Patent Number: 6,167,787

Title: Locking swivel wrench

Abstract: A locking device for a tool, such as a ratchet wrench, having a jointed drive head which may be situated in a series of angular positions relative to a handle, and which has means for temporarily holding the drive head of the tool at a predetermined angle with respect to the handle. The tool includes a spring-biased locking element disposed in the handle and which may be either engaged with, withdrawn from, or disengaged from the drive head. In the engaged position, the tool drive head is locked in place by the locking element. In the withdrawn position, the locking element is withdrawn from the head, and held away from it by the user to permit continuous changes in the angular relationship between the handle and the drive head. Finally, in the third orientation, the locking element is withdraw from the head and secured in a temporary holding position, allowing continual changes in the angular relationship between the handle and the head without the need for the user to continually hold the locking element.

Inventors: Jarvis; Jack D. (Memphis, TN)

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International Classification: B25B 23/00 (20060101); B25G 1/00 (20060101); B25G 1/06 (20060101); B25B 013/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018