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Jan. 22, 1963
l M. sPlER
COMBINATION BUCKET AND WRINGER
Filed June 1, 1960
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Patented Jan.. 22, 1963
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rollers 22 and 23, substantially identical support struc
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tures extend into the respective compartments 15 and 16.
Thus, a lever 24 is connected to the end of roller 22 and
vextends into compartment 15, and a lever 25 is connected
to the end of roller 23 and also extends into compart
ment 15. The upper portion 24a of lever 24 is down
COMBENATION BUCKET AND WRINGER
I Martin Spier, New York, N.Y., assignor to Beacon
Plastic and Metal Products, Inc., New York, NSY., a
corporation of New York
Filed lune 1, 196i), Ser. No. 33,269
2 Claims. (Cl. 15-262)
wardly rearwardly inclined, and the upper portion 25a
of lever 25 is forwardly downwardly inclined. The re
This invention relates to an improved bucket for use
in cleaning operations, and particularly for use in con
spective lower portions 24h and 25b of these levers are
reversely inclined, in the manner shown in FIG. 1. Ap
proximately at the respective junction areas 24C and 25e
junction with a wet mop.
uri
One important object of this invention is to provide an
of the respective lever portions 24a and 24h on the one
improved bucket having improved means for wringing
hand, and 25a and 25h on the other hand, said levers
extend respectively to the front and rear of a horizontal,
out a wet mop, which can be operated with a single foot
without tipping the bucket.
Without limitation thereto, the invention is especially
longitudinally elongated plate 26 which is fixed between
the walls 13 and 13a centrally with respect to compart
ment 15. Below said plate 26 the two lever portions 2li-b
useful in conjunction with a detergent solution in the
pail containing a ilocculant which causes the soil particles
suspended in the wash water, as the result of their trans
fer from the mop, to be ilocculated and drop below the 2
and 25]: are connected by a spring 27 which tends to draw
these two portions together.
The lower ends of levers 24]) and 25b are located ad
jacent each other and are connected by a lateral pivot 28
The improved bucket and wringer means are advan
to a further lever 29. This lever 29 is connected at its
tageous in that the mop can be wrung out more eiliciently,
rear, by pivot 36, to wall 13a, and extends generally
while at the same time the tendency of dirt particles to
settle below the baille permits longer use of the water in 25 horizontally. The two levers 29 are connected by cross
arm Sti. This cross arm 341 extends vertically slidably
the bucket for cleaning purposes. Of course, the use of a
through the respective slots 13b and 1411 and also the re
ilocculant enhances the advantages of the improved wring
spective slots 21a, so that said arm 36* extends across the
er means and the baille arrangement.
baille.
Other objects and advantages of this invention will
become apparent from the following description, in con
junction with the annexed drawing, in which preferred
embodiments of the invention are disclosed.
In the drawings,
FIG. l is a section on line 1_1 of FÍG. 4.
FIG. 2 is a section on line 2_2 or" FIG. 4.
FIG. 3 is a bottom plan View of the bucket.
FIG. 4 is top plan view of the bucket, partly broken
away.
FIG. 5 is a fragmentary section on line 5_5 of FIG. 4
showing a baille plate disposed within the bucket.
FIG. 6 is a view similar to FIG. 5, showing a modified
baille plate.
Upon reference to the drawings in detail, it will be
toe recess 18.
FIG. l shows in full lines the normal position of the
rollers 22 and 23. As shown in broken lines in FIG. 1,
when cross arm 3@ is depressed, thereby lowering levers
29 and tending to pull the levers 24 and 25 downwardly,
the lever portions 24a and 25a respectively ride cammingly
35 over the respective front and rear edges of plate 26, there
by pulling the rollers 22 and 23 toward each other.
It will be apparent that in the normal manner, a wet
rnop may be placed between the rollers 22 and 23, the
rollers 22 and 23 moved toward each other, and the mop
manipulated in the usual manner to squeeze excess water
therefrom. Upon release of arm 361i, the parts return to
their normal position.
