(19)
(11)EP 3 659 763 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(43)Date of publication:
03.06.2020 Bulletin 2020/23

(21)Application number: 18208929.2

(22)Date of filing:  28.11.2018
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
B27B 9/02(2006.01)
B27G 19/04(2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
BA ME
Designated Validation States:
KH MA MD TN

(71)Applicant: Black & Decker Inc.
New Britain, CT 06053 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • Lauer, Arthur
    D-65510 Idstein (DE)
  • Maerte, Robin
    D-65510 Idstein (DE)
  • Oeffner, Isabell
    D-65510 Idstein (DE)
  • Riedl, Fabian
    D-65510 Idstein (DE)
  • Schmidt, Benjamin
    D-65510 Idstein (DE)
  • Sell, Stefan
    D-65510 Idstein (DE)

(74)Representative: SBD IPAdmin 
270 Bath Road
Slough, Berkshire SL1 4DX
Slough, Berkshire SL1 4DX (GB)

  


(54)REPLACEMENT OF ROTATABLE CUTTING DISCS OF A POWER TOOL


(57) A power tool comprising:a rotatable support arrangement for supporting at least one cutting disc and being configured to be rotatably driven by an electric motor;an upper shroud member (120, 20) and a lower shroud member (122, 22) which cooperate to define a volume in which the at least one cutting disc can be supported, the rotatable support arrangement coupled to the upper shroud member (120, 20) such that movement of the upper shroud member (120, 20) towards the lower shroud member (122, 22) causes said at least one cutting disc to protrude through an opening (24, 38) in the lower shroud member (122, 22);biasing means for urging the upper shroud member (120, 20) and the lower shroud member (122, 22) away from each other;a limiting mechanism for limiting the range of movement of the upper shroud member (120, 20) relative to the lower shroud member (122, 22) under action of the biasing means, a first part thereof being carried by the upper shroud member (120, 20) and a second part thereof being carried by the lower shroud member (122, 22); wherein the limiting mechanism can be disengaged by opening (24, 38) the upper shroud member (120, 20) via at least one hinge coupling (25), thereby increasing the range of relative movement of the upper and lower shroud members (120).




Description

Field



[0001] This specification concerns facilitating a user to replace rotatable cutting discs of a power tool, for example a wall chaser.

Background



[0002] European patent number EP2552660B1 describes a wall chaser, which is a power tool for forming channels in a concrete surface. Objects such as cables and wires can be fed through such channels during a construction project. Wall chasers are known to carry a pair of axially offset cutting discs which in use form two parallel slots in a concrete surface. Subsequently a construction worker is required to chisel away the concrete remaining between such slots, thereby leaving a channel of the kind heretofore mentioned. It will be appreciated that the cutting discs are subject to wear and need replacing from time-to-time. Wall chaser products are known in which users must partially disassemble their wall chaser product, in other words physically separate respective parts thereof, to enable user access to the cutting discs for replacement or for other reasons e.g. to change the distance between cutting discs and thus cutting width. Furthermore, some wall chaser products require surprisingly high levels of dexterity to access the cutting discs thereof and can be difficult to open up in order to provide user access to the cutting discs for replacement or otherwise. Aspects of the present invention are conceived to address the foregoing.

Summary



[0003] According to an aspect of the present invention there is provided a power tool comprising: a rotatable support arrangement for supporting at least one cutting disc and being configured to be rotatably driven by an electric motor; an upper shroud member and a lower shroud member which cooperate to define a volume in which the at least one cutting disc can be supported, the rotatable support arrangement coupled to the upper shroud member such that movement of the upper shroud member towards the lower shroud member causes said at least one cutting disc to protrude through an opening in the lower shroud member; biasing means for urging the upper shroud member and the lower shroud member away from each other; a limiting mechanism for limiting the range of movement of the upper shroud member relative to the lower shroud member under action of the biasing means, a first part thereof being carried by the upper shroud member and a second part thereof being carried by the lower shroud member; wherein the limiting mechanism can be disengaged by opening the upper shroud member via at least one hinge coupling, thereby increasing the range of relative movement of the upper and lower shroud members.

