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Jan. 20, 1942.
2,270,345
J. ROUSSO
HOPPER FEEDING TRANSFER TRUCK AND PORTABLE CONVEYER
Filed April 22,- 1940
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Patented Jan. 20, 1942
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UNITED STATES PATENT ‘OFFICE
HOPPER FEEDING TRANSFER TRUCK
PORTABLE CONVEYER
‘ Jacques Rousso, Chicago, 111.
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Application April 22; .1940, Serial No. 330,843
12‘Claims. (Cl. 214-83)
This invention relates to laundry and like ap
pliances and more specially to a hopper feeding
Fig. 5 is a vertical longitudinal section taken
on the line 5—5 of Fig. 4;
Fig. 6 is an enlarged transverse vertical sec-.
tion taken on the line 6-—6 of Fig. 5;
transfer car or truck and portable conveyer.
In laundries it has been a laborious matter to
handle washedlaundry from a washing machine
Fig. '7 is an enlarged fragmentary horizontal
or other equipment in a wet condition and es
‘ sectiontaken on the line 'l--‘! P of Fig. 5; and
pecially to receive and transport the same as from
Fig. 8 is a fragmentary transverse vertical sec
a washing machineor after draining some of the
tion taken on the lines 8-8 of Figs. 5 and '7.
water or washing solution therefrom and to con
Referring to the drawings in detail, the device.
vey the same to an agitating machine or dryer, 10: comprises a portable car ‘or truck including a '
such as for preparing the clothes for feeding into
wheeled frame III,‘ the base or bottom frame of
an ironing machine. This is particularly due to
which ‘comprises longitudinal horizontal side .
the fact that the clothes, especially heavy mate
members II and transverse horizontal end mem
rials such as towels, become somewhat closely
bers I2 of angle iron or otherwise and connected
compacted and in a relatively tangled mass, be 151 at the corners by welding, with or without gusset
‘ sides being heavy when wet and therefore diffi
plates VI 3 forming rigid-connections at the corners
cult to handle and lift.
for the frame members. The bottom frame is re
An ‘object of the invention is to provide a novel
inforced intermediately between the side mem
and e?icient device or wheeled mechanism in the
bers by transverse braces Ill which may also
form of a hopper feeding transfer car‘ or truck 20 beof angle iron, welded. or, otherwise connected
and portable conveyer in one unit or assembly
at their ends .to the side‘members, which latter,
adapted for use especially in laundries for receiv
like the end members have lower'inwardly ex
ing wet or very damp washed laundry goods, usu
tending horizontal ?anges and upwardly extend
ally too wet for ironing in its somewhat closely
ing outer ?anges. . Gusset plates l5 may be used
compacted and tangled form as a mass or batch
at the connections between the braces l4 and the
from a washing machine or after removing some
side members ll'andswivelled casters 16 may be
of the water, washing solution or moisture there
mounted beneath the cornersof the frame to pro
from and for transferring or transporting the
duce a portable truck'or car preferably having
clothes to and feeding the same into an agitator
cushion rollers l1.
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or revolving horizontal drum‘ ‘or cylinder which 30 An upright frame rises from the base or bot
?uffs or loosens the same, as well as removing
tom frame .10 substantially as now described.
su?icient of‘ the moisture therefrom or partially
Corner posts or uprights 18 are provided on the
drying the clothes as to render the material suit-'
base or bottom frame with their inner ?anges
able for ironing or passing through an ironing
running longitudinally and outer ?anges project-i
machine or mangle, as well as to permit the 35 ing perpendicularly outwardly. Uprights l9 are
articles such as towels or the like to be readily
also provided intermediate the ends of the frame
separated, sorted out or individually grasped and
and similarly positioned with respect to the loca
passed into the ironing‘machine,‘ orother equip
ment, although the device may‘ be adapted for
tion of their ?anges, but preferably closer to the
other uses as it is thought will‘be readily under
stood by those skilled in the art.
