What Do You Need to Know about Horsepower?

You hear the term "horsepower" everywhere. You hear it in commercials, on billboards, in magazines, at car dealerships, and many more places. But what exactly does this common term refer to? When and how did it get its name and what does it's used in our modern world continue to be?

The term "horsepower" was coined in the 18th century. Originally as a way to sell steam engines, the term was thought up by inventor James Watt. The original estimation of horsepower was how much weight the average pony could pull in a coal mine. From these numbers, the term horsepower grew to describe the unit of doing 33,000 pounds of foot-power. In modern times, the term has been adapted to fit cars, riding mowers, and more.

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