[0004] The upper shroud member may comprise a first shroud part and a second shroud part that are configured to move relative to each other via at least one said hinge coupling.

[0005] The first shroud part and the second shroud part may be configured to move relative to each other via a single hinge coupling.

[0006] The upper and lower shroud members may be configured to pivot relative to each other about a first axis and the or each said hinge coupling may permit relative movement between the first and second shroud parts about a respective axis orthogonal to the first axis.

[0007] The first shroud part and the second shroud part may be maintained in a closed configuration by a securing mechanism that can be selectively released by a user.

[0008] The limiting mechanism may be configured such that when the first and second parts thereof are urged against each other upon a user moving the upper and lower shroud members towards each other one of the first and second parts of the limiting mechanism causes the other to recoverably flex so that they can move past each other, however, upon the first and second parts of the limiting mechanism being subsequently brought back into contact with each other under action of the biasing means urging the upper and lower shroud members away from each other the first and second parts of the limiting mechanism restrict the extent to which the upper and lower shroud members can be moved away from each other under action of the biasing means.

[0009] The first and second parts of the limiting mechanism may comprise a spring feature that defines a first surface along which the other of the first and second parts of the limiting mechanism can ride for facilitating such parts to move passed each other when urged against each other upon a user moving the upper and lower shroud members towards each other, the spring feature also defining a second surface against which the other of the first and second parts of the limiting mechanism can rest when such parts are subsequently brought back into contact with each other under action of the biasing means urging the upper and lower shroud members away from each other.

[0010] A blocking feature of the shroud part carrying the spring feature may block deflection of the spring feature when said other of the first and second parts of the limiting mechanism urges against the second surface of the spring feature under action of the biasing means urging the upper and lower shroud members away from each other, thereby limiting the extent to which the upper and lower shroud members can move away from each other.

[0011] The blocking feature may be an integral internal surface of the shroud part which carries the spring feature or is a feature coupled to that shroud part.

[0012] The spring feature may be metallic.

[0013] Said other of the first and second parts of the limiting mechanism for cooperating with the spring feature may comprise a rigid feature having a first surface for engaging the first surface of the spring feature and a second surface for engaging the second surface of the spring feature, optionally the second surface of the rigid feature having a larger surface area than the first surface thereof.

[0014] The rigid feature may further comprise a ramped portion between the first surface thereof and the second surface thereof.

[0015] Said other of the first and second parts of the limiting mechanism for cooperating with the spring feature may comprise a rigid feature having a rod like shape.

[0016] The rigid feature may be an integral part of the shroud member not carrying the spring feature.

[0017] The heretofore described tool may be a rotary cutting tool for cutting masonry, optionally wherein the tool is a wall chaser.

Brief Description of the Drawings



[0018] Various aspects and embodiments of the invention will now be described by way of non-limiting example with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

Fig. 1 illustrates a power tool according to an embodiment of the present invention in a ready-to-use configuration;

Fig. 2 illustrates the power tool of Fig. 1 in a cutting-disc-changing configuration;

Fig. 3 illustrates a torsion spring of the power tool in Fig. 1;

Fig. 4 illustrates the torsion spring of Fig. 3 included in the power tool of Fig. 1;

Fig. 5 illustrates a plan view of an internal surface of the second shroud part of the upper shroud member of the power tool in Fig. 1;

Fig. 6 illustrates how first and second parts of the limiting mechanism of the power tool in Fig. 1 cooperate in use; and

Figs. 7 and 8 illustrate features of the limiting mechanism of a second embodiment.


Detailed Description



[0019] Figs. 1 and 2 illustrate a power tool, which in the embodiment described hereafter is a wall chaser 10. Fig. 1 illustrates the wall chaser 10 in a ready-to-use configuration and Fig. 2 illustrates the wall chaser 10 in a cutting-disc-changing configuration.

