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Патент USA US3100280

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Aug- 6, 1963
Filed Dec. 8, 1961
United ‘States Patent 0
Emmett .l. Gantz, 1007 S. 14th St, Burlington, Iowa
Filed Dec. 8, 1961, Ser. No. 157,928
3 Claims. (Cl. 317-459)
This invention relates to a magnetic holder which,
Patented Aug. 6, 1963
to a surface 30 of magnetically compatible material, the
pin 28 of the slab is inserted in the bore 18 of the block,
and the leg 27 is magnetically engaged with a face 16
of the block, with the slab 12 positioned for proper orien
tation of a ?ashlight ‘32, magnetically held in the groove
in the bent section 24 of the slab. While the location of
shoulder 26 of the slab may be such as to clear the
while of general purpose, also has special adaptations.
corners of the block, it is also possible to locate the
Magnetic holders have been proposed from early times,
shoulder for interception by the corners, which thus pro
but for the most part these have consisted of simple bar 10 vide ‘extra holding power for arrangements such as shown
or horseshoe magnets presenting little or no advance in
function over‘the well-known property of magnets of
attracting and holding.
in FIGURE 3. However, in cases where the axis of
bore 18 is vertical, such as shown in FIGURE 4, wherein
gravity is not acting to turn the slab, greater range of
adjustment results if the shoulder of the slab is not in
It is therefore a general object of the invention to pro
vide a magnetic holder of functional form adapted to a 15 terrupted by the corners of the block. In FIGURE 4,
variety of objects and tasks. More particularly it is an
one face 14 of the block is in engagement with a vertical
object to provide a magnetic holder specially adapted to
surface 34, which may be part of a vehicle, machine tool,
hold a class of tools and accessories in common use among
or other structure. This is one arrangement wherein the
mechanics, and especially in connection with vehicles.
holder is intended to extend the vision of a worker into
In still greater particular, it is an object to provide a 20 places which are out of the line of normal sight, and, as
holder for such items as wrenches and like tools, ?ash
shown, the bore of the ‘block is vertical, with the thick
lights, and mirrors.
ness dimension of the slab, consequently, also vertical, and
These and other objects, which will be apparent, are
a mirror 36, with metallic frame 33 is magnetically
attained by the present invention, which may be brie?y
adhered to the bent end 24 of the slab. With this at
described as comprising a set of cooperating magnetic 25 rangement, the worker may insert tools into regions of
elements including a 'block sectioned from polygonal
limited and devious access, and in this operation has
stock and having an axial bore, and a slab having a pivot
visual guidance through the mirror 36‘.
for mounting in said bore, with the slab in radial relation
In FIGURE 5 the block is shown mounted on the side
to the block, both the slab and the polygonal faces of the
of a car fender 40, and one of the polygonal faces of the
block having a central groove or channel, and the slab 30 block is utilized to hold the ?ashlight 24 at a suitable
having an angularly disposed end section.
For a more detailed description of the invention, ref- '
angle for illuminating the hub region of a wheel 42 of
the vehicle.
erence is made to the [following speci?cation, as illustrated
In FIGURE 6, the slab alone is shown as mounted on
a surface 44, convenient to a scene of operations, and
FIGURE 1 is an exploded view, in perspective, of the 35 shown in dotted {lines are a variety of work implements
block and radial slab,
adhered thereto, including a wrench, a nut, a screw and
FIGURE 2. is a sectional view, through the slab, taken
a washer, which are representative.
on the line 2-—2 of FIGURE 1,
It will thus be seen that [there has been provided a
FIGURE 3 is a perspective view, on reduced scale, of
magnetic holder which is adapted to a variety of uses
the parts of FIGURE 1, with the slab mounted radially 40
in the drawing, in which:
and environments, While maintaining all of the useful
features of the conventional, simple, bar or horseshoe
magnet. In particular, the block component has a plu
rality of faces which can be used selectively, for attach
ing the block itself, and at the same time holding an im
FIGURE ‘5 is a perspective view, on still further re
plement in selective positions of orientation, and in a
duced scale, showing the block attached to a vehicle
variety of planes. Also the groove in both components
fender, and holding a ?ashlight, and
is specially adapted for round-bodied objects such as ?ash
FIGURE 6 is a perspective view, on about the scale
lights, and the bent end of the slab provides a further
of FIGURE 3, showing the slab holding a wrench, nut, 50 degree of selective orientation of an implement. In addi
of the spool, and supporting a ?ashlight,
FIGURE 4 is a perspective view showing the parts of
FIGURE 3 turned through 90°, and with a mirror sub
stituted for the ?ashlight,
screw and washer, the objects held being indicated in
broken lines.
tion to the foregoing features, the pivotal ‘arragement of
the slab on the axis of the block further extends the range
of adjustment, and the shoulder feature on the slab may
there is shown, in FIGURE 1, a prismoidal block 10, and
be employed to advantage in cooperation with the corners
a slab 12, both strongly magnetic, which may be used 55 between the block faces.
separately or in conjunction. The block is cut from
Generally speaking, whereas a certain, preferred em
lengths of stock of polygonal section, and in the case
bodiment has been shown and described, various modi?
shown the block has an axial ‘bore 18, and the side faces
cations will become apparent, in the light of this dis
14‘ have central grooves or channels 20' which communi
closure, and the invention should not, therefore, be
carte at the corners of the side faces of the block.
60 deemed as limited, except insofar as shall appear from
The slab 1:2 is formed from a length of ?at stock, of
the spirit and scope of the appended claims.
oblong, rectangular cross section, and has a central groove
I claim:
Referring to the drawing by characters of reference,
or channel 22 throughout its length leaving marginal
1. A magnetic, holding device comprising a block of
strips 23. The slab has a bent section 24 at one end, and
magnetic material having parallel end faces, and a poly
at the other end has a corner notch de?ned by a shoulder 65 gonal cross section with side faces perpendicular to said
26, extending from one edge ‘of the slab, and through
groove 22 to its opposite side. The remaining portion
27 of the slab margin 23, in the form of a leg extending
beyond shoulder 26, carries a pivot pin 28, adapted for
end faces, said side faces having communicating central
grooves, and said block having a central bore, perpen
dicular to said end faces, and an elongate, ?at slab of
magnetic material, having an oblong, generally rectangular
insertion in axial bore 18 in the block.
70 cross section and having a section adjacent one end bent
One mode of use is illustrated in FIGURE 3, wherein
away from the plane of the slab, said slab having central,
one of the face-s 14 of the block is magnetically attached
longitudinally disposed channels in its opposite faces,
bordered by marginal strips, one of said strips extending
Ierally rectangular section ‘and having a section adjacent
beyond the other end of said slab opposite said bent
away end section, and having a transversely extending
pin removably \engaged‘in the bone in said block.
one end bent away from the plane of the slab, said slab
magnetic material having a pair of opposite end faces, a
other end of said slab opposite said bent-away end section,
plurality of side faces With central grooves, and a bore
transverse rto said end faces, and an elongate slab having
and having a transversely extending pin.
having central, longitudinally disposed channels in its
opposite faces, ‘and having a corner notch bordered by
2. A magnetic holding device comprising a block of 5 marginal strips, one of said ‘strips extending beyond the
central, longitudinal grooves in opposite faces and having
a section adjacent one end bent away from the plane
of the slab, a leg extending longitudinally from the other
end of said slab, ‘and a pin extending transversely from
said leg, and removably engaged in the bore in said block.
3. A magnetic, holding device comprising an elongate,
?at: slab of magnetic material, having an oblong, gen- 15
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