Briggs and Stratton is an American company that manufactures gasoline engines and outdoor equipment. The company has operations in Europe, China, Australia, and North America. The Wisconsin-based company makes snow blowers, portable generators, and lawn and garden equipment. Briggs and Stratton was founded in 1908 by Stephen F. Briggs and Harold M. Stratton in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The product idea behind the company originated from an engine that Briggs developed for his engineering class project at South Dakota State University. After graduation, he partnered with entrepreneur Stratton in 1922 to launch the Briggs and Stratton Flyer, a two-seater automobile that sold at the lowest prices in the industry at the time. The company had its Initial Public Offering in 1928 and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Briggs and Stratton focused on making aluminum engines during world war II. It got its breakthrough in 1953 after developing and releasing several lightweight aluminum engines that appealed to lawnmower buyers. Over the next few decades, the company made several innovations with its engines, including the Synchro-Balanced Engine in 1966, the Twin Cylinder Engine in 1977, and the Magnetron Ignition engine in 1982. Briggs and Stratton got rid of its automotive division in 1995 and focused on the lawn care business for the following years. The company later closed its engine factory in Kentucky in 2019. After filing for bankruptcy in 2020, Briggs and Stratton was acquired by American investment firm KPS Capital Partners.
With such a rich history, it’s no wonder the company has so many products out there, from new to used. Finding the right documentation can be difficult, especially in the English language. This is the reason why we opened up a section dedicated to Briggs and Stratton User Manuals, where you can view or download each PDF.