[0020] The wall chaser 10 has a rotatable support arrangement 12 for supporting a pair of cutting discs 14. The cutting discs 14 can be mounted to a shaft 16 of the support arrangement 12 in a manner familiar to persons skilled in the art. For example, the cutting discs 14 can be placed around the shaft 16 with a spacer element between them, wherein a nut 18 is then threaded onto the shaft 16. The action of threading the nut 18 onto the shaft 16 causes the first cutting disc to be mounted on the shaft 16 to be essentially sandwiched between a supporting flange of the wall chaser 10 and a first side of the spacer element, whereas the second cutting disc to be mounted on the shaft 16 will be essentially sandwiched between a second side of the spacer element and the nut 18. The cutting discs 14 are thus rotationally locked relative to the shaft 16 such that upon an electric motor of the wall chaser 10 causing the shaft 16 to rotate the cutting discs 14 will be rotationally driven as well. It will be appreciated that various configurations and combinations of spacer elements can be used depending on the required distance between the cutting discs 14. For example in another usage implementation the spacer element used could be shorter in length thereby providing a smaller distance between the cutting discs 14. Alternatively the spacer element used could be longer in length (or more than one spacer element could be used) thereby providing a greater distance between the cutting discs 14.

[0021] An upper shroud member 20 and a lower shroud member 22 cooperate to define a volume in which the cutting discs 14 can be supported. The shaft 16 extends from an internal surface of the upper shroud member 20 such that movement of the upper shroud member 20 towards the lower shroud member 22 causes the cutting discs 14 to protrude through an opening 24 in the lower shroud member 22; this opening 24 extending through the base of the wall chaser 10 which is engaged with a work surface in use as shown in Fig. 1. In this manner the cutting discs 14 can be brought into engagement with a work surface e.g. a masonry surface in use.

[0022] The upper shroud member 20 is pivotally coupled to the lower shroud member 22. Biasing means urges the upper shroud member 20 and the lower shroud member 22 away from each other. In this embodiment the biasing means is a torsion spring 26. With reference to Fig. 4 the lower shroud member 22 has a pair of flanges 28, 30 each having an opening extending therethrough. A bolt member 32 extends through these openings, wherein the torsion spring 26 wraps around the bolt member 32 in the space between the flanges 28, 30. A first arm 26a of the torsion spring 26 is for urging against the lower shroud member 22 and a second arm 26b of the torsion spring 26 is for urging against the upper shroud member 20. The upper shroud member 20 is pivotally coupled to the lower shroud member 22 so when a user pivots such members towards each other the torsion spring 26 is compressed, wherein upon releasing such members the torsion spring 26 urges them apart. Looking at Fig. 2 the feature of the upper shroud member 20 which the second arm 26b of the torsion spring 26 urges against is the connecting element 19.

[0023] Referring back to Fig 1, one hand of a user grips the primary handle 11 in use, whereas the other hand grasps secondary handle 13. Pushing downwards on the secondary handle 13 in use causes the upper shroud member 20 to pivot towards the lower shroud member 22 and the cutting discs 14 to plunge into the masonry surface to be cut. Various internal features required for the wall chaser 10 to function as heretofore described will be apparent to persons skilled in the art, including a battery for powering an electric motor and a power train for transferring torque from the electric motor to the shaft 16 for rotating the cutting discs 14. Moreover, a trigger 15 is provided on the primary handle 11 for enabling a user to selectively cause actuation of the electric motor and thereby rotation of the cutting discs 14.

[0024] The upper shroud member 20 is formed of two parts, a first shroud part 20a and a second shroud part 20b which are coupled together via a hinge coupling 25. The upper shroud member 20 can thus be reconfigured between a closed configuration as in Fig. 1 and an open configuration as in Fig. 2. The first shroud part 20a and the second shroud part 20b are maintained in a closed configuration by a securing mechanism that can be selectively released by a user. In this embodiment the securing mechanism comprises a first latch part 27a on the first shroud part 20a that can be releasably coupled to a second latch part 27b on the second shroud part 20b but other suitable mechanisms will be apparent to persons skilled in the art.

