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March 1, 1938. 2,109,519 H. w. ALTORFER IRONER-WASHER ATTACHMENT MECHANISM Filed April 24, 1935 2 Sheets-Sheet _1 IN'SZDEHTEE.. M 70 W» ATIYE. March 1, 1938.. 2,109,519 H. w. ALTORFER IRONER-WASHER ATTACHMENT MECHANISM Filed April 24, 1935 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 .. MW "Ea INVERTER ET. .BIT'IE. 2,105,519 Patented Mar. 1, 1938 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2.109.519 IRONER-WASHER ATTACHMENT MEOH-' ANISM 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 nism. 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 20 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. 20 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 cost. ‘ will be continuously rotated whereby the gears 20 Additional objects will appear in‘the following and 2|, together with clutch 25, will be continu e: M description and accompanying drawings in which: . 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 35 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. 7 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 50 2,109,519 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 .50 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 claim. 20 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. HENRY W. ALTORFER.