Vacuum cleaner with agitation member drive belt access panel

  • US 5,632,060 A
  • Filed: 08/04/1995
  • Issued: 05/27/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/04/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. In an improved vacuum cleaner comprising a housing having an agitation member with a belt receiving portion and rotatably supported in the housing, a drive motor with a drive shaft, a belt interconnecting the belt receiving portion of the agitation member and the drive shaft, an aperture formed in the housing for servicing the belt, an access panel adapted to be mounted to the housing and to substantially enclose the aperture in an operative position and to be removed from the housing in a service position, the access panel having top, bottom, and opposed side edges and a fastener adapted to secure the access panel to the housing in the operative position, the improvement comprising:

  • at least one of a flange and slot provided on at least one of the top and bottom edges of the access panel; and

    at least one of the other of said flange and slot provided on the housing adjacent the aperture, said at least one flange and said at least one slot being oriented so that the at least one flange is slidably received in the at least one slot by sliding the panel in a direction substantially parallel to said one of the top and bottom edges.

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