(19)
(11)EP 3 733 947 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION
published in accordance with Art. 153(4) EPC

(43)Date of publication:
04.11.2020 Bulletin 2020/45

(21)Application number: 18893881.5

(22)Date of filing:  07.11.2018
(51)Int. Cl.: 
D06F 35/00  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/CN2018/114293
(87)International publication number:
WO 2019/128482 (04.07.2019 Gazette  2019/27)
(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

(30)Priority: 29.12.2017 CN 201711475141

(71)Applicants:
  • Qingdao Jiaonan Haier Washing Machine Co., Ltd.
    Qingdao, Shandong 266400 (CN)
  • Haier Smart Home Co., Ltd.
    Qingdao, Shandong 266101 (CN)

(72)Inventors:
  • LIU, Kai
    Qingdao, Shandong 266400 (CN)
  • XU, Sheng
    Qingdao, Shandong 266400 (CN)
  • SONG, Huacheng
    Qingdao, Shandong 266400 (CN)
  • SHAN, Shiqiang
    Qingdao, Shandong 266400 (CN)
  • LV, Peishi
    Qingdao, Shandong 266400 (CN)

(74)Representative: Patentwerk B.V. 
P.O. Box 1514
5200 BN 's-Hertogenbosch
5200 BN 's-Hertogenbosch (NL)

  


(54)LIFTING DEVICE AND WASHING MACHINE HAVING SAME


(57) A lifting device and a washing machine having same are disclosed. The present invention intends to solve the problems of the difficulty in movement of existing washing machines and the complex structure of existing mobile devices. The lifting device comprises a driving device, a first lever (44), a second lever (45) and support feet; the driving device is provided at the bottom of a washing machine body (1); the support feet are movably provided, in a vertical direction, at the bottom of the body (1); a first end of the first lever (44) is pivotally connected to the driving device, a second end of the first lever (44) is pivotally connected to one support foot, and a pivoting end of the first lever (44) is pivotally connected to the body (1); a first end of the second lever (45) is pivotally connected to the driving device, a second end of the second lever (45) is pivotally connected to one support foot, and a pivoting end of the second lever (45) is pivotally connected to the body (1). The washing machine can drive, by means of the driving device, the first lever (44) and the second lever (45) to enable the support feet to move in the vertical direction, such that the body (1) can rise and fall.




Description

FIELD



[0001] The present invention belongs to the field of household appliances, and specifically provides a lifting device and a washing machine having the lifting device.

BACKGROUND



[0002] At present, most washing machines are difficult to move. For the convenience of transportation, hand buckles are often disposed on both sides of the washing machine, and the washing machine can be moved only by manual lifting; some washing machines are provided with casters on a bottom support plate of the machine body to facilitate the movement of the washing machines; and some washing machines are provided with hydraulic and pneumatic devices on the bottom support plate of the machine body to prevent the casters from directly contacting the ground to bear the weight by realizing the raising/lowering of the washing machines.

[0003] However, existing technical solutions still have certain problems, such as time and labor consuming; and wheel bodies of the casters directly contact the ground to bear the weight, so the wheel bodies are easily deformed and damaged during use, and will fail to function, thus causing the machine body of the washing machine to tilt and affecting the normal use; the installation of hydraulic and pneumatic devices not only leads to a complicated structure, but also causes certain noises, which will affect the user's feeling and experience during use.

[0004] Accordingly, there is a need for a new washing machine in the art to solve the above problems.

