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US3150392A
US3150392A US251395A US25139563A US3150392A US 3150392 A US3150392 A US 3150392A US 251395 A US251395 A US 251395A US 25139563 A US25139563 A US 25139563A US 3150392 A US3150392 A US 3150392A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
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    • A63B47/04Devices for handling or treating balls, e.g. for holding or carrying balls for cleaning balls
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
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    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
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Sept. 29, 1964 D. A. MOLANDER BALL CLEANING APPARATUS 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Jan. 14, 1963 INVENTOR. DONALD A MOLANDER ditty.

Sept 9, 1964 D. A. MOLANDER BALL CLEANING APPARATUS 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Jan. 14, 1963 ditty.

INVENTOR. DONALD A. MOLANDER Mada W. dQm mwm,

United States Patent 3,150,392 BALL CLEANING APPARATUS Donald A. Molander, Batavia, Ill., assignor to Pines Engineering Co., Inc., Aurora, 111., a corporation of Illinois Filed Jan. 14, 1963, Ser. No. 251,395 Claims. (Cl. 4)

The present invention relates to improvements in cleaning apparatus and more particularly to the construction and assembly of an apparatus for cleaning and polishing bowling balls.

The apparatus, generally, is enclosed in a housing having an opening in its top wall into which a spherical member such as a bowling ball is placed for cleaning. When so positioned, the ball rests upon rotatable spaced apart cleaning and polishing elements at least one of which is power operated. The top wall of the housing mounts a brushing element that is movable from an ineffective position into place over and against the ball. The brushing element is normally urged into wiping engagement with the ball by reason of its own weight. Preferably, the apparatus is coin operated and to this end it includes a coin operated timer switch connected in the electric circuit to the motor for driving one of the two cleaning elements. Also included in the electrical circuit is 'a normally open control switch that is closed only when a cover is arranged over the opening into which the ball has been placed. In operation, the cleaning, polishing and brushing elements cooperate to cause the ball to revolve on ditferent axes to insure that all surfaces of the ball are engaged and acted upon by the elements.

It is therefore an object of the invention to provide a novel apparatus of the character referred to.

Another object is to provide a ball cleaning apparatus with novel constructions of cleaning, polishing and brushing elements.

Another object is to provide a ball cleaning and polishing apparatus with a brushing element having a novel mounting and of novel construction.

The structure and means by which the above noted and other objects and advantages of the invention are attained will be described in the following specification, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, showing a preferred embodiment of the invention, in which:

FIG. 1 is a top plan view of the apparatus showing the brushing element in a position of non-use;

FIG. 2 is a top plan view of the apparatus with the top wall removed;

FIG. 3 is an enlarged detail sectional view of one corner assembly of the housing structure;

FIG. 4 is a bottom plan view of the top wall;

FIG. 5 is an enlarged vertical sectional view, taken substantially on line 5-5 of FIG. 2;

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of one of the housing walls;

FIG. 7 is a perspective view of one 'of the brushing element mounting brackets;

FIG. 8 is a fragmentary perspective view of the brushing element; and,

FIG. 9 is an enlarged detail sectional view of the brushing element mounting, taken on line 9-9 of FIG. 5.

Referring to the exemplary embodiment of the apparatus disclosed in the accompanying drawings, the apparatus is enclosed in a novel housing 11, comprised of a bottom wall 12, upstanding outwardly inclined side walls 13, and a removable top wall 14. The side walls 13, best shown in FIGS. 3 and 6, each comprise a flat panel 15 flanged on its lower edge, as at 16, for securement to the bottom wall, and internally flanged, as at 17, on its vertical side edges. The flanges 17 are disposed at an acute angle, as shown, so as to receive therein the marginal edges of a Patented Sept. 29, 1964 liner 18 of sound insulation material. When assembled, adjacent flanges 17 are welded or otherwise secured together.

