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July 16, 1963
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Filed March 50, 1962
G. F. ASlRE
3,097,722
LUBRICATING SYSTEM
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G. F. ASIRE
3,097,722
LUBRICATING SYSTEM
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chine there is provided a grease ?tting 415 and 15a, which
may be of either the “zerk” or A'lemite type, and each
LUBRICATING SYSTEM
George F. Asire, P.0. Box 495, Worland, Wyo.
Filed Mar. 30, 1962, Ser. No. 183,932
2 Claims. (Cl. 184—105)
This invention relates to a lubricating system, and has
as its primary object the provision of an improved lubri
of which is connected to a ?exible tube 16 and 17.
One of the corner posts 12 is provided interiorly with
a plate-like support 18 through which extends an operating
handle 19 exteriorly of the front of the machine. By a
pull on operating-handle 19 certain of the parts of the
mechanism may be lubricated in a manner to be more fully
cating system particularly adapted for use with washing
described hereinafter.
machines.
One of the most important points requiring lubrication
10
An additional object of the invention is the provision of
a lubricating system of this character which, by means of
internal connections with certain parts which require fre
quent lubrication, will enable the machine to be lubricated
in a Washing ‘machine of this character is the support shaft
for the main drive pulley. ‘conventionally, such a shaft
comprises a substantially solid shaft and in order properly
to lubricate the same, the pulley must be removed there
completely without the necessity of disassembly thereof.
15 from. In accordance with the instant invention this shaft,
A more speci?c object of the invention is the provision
generally indicated at 20 and best shown in FIGURES 3
of a device of this character which is particularly suitable
and 6, is provided with a reduced end portion 21 having
for employment in coin actuated laundry machines which
a threaded bore therein for the reception of a grease ?t
are virtually in continuous use, and which, therefore, re
ting of any ‘desired type, 22, threaded bore 23 in the end
quire frequent lubrication.
20 of ?tting 22, open into a central bore 24 from which a
Heretofore, it has been necessary to disassemble certain
lateral opening 25 extends into a V-shaped groove 26, the
types of washing machines in order to properly lubricate
groove 26 is interiorly positioned relative to the pulley
the same, and this has required a considerable non-produc
hub, and, in FIGURE 3, the pulley is removed for clarity
tive period during which the machine is shut down, as
of illustration. In order to introduce grease to the ?t
well as material effort on the part of a mechanic or other 25 ting 22, an angle iron bar 27 is provided and has central
individual greasing the machine.
ly a cup-shaped female grease ?tting 28 which ?ts over
A primary object of this invention is, therefore, the pro
the ?tting 22, and which is supplied with grease through
vision of a series of ?exible connections as well as modifi
an internal channel 29 which in turn is supplied through
cation of certain parts which require lubrication so that
a ?exible plastic tube 16 which extends from the front
the entire machine may be readily lubricated without dis 30 ?tting 15. The angle member 27 is pivoted as on a pivot
assembly, or without the necessity of removing the face
33 to an angularly disposed projection 31 carried by one
plates therefrom.
side wall 32 of easing It). The angle iron is bent upwardly
Still other objects reside in the combinations of ele
as at 33 (see FIG. 3) and seats at its other end on an
ments, arrangements of parts, and features of construc
upwardly inclined projecting portion 34 secured to the
tion, all as will be more fully pointed out hereinafter and
other side wall 35 of casing 10. The curved end 35 of
disclosed in the accompanying drawings wherein:
an operating rod 36 is secured as by a cotter pin 37 to angle
FIGURE 1 is a front elevational view of one form of
washing machine embodying features of the instant inven
tive concept, certain concealed portions thereof being in
dicated in dotted lines.
FIGURE 2 is a rear elevational view, partially broken
away, of the machine disclosed in FIGURE 1, certain
parts thereof being cut away disclosing the interior mecha
nism, and certain additional parts normally concealed,
iron member 27, the rod 36 terminating in handle portion
19 on the front wall of the housing.
It will thus be seen
that when grease is supplied through the line 16 to the
cup-shaped ?tting 28 after the handle 19‘ has been moved
to pull rod 16 upwardly and engage the female ?tting 28
with the male ?tting 22 and grease is disseminated through
the passages 24 and 25 in the V-shaped groove 26 to the
‘main drive pulley, and all further lubrication thereof is
45 rendered unnecessary.
being indicated in dotted lines.
FIGURE 3 is a sectional view, partially broken away,
Grease tube 17 extends from the opening ‘15a to an
taken substantially along the line 3-3 of FIGURE 2.
idler pulley shaft 40‘, from which the pulley has been also
FIGURE 4 is an enlarged sectional view taken substan
removed for the sake of clarity, and which is normally
tially along the line 4—4 of FIGURE 3 as viewed in the
solid. In this construction the plastic tube 17 is secured
50 by a conventional clamping collar 43 to a ?tting pipe 42
direction indicated by the arrows.
