Patent Number: 6,332,343

Title: Automatic washing machine with improved power transmission mechanism

Abstract: An automatic washing machine includes a water tub having a bottom with a through hole, a rotating tub rotatably mounted in the water tub, an electric motor including a rotor and mounted on an underside of the water tub, a hollow tub shaft rotatably mounted on the bottom of the water tub so as to extend through the hole of the water tub, the tub shaft having an upper end connected to the rotating tub and a lower end with an outer circumferential face formed with a sliding guide, a boss mounted on a central portion of the rotor so as to be located below the tub shaft, the boss including an upper portion formed with an annular connecting portion having a diameter larger than a diameter of the tub shaft, an agitator shaft rotatably mounted inside the tub shaft and having an upper end connected to the agitator and a lower end connected to the boss, a cylindrical clutch having an inner circumferential face formed with an annular engaging portion engaging the sliding guide, the clutch being fitted with the lower end of the tub shaft so as to be moved vertically along the sliding guide, the clutch being connected to the connecting portion of the boss when assuming a predetermined lower position, the clutch being released from connection with the connecting portion of the boss when assuming a predetermined upper position, and a lift for moving the clutch vertically.

Inventors: Koketsu; Tadaaki (Gifu, JP), Kono; Tetsuyuki (Seto, JP), Noguchi; Hiroyuki (Nagoya, JP)

Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

International Classification: D06F 37/40 (20060101); D06F 37/30 (20060101); D06F 037/30 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018