The top wall 14 preferably has hinge elements 19 on one of its edges for association with complemental hinge elements 21 on the upper edge of one of the housing side walls so as to be hingedly connected to the housing. A suitable spring or key latch 22 may be provided at the opposed edge of the top wall for securing it in a closed position. It should be understood, however, that the top Wall is hinged for convenience in servicing but that it may be completely removable if so desired. The specific construction of the top wall and of elements mounted thereon will be described in detail hereinafter.

A frame 23 preferably comprised of channel or angle bars, is secured to the housing floor or bottom wall 12. This frame mounts the cleaning and polishing elements and the drive means therefor, now to be described. As best shown in FIGS. 2 and 5, the frame 23 mounts an electric motor 24 having a shaft 25 on which is mounted firmly a thick buffing wheel 26. This buffing wheel may be of any suitable construction but preferably it is of laminated construction comprised of a series of fabric discs. The motor 24 and bufiing wheel 26 are located to one side of the vertical center of the housing as shown.

A second butfing or support wheel 27 is mounted on an idler shaft 28 journalled in bearings mounted on frame 23 and located to one side of and parallel with the axis of butfing wheel 26. The butting wheel 27 is of greater length than wheel 26 and it is fabricated preferably of a series of felt discs of graduated diameters, arranged as shown so as to provide a concave or dished circumferential surface having its smallest diameter at its center and in transverse alignment with bufiing wheel 26. When a bowling ball 29 is positioned for cleaning and drmsing it rests on the perimeters of said Wheels 26, 27, as shown, and when motor 24 is in operation, said ball will spin on dii'ferent axes in a manner to insure that all of its surface is engaged by the bufling wheels. The precise reason for this spinning movement of the bowling ball has not been ascertained with certainty but is believed to result from the free floating ball being more forcefully engaged at periodic intervals by one or the other of the outwardly inclined surface areas of the concave bufiing element 27.

The apparatus is operated only when the top wall 14 is in closed position. Accordingly, the top wall has an opening 31 therein of a size to receive the bowling ball therethrough loosely. The opening is surrounded by a soft cushion ring 32 so as to avoid marring the ball.

A brushing element 33 is carried by the top wall for movement out of the Way of the ball during insertion and removal of the ball and for engagement with the ball during machine operation. This brushing element, best shown in FIGS. 1, 5, 8 and 9, comprises an arcuate metal strap or band 34 terminating in straight end portions or legs 35. Secured to the inside face of the arcuate strap is a brush body 36 having a plurality of groups of bristles 37 projecting from its exposed or concave face. The bristles preferably are of wire stock and the bristles of each group are ground or polished on their free ends to insure a uniform contacting surface and one that is devoid of burrs or other objectionable characteristics which, if present, might tend to scratch or mar the bowling ball. In order to move the brush element into and out of working position and to insure that when in working position it will engage the ball by reason of its own Weight, it is mounted in a novel manner now to be described.

Referring now specifically to FIGS. 5 and 7 to 9, the brushing element 23 has its legs 35 pivotally and slidably connected one to each of a pair of like mounting brackets 38 mounted on the top wall one on each side of the ball bracket carries on its upper end a pin 42 that projects 7 from one face thereof and the bracket is formed in the area below said pin with a'vertically aligned slot 43 that .m'erg es at its upper end with an arcuate slotportion 44 having its'cente'r on pin 42. Each leg 35 of brushingelement '33 is longitudinally slotted, as at 45, and each mounts a rigid pin 46 adjacent to its lower free end. When assembled with ajbracket 38 (FIG. 9) the leg pin 46 rides in bracket slot 43 and the bracket pm 42 rides in leg slot4 5. it should be apparent from the foregoingthat the brushing element can be elevated andthen tiltedinto ahorizontal position (FIG. 1) by reason of the arcuate slot portion 44 and that when in a vertical position (FIG. 5 it will rest by reason of its own weight upon 1 the surface of a ball positioned in the top wall opening 31. This brushing element functions to remove foreign "matter "from the ball surface during the butfing operation performed by boiling wheels 26, 27.

