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March 5, 1963
E. s. NEAL
3,079,624
SQUEEGEE
Filed April 26, 1962
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
Earl 5‘. Neal
1N VENTOR.
2mm
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United States Patent ()1
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3,079,524
SQUEEGEE
3,979,624
Patented Mar. 5, 1963
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able metal or other material.
The brackets 14 include
generally U-shaped clips or yokes 15 comprising ?at
Earl S. Neal, San Francisco, Calif.
bight portions 16 and inwardly o?set legs or end portions
(2690 El Camino Real, San Mateo, Calif.)
Filed Apr. 26, 1962, Ser. No. 190,485
19 {.‘laims. (Cl. 15-245)
tions of the crosshead 12 and conform to the periphery
thereof. The end portions or legs 17 of the members 15
17 of arcuate cross-section which straddle the end por
are apertured as indicated at 18 to receive screws 19 for
This invention relates to new and useful improvements
in Squeegees, particularly although by no means neces
securing the brackets 14 on the crosshead 12. Fixedly
secured as by rivets 20 on the ?at bight portions 16 of
sarily, for removing water, etc. from floors, pavements 10 the members 15 are vertical channel bars 21. The bars
and other surfaces which have been hosed down, and
21 extend below the clips or yokes 15 and are provided
has for its primary object to provide, in a manner as here
with openings 22 in their lower end portions. Openings
inafter set forth, an implement of this character which
23 in the bars 21 accommodate the rivets 20. The side
is adapted to be used with either a push or pull stroke.
?anges 24 of the bars 21 terminate short of the lower
Another important object of the present invention is 15 ends of said bars. At the upper ends thereof the bars 21
to provide an improved reversible squeegee of the afore
terminate in outturned apertured ears or the like 25.
mentioned character comprising unique means for re
Mounted beneath the crosshead 12 in spaced parallel
taining the blade in the selected functioning position.
ism therewith is a rod or shaft 26 the end portions of
Still another important object of the invention is to
which are journaled in the openings 22 in the lower end
provide a squeegee of the character described wherein the 20 portions of the bars 21. Mounted on the shaft 26 is a
blade may be expeditiously set or adjusted for push or
generally U-shaped clamp 27 of sheet metal or other suit
pull operation without being touched with the hands of
able material. The bight portion 28 of the clamp 27 is
the user and while in a standing position.
shaped to accommodate the shaft 26 and is secured there
Another object of the present invention is to provide a
on by a pin 29. As shown to advantage in FIGURE 8
squeegee of the character set forth comprising novel 25 of the drawing, from the shaft 26 the sides or jaws 34}
means for mounting the blade for oscillation on the head
of the clamp 27 converge and contact each other, as indi
assembly.
cated at 31. Mounted between the sides or jaws 30 of
Other objects of the invention are to provide a re
the clamp 27 and protruding therefrom is a blade 32 of
versible squeegee which is comparatively simple in con
rubber or other suitable resilient material. Fastening
struction, strong, durable, compact, of light weight and 30 elements 33 secure the blade 32 in position. Coil springs
which may be manufactured at low cost.
These together with other objects and advantages which
34- have one end connected to the apertu-red ears 25 on
the upper ends of the bars 21. The other ends of the coil
will become subsequently apparent reside in the details
springs 34 are connected to apertured lugs or ears 35
of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter
which project laterally from the clamp 27 adjacent the
described and claimed, reference being had to the ac 35 blade 32. Mounted on the crosshead 12, adjacent the
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 reversible
squeegee constructed in accordance with the present in
vention;
FIGURE 2 is a view in side elevation of the device,
showing the blade in the pull position;
FIGURE 3 is a side elevational view, showing the blade
in intermediate position as when being swung from the
pull to the push position;
FIGURE 4 is a side elevational view, showing the blade
in push position;
FIGURE 5 is a bottom plan view of the device with
portions broken away;
‘FIGURE 6 is a vertical sectional view, taken substan
tially on the line 5-6 of FIGURE 5;
FIGURE 7 is a view principally in vertical section
ends thereof, are pairs of downwardly divergent stops 36
for the clamp 27. The stops 36 include angularly extend
ing, arcuate inner end portions 37 which are apertured to
accommodate securing screws 38.
It is thought that the use or operation of the implement
will be readily apparent from a consideration of the fore
going. Brie?y, when it is desired to use the device with a
pulling stroke the blade assembly comprising the mem—
bers 27 and 32 is swung to the position shown in FIG
URES 1 and 2 of the drawing, in which position said
blade assembly extends at a forward and downward in
clination from the crosshead 12. When it is desired to
convert to a pushing operation the blade assembly is
swung through the intermediate position of FIGURE 3
50 of the drawing to the position shown in FIGURE 4 of
said drawing, in which position said blade assembly eX
tends at a rearward and downward inclination from the
crosshead 12. In both positions the blade assembly trails
through one end portion of the device, taken substantial
the crosshead 12 in the opreating stroke of the implement.
