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COMBINATION OR MULTI-PURPOSE TOOLS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; DETAILS OR COMPONENTS OF PORTABLE POWER-DRIVEN TOOLS NOT PARTICULARLY RELATED TO THE OPERATIONS PERFORMED AND NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR { (machines or arrangements of machines for performing specified combinations of different metal-working operations not covered by a single other subclass B23P 23/00 and subgroups) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Combination or multi-purpose hand tools with interchangeable or adjustable tool elements;

Associations of tools for different working operations with one portable power-drive means and adapters therefore;

Details or components of portable power-driven tools not particularly related to the operations performed and not otherwise provided for, e.g. construction of casings, bodies or handles.

Note:

This subclass does not cover tools having a clear primary function as well as one or more secondary functions. Those tools are covered by the relevant subclass for tools having such primary function and are, thus, not classified in group B25F 1/00 or B25F 3/00 of this subclass.

Relationship between large subject matter areas

B25F covers combination or multi-purpose hand tools and combination or multi-purpose portable power-driven tools. When the tools have a clear primary function they are classified in other relevant places, for instance: subclass B25B covers hand tools having a clear primary function of fastening, connecting, disengaging or holding, e.g. spanners, wrenches or screwdrivers.

Subclass B25F further covers details or components of portable power-driven tools not particularly related to the operations performed and not otherwise provided for. Even if a portable power-driven tool has a clear primary function, its details or components, which are not particularly related to this primary function, are classified in subclass B25F, if not otherwise provided for.

Details or components of hand tools with a clear primary function are classified in the relevant subclass for the hand tool, for instance: subclass B25B covers details of or accessories for spanners, wrenches or screwdrivers; subclass B25C covers tools for driving both nails or staples.

More specifically, B23B 45/00 and B23B 47/00 cover hand-held or like portable drilling machines and constructional features of components specially designed for boring or drilling machines. B67B 7/44 covers combination tools for opening closed containers, e.g. comprising cork-screws, can pierces, crown-cap removers.

B25B 33/00 covers hand tools not covered by any other group in subclass B25B.

References relevant to classification in this subclass
This subclass/group does not cover:
Combinations or associations of metal-working machines, not directed to a particular result; Details, components or accessories for machine tools.
Hand tools having a clear primary function of fastening, connecting, disengaging or holding, e.g. spanners, wrenches or screwdrivers.

Examples of places where the subject matter of this subclass is covered when specially adapted, used for a particular purpose, or incorporated in a large system:

Cutting implements specially adapted for horticultural purposes; Delimbing standing trees
Power-driven cleaning or polishing devices for dentistry
Portable grinding machines; Accessories therefor
Hand-held nailing tools
Manually operated portable stapling tools; Hand-held power-operated stapling tools
Hand-held cutting tools, e.g., hand knives, hand shears, scissors and razors
Portable hand-operated wood-milling machines; Routers
Portable power-driven circular saws for manual operations

Places in relation to which this subclass is residual:

Tools or bench devices not otherwise provided for, for fastening, connecting, disengaging, or holding
Hand-held nailing or stapling tools; manually-operated portable stapling tools
Percussive tools
Hand-held or like portable drilling machines and constructional features of components specially designed for boring or drilling machines
Hand tools not covered by any other group in subclass B25B
Handles of portable power-driven percussive tools
Hand- or power-operated combination tools for opening closed containers, e.g. comprising cork-screws, can piercers, crown-cap removers
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Machines, devices or processes for planing, slotting, shearing, broaching, sawing, filing, scraping
Picks
Portable percussive tools with fluid-pressure drive, electromotor drive or electromagnetic drive
B25D 9/00
B25D13/00
Handles for hand implements
Cutting implements specially adapted for horticultural purposes; Delimbing standing trees
Multi-purpose kitchen machines for preparing food
Power-driven cleaning or polishing devices for dentistry
Portable grinding machines; Accessories therefore
Hand-held cutting tools, e.g., hand knives, hand shears, scissors and razors
Portable hand-operated wood-milling machines; Routers
Portable power-driven circular saws for manual operations
Glossary of terms
In this subclass/group, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:

In the subclass, the following terms or expressions are used with the meaning indicated:

Tool
Any portable instrument of operation for performing, assisting the work or facilitating mechanical operations. Tools can be manually operated or by machine tools, such as millers for milling machines. Machine tools are not considered as tools.
Hand tool
Device for performing work on a material or a physical system using only muscular strength.
Power-driven tool
Tool powered by a motor, e.g. electric, hydraulic, pneumatic, fluid-pressure.
Association of power-driven tools
A power-driven object having two or more tools, which are designed to perform different specific tasks, e.g. a Proxxon®-type rotary power tool with exchangeable tools for boring, milling, grinding, polishing, etc.
Portable
Capable of being easily carried or conveyed.
Multi-purpose tool
Device having or serving several purposes, which may be either manual or power-driven, e.g. a tool with interchangeable tool elements.
Combination hand tools
Manually operated object involving two, or possibly more than two (but a confined number of), clearly defined purposes (having two or more tools put together for different purposes), e.g. Gerber® multi-plier tool.
Synonyms and Keywords

In patent documents the following terms “power-driven” and “power assisted” are often used as synonyms.