In order to control operation of the apparatus it is' preferred to provide a coin controlled timer'switch assemb'ly 4? in the electric circuit to the motor and also to provide'a safety switch 43 in said circuit which is closed only when a safety cover 49 is swung into its closed position over the ball opening 31. Also, if desired, a series of upstandingpins -51 (FIG. 1) maybe provided on the top surface of the housing top wall to afford a seat in which a bowling ball may be rested.

Although I have described a preferred embodiment of .my-invention, in considerable detail, it will be understood that 'thedescription thereof is intended to be illustrative, rather than restrictive, as many details of the structure 'disclosedmay b'e' modified or changed without "departing from the spirit or scope of the invention. Accordinglyyl do not desire to be restricted'to the exact construction described. i

What I claim and desire 'to'secure by Letters Patent of the United States is: V '1. In an apparatus of the character described, a housing incl uding a top wallhaving an, opening therein to receive a'spherical-element, a pair of buffer wheels mounted in said housing beneath said opening, said wheels being rotatable on parallel axes spaced apart side by side and being adapted to support the spherical element on their peripheral surfaces, and a brushing element pivotally and slidably mounted over and bridging said opening, said brushing elementbeing adaptedto rest upon 'said spherical element. I

2. In an apparatus of the character described, a housing including a top wall, said top wall having an opening to receive .a spherical element therein, a plurality of but-ling wheels in saidhousing beneath said opening and upon which thesph'erical element rests, brackets on said top wall one on each of two diametrically Opposed sides of said opening, a brushing elementbridging said brackets and having'a slidable pivotal connection therewith for movement into and out of a position bridging the opening.

3. In an apparatus of the character described, a housing inciudiru atop wall, said top wall havin an'opening to receive a spherical element therein, a pair of buffing wheels spaced apart beneath said opening and upon which the spherical element rests, brackets on said top wallone on each of two diametrically opposedsides of said opening, a brushing element bridging said bracketnand slidable pivotal connections joining said'brushing element to said brackets for movementof the "brushing element into and out of a position bridging the opening.

4. in the apparatus recited in claim 3, in which the brushing element is curved longitudinally and has parallel legs on its ends connected to said brackets.

5. In the apparatus recited in claim 3, in which the slidable pivotal connect-ion consistsof inte'rengaged pins and slots on the bracket and on the brushing element.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,971,3-38 Gabler et a1. a Aug. 21, 1934 2,195,393 Haskins Mar. 26, 1940 2,321,777 Schelhammer et a1 June 15, 1943 2,323,297 Collins July .6, 1943 2,338,547 Sheldon Jan. 4, 1944 2,469,943 Bune Mar. 10, 19 49 2,572,464- Freitas Oct.'23, ,1-951 2,656,557 Vargo Oct..27, 1953 2,980,935 Bogard et a1; Apr..25, 196-1 -3;012,334 Davis .'Dcc. 12, 1961 3,040,360 Friedman June .26, 1962 3,072,936 McCormick Jan. 15, 1963 3,077,623 Samson Feb. 19, 1963 3,986,233 Knott Apr. 23, 1963 FOREIGN PATENTS 15,194 .Sweden of 1902

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1. IN AN APPARATUS OF THE CHARACTER DESCRIBED, A HOUSING INCLUDING A TOP WALL HAVING AN OPENING THEREIN TO RECEIVE A SPHERICAL ELEMENT, A PAIR OF BUFFER WHEELS MOUNTED IN SAID HOUSING BENEATH SAID OPENING, SAID WHEELS BEING ROTATABLE ON PARALLEL AXES SPACED APART SIDE BY SIDE AND BEING ADAPTED TO SUPPORT THE SPHERICAL ELEMENT ON THEIR
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US3402415A (en) * 1966-06-01 1968-09-24 Sidney S. Berlin Bowling ball cleaner
US4567618A (en) * 1984-05-30 1986-02-04 Dba Products Company, Inc. Machine for cleaning bowling balls and shoes
US5598597A (en) * 1995-07-26 1997-02-04 Valton Enterprises, Inc. Electric roller ball cleaning device
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