FIGURE 5 is an enlarged sectional view taken substan
which is threaded into an opening in the shaft 49 and
tially along the line 5—5 ‘of FIGURE 3 as viewed in the
communicates with a bore 44 therein. The bore 44 opens
direction indicated by the arrows.
outwardly into 1a groove 45 on the side of the shaft 40
FIGURE 6 is an enlarged Sectional view taken sub
and thus serves to lubricate the idler pulley during the
55
stantially along the line 6-6 of FIGURE 3 as viewed in
use and operation thereof.
the direction indicated by the arrows.
An additional point requiring lubrication frequently is
FIGURE 7 is an enlarged sectional view taken substan
the shift lever 53, which is mounted in conventional fash
tially along the line 7-7 of FIGURE 3 ‘as viewed in the
ion, and which, as shown in FIGURE ‘8, includes an arm
direction indicated by the arrows; and
51 having a tubular member at one end thereof 52 and a
FIGURE 8 is a plan view, partially in section, of a 60 second apertured end 53. A cross pipe or tube 54 nor
component element of the machine modi?ed in accord
mally surrounds a tubular shaft 55, which serves as a pivot
ance with the instant invention.
for movement of the shift lever 50‘. In the instant in
Similar reference characters refer to similar parts
vention the solid sleeve 54 is provided with a threaded bore
throughout the several views of the drawing.
56 into which is ?tted a grease ?tting 57, the fitting 57
Having reference now to the drawings in detail, there is
being ‘so arranged as to be readily accessible, or alternative
generally indicated at It) a conventional washing machine
ly, connected by rubber tubing or plastic tubing or the
of any desired type including a casing 11 having side frame
like to one of the lines 16 or 17 or to an additional open
posts 12, and an access door 13, the usual rotary parts of
ing in the front of the washing machine.
the mechanism being omitted since they comprise no por~
From the foregoing it will now be seen that by the use
tion of the instant invention. In each of the front posts 70 of a simple grease gun successively introduced to ?ttings
12 exteriorly of the face plate 14 of the front of the ma
15 and 15a, the major important points of the device
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may be lubricated completely without the necessity of dis
assembly, and that a simple pull on handle 19 will juxta
pose the female grease ?tting 28 to the ?tting 22 for lubri
2. In a washing machine including a casing having a
front panel, a main drive pulley support shaft and a pulley
rotatable thereon, said shaft having a bore therein, a chan
nel on the periphery of said shaft interiorly of said pulley,
and a duct between said bore and said channel, a grease
?tting ‘communicating With said bore, a flexible tube en
eating the primary drive shaft.
‘Obviously, other points requiring lubricant can be simi
larly connected by appropriate tubes to ?ttings properly
placed in accordance with the particular type and design
of washing machine.
gageable with said grease ?tting and extending through the
front panel of the machine, a second grease ?tting on
As many embodiments may be made of this inventive
the extending end of said tube, said tube including a cup
concept, and as many modi?cations may be made in the 10 shaped ?tting movable into ‘and out of engagement with
said ?rst-mentioned grease ?tting, means for moving said
embodiment hereinbefore shown and described, it is to be
understood that all matter herein is to be interpreted mere
cup-shaped ?tting into and ‘out of engagement with said
?rst-mentioned grease ?tting,
ly as illustrative, and not in a limiting sense.
I claim:
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said last-mentioned means comprising a pivoted angle
1. In a washing machine including a casing having a 15
bar carrying said cup-shaped ?tting on said tube, a
front panel, a main drive pulley support shaft and a pulley
rod secured to said angle bar, and an operating han
dle on said front panel connected to said rod;
rotatable thereon, said shaft having a bore therein, a chan
nel on the periphery of said shaft interiorly of said pulley,
and a duct between said bore and said channel, a grease
?tting communicating with said bore, a ?exible tube en
gageable with said grease ?tting and extending through the
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
front panel of the machine, a second grease ?tting on the
1,795,297
Dirkes ______________ __ Mar. 10, 1931
extending end of said tube,
‘said tube including a cup-shaped ?tting movable into
2,746,816
2,942,447
Michie et al ___________ __ May 22, 1956
Riekel et al ___________ __ June 28, 1960
597,174
Canada ________________ __ May 3, 1960
and out of engagement with said ?rst-mentioned 25
grease ?tting, and means for moving said cup-shaped
?tting into and out of engagement with said ?rst
mentioned grease ?tting.
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