They were powered with steam originally.

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Because when they were invented they were steam powered. Details (which were VERY easy to find) here:<br />
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steamroller

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If anythong will go wring, it will....

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Are you joking? Oh my GOD - the youth of today!!!!!

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it was a fun question....O gawd...why do i keep meeting serious people in here

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I don't know - ever hear of fun answers too my dear?!!! :-D

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Lol....allright....sowiiee :)

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The original steam rollers were built like locomotives and ran on steam as well as heating the roller. Today the run on petro fuel which also heats the roller.

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