Title:
Tool carrying device
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A tool carrying device includes a socket having a channel, and one or more tool members each having a head for detachably engaging into the channel for detachably securing the tool member to the socket. The socket includes a front wall having a slot and an orifice for detachably receiving an extension of the head. The socket is disposed on a bracket which may be slidably engaged onto a supporting beam or belt and which may be secured onto the tool member with a fastener belt that may be separated from or may be formed integral with the bracket.



Inventors:
Chang, Chi Hsiung (Taiping City, TW)
Application Number:
09/765709
Publication Date:
07/25/2002
Filing Date:
01/22/2001
Assignee:
CHANG CHI HSIUNG
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
224/197, 224/904
International Classes:
A45F5/02; B25H3/00; (IPC1-7): A45F5/00
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Primary Examiner:
NEWHOUSE, NATHAN JEFFREY
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CHARLES E. BAXLEY (New York, NY, US)
Claims:

I claim:



1. A tool carrying device comprising: a socket including a channel formed therein, and a tool member including a head provided thereon and detachably engaged into said channel for detachably securing said tool member to said socket.

2. The tool carrying device according to claim 1, wherein said socket includes a front wall having a slot formed therein, said tool member includes an extension for slidably engaged into said slot of said socket, said head is provided on said extension.

3. The tool carrying device according to claim 2, wherein said front wall of said socket includes an orifice formed therein and communicating with said slot of said socket and having a diameter greater than a width of said slot of said socket, said extension includes a cut surface formed therein for allowing said extension to engage through said slot and into said orifice of said socket.

4. The tool carrying device according to claim 1 further comprising a bracket having said socket provided thereon.

5. The tool carrying device according to claim 1, wherein said tool member includes a block having said head provided thereon, and means for securing said block to said tool member.

6. The tool carrying device according to claim 5, wherein said securing means includes a fastener belt for securing said block to said tool member.

7. The tool carrying device according to claim 6, wherein said securing means includes at least one aperture formed in said block for receiving said fastener belt and for allowing said fastener belt to secure said block to said tool member.

8. The tool carrying device according to claim 5, wherein said block includes a curved surface formed therein and a plurality of teeth formed on said curved surface thereof for engaging with said tool member.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Field of the Invention

[0002] The present invention relates to a carrying device, and more particularly to a tool carrying device.

[0003] 2. Description of the Prior Art

[0004] Typically, the workers have a waist belt engaged on the waist portion thereof and a number of sleeves provided on the waist belt for receiving and carrying tool members. The sleeves are arranged for receiving some of the tool members. The other tool members may not be received in the sleeves. In addition, no retaining devices may be used for solidly securing the tool members to the sleeves and for preventing the tool members from being disengaged from the sleeves when the users are tilted or the like.

[0005] The present invention has arisen to mitigate and/or obviate the afore-described disadvantages of the conventional tool carrying devices.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0006] The primary objective of the present invention is to provide a tool carrying device for carrying various kinds of tool members.

[0007] The other objective of the present invention is to provide a tool carrying device having a latching or retaining device for solidly retaining the tool members in the tool carrying device and for preventing the tool members from being disengaged from the tool carrying device inadvertently.

[0008] In accordance with one aspect of the invention, there is provided a tool carrying device comprising a socket including a channel formed therein, and a tool member including a head provided thereon and detachably engaged into the channel for detachably securing the tool member to the socket.

[0009] The socket includes a front wall having a slot formed therein, the tool member includes an extension for slidably engaged into the slot of the socket, the head is provided on the extension.

[0010] The front wall of the socket includes an orifice formed therein and communicating with the slot of the socket and having a diameter greater than a width of the slot of the socket, the extension includes a cut surface formed therein for allowing the extension to engage through the slot and into the orifice of the socket.

[0011] A bracket is further provided and has the socket provided thereon. The tool member includes a block having the head provided thereon, and means for securing the block to the tool member.