In patent documents the following terms “hand tool”, “hand-held”, “hand device”, “hand operated” and “hand actuated” are often used as synonyms.

In patent documents the following terms “portable machine” and “portable equipment” are often used as synonyms.

Combination or multi-purpose hand tools (associations of tools for different working operations with one portable power-drive means B25F 3/00; {combined stapling and punching tools B25C 5/0214} )
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Associations of tools for different working operations, without a power-drive means.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Associations of tools for different working operations with one portable power-drive means
Combined stapling and punching tools
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Screwdrivers
Wrenches, spanners
Hand equipment for mountaineering
Devices or single parts facilitating escape from buildings or the like (i.e. rescue tools)
Pliers provided with auxiliary tool elements
Picks
Hand hammers
Hand scraping implements
Hand knives with adjustable blade
Hand knives combined with other implements
Associations of tools for different working operations with one portable power-drive means; Adapters therefor
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Associations of tools for different working operations, with a common power-drive means.

Different adapters mechanically associated with a core power unit.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Sawing machines or devices not covered - machines for converting any machine for sawing purposes
Portable power-driven screw or nut setting tools and attachments therefore
Hand-held or like portable drilling machines - attachments
Construction of casings, bodies or handles for power tools
Details of, or accessories for spanners, wrenches, screwdrivers
Details or components of portable power-driven tools not particularly related to the operations performed and not otherwise provided for
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Details or components of portable power-driven tools, e.g. handles or accessories, and not entire power-driven tools.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Apparatus to be carried on or by a person, e.g. of knapsack type
Hand-held or like portable drilling machines, e.g. drill guns
Hand-operated planing devices; Portable planing apparatus
Hand-held devices for cutting by a nibbling action
Portable power-driven screw or nut setting or loosening tools
Details of portable power-driven percussive tools
Hand cutting tools involving disc blades, e.g. motor-driven
Perforating; Punching; Cutting-out and Stamping-out
Power-driven circular saws for manual operation
Other reciprocating saws with power drive; Fret-saws
Hand planes equipped with power-driven cutter blocks
Portable hand-operated wood-milling machines; Routers
Arrangements for handling mechanical energy structurally associated with the machine, e.g. structural association with mechanical driving motor or auxiliary dynamo-electric machine
Adaptations of engines for hand-held tools; Portable combinations of engines with engine-driven devices
Portable grinding machines, e.g. hand-guided; with rotating grinding tools; Accessories therefore
Details of switching devices not covered by groups H01H 1/00- H01H 7/00
Arrangements for cooling or lubricating parts of the machine (e.g. drill)
Details of, or accessories for, portable power-driven percussive tools - devices for cleaning or cooling tool or work
Constructional details or processes of manufacture of the non-active parts for miniature batteries or batteries for portable equipment
Structural association with measuring or protective devices or electric components
Adaptations of engines for driving pumps, hand-held tools or electric generators; Portable combinations of engines with engine-driven devices
Casings or enclosures characterised by the shape, form or construction thereof (i.e. for electric motors)
Portable grinding machines, e.g. hand-guided; Accessories therefor - spindle locking device
Vibration-dampers; Shock-absorbers
Casting using a mould or core of cylinders, pistons, bearing shells or like thin-walled objects
Safety devices acting in conjunction with the control or operation of a machine; Control arrangements requiring the simultaneous use of two or more parts of the body - using both hands
Casing of switch constituted by a handle serving a purpose other than the actuation of the switch
Details of, or accessories for, spanners, wrenches, screwdrivers - Mechanical overload release couplings
Springs
Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
Details of coupling devices
Casings or enclosures characterised by the shape, form or construction for cooling
Chain saws - devices for vibration damping
Supporting, suspending, or attaching arrangements for lighting devices
Component parts such as frames, beds, carriages, headstocks. Weight compensation; Temperature compensation; Vibration damping
Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries, charge circuits only
Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries, characterised by the mechanical construction
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