Sept. 10, 1946. H. CARLSON 2,407,398 PICKER STICK Filed May 23, 1945 I 2 Sheets-Sheet l' 48 ',O-T-a 'o /Yawzfz 04:12am IN VEN TOR. 2,407,398 Patented Sept. 10, 1946 ’ UNITED ’ STATES PATENT 2,407,398 OFFICE ~ . ~ PICKER STICKY ' Harold Carlson, North Franklin, Conn. Application May 23, 1945, Serial No. 595,443 1 Claim. (c1. 139-151) This invention relates to picker sticks for looms. of so as to serve as a cap. This can be made of aluminum or a strong aluminum alloy of sufi`1~ It is a fact well known to those skilled in the art that, because of the pounding and other strains to which a picker stick is subjected, it " 2 l The cap is held to the endA of the picker stick by a screw 3 or ‘ cient toughness toresist wear. the like extended downwardly into the picker stick and opposed tongues 4 can be formed soon becomes worn or broken and thus is rend ered unfit for further use. integral-with the reinforcing sleeve or cap so as It is an object of the present invention to pro to bear upon opposed faces> of the picker stick vide a picker stick with reinforcing elements and to which they are attached by means of friction pads or buffers located where they can take up the wear heretofore received by the wood of which 10 or other suitable means. For the purpose of taking up wear upon that the picker stick is formed. portionA of the picker stick adjacent to the maga With the foregoing and other objects in View zine of the loom, thereis provided a metal collar which will appear as the description proceeds, 6 fitted tightly about the picker stick and held the invention consists of certain novel details thereto by friction or the like. The side of the of construction and combinations of parts here collar remote from the >shuttle is cut away,` as inafter more fully described and pointed out in indicated at.8 and is bridged by a cushioning ‘the claims, it being understood that changes strip 9 formed of leather or the like which is may be made in the construction and arrange held iirmly to the picker stick by the end portions ment of parts without departing from the spirit of the invention as claimed. 20 of the collar. ' , At a point between its ends, where the picker stick is to be connected to the sweep stick I0, forms of the invention have been shown. there are provided spaced metal collars II held In said drawings: . to the picker stick by friction or the like. These Figure 1 is a front elevation of a picker sticky constructed in accordance with the present in 25 collars serve to attach a cushioning strip I3 to the picker stick as shown. vention, the same being shown assembled with That portion of the picker stick located be a sweep stick. tween the collars Il is positioned within a link Figure 2 is a section on line 2---2, Figure 1. I4 formed of opposed strips I5 which are spaced Figure 3 is an enlarged section on line 3---3, In the accompanying drawings the preferred Figure 2. Figure 4 is a section on line 4-4, Figure 3. Figure 5 is an enlarged section on line 5-5, Figure 1. 30 apart at one end by a filler I6 of fibre or the Y like, while the opposite ends thereof lap opposed ` faces of one end of the sweep stick IIJ. A pivot bolt I1 is extended transversely through the sides I5 and the lapped portion of the sweep stick III viewed at right angles to Figure 1, the sweep 03 Cn and has nuts I8 which bear against wear plates I9 so shaped as to straddle the side strips I5. stick link or lug being> shown in section, and These wear plates also have offset edge portions the spring strap also being shown in section. 20 which serve as locks to prevent the nuts I8 Figure 'I is an enlarged section on line 1-1, Figure 6 is an elevation of the picker stick from rotating on the bolt'. ' ' To prevent splitting, spaced bolts 2I are ex Figure 8 is an enlarged section on line 8-8, 40 tended transversely through the outer‘end of the Figure 6. link I4, these bolts being also extended through Figure 9 is an enlarged section on line 9-9, a reinforcing collar 22 which extends around the Figure 6. end portion of the link. To one side of this collar Figure 10 is an enlarged section on line III-I0, 45 is secured a bracket 23 which, in turn, is engaged Figure 6. n by a bolt 24 extending laterally from a plate 25 Figure 11 is an enlarged section on line I I-I I, which straddles one of the side strips I5, it be Figure 6. Figure 12 is a section on line I2-I2, Figure 3. ing understood, of course, that the bolt is ex tended through the side strips. This bolt has a Figure 13 is a section like FigurellI showing nut 26 thereon which can be locked against rota a modified construction. ' l tion by an outturned flange 21 or other suitable Referring to the figures