SUMMARY



[0005] In order to solve the above problems in the related art, that is, to solve the problems that the existing washing machines are difficult to move and the existing mobile devices have a complicated structure, the present invention provides a lifting device, which is configured to carry a supported apparatus, wherein the lifting device includes a driving device, a first lever having a first length, a second lever having a second length, and a plurality of support feet; the driving device is disposed at the bottom of the supported apparatus, and the support feet are vertically movably disposed at the bottom of the supported apparatus; a first end of the first lever is pivotally connected to the driving device, a second end of the first lever is pivotally connected to one of the support feet, and the first lever is pivotally connected to the supported apparatus between the first end and the second end thereof; a first end of the second lever is pivotally connected to the driving device, a second end of the second lever is pivotally connected to another one of the support feet, and the second lever is pivotally connected to the supported apparatus between the first end and the second end thereof; the driving device is capable of driving the support feet to move in the vertical direction through the first lever and the second lever so that the supported apparatus is raised or lowered; the distances from the pivotal connection point of the first lever and the second lever with the supported apparatus to the other ends of the first lever and the second lever are set to match each other such that when the driving device drives the first lever and the second lever, the corresponding support feet have the same maximum strokes of the movement in the vertical direction.

[0006] In a preferred technical solution of the above lifting device, the lifting device further includes a connector, wherein a first end of the connector is fixedly connected to an output shaft of the driving device, and a second end of the connector is pivotally connected to the first end of the first lever and the first end of the second lever respectively.

[0007] In a preferred technical solution of the above lifting device, a second end of the connector is provided with a cylindrical pin, and the second end of the connector is pivotally connected to the first end of the first lever and the first end of the second lever respectively through the cylindrical pin.

[0008] In a preferred technical solution of the above lifting device, the first end of the first lever is provided with a first sliding groove which is slidingly connected to the cylindrical pin; and/or the first end of the second lever is provided with a second sliding groove which is slidingly connected to the cylindrical pin.

[0009] In a preferred technical solution of the above lifting device, the second end of the first lever is provided with a third sliding groove, through which the first lever is pivotally connected to the corresponding support foot; and/or the second end of the second lever is provided with a fourth sliding groove, through which the second lever is pivotally connected to the corresponding support foot.

[0010] In a preferred technical solution of the above lifting device, the driving device includes a power device and a speed reducer, wherein the speed reducer is connected to the supported apparatus, the power device is connected to the speed reducer, an output shaft of the power device is fixedly connected to an input shaft of the speed reducer, and an output shaft of the speed reducer is fixedly connected to the first end of the connector.

[0011] In a preferred technical solution of the above lifting device, the power device is an electric motor.

[0012] In a preferred technical solution of the above lifting device, a walking wheel is disposed at the bottom of the support foot.

[0013] In a preferred technical solution of the above lifting device, the walking wheel is a universal wheel.

[0014] In addition, the present invention also provides a washing machine, which includes a machine body and a lifting device disposed at the bottom of the machine body, wherein the lifting device is the lifting device according to any one of the above preferred technical solutions of the lifting device.

[0015] It can be understood by those skilled in the art that in the preferred technical solution of the present invention, the first lever and the second lever are driven by the driving device, so that the first lever and the second lever drive the support feet to move in the vertical direction, thereby raising or lowering the machine body of the washing machine. Therefore, the raising or lowering of the machine body of the washing machine can be realized by the lifting device of the present invention, and the lifting device of the present invention has a simple structure, which makes the movement of the washing machine more convenient and faster and optimizes the user's experience during use.

[0016] Further, in the preferred embodiment of the present invention, the first lever has a first length and the second lever has a second length, wherein the first length is not equal to the second length. When the positions of the support feet are fixed, the installation position of the driving device located between the two levers can be adjusted by adjusting the values of the first length and the second length, so that the driving device can be prevented from interfering with the driving motor and a drain pipe at the bottom of the washing machine. Correspondingly, the distances from the pivotal connection point of the first lever and the second lever with the washing machine to the other ends of the first lever and the second lever are set to match each other such that when the driving device drives the first lever and the second lever to pivot, the support feet connected to the first lever and the second lever have the same maximum strokes of the movement in the vertical direction, thereby preventing the washing machine from being tilted after being raised.

