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Nov. 5, 19460
‘2,410,582 '
Filed June: 11, 1945
cmnesamqgii I
Patented Nov. 5, 1946
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Charles B. Higgins, Grand Rapids, Mich.
' Application June 11‘, 1945, Serial No. 598,869
7 Claims. '<c1. 272_70.2)
This invention relates to stilts and is more
little less than the diameter of, the holes 2. At
its outer end the web 3 is bent to extend for a
short distance upwardly in a section indicated at
l which, at its upper portion, is rolled into a
particularly concerned with an adjustable stilt,
and a novel construction of adjustable stilt step
which may be readily adjusted and shifted to
different positions on a vertical stilt sta?, to
thereby locate it at any one of a number of pre
cylinder roll or coil 8, located over and spaced a
short distance above the upper edges of the
sides 4.
The other member of the stiltstep is also made
selected distances above the lower end of the staff.
It is a primary object and purpose of the
present, invention to provide an adjustable stilt
from sheet metal in substantially channel form,
step made rapidly and economically" from sheet
metal, in which the adjustment to different posi
tions is easily accomplished and which, at any
10 having an upward horizontal web 9 and two de
pending ?anges In, one at each side edge thereof
of triangular shape. At its inner end the web
9-is continued and bent downwardly and inwardly
position is securely, but releasably, held or locked
against disengagement or disconnection.
An understanding of the invention may be had
from the following description taken in connec
tion with the accompanying drawing, in which,
in a curved form, as indicated at H, which is
adapted to pass between the sides 4 of the ?rst
described step member. The length of the web
9 is such that when its outer end is inserted un
Fig. 1 is a vertical section through the stilt step
derneath the roll at B with the ?anges l0 passing
alongside and outside of the sides 4, the curved
section I I will reach the inner side oi‘v the stilt
and the cooperating portion of the staif, showing
the two assembled and ready for use.
Fig. 2 is a'similar view showing the stilt step
in the process of adjusting or changing it into a
different position.
Fig. 3 is a perspective view showing the stilt
step parts in separated relation, as ?rst done
preparatory to ‘shifting or adjusting the step to
another position on the staff, and
Fig. 4 is an elevation of a pair of the complete
Like reference characters refer to like parts in
the di?erent ?gures of the drawing.
The staff I, two of which are used in any pair
of stilts, is preferably an elongated bar of wood
rectangular in cross section, and at its outer side
and lower end portion, for any desired distance
upwardly, provided with a plurality of spaced
holes 2 bored therein for short distances. The
staff 7 I, and will be moved downwardly until said
web 9 reaches a horizontal position bearing
against the upper edges of the sides ‘4. In such
position the parts will be assembled, and with the
pin 6 entered into one of the openings 2 of the
stall’, the stilt step is securely held against dis
connection or disengagement, particularly as the
user ofthe stilt will have one foot resting and
pressing downwardly upon the upper side of
30 web 9.
When the step is to be adjusted to a different
spacing of the holes 2 may be at any distances
desired and cover any selected portion in the
length and at the outer side of the sta?.
The stilt step is made of two parts each of
sheet metal. One, the lower part. has a web 3
inclined upwardly and outwardly from the staff,
said web having a width substantially equal to
the width of the staff with which the step is to be
used. At its lower edge the web 3 may be turned
back on itself, as indicated at 3a for a short dis
tance. From the side edges of the web parallel
vertical side ?anges 4 are bent upwardly, said
?anges at their outer ends having parts 5 bent
inwardly toward each other and overlapping as
shown. The overlapping sections 5 may be per
manently secured together in any suitable man
ner, and through them the shank of a headed pin
6 is passed, the diameter of said shank being a. 7'
position, the second member, consisting of the
web 9 and ?anges H], is pulled upwardly and dis
engaged, as shown in Fig. 3. The ?rst described
member of the 'step .may then be tilted, as in Fig.
2, and moved to disengage the pin 6 from the hole
2 in which it has been inserted, and such part
of the step structure then moved lengthwise of
the staff until the pin 6 is brought to a selected
hole 2 in which it is to be inserted, being then
turned to a horizontal position, as in Fig. 3; and
the second member of the step have its outer end
inserted underneath the roll 8 and forced to hori
zontal position, providing a relation and location
of the parts as in Fig. 1.
