What Exactly is Horsepower?

Have you ever wondered how a car could pick up velocity up a hill, or how a chainsaw could split through a thick bark of a tree? The main reason is because of Horsepower. Think about it as an extra push behind an engine of any machine to perform with more sufficiency.

A Horsepower is a unit of measurement of power which is the rate at which work is done. The term was created by James Watt, a Scottish engineer who not only perfected the light bulb, but worked on the design of the steam engine in 1769. He provided a reason to compare the output of horses doing labor to that of engines that could replace them, so for instance, for an engine to do satisfactory work, it must output twice, triple, or quadruple the output of a horse. One horsepower equals 33,000 foot-pounds per minute of force worked.

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