MILWAUKEE — Briggs & Stratton Corp., is on a mission to invigorate the walk mower category and educate consumers on the exciting new lawnmower engine innovations available today that are easier to start, easier to maintain and help make hectic lives a little bit easier as well.

As the world's largest manufacturer of small engines for the lawn and garden industry, Briggs & Stratton supplies engines for 8 of the top 10 selling brands in the U.S. and can be found in more than 50 million garages across the country. Through a PowerPulse study surveying 500 lawn mower buyers, the company found nearly 20% of people who recently purchased a gasoline-powered walk-behind mower weren't necessarily replacing a broken machine, but upgrading for new technology. The others may not be aware of the advanced engine technology now available to them — Briggs & Stratton wants to change that.

The campaign consists of radio, digital and social media aiming to get potential buyers to consider replacing their current older mowers with modern, innovative ones.

"Briggs & Stratton knows engines and it knows innovation. From lawn mowers that can fold to store upright and save space; to engines that never need an oil change; to a push button start featuring lithium-ion battery technology, we create conveniences that weren't thought of just a handful of years ago," says vice president of corporate marketing Rick Carpenter. "In fact, it's likely that the engines we make today are 35% cleaner than the ones many people own."

Briggs & Stratton's campaign will feature its most significant lawnmower engine innovations:

  • The patented Mow n Stow Technology enables homeowners to fold the mower and store it upright without any fuel or oil leaks for a 70% smaller footprint than a typical mower.
  • The Just Check & Add Technology eliminates oil changes for easy engine maintenance. Simply check your oil levels, and add if needed.
  • New gas mowers powered by Briggs & Stratton engines with Quiet Power Technology are up to 50% quieter.
  • The InStart lithium-ion electric starting engine series combines the starting reliability of lithium-ion battery technology and the power of gas, allowing for effortless starting every time, with the push of a button.
  • Engines with ReadyStart starting technology are guaranteed to start within two pulls or Briggs & Stratton will fix it for free and doesn't need to be primed or choked — just pull the rope.

"We want consumers to know what's possible, and that mowing their lawn no longer has to be a chore." Carpenter concludes, "If your mower is more than five years old, you owe it to yourself to see how far mower engine technology has come."

Briggs & Stratton supplies engines to OEM companies and brands who in turn market their products to home centers, mass merchants and dealers.