Shaft coupler with positive angular and axial locking features for coupling paddle sections together and angularly positioning the sections relative to each other

  • US 6,881,111 B2
  • Filed: 07/30/2003
  • Issued: 04/19/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/30/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A coupler for coupling sections of a paddle together and angularly positioning the sections relative to each other about a paddle axis, the coupler comprising:

  • a first component mountable to a first section of the paddle and including a receptacle;

    a second component mountable to a second section of the paddle and including a protrusion operable to extend into the receptacle of the first component to position the first component relative to the second component and to prevent the first component from turning relative to the second component, wherein the second component is movable relative to the first component along the paddle axis to turn and reposition the first component relative to the second component; and

    a retainer having a hook operable to receive the second component to releasably lock the position of the second component relative to the first component.

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