In February of 2005, Briggs & Stratton Corp. completed its purchase of the assets of Murray Inc., which manufactured lawn, garden and snow products. Wauwatosa-based Briggs (NYSE: BGG) and Murray reached an agreement for Briggs to buy most of Murray for $125 million. The sale involved the Murray name, equipment, tooling, patents, trademarks and other assets, but not Murray's real estate. As of mid 2006, no one is making Murray lawn moweres, but Briggs & Stratton plans to keep the brand alive, providing replacement parts and warranty support to more than 7,000 Murray dealers in the United States while it looks for a manufacturing partner to make new models in the future. There continues to be spot shortages of replacement parts such as pulleys, handles and cables for self-propelled lawn mowers as Briggs sorts out the assets and operations formerly managed by Murray.
Choosing the Right Light-Duty Riding Mower
Its not just engine horse power and deck size. If you have 1/2 to 2 acres of groomed lawn, try a "lawn tractor". Those with hydrostatic transmissions (one pedal for forward and one for reverse) are the easiest to operate. Lots of trees? Consider a "Zero-Radius-Turn" or "Z-Turn" mower. This fun mower can turn within its own dimensions, spin around trees and hug landscaping. Customers often complete in 2 hours what used to take a whole day.