Since both rollers move equally to the lateral center of
the bucket, over the center of gravity thereof, during the
noted that they show a bucket 1@ of generally square, 45 wringing operation, the bucket is substantially tip-proof
but somewhat downwardly tapered shape, having a front
and does not have to be steadied while the mop is being
wall 11, rear wall 12, side walls 13 and 14, and bottom
wrung out.
wall 17. Said walls 13 and 14 are considered as extend
As an important feature, a baille plate is mounted within
ing longitudinally, and said walls 11 and 12 are considered
the pail 1li. ln the embodiment of FIG. 5, said baille
as extending laterally. Longitudinally extending inner side 50 plate, designated generally by the reference numeral dil,
walls 13a and 14a are respectively located adjacent and
parallel to the outer side wall 13 an
14 to deñne re
spective side chambers 15 and 16.
Bucket 10 is formed with a toe recess 18. In order to
provide this toe recess 13, bottom wall 17 is provided with
is mounted horizontally in place, by means of suitable
brackets, exempli?ed by bracket 41 (FIG. 2), which are
mounted upon the insides of the walls of pail 10. Pref
erably, baille 40 rests removably upon said brackets 41,
and is located somewhat below the level of wall 20.
an upstanding lateral front wall 19 near the front of the
Preñerably, also, as shown in FIG. 4, said baille plate 40
bucket. This wall 19 is spaced inwardly from the re
is generally U-s'naped and has a cut-out portion 42 extend
spective inner side walls 13a and 14a. The upper end
ing around the vertical walls of the toe recess 18. Plate
of wall 19 is connected by means of horizontal wall 2b to
49 extends between walls 13a and 14a, and also between
front wall 11. Longitudinal side walls 21 connect between 60 walls 11 and 12. Said baille plate ¿lil is of generally
bottom wall 17, wall 19 and wall 20, so that the recess 18
planar construction but has a plurality of longitudinally
is generally rectangular and has a front opening.
extending, parallel flanges 44 struck downwardly at an
Wall 13a has a lower' front, vertically extending slot
acute angle, as shown in FIGS. 4 and 5, to define spaces
13b, and wall 14a has a similar slot 1Gb. The two walls
e3 in plate dil.
21 have correspondingly front lower corner, vertically 65
lt will be apparent that a particle which falls through
extending slots 21a.
the openings or spaces 43 strikes the inclined flanges 44
Laterally extending rollers 22 and 23, respectively
and is deflected downwardly. Flanges 44 tend to prevent
located adjacent the front and rear of bucket 1i), overlie
particles from moving upward through openings 43.
the top of the bucket and are supported in such a way as
FIG. 6 shows a modilication in which plate 40 is re
to be resiliently movable toward each other.
70 placed by plate Sil. This plate Sii has parallel, longitudi
Said rollers 22 and 23 may be made of any suitable
material, which is preferably plastic. At each end of
nally extending, depressed portions 51, each of which has
respective inclined walls having openings 52 and S3, in
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the manner shown in FIG. 6, the inclined Walls converting i
with bottom wall 50a.
It will be apparent that either baflle 40 or baffle S0
divides the interior »space of pai-l 1G into an upper chamber
60 and a lower chamber 61. It will also be apparent that
in use, the mop is substantially confined to being inserted
into the upper space 6i). Preferably, the water in the pail
extends substantially into the space 6i) and nearly to the
top ofthe pail. When the mop «is inserted into the upper
space 60 and is manipulated, together with rollers 22 and
23, for removal of excess soiled water therefrom, the par
to spread said lower arm portions and move said roller
means toward each other, said arms being shaped to per
mit said roller means to come into abutment with each
other, said upper arm portions being adapted, upon release
of said cross-arm, to ride cammingly in reverse direction
against sm'd plate and return the par-ts to their nomal
positions.
2. A bucket .and >winger combination comprising a
bucket having a front, longitudinally extending sides, a
rear, a bottom and an open top, said sides having recesses
extending the full length thereof and opening upon the
top thereof, said front having a central, inwardly> extend
ticles of dirt or the like released from the mop tend to
ing »toe recess at the bottom thereof, said front having fur
settle downwardly and pass through the holes in the baflle
to the lower chamber 61. The presence of the batiie'pre
vents Ithe mop from being brought into contact with the
particles in chamber 61, 4so that when the mop is removed,
it tends to avoid having particles redeposited on it. On
the other hand, the water within Áthe space 6i) tends to
remain clear so that it may be used for cleaning or rinsing
purposes.
