Asa Jackson's Perpetual Motion Wheel

Line drawing of wheel

Photograph of wheel

In the 1860's, Asa Jackson of Lebanon, Tennessee built a perpetual motion wheel. The evidence indicates that it produced excess power (over-unity). The wheel is now on display at the Museum of Appalachia in Norris, TN, USA.

I have absolutely no idea how the wheel works. But I didn't want its construction to be lost to the ages, like Bessler's wheels. So I contacted the Museum and in return for a promise that they would benefit from my research, they allowed me eight days in which to measure and photograph the wheel from every angle. I have documented that research in a book The Asa Jackson Perpetual Motion Wheel: Complete Specifications. The book contains:

  • Historical notes (including some by the great-great-grandson of Asa Jackson)
  • Over 90 drawings that cover every aspect of the Wheel and the Floor Pieces.
  • A Companion CD which contains over 500 photos of the wheel from every possible viewpoint.

The book and CD are now available from the Museum and all profits from the sale of the book and CD go to them. The book and CD are packaged together and sell for $29.95 (plus shipping). So what do you get for your money? Click here to see two of the over 90 drawings and three of the over 500 photographs. Because of the high resolution, it will take a while to load these images.

To order the Book and Companion CD, call the Museum at 865-494-7680 or 865-494-0514 or write them at PO Box 1189, Norris, TN 37828 or e-mail them at

Please let me know what you think of the book and CD - particular any negative comments. Also, please let me know how your ordering of the book went. The Museum is entering a new phase here with orders coming in over the phone for mailing. I want to help them iron-out any problems so that the book and CD can be distributed as easily and quickly as possible to PMM fans everywhere...

This site does not contain a great deal of technical information about Asa Jackson's wheel because I want you to buy the book and CD as a way to repay the Museum for allowing the wheel to be documented for all of us perpetual motion nuts ... make that "devotees". Obviously, the book and CD are copyrighted. When you buy them, you may be tempted to put some of the drawings and photos on your own website. Please resist the urge!

Instead, you should visit the Museum and see and photograph the wheel for yourself. And take the family! The museum is a fun place for a day's outing.

If you have a website and plan to include information on the wheel, I would suggest that any commentaries and observations about Asa Jackson's Wheel make generous use of the Figure #s in the book and Photo #s on the CD so that other researchers can be looking at the source material that you are commenting about.

For example:

The wheel (Figure 2) is six feet in diameter. Of particular interest is the Pawl-and-Ratchet system (Figures 24 & 25). If you zoom-in on Photo 236, you can see that the ratchet teeth are not uniform ... yada-yada-yada ...


My other page:
  • My Science Page contains a number of resources that you will find useful.
Other Asa Jackson, Bessler and Perpetual Motion resources:
  • During the eight days that the Museum allowed me to measure and photograph the wheel, Mikey Ned who is also interested in perpetual motion drove down from Ohio and helped me for three of them. (In addition, over 70 photographs that he took of the wheel are available on the Companion CD that comes with the book.) He has information on his page about Asa Jackson's Wheel and other Unusual Phenomena.
  • A link to KeelyNet's information about the Asa Jackson Wheel. KeelyNet is the Mother of All Sites for information about all energy related technology.

  • John Collins, of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England has devoted his life to documenting the Bessler wheels and has published his research in his book Blueprint for Free Energy available from Permo Publications. His web site is

  • A good site about Bessler's wheels by Scott Ellis.

  • Another good site about Bessler's wheels by Bill McMurtry.

A lot of folks use Google as their search engine, but there is one called Copernic Agent Basic that finds a lot more relevant sites. It can be downloaded for free at and turns up a lot of sites about perpetual motion.


If you figure out how the Wheel works (not by speculation but by actually building a model), remember that the U.S. Patent Office has two Sub-classifications for Perpetual Motion Machines (74/DIG9 and 415/916) - so if it does work, get a patent!


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