by characters of refer-Y means. This bolt is utilized as a strap connec ence, I designates a picker stick formed of wood, tion. . as ordinarily. In the present case, the upper Interposed between the cushioning strip I3 and end of the picker stick is reinforced by a sleeve 2 fitted snugly therearound and over the end there 55 the adjacent end of the slot 28 formed between Figure 6. accises Ai es the side strips I5 and in which the picker stick end 5i) of the picker stick, all of the parts being works, is a Cushion or bumper 29 formed of lap ping layers of leather or other suitable material which are folded, as shown, and have side por these lapping strips have 'been inserted in the slot tightly held to the picker stick by one or more rivets 5I and by a tongue 52 constituting an extension of the collar 44. As shown in Figure 13, the structure illustrated in Figure 1l, can be modiñed by extending one end of the strap 53 into a looped or folded plate they cannot fall therefrom because of the re cesses at the points where the strips are> out In this connection a centeringplate 56 is se tions cut away, as at 3D so as to straddle the side strips I5 as clearly shown in Figure 12. away. After This cushion or bumper can be formedvof leather or of strips of leather and rubber and, under some conditions, one or more of the over lapping strips could be of metal. It is merely essential that the material of which the cushion 5LB clamped securely to the collar 55, as shown. cured to the picker stickand extendsltransversely of the strap, this plate having side ears 51 which serve to prevent the strap from slipping laterally out of position. -It has been found in practice that by construct or bumper is formed be such as to afforda proper l (i ing a picker stick and the cooperating parts as 'herein described, the same will not break down cushioning effect whereby motion of the picker stick outwardly relative to the link I4 will notre sult in Wear on the picker stick or the strip I3 carried thereby. ' As shown particularly in Figures l, 2 and 5, the sweep stick iii has'a-tubularbearing 3l seated therein for receivingA the pinf’âi’. ordinarily em ployed for engagement by the fork indicated gen erallyy at~33. This portion of the sweep stick containing the bearing is reinforced -by -a collar 34 fitted »snugly therearound~and~held- to the sweepstick- bylrivets-'lääfor the-like. The cus» tomary strap 35 is attached at one end to 4one end thesweep stick byl means leía transverse bolt 3l* having a nut äßwhi'ch- can be provided with a suitable lock 3Q such as a' flanged »plate clamped to one end of the strap and to the sweep stick by the bolt 3l. Theother Yend of the strap 35 is clamp-ed' to' the side of the sweep stick vby a plate 4E) held in position by a bolt 4I the nut 42 on which is held against' free rotation. by lock ¿i3 of suitable construction. The lower end of .the picker stick has a collar 44 ñtted tightly’thereon and held thereto by rivets ¿l5 cr the like. This collar holds a tubular bearing member ¿i5 which' projects laterally be yond the picker stick and also‘vserves to clamp to the picker stick one end of theV strapâ'l- leading as rapidlyasother picker sticks but will stand up under severe wear. This iS due to the fact that 'reinforcing collars are located at points where the picker stick is subjected to the great est >»strainand‘cushioning >elements lare located at‘ other"pointswherel the picker'stick is sub jected-to sudden pounding or thrustingaction. What is claimed-is: The'combination vwith a Ípicker sti’ck,.'a"cush- icning strip thereon, and‘collars'embracing the >picker' stick-‘and constituting ‘means >for ‘holding the cushioning-»strip in position,`of a‘link ern bra'ci'ng the’ picker»` stick between1 the collars' for attachment tofafsweep'stickg--said'link having a longitudinal slot in Whichïthe Apicker-stick is mounted` to 'work-#andla- cushioning pad inter posedî-between.onel‘walllof the slot-and the picker stick forr engagement with ïthe cushioning >strip „ onîáthe‘»picker-J stick», said-«pad including‘overlying strips of‘îiiexible‘.material-folded upon themselves to' form asiiigle«loops-atîïits sides thev loop -being cut away> beiotvnthe’ »fold “in ‘ the-#pad -to `receive and be. supported! soie-lyby‘thelsides Vof the link ‘hereby to hold the »fold y»DO-l‘tion'- ofïth'e- »loop in positionv >tot contracttandï'expand >when subjected successively to: pressurefbyand` release from the picker stick, those portions oflïthe 'strip-slbetween .the cutilaway.î sidefbeinglextendéd'across‘ the slot to the usual springëiß. A.v cushioning stripliii 45 andthe link. can be held between thestrap andthe rounded i HAROLD CARLSON.