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Патент USA US3087251

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April 30, 1963
Filed March so. 1961
William H. Johnson
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United States Patent 0 "ice
Patented Apr. 30, 1963
will become subsequently apparent reside in the details
William H. Johnson, 1412 Claiborne St, Danvilie, Va.
Filed Mar. 30, 1961, Ser. No. 92493
3 Claims. (Cl. 29-267)
The present invention relates to a portable manually
actuata'ble wholly mechanical-type hinge pintle dislodg
of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter
described and claimed, reference being had to the accom
panying drawing forming a part hereof, wherein like
numerals refer to like parts throughout, and in which:
FIGURE 1 is a view in perspective showing a frag
mentary portion of an upstanding tobacco containing
hogshead, the customarily used butt hinge and showing,
what is more important, the invention and how it is con
ing and ejecting device, more particularly, a specially con
structed implement or device and which is expressly, but 10 structed and used;
FIGURE 2 is a view on an enlarged scale with parts in
not necessarily, designed and adapted to be used on butt
section and elevation taken on the plane of the line 2—2
hinges such as are currently being used on and in conjunc
of FIGURE 1, looking in the direction of the arrows;
tion vwith tobacco hogsheads made up of symmetrical half
sections which are operatively joined together by butt
Stated otherwise, the concept has to do with a simple,
practical and feasible tool-like device which provides an
easy-to-use pintle ejector, the same serving to speed up the
pintle removing step in a manner to expedite opening a
hogshead, the construction being such that it promotes a 20
saving in time and labor and ejects pins from the hinges
without damage to the surfaces of the hogshead sections
or the leaves of the hinges. Ordinarily, sectional hogs
FIGURES 3 and 4 are sections on the line 3—3 and
4-—4, respectively, of FIGURE 2.
The hinge means as an entity is denoted by the
numeral 6 and is a butt-type hinge construction, the
leaves thereof being denoted at 8 and 10‘ and fastened in
place at 12 on the component parts 14 and '15 of the
tobacco containing hogshead (not detailed). The ad
jacent ends of the leaves are provided with the usual
knuckles 16 and 17 containing the insertable and remov
able hinge pin or pintle 18. The pin as usual is provided
with a head 19. These are all old or conventional parts.
heads are placed on dollies in an upright position with the
heads of the hinge pins up in order to make it easier to 25 The invention resides in the improved device (tool or im
plement as it may be acceptably called). The base of the
remove the pins. The present mode of accomplishing the
device denoted at 20 is a comparatively heavy one-piece
result, not considering the advent of the instant invention,
metal block which may be said to be‘ rectangular in plan
involves haphazardly knocking the pintles or pins out
and which is channel-shaped in cross-section, the web or
using hammers, hatchets and screwdrivers. Manifestly,
the hinges and hogsheads are damaged from time to time. 30 body of the channel being denoted at 22 and the longi
tudinal ?anges or side walls at 24 (FIG. 1). These
Not only this, any number of pins are “banged” out with
?anges are provided with registering notches 26 and 28
such force that they are lost. Generally speaking work
(FIG. 2) which when the base is in use are lined up with
men are not too much concerned with the factors of
the hinge pin and knuckles. Attached to at one end por
damage and loss. Therefore, the problem which has
posed itself is one which calls for a practical and an 35 tion to the body of the base is an outstanding heavy metal
handle 30. This handle may be secured atop the base by
acceptable solution. It follows that the herein disclosed
screws or equivalent fasteners 32 as shown in FIG. 3.
invention offers a practical adaptation which provides a
satisfactory solution.
Brie?y, a preferred embodiment of the invention is that
which is herein disclosed in the views of the drawing. By
glancing at the drawing it will be seen that the improved
hinge pin loosening and ejecting device is characterized
by a portable base designed and adapted to be coordinated
The handle functions not only for lifting, lowering and
positioning the base in coordinate relation, it contributes
to the other means for orienting the plunger. This plunger
comprises a reciprocable rod 34 which is shiftable in a
tubular sheath or cylinder 36 which is ?xed across the
lower edge portion of an adapter plate 38. This plate is
a simple ?at member having an end portion 40 superim
with and positioned properly over and in relation to the
leaves and pintle-containing knuckles between the con 45 posed against one side of the handle and secured thereto
by screws or equivalent fasteners 42. The plate has a
tiguous ends of said leaves, said base having predetermined
notch cut out in one corner so that the marginal edge
portions thereof which are precisely alignable' with the
portions may be keyed in grooves provided therefor in
knuckles and push-out-type pintle, handle means carried
cooperating surfaces of the base. The plate not only
by said base, plunger means connected with said base
and embodying a plunger with an end to line up with 50 supports the cylinder or sheath and plunger rod it also
serves as a support for the disk-like gear 44. This gear
said pintle so that by imposing a thrust against the pintle
is bolted and pivoted in place as at 46 and approximately
the latter can be dislodged and forced out of the knuckles
containing it, and means for forcibly moving the rod
toward and from the end of the pintle with which it is
a three-quarter edge portion thereof is provided with gear
teeth 48 which mesh with rack teeth 50‘ provided on the
55 coordinated surface portion of the plunger rod. There
fore, the plunger means may be said to be operated by
More speci?cally, novelty is predicated upon a base
rack and pinion means or more speci?cally by a rotatable
comprising a block-like body channel-shaped in cross
handle-operated gear having teeth meshed with teeth on
section with the channel lined up with the leaves of said
the projectible and retractible plunger rod. Incidentally,
hinge, the longitudinal walls of the channel having reg
istering notches said notches also being coordinated and 60 the nose 52 (FIG. 2) of the rod is such that it registers
with requisite nicety with the aligned end of the hinge
registrable with the respective ends of said pintle, and
pintle 18.
