Thursday, July 23, 2020

Briggs & Stratton Buckboard Flyer

Briggs & Stratton started out making cars. They looked like wooden go-karts. It was start of the company that went on to be the small engine manufacturer for American lawn mowers through the 20th Century. The Briggs & Stratton engines were used in all sorts of other products. Washing machines, generators, water pumps, power washers, and the like. They got repurposed by dads in go-karts and mini-bikes. You used to see them everywhere. Every kid that became a engine mechanic had a story of tearing one of them apart.

Here's the little car that started it all. The narrator goes over the details pretty well.

 

Briggs & Stratton declared bankruptcy this week.

7 comments:

Old NFO said...

Interesting story and the end of an era... 100 years... sigh

John in Philly said...

Never even heard of one.
And it's from an era where it could be repaired with simple tools and what was then generally widespread knowledge.
I don't want to think about running one of those into something solid at 20 miles an hour.

Glen Filthie said...

Oh man. My first mower was a Ukranian Tire Special with the 3.5 HP B&R. It spent the winters under a snow drift, and when I dragged it out in the spring it fired on the second or third pull. Work on them? Fah! I didn't even change the oil or the air filters! I finally got rid of it when the mower deck rusted out.

We seriously have to do something about these globalists. They are going to turn us into the third world at the rate they're going...

libertyman said...

The end of an era? I wonder what did them in? I notice the higher ups leave with golden parachutes, while Joe sixpack on the shop floor is out of luck.

lee n. field said...

B&S also made a gas-electric hybrid, back in 1980. Jay Leno had it on Jay Leno's Garage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftMxCehD08U

Beans said...

They have gone into Chapter 11, not complete bankruptcy. Hopefully they'll be able to restructure or be bought by a conglomerate who is interested in keeping them running.

They have been hurt by chinesium no-name engines on mowers and equipment being sold out of Walmart and such for a long time.

Now that ChiCom is on the bad-think list, maybe they (B&S) will arise.

Hopefully.

Ruth said...

They're supposed to be opening a factory here in upstate NY. According to local news the Chapter 11 isn't going to be stopping that opening. We'll see I guess. B&S as a parent company owns several major brands of small motor equipement, including Troy-Bilt and Cub Cadet.