Horse Works

The horse works is a series of cogs and pulleys moved by one or more horses walking in a circle. It powers stationary farm machinery such as maize shellers, threshing machines, winnowers, chaffcutters and water pumps.

Horse Works were used on Australian farms from about 1850 until the First World War before being replaced by small internal combustion engines. The horse works was a great improvement on hand operated equipment and was a welcomed relief to many families.