[0017] Further, the bottom of the support foot is provided with a walking wheel, the first end of the first lever is pivotally connected to the driving device, the second end of the first lever is pivotally connected to the support foot, and a pivoting end of the first lever is pivotally connected to the machine body of the washing machine. The first end of the second lever is pivotally connected to the driving device, the second end of the second lever is pivotally connected to the support foot, and a pivoting end of the second lever is pivotally connected to the machine body of the washing machine. When the driving device is operating, it drives the first end of the first lever and the first end of the second lever to move up and down, thereby driving the second end of the first lever and the second end of the second lever to move up and down, and further driving the walking wheels corresponding to the first lever and the second lever to move in the vertical direction, so that the machine body is raised or lowered. When the machine body is raised, the washing machine can be easily pushed by the user by means of the walking wheels; and when the machine body is lowered, the washing machine can be firmly fixed on the ground by means of the fixed feet. In this way, the user experience is improved.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0018] Preferred embodiments of the present invention will be described below with reference to the drawings and in conjunction with a washing machine. In the drawings:

FIG. 1 is a schematic structural view of a bottom of a machine body of a washing machine of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a side view of a lifting device of the present invention;

FIG. 3 is a top view of the lifting device in FIG. 2;

FIG. 4 is a cross-sectional view of the lifting device in FIG. 3 along the A-A direction;

FIG. 5 is a schematic structural view of another embodiment of the lifting device of the present invention; and

FIG. 6 is a schematic view showing the effect of a first lever of the present invention having an arc structure.


List of reference signs:



[0019] 1: machine body; 11: first support bracket; 12: second support bracket; 13: first sliding sleeve; 14: second sliding sleeve; 2: driving motor; 3: drain pipe; 4: lifting device; 41: lifting motor; 42: speed reducer; 43: connector; 431: cylindrical pin; 44: first lever; 441: first sliding groove; 442: third sliding groove; 45: second lever; 451: second sliding groove; 452: fourth sliding groove; 46: first support foot; 47: first universal wheel; 48: second support foot; 49: second universal wheel; 410: connecting rod.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION



[0020] It should be understood by those skilled in the art that the embodiments in this section are only used to explain the technical principles of the present invention, and are not intended to limit the scope of protection of the present invention. For example, although the lifting device of the present invention is described in conjunction with a washing machine in the following embodiments, the lifting device of the present invention is also applicable to other apparatuses, such as an air conditioner, a refrigerator and a safe, etc. Those skilled in the art may make an adjustment to the lifting device as required so as to be adapted to specific application occasions. The technical solutions after the adjustment will still fall within the scope of protection of the present invention.

[0021] It should be noted that in the description of the present invention, directional or positional relationships indicated by terms such as "center", "upper", "lower", "left", "right", "vertical", "horizontal", "inner" and "outer" are based on the directions or positional relationships shown in the drawings. They are merely used for the convenience of description, and do not indicate or imply that the device or element involved must have a specific orientation, or be configured or operated in a specific orientation, and therefore they should not be construed as limiting the present invention. In addition, terms "first", "second" and "third" are only used for descriptive purposes, and should not be understood as indicating or implying relative importance.

[0022] In addition, it should also be noted that in the description of the present invention, unless otherwise clearly specified and defined, terms "install", "connect" and "connection" should be understood in a broad sense; for example, the connection may be a fixed connection, or may also be a detachable connection, or an integral connection; it may be a direct connection, or an indirect connection implemented through an intermediate medium, or it may be an internal communication between two elements. For those skilled in the art, the specific meaning of the above terms in the present invention can be understood according to specific situations.

[0023] As shown in FIG. 1, the washing machine of the present invention mainly includes a machine body 1, and a driving motor 2, a drain pipe 3 and two lifting devices 4 that are disposed at the bottom of the machine body 1. The driving motor 2 is configured to drive a drum (the drum of a drum washing machine) or a pulsator (the pulsator of a pulsator washing machine) of the washing machine to rotate. The drain pipe 3 is configured to drain water in a washing tub in the washing machine. The two lifting devices 4 are disposed on both sides of the machine body 1 respectively and are configured to raise and lower the machine body 1. When the machine body 1 is raised, the washing machine is in contact with the ground through walking wheels. At this point, the user can manually push the washing machine to walk so that the washing machine is moved to a target position. When the machine body 1 is lowered, the washing machine is in contact with the ground through fixed feet. At this point, the washing machine is firmly fixed to the ground through the fixed feet.

