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HANDCART TRUNK CARRIER Disclosure Number: IPCOM000025026D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-04

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal


It is frequently desired for salespersons to call on a prospective customer with a heavy or bulky piece of office equipment such as a copier and demonstrate it in the customer's office. The figure illustrates a handcart which can be used to semiautomatically transport such a piece of equipment from the trunk of a car to the customer's office. The handcart comprises a frame 10 mounted on wheels 12 at one end with the frame curving at the other end to provide a handle or steering portion for' the cart. The frame has a pair of parallel linear rails 14, one mounted on each side of the frame upon which a movable carriage 16 having a load (the office equipment) fastened to it may be transported. The upper end of the handcart is equipt with a handle 18 between the upper end of the parallel rails and with a winch 20 to which is attached a cable 22 whose other end is attached to the carriage. With the use of this winch and cable arrangement the carriage may be readily raised from a storage position at the bottom of the handcart up to the top of the curved frame which in a customer's office may rest on a desk or a separate leg support 23. As can be seen by the dotted line position, the office equipment is in a generally horizontal orientation and may be demonstrated in the customer's office. Following the demonstration, the carriage may be released from its locked demonstration position and slowly winched down to the base of the carrier and transported to the trunk of the salesperson's car where the end rails 14 slip into a set of parallel rails 25 in a trunk carrier 24 in the trunk of the car. The office