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Sweep Wheel Remover

This tool is used for removing the wheels that drive sweep second hands. It is similar in design to pullers used for cannon pinions and hands, but it has specialized tips. One tip has two hooks in order to grab the inside hub of a wheel straddling one of the arms of the wheel, one one side of the hub, and the hub itself on the other.

This is one of those specialized tools that is not often used, but is the only good way to do the task when it's called for.

This tool is used for removing the wheels that drive sweep second hands. It is similar in design to pullers used for cannon pinions and hands, but it has specialized tips. One tip has two hooks in order to grab the inside hub of a wheel straddling one of the arms of the wheel, one one side of the hub, and the hub itself on the other. This is one of those specialized tools that is not often used, but is the only good way to do the task when it's called for.
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