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Further objects and advantages will appear and
be brought out more‘ fully‘ in the following
speci?cation, reference being had to the accom
panying drawings, in which:
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feed end of the device. Diagonal braces 20 con
nect the frame members II and‘ I8 at the sides
while similar braces 2'! connect the frame mem
bers I2 and I8 at the ‘ends to produce a strong
and rigid construction. Longitudinal angle or
channel bars .22 are provided at the top of the
45 frame connecting the upper ends of the uprights
l8 and I 9 along each side and have their ends
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Fig. l is a side elevation of a hopper feeding
transfer truck and portable conveyer with one
projecting beyond theuprights I8 forming‘ the
end portion omitted and showing ‘the device ap
corner posts for a purpose to be hereinafter
plied to an agitator;
pointed out.
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Fig. 2 is a fragmentary side elevation of one 50 A cross brace. 23 of angle iron or the like is pro
end of the device;
vided adjacent to, but spaced from. the discharge
Fig. 3 is a fragmentary horizontal section taken
on the line 3-—-3 of Fig. l;
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‘ Fig. 4 is an end elevation lookingtoward the
discharge end;
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end between the longitudinal bars 22 and between
the adjacent uprights l8, and the bars 22 may be
in the form of channels facing inwardly and with
their upper and lower ?anges extending inwardly.
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The top and bottom ?anges 24 of the bars 22 thus
able drive means may be provided, but preferably
a sprocket 44 is provided on one end of the shaft
forming channels and tracks especially at the
35 and roller 34 on which a chain or drive belt
discharge end, and each web is provided with a
45 is trained and also trained around a sprocket
longitudinal slot 25 in the projecting ends of the
46 of a gear reduction reversing shaft 4'! of a
bars 22 spaced from the adjacent uprights I8.
reducing gear associated with an electric motor
The top ?ange 24 may be welded in position, al
48 mounted on a base plate 49 resting upon two
though the bars 22 may be of channel formation.
adjacent transverse braces I4 and securely bolted
Upper diagonal braces 28 corresponding to the
thereto. The conduit 58, having electrical con
aforesaid diagonal braces, are provided between
the uprights I8 and the bars 22 at the sides to 10 nection to the motor, extends to a junction box
or connecting socket 5I mounted on the bar 22
further rigidify the structure and strengthen the
at the adjacent side of the machine and is
longitudinal bars or angle members 22 which are
adapted for connection with an extension cord 52
connected at spaced intervals by a plurality of
from a wall socket or house wiring so that elec
transverse horizontal cross braces 21, prefer
trical energy may be conveyed to the motor.
ably in the form of inverted channels disposed
The top of the frame supports a hopper 53
relatively close to one another, but spaced from
outwardly of the feeding conveyer belt and
the ends of the bars a fairly considerable dis
tance. Rollers 28 are mounted on shafts 29 jour
around the sides and feeding or closed end
thereof while the discharge end is open. This
naled in bearings 30 of the longitudinal bars 22,
and these rollers project slightly above the webs of 20 hopper has a high wall 54 at the back or side
opposite that where the operator works, and the
the channels 21, as shown in Figs. 5 and 6. Each
front side 55 is lower in that its top edge ter
roller is preferably provided intermediate its ends
minates below the top edge of the side 54 and
with a V-shaped circumferential groove 3| and
in this respect is narrow. The hopper at the feed
a belt 32 which passes over the rollers and rests
thereon as well as under the rollers between the 25 or closed end 56 is also as high as the side 54.
The sides and ends of the hopper are supported
side members of the frame, but spaced from‘the
by inclined extensions or angular extension bars
rollers at the bottom, is preferably provided at
51 connected to the uprights I8 and I9 at the
the inside with a central longitudinal rib 33 of
feed end and forming a part of braces 58 at the
leather or other material, while the belt is pref
erably of canvas or the like, and this rib sits in 30 opposite end. A brace 59 is also provided at the
feed end between the uprights I8 and the end 56
the grooves 3| to give better traction and prevent
of the hopper, all walls of which are in the form
sidewise slipping or shifting of the belt which acts
as a conveyer.
of imperforate metal walls suitably reinforced,
if desired. They are shown with depending
and this roller is considerable larger than the 85 ?anges at their outer edges for strength and
stiffness and with suitable braces between the
rollers 28. It is mounted on a‘shaft 35 journaled
portions 55 and 56 at their outer edges and at
in bearings 38 beneath the longitudinal bars 22
the corner of the latter adjacent thereto, al
and the bearings 36 may be supported on the
though it is to be understood that this is op
frame in any suitable manner such as by at
tachment to the uprights I8. The belt passes 40 tional structure.
