Title:
Wrench Rack
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A wrench rack includes a main body, a mounting frame mounted on the main body, a plurality of locking units mounted on the mounting frame, a plurality of wrenches mounted on the mounting frame and detachably locked onto the locking units respectively, and a plurality of magnetically attractive members mounted on the main body. Thus, the main body is attached to a metallic surface on a working place by the magnetically attractive members to facilitate a user identifying and operating the wrench rack.



Inventors:
Chang, Maan-jyi (We-Jih Hsiang, TW)
Application Number:
12/346400
Publication Date:
07/01/2010
Filing Date:
12/30/2008
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47F7/00
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Primary Examiner:
BARNETT, DEVIN K
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
KAMRATH & ASSOCIATES P.A. (4825 OLSON MEMORIAL HIGHWAY, SUITE 245, GOLDEN VALLEY, MN, 55422, US)
Claims:
1. A wrench rack, comprising: a main body; a mounting frame mounted on the main body; a plurality of locking units mounted on the mounting frame; a plurality of wrenches mounted on the mounting frame and detachably locked onto the locking units respectively; a plurality of magnetically attractive members mounted on the main body.

2. The wrench rack of claim 1, wherein each of the locking units includes two opposite flexible clamping plates; each of the wrenches is clamped between the two clamping plates of each of the locking units.

3. The wrench rack of claim 2, wherein each of the locking units has a clamping space defined between the two clamping plates to clamp the respective wrench.

4. The wrench rack of claim 3, wherein each of the two clamping plates of each of the locking units is inclined relative to a surface of the mounting frame.

5. The wrench rack of claim 4, wherein the two clamping plates of each of the locking units are inclined toward each other; the clamping space of each of the locking units has a dimension decreased gradually from the surface of the mounting frame to a distal end of each of the two clamping plates to clamp the respective wrench.

6. The wrench rack of claim 5, wherein the clamping space of each of the locking units has a tapered shape.

7. The wrench rack of claim 1, wherein the main body has an end portion provided with an upright handle; the handle of the main body has an inner portion provided with a through hole and two opposite magnetic members surrounding the through hole.

8. The wrench rack of claim 7, wherein the through hole and the two magnetic members of the main body form a magnetizing portion.

9. The wrench rack of claim 7, wherein the handle of the main body has a periphery provided with a demagnetizing portion.

10. The wrench rack of claim 9, wherein the demagnetizing portion of the main body is located outside of and aligns with the through hole and one of the two magnetic members.

11. The wrench rack of claim 1, wherein the mounting frame is mounted on a first side of the main body; each of the magnetically attractive members is mounted on a second side of the main body.

12. The wrench rack of claim 11, wherein the mounting frame has a periphery provided with a plurality of fixing holes; the first side of the main body has a periphery provided with a plurality of screw bores; the wrench rack further comprises a plurality of locking screws respectively extending through the fixing holes of the mounting frame and respectively screwed into the screw bores of the main body to attach mounting frame to the main body.

13. The wrench rack of claim 11, wherein the second side of the main body has a periphery provided with a plurality of mounting holes for mounting the magnetically attractive members respectively.

14. The wrench rack of claim 7, wherein each of the wrenches is inserted into the through hole of the main body and is magnetized by the two magnetic members of the main body.

15. The wrench rack of claim 9, wherein when each of the wrenches is movable to touch the demagnetizing portion of the main body, each of the wrenches is demagnetized.

16. The wrench rack of claim 1, wherein the mounting frame has a substantially U-shaped profile.

17. The wrench rack of claim 16, wherein the mounting frame has two opposite sides each provided with the locking units for mounting the wrenches.

18. The wrench rack of claim 1, wherein the main body has an endless shape.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a rack and, more particularly, to a wrench rack to support wrenches, such as T-shaped wrenches, hex wrenches, and the like.

