Title

Erie Canal Technology: Stump Pullers

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Abstract

Many years ago I saw a picture of a huge set of wheels that was used to remove tree stumps during the construction of the Erie Canal (1817–1825) and was intrigued by its use of leverage, mechanical advantage, and torque. Figure 1 is a scale model of the device based on my memory of the (lost) picture and published accounts.

Journal

The Physics Teacher

Volume

51

First Page

437