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Rusch

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(54) VARIABLE RADIUS NOTCHING MACHINE

Primary ExaminerWilliam Briggs

(76) Inventor: Christopher J. Rusch, 1920 13* St.,

(74) Attorney, Agent, or FirmAndrus, Sceales, Starke &


Sawall, LLP

Two Rivers, WI (US) 54241

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ABSTRACT

The present invention relates to a notching machine for


forming a radial notch into a workpiece, such as the side or
end of a tube, pipe or rod. The notching machine includes a

(21) Appl. No.: 09/712,614


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workpiece positioning assembly, a hub and spindle


assembly, an offset mechanism, a hub drive mechanism and

a spindle drive mechanism. The workpiece positioning

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assembly includes a cross slide table and a vice for gripping

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Provisional application No. 60/165,419, ?led on Nov. 13,

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Int. Cl.7 ................................................ .. B23C 3/00

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Field of Search ............................. .. 29/33 T, 33 D;

a common axis. This common axis is the axis of rotation of

409/163, 167, 166, 165, 205, 199, 200,


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the spindle and tool. The hub, spindle and tool can be

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US. Cl. ..................... .. 409/132; 409/167; 409/200;

mounted on a hub rotation assembly. The hub rotation


assembly rotates about a central axis of rotation. The hub

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carries a spindle and its tool. The hub, spindle and tool share

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and positioning the workpiece into a desired position. The


hub and spindle assembly includes a hub that is rotatably

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aligned in an in-line or offset manner with respect to the

central axis. The offset mechanism includes an offset adjust


ment screw that offsets the common axis of the hub, spindle
and tool a desired distance from the central axis. When the
hub and spindle are offset and rotated about the central axis,
the tool orbits about the central axis through a desired
circular path of travel. The radius of the notch cut by the tool

is adjusted by adjusting the amount of offset. The hub drive


mechanism is hand driven by the machine operator via a
hand wheel. The spindle drive mechanism is driven by an
electric motor that is directly linked to the spindle. The
motor is secured to a frame of the machine via a torque arm.

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