[0012] The securing means includes a fastener belt for securing the block to the tool member, and includes at least one aperture formed in the block for receiving the fastener belt and for allowing the fastener belt to secure the block to the tool member.

[0013] The block includes a curved surface formed therein and a plurality of teeth formed on the curved surface thereof for engaging with the tool member.

[0014] Further objectives and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from a careful reading of a detailed description provided hereinbelow, with appropriate reference to accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0015] FIGS. 1 and 2 are perspective views showing the operation of a tool carrying device in accordance with the present invention;

[0016] FIGS. 3 and 4 are exploded views showing two types of the securing device for the tool carrying device; and

[0017] FIG. 5 is a perspective view showing the other embodiment of the tool carrying device.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0018] Referring to the drawings, and initially to FIGS. 1 and 2, a tool carrying device in accordance with the present invention comprises one or more C-shaped brackets 40 for slidably attaching onto a belt 60 (FIG. 2), a beam 70 (FIG. 1) or the like. The belt 60 may be attached onto a user with a buckle device 61 or the like. The beam 70 may be secured onto a supporting surface or a wall or the like. The brackets 40 each includes a U-shaped socket 401 provided thereon and having a channel 402 formed therein, and having an orifice 42 and a slot 41 formed in a front wall 403 thereof. The width of the slot 41 is smaller than the diameter of the orifice 42.

[0019] Referring next to FIGS. 3 and 4, the tool carrying device includes a block 20 having one or more apertures 22 formed therein for threading with fastener belts 30, and having a surface 23, such as a curved surface 23, and having a number of teeth 24 formed on the surface 23 for engaging with the tool members 50 (FIGS. 1, 2). The blocks 20 each includes an extension 12 extended therefrom and having a cut-off portion or a flat surface 13 formed therein, and a head 10 formed or provided on the end of the extension 12. The block 20 may include a panel 27 extended therefrom or perpendicular thereto for solidly engaging with the tool members 50. Alternatively, as shown in FIG. 5, the fastener belts 30 may be formed integral with the block 20 with a molding or mold injection process.

[0020] In operation, as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, the block 20 may be secured onto various kinds of tool members 50, such as the hand drills, the plier devices, the hammers, the wrenches, the screw drivers, the sprayer guns, etc., with the fastener belts 30. The head 10 is then engaged into the channel 402 of the socket 401 by engaging the extension 12 through the slot 41 into the orifice 42 of the socket 401. The extension 12 may be engaged through the slot 41 of the socket 401 by rotating the cut-off portion or the cut surface 13 of the extension 12 relative to the socket 401, in which the extension 12 having the cut-off portion or the cut surface 13 formed thereon has a width narrower than that of the extension 12 such that the extension 12 may be engaged through the slot 41 of the socket 401. After the extension 12 has been engaged through the slot 41 of the socket 401, the cut-off portion or the cut surface 13 of the extension 12 is arranged to be rotated toward the upper portion of the extension 12 by the weight of the tool member 50 such that the extension 12 may be solidly retained in the orifice 42 of the socket 401 and may be prevented from being disengaged from the socket 401 of the tool carrying device inadvertently.

[0021] The tool members 50 may each include a head 10 and an extension 12 extended or provided thereon directly for engaging onto the socket 401. As shown in FIG. 1, the head 10 and the extension 12 may also be extended or provided on a sleeve 80 that may be used for receiving various kinds of tool members 50.

[0022] Accordingly, the tool carrying device in accordance with the present invention may be used for carrying various kinds of tool members, and includes a latching or retaining device for solidly retaining the tool members in the tool carrying device and for preventing the tool members from being disengaged from the tool carrying device inadvertently.

[0023] Although this invention has been described with a certain degree of particularity, it is to be understood that the present disclosure has been made by way of example only and that numerous changes in the detailed construction and the combination and arrangement of parts may be resorted to without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as hereinafter claimed.