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Understanding the Measurement of Horsepower

If you have ever wondered where the term horsepower came from wonder no more. The term horsepower was thought up by a man named James Watt way back in the 18th Century. He was trying to convey to his potential customers just how powerful his engines were.

It is believed that he would watch the ponies in the coal mines hailing massive leads of coal and he came up with the idea to use their example as a way of measuring the power of his steam engines. One horsepower is equivalent to a pony pulling about 33 pounds of weight…

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