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Nov. 27, 1962
J. M. SANDERS
3,065,857
GAS BOTTLE RACK
Filed Feb. 9, 1961
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
Joe M. Sanders
1N VENTOR.
Nov. 27, 1962
J. M. SANDERS
3,065,857
GAS BOTTLE RACK
Filed Feb. 9, 1961
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
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3,065,857
GAS BOTTLE RACK
Joe M. Sanders, P.O. Box 1123, Texarkana, Tex.
Filed Feb. 9, 1961, Ser. No. 88,116
5 Claims. (Cl. 211--71)
This invention relates to new and useful improvements
in gas bottle racks or holders and has for its primary ob
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Patented Nov. 27, 1962.
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or collar 14. The ?ange 14 supports a generally inverted
cup-shaped turret-type cover or hood 15 which is jour
nalled on the upper portion of the post 6. The rotary
cover 15 includes a depending cylindrical hub 16 through
which the upper portion of the post 6 passes. Upper and
lower bearings 17 and 18, respectively, are provided for
the hub 16, said lower bearing including a ?ange 19
device of this character which is adapted to accommodate
a plurality of such bottles or tanks.
Another very important object of the present inven
which rests on the collar 14. Fittings 20 are provided
on the hub 16 for lubricating the bearings 17 and 18.
Gussets 21 brace the cover 15 on the hub 16, said gussets
being welded to said hub and to said cover. A retaining
nut 22, in the embodiment shown, is threaded on the
tion is to provide a rack or holder of the aforementioned
upper end portion 7 of the post 6 for rotatably securing
ject to provide, in a manner as hereinafter set forth, a
character which will positively prevent unauthorized re
said cover thereon. Reference numeral 23 designates an
moval of the bottles or access to the usual caps and 15 optional heavy-duty washer or ?at metallic ring on the
post 6 between the nut 22 and the top 24 of the cover 15.
valves thereof.
As shown in FIGURE 1 of the drawing, the rotary
cover 15 is adapted to receive the capped and valved
upper portions of the bottles 5 for preventing unauthorized
wherein a selected bottle may be easily removed or access
gained to the valve assembly thereof by an authorized 20 removal of said bottles or tampering therewith. Toward
this end, the peripheral portion of the cover 15 has
person.
formed therein a substantially segmental recess providing
A further object of this invention is to provide a gas
an access opening 25. The opening 25, it will be ob
bottle rack or holder which is adapted to be transported
served, extends from the cylindrical wall or ?ange 26 of
in an upright, suspended position, thus preventing tipping
over and materially promoting safety.
25 the cover 15 into the top 24 thereof, as indicated at 27.
An arcuate door or closure 28 is provided for the access
Other objects of the invention are to provide a gas
opening 25, said closure being hingedly secured on the
bottle rack of the character set forth which will be com
Still another important object of the invention is to
provide a rack or holder of the aforementioned character
paratively simple in construction, strong, durable, com
pact, of light weight and which may be manufactured at
low cost.
These together with other objects and advantages which
willbecome subsequently apparent reside in the details
of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter
described and claimed, reference being had to the ac
companying drawings forming a part hereof, wherein like
numerals refer to like parts throughout, and in which:
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of a gas bottle rack
or holder constructed in accordance with the present
?ange or cylinder 26 ofthe cover 15 as indicated at 29.
The closure 28 includes a segmental top portion or ?ange
30 which is engageable in the portion 27 of the opening
25. Lugs or arms 31 and 32 are ?xed, respectively, on
the portion 26 of the cover 15 and on the free end portion,
of the closure 28. With the closure 28 in closed position,
the outer end portions of the arms 31 and 32 are lapped
35 and said arms are provided with openings for apertures
for receiving a suitable padlock 33. Thus, the closure
28 is locked in closed position.
, Fixed on diametrically opposite sides of the cylindrical
portion 26 of the cover 15 is a pair of angle bars providing
FIGURE 2 is a view in horizontal section through the 40 operating handles 34. Fixed on the top 24 of the rotary
cover or hood 15, on diametrically opposite sides of the
device, taken substantially on the line 2—-2 of FIGURE
invention;
1; and
member 23, is a pair of generally inverted U-shaped loops
or the like 35 for receiving the tines or prongs of a lift
FIGURE 3 is a view in vertical section through the
fork when the device is to be transported. Fixed on the
upper portion of the device, taken substantially on the
45 upper end of the post 6 is an inverted U-shaped loop 36
line 3—3 of FIGURE 2.
for receiving a hook whereby the device may also be
Referring now to the drawing in detail, it will be seen
lifted or hoisted when it is to be moved from place to
that the embodiment of the invention which has been
place.
illustrated comprises a circular base 4 of suitable metal.
