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US Patent: 6,070,501
Mini Ratcheting Screwdriver with Latching Swiveling Handle
Patentees:
John A. Braun - Kenilworth, NJ
Tomas B. Petruzzi - Rockaway, NJ

USPTO Classifications:
192/43.1, 81/62

Tool Categories:
screwdrivers : screwdriver mechanisms

Assignees:
Snap-On Tools Co. - Kenosha, WI

Manufacturer:
Not known to have been produced

Witnesses:
none listed

Patent Dates:
Applied: Aug. 31, 1998
Granted: Jun. 06, 2000

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Snap-On Tools Company History
Description:
Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson - patent attorneys

Abstract

A ratchet tool has a ratchet body carrying a ratchet mechanism including a gear and a pair of pawls resiliently urged into engagement with the gear by spring-loaded balls. A handle is releasably received on a post which projects from one end of the ratchet body and is retained thereon by a spring-loaded ball receivable in a circumferential groove in the handle bore to accommodate free spinning thereof. A latching pin in the handle is selectively insertable in any of a plurality of recesses in the ratchet body to lock the handle to the body. A reversing sleeve is rotatably carried by the other end of the ratchet body for engaging the pawls to selectively control the direction of the ratcheting movement. The reversing sleeve has a tubular post which forms a part of an axial push-pull quick-release coupler for releasably retaining a bit in engagement in an axial bore of the ratchet gear.

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