Title:
" No mess" wax scraper
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A scraper for removing wax or similar material from bases of skis, snowboards, surfboards, or similar recreational equipment. The blade for scraping is positioned inside the hollow unit and scrapes up the wax through a slot in the scraper that runs parallel to the blade. The wax is then contained inside the device until emptied.



Inventors:
Adams, Joshua Wade (Spokane, WA, US)
Application Number:
11/581947
Publication Date:
04/17/2008
Filing Date:
10/16/2006
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
30/169
International Classes:
A47L13/08
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Primary Examiner:
BERRY, STEPHANIE R
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Josh Adams (Hayden Lake, ID, US)
Claims:
1. A scraper for removing wax or other materials that consist of an elongated hollow member, in order to contain the wax or debris, that has a top and bottom case with at least one blade positioned generally parallel to a gap in the bottom case, for removing the wax or said materials and acts as a device for containing wax to eliminate the mess associated with removing said material from the equipment.

2. The device as in claim 1 wherein the blade is beveled on at least one edge and has a generally rectangular shape with at least one edge to scrape with and can typically be removed or reversed to use another edge and the blade can be attached and removed by a mechanical lever arm but may also be attached by simple mechanical devices such as clipping mechanisms, sliding mechanisms, snapping mechanisms, screws, or can be in a fixed position.

3. The device as in claim 1 wherein it is typically made of plastic, but can be composed of metal or other material that can still achieve its function and proper use.

4. The device as in claim 1, wherein the top and bottom case contains support ribs to help support the blade.

5. The device as in claim 1, wherein the top and bottom cases are held together by a hinge and clips, but can be held together by other various devices for example: screws, clipping mechanisms, sliding mechanisms, snapping mechanisms, or a fixed unit, or can also be other various mechanical devices that will still achieve the units function.

6. The device as in claim 1, wherein the said member has a hollow cavity adjacent to the blade so the wax and said material can be stored and or contained.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF INVENTION

As well known to the ski and snowboard sports industries there are several different ways to wax a ski or snowboard to achieve superior glide. A hot wax is one of the most common types. This layer of wax will also fill any cracks or voids that are caused by hitting rocks, sticks, or exposed material on the slopes.

When the hot wax is applied, it generally leaves a thick layer of wax that is typically uneven in consistency, and is somewhat rough in texture that would cause the base of the ski or snowboard to not have the best gliding properties.

The most common means of eliminative the rough consistency on the base to improve smoothness and gliding properties is the handheld wax scraper. It is most commonly a flat piece of metal or plastic that has sharp edges to scrape the excess wax off the base. The scraper is held in such a way that the sharp edges slide along the base to take off all the excess while still leaving enough for gliding consistently and any voids or cracks.

These hand held scrapers work but are at a big disadvantage, they leave a large amount of wax shavings everywhere because there is no way to contain it. With this new device, all of the shavings are trapped inside of the hollow unit while achieving a smooth consistent base like ordinary wax scrapers.

SUMMARY

It is an object of this invention to provide a way to remove wax from a base of a ski or snowboard without making a big mess by containing the wax. Another purpose is to provide a wax scraper that has a handle that can be used easily.

Another object is to provide a device that is relatively compact so it is easy to transport or store. Another object is to provide a wax scraper that can be versatile with several different uses or purposes. Another object is to provide a wax scraper that is designed to effectively remove the wax without any damage to the base of the surface.

There is a need for a scraper that doesn't leave shavings. It is a simple device that is easy to use and more practical while eliminating any cleanup.

The embodiments include a hollow device that includes a top and bottom half and a blade for the scraping. It is generally a hollow device designed to contain all the wax scrapings inside the hollow cavity adjacent to the blade. The scraper has a hinge that acts as the pivot point so that the device can be opened to empty the wax shavings out. When in use, the top and bottom portion is in the closed position so that the base of any ski, snowboard, or top of a surfboard. The device is then pressed down and moved in a forward motion with minimal effort. The shavings are then scraped up into the device through a small gap in front of the blade. The edge of the blade is positioned slightly lower than the bottom case in order to come in contact with the base of the ski. The blade is removable, reversible and when in use pressure is applied over the edge of the blade for proper results.

SUMMARY

Conventional scrapers still achieve the results as far as getting the base cleaned properly, but at the same time, the shavings can go everywhere. This is why the no mess wax scraper is needed because it virtually eliminates the hassle of wax falling everywhere, so that the average person has the option of scraping wherever because it is all contained and there is no mess to worry about.

When the scraping is completed and the device is full, the scraper can then be opened by releasing the clip at the front of the device. When the device is open, the blade can also be reversed, removed, or replaced by releasing the simple locking mechanism inside the device.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE EMBODIMENT

To further understand the nature and purpose of the invention, there is a detailed and descriptive drawing to further illustrate the purpose, in which:

FIG. 1: A view of the entire unit

FIG. 2: Is a exploded view of unit

FIG. 3: Open scraper with a view from the side

DESCRIPTION OF THE EMBODIMENT

In FIG. 1, when in use, the device is ran typically in a forward motion with the female 9 and male 8 connectors in front. As it moves, blade 1 is centered over a base of a ski, snowboard, or surfboard and pressure is applied. As blade 1 slides typically perpendicular to the length of the base of the ski, snowboard, or surfboard, the wax billows up into the gap 2 in the front hollow portion of the device as it is scraped up. Support rib 5 is positioned above blade 1 for support, while blade 1 is resting on support ribs 7, as clip 6 holds it in place. Once complete the excess wax can be released by pressing the male connector 8 inward from female connector 9 as the scraper is opened up.

FIG. 3 is a view to the inside as it is opened. As seen support rib 5 is moved off blade 1 and clip 6 can now be pulled back to release the blade. As seen in FIG. 2, is a solid view of the bottom case 3 with a clear view of gap 2 where the wax or debris is collected towards the front of the case. It also has a view of hinge 10, the male end 8, and the female 9 connector in the front.

FIG. 1 of the drawing shows a view of the top and bottom portion with an inside view of the device together with the blade inside. The scraper is run in a frontward motion as the wax is curled up into the device from blade 1 into the gap 2 in front of blade 1. The gap 2 runs parallel to the blade 1 to catch all the wax or debris that is created.

Typically, the scraper is run down the entire length of the ski, snowboard, or surfboard. As shown in FIG. 1, the blade 1 is a set distance out from the base 3 with a set gap 2 typically in front of blade 1. The support ribs 5 help secure the blade 1 in place as the unit is closed while clip 6 secures the blade as the unit is opened and closed. Blade 1 is also secured by the placement brackets 7.

As seen in FIG. 3, the unit is opened the male connector 8 is pushed in to allow it to be released from the female connecter 9. As it is opened, the hinge 10 pivots and allows it to be opened. When the unit is opened, clip 6 can be pushed to allow the release of blade 1. As seen in FIG. 2, blade 1 has typically 2 sharp beveled scraping edges and is reversible but can have several edges.

As seen in FIG. 1, is a view of bottom case 3 and top case 4 are placed together to form the entire unit. Notice how the male end on the hinge 10 is placed inside the female to form the complete hinge. As seen in FIG. 1 is the male connector 8 clipped into the gap in female connector 9 to close the unit. As seen in FIG. 3 the unit is opened by pushing the male connector 8 slightly inward and lifting at the same time to release the excess material.





 
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