By Staff
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Courtesy of Ruben Michelson, Anamoose, N. Dak. 58710
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Courtesy of Ron Magnuson Good Hope, Illinois 61438


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

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

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

‘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

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.

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