Powering of Cooperation through Small Engine Innovation: Briggs & Stratton and Toro
Eight out of ten lawn mower brands in the United States are powered by Briggs & Stratton® engines. That is a lot of mower brands that I get to work with as we partner to bring new products to market. It’s actually one of the coolest parts of my job.
This year, we’ve been especially excited about our big game-changing small engine innovations like our Quiet Power Technology™ engine found on the Craftsman Quiet Lawn Mower and Briggs & Stratton’s Ready Start® no choke starting system for riding mowers on Husqvarna lawn tractors and zero turns. And if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that we’re also pretty geeked-out about our Mow ‘n’ Stow™ engine technology found on Toro’s Recycler Mower with Smart Stow technology.
These power equipment innovations are powered by Briggs & Stratton engines that offer groundbreaking technology. But it’s not engine innovations alone that result in a mower that is 65 percent quieter than standard mowers or a lawn mower that can be stored upright resulting in a footprint that is 70 percent smaller. That’s where the power of partnership comes into play.
Small Engine Collaboration
In this video, made by Toro, you can get a true appreciation for the kind of partnership that goes into bringing these innovations from concept to your backyard. Briggs & Stratton’s J.P. Benjamins and Toro’s Chief Development Engineer John Hurst talk about what went into developing the technology that drives the Mow ‘n’ Stow small engine in Toro’s Recycler lawn mower with Smart Stow.
We think you’ll appreciate just how interesting the technological challenge was, whether you’re an engineer or simply somebody who needs more garage space.