[0025] A limiting mechanism is provided for limiting the range of pivotal movement of the upper shroud member 20 relative to the lower shroud member 22 under action of the torsion spring 26 when the upper shroud part 20 is in the closed configuration. A first part 34a of the limiting mechanism is carried by the upper shroud member 20 and a second part 34b of the limiting mechanism is carried by the lower shroud member 22.

[0026] With reference to Figs. 5 and 6 the first part 34a of the limiting mechanism is provided on an internal surface of the upper shroud member 20, in the embodiment shown on the internal surface of the second shroud part 20b. The view in Fig. 6 includes a cross sectional view of the second shroud part 20b, otherwise the outer surface thereof would obscure the features extending from its internal surface. Protrusions 36 extending from the internal surface of the second shroud part 20b cooperate to define a substantially L-shaped channel 37, wherein an opening 38 is left in communication with the channel 37. A metallic spring feature 40 is received in the channel 37 and maintained therein by interference fit with the internal surfaces of the protrusions 36. The metallic spring feature 40 extends from the channel 37 via the opening 38.

[0027] The metallic spring feature 40 has a first section 42 that extends from the opening 38 of the channel 37 into contact with a blocking surface 44. In this embodiment the blocking surface 44 is defined by a feature 46 coupled to the internal surface of the upper shroud member 20, in the embodiment shown on the internal surface of the second shroud part 20b. The metallic spring feature 40 also has a second section 43 that extends away from the blocking surface 44. The first and second sections 42, 43 of the metallic spring feature 40 define an acute angle A between them. The purpose of these specific features will become apparent upon reading further.

[0028] With continued reference to Figs. 5 and 6 the second part 34b of the limiting mechanism is carried by the lower shroud member 22 and comprises a rigid feature integrally formed with the lower shroud member 22. The rigid feature 34b has a first surface 48 and a second surface 50, wherein the second surface 50 has a larger surface area than the first surface 48. A ramped portion 52 is provided between such first and second surfaces 48, 50.

[0029] Looking at Fig. 2, consider the scenario in which a user closes the upper shroud member 20 and then urges the upper shroud member 20 towards the lower shroud member 22. This involves the user closing the first and second parts 20a, 20b of the upper shroud member 20 and securing the first latch part 27a to the second latch part 27b. Upon subsequently pivoting the upper shroud member 20 towards the lower shroud member 22, against bias of the torsion spring 26, the first section 42 of the metallic spring feature 40 carried by the upper shroud member 20 will be brought into engagement with the first surface 48 of the rigid feature 34b carried by the lower shroud member 22. Upon further pivoting the upper shroud member 20 more towards the lower shroud member 22 the rigid feature 34b cooperates with the metallic spring feature 40 to cause deflection of the metallic spring feature 40. In other words, the metallic spring feature 40 is caused to recoverably flex by the rigid feature 34b thus enabling such features to move passed each other. The upper shroud member 20 can thus be pivoted further towards the lower shroud member 22 by a user against bias of the torsion spring 26.

[0030] Looking at Fig. 6 the first section 42 of the metallic spring feature 40 is configured to be ramped relative to the first surface 48 of the rigid feature 34b when they initially engage. This reduces the extent of deflection required by the metallic spring feature 40 to move passed the rigid feature 34b compared to if the first section 42 of the metallic spring feature 40 simply extended directly from the opening 38 along the axis of the channel 37.

[0031] With continued reference to Fig. 2 upon a user subsequently refraining from urging the upper shroud member 20 towards the lower shroud member 22 against bias of the torsion spring 26 the torsion spring 26 will urge such members apart. As the upper shroud member 20 pivots away from the lower shroud member 22 under bias of the torsion spring 26 the second section 43 of the metallic spring feature 40 carried by the upper shroud member 20 is brought into engagement with the second surface 50 of the rigid feature 34b carried by the lower shroud member 22. The second surface 50 of the rigid feature 34b thus cooperates with the metallic spring feature 40 to cause deflection of the metallic spring feature 40 in the opposite direction to that heretofore described, however, the extent of such deflection is limited by the blocking surface 44. In other words, the blocking surface 44 prevents the spring element 40 from deflecting sufficiently to enable it to move passed the rigid feature 34b as the upper shroud member 20 is pivoted away from the lower shroud member 22 under bias of the torsion spring 26. The extent of pivotal movement of the upper shroud member 20 relative to the lower shroud member 22 is thereby restricted. Moreover the blocking surface acts as heretofore described to restrict the lower shroud member 22 from falling away from the upper shroud member 20 under gravity when a user lifts the tool up.

