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Oct. 23, 1962
3,059,954
J. F. MATEJICEK
BARBED WIRE ROLL PICK UP AND CARRYING TONGS
Filed 00%,. 20, 1961
FIG‘. 1
FIG‘. 2
24
v INVENTOR.
Joseph F Ma/ej/cek
ATTORNEY
United States
atcnt 0 " ice
31,659,954
Patented Oct. 23, 1962
2
1
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due to the presence of the barbs or prongs 16, which
prongs (which are very sharp) will cut through and tear
Joseph F. Matejicek, Annapolis, M0.
carrying the roll ‘12, the prongs often come into contact
Filed Oct. 20, 1961, Ser. No. 146,468
3 Claims. (Cl. 294-46)
the same.
BARBED WIRE ROLL PICK UP AND
CARRYING TONGS
This invention relates to a pair of barbed wire roll
pick up and carrying tongs, and has for an object to
gloves and hands of any operator and, in addition, when
with and injure the legs or body of the person carrying
With this invention, however, the roll 12 can be readily
picked up and carried by anyone strong enough to bear
the weight of the roll without danger of injury either to
provide an improved pair of tongs, particularly intended 10 the hands or to the legs or body of the person carrying
the same. This is accomplished by having the pair of
for manually picking up and carrying a roll of barbed
tongs consist of the L-shaped tong 18 and an elongate
wire although, of course, equally serviceable in picking
tong 20.
up similar rolls of other types of wire.
Due to the barbs or prongs on barbed wire, it is par
ticularly dif?cult to normally pick up and carry a roll
of barbed wire without the danger of injuring the hands
or the body of the person carrying the roll. With this
invention, however, the roll of Wire can be readily picked
up and carried without danger of injuring either the hands
or the legs or other parts of the body of the person carry 20
ing the roll. This is particularly important in the ?eld,
as when rolls of barbed wire are carried from a truck
to a position where the wire is to be used as well as, of
course, in initially loading the truck to bring it to the
The L-shaped tong 18 is made of sheet metal or steel
plate of a gauge of suitable strength. The plate may
be approximately ?ve to six inches wide more or less, of
suf?cient Width so that when brought into contact with
the leg of the operator, it will prevent contact between the
leg or body of the operator and the roll of barbed wire
12 carried thereon.
The tong 1-8 is L-shaped as shown, consisting of a
long leg 24 and a short leg 24, the short leg 24 providing
a shovel base jaw, and is somewhat tapered as shown at
26 to provide a somewhat narrower end 28, the corners
25 being preferably rounded ‘as shown. Secured to the long
?eld where it is to be used.
leg 22 at the back thereof and somewhat adjacent the
With this invention, the roll of barbed wire can be
L-angle 30 is a handle grip 32 preferably made of the
readily picked up without excessive strain and easily car
same gauge of sheet metal. This handle grip 32 is se
ried while at the same time, the person carrying the same
cured to the back of the tong long leg 22 by any suit
is protected from possibility of contact with the barbs
30 able means, such as welding 34, rivets, studs, screws or
on the wire.
the like, so as to preferably leave a smooth surface on
It is a further object of this invention to provide a
pair of barbed wire pick up and carrying tongs having a
the inner side of the long leg 22. The long leg 22 is
pair of roll pick up and carrying jaws, one jaw being
likewise tapered as at 36 to a narrower end 38, the cor
ners being similarly rounded. Integrally secured to the
provided by the short leg of an L-shaped piece of sheet
metal, and the other jaw being provided by an elongate 35 back of the long leg end 38 is a hinge consisting of a pair
of hinge plates 40 here shown as Welded at. 42, or other
tong with pivot means intermediate the ends of the elon
wise suitably secured, and providing spaced apart aper
gate tong cooperating with pivot cooperating means on
tured cars 44 having aligned bearing shaftways 46 through
the end of the long leg of the other tong, with one end
which can be placed a suitable pivot pin 48.
of the elongate tong providing a handle and the other
40
The elongate tong 20 is preferably made of rod stock
end providing a roll cooperating jaw, and with a handle
metal, and is provided intermediate its ends with an en
grip provided on the back of the long leg of the L-shaped
larged boss 50 through which extends a shaftway of the
sheet metal plate tong, so that a person may push the
same diameter as the shaftway 46, the width of the boss
short leg of the L-shaped tong under a roll of barbed
50 being such that it will readily ?t between the apertured
wire and pivot the elongate tong so that their ends act
as cooperating jaws for gripping the roll of barbed wire, 45 cars 44 so that the pivot pin 48 also passes through the
shaftway boss 50 and thus provides a cooperating pivot
holding the roll on the L-shaped tong in convenient posi
means for the two tongs 18 and 20‘.
tion by means of a handle grip on the L-shaped tong
A lubrication conduit 52 extends from the surface of
and the handle provided in the other end of the elongate
the boss 50 to the shaftway therethrough, thus facilitating
tong.