The construction described is of a simple, ecc
nomical nature of great strength and durability,
is easily adjusted to selected position and is of a
very practial, sturdy construction. The roll 8 at
the outer end of the stilt step, in addition to serv
ing as a retainer for the outer end of the web 9,
provides a guard against the foot slipping off the
step. This stilt structure has been built and very
thoroughly tested and has proven its merit. The
invention is de?ned in the appended claims and is
to be considered comprehensive of all forms of
structure coming within their scope.
I claim:
1. In a stilt, a vertical stilt sta?, a step ad
justably mounted on said staff and extending
horizontally therefrom, said step including a
lower member embracing the sta?, said lower
member having spaced apart sides and an up
wardly extending inwardly turned portion at its
end having an integral vertical extension, the
upper end portion of which is formed into a roll
located over the upper edges of said sides, said
sides at their opposite ends having each a section
narrower in width than the height of the sides
bent at right angles to extend toward the opposite
side, said sections overlapping, and a second
member of sheet metal of substantially channel
form having a horizontal web and trinagular
outer end, and a second member comprising a 10 downwardly extending spaced sides one at each
horizontal web and depending spaced sides, the
outer end of said web being adapted to be re
leasably located underneath said inwardly turned
portion at the outer end of the ?rst member and
said web reaching to said staff, the sides of the
second member extending downwardly alongside
the outer sides'of the sides of the ?rst member,
and means at a plurality of spaced apart points in
the length of the sta? engageable by the lower
member for holding the step in a selected position 20
to which moved.
2. A construction as de?ned in claim 1, said
lower member of the step being formed of sheet
metal and having a downwardly and inwardly
inclined web and vertical spaced sides extending
upwardly therefrom, said sides at their free ends
and their upper portions having sections turned
inwardly toward each other, said sections over
lapping, and said web at its outer end being ex~
tended vertically and formed into a substantially
cylindrical roll, the lower side of which is spaced
a short distance above the upper edges of said
sides of said lower member.
3. A construction as de?ned in claim 1, said
lower member of the step being formed of sheet
metal into substantially channel form and hav
of its longitudinal edges, said web at its outer
end being adapted to be located underneath said
roll and said sides located at the outer sides of
the sides of the lower member, the length of said
web being a predetermined distance less than the
length of sides of the lower member to provide a
space between said overlapping sections of the
lower member and the opposite end of said hori
zontal web for the passage of a stilt staff between
the sides of the lower member and between said
overlapping sections and the adjacent end of said
horizontal web.
5. A construction as de?ned in claim 4, said
web of the second member at the last mentioned
end thereof having an integral continuous down
wardly and outwardly curved section located be
tween the sides of the lower member when in con
nection therewith.
6. In a stilt, a vertical stilt staff,’ a step for
said sta? comprising a lower member through
which the staff passes at one end, said lower
member extending to one side of the sta?, said
lower member having spaced apart sides, and an
upper member releasably interlocked with the
lower member and embracing it, having a hori
ontal portion extending between the sides of the
lower member and over the upper edges thereof
ing at its lower side an inclined web and spaced
and having downwardly extending portions lying
sides extending upwardly from the side edges
against the outer sides of the spaced sides of the
thereof, said sides being of substantially trian
gular shape, and said web at its inner end being 40 lower member, combined with means for releas
ably holding the lower member in any of a plu
adapted to bear against the inner side of the sta?
rality of vertical positions on said staff.
and at its outer end being continued vertically
7. A stilt step comprising, a lower member hav
above the upper edges of said sides and formed
ing a web 3, sides 4, overlapping sections 5 at
into a substantially cylindrical roll located a short
one end of the web, means 6 securing said over
distance above the upper edges of said sides, said
lapping extensions together, a vertical extension
sides at their free wider ends each having an in
‘I to the web 3 at one end and a roll 8 formed at
tegral seotionlturned inwardly toward the other
the upper end of the extension ‘I and spaced a
side, said sections overlapping, and a pin passing
short distance from the upper edges of the sides
through said overlapping sections, said staff
having a plurality of vertically spaced openings ' 4, and a second member having a web 9 and
downwardly turned spaced apart sides l0, one
at its outer side, each adapted to receive said pin.
end of the web 9 being adapted to be inserted
4. A stiltstep of sheet metal comprising a lower
under the roll 8, with the sides 10 located out
member having an upwardly and outwardly in
side of the sides ‘4 of the lower member.
clined web and vertical sides spaced from each
other and extending upwardly from the longitu
dinal edges of said web, said web at its upper
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