[0032] It is here mentioned that when the upper shroud member 20 is at its upper limit of pivotal movement away from the lower shroud member 22 (defined by engagement between the second section 43 of the metallic spring feature 40 and the second surface 50 of the rigid feature 34b as heretofore described) the cutting discs 14 carried by the wall chaser 10 do not protrude through the opening 24 in the base thereof. The cutting discs 14 only protrude through the opening 24 in the base of the wall chaser 10 when a user urges the upper shroud member 20 towards the lower shroud member 22 against bias of the torsion spring 26 in use.

[0033] To enable replacement of the cutting discs 14 a user must release the first and second latch parts 27a, 27b to open the upper shroud member 20. On doing so the second shroud part 20b can be pivoted away from the first shroud part 20a about the hinge coupling 25, thereby the metallic spring feature 40 carried by the upper shroud member 20 is moved out of engagement with rigid feature 34b carried by the lower shroud member 22. The heretofore described limiting mechanism is thus disengaged and the extent of pivotal movement between the upper shroud member 20 and lower shroud member 22 is increased. In the open configuration of the upper shroud member 20, when a user holds the wall chaser 10 from only the secondary handle 13 the lower shroud part 22 pivots away from the upper shroud part 20 under the influence of gravity and bias of the torsion spring 26.

[0034] With further reference to Fig. 2 when the upper shroud part 20 is in the open configuration, parts of the wall chaser 10 can pivot about two axes of freedom. The first such axis 45 is defined by the hinge coupling 25 and the second such axis 47 is defined by the pivotal connection between the upper and lower shroud members, wherein such axes are orthogonal relative to each other. Users of the wall chaser 10 are thus provided with quick and easy access to the cutting discs 14 mounted to the shaft 16 for facilitating their replacement or otherwise e.g. changing the distance between the cutting discs 14 by modifying the arrangement of spacer elements heretofore described which will be familiar to persons skilled in the art. Also since features of the wall chaser 10 merely hinge apart to enable blade replacement the risk of a user losing a feature or not reassembling it correctly is reduced.

[0035] Lastly it is pointed out that after a cutting disc replacement operation the wall chaser 10 can be reconfigured into its ready-to-use configuration illustrated in Fig. 1 in multiple ways. For example, starting from the configuration illustrated in Fig. 2 a user may secure the first and second shroud parts 20a, 20b of the upper shroud member 20 and then urge the upper shroud member 20 towards the lower shroud member 22 to engage the limiting mechanism as heretofore described.

[0036] Alternatively, starting from the configuration illustrated in Fig. 2 a user may urge the first shroud member 20 towards the lower shroud member 22 against the torsion spring 26 by pushing down on the secondary handle 13. Subsequently the user may then secure the first and second shroud parts 20a, 20b of the upper shroud member 20 together before releasing the pressure exerted against the torsion spring 26. On releasing such pressure the upper shroud member 20 will be pivoted away from the lower shroud member 22 by the torsion spring 26, thereby engaging the second section 43 of the metallic spring feature 40 with the second surface 50 of the rigid member 34b for restricting further pivotal movement of the shroud members away from each other under bias of the torsion spring (and gravity when the tool is lifted).

[0037] In some embodiments the blocking surface 44 is not defined by a feature 46 coupled to the internal surface of the upper shroud member 20, whereas instead it is merely an internal surface of the shroud part which carries the metallic spring feature 40 e.g. the inner surface of the shroud part or a flange integrally formed with the shroud part. In some embodiments the blocking surface 44 is a rib integrally formed with the upper shroud member 20 and extending from an inner surface thereof.