A brace or upright 60 is provided at the feed
around this roller and at the bottom where the
end of the frame upon the longitudinal side bar
belt is spaced from the rollers 28 due to the tend
I I in line with and extending‘ upwardly and out
ency of the lower lap of thc‘belt to sag, it may
wardly from the adjacent upright I8 to connect
be passed over an idle roller 31 adjacent the large
to the side of a handle 6| for supprting the lat
roller 34 which forms the drive roller. The roller
ter. This handle is of substantially U-shaped
3'! maintains the belt in contact with the major
formation and is also connected by brackets to
portion of the periphery of the drive roller 34
the uprights 68 and I9v at the feed end and pro
and is mounted in bearings on the uprights I8
J'ects rearwardly to the brace 59 and may be con
or directly in the uprights. A belt tightening
veniently grasped for moving the wheeled truck
adjustable roller 38 is provided at the opposite
and conveyer about. The open end 62 of the
or discharge end as distinguished from the feed
hopper is the discharge end and the conveyer
end at which the rollers 34 and 31 are located
extends outwardly therefrom and is adapted to
and has a similar groove for receiving the belt
be projected through ‘a slide door opening 63 of
rib. This roller 38 is mounted on a shaft 39
an agitating machine in the form of a rotatably
journaled in horizontal extension arms 48 which
driven horizontal drum or cylinder 64 forming
are adjustable longitudinally in alignment with
part of the laundry equipment and mounted upon
the bars 22 and 21, that is, mounted for sliding
a frame 65. This frame carries apertured
movement and adapted to be extended or re
brackets 66 for a pivot shaft 61 on which hooks
tracted. These arms have outstanding apertured
ears or bearings M at their inner ends which 60 68 are ?xed and adapted to be swung down over
the vertical ?ange of the adjacent end bar I2
extend through the slots 25. The bars forming
to maintain the relation betwen the present de
the arms 4|] are mounted between the upper and
vice and the agitating machine and so as to hang
lower ?anges of the bars 22 or between the lower
down to be out of the way when not in use.
?anges 22 and the upper flanges 24 to slide
In the use and operation of the device, the
therein as particularly shown in Figs. 7 and 8 of 65
clothes from the washing machine are placed,
the drawings.
Horizontal adjusting screws 42
or otherwise deposited upon the endless conveyer
are swiveled, that is, adapted to turn, but held
or belt 32, as by discharging the washing ma
against translation, axial or longitudinal move
chine thereon While moving the conveyer toward
ment in the ears M and are threaded through
nuts 43 on the uprights I8 50 that by turning 70 the closed end of the hopper if desired by the
reversing gear and shaft 4'! of the motor 48.
the screws, the arms 40, together with the roller‘
While ordinarily the clothes are placed in wet
38 may be extended or retracted and by this hori
zontal longitudinal adjustment the slack in the
condition upon the conveyer and retained by the
hopper, if deposited on the projecting end of the
belt may be taken up as desired. ‘ r
In order to drive the conveyer belt, any suit 75 conveyer, the latter may be operated in a load
A drive roller or rollers 34 has a similar groove
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end
and
the
direction from the’projecting end or open
of the hopper to the closed or ‘feeding end
the clothes will be retained by the Walls of
hopper as moved back thereon. It is, of
course, to be understood that the truck has been
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terial on the conveyer and a closed end remote
from said open end.
