Why Is Horsepower Still Used?

Why is horsepower still used? It's a term that has lasted several centuries. In fact, 18th-century engineer and inventor James Watt first coined the term. Watt was trying to sell more steam engines.

Watt was working in the coal mines. He used a horse to pull coal over the course of a minute. This single horse produced 22,000 foot-pounds of work in that sixty seconds. This was later increased to 33,000 foot-pounds.

All this means is that your vehicle can do 33,000 foot-pounds of work in a single minute per one unit of horsepower. It's more easily translated into 33 pounds per minute for 1000 feet.

Horsepower is still used for engines in lawn mowers, motorcycles, and boats. It has stood the test of time. You just might need to know your vehicle engine horsepower if you plan on hauling or pulling a lot of weight.

You can visit our showroom today for all the new and used inventory. We can go over the individual horsepower of each vehicle. We can also answer any other questions you may have.
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