Patent Number: 6,168,018

Title: Adjustable socket rack

Abstract: An adjustable rack for socket wrench sockets has an elongated mounting strip and a plurality of socket mounts that are removably coupled to the mounting strip. A longitudinally extending track having overhanging bearing ledges is defined in the mounting strip. Each socket mount has a base with a configuration that conforms to the configuration of the track in the mounting strip. The bases of the socket mounts may be inserted into the track of the mounting strip from either of the open ends of the track. The socket mounts are moved longitudinally along the mounting strip to selected positions which are spaced apart an appropriate distance to accommodate the thickness of the walls of the sockets placed atop the socket mounts. The socket mounts are thereupon tightened relative to the mounting strip. Each socket mount has an internally tapped bore extending through its structure from top to bottom. A clamping screw is threadably engaged in the internally tapped bore and may be advanced to bear downwardly against the floor of the track. This forces the upper surfaces of oppositely directed bearing lugs on the base of each socket mount upwardly against the overhanging bearing ledges defined on flanges alongside the track. Each socket mount is thereby firmly clamped at a selected position along the track. Each socket mount may be provided with a laterally acting spring to aid in releaseably holding a socket on its upwardly or outwardly projecting mounting post or stud of each socket mount.

Inventors: Ramsey; Edward (Temecula, CA), Vovos; Chris (La Mirada, CA)


International Classification: B25H 3/06 (20060101); B25H 3/00 (20060101); B65D 085/20 (); A47F 007/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018