55 The construction and arrangement is such that the coil
ly on the line 7-7 of FIGURE 6;
FIGURE 8 is a fragmentary view on an enlarged scale,
springs 34%- swing the blade assembly past dead center
taken substantially on ‘the line 8—8 of FIGURE 5; and
with a snap action and retain said blade in either posi
FIGURE 9 is an exploded perspective view of the blade
tion against the respective front and rear stops 36. The
supporting means on one end portion of the device.
construction and arrangement also is such that the conver
Referring now to the drawing in detail, it will be seen 60 sion may be quickly accomplished from a standing posi
that the embodiment of the present invention which has
tion by simply placing a foot, as indicated at 39 in FIG
been illustrated comprises an elongated handle 10 of wood
URE 3 of the drawing, in front or in back of the blade
or other suitable material. The handle 10 may also be
assembly. When the foot is so positioned it acts as a
of any desired length and diameter. Mounted on the for
ward end portion of the handle it) is a head assembly 65 stop against which the blade assembly is engaged for
which is designated generally by reference numeral 11.
causing said blade to swing to the opposite position.
The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the
The head assembly 11 includes a cylindrical crosshead
principles of the invention. Further, since numerous
12 which is ?xedly mounted on the forward end por
modi?cations and changes will readily occur to those
tion of the handle it). Toward this end the crosshead
12 includes at an intermediate point a radial socket 315 70 skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention
to the exact construction and operation shown and de
which receives the handle it). Mounted on the end por
tions of the crosshead 12 is a pair of brackets 14 of suit
scribed, and accordingly all suitable modi?cations and
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cal bars on the ends of the crosshead, a blade pivotally
mounted for oscillation between the lower end portions
of the bars, and tensioned coil springs connected to the
upper portions of the bars and to the blade for snapping
said blade past dead center and yieldingly retaining same
equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope
oi the invention as claimed.
What is claimed as new is as follows:
1. A reversible squeegee'comprising, a handle, a blade
pivotally mounted for oscillation between two optional
operative positions on the handle, and resilient means for
in the selected operative position when said blade is
swung from either position to the other.
8. The combination of claim], together withstops on
' snapping the blade past dead center and yieldingly re
taining same in the selectedv operative position whensaid
l-ade is’ swungrfrom either position to the other.
V the crosshead with the blade operable therebetween and
engageable therewith to be» arrested thereby in said oper
2, A reversible squeegee comprising a handle, a blade
ative positions.
pivotally mounted‘for oscillation between two optional
9. A reversible squeegee in accordance with claim.7,
operative positions on the handle, and resilient means for
said blade including a clamp of generally U~shaped cross-1
snapping the blade'past dead center and yieldingly re
sectionproviding a bight portion and a pair of opposed‘
taining same in the selected operative position when
said'blade'i's swung from either position to the other, said 15 jaws, a shaft mounted in said bightportion and having‘
its end portionsjournaled in the bars; and a resilient strip’
means including at least one coil spring connected under
securedbetween the jaws and including a' protruding lon-.~
tension ‘to the handle and the blade on opposite sides of
gitudinal marginal portion.
the pivotal axis of said blade;
10. A reversible squeegee comprising an elongated han
3. The combination of claim 2, together with stepson
the handle for arresting the swinging movement of the 20 die, a. cylindrical crosshead on one end of said handle”.
generally U-shaped clips mounted longitudinally on- the.
blade under the in?uence of said spring in ‘the operative
end portions of the crosshead, vertical bars mounted on
positions.
‘the bight portions of-said clips and extendingupwardly
4. A reversible squeegee comprising an elongated h'an
and downwardlytheretrom, a shaft .journaled in the lower
d1e,'a cross head on one end of said handle, a blade‘piv
end portions of the bars and parallelingthe crosshead, a
otally mounted for oscillation between'two ‘optional oper
clamp of ‘generally U-shaped cross-section receiving the.
ative' positions on the crosshead in'parallelism therewith,
shaft in its bight portion for mounting said clamp on said‘
and tensioned coil springs connected to the end portions
shaft, a resilient wiper blade mounted in the clamp, ten
of thecrosshead and to the blade on opposite sides of the
sioned coil springs connected to the upper end portions of
pivotal iaxis of‘the latter for snapping said blade past
dead center and yieldingly- retaining same in the selected 30 the bars and to the clamp for snapping the blade‘ past'
dead center when said blade is swung toward either of
operative position when saidblade isswung from either
two optionaloperativepositions and» for yieldingly re~
position to, the othen.
tainingsaid blade in said positions,- and’stops for» the
5. The combination of claim 4, together with means
blade mounted on the crosshead on opposite sides of'the
for arresting the swinging movement of the blade under
the in?uence of thersprings in said operative positions. .
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6. The combination of claim ‘5, said means including
downwardly divergent stops mounted on the crosshead on
opposite sides of the blade for engagement thereby.
7. A reversible squeegee ‘comprising an elongated han
dl_e,; a crosshead on one end portion of said handle, verti 40
clamp for engagement thereby.
References Cited in then?le of‘this‘patent
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