Bessler 401



The shortest inventory possible Items that are considered high on the probability list: All wheels rotate clockwise for the sake of discussion.

    Both Wheels:

  1. Short weighted arms are attached to the free end of the long arms making a double row of weights.

  2. The long arms lift the short arms by temporarily drooping at the three and/or nine o'clock positions.

  3. There are latches holding weights so that they are released at the right time.

  4. Lifting torque is output from the middle of the long arm.

  5. Internal mechanism components are shown on the four main drawings and can be measured according to Bessler's “Shoe Scale”.

  6. These devices are simple enough to be built by a moderately skilled teenager with simple 1700's components and hand tools.

    One-Way Wheel:

  7. The one-way wheel: The weights are lifted one at a time resulting in an imbalance from the three to six o'clock positions. For at least half of the wheels rotation they freely pivot like a plum bob.

  8. The one-way wheel: Short arm axle pivots are parallel to the main axle.

  9. The one-way wheel: Long arms are hinged at the rim and extend to the other rim and likely curved to reach one hundred and eighty degrees or more.

  10. The one-way wheel: Has one spring per arm set.

  11. The one-way wheel: When the weight is lifted the short arm may rotate as much as one hundred eighty degrees.

  12. The one-way wheel: Weights appear to move backward in relation to the wheel while falling.

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    Two-Way Wheel:

  14. The two-way wheel: The weights are lifted as pairs a little before the top and bottom of rotation. The top weight is snapped up quickly and the bottom, maybe a little slower.

  15. The two-way wheel: short arms have pivots that are tangential to the main axle, effectively moving the weights straight in and out in relation to the main axle.

  16. The two-way wheel: The long arms are hinged on the center wooden axle shaft and extend radially.

  17. Number eight and number twelve could easily be connected somewhat like the lazy tongs. The dog creeps through the twelve hoop and is rewarded with pats on his paws by the stiff fops. The stiff fops may be the locks that hold the weights in place

  18. The two-way wheel: has twice the rim torque as the one way wheel per pound of weights.

  19. The two-way wheel: has two springs per arm set.

  20. The loud banging reported in the two-way wheel was NOT the driving force.

  21. The system of weights may be in constant tension.

  22. Weights on the falling side bobble while on the falling side of the wheel.

  23. The “toys page” has timing and linkage information.

  24. The angles at the top of figure B on the MT Toy's Page are important.

    Which Wheel or Both:

  25. The center linked rods (MT fig. 25) that are pulled like a bow string is possibly related to the lazy tongs seen in numerous MT drawings. Probably used in a horizontal orientation.

  26. Springs lift arms a small amount on the rising side of the wheel.

  27. There is a ratchet device that is used to lift or catch the small arm weight.

  28. The device that lifts the short arm may not be permanently attached.

  29. There is a square axle or something that acts like one with a rectangular bracket that holds the short arm. There is a lock or block that engages in coordination with the square axle.

  30. Some kind of squeeze play is employed. (See below)

    Not Sure Of but Curious:

  31. There are rectangular boxes hinged at the corners with an unknown function.

  32. Sliding sideways is easier than actual lifting.

Is this the Big Squeeze:?

I may have some insight to the squeeze thing but don't know how to apply it here. While tightening lug nuts on a free rolling tire I discovered something that I don't remember taught in physics class. Hold the lug at about the seven o'clock position and with the lug wrench hanging a little lower than parallel to the ground. If you hold the tire with your left hand and push down on the wrench with the right hand there is a small arc where it is very easy to hold the tire steady while applying a lot of torque to the lug nut. Somehow with the lug nut being below the axle trying to climb up is partially canceled by the total force pulling downward. I have looked through the drawings for something that might be related but have not found it yet.

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