It is thought that the use of the device will be readily
Of course, the base 4 may also be of any desired di
apparent from a consideration of the foregoing. Brie?y,
mensions. The base 4 is adapted to receive thereon a
the closure 28 is opened for permitting the bottles 5 to be
plurality of conventional gas bottles, tanks or cylinders
placed in the rack, said bottles being engaged in the re
5. Fixed centrally on the base 4, as by welding, is a
cesses or pockets 12 of the spacers 9 and resting on the
tubular metallic post 6 which terminates in an externally
base 4 behind the retaining ?anges or stops 13. As the
threaded upper end portion 7. Triangular braces in the
form of gussets 8 are provided for the post 6, said braces 55 ?lling or loading of the rack progresses the cover 15 is
turned to bring the opening 25 successively into registry
being welded to the lower portion of said post and to the
or alignment with the recesses or pockets 12. When the
base 4.
rack has been ?lled the closure 25 is swung to closed
Vertically spaced metallic spiders 9 are ?xed on the
post 6 for spacing the bottles 5 and retaining the same 60 position and locked. Thus, the upper portions of the
bottles 5 are enclosed and protected in the cover 15 and
in position. The spiders or spacers 9 comprise rnetallic
unauthorized removal of said bottles is positively pre
plates 11) from which arms 11 radiate, said arms being
vented. Also prevented by the cover 15 is tampering
engageable between the bottles 5 and being shaped to
with the caps or valve assemblies on the upper portions
de?ne arcuate recesses or pockets 12 for the reception
of the bottles 5. Of course, to remove a bottle when de
of said bottles. For each of the pockets or recesses 12, 65 sired the foregoing procedure is substantially reversed,
an upstanding stop ?ange 13 for the bottles is provided
the closure 28 being unlocked and swung to open posi
on the base 4. The ?anges 13, which are arcuate to con
tion, after which the cover 15 is turned to bring the open
form to the curvature of the bottles 5, are ?xed tangential~
ing 25 to a position adjacent the upper portion of the
1y on the base 4 and so positioned as to permit 'said
desired bottle. However, the shape of the opening 25,
bottles to be easily engaged in or disengaged from the 70 with the segmental extension 27 thereof, permits access
recesses 12 of the spacers 9.
to be readily had to the cap and valve assembly of the
Fixed on the post 6 above the upper spacer 9 is a ?ange
selected bottle without removing said bottle from the
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rack. ‘This constitutes an important and desirable feature
of the present invention. By-engaging the tines or prongs
of a lift fork in the loops 35, theloaded rack or holder
may be conveniently raised and safely transported in a
access to the bottles and including a segmental extension
in the top providing further access to said bottles, a
suspended position.
extension, and means for retaining the bottles on the
base around the post, said means including a plate ?xed
on the post and comprising radial spacing arms engage
able between the bottles and de?ning arcuate recesses for
Of course, when thus transported
closure for the opening hingedly mounted on the cylinder
and including a segmental top ?ange engageable in the
tipping over of the rack or the bottlesitherein is prevented.
The device may ‘also be transported in a suspended posi
tion by engaging the hook'of a hoist in the loop 36.
The construction and arrangement of the cover 15 is
such as to prevent the bottles'5 from being lifted suffi
ciently to clear the ?anges 13 when the closure or door
plurality of upstanding bottles thereon, a post mounted
23 is in closed position. By tightening the nut 22 the
cover 15 may, if desired, be frictionally secured against
on said base, a generally inverted cup-shaped cover, in
cluding a cylinder and a top rotatably mounted on said
rotation.
The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the
principles of the invention. Further, since numerous
modi?cations and changes will readily occur to those
skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention
to the exact construction and operation shown and de
post for receiving, enclosing and retaining the upper por
receiving said bottles.
4. A gas bottle rack comprising a base for receiving a
tions of the bottles, said cover having an opening therein
extending cireumferentially in the cylinder for selective
access to the bottles and including a segmental extension
in the top providing further access to said bottles, a
closure for the opening hingedly mounted on the cylinder
scribed, and accordingly all ‘suitable modi?cations and 20 and including a segmental top ?ange engageable in the
equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope
extension, and means for retaining the bottles on the base
of the invention as claimed.
What is claimed as new is as follows:
around the post, said means including a plate ?xed on
the post and comprising radial spacing arms engageable
1. A gas bottle rack comprising, in combination, a
between the bottles and de?ning arcuate recesses for re
base for receiving upstanding bottles thereon, a post 25 ceiving said bottles, said means further including upstand
mounted on said base, and a cover rotatably mounted on
ing members on the base for retaining the bottles in said
said post for enclosing and retaining the upper portions
recesses.
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of the bottles, said cover having an opening therein pro
5. The combination of claim 1, together with a collar
viding selective access to said upper portions of said
on the upper portion of the post, said cover comprising
bottles, upstanding loops on the cover for receiving a fork 30 a hub journaled on the .post and resting on the collar,
of a mobile lift for transporting the rack in a suspended
said means including a nut threaded on the post above
position, and means for frictionally locking the post
the cover and cooperable with the collar for clamping
against rotation on the cover while suspended from the
the hub therebetween.
fork.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
2. A gas bottle rack in accordance with‘claim 1, said
cover including a closure for the opening.
UNITED STATES PATENTS
3. A gas bottle rack comprising a base for receiving'a
1,988,295
2,129,150
Berry ________________ _. Jan. 15, 1935
Pekrol _______________ __ Sept. 6, 1938
post for receiving, enclosing and retaining the upper por
2,327,235
2,634,847
‘Anderson ____________ .._ Aug. 17, 1943
Johnson __________ __'__ Apr. 14, 1953
tions of the bottles, said cover having an opening therein
2,639,208
Obenchain __________ _._ May 19, 1953
plurality of upstanding bottles thereon, -a post mounted
on said base, a generally inverted cup-‘shaped 'cover,
including a cylinder and a top rotatably/mounted on said 40
extending circumferentially in the cylinder for selective
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