thereof is obviously possible without 15
alteration of the principle disclosed.
I do not wish to be limited in structure or func
tion except within the scope of the appended
What I claim is:'
A coupling drive mechanism for e?ecting a de
tachable drive connection between a washing ma
chine wringer drive and an ironing machine roll
comprising, a vertical shaft on one of said ma
chines, a first gear on said vertical shaft, a bear
ing member having a bearing disposed with its
axis at right angles to said vertical shaft, said
bearing member being secured relative to said
vertical shaft, a second gear rotatably mounted
in said bearing member and meshing with said 30
gear on said vertical shaft, a clutch member se
cured to said second gear for rotation therewith.
a horizontal drive shaft carried by the other ma
chine, a clutch member carried by said horizontal
drive shaft and engageable with and disengage
able from the first said clutch member, a housing
member pivotally connected at one end to said
other machine and extending about said hori
zontal drive shaft and clutch member carried
thereby, said housing member pivot axis being 40
horizontal and transverse to the axis of said
horizontal shaft and above the shaft, a latch
member carried by the other end of said housing
member, and a latch member carried by said
bearing member and cooperative with the first
said latch member for securing said machines to
gether with said clutch members inter‘engaged.
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