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US Patent: 3,208,318
Quick Release For Socket Wrenches
Patentee:
Peter M. Roberts - Gardner, MA

USPTO Classifications:
403/325, 81/177.85

Tool Categories:
wrenches : socket wrenches

Assignees:
None

Manufacturer:
Sears, Roebuck & Co. - Chicago, IL

Witnesses:
none listed

Patent Dates:
Applied: Apr. 24, 1964
Granted: Sep. 28, 1965

Patent Pictures:
Peter M. Roberts patent Sept. 28, 1985
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The Wrench Case (1986)
Wrench Inventor Settles (1989)
Description:
A spring-loaded central pin in the center of a ratchet driver has a indentation into which the spring ball or detent which holds a socket can retract.

The patent was the basis for SEARS, ROEBUCK & Co.'s quick release feature on CRAFTSMAN ratchets, and the center of protracted litigation between SEARS and the inventor.

Links point to "archived" newspaper accounts from the Los Angeles Times (1986) and an Associated Press piece that appeared in the Eugene, Oregon REGISTER-Guard (1989).

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