NEWS LETTER April - May 1960


Courtesy of Ruben Michelson, Anamoose, N. Dak. 58710

Ruben Michelson

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Forty Years of Progress Reflected in Current Models

Throughout the years Briggs and Stratton has maintained its leadership in the industry through advanced engineering and the pioneering of single, 4-cycle, gasoline power.

Starting in 1919 Briggs and Stratton promoted the 'Motorwheel,' considered at the time as a god-send to bike riders. Thousands of these sturdy units were sold and furnished economical transportation to owners everywhere.

Next followed the 'Flyer' or buck-board and then the scooter. Old timers will well remember the 'Flyer' as its owners were the envy of all the kids in the neighborhood. The engines used on these units proved their stamina and the name Briggs and Stratton became known the world over.

In 1920 the company produced the Model 'P', one of the first compact, single-cylinder, 4-cycle, air cooled engines ever designed for industrial use. (Parts are available to take care 6f those still in use.) This and other early models were the first used to power washing machines, lawn mowers, and later many other applications for farm, railroad maintenance and construction equipment.

During the years, constant research and field testing further enhanced Briggs and Stratton's reputation for outstanding design developments. For example, the patented Magnematic Ignition System developed by its engineers, now standard on several models, is one of the greatest achievements in the small engine industry.

Oats to be threshed at Branch 3 show. August 24-25 at Buda, Illinois. They had around 3000 paid attendance.

After 4? years of research Briggs and Stratton produced the first successful aluminum engine at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars. A forward step was achieved when its engineers involved a process of chrome plating the piston rather than the cylinder bore, thus reducing what was previously a manufacturing barrier to a practically. Now millions and millions of these engines have been built and are performing remarkably well under every conceivable type of operation.

This engine has since caught the attention of automobile engine designers and much of the pioneering work done by Briggs and Stratton may eventually be common place in many makes of automobile engines.

PICTURED HERE ARE TWO FAIRBANKS - MORSE ENGINES. The 2 Hp. Type 'D' and the 1? Hp. Type 'Z' with disk flywheels belted to a 5 inch martin burr mill. It seems that our oats in this area is so 'tough' to grind that it takes a double header to pull this mill.

Among some of the lastest developments by Briggs and Stratton are the 'Shock-Free' Windup starter and 'Pulsa-Jet' carburetor just recently announced and described in following articles.

The above enumerates but a few of the many Briggs and Stratton developments, but they are sufficient to prove the Company's reputation as a true pioneer in the field. With its past experience and achievements serving as guide-posts, research and engineering at Briggs and Stratton has been dedicated to one simple precept ... the providing of the best products first.