Recently I read that, "the laws of physics and nature tell us that it is impossible for a machine to produce more energy than it consumes, which creates a very real impediment to obtaining a patent. Such a machine is characterized as a perpetual motion machine and when claimed as such it is ordinarily and routinely rejected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office". This paragraph deserves a Homer Doh!
The next step is to work out how it could use the energy inherent in weights to rotate continuously. The one valid concept is so simple it is hard to believe that no-one seems to have considered it.
So first you need a simple system of weights to create imbalance in the wheel. Secondly you need a separate system of weights whose purpose is to raise the fallen werights back up to their prefall position. So immediately we resolve the argument that you can't use the falling weights to both overbalance the wheel as well as designing them to raise the fallen ones back up again. Each weight in both sets responds to gravity once per rotation. The first set is raised back into position ready to fall again, that would be analogous to raising them back up with your finger every time, with no cost to gravity. But in our scenario we are using a second set of weights to raise the first set and this does use gravity. How do we reset the second set? In fact it is quite simple, the second set are in a neutral position until they fall in order to raise each of the first set; then they rotate backwards as the wheel rotates forwards until they are back in position to repeat the exercise. So no conflict with the laws of physics.
I have provided some general details of how Bessler's wheel worked, but there are other features which are not apparent at this point. I do know exactly how it worked so let me throw in another detail, scissor mechanisms.
BTW If I see a certain person plagiarising one of my posts again, I will point it out in embarrasing detail, unless of course he acknowledges my original authorship. There is a copyright notice right at the bottom of this page as well as a statement to that effect at the top