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Old 08-18-2009, 06:08 PM   #3
Turning the Heel
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If this is a working wheel (instead of decorative wheel), then it is the tensionor.

It should be able to completely come off, allowing the mother of all to come off.

This is the back of a late 1700's Irish style Saxon wheel. It has the same knob yours does:

With the knob turned all the way out and the Mother of All off:


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