Off with his head
 

The Guillotine's
grisly facts

 


The total weight of a guillotine is about 1278 lb (579 kilos).

The blade weighs over 88.2 lb (40 kilos).

The heights of the posts average about 14 feet (4.3 metres).

The blade drop is about 88 inches (2.2 metres).

The falling blades rate of speed is about 21 feet/second (6.4 metres/sec).

The actual beheading takes 2/100 of a second.

The time for the blade to fall down where it stops takes 70th of a second.

The power when the blade stops at the bottom is 888.5 lb (402 kilos).

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