2. Description of the Related Art

A conventional wrench rack in accordance with the prior art shown in FIG. 7 comprises a substantially V-shaped mounting seat 91 provided with a plurality of opposite mounting holes 911 and 912 for mounting a plurality of T-shaped wrenches 92. However, each of the mounting holes 911 and 912 is easily widened and enlarged due to frequent frictional contacts of the T-shaped wrenches 92, so that the mounting holes 911 and 912 of the mounting seat 91 cannot hold the T-shaped wrenches 92 closely during a long-term utilization, and the T-shaped wrenches 92 are easily loosened or detached from the mounting holes 911 and 912 of the mounting seat 91. In addition, the mounting seat 91 does not have magnetizing and demagnetizing functions, thereby causing inconvenience to a user when he needs to magnetize or demagnetize each of the wrenches. Further, the mounting seat 91 is often placed on the ground, thereby causing inconvenience to a user when he needs to find the T-shaped wrenches 92.

Another conventional wrench rack in accordance with the prior art shown in FIG. 8 comprises a mounting seat 93 provided with a plurality of mounting holes 94 for mounting a plurality of hex wrenches 95. However, each of the mounting holes 94 is easily widened and enlarged due to frequent frictional contacts of the hex wrenches 95, so that the mounting holes 94 of the mounting seat 93 cannot hold the hex wrenches 95 closely during a long-term utilization, and the hex wrenches 95 are easily loosened or detached from the mounting holes 94 of the mounting seat 93. In addition, the mounting seat 93 does not have magnetizing and demagnetizing functions, thereby causing inconvenience to a user when he needs to magnetize or demagnetize each of the wrenches. Further, the mounting seat 93 is often placed on the ground, thereby causing inconvenience to a user when he needs to find the T hex wrenches 95.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a wrench rack, comprising a main body, a mounting frame mounted on the main body, a plurality of locking units mounted on the mounting frame, a plurality of wrenches mounted on the mounting frame and detachably locked onto the locking units respectively, and a plurality of magnetically attractive members mounted on the main body.

Each of the locking units includes two opposite flexible clamping plates, and each of the wrenches is clamped between the two clamping plates of each of the locking units. Each of the locking units has a clamping space defined between the two clamping plates to clamp the respective wrench. Each of the two clamping plates of each of the locking units is inclined relative to a surface of the mounting frame. The two clamping plates of each of the locking units are inclined toward each other, and the clamping space of each of the locking units has a dimension decreased gradually from the surface of the mounting frame to a distal end of each of the two clamping plates to clamp the respective wrench. The clamping space of each of the locking units has a tapered shape. The main body has an end portion provided with an upright handle. The handle of the main body has an inner portion provided with a through hole and two opposite magnetic members surrounding the through hole. The through hole and the two magnetic members of the main body form a magnetizing portion. The handle of the main body has a periphery provided with a demagnetizing portion.

The primary objective of the present invention is to provide a wrench rack that hold and clamp the wrenches closely.

Another objective of the present invention is to provide a wrench rack, wherein the clamping space of each of the locking units has a tapered shape to clamp the respective wrench, so that each of the wrenches is clamped tightly and closely by the elastic actions of the two clamping plates of each of the locking units so as to facilitate packaging and storage of each of the wrenches.

A further objective of the present invention is to provide a wrench rack, wherein the main body has magnetizing and demagnetizing functions to facilitate a user magnetizing and demagnetizing each of the wrenches and to facilitate the user operating each of the wrenches.

A further objective of the present invention is to provide a wrench rack, wherein the main body is attached to a metallic surface on a working place by the magnetically attractive members to facilitate a user identifying and operating the wrench rack.

Further benefits and advantages of the present invention will become apparent after a careful reading of the detailed description with appropriate reference to the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWING(S)

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a wrench rack in accordance with the preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a partially exploded perspective view of the wrench rack as shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a main body of the wrench rack as shown in FIG. 2.

FIG. 4 is a partially top view of the wrench rack as shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 5 is a partially top view of the wrench rack as shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 6 is a partially exploded perspective view of a wrench rack in accordance with another preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 7 is an exploded perspective view of a conventional wrench rack in accordance with the prior art.

