Wellard Street, Serpentine, WA, 6125

Work Hours
Mon-Tues: Closed
Wednesday: 9am-1pm
Thur-Fri: Closed
Sat-Sun: 10am-3pm
Public Holidays: 10am-3pm

Note: Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day

Pelton Water Wheel - c. 1930


USA Flag

The Pelton Water Wheel is a very efficient (90%) means of turning water pressure into dynamic energy to drive either electrical motors or implements. Normally consisting of 2 rows of buckets and a water nozzle that sprays into the middle of the buckets. It came in sizes ranging from a 2” bucket to a larger 18’ wheel. The wheel is most efficient with heads of water 1,000 feet or higher, which turns the wheel at half the speed of the water coming in. The exit water has very little speed left over so extracts most of the kinetic energy out of the water. The display wheel was probably constructed in New Zealand and is driven by a SPI McDonald diesel.

History: Invented by Lester Pelton in 1870 while using water pressure to mine for gold in California. Pelton Water Wheel Company closed its doors in 1956.

Pelton Water Wheel - c. 1930
Pelton Water Wheel - c. 1930
Olds Petrol Engine Type 3A - c. 1908
Olds Petrol Engine Type 3A - c. 1908