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Lighting devices for power tools

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 09 Sep '03

Masahiko Sako, Toshio Matsumoto, Akihito Hara

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A lighting device includes a mount adapted to be attached to a power tool. A flexible support extends from the mount and permits the lighting device to be oriented in any desired direction. A fluorescent lamp is mounted on the flexible support opposite to the mount. An electric circuit serves to light the fluorescent lamp and includes an inverter circuit.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a circular table saw incorporating a representative lighting device;

FIG. 2 is a front view of the circular table saw;

FIG. 3 is a plan view of the circular table saw;

FIG. 4 is an enlarged plan view of a mount of the representative lighting device;

FIG. 5 is a partial, sectional side view of the representative lighting device; and

FIG. 6 is a schematic diagram of the representative lighting circuit.

Claims

1. A power tool comprising:

2. A power tool as in claim 1, wherein the converting means generates an alternating current having a frequency of about 20-50 kHz.

3. A power tool as in claim 1, further comprising means for attaching the flexible support means to the power tool, the power supply means including a circuit board on which the converting means is assembled, and the circuit board being mounted on the attaching means.

4. A power tool as in claim 3, wherein the attaching means substantially closely encapsulates the circuit board.

5. A power tool as in claim 1, further comprising a switch for turning the fluorescent lamp ON and OFF, the switch being disposed in a position that permits the operator to easily operate the switch while operating the power tool.

6. A power tool as in claim 1, wherein the power tool is a circular saw having a handle, the fluorescent lamp being coupled to the handle.

7. A power tool as in claim 6, further comprising means for attaching the flexible support means to the circular saw, the power supply means including a circuit board on which the converting means is assembled, and the circuit board being mounted on the attaching means and the attaching means substantially and closely encapsulates the circuit board, wherein the converting means generates an alternating current having a frequency of about 20-50 kHz.

8. A power tool as in claim 7, further comprising a switch for turning the fluorescent lamp ON and OFF, the switch being disposed in a position that permits the operator to easily operate the switch while operating the circular saw.

9. A power tool as in claim 1, wherein the power tool is a circular saw comprising a table that supports a saw unit, wherein the saw unit can move toward and away from the table and the saw unit can incline relative to the table so as to vary the inclination angle of a workpiece supported by the table with respect to a circular saw blade disposed within the saw unit, the flexible support means being bendable to permit illumination of either side of the circular saw blade and a portion of the workpiece that will be cut by the circular saw blade.

10. A power tool as in claim 9, wherein the circular saw further includes a handle disposed on the saw unit and the fluorescent lamp is coupled to the handle via the flexible support means.

11. A power tool as in claim 10, wherein a first end of the flexible support means is attached to the handle via a mount, wherein the converting means is assembled onto a circuit board that is attached to the mount.

12. A power tool as in claim 11, wherein the converting means generates an alternating current having a frequency of about 20-50 kHz.

13. A power tool as in claim 1, further comprising a table supporting a saw unit, the saw unit being movable toward and away from the table and the saw unit being inclinable relative to the table so as to vary the inclination angle of a workpiece supported by the table with respect to the saw unit, the saw unit comprising a circular saw blade and the flexible support means being bendable to permit illumination of either side of the circular saw blade and a portion of the workpiece that will be cut by the circular saw blade.

14. A lighting device comprising:

15. A power tool comprising a tool and a handle operably disposed to move the tool, wherein the lighting device and the mount of claim 14 are attached to the handle of the power tool.

16. A power tool as in claim 15, wherein the tool is a circular saw blade.

17. A lighting device as in claim 14, wherein the electric circuit further includes a lighting switch attached to the mount in a position that permits an operator to operate the lighting switch during a power tool operation in order to turn the fluorescent lamp ON and OFF.

18. A lighting device as in claim 17, wherein the mount substantially and closely encapsulates the circuit board.

19. A circular saw comprising:

20. A circular saw as in claim 19, wherein the flexible support has a hollow tubular configuration that defines an inner space and the electrical circuit is electrically coupled to the fluorescent lamp via the inner space.

21. A circular saw as in claim 19, further comprising a mount coupling the first end of the flexible support to the handle and the electrical circuit is defined within a circuit board that is attached to the mount.

22. A circular saw as in claim 19, further including a table that supports the saw unit, wherein the saw unit can move toward and away from the table and the saw unit can incline relative to the table so as to vary an inclination angle of the circular saw blade relative to a workpiece supported by the table, the flexible support being arranged and constructed to illuminate either side of the saw blade and a portion of the workpiece that is being cut by the saw blade.

23. A circular saw as in claim 19, further comprising a mount that couples to the first end of the flexible support to the handle, wherein the electrical circuit is defined within a circuit board that is disposed on the mount.

24. A circular saw as in claim 23, wherein the handle is arranged and constructed to be grasped by an operator during a cutting operation, the mount being attached to the handle, and the electrical circuit further includes a lighting switch, wherein an operator can turn the lighting switch ON and OFF while grasping the handle during a cutting operation.

25. A circular saw as in claim 24, wherein the mount defines a substantially closed space, and the circuit board is disposed within the substantially closed space.

26. A circular saw as in claim 25, wherein the flexible support has a hollow tubular configuration that defines an inner space, wherein the circuit board is electrically coupled to the fluorescent lamp via the inner space.