[0024] It should be noted that since the technical means of disposing fixed feet at the bottom of the machine body 1 and making the machine body 1 be in contact with the ground through the fixed feet is conventional technical means for those skilled in the art, and a washing machine having fixed feet is available on the market, no detailed description will be given herein.

[0025] As shown in FIGS. 2 to 4, the lifting device 4 of the present invention mainly includes a driving device (not shown in the figures), a first lever 44 having a first length, a second lever 45 having a second length, a first support foot 46 and a second support foot 48. The driving device is fixedly disposed at the bottom of the machine body 1, and the first support foot 46 and the second support foot 48 are respectively slidingly connected to the bottom of the machine body 1 in a vertically movable manner. In order to reduce the wear between the first support foot 46 and the second support foot 48 with the machine body 1, the machine body 1 is also fixedly provided with a first sliding sleeve 13 and a second sliding sleeve 14. The first support foot 46 is vertically movably disposed in the first sliding sleeve 13, and the second support foot 48 is vertically movably disposed in the second sliding sleeve 14. Further, the bottom of the first support foot 46 is provided with a first universal wheel 47, and the bottom of the second support foot 48 is provided with a second universal wheel 49. When the first support foot 46 and the second support foot 48 slide downward in the vertical direction, the first universal wheel 47 and the second universal wheel 49 can abut against the ground, so that the machine body 1 can contact the ground through the first universal wheel 47 and the second universal wheel 49, and further walk through the first universal wheel 47 and the second universal wheel 49. Those skilled in the art can understand that the first universal wheel 47 and the second universal wheel 49 may also be replaced by any other type of walking wheels, such as fixed casters.

[0026] With continued reference to FIGS. 2 to 4, a first end of the first lever 44 is pivotally connected to the driving device, a second end of the first lever 44 is pivotally connected to the top of the first support foot 46, and a pivoting end of the first lever 44 is pivotally connected to a first support bracket 11 on the machine body 1. A first end of the second lever 45 is pivotally connected to the driving device, a second end of the second lever 45 is pivotally connected to the top of the second support foot 48, and a pivoting end of the second lever 45 is pivotally connected to a second support bracket 12 on the machine body 1. When the driving device is operating, it drives the first end of the first lever 44 and the first end of the second lever 45 to move up and down, thereby driving the second end of the first lever 44 and the second end of the second lever 45 to move up and down, and further driving the first support foot 46 and the second support foot 48 to move in the vertical direction, so that the machine body 1 is raised or lowered. When the machine body 1 is raised, the washing machine can move by means of the first universal wheel 47 and the second universal wheel 49 and can be easily pushed by the user; and when the machine body 1 is lowered, the washing machine can be firmly fixed on the ground by means of the fixed feet.

[0027] Further referring to FIG. 2 to FIG. 4, the driving device mainly includes a lifting motor 41, a speed reducer 42 and a connector 43. The speed reducer 42 is fixedly connected to the bottom of the machine body 1, the lifting motor 41 is disposed at an input end of the speed reducer 42, and a housing of the lifting motor 41 is fixedly connected to a housing of the speed reducer 42. A rotating shaft of the lifting motor 41 is fixedly connected to an input shaft of the speed reducer 4, the connector 43 is disposed at an output end of the speed reducer 42, and a first end of the connector 43 (the center of circle of the connector 43 shown in FIG. 4) is fixedly connected to an output shaft of the speed reducer 42. A second end of the connector 43 (a position of the connector 43 deviated from the center of circle shown in FIG. 4) is pivotally connected to the first end of the first lever 44 and the first end of the second lever 45 respectively. Those skilled in the art can understand that the connector 43 is not limited to the circular structure shown in the figure, and it may also be any other feasible structure, such as a bar structure, a cam structure, a rod structure, and the like. In addition, in another embodiment of the present invention, those skilled in the art can also make the second end of the connector 43 be connected to the first end of the first lever 44 and the first end of the second lever 45 through any feasible member as required. Exemplarily, as shown in FIG. 5, the member is a connecting rod 410 having a rod-like structure, wherein one end of the connecting rod 410 is pivotally connected to the second end of the connector 43, and the other end of the connecting rod 410 is pivotally connected to the first end of the first lever 44 and the first end of the second lever 45 respectively. Those skilled in the art can also understand that the lifting motor 41 can be replaced by any other feasible power devices, such as a hydraulic motor and a pneumatic motor.