FIG. 8 is an exploded perspective view of another conventional wrench rack in accordance with the prior art.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Referring to the drawings and initially to FIGS. 1-5, a wrench rack in accordance with the preferred embodiment of the present invention comprises a main body 1, a mounting frame 21 mounted on the main body 1, a plurality of locking units 22 mounted on the mounting frame 21, a plurality of wrenches 4 mounted on the mounting frame 21 and detachably locked onto the locking units 22 respectively, and a plurality of magnetically attractive members 3 mounted on the main body 1.

The mounting frame 21 is mounted on a first side of the main body 1. The mounting frame 21 has a substantially U-shaped profile and has two opposite sides each provided with the locking units 22 for mounting the wrenches 4. The mounting frame 21 has a periphery provided with a plurality of fixing holes 211.

Each of the locking units 22 includes two opposite flexible clamping plates 221, and each of the wrenches 4 is clamped between the two clamping plates 221 of each of the locking units 22. Each of the locking units 22 has a clamping space 223 defined between the two clamping plates 221 to clamp the respective wrench 4. Each of the two clamping plates 221 of each of the locking units 22 is inclined relative to a surface 210 of the mounting frame 21. The two clamping plates 221 of each of the locking units 22 are inclined toward each other, so that the clamping space 223 of each of the locking units 22 has a tapered shape and has a dimension decreased gradually from the surface 210 of the mounting frame 21 to a distal end 224 of each of the two clamping plates 221 to clamp the respective wrench 4 tightly and closely.

Each of the magnetically attractive members 3 is mounted on a second side of the main body 1. Preferably, each of the magnetically attractive members 3 is a magnet. Each of the wrenches 4 is a T-shaped wrench.

The main body 1 has an endless shape. The main body 1 has an end portion provided with an upright handle 11. The handle 11 of the main body 1 has an inner portion provided with a through hole 111 and two opposite magnetic members 112 surrounding the through hole 111. The through hole 111 and the two magnetic members 112 of the main body 1 form a magnetizing portion 110. The handle 11 of the main body 1 has a periphery provided with a demagnetizing portion 113. The demagnetizing portion 113 of the main body 1 is located outside of and aligns with the through hole 111 and one of the two magnetic members 112. The first side of the main body 1 has a periphery provided with a plurality of screw bores 13, and the wrench rack further comprises a plurality of locking screws 14 respectively extending through the fixing holes 211 of the mounting frame 21 and respectively screwed into the screw bores 13 of the main body 1 to attach mounting frame 21 to the main body 1. The second side of the main body 1 has a periphery provided with a plurality of mounting holes 12 for mounting the magnetically attractive members 3 respectively.

In operation, the main body 1 is attached to a metallic surface on a working place by the magnetically attractive members 3 to facilitate a user identifying and operating the wrench rack. In such a manner, each of the wrenches 4 can be removed from the two clamping plates 221 of each of the locking units 22 for use. At this time, each of the wrenches 4 can be inserted into the through hole 111 of the main body 1 so that each of the wrenches 4 is magnetized by the two magnetic members 112 of the main body 1 to have a magnetic feature so as to magnetically attract a metallic workpiece, such as a screw, bolt and the like. On the contrary, when each of the wrenches 4 touches the demagnetizing portion 113 of the main body 1, each of the wrenches 4 is demagnetized to eliminate its magnetic feature.

As shown in FIG. 6, each of the wrenches 4a is a hex wrench.

Accordingly, the clamping space 223 of each of the locking units 22 has a tapered shape to clamp the respective wrench 4, so that each of the wrenches 4 is clamped tightly and closely by the elastic actions of the two clamping plates 221 of each of the locking units 22 so as to facilitate packaging and storage of each of the wrenches 4. In addition, the main body 1 has magnetizing and demagnetizing functions to facilitate a user magnetizing and demagnetizing each of the wrenches 4 and to facilitate the user operating each of the wrenches 4. Further, the main body 1 is attached to a metallic surface on a working place by the magnetically attractive members 3 to facilitate a user identifying and operating the wrench rack.

Although the invention has been explained in relation to its preferred embodiment(s) as mentioned above, it is to be understood that many other possible modifications and variations can be made without departing from the scope of the present invention. It is, therefore, contemplated that the appended claim or claims will cover such modifications and variations that fall within the true scope of the invention.