FIG. 5 shows a plurality of nonmagnetic, hollow tines 501 of a magnetic clean up tool. The handle 502 is attached to the tines 501 to allow for the tines to be used to collect all types of debris.
FIG. 6 shows an embodiment of the magnetic clean up tool in the operating position. The magnet 601 is inserted within the hollow tines 501. In this position, the magnetic force of the magnet 601 will cause magnetic debris to attach to the nonmagnetic tines 501. The magnet 601 can be controlled by the lever mechanism 602, which comprises two lever portions 603 and 604 which are hingedly attached to the tool handle 502. The lever portion 603 is hingedly attached to the lever portion 605, and extends in a grasping handle 607 beyond the hinge that connects lever portions 603 and 605. Lever portion 604 hingedly connects to lever portions 605 and 606 at the end of lever portion 604 distal to the tool handle 502. Lever portion 606 is attached to the magnet 601. To operate the tool, a user pulls the lever handle 607 in a direction away from the tines of the tool, causing the magnet 601 to retract out of the hollow tines 501. By so doing, the user can temporarily remove the magnetic forces from the tines 501, allowing the collected magnetic debris to fall from the surface of the tines 501.
FIG. 7 shows a top view of a lever-controlled magnetic clean up tool. The tool has a handle 707 that is attached to a plurality of hard tines 706. A nonmagnetic tube 701 is attached to the tines 706 running two threaded studs 105 through the tines 706 of the tool. The studs 105 are secured to the tines 706 using wing nuts 104 and washers 106. The nonmagnetic tube 701 is designed to house a magnet 702. FIG. 7 shows the magnet 702 secured within the nonmagnetic tube 701. The magnet 702 is permanently attached to the lever arm 703. The lever arm 703 is attached to the tool handle 707 using a pivot pin 704. The pivot pin 704 is also attached to the lever handle 705. By pushing down on the lever handle 705, the user of the tool causes the magnet 702 to rotate out of the nonmagnetic tube 701. The nonmagnetic tube 701 and the magnet 702 are designed with a curvature that allows the magnet 702 to be inserted and removed from the nonmagnetic tube 701 with the lever arm 703. The curvature of the design corresponds with the length of the lever arm 703 (i.e. the radius of the circle of motion). When the magnet 702 is removed from the nonmagnetic tube 701 the magnetic debris collected on the nonmagnetic tube will fall away from the nonmagnetic tube 701. The nonmagnetic tube 701 is designed with a partition 202 that will act as a shield to prevent magnetic debris from following the magnet 702 when it is removed. In the normal operating position, the magnet 702 will be secured in the nonmagnetic tube 701 and the tines 706 will be used to manipulate dirt, soil, gravel, sand or like substances while collecting magnetic debris onto the nonmagnetic tube 701. The lever arm 703 is held in the operating position by a clipping mechanism 708 which in turn holds the magnet 702 in the operating position. The magnetic debris can be disposed by simply detaching the lever arm 703 from the clipping mechanism 708 and pushing on the lever handle 705 which will remove the magnet 702 from the nonmagnetic tube 701. Once the magnetic debris is disposed of, the lever handle 705 and lever arm 703 can be used to re-insert the magnet 702 back into the nonmagnetic tube 701 and the user can resume use of the tool.