[0028] In other feasible technical solutions of the present invention, those skilled in the art may also dispense with the speed reducer 42 as required, so that the output shaft of the lifting motor 41 is directly fixedly connected to the first end of the connector 43. However, in this situation, it is necessary to reduce the rotational speed of the lifting motor 41 to reduce the speed of up-and-down movement of the first support foot 46 and the second support foot 48, thereby preventing the washing machine from being raised and lowered too fast and avoiding the occurrence of shaking and noise.

[0029] As shown in FIGS. 2 and 4, the second end of the connector 43 is provided with a cylindrical pin 431, and the second end of the connector 43 is pivotally connected to the first end of of the first lever 44 and the first end of the second lever 45 respectively through the cylindrical pin 431. When the connector 43 rotates, in order to prevent the cylindrical pin 431 from interfering with the first lever 44 in the horizontal direction, the first end of the first lever 44 is provided with a first sliding groove 441 so that the cylindrical pin 431 is slidingly connected to the first sliding groove 441. In order to prevent the cylindrical pin 431 from interfering with the second lever 45 in the horizontal direction, the first end of the second lever 45 is provided with a second sliding groove 451 so that the cylindrical pin 431 is slidingly connected to the second sliding groove 451. During the rotation of the connector 43, while the cylindrical pin 431 is sliding in the first sliding groove 441, it drives the first end of the first lever 44 to move up and down, so that in a case where the pivoting end of the first lever 44 serves as a fulcrum, the first lever 44 can drive the first support foot 46 to move up and down through the pivoting end. During the rotation of the connector 43, while the cylindrical pin 431 is sliding in the second sliding groove 451, it drives the first end of the second lever 45 to move up and down, so that in a case where the pivoting end of the second lever 45 serves as a fulcrum, the second lever 45 can drive the second support foot 48 to move up and down through the pivoting end.

[0030] As shown in FIG. 4, the second end of the first lever 44 is provided with a third sliding groove 442. The first lever 44 is pivotally connected to the first support foot 46 by passing a pin (not shown in the figure) through the third sliding groove 442 and the top of the first support foot 46. Those skilled in the art can understand that the third sliding groove 442 can prevent the first support foot 46 from interfering with the first lever 44 in the horizontal direction when the first support foot 46 moves up and down. The second end of the second lever 45 is provided with a fourth sliding groove 452. The second lever 45 is pivotally connected to the second support foot 48 by passing a pin (not shown in the figure) through the fourth sliding groove 452 and the top of the second support foot 48. Those skilled in the art can understand that the fourth sliding groove 452 can prevent the second support foot 48 from interfering with the second lever 45 in the horizontal direction when the second support foot 48 moves up and down.

[0031] As shown in FIGS. 1, 3 and 4, the length of the first lever 44 is a first length, the length of the second lever 45 is a second length, and the first length and the second length may be any value. In a preferred embodiment of the present invention, the first length is greater than the second length, so that the lifting motor 41 and the speed reducer 42 are disposed on the machine body 1 at a position near the second support foot 48, which enables the lifting motor 41 and the speed reducer 42 to avoid the driving motor 2 and the drain pipe 3 as shown in FIG. 1. Therefore, without changing the structure of the existing washing machine, by adjusting the values of the first length and the second length, the installation positions of the lifting motor 41 and the speed reducer 42 on the machine body 1 can be changed, so that the lifting motor 41 and the speed reducer 42 can avoid the driving motor 2, the drain pipe 3 and other parts at the bottom of the machine body 1.