[0038] Although the first and second heretofore mentioned axes 45, 47 defining the degrees of freedom of movement of respective features of the wall chaser 10 have been described as being orthogonal relative to each other, in some embodiments this need not necessarily be the case provided the wall chaser 10 can be opened and closed in substantially the same manner for cutting disc replacement i.e. opening the upper shroud member 20 disengages the limiting mechanism.

[0039] Looking at Fig. 2 the connecting element 19 couples directly to the first shroud part 20a of the upper shroud member 20, thus providing that only the second shroud part 20b moves about the hinge connection 25. In some embodiments the connecting element 19 may be shaped such that both the first shroud part 20a and the second shroud part 20b are separately coupled thereto about respective hinge couplings. In other words, the first shroud part 20a may be coupled to the connecting element 19 via a first hinge coupling and the second shroud part 20b may be coupled to the connecting element 19 via a second hinge coupling; thereby providing that in such embodiments both the first and second shroud parts 20a, 20b can be hingedly moved relative to each other in order to open the upper shroud member 20.

[0040] Although the protrusions 36, metallic spring feature 40 and blocking surface 44 have been described as carried by the upper shroud member 20; and the rigid feature 34b has been described as carried by the lower shroud member 22; it will be appreciated that such an arrangement could be reversed. For example, the protrusions 36, the metallic spring feature 40 and the blocking surface 44 could alternatively be carried by the lower shroud member 22; and the rigid feature 34b could alternatively be carried by the upper shroud member 20 provided that the rigid feature 34b is capable of being disengaged from the metallic spring feature 40 when the shroud parts of the upper shroud member 20 are opened relative to each other.

[0041] In some embodiments the spring feature 40 need not necessarily be metallic and could be plastic or rubber for example, provided it is able to perform the same function as the metallic spring feature 40 heretofore described.

[0042] Although the foregoing embodiments are described as including a torsion spring 26 for urging the upper shroud member 20 away from the lower shroud member 22 in some embodiments an alternative biasing means could be used such as a cap spring, coil spring, clock spring or pressure spring.

[0043] It will be appreciated that in other embodiments, respective features need not necessarily have the same shape and configuration of the parts heretofore described provided they achieve the same function. For example, with reference to Figs. 7 and 8 (wherein like features are denoted with similar reference numerals to those used up to now but increased by 100) in one embodiment the second part 134b of the limiting mechanism carried by the lower shroud member 122 may be a rod or pin feature extending from the lower shroud 122. As for the first part 134a of the limiting mechanism carried by the upper shroud member the metallic spring feature 140 cooperates with a blocking surface 144 formed by a rib extending from an internal surface of the second shroud part 120b. Upon closing the first and second shroud parts 120a, 120b and pushing the upper shroud member 120 towards the lower shroud member 122 against spring bias as heretofore described, the rod or pin feature will cooperate with the metallic spring portion 140 causing it to deflect and move past the rod or pin feature and spring back to its original configuration. Upon a user refraining from pushing the upper shroud member 120 towards the lower shroud member 122 the spring bias will cause the section 143 of the metallic spring feature 140 to engage the rod or pin feature which will urge it into contact with the blocking surface 144, thereby restricting the spring bias from being able to urge the upper and lower shroud members 120, 122 apart. Moreover, the blocking surface 144 acts as to restrict the lower shroud member 122 from falling away from the upper shroud member 120 under gravity when a user lifts the tool up. The mechanism can be released by opening the upper shroud member 120 via the hinge opening 125.

[0044] Although the foregoing is described in the specific context of a wall chaser 10 it will be appreciated that the teachings herein could be applied in the context of other power tools having rotatable cutting discs that are shielded from user access in use but that a user must have access to in order to replace them, e.g. circular saw power tools. It will thus further be appreciated that in some embodiments the power tool in which the foregoing teachings are applied could have only a single cutting disc. Finally, it will be appreciated that whilst various aspects and embodiments have heretofore been described, the scope of the present invention is not limited thereto and instead extends to encompass all arrangements, and modifications and alterations thereto, which fall within the spirit and scope of the appended claims.


