Vacuum cleaner with hair collection element

  • US 9,072,417 B2
  • Filed: 01/05/2015
  • Issued: 07/07/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/09/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:

  • a cleaning head having a suction nozzle adapted to be moved along a surface to be cleaned in a first direction and a second direction opposite the first direction;

    a rotatable brushroll for agitating the surface to be cleaned housed within the cleaning head; and

    a hair collection assembly carried by the cleaning head and adapted to collect hair from the surface to be cleaned as the cleaning head moves along the surface to be cleaned, the hair collection assembly comprising;

    an elongated, cylindrical hair collection element; and

    a ratcheting mechanism operably coupling the hair collection element to the cleaning head for selective rotation of the hair collection element relative to the cleaning head;

    wherein, when the cleaning head changes direction from the first direction to the second direction, the ratcheting mechanism provides for limited rotation of the hair collection element before locking the hair collection element against further rotation as the cleaning head continues to move in the second direction.

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