[0032] Further, by adjusting the distance between the first support bracket 11 and the first support foot 46 and adjusting the distance between the second support bracket 12 and the second support foot 48, it can be ensured that when the cylindrical pin 431 rotates directly above the connector 43, the length by which the first support foot 46 protrudes out of the bottom of the machine body 1 and the length by which the second support foot 48 protrudes out of the bottom of the machine body 1 are the same, that is, it can be ensured that the machine body 1 will not tilt after being raised.

[0033] It should be noted that the first lever 44 and the second lever 45 of the present invention are not limited to the bar-shaped connecting rods shown in FIGS. 1 to 4, but may also be connecting rods of any other shapes. Exemplarily, as shown in FIG. 6, in another embodiment of the present invention, the first lever 44 has an arc-shaped structure (not shown in the figure). In the installed state, the first lever 44 can avoid the drain pipe 3 through the arc-shaped structure so that the first lever 44 is prevented from interfering with the drain pipe 3 during the rotation. Those skilled in the art may set the second lever 45 to have the same structure as the first lever 44 as required.

[0034] The operational principle of the lifting device 4 of the present invention will be described in detail below with reference to FIGS. 1 and 2.

[0035] When the washing machine needs to move, the lifting motor 41 drives the first end of the first lever 44 and the first end of the second lever 45 to move upward through the speed reducer 42, and the second end of the first lever 44 and the second end of the second lever 45 move downward respectively under the action of the principle of leverage, thereby driving the first support foot 46 and the second support foot 48 to move downward. When the cylindrical pin 431 drives the first end of the first lever 44 and the first end of the second lever 45 to rotate to the uppermost positions, the first support foot 46 and the second support foot 48 are extended to the maximum stroke. At this point, the first universal wheel 47 and the second universal wheel 49 are in contact with the ground, the machine body 1 is jacked up, and the fixed feet at the bottom of the machine body 1 are separated from the ground. With the washing machine being supported by the first universal wheel 47 and the second universal wheel 49, the user can easily push the washing machine.

[0036] When the washing machine moves into position and needs to be lowered, the lifting motor 41 drives the first end of the first lever 44 and the first end of the second lever 45 to move downward through the speed reducer 42, and the second end of the first lever 44 and the second end of the second lever 45 move upward respectively under the action of the principle of leverage, thereby driving the first support foot 46 and the second support foot 48 to move upward. When the cylindrical pin 431 drives the first end of the first lever 44 and the first end of the second lever 45 to rotate to the lowermost positions, the first support foot 46 and the second support foot 48 are completely retracted. At this point, the first universal wheel 47 and the second universal wheel 49 are out of contact with the ground, and the machine body 1 is in contact with the ground through the fixed feet at the bottom.

[0037] It should be noted that in the preferred embodiment of the present invention, the lifting motor 41 preferably has a power-off self-locking device (such as a motor-holding brake device). When the lifting motor 41 is powered off, the lifting motor 41 can also be maintained at the current angle, so that the first universal wheel 47 and the second universal wheel 49 can be maintained at the current positions. Therefore, the first universal wheel 47 and the second universal wheel 49 can be ejected by the user when the washing machine is powered on. After the washing machine is powered off, the washing machine can still be pushed, thereby ensuring that the washing machine can be pushed to any place without power supply by means of the first universal wheel 47 and the second universal wheel 49.

[0038] Although not shown in the figures, in another embodiment of the present invention, those skilled in the art may also dispense with the first universal wheel 47 and the second universal wheel 49 as required, so that the machine body 1 can be moved by other devices (for example, a small forklift truck) after being raised by the lifting device 4.

[0039] In summary, in the preferred embodiment of the present invention, the first lever 44 and the second lever 45 are driven by the lifting motor 41, so that the first lever 44 and the second lever 45 drive the support feet 46 and 48 to move in the vertical direction to cause the machine body 1 of the washing machine to be raised or lowered. Therefore, the lifting device 4 of the present invention can realize the raising or lowering of the machine body 1 of the washing machine, and has a simple structure, which makes the movement of the washing machine more convenient and faster, and optimizes the user's experience during use.