said rod being in line with and operable through said
Although the gear operating handle may be of some
other construction it preferably comprises a rod member
A still further improvement resides in a channel-shaped 65 54 having a loop-like hand-grip 56 at an outer end. The
base with an outstanding handle, guide notches in the
other end portion is laterally offset at 58 where it is
Wall of the channel, a cylindrical sleeve providing a sheath
fashioned into a suitable foot 60, said foot ?tting into a
and said sheath containing a reciprocable plunger rod.
radial groove 62 and being suitably welded or otherwise
The plunger rod engages the pintle and is provided with
secured in place. Obviously by rocking this gear handle
rack teeth operated by a gear having a suitable crank 70 or lever back and forth the gearing means is brought into
play to properly actuate the plunger.
These together with other objects and advantages which
The numeral 64 designates a horizontal plate with the
marginal ?ange 66 which said plate screwed or otherwise
fastened in place as at 67. This ?anged plate provides
position of the plunger, the teeth on said pinion gear be
ing in mesh with the teeth in said rack, and a lever con
a tray which functions to trap or catch the dislodged
interfere with the operation of the device.
In practice the channel of the channel-shaped base is
nected at one end to said gear and located in a position
for movement in an arcuate- path toward and from said
2. The structure according to claim 1 and in combi
nation, a tray suitable for trapping and temporarily re
lined up with the leaves 8 and lit of the hinge means
taining the aforementioned hinge pintle after it has been
6 as shown in the drawing.
fully ejected, said tray having a bottom perched and
pintle as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2. The central portion
of an edge of the plate is notched as at 68 so as not to
The channel is such in cross
section that the connected ends of the leaves 3 and 10 10 secured on an upper edge of said body and being pro
vided on marginal edge portions with upstanding mar
are covered thereby. However, it is necessary to shift
ginal pintle con?ning ?anges, a median portion of one
the handle and the channel so that the notches 26 and 28
edge of said bottom having a notch therein in communi
line up with the hinge knuckles '16 and i7 and the asso
cation with an adjacent one of the aforementioned clear
ciated hinge pintle 18 in the manner clearly illustrated.
ance notches.
All that is necessary now is to hold the base in position
3. A portable manually usable mechanical hinge pintle
with the use of the outstanding handle 30 and to then
dislodging and ejecting device comprising, in combination,
operate the gear 44 by way of the lever or handle as to
an elongated base having a lengthwise face provided with
transmit motion to the plunger rod 34 by way of the co
an open-ended channel, median portions of the respec-.
operating gear and rack teeth. The nose 52 of the rod
engages the registering pintle as is clear in FIG. 2 and 20 tive longitudinal walls of said channel being provided
with aligned clearance notches, said channel being adapted
the pintle is pushed out (in the manner depicted in FIG.
to be registered with and placed over the leaves of a
1) and trapped in the tray 64.
butt-hinge with the clearance notches registering with‘
The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the
the usual pintle-connected knuckles of said hinge, a handle
principles of the invention. Further, since numerous
having an end thereof attached to said base intermediate
modi?cations and changes will readily occur to those
the respective ends of the base and on a side thereof op
skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention
posite to that side embodying said channels, a plate hav
to the exact construction and operation shown and de
ing an edge portion secured to said handle and having
scribed, and accordingly all suitable modi?cations and
marginal edge portions resting ?rmly on and ?xed to
equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope
of the invention as claimed.
What is claimed as new is as follows:
1. A portable manually usable mechanical hinge pintle
dislodging and ejecting device comprising an elongated
heavy base channel-shaped in cross-section with the chan
nel open at ends thereof and with the median portions
of the respective longitudinal walls of said channel pro
vided with clearance notches, said notches registering
with each other, said channel being adapted to be placed
cooperating surfaces of said base, said plate being dis
posed in a plane at right angles to the lengthwise dimen
sion of said base, a cylindrical sheath ?xed across an
exterior of said plate, a plunger rod reciprocable in said
sheath, said plunger rod being in line with the clearance
notches and having an end portion projectible into at
least one of said notches in a manner to be lined up
with and to engage the pintle which is to be dislodged
and ejected from said pintle-connected knuckles, said
plunger rod having rack teeth exposed and accessible
over the leaves of a butt-hinge so that the said notches
register with the usual pintle-connected knuckles of said 40 through an opening provided therefor in said sheath, a
hinge, a handle disposed at right angles to a surface of
said base opposite to the channel portion of the base,
the axis of said handle being at right angles to the length
wise axis of said base, a plate disposed in a plane parallel
to the axis of said handle, said plate having marginal
portions joined to the handle and to adjacent cooper
ating surfaces of said base, a plunger slidingly mounted
on said plate, said plunger being in line with the afore
mentioned clearance notches and having an end portion 50
projectible into at least one of said notches when the
plunger is being used, said plunger having rack teeth, a
pinion gear parallel to and mounted for rotation on a
surface of the plate and in a position adjacent to the
pinion gear parallel to and mounted for rotation on a
surface of the plate, the teeth of said pinion gear be
ing aligned and in mesh with the teeth on said plunger
rod and a lever connected at one end to said gear and
located in a position for movement in a path toward
and from said handle.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
Thompson __________ __ Nov. 21,
Bowers ______________ __ Jan. 4,
Stevens _______________ __ Jan. 5,
Leake _______________ __ Jan. 31,
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