50 the lubricating of the tong 20‘ on the pivot 48. The end
With the above and related objects in view, this in
54 of the elongate tong 20 extending over the angle Bil
vention consists in the details of construction and com
of the tong 18 is somewhat curved or arched ‘as at 56
bination of parts as will be more fully understood from
toward the L tong angle 30, and provides a second jaw
the following description, when read in conjunction with
cooperating with the shovel base jaw 24 in holding the
the accompanying drawing, in which:
55
coil of barbed wire 14 thereon.
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the pair of tongs of this
The other end of the elongate tong Ztl is integrally
invention.
formed into an O-shaped handle 58 for cooperation with
the other hand of the operator. It will be also noted
that the jaw end 54 of the elongate tong 20 is also
FIG. 3 is a sectional view on line 3—3‘ of FIG. 2.
60
rounded.
FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the tongs in the act
In operation, the operator lifts and carries the weight
of being applied to a roll of barbed wire.
of the tongs by means of one hand holding the handle
FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the tongs in roll pick
FIG. 2 is a side elevational view, showing two posi
tions of the elongate tong.
up and carrying position.
grip 32, while the other hand holds tong handle 58.
By means of the handle grip 32, shovel base jaw 24
There is shown at 10 the barbed wire roll pick up and
carrying tongs particularly designed and intended for 65 is pushed under one side of the roll 12, as illustrated in
FIGS. 4 and 5, and then the handle 58 is manipulated to
picking up and carrying a roll or coil of barbed wire 12
which, as is well known, consists of one or more strands
bring the other jaw 54 into roll securing position as illus
trated in FIG. 5. In this position, the operator may
of wire 14 having a great plurality of prongs or barbs
readily lift up the roll 12 by lifting the handle grip 32, the
16 provided thereon and extending therefrom at prac
70 Wide sheet metal plate of leg 22 preventing the roll 12
tically all angles. Such a roll of wire is, of course, ex
from coming in contact with the operator’s leg or any part
tremely dif?cult to pick up and carry by an individual
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of the body, particularly when the roll has to be lifted
higher than his waist. The narrowed end 28, of course,
facilitates inserting this shovel base jaw 24 under the
roll, while the wider portion thereof provides ample sup
port, cooperating with the curved jaw end 54 extending
into the hole 60 of a roll ‘12, as illustrated in FIG. 5.
4
means mounted on the opposite end of said long leg, said
other of said tongs being elongate, cooperating means
* on said elongate tong intermediate its ends coacting with
said pivot means, one of said ends of said elongate tong
comprising a ?nger extending into the hollow axis of a
barbed wire roll receivable on said short leg in coopera~
As will be observed in FIG. 5, the height of the long
tion with said long leg, and a handle on the other of
leg 22 of the L tong is slightly more than the height of
said ends of said elongate tong, whereby a barbed wire
the side of the roll 12, and with the other parts made in
roll can be safely picked up and carried by simultaneously
suitable proportion thereto, and it has been found that the 10 lifting with one hand on said hand grip and the other
entire weight of the tongs 10 is such that it does not cause
hand on said handle.
the combined weight of the tongs 10 and the roll 12 to
2. The tongs of claim 1, said ?nger on said elongate
be beyond the strength of the average operator who
tongue extending toward said short leg at an angle to the
would be carrying the roll 12, and utilizing these tongs
axis of said elongate tong.
10, the operator can handle the roll 12 with much greater 15
3. The tongs of claim :1, said pivot means comprising
ease and facility and without danger of injury to him
a pair of spaced apart apertured ears on said opposite
self, particularly from the prongs 16.
end of said long leg, said cooperating means on said
Although this invention has been described in consider
elongate tong having a pivot bearing shaftway extending
able detail, such description is intended as being illus
transversely therethrough, and a pivot pin extending
trative rather than limiting, since the invention may be 20 through said apertured ears and said bearing shaftway.
variously embodied, and the scope of the invention is to
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
be determined as claimed.
Having thus set forth and disclosed the nature of this
UNITED STATES PATENTS
invention, what is claimed is:
1. Manually operable barbed wire roll pick up‘ and 25
carrying tongs comprising a pair of tongs pivotally se
cured together, one of said tongs comprising an L-shaped
heavy gauge sheet metal plate of substantial shielding
width for protecting the operator from barbs of a wire
488,357
1,301,852
1,349,889
1,541,738
1,806,956
2,210,904
2,385,913
roll, the short leg of said plate being insertable under 30
a roll of barbed wire with the front side of the long leg
2,412,627
of the plate adapted to engage a side of a barbed wire
roll, a hand grip on the back side of said long leg ad
jacent the end forming the angle with said short leg, pivot
Hill _________________ __ Dec. 20,
Leaton ______________ __ Apr. 29,
Koch _______________ __ Aug. 17,
Peyton _______________ __ June 9,
Smith _______________ __ May 26',
Durant ______________ __ Aug. 13,
Fink _________________ __ Oct. 2,
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McGowan ___________ _.. Dec. 17, 1946
FOREIGN PATENTS
81,065
Switzerland ___________ __ Ian. 4, 1919
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