.
ther recesses on each side of said toe recess and com
municating therewith and also communicating with said
side recesses, levers respectively located in said side
recesses and pivotally connected t0 said respective sides
adjacent the rear thereof and extending forwardly from
their pivots, a cross-arm extending across said toe recess
20 andv through said further front recesses and into said side
It will also be apparent that when the pail is to be
cleaned, it is a simple matter to remove the baille plate 40
recesses and connecting with the respective fronts of said
or 5.0, -as the case may be, in o-rder to clean the dirt from
side in said side recess above said lever, a iirst arm in said
levers, a longitudinally elongated plate fixed to each said
side recess and pivotally connected to each said lever be
the lower chamber 61. It will also be apparent that any
appropriate baiiie may be employed which will tend to 25 low said plate and having a íirst arm lower portion ex
tending upwardly forwardly and a ñrst arm upper portion
prevent the dirt from being moved from the lower cham
extending upwardly rearwardly through lthe top of said
ber Ato «the upper chamber when the rwater of the pail is
agitated.
side recess, a second a-rm in said side recess and pivotally
connected to said lever below-said plate and having a sec
While I have disclosed a preferred embodiment of the
Vinvention and have indicated various changes, omissions 30 ond arm lower portion extending upwardly rearwardly
and a second arm upper portion extending upwardly for
and additions which may be made therein, it will be ap
wardly and extending beyond the top of said side recess,
parent that various other changes, omissions and addi
the flower ends of Vsaid arm upper portions respectively
tions may be made in the invention without departing
meeting the upper ends of said arm lower portions to de
Afrom the scope and spirit thereof as set forth in the> claims.
ñne respective junctions, front roller means connecting
The bucket may be made of any suitable material.
the upper ends of said second arm upper portions, rear
I prefer to make the bucket of rigid plastic, such as poly
roller means connecting the upper ends of said lirst arm
propylene, and »to mold the bucket, preferably in a single
upper portions, spring means in said side recess and con
piece. The operating levers, which may be made of metal,
necting the arm lower portions associated with each lever
may be readily assembled with the molded bucket.
40 and urging them .toward each other, the junction between
I claim:
«the iirst arm portions normally abutting the front of said
1. A bucket and wringer combination comprising a
plate, the junction between .the second arm portions nor
bucket having `a front, longitudinally extending sides, a
mally abutting the rear of said plate, said >roller means
rear, a bottom and an open top, levers pivotally connected
being normally spaced from each other, said cross-arm
to said respective sides adjacent the rear thereof and ex
tending forwardly from their pivots, a cross-arm connect 45 being accessible in said toe recess for lowering thereof,
said upper arm portions being thereby adapted to ride
ing the fronts of said levers, a longitudinally elongated
cammingly against `said front and rear of said plate to
plate ñxed to each said side above said lever, a ñrst arm
spread said lower arm portions and move said roller
pivotally connected to each said lever below said plate
means toward each other, said arms being shaped to per
and having a iirst arm lower portion extending upwardly
50 mit said roller means to come into abutment with each
forwardly and a ñrst arm upper portion extending up
wardly rearwardly to a point above said bucket, a second
arm pivotally connected to each said lever below said
plate and having a second arm lower portion extending
upwardly rearwardly and a second arm upper portion ex 55
tending upwardly forwardly, to a point above said bucket
the lower ends of said arm upper portions respectively
other, said upper arm portions being adapted, upon re
lease of said lcross-arm, to ride cammingly in reverse di
rection against «said plate and return the parts to their
normal position.
References Cited in the ñle of this patent
meeting the upper ends of said arm lower portions to de
UNITED STATES PATENTS
line respective junctions, front roller means connecting
»the upper ends of said second arm upper portions, rear 60
roller means connecting the upper ends of said ñrst arm
upper portions, spring means connecting Ithe arm lower
portions associated with each lever and urging them to
ward each other, the junction between the ñrst arm por
tions normally abutting the front of said plate, the junc
65
tion between the second arm protions normally abutting
the rear of said plate, said roller means being normally
spaced from each other, said cross-arm being adapted to
be lowered, said upper arm portions being thereby adapted
to ride cammingly against said front and rear of said plate 70
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Gillmann ____________ __ Nov. 19, 1889
Jarboe ________________ __ Mar. 3, 1891
Cathan ________________ __ Jan. 3, 1893
Prescott ______________ __ Mar. 14, 189,3
Galen _______________ __ Mar. 21, 1899
Krainik ______________ __. Mar. 20, 1906
Peterson _____________ __ Sept. 10, 1912
Wilde ________________ __ June 17, 1913
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Finnell _______________ __ Aug. 7, 1917
Mannix _______________ __ Apr. l, 1924
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