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I've been looking for the name of the wheel of which a few are visible on this picture (not the object itself, but the wheels that are used on it!):

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I've been looking for terms like "counter wheel", "counter reel", and so on - but can't seem to find anything that names the actual wheels themselves.

I know that these wheels have a name as I've seen it before, but I can't recall what it was. If I had to describe it, "a numbered wheel that represents a counted digit, either stand-alone or as part of a larger number".

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But that's just it - wheels is the word –  Adel May 13 '12 at 20:51
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If they were oriented to face you axle-on, they would be called dials, of course. As they're not, the best I can think of is digit wheel. I can't find an official definition page, but Alibaba has a category page for that term, and everything on it looks like what you're talking about...

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According to alibaba: it's a counter digit wheel. Nice link! –  J.R. May 13 '12 at 19:25
    
That sounds like something I'd attempt to use if you attacked me with a digit wheel. ;-) –  Jim May 13 '12 at 22:42
    
Yes, Counter digital wheels; here's some Google images; also includes some distance measuring tools –  Bill Lefurgy May 22 '12 at 0:08
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Due to their cylindrical shape the wheels in a mechanical counter like this might be referred to as barrels or drums.

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To be pedantic, they don't have to be cylinders, they could be decagons. –  smci May 13 '12 at 22:58
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I've always called them rotors. (The caption of the first picture at that link starts off with "A series of three rotors...") However, the aforementioned barrel, drum, wheel terms are more common than rotor in discussions of mechanical counters, where the term counter wheel often is used. Two other terms used are disc and ring; a wikipedia row counter article refers to knurled number rings in its "Pendant knitting counters" section and to number discs (or disks) in other sections. However, the disc terms are specific to flat counters with rotating discs, instead of to cylindrical parts as contained in those Veeder-Root-style mechanical counters.

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You can also find odometer wheel

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