Olive Oil Press

Olive Oil Press

Here Leonardo turns his attention to one of Italy's most important traditions: making olve oil. The large driving lever turns an axle, which rotates a gearwheel in a neighboring axle, forcing a worm screw downwards to squeeze oil from a bag of olives. The oil then runs off into a container below the machine. The driving lever angles towards the ground so an animal such as a horse or ox can power it.

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