4. A hopper feeding transfer truck and port
able conveyer including a portable frame adapted
to be pushed about by hand, a conveyer on the
disconnected from the agitator by lifting the
frame, a hopper on the frame and a motor on the
hooks 68 and moved to the washing machine or
frame having operative connections with the con
other point for receiving the wet laundry. The
veyer to drive the same in reverse directions, one
device is then moved to the agitating machine,
end of the hopper being open and the other end
connected in position by hooks 68, as shown in 10 closed, side walls along opposite edges of the con
Fig. 1 of the drawings, whereupon the motor is
veyer and the conveyer projecting beyond the
connected to drive the endless belt of the con
open end of the hopper.
veyer from the feeding to the discharge end
5. A hopper feeding transfer truck and port
which projects into the opening of the agitator
able conveyer including a portable frame adapted
drum, thus discharging this heavy material in
to be pushed about by hand, a conveyer on the
a relatively closely compacted and somewhat
frame, a hopper on the frame and a motor on
tangled wet‘ condition into the drum to facilitate
the frame having a reducing-reversing gear and
handling thereof. The drum is then operated
operative connections with the conveyer to drive
to loosen or ?uff and partially dry the clothes to
the same at varying speeds in reverse directions,
a damp condition suitable for ironing as in an 20 said hopper comprising a wall around two sides
ironing machine. This machine will save con
siderable labor and expenditure of energy as well
as facilitate the handling of the laundry and the
enormous weight of the material. ‘
and one end of the frame and conveyer and the
other end open, one side being lower than the
side and end.
6. A hopper feeding transfer truck» and‘portQ
While I have illustrated and described, the pre 25 able conveyer including a portable frame adapted
ferred form of construction for carrying my in
to be pushed about by hand, an endless belt con
vention into effect, this is capable of variation
veyer on the frame, a hopper on the frame and a
and modi?cation without departing from the
motor on the frame having operative connections
spirit of the invention. I, therefore, do not wish
with the conveyer to drive the same, said frame
to be limited to the precise details of construc 30 having a top portion, cross members for said top
tion set forth, but desire to avail myself of such
portion comprising spaced parallel inverted
variations and modi?cations as come Within the
channel members, rollers journaled therein be
scope of the appended claims.
tween the cross members and projecting above
Having thus described my invention, what I
the frame on which the endless belt conveyer
claim as new and desire to secure by Letters
Patent is:
1. A hopper feeding transfer truck and port
able conveyer including a substantially waist high
portable frame mounted on, casters and adapted
to be pushed about by hand, a reversible conveyer
‘ runs and over the spaced reinforcing and sup-.
porting bars between and parallel to the rollers. "
7. In a device of the class described, an endless
conveyer including a frame supported on casters,
a drive roller of large diameter at one end, an ad
justable ‘roller at the opposite end, intermediate
rollers parallel to each other and the ?rst named
rollers, an endless belt traveling over the rollers
the conveyer and frame, said hopper being open
and inverted transverse channel members spaced
at one end and closed at the other end and on
between each pair of the last named rollers and
two opposite sides, one side being lower than the 45 above which the latter project.
other side and end to facilitate handling of the
8. In a device of the class described, an endless
on the frame and projecting from one end there
of and a hopper on the frame projecting above
material on the conveyer by an operator posi
tioned at the low side.
_ conveyer including a wheeled frame for move
ment by hand, a drive roller at one end, an ad
2. A hopper feeding transfer truck and port
justable roller at the opposite end, intermediate
able conveyer including a wheeled frame adapted 50 rollers parallel to each other and the ?rst named
to be pushed about by hand, a conveyer on the
rollers, an endless belt traveling over the rollers
frame, a hopper on the frame above and. along
and spaced transverse inverted channel members
I the sides and one end of the conveyer, said hopper
between the last named rollers and above which
being open at one end of the conveyer trans
the latter project, said rollers having grooves and
versely thereof and closed at the opposite end 55 the belt having a rib entering the grooves, and.
of the conveyer transversely thereof and also
means for adjusting the second named roller in
closed at opposite sides at the opposite longi
and out to vary its projection with the conveyer
tudinal sides of the conveyer, one side of the
from the adjacent end of the frame and take up
hopper being lower than the other side and closed
slack therein and having bearings slidably sup
end and a motor on the frame beneath the con 60 ported and guided by the frame.
