Originally Posted by pueblo
Done .... and true to my original description it was a b!tch. The procedure:
put a flat head screwdriver between the rod that moves the blades and the washer fits against the kettle (between the little ears that hold the rod). Twist the screwdriver and also twist the rod until a "key" on the rod lets loose of the washer. Twist the rod until the key lines up with a slot in one of the ears. Pull the rod through the ears. I had to use a punch to knock the rod through the ears. Then pull the washer down off the ears. The rest is obvious.
Good luck. What a lousy design.
I'm gonna chime in and say thanks as well. I have a 26.75" kettle that's only a few months old and one of the One-Touch blades bent upward when it hit a piece of charcoal stuck half way through the exit hole and I need to remove the rig to bend it flat against the bowl for better air control.