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Briggs & Stratton: Engines that last

If there were one brand name that was synonymous with lawn mower engines it would have to be Briggs & Stratton.

I had my reel mower engine replaced recently and when the service repair agent told me that the best engine to use as a replacement was this 3.5hp Briggs & Stratton I knew he wasn't just selling me an engine.

briggs stratton engine You will find Briggs & Stratton engines on many factory-manufactured mowers these days including John Deere, Toro and Victa.

They will put a Briggs & Stratton engine onto their own mower frames because they know these engines are superior and they will keep working endlessly.

The company, Briggs & Stratton, began in 1908 but they didn't get into lawn mowers until their first tractor mower in 1924. Since then they've been at the forefront of small engine technology building engines for mowers, generators, freezers and refrigerators. Over the years they bought our Evinrude motors and have since started their own oil company and their own battery company. If you're interested in checking out some of Briggs & Stratton's history they've compiled a history timeline of all their achievements since 1908.

I guess that when you've been doing the same thing for nearly 100 hundred years and you're still in business you must be doing something right. It's this sentiment that most lawn mower users have when they request Briggs & Stratton engines to power their mowers.

However, the company is in a little bit of trouble as of late as they struggle to compete with environmental pressures that lead away from smog producing engines. One option, which many green lobbyists seem to accept, is a catalytic converter attachment. While this may be a great idea and could potentially save the environment from more crippling fumes, it also has the disadvantage of increasing expenses to the company.

Even the stock analysts are pouring fuel onto Briggs & Stratton's engine division at the moment as the world watches how Briggs & Stratton respond.

An engine company that didn't grow up overnight surely won't fall down overnight either - we hope!

stuart robinson
  • Stuart Robinson
  • Busselton, Australia
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