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veyer and having operative connections with the
9. In a device of the class described, an endless
conveyer at the closed end of the hopper to drive
conveyer including a wheeled frame about waist
the conveyer in reverse directions.
high to be moved about by hand and having side
3. A device of the class described for laundry
channel members at the top, a drive roller at one
use including a frame adapted to be moved about 65 end, an adjustable roller at the opposite end,
by hand, a horizontally ?xed conveyer on the
intermediate rollers parallel to each other and
frame and projecting from at least one end
the ?rst named rollers and journaled in said
thereof, a hopper on the frame having an open
channel members, an endless belt traveling over
end and a closed end and opposite sides, one side
the rollers, reinforcing members between the last
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being lower than the other and about waist high
named rollers and above which the latter pro
and means to connect the frame to a machine
into which material on the conveyer is dis
ject, said rollers and members being transversely
arranged in spaced parallel relation, and means
charged, the top of the frame having walls at
for adjusting the second named roller in and out
opposite sides along the edges of the convey-er,
and havingbearings guided in the channel mem
an open end for receiving and discharging ma 75 bers of the frame.
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said channels and having bearings projecting’
10. A hopper feeding transfer truck and port
through the slots, the roller at the projecting end
able conveyer for use in laundries to convey
washed laundry from a washing machine to an
agitating machine or drier comprising a sub
stantially waist high frame mounted on swiveled
casters to be wheeled about by hand, said frame
of the conveyer being journaled in said bars at
their outer ends, and adjusting screws swiveled
to the bearings and threadedly mounted at the
sides to adjust‘ the bars longitudinally of the
having horizontal top and bottom portions, up
channels.
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12. A hopper feeding transfer truck and port
rights connecting the same, certain of said up
rights being extended upwardly and outwardly
able conveyer for use in laundries for conveying
to support walls forming two sides and an end 10 wet laundry from a washing machine to an agi
providing a hopper open at one end, one side of
tating machine or the like comprising a base, a
the hopper being lower than the other side and
frame rising from the base, a single horizontal
end, a horizontal endless conveyer traveling along
longitudinal bar at each side of the frame at the
top, spaced parallel transverse bars arranged be
the top of the frame and projecting from one end
of the hopper and means for driving the con 15 tween said longitudinal bars and connected there
veyer at different speeds and in reverse directions.
to at their ends forming spaces between, trans
11. A hopper feeding transfer truck and port
verse rollers journaled in the longitudinal bars
able conveyer for use in laundries to convey
in said spaces and projecting above the trans
washed laundry from a washing machine to an
verse bars, walls supported on the top of said
agitating machine or drier comprising a substan 20 frame forming two sides and an end providing a
tially waist high frame mounted on swiveled
hopper open at one end, an endless conveyer
traveling on said top portion over said transverse
casters to be Wheeled about by hand, said frame
having top and bottom portions, uprights con
bars and rollers and projecting at one end of the
necting the same, certain of said uprights being
hopper, a drive roller at the closed end of the
extended upwardly and outwardly to support 25 hopper, a roller at the projecting end, said longi
walls forming two sides and an end providing a
tudinal bars being each provided with a longi
hopper open at one end, one side of the hopper
tudinal slot at the projecting ends of the con
veyer, bars slidably mounted in said longitudinal
being lower than the other side and end, an end
less conveyer traveling along the top of the frame
bars and having portions projecting through the
and projecting from one end of the hopper, said
slots, the roller at the projecting end of the con
conveyer including a projecting roller positioned
veyer being journaled in the last named bars
outwardly of the open end of the hopper, a drive
near their outer ends and means mounted at the
roller at the closed end of the hopper, said frame
sides of the frame and engaged with said pro
jecting portions to adjust the slidable bars longi
having longitudinal side channel members, each
provided with a longitudinal slot at the project
ing ends of the conveyer, bars singly mounted in
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tudinally.
JACQUES ROUSSO.
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