This device was powered by a goat or a dog and attached to a churn to mechanize the churning of butter. It was used circa 1885.
A Piece of Cake! exhibition, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
This artifact was acquired from a private collector in Quebec.
This adjustable-treadle treadmill represents an early step toward a machine-based society. A dog, goat, or sheep would walk on the belt. The belt would continuously move underneath the animal in the opposite direction. The resulting traction powered a machine by a system of pulleys or gears. This device was used to power small machines such as butter churns and washing machines.
The frame and treadle bed are all wood. Wooden cleats connect individual treads. Six metal wheels support the treadle bed and move it away from the animal when it walks. A hand brake is located next to the main drive wheel.
J.M. Childs & Company manufactured all sorts of farm equipment in Utica, New York, during the late 1800s.Back to top