MILWAUKEE, WI (February 28, 2019) – Traditionally best known for its gasoline-powered engines for residential outdoor power equipment, Briggs & Stratton Corporation is transforming its business to focus more heavily on commercial and rental products. This strategy is working: the Company recently reported 18 percent growth within its commercial business in the trailing twelve months; and the rental market plays an important role in this growth. The momentum continued at the 2019 American Rental Association (ARA) Show, where a number of innovations and product enhancements from the Company’s Vanguard®, Allmand® and Billy Goat® brands* were featured.
Vanguard continues to expand its lineup of single cylinder horizontal engines, which were built from the ground up based on feedback from more than 200 commercial dealers and contractors worldwide. The Vanguard 200 (now available) and the Vanguard 400 (available later this year) were featured at the show. Both engines come equipped with TransportGuard®, Vanguard’s single ignition and fuel shutoff designed to prevent oil dilution during transport; and in the Vanguard 200, air filter and oil changes have been significantly reduced. Show attendees had the opportunity to experience the difference between these Vanguard engines and the Honda GX200 in a head-to-head competition.
One size doesn’t fit all, especially when it comes to different job sites. So this year, Allmand featured three extensions to its Maxi-AirTM Compressor line and two extensions to its Maxi-PowerTM Generator line, including new models and new engine tiers. With compressors ranging from 100 to 400 cfm and generators ranging from 63 to 150 kVa – all with Tier 4 Final Engines - businesses can right-size their equipment for their job sites to help get the job done on time and on budget. Allmand recently announced a plant expansion in Holdrege, Nebraska. This expansion will increase production capacity and speed-to-market with new innovations. The expansion will support further growth of the Allmand business and build on its existing foundation for Allmand of providing superior products, services and workmanship to the market.
Billy Goat continues to provide cutting edge performance and productivity within its product range to the rental industry. The new Billy Goat® hydro-drive self-propelled auger, the only dedicated self-propelled auger on the market, as well as the new Next Gen 25” PLUGR® Aerator, for unprecedented aeration productivity featuring self-propelled rear-wheel drive and in-ground turning for operator ease, launched at this year’s show. Rental businesses also had the opportunity to view the newly enhanced 18” PLUGR® Aerator, ideal for smaller properties with the ability to aerate up to 22,000 sq. ft./hour, and Hurricane™ stand-on blowers powered by a Vanguard® V-Twin engine, broadening Billy Goat’s world class blower line to now be the largest in the market.
“Our commercial and rental businesses are growing, and they’re growing fast,” says Todd Teske, Chairman, President & CEO of Briggs & Stratton Corporation. “As we continue to make our mark within the rental industry, we take pride in the opportunity to showcase the many innovative products that will help our customers get tough jobs done more efficiently, and ultimately help those within the rental industry be more profitable.”
For more information about the brands showcased at the Show, visit www.vanguardengines.com, www.allmand.com and www.billygoat.com. To see Briggs & Stratton’s full brand portfolio, visit www.basco.com.
*Allmand and Billy Goat are subsidiaries of Briggs & Stratton Corporation.