[0040] Further, by adjusting the lengths of the first lever 44 and the second lever 45, the installation positions of the lifting motor 41 and the speed reducer 42 on the machine body 1 can be adjusted, so that the lifting motor 41 and the speed reducer 42 can be prevented from interfering with the driving motor 2 and the drain pipe 3 at the bottom of the washing machine. Therefore, the lifting device 4 of the present invention can be applied to any model of washing machine by adjusting the length of the first lever 44 and the length of the second lever 45 without re-planning the positions of the driving motor 2 and the drain pipe 3 on the machine body 1.

[0041] Hitherto, the technical solutions of the present invention have been described in conjunction with the preferred embodiments shown in the accompanying drawings, but it is easily understood by those skilled in the art that the scope of protection of the present invention is obviously not limited to these specific embodiments. Without departing from the principle of the present invention, those skilled in the art can make equivalent changes or replacements to relevant technical features, and the technical solutions after these changes or replacements will fall within the scope of protection of the present invention.


Claims

1. A lifting device, which is configured to carry a supported apparatus, wherein the lifting device comprises a driving device, a first lever having a first length, a second lever having a second length, and a plurality of support feet;
the driving device is disposed at the bottom of the supported apparatus;
the support feet are vertically movably disposed at the bottom of the supported apparatus;
a first end of the first lever is pivotally connected to the driving device, a second end of the first lever is pivotally connected to one of the support feet, and the first lever is pivotally connected to the supported apparatus between the first end and the second end thereof;
a first end of the second lever is pivotally connected to the driving device, a second end of the second lever is pivotally connected to another one of the support feet, and the second lever is pivotally connected to the supported apparatus between the first end and the second end thereof;
the driving device is capable of driving the support feet to move in the vertical direction through the first lever and the second lever so that the supported apparatus is raised or lowered; and
the distances from the pivotal connection point of the first lever and the second lever with the supported apparatus to the other ends of the first lever and the second lever are set to match each other such that when the driving device drives the first lever and the second lever, the corresponding support feet have the same maximum strokes of the movement in the vertical direction.
 
2. The lifting device according to claim 1, further comprising a connector, wherein a first end of the connector is fixedly connected to an output shaft of the driving device, and a second end of the connector is pivotally connected to the first end of the first lever and the first end of the second lever respectively.
 
3. The lifting device according to claim 2, wherein a second end of the connector is provided with a cylindrical pin, and the second end of the connector is pivotally connected to the first end of the first lever and the first end of the second lever respectively through the cylindrical pin.
 
4. The lifting device according to claim 3, wherein the first end of the first lever is provided with a first sliding groove which is slidingly connected to the cylindrical pin; and/or
the first end of the second lever is provided with a second sliding groove which is slidingly connected to the cylindrical pin.
 
5. The lifting device according to claim 4, wherein the second end of the first lever is provided with a third sliding groove, through which the first lever is pivotally connected to the corresponding support foot; and/or
the second end of the second lever is provided with a fourth sliding groove, through which the second lever is pivotally connected to the corresponding support foot.
 
6. The lifting device according to claim 2, wherein the driving device comprises a power device and a speed reducer, the speed reducer is connected to the supported apparatus, and the power device is connected to the speed reducer; and
wherein an output shaft of the power device is fixedly connected to an input shaft of the speed reducer, and an output shaft of the speed reducer is fixedly connected to the first end of the connector.
 
7. The lifting device according to claim 6, wherein the power device is an electric motor.
 
8. The lifting device according to any one of claims 1 to 7, wherein a walking wheel is disposed at the bottom of the support foot.
 
9. The lifting device according to claim 8, wherein the walking wheel is a universal wheel.
 
10. A washing machine, comprising a machine body and a lifting device disposed at bottom of the machine body, wherein the lifting device is the lifting device according to any one of claims 1 to 9.
 




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