Hand grip and upper handle assembly for a self-propelled upright vacuum cleaner

  • US 6,108,862 A
  • Filed: 05/08/1998
  • Issued: 08/29/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/08/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A self-propelled vacuum cleaner having an electric motor, a floor engaging portion having a suction inlet and at least one drive wheel for propelling said vacuum cleaner over a floor surface, a transmission for selectively drivingly connecting said motor to said at least one drive wheel and selectively propelling said cleaner in forward and reverse directions over a floor surface, a housing pivotally connected to said floor engaging portion, wherein the improvement comprises:

  • an electric power switch located adjacent to a top of said housing and electrically connected to said motor for selectively turning said motor on and off;

    a control link in said housing having a lower end attached to said transmission for selectively actuating said transmission into forward, reverse and neutral and an upper end located adjacent to said housing remote from said transmission; and

    a handle stem having a hand grip reciprocally mounted thereon and a power button mounted thereon, a grip rod extending down from said hand grip and out a lower end of said handle stem, and a switch rod extending down from said power button and out the lower end of said handle stem;

    wherein the lower end of said handle stem is adapted for connection to the top of said housing, said upper end of said control link and a lower end of said grip rod are configured and located such that said lower end of said grip rod engages and interconnects with said upper end of said control link when said handle stem is attached to said housing, and said power switch and a lower end of said switch rod are located and configured such that said lower end of said switch rod engages said power switch when said handle stem is attached to said housing, whereby an operator may actuate the transmission via said hand grip and actuate said power switch via said power button.

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