Claims

1. A power tool comprising:

a rotatable support arrangement for supporting at least one cutting disc and being configured to be rotatably driven by an electric motor;

an upper shroud member and a lower shroud member which cooperate to define a volume in which the at least one cutting disc can be supported, the rotatable support arrangement coupled to the upper shroud member such that movement of the upper shroud member towards the lower shroud member causes said at least one cutting disc to protrude through an opening in the lower shroud member;

biasing means for urging the upper shroud member and the lower shroud member away from each other;

a limiting mechanism for limiting the range of movement of the upper shroud member relative to the lower shroud member under action of the biasing means, a first part thereof being carried by the upper shroud member and a second part thereof being carried by the lower shroud member;

wherein the limiting mechanism can be disengaged by opening the upper shroud member via at least one hinge coupling, thereby increasing the range of relative movement of the upper and lower shroud members.


 
2. The power tool of claim 1 wherein the upper shroud member comprises a first shroud part and a second shroud part that are configured to move relative to each other via at least one said hinge coupling.
 
3. The power tool of claim 2 wherein the first shroud part and the second shroud part are configured to move relative to each other via a single hinge coupling.
 
4. The power tool of claim 2 or 3 wherein the upper and lower shroud members are configured to pivot relative to each other about a first axis and the or each said hinge coupling permits relative movement between the first and second shroud parts about a respective axis orthogonal to the first axis.
 
5. The power tool of any of claims 2 to 4 wherein the first shroud part and the second shroud part are maintained in a closed configuration by a securing mechanism that can be selectively released by a user.
 
6. The power tool of any preceding claim wherein the limiting mechanism is configured such that when the first and second parts thereof are urged against each other upon a user moving the upper and lower shroud members towards each other one of the first and second parts of the limiting mechanism causes the other to recoverably flex so that they can move past each other, however, upon the first and second parts of the limiting mechanism being subsequently brought back into contact with each other under action of the biasing means urging the upper and lower shroud members away from each other the first and second parts of the limiting mechanism restrict the extent to which the upper and lower shroud members can be moved away from each other under action of the biasing means.
 
7. The power tool of claim 6 wherein one of the first and second parts of the limiting mechanism comprises a spring feature that defines a first surface along which the other of the first and second parts of the limiting mechanism can ride for facilitating such parts to move passed each other when urged against each other upon a user moving the upper and lower shroud members towards each other, the spring feature also defining a second surface against which the other of the first and second parts of the limiting mechanism can rest when such parts are subsequently brought back into contact with each other under action of the biasing means urging the upper and lower shroud members away from each other.
 
8. The power tool of claim 7 wherein a blocking feature of the shroud part carrying the spring feature blocks deflection of the spring feature when said other of the first and second parts of the limiting mechanism urges against the second surface of the spring feature under action of the biasing means urging the upper and lower shroud members away from each other, thereby limiting the extent to which the upper and lower shroud members can move away from each other.
 
9. The power tool of claim 8 wherein the blocking feature is an integral internal surface of the shroud part which carries the spring feature or is a feature coupled to that shroud part.
 
10. The power tool of any of claims 7 to 9 wherein the spring feature is metallic.
 
11. The power tool of any of claims 7 to 10 wherein said other of the first and second parts of the limiting mechanism for cooperating with the spring feature comprises a rigid feature having a first surface for engaging the first surface of the spring feature and a second surface for engaging the second surface of the spring feature, optionally the second surface of the rigid feature having a larger surface area than the first surface thereof.
 
12. The power tool of claim 11 wherein the rigid feature further comprises a ramped portion between the first surface thereof and the second surface thereof.
 
13. The power tool of any of claims 7 to 10 wherein said other of the first and second parts of the limiting mechanism for cooperating with the spring feature comprises a rigid feature having a rod like shape.
 
14. The power tool of claim 11, 12 or 13 wherein the rigid feature is an integral part of the shroud member not carrying the spring feature.
 
15. The power tool of any preceding claim wherein the tool is a rotary cutting tool for cutting masonry, optionally wherein the tool is a wall chaser.
 




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