US 2231178 A
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Feb., 11, 1941;
1 B. BEvcKwn'l-l STAPLE Filed Aug. o, 1939 Patented Feb. 11, 1941 Y c L `UNITED STATES PATENT 'OFFICE i STAPLE Louis B. Beckwith,`Belvidere, S. Dak. Application August 30, 1939, Serial No. 292,722
4 Claims. (Cl. 85-49) This invention relates to staples and more bers in spaced relation to the driving head l particularly to a staple especially designed `for thereof is a connecting yoke 8, the lower edge attaching wires to fence posts. of which is provided with a notch or intermedi- The object of the invention is to provide a ate weakened portion 9, as best shown in Figure 5 staple of simple and inexpensive construction 2 of the drawing. 5
which will securely hold the line wires of a fence In attaching the longitudinal wires l0 to a in position on the supporting posts thereof withfence post Il, the staples are positioned over out danger of the staples working loose when the the line wires l0 and driven into the wood by wood becomes dry or cracked and without the a hammer or other suitable tool. As the driving l0 necessity of constantly redriving the staples into members 5 enter the wood, the piercing points G 10 the posts in order to hold the line wires in posithereof will ltoe in or approach each other and tion thereon. when the weakened portion 9 of the yoke con- A further object of the invention is to protacts with the line wire l0, said yoke will be vide a staple comprising downwardly converging bowed laterally thereby firmly anchoring the l5 piercing members united at their diverging ends staple on the fence post and preventing said 15 by aconnecting yoke and each provided with a staple from working loose should the wood of driving head spaced from the yoke, said yoke the fence post dry out or crack and consequently being provided on its under surface with a weakobviate the necessity of constantly redriving the ened portion so that, when saidA members are staples into the wood in order to retain the line Z0 driven into a fence post, the piercing ends therewires in position thereon. 20 of will toe in while the weakened portion of the In Figure 5 of the drawing, there is illustrated yoke will be bowed laterally thereby to rmly a modified form of the invention, in which one anchor the Staple in the WOOd and prevent said of the driving members or legs of the staple is Staple fI'OIn Working loose under different clilonger than the other, as indicated at Il, to fa- 25 matic conditions. cilitate driving the staple into a fence post. In 25 A still further object of the invention iS gen- .this form of the device, the connecting yoke 8 @rally t0 improve this class of devices so as to is preferably formed with auxiliary weakened increase their utility, durability and BilCienCY portions I2 disposed at the junction of the yoke as well as to reduce the cost of manufacture. and driving members, as shown. It wi11 be uni0 In the acCOmpanyng drawing forming 2 Part derstood, however, that the weakened portions 30 0f this Specification and in which similar Ilumay be formed in either the opposite ends 0f merals of reference indicate corresponding parts the yoke or the center thereof or if desired said in all the figures of the drawing: yoke may be weakened both in the center and Figure 1 iS a Side elevation of a portion of on opposite sides of the central weakened pori5 a wire fence showing the improved staple in tions, 35 position on the fence pOSts thereOf, It will further be understood that the staples Figure 2 is a sid-e elevation of one of the staples may be made in different sizes and shapes and detached, galvanized or otherwise plated or treated to pro- Fgllle3iS atop plan View thereOf, tect the metal from the deleterious action of L0 Figure 4 is a vertical sectional view, the upper the elements. 40
Staple Showing the position 0f the converging Having thus described the invention, what is driving elements .when starting to drive the staple claimed as new is:
into the wood and the lower staple showing how 1. A staple for holding line wir-es on fence posts the piercing points of the members are brought comprising spaced converging driving members L5 together or toed in when the yoke of the staple each having one end thereof sharpened to form 45 engages a line wire, and a piercing point and its other end provided with Figure 5 is a side elevation illustrating a modian enlarged driving head, and a transverse yoke fied form of the invention, connecting the driving members in spaced rela- 'I'he improved staple forming the subjecttion .to said heads and having its lower edge pro- 0 matter of the present invention comprises spaced vided with a weakened portion whereby when 50 converging driving members 5, each having its the staple is driven into a fence post the pierclower end provided with a piercing point 6 and ing ends of the driving members will be forced its upper end formed with an enlarged driving together and the yoke pressed laterally by enhead 1. The driving members 5 are preferably gagement with the line wire. circular in Across section and uniting said mem- 2. A staple for securing line wires to fence 55 posts `comprising spaced converging driving members substantially circular in cross section and having their lower ends beveled to form piercing points, the upper ends of said -driving members being flattened to form enlarged heads, and a laterally curved yoke connecting the driving members in spaced relation to said heads, the concave side of the yoke being provided with a weakened portion whereby when the staple is driven into a fence post the piercing points of the driving members will be forced inwardly and the connecting yoke pressed outwardly at said weakened portion by engagement with a line wire to cause the yoke to assume a substantimvy V-shaped contour. V
3. A staple comprising spaced converging drivother and provided with a piercing point, and a laterally bowed yoke connecting the rupper.
portions of the driving members and having its concave face provided with a substantially V- shaped intermediate weakened portion and oppositely disposed auxiliary weakened Portions disposed at the junction of the yoke with said driving members.
4. A staple for holding line wires on fence posts comprising converging driving members each having one end thereof sharpened to form a piercing point and its other end provided with a driving portion, and a transverse yoke connecting the driving members and having its, lower edge provided with a weakened ,portion at its center whereby when the staple is driven into .fa-fence post the piercing ends of the driving f members will. be forced together and the yoke ing members one of which is longer' than the bowed to 'form two converging portions each "l having tangential engagement with the wire.
LOUIS B, BECKWITH.