Patent Number: 6,332,384

Title: Multiple bit screwdriver

Abstract: A multiple bit screwdriver having an elongated housing with a plurality of longitudinal channels, each channel having a longitudinal slot opening the channel to an outer surface of the housing. A plurality of screwdriver bits are slidably arranged one in each channel. A plurality of elongated sliding means are arranged one in each channel to reciprocally slide the bit between a retracted position and an extended position. The sliding means are pivotably attached to the bit and has a manipulation means protruding from the channel via the slot. Further, a bit clamping unit is securely attached to a forward end of the screwdriver. The bits may protrude through a central through hole in the clamping unit when in the extended position. The clamping unit has a plurality of locking elements arranged in cutouts, and a sleeve arranged to reciprocally slide over the clamping unit between a forward position and a rearward position biased by a spring towards the forward position. The sleeve clamps the locking elements to lock the bit when in the extended position and frees the locking elements when the sleeve is in the rearward position, to allow the bit to be slid to the retracted position inside the screwdriver.

Inventors: Cluthe; Gary Paul (Waterloo, CA)


International Classification: B25G 1/00 (20060101